Beauty Talk: Inside My Travel Make-Up Bag

As you know, I was in Washington, D.C. last week for a couple of days, so of course I took some make-up with me. I thought I’d go all out with bold lip colors, but I kept things pretty simple. I thought I’d share the contents of my travel make-up bag so that you can see what I took along for this spring break vacation.


I always take the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay when traveling because it has a wide array of neutral colors and I can change up my look everyday if I want. I love playing with make-up, so I usually do. I also love the packaging of the palette. It feels sturdy so I don’t worry about anything happening to it and it has a large mirror on the lid that I can use to do my make-up if I don’t have a mirror handy and check out my hair if I put if up. (I actually use this to check my hair when I’m at home a lot as I can never find a hand mirror.)

For a pop of color I brought MAC’s Swish and Trax, a combination that is fast becoming my favorite spring-time look, and MAC’s Rice Paper. The MAC shadow sitting off by itself is Foile. I just realized that it might look a little odd to place it over there on its own when the rest of my MAC shadows are lined up, but that’s what I use to make my brows a little darker, so I don’t even think of it as an eyeshadow.

I brought the liquid liner and mascara that I have been talking about nonstop recently: Loreal’s Voluminous Butterfly and Maybelline’s Line Stilleto. I also brought a couple of Urban Decay eyeliners for the waterline: Desperation, Mainline and Rockstar. The nude liner is from Rimmel. I use to cancel out redness and brighten my eyes if I don’t put a darker color in the waterline. I brought a Color Tattoo from Maybelline in Barely Branded for an eyeshadow base and, of course, a sharpener for the eyeliner.


For foundation, I brought the MAC Matchmaster Foundation in 1.0 because my skin was acting up a bit last week. I brought two concealers from Clinique: All About Eyes in 02 Light Golden for under the eyes and their Redness Solutions Targeted Concealer for redness in my cheeks. I brought my usual setting powder, Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder in transparent.

My contour of choice these days has been Hoola by Benefit and I’ve been pairing that with Clinique’s new spring-time blush in 04 Plum Pop. I really love this blush and I wish it wasn’t limited edition! I have been wearing it every day since I bought it and I’m not a daily blush wearer, so that says something. I also like to have a highlighter along, so I brought Albatross by Nars, mostly because of how thin it is. I’ve never been sure how I felt about this product and I hate the packaging because it gets dirty so easily. If you like Albatross, let me know how you apply it! I just feel like it doesn’t do anything.

I found this Sonia Kashuk make-up bag at Target before my trip and loved the two sides. I put my eye products on one side and my face products on the other. I put the foundation and one of the concealers in this plastic bag since they are the most likely products to mess everything up (and the bag is a little smudged!).

Like I said, I didn’t actually go for bold lips while I was gone and reached for what I tend to carry around in my bag.

What do you like to take while traveling? Do you have set products that you take, do you like to switch it up or do you travel without any make-up?

Note: I purchased all of the products listed in this post.

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