The hubby and I ran off for an impromptu, but much needed weekend away for the last weekend of January.
We were gone for 3 days, 2 nights and I think I packed quite well!
It can be hard to pick which products to bring along, kind of like picking your favourite child!
I managed to pack all of my makeup into my Charlotte Tilbury Rose Gold Canvas Makeup Bag ($55 CAD). It’s a pricey little thing, but ot is so beautiful! It’s a rich red colour with rose gold lipstick kiss prints on the front. It holds a lot of products and opens wide enough that you don’t have to dump out all your makeup to use it. I did pack away my brushes into a separate case as I was picking up a few from my PO box and knew that they wouldn’t all fit.
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For primer, I brought with me the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer ($18 CAD) in the mini size. This primer is great if you have an oily nose, however I wouldn’t recommend it for other areas as it is very potent. The problem with this is that it leaves a discernible line between the areas that are primed, and those that are not. It also dries insanely fast, so you have to more quickly and if you rub it in, it will pill on the skin, so you have to pat it in. This primer works, it’s just a pain the bum to work with as it is just so finicky!
My foundation and concealer were both from Chanel. I love using the Perfection Lumière Velvet ($52 CAD) foundation as it always goes on beautifully and it comes in a plastic bottle which is much more travel friendly. The coverage is a solid medium, however can be worn sheerer when required. My favourite concealer is the Le Correcteur De Chanel Longwear Concealer ($46 CAD). It’s like a creamier, less drying version of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. A little goes a long way, and the coverage is medium.
I brought along my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder ($58 CAD) for touch ups during the day because it’s perfect and NEVER cakes up no matter how many layers I apply. For setting my undereye I brought my Givenchy Prisme Libre Travel Mat-Finish Powder ($48 CAD). This little travel size was initially a limited edition product, but I’m happy they seem to have made it permanent. It’s the perfect powder to set and forget. It helps a lot with reducing creasing, and the purple hue adds a hint of brightness under the eyes.
For blush, bronzer and highlighter, I found the perfect little travel kit! The Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette ($30 CAD) is an absolute steal for the price and quality. The colours are prigmented, blendable, and the fact that you get the 3 basic products in such a nice size, while still being compact just makes my heart sing! Both the blush and the bronzer are matte, which I prefer. The highlighter is a lovely peachy-champagne colour, the blush is a dusty peachy-rose, and the bronze/contour is a warmish, mainly neutral brown. The palette would suit fair to medium skintones, however darker skintones will find the bronzer to be too light.
I only brought one setting spray and that was the Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist ($19 CAD) in the mini size. This does the trick! The mist is super fine, the bottle is nice and made of plastic, and it holds your makeup down.
I tend to rotate eye primers, however the one that has become near and dear to my heart is the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Eye Primer ($32 CAD). This is much stronger than the Urban Decay Potion primers and really holds onto shadow for oily lids. I can easily get 12+ hours of crease-free beautiful eyeshadow looks!
My current mascara obsession is the Dior Plump’N’Volume ($37 CAD). It does a lovely job of making it look like you have fake lashes, without being too clumpy or smudging, but also isn’t and absolute nightmare to remove at night. Definitely one for the repurchasing list.
My go-to eyeliner is the Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer ($31 CAD – Full Size). I have a mini size of this that’s just great and takes up no space at all. Holds all day, deep dark colour, and doesn’t tug upon application.
For brows, I’ve been really loving the Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Dark Brown ($36 CAD). I did find that I went through it quickly, so I may go back to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. My favourite brow gel is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel ($29 CAD – Full Size). It’s easy to use and holds like concrete, but doesn’t feel stiff. I have a travel size of this that came as a deluxe sample from Sephora.
For lips, I only brought 3 products with me; a lip stain, a lipstick, and a lip liner. The lip stain that I picked up before the trip was the Lancome Matte Shaker in Pink Power ($30 CAD). I actually got this in a discontinued Christmas kit that came with a deluxe sample of Monsieur Big Mascara and came to $21 CAD. This colour is so perfect for Spring and packs quite the punch! It’s not too drying but neither is it hydrating. The lipstick I brought is a new found favourite and purse must have! The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in 47 Beige Blouse ($43 CAD) is beautifully balmy and hydrating while still having decent colour payoff. Beige Blouse is my favourite nude! It’s the perfect balance of nude and mauve and has a shine to it that makes your lips look healthy and not like you’ve heavily abused your liquid lipsticks! One of my favourite lip liners is the Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Lèvres in 06 Natural ($37 CAD). It is a stiffer formulation, but it stays put and the colour works with most of my go-to lipsticks. They do seem to be phasing these out for the new twist up versions, which I would love to try shortly. I love twist up lip pencils as they are so much handier and travel friendly.
Tools & Brushes
I packed a mix of travel size and full size brushes with me. I won’t go into detail, however they are all beautiful, fluffy, and soft… which is my criteria for all my brushes.
- Charlotte Tilbury Travel Powder Brush ($75 CAD for 4 brushes & clutch)
- I carry this brush with me everyday. Anywhere I go, it goes with me! It comes in a kit with 3 eye brushes, all which are wonderful, and a little clutch to keep them in.
- Sephora Pro Mini Flawless Light Powder Brush #50.5 ($25 CAD)
- This brush… is so fluffy… I want to use it all day everyday. It makes your bronzer go on like a dream. Well worth the purchase, might even have to pick up the full size.
- Sephora Pro Mini Airbrush #55.5 ($25 CAD)
- It works well for blush, however it’s best to break it in a bit so that it isn’t so packed. I have a rose gold limited edition version of this little guy.
- Sephora Pro Mini Airbrush #53.5 ($25 CAD)
- I didn’t know if I would love this brush for highlighter until I tried it. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available online in Canada anymore however you can pick it up in the store.
- Wayne Goss Brush 16 Large Eye Shadow Crease Brush ($30 USD)
- My favourite giant fluffy crease brush. So easy to use and softer than can possibly be described.
- Kevyn Aucoin Small Eyeshadow Brush ($32 USD)
- I love both of my Kevyn Aucoin brushes. They work so well and make it easier to do my eye makeup. I love them even more as I found them at Winners for $12.99 CAD a piece! This brush is wonderful for applying shadow to the lower lash line without making yourself look like a raccoon… unless that’s the look you’re going for of course!
- Kevyn Aucoin Small Eyeshadow Soft Roundtip Brush ($32 USD)
- This is my favourite brush for packing colour onto the outer V of the eye. It holds the product well so that there is little to no fallout.
- Tweezerman Curl & Go Eyelash Curler ($27 CAD)
- This little guy does the trick and is perfect for travelling as it folds so small! I managed to snag mine from Winners for about $12 CAD, so check there before shelling out the $27 CAD from Tweezerman.
- Vera Mona Colour Switch ($18 CAD)
- I procrastinated a lot about buying this, but it’s so perfect for travel as it eliminates the need for bringing more liquids. And yes, it does actually work!
I hope you enjoyed this in-depth analysis of all the lovely things that I brought with me for our weekend away. If you couldn’t tell by this post, I have a very nearly unhealthy love for travel sized products! They are so cute and just make my life easier when it comes to travelling as a makeup addict.
What are you favourite products to travel with?
Do you always take the same items of switch them out?