Sunday, June 30, 2013

¡Buen Viaje! - Travel Essentials Part 3 - Makeup

A may find my travel makeup choices a bit excessive.  However, 1) I'm ok with that, 2) I'll be there almost a month, and 3) I need lots of options when it comes to makeup.  I just do. As my mom says, "It requires a lot of products to be you, Elizabeth."  You said it, mama.

Let's start with face products:

 From top to bottom:

 - Blush/bronzer brush - MAC #116 - a fairly new purchase and the most perfect blush brush I've ever owned!
 - Powder brush - Real Techniques Multi-Tasking Brush - Real Techniques is an excellent line of brushes created by YouTube beauty guru Samantha Chapman.  And while I haven't yet blogged about my favorite brushes, I will tell you that good ones are the KEY to makeup application.  This line is a great, affordable way to start building your brush collection.
 - Foundation brush - Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki - Sigma is another excellent line of affordable brushes.  They can only be purchased from their website, but they have great starter kits and always have coupon codes. 
 - Concealer brush - MAC 217 - This brush is a staple in most makeup artists' kits, and many actually carry more than one.  It is a domed eyeshadow blending brush, but it also makes a fabulous brush for blending/buffing in concealer.
 - Mac ProLongwear Concealer in NW20 - I use this long-wearing concealer to cover a few spots of hyperpigmentation on my face.
 - Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer - one of the goodies from my Sephora Superstars set.  I am loving this primer, and I think I'll be buying a full-sized bottle of it once I run out.  If you want your foundation to go on flawlessly and last all day, a primer is a MUST.
 - It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye concealer - this is a creamier concealer that I use for hiding undereye circles.  It is VERY thick and pigmented, and a little goes a long way.
 - My new love...Chanel's BB Cream.  Review to come on this lovely product, but I am now using this in place of my regular liquid foundation.  It is heavenly!
 - MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder in Medium to set concealer/CC cream

Face products part dos:

From left to right:
 - Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Dollface (a cool-toned pink blush that lasts all day) 
 - Laura Mercier bronzer in Golden Bronze - got this in a GWP and it is the perfect little size for travel. Still on the hunt or my holy grail bronzer, though.
 - My beloved, discontinued Jane Be Pure Mineral Blush in Rose Satin.  It is the most beautiful, perfect, peachy-pink blush.  I'm so sad that this is not sold anymore. :(
 - Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray - holy moly this is a fabulous makeup setting spray.  Takes away the "cakey" look of any powder products and really helps makeup to last all day.

Moving on to eyes:

 - The pink palette is a Z Palette that I keep all of my eyeshadows in.  (OK, not ALL of them are in this one...don't get crazy, girl.)  This is a travel-size Z Palette, but the rest of my shadows are de-potted and kept in two larger- size ones.  From top to bottom, left to right: - (all are MAC Shadows unless specified otherwise) - Sable, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe, Club, Star Violet, Seedy Pearl, Omega (for brows), Jane Iredale Peach, and Wet'n Wild Brule.
 - The palette on the right is the Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow palette in The Truth.
 - The containers at the bottom are 2 small sample jars from Nordstrom that I saved and cleaned out to store little dollops of my favorite eyeshadow bases (much better than packing 3 bulky jars!) - left to right - Benefit's Skinny Jeans cream shadow, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, NYX White Eyeshadow Base

More eye essentials:

The two products are both from Anastasia - the top is a felt tip brow pen and the bottom is her clear brow gel, which beats the pants off any clear mascara or hairspray/baby toothbrush combo I've ever tried.

The rest, from left to right:

 - Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara - for more dramatic lashes
 - Cover Girl Lash Perfection mascara - for more defined, subtle lashes
 - Shiseido eyelash curler
 - Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast (a good eyeshadow base for a shimmery eye)
 - Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Bourbon - the perfect brown eyeliner that doesn't budge
 - Milani Liquid Eye eyeliner pencil in black - for lining upper and lower waterlines
 - Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in black - another GEM from the Sephora Supertars kit.  It has a teeny-tiny thin point that allows me to easily control the thickness of the line and get it as close to my lashline as possible
 - A new great little find - NYX Slide On Glide On pencil in Golden Bronze - a bronzey liner like this (or you could even use a shimmery plum or other rich color) used under/over/blended into black liner is the key to a dramatic, smokey eye that doesn't look harsh.

What? You thought I was done with eyes?  Not yet...

 Left to right:

 - Sephora eyebrow brush/eyelash comb - a METAL eyelash comb is the key to clump-free lashes.
 - For applying eyeshadow base/primer - MAC 252 (more sanitary than sticking your finger in your primer pots for months)
 - For patting shadow onto the lid - MAC 239
 - For applying an all-over color to the eye - a sorta-flat-sorta-domed/fluffy brush that came in a Bare Escentuals kit many moons ago
 - For blending eyeshadow into the crease - Revlon Contour Eyeshadow brush
 - For smudging eyeliner out with eyeshadow - Chanel Eye Brush #4 (actually not its real name, and I can't find it on the website anymore, but the linked brush, #14, looks like it is the same one as the one I have).  I've had this little baby for years and it is perfect for blending out eyeliner and creating a soft smokiness on the lashline.
 - For grooming brows - Anastasia brow brush (the best brow brush I've ever owned)

Now on to lips:

The top two glosses are my beloved, discontinued, two favorite glosses in the history of glossdom - Chanel's Electric and Tickled Pink

From left to right:
 - Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Whisper (the old formula...these were fabulous and on par with MAC Lipglasses.  Revlon and I are so in a fight right now because they re-vamped their Super Lustrous gloss line into a newer, less-pigmented, thinner formula.  You can probably find these old formulas on clearance now in drugstores, though, so hurry!)
 - MAC Lipglass in Strange Potion (limited edition, part of the Venomous Villains collection)
 - Holy Grail lipgloss that I can't live without - MAC's Nymphette
 - MAC Fanfare lipstick - boring in the tube but a pretty, warm pink that gives such a beautiful, polished finish to just about any makeup look
 - MAC Bombshell lipstick - awesome, shimmery, Barbie pink
 - L'Oreal Tropical Coral lipstick - a great new drugstore find
 - Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Make Me Pink - in my opinion, this line is the best line of drugstore lipsticks on the market.  They have super pigmentation and a smooth, creamy, non-drying finish.
 - In case I decide to get wild and crazy - Wet 'n Wild 525D - I wore this in high school and I still love it for creating a bright pink lip.

If you saw my post on Instragram and Facebook the other day, you know I have a little bit of a lip liner problem.  So, of course this problem comes with me when I travel:

From top to bottom:

 - Buxom Big 'n Healthy Lip Stick in London - the perfect base for just about any lip gloss
- Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner in Wicked (cool, plummy pink)
- MAC Prolongwear lip liner in Staunchly Stylish (pinky-nude)
- Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Cocoa Peach - I love a peachy or coral lip, and this lip liner is my go-to for this look
- Clinique Quickliner for Lipst in Bamboo - holy grail nude lip liner
- NYX lip liner in Edge Pink - awesome bright pink that can be blended in with lighter pink lipsticks, too
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Grapefruit - perfect medium-toned pink
- NYX Rectractable Lip Liner - another holy grail - a shimmery, light pinky-peach that goes great with lots of glosses (this liner + MAC's Nymphette = GORGEOUS)
- plain Chapstick - I lived at 9,000 feet above sea level for 5 years where everything is dry - skin, nails, eyes, lips.  I have found that this is the best for keeping lips smooth and moisturized, and I don't even bother with any of the all-natural, fruity-patooty, or high-end lip balms any more.  My family doctor actually told me about this gem!

LORD HAVE MERCY THAT IS A LOT OF STUFF! And how, you may ask, is this makeup-crazed woman going to fit all of this in her suitcase?  I'm glad you asked!  I use this fabulous little makeup case that I found at Target, and YES, it all fits!  (OK, well...apart from the lipsticks...but fortunately it comes with a separate little pouch)

As for my travel fragrance, if you saw my post on Instragram, Twitter, and Facebook, you know that just yesterday I found my PERFECT summer fragrance, Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche.  It is a crisp, clean floral with a sweet, yummy drydown that is just perfect for hot weather months:

Ta-daah!  There you have it, my travel makeup essentials (for a long-ish trip).  What are your travel makeup essentials?

p.s. - My internet access will be limited while I'm in Ecuador, so I will be taking a break from blogging.  However, I would love for you to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to see pics and updates of my travels.  I hope that you all have a safe, restful, and enjoyable rest of your summer, and I'll see you when I get back!

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