Inside my Travel Make-up Bag…

Packing for a trip really makes you re-think what make-up you need/use on a daily basis.

I wanted to keep my toiletries simple and easy-to-carry for our 10-day family trip…here’s what I took in my make-up bag.


MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – as described in my acne-covering post, I use this heavily pigmented concealer as a foundation. One tip – store this little glass bottle in its cardboard box, it shatters very easily (I only had to drop 1 bottle to learn this lesson!)

MAC Fluidline in Dipdown – super long-lasting gel liner. I didn’t end up using this…washing & drying the liner brush everyday was too much of a hassle.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer –  my HG under-eye concealer. Super-pigmented & thick – it covers EVERYTHING! Just make sure you moisturize with an eye-cream before applying to prevent caking & unevenness.

L’Oreal Collagen Waterproof & Voluminous Power Volume 24-Hour Mascara – I didn’t use the Waterproof one, but I always pack it when I’m traveling to potentially humid locations. I’m testing out the Power Volume mascara – and really enjoying the lash-thickening effects.

Marcelle Liquid Eyeliner Pen – this felt-tip liner was much simpler to use on the go than my regular Fluidliner liner. It ran out halfway through my trip so I purchased an alternative (details below).

CHEEK PRODUCTS – Covergirl Simply Ageless Blush in Lush Berry, Rimmel Natural Bronzer & Tarte Blush in Amused. I’ve reviewed ALL my blushes in this post. As usual, I layer powder & cream blush for staying power.  I did miss my Tarte Blush in Exposed – it’s such a gorgeous bronzy & glowy blush. The Rimmel Bronzer is a new favorite. I tried NARS Laguna but it didn’t show up on my skin – and the next shade (Casino) is too dark.

BOTTOM ROW:  My custom-made palette (more details in this post) containing my eyeshadows & highlighting powder. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pop – a fresh lipcolor that went with everything. And I never apply mascara without first curling my lashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

Here are the make-up/beauty items I purchased on my trip:

Target version of Emi-Jay hairties. Nivea Lip Butter (seriously AMAZING – I LOVE it!). Tweezerman Straight Edge Clipper (surprisingly hard to find straight-edge clippers – they make shaping nails SO much easier!). Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Black Brown (very pigmented & easy to use). MAC 224 Eyeshadow brush (an impulse purchase from the Cosmetics Outlet – it was $10 cheaper than the store price). Teasing Brush – I’m not very good at teasing my hair, so I’m going to try and see if this helps.

Do you carry a lot of make-up with you when you travel or do you keep it simple?

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  1. Beautygirl24
    April 6, 2013 / 4:15 am

    I've never tried MAC concealers (or their foundations for that matter). Would you recommend the studio finish over the pro longwear? I really only use concealer under my eyes to try and cover a little bit of darkness, but mostly bags! I've heard so many wonderful things about MAC concealers, but I have no clue what shade or formula I would go for. I guess I should visit the store ;)LOVE the Nivea lip butters! I first bought one in the raspberry rose, and I just bought the caramel yesterday! Love them so much 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 6, 2013 / 4:20 am

      Personally for darkness & eye bags I would recommend the studio finish one. It is thicker – so it covers better and stays in place longer. BUT some MAC SAs may try sell you the Pro Longwear for under your eye as it's more liquid-y and a lighter formula. But as long as you use an eye cream, the thickness of Studio finish should not be a problem :-)I'm amazed at how much I love the Nivea Lip butter – I'm not usually into lip butters – but this one feels so luxurious and nourishing!

  2. pluiedevelours
    April 6, 2013 / 9:44 am

    When I travel, half of my bags are full of skincare and make up products. I just can't leave at home anything 😛 I love the products you use! I sometimes use my concealer (MUFE Full cover) as foundation as well :)

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 7, 2013 / 3:13 am

      It really is hard to pick what to travel with – I really pared down my make-up but HAD to bring my whole brush roll LOL! Can't live without my MU brushes!

  3. Carrie
    April 6, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    Great post, that Tarte blush is so pretty :)Carriexxxx

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 7, 2013 / 3:13 am

      Thanks Carrie – I love Tarte blushes, and I think Exposed is one of those universal shades that flatter nearly everyone!

  4. Kristen
    April 9, 2013 / 3:36 am

    those are some great basics, when i travel i just take all my makeup and use like a handful of it. a must-have for me is my ud naked palettes bc they're so versatile. i have that teasing brush, but don't care for it. I think it depends on the type of hair you have and how thick your hair is. i prefer a hair pick or a comb to tease my hair.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2013 / 4:07 am

      I STILL haven't tested the teasing brush out (am waiting for a day that I want to do a poufy-ponytail)…so I'll have to see if it suits my hair or not – my hair is pretty fine – I have a plastic teasing comb but it doesn't give me much volume.

  5. Margaret Ko
    May 4, 2013 / 3:04 am

    Where did you manage to find the Tweezerman clippers? I've been looking for these FOREVER!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 4, 2013 / 3:29 am

      I found them at a CVS in the states – it came in a double pack. I think you can buy them online too – there's a link to them in my post above – good luck 🙂

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