My Version of Survival Makeup

There are short trips, and there are long trips. This one went well over a week in a place with bright sunshine and chilly wind, but little humidity. Meaning, we’re not in Kansas anymore. In packing for the trip, I went into full-on survivalist mode with my makeup bag. (As survivalist as a beauty junkie could get, I suppose.) As usual, the goal was to be able to create many different looks with as few pieces as I could manage. Challenge accepted.

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Vacation Essentials 2015: The Makeup

*For Part 1 of this two-part post, click HERE.

Here’s the part where my over-packing becomes a little more obvious. In an ideal world, I would be able to get by with one blush, one shadow palette, one eyeliner, two lipsticks, and one lip gloss, but I always want more options! I usually build my travel makeup stash around this one awesome palette that combines neutral/browns and pinks/purples in one compact container. I don’t stray far from these colors, so they’ve always been my go-tos. However, I just felt the summery vibe this time around, so I wanted to come up with gold, bronze, and other tan-flattering choices. Hence…

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First Half of 2014 Favorites

I’m trying to put a cap on my spending because I’m always talking about how I’ve gone overboard yet again with my purchases, so I can’t exactly have monthly favorites. Biannually, on the other hand, I’ll take with gusto. These are what got me through this year’s scorching summer and pre-stormy weather:

My Current Favorites

1. Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm – This doesn’t leave my makeup bag because it’s so utterly handy. It’s good for lazy days when I need a no-makeup makeup look, and I just plain love the color payoff and the moisture this gives.

2. Philosophy Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance – Still can’t get over that blessed scent. It’s been less than a month, but I’m using my bottle up faster than the speed of light.

3. Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes – Like I said in my review, this is a one-step cleansing BFF as long as you don’t have any waterproof mascara on. My dual-phase makeup remover is still attached to my hip, but I marvel at how this eliminates the rest of my makeup so easily. You gotta give it credit.

4. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – Whenever I use this, I look like I just came back from a beach vacation. That’s because the shade is darker than my natural skin tone. I mix it with another foundation to balance the color out. The lightweight factor is what I treasure.

5. Celeteque Brightening Eye Tuck and Dark Circles Lightener – I still have this because I have two other eye creams in rotation. This is still my favorite one for its winning texture.

6. Zero Kuma Concealer – The more I use it, the more I realize I can’t live without it. My two biggest face issues are redness and dark circles. This takes care of the latter in a heartbeat.

A Peek Into My Makeup Bag

Ask me to divulge my guilty beauty pleasure, and I’ll tell you that it’s getting to peek into someone else’s makeup bag. It started from when Cosmo magazine used to feature a What’s In Her Bag section that covered the contents of celebrities’ handbags. And because sharing is caring (hahaha!), why not work with what I already have and give you a peek into my own stash?

ONL Makeup Pouch

This rectangular pouch is a gift with purchase from ONL, a Korean makeup brand. Last I heard, PSY—yes, the pop star—is the face of ONL. I love a good boxy pouch because I’m OC that way. If I can manage to fit something into every nook and cranny without the awkward empty edges, then I’m pleased. Now, onto the makeup inside…

Top: I’m a huge fan of Canmake Highlighter because it gives off a most natural glow, especially for a powder formula. For touch-ups, I don’t mind leaving the powder at home, but I cannot leave oil blotters behind. This one’s from Etude House.

Clockwise from left: Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Iced Lotus is my go-to blush of the moment. It isn’t chalky and I find that it compliments most of my cool-toned eyeshadows.

I’ve been using Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow in Attitude daily for the last two weeks because it gives a great no-makeup makeup look when I’m in a hurry and I can also use it to contour my eyelids.

Next up, I have a travel blush/powder brush from Charm and an E.L.F. blending brush that I use for contouring and shading.

When I feel like using eyeliner, I always turn to Etude House Proof 10 Auto Pencil for long-lasting definition in a brown or black shade that isn’t too harsh.

For removing shine from my T-zone, I will always go back to Johnson’s Face Powder as it is affordable and doesn’t break me out.

I can go without foundation, but I’m paranoid about concealer. I’m obsessed with K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer Type 3.

Finally, we go to Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. I’m sentimental about this one since it’s my very first Revlon lip butter. I also got to experience just how nourishing the formula was when I went through cold weather without suffering any dryness on my lips. No lip balm required.

There you have it… Do I get to see your makeup bag? Please post a link if you want to share your stash. 🙂