What's in my travel makeup bag

I mentioned in one of my last blog posts that I am going away to Chicago for 5 days this month. In fact, I leave a week from today. I thought you might be interested to see what makeup I am taking with me. It's not a lot. I tried to really keep things to a minimum and not over pack. It's a road trip, so I didn't have to worry about the restrictions of flying and liquids and all that, so bare that in mind.

This is the makeup case I am taking, as well as my make up brush holder. The train case came from walmart probably close to 10 years ago. The makeup brush holder is what my 11 piece brush set from Elf came in.

Here's what everything looks like all packed in!

Here are the face products I am bringing. My equate Healthy face lotion SPF 15 for everyday moisturizing. My Urban Decay 24/7 concealer pencil in CIA, which is my favorite concealer for under eye. My Elf mineral infused face primer, which is my favorite primer at the moment. My Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation in ivory, for when I want a more full coverage, and for evening wear. And for my everyday looks, I've brought along my Elf tinted moisturizer SPF 20 in nude.

Continuing on with face products. I didn't want to bring a ton of different bronzing powders and blushes, so I kept it simple. I've brought along the Elf contouring blush and bronzing Powder Duo. And that's actually the only blush I brought. It's perfect for day or night in my opinion, and has a lovely shimmer. The bronzer in this duo is a little dark for my liking, but when used with a light hand can make for a nice contour shade. I also am bringing the Elf Golden bronzer, which is perfect for all over bronzing and is just gorgeous when blended into the skin. I'm also bringing my NYC smooth skin pressed powder in translucent to set all of my make up. And for my highlight, I've got the Urban Decay cream highlighter in Moonshine.

And here are the eye products I am bringing with me. For eyeshadow, I really wanted to bring my naked palette, but the naked 2 palette is honestly just as pretty and much more travel friendly in my opinion. It's just sturdier packaging and closes better. It's got a large variety of colors which will make it easy to create neutral day looks as well as beautiful dramatic night looks. It's all I need in the way of eye shadows! I am also bringing 2 of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils in Whiskey and Perversion. The brown color will be nice for day looks, and the black, of course will pump up the drama for night looks. I also brought along a black and a brown mascara. The brown mascara I chose to bring is the Covergirl Lash blast mascara. I adore this mascara. It's by far my favorite mascara I own, and I love that it is waterproof. The black mascara I chose to bring is the Maybelline Great Lash mascara in black. I chose this one because it is the only black mascara that I have that is waterproof, and I like waterproof mascaras for holding curl and of course, in case of tears, or rain or whatever. To prime my lids for all of those eye products I brought a mini Urban Decay Primer potion. I love my Elf one but this one is so small it seemed silly not to bring it- it's the perfect size for traveling! Then for my brows, I am bringing the Elf brightening eyeliner in coffee to fill them in, and the Elf wet gloss lash and brow clear mascara to keep them in place!

For lip products I wanted options, but I didn't want to go crazy and bring 20 different lip sticks. So I went with just a few in various shades. First I have the maybelline baby lips lip balm in Grape Vine. I thought this was be pretty for just an everyday lip for when we are out and about shopping or doing whatever it is we decide to do while we are there! I've got the EOS lip balm in Lemon Drop, which you all know is my all time favorite lip balm because it smells great and has SPF. I use this to prep my lips for lipstick. I am bringing the Elf lipstick in classy, which is a beautiful everyday pink color. I'm also bringing the Elf lipstick in voo doo which is a nice berry red shade that will be nice for evenings out whether it be going out to dinner, or to the charity ball that I am attending as part of the convention I am going to. Lastly, is the Revlon colorburst lip butter in creme brulee which is my favorite nude lipstick right now. To pair with the lipsticks, I just packed 2 lip glosses. The first is the Elf lucius liquid lipstick in Caramel Candy, which is my favorite nude gloss, and sadly almost gone so I will have to get a new one soon (luckily it's only a dollar!). The second gloss is the Urban Decay lip junkie lip gloss in naked which is just a pinky toned sheer gloss that smells minty and feels really good on the lips, and matches with just about any lipstick you layer underneath it.

In the top of my make up case is a little zippered area, where I have put my tools. I'm just bringing a pencil sharpener for both fat and smaller pencils, so that I can sharpen my concealer pencil as well as my eyeliner pencils. Also, I am bringing my Revlon eyelash curler. I also will be taking a pair of tweezers, but I haven't found them yet to pack.

Now I will share with you the brushes I am taking with me. First are the face brushes. I have my Elf powder brush, which is flat topped and lovely for either liquid foundations or powder. I use it for both, but in this instance I am bringing it to use with my setting powder. Next is a coastal scents duo fiber brush with a large round head that I like to use for my foundation. The third brush is the Elf complexion brush which I like to use to apply my blush. Another brush I am bringing is the Elf powder brush which is a little brush that I use to powder under my eyes to set my concealer. The last face brush is a coastal scents angled brush which is what I use to apply my bronzer and/or highlight.

And lastly, I will share with you the eye brushes I am taking with me. First, I have the Elf
eye crease brush from their essential line. This brush has a tiny little head that is perfect for applying crease color precisely. I also use this brush for applying shadow to my lower lash line. Next to that is the Elf blending eye brush also from their essential line. This is the brush I use for blending out my crease color. Next to that is the Elf studio small angled brush. I love this brush for applying eyeshadow to my upper lash line. As well as for filling in my brows with brow powder. Next is a little smudge sponge from coastal scents that I use to smudge out my eyeliner for smoky looks. Next to that is the Elf essential eyeshadow brush, which is just a flat shader brush that I use to pat pack eyeshadow on to my lids. Next is another flat shader brush, this one from coastal scents. This one is bigger and fluffier so I use it for applying color less densely or for blending or highlight colors for my brow bone. Next to that is yet another flat shader brush. This one os the Elf studio eyeshadow "c" brush. Same concept as the others. I like to have a few of these so I can use one for darker colors and one for lighter colors. Just makes it so I don't have to wash my brush between colors. And lastly is the elf essential eyelash and brow wand, which I use to brush out my eyebrows before filling them in.

So that's that. all of the makeup, tools and brushes I am taking with me. I think it should be more than enough for the 5 days I will be gone! If you have any questions or suggestions on travel makeup, leave me a comment below, and be on the lookout for a few other travel themed posts in the next week, including how I pack my suitcase, what toiletries I am bringing with me, and of course, outfits or the day when I get back from chicago!


LiisK said...

What would be your verdict on Essential series' (natural fibre) face brushes? I absolutely detest the ones I've seen - sooo scratchy. Are yours tolerable? I'm thinking maybe I've got a bad batch or smth because people write positive reviews on them and seem actually to like them!

Jessi said...

I have a quite old review on some of them here. http://beautyblingonabudget.blogspot.com/2011/11/elf-brush-review.html

But, when I wrote that review, these were the very first makeup brushes I had ever tried. So while I liked them, for the most part, at the time, I have since used higher quality brushes, and realized just how scratchy some of these are. Plus, they seemed to become scratchier and harder to work with the more I washed them.

So overall, I do not like the essential brushes anymore. With one exception. I really enjoy the Elf essential powder brush. It's this one here. I find it to be quite handy for powdering under my eyes, and setting concealer with. Of course, I LOVE the essential eye brushes and highly recommend those. But, as for the face brushes from the same line, This is the only one I recommend. http://www.eyeslipsface.com/elf/brushes/single-brushes/powder-brush

LiisK said...

Thanks! This answers my dilemma - they like them because they have not tried better ones, yet :).
Essential eye brushes have serious quality control issues but they are so cheap anyway - one just has to invest in a large tube of superglue and must put up with the fact that not all the ordered brushes will have perfectly shaped bristles.
In my last order 3 out of 5 studio powder brushes had loose handles - now that upset me somewhat - I'm used to better from Studio line.

Jessi said...

For the money, the Studio line of brushes in definitely the best bet. I am disheartened to hear that you had issues with loose handles on the powder brush. I have never had any issue with the studio brushes.

You're right about the essential brushes having quality control issues, but they are so cheap, you really can't go wrong. Especially since, Elf has great customer service and will send you a new one, or refund your money if you get a brush that just can't be worked with.


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