Must-Bring Makeup for Travel

My makeup bag has a ton of makeup, some of which I only reach for once in three months. However, there is a handful of products that I use on a daily basis, which are also the ones that I take with me on every trip. With a semester-long university exchange coming up, I am slowly starting to write my packing list.

On a ‘good skin’ day, I try to wear something light to let my skin breath. The L’Oreal Visible Lift CC cream (light/medium) does a great job in correcting redness and giving me a natural and radiant glow. Most of the time I need a little extra coverage under my eyes and some very red spots, which is when I go for my Physician’s Formula concealer (light). The green cream works well for softening the redness and the concealer itself has great coverage. I also really like the Pixi Correction Concentrate – it’s perfect for covering up under eye circles. And of course, to finish off with a glow, I use Benefit’s High Beam Highlighter on my nose and cheekbones.

On the days when I need more coverage or maybe when I am at school or work for too long, I make sure to put on some primer. The Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer Light works super well for oil control. I recently bought the second pack from Ulta. With the primer set first, my favorite Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation (20 Beige) stays on my skin flawlessly.

Lastly, a little bonus – Clinique’s All About Lips has been a life savior for me this winter. It dries super quickly on the lips and creates a smooth, non-sticky, natural matte finish.

I tend to grab these items with me on every trip, this 6-month long exchange being no exception. Hopefully these will last me the whole time and I won’t need to bother with looking for new packs!

What products do you always bring with you on trips?

butter LONDON Iconoclast Mascara

This week I was lucky enough to find Butter London’s new Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara! The name is a mouthful, but it’s totally worth trying out.

The promise: “300% Increase in volume with one coat and no Clumping, Smudging or Flaking”
The cost: $20.00
Why it’s cool: the brush shape lets you apply mascara precisely, it doesn’t clump and doubles the volume.
*Comes in the same line as the Iconoclast Infinite Lacquer Liner

After using this mascara for a few days, I think I can safely say that it does what it’s supposed to do: volumizes the lashes quite a bit, doesn’t clump too much and holds the curl really well. My one little note is that it’s definitely not water resistant. My eyes tend to water a lot, so every time I get some tears, the mascara on the bottom lashes starts to run just a tiny bit. This isn’t a real problem for me, though, a slight swipe with a tissue can fix it in no time.

The photo below is with me wearing two layers. I’m quite happy with how long and poofy it makes my eye lashes look, so will definitely use this one for a while now!
Iconoclast 1 and 2 layersHave you tried Butter London’s new Iconoclast mascara and eye liner? What do you think? 

Bare Minerals Powder Foundation Review

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, you know that I am completely obsessed with complexion makeup, like foundation and primers. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about the Bare Minerals Powder Foundation, but after my good friend Lauren recommended it to me a few days ago and I found a great starter kit at Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty, I couldn’t resist buying it. How is it possible to save any money for travel when there is so much makeup around me?  Read more

Looking Pretty Without Makeup

Hello hello! A few days ago I stumbled upon some random slideshow of famous actresses and singers without makeup, going about their days and doing their stuff. Some of them looked completely different from their Red-Carpet faces, and that didn’t really surprise me. I looked at them and thought, “Wow, she does look better with makeup on, poor lady.” But then there were these other photos, which I looked at and smiled. The stars didn’t look ugly, grumpy or gray – and there was one common pattern among them that made it so. Read more