As you read this I will be approximately 30,000 feet in the air on my way to Lanzarote for a little winter sun. I'm off for 10 days and come back on the 1st December hopefully fully relaxed and ready for Christmas!
I have quite a few scheduled posts coming up whilst I'm away including this one which I wrote as I packed my makeup bag - no easy job when you have so much makeup I can tell you that.
When it comes to holiday makeup I do try to wear a lot less so I purposefully limit myself. I focus mainly on base products to make my skin look good and then lip products, especially for at night. I also limit nail polish by just taking one or two minis as I know I will buy a few nail polishes whilst I'm on holiday.
The boring part that needs to be done! Especially as I use mainly SLS-free products that don't come in travel sizes. For shampoo I have L'Oreal Ever Riche Nourish & Taming Shampoo... smells holiday-ish, hydrating, foams well and most importantly SLS-free. For shower gel I am taking Halos N Horns Gentle Body Wash/Bubble Bath (only in Boots) which is for children.... but I like the smell and it's SLS-free.
For cleansing my face I decanted some of my Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash and some L'Oreal Micellar Solution for when I'm wanting to be lazy. The other two pots you can see are a little Sunsense Invisible Tint SPF 50 and KIKO Skin Glow Day Cream.
Also taking a sealed pot of nail polish remover pads... hate using these but they are travel friendly. Moroccan Oil and Dove Conditioner... a must! Then as a treat two sachets of Rodial 5 Minute Facial as it just makes the skin look amazing. Another essential product is the Origins Spot Remover Gel in case I develop a nasty big spot whilst I'm away, though the sun tends to be good to my skin.
Travel makeup bag and brushes...
For all the above extras I take a small cosmetic bag from Fresh and then for my makeup I use a medium size Paul & Joe cosmetic bag that is quite Mary Poppins in that it holds a lot.
For brushes I am limiting myself this year as I really don't need much. For foundation I will just use my fingers then buff it in along with my concealer with the double ended Kiko brush which I love. I also use the powder brush end for powder. Then for my cheeks I have a duo fibre Sigma brush. Then two eye brushes one from the Naked 2 palette and a mini bareMinerals brush. Finally my trusty Models Own Angled Brush is for taking eyeshadow under the eyes and sometimes filling in my brows.
The good stuff...
As you can see I'm not taking very much at all... though I'm sure some would say it's still quite a bit! But this really is as minimal as I could go.
Base - As I mentioned, base for me is the most important so I have a Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer that is SPF 30 that I can wear under a BB cream or alone as it has a slight tint to it. As for bb creams which I'm not normally a fan of I have the Pur Minerals CC Cream and Dr Jarts Premium BB Cream which has an SPF 40... both are ideal for hot weather. I also have a Garnier Under Eye Dark Circle Cream, Mini Benefit High Beam highlighter, Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.
Lips -Last year on holiday I either wore a lip balm during the day or a NYC Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm (review and swatches here) as they are so comfortable. So this year I will be taking two of the NYC Glossy Lip Balms (other not photographed) and a hydrating lip balm with SPF in my carry-on luggage. Then for at night I have my favourite Kiko Long Lasting Lipstick in Rosy Beige which dries down to a semi matte finish that stays put through eating and drinking. I also have a deluxe trio sample of the Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy CC lipsticks that will be ideal for at night.
Cheeks - Keeping it simple here with my favourite powder blush - the Balm Frat Boy which is a lovely pale pink shade. Then Topshop Cream Blush in Neon Rose my summer favourite.
Eyes - For eyes I probably will end up taking a Sleek eye shadow palette but I have also included a Essence quad that is good for everyday. Then a recent Tony Moly mascara I have been enjoying which will be sealed with bareMinerals Locked & Coated to keep it waterproof - a total saviour of a product. Then finally my favourite brown Diego Dalla Palma eyeliner which I use to fill my eyebrows with and for my eyes, winged out or for a smokey look.
Extras include a handy Nails Inc mini top coat and base coat, Essie mini in Snap Happy, mini nail files, two mini perfumes - one evening, one night, eyelash curlers and a Xen Tan Travel Self Tan for Face.
I also thought I would include what books I am taking with me as last year I was left without anything to read as I didn't enjoy the book I took with me. So this year I'm prepared and have read the first chapter of both books to see if I can get in to them or not. So I have Never Let Me Go and A Monster Calls which fingers crossed I will thoroughly enjoy as I love getting absorbed in to a book on holiday whilst laying by the pool or on the beach.
Hope you enjoy all the scheduled posts I have planned whilst I'm away!