What's In My Travel Makeup Bag? - Weekend Away

If you've seen my last post you'll know that I recently had a little weekend trip to Flinders. I love reading about what makeup people take away with them when they go on holidays, so I thought I'd share mine. It was a quick two night stay, so I tried really hard not to over-pack. I'm sure we've all been guilty of thinking we might need three different blushes for a week long trip before. 

We drove up on a Friday and came home on Sunday, so I tried to narrow down the skincare I took to only what I would actually have a chance to use. I could have probably been a little more cut-throat, but I did still want to be able to enjoy having a small routine. Of course I made sure to pack my beloved Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I've made a habit of slathering my face with this every night. The Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is one of my favourite masks for travelling. It's not at all messy, is quick to use and makes my skin feel immediately better. The packaging also doesn't take up much space and isn't prone to breaking.

A new addition to my skincare collection, the NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are what I took in place of my Pixi Glow Tonic. I'm liking them so far, but I haven't been using them long enough to have a full opinion on them. To round up the skincare I took, I couldn't go without a sunscreen. I chose the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL. The packaging is more compact than my other favourite sunscreen (To Save Face from Mecca Cosmetica), which was the deciding factor for this trip.

For my base makeup, I chose the Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturiser from First Aid Beauty. It saved me from having to pack a separate moisturiser and primer, plus, it works incredibly well as both. I picked one of my current favourites, the Hydrating Luminous Foundation from Designer Brands to bring with me. As summer is now over, this will be too dark for me soon, so I want to get as much use from it as possible. I only ended up using it once, and the rest of the time I just used the Smashbox Studio Skin Concealer. I took a powder, just in case, which I also only used once. I chose the Tarte Filtered Light Setting Powder because it's relatively small and it doesn't make my skin look cakey or dry.

As for my cheeks, I wanted to bring some of the cream products that I love. I knew I wasn't going to want to spend much time applying makeup. I also knew that I didn't want to pack a bunch of different brushes, so I stuck to things that a sponge or my fingers could blend out. The Milk Makeup Baked Bronzer came with me, mainly because I can't seem to put it down at the moment. The Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone by Becca and the Mecca Cosmetica Illuminating Balm we're easy choices too. They are both quick to apply and leave my skin looking luminous and fresh. 

Eyes and brows were easy. Mainly because I didn't want to take eyeshadow. I never take trips without bringing a palette with me, but it was really nice to not have to worry about that extra step! The Brow Wiz and Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia are my favourites, so they were easy to pick. I'm also super into the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara at the moment, so that came along too.

As for tools, I took one of the Beautyblenders that I'm using at the moment. It's light green from a set that came out last year. It's similar to the white one in that it looks dirty no matter how much you clean it. I brought the Elf Blush Brush too, but I think that was mainly out of habit. This one lives in my handbag at all times. I used the Powder Brush from this set by It Cosmetics to apply the setting powder on the day I used foundation.

So that's everything I packed for my little weekend away. It felt like hardly anything but when you lay it all out to write about it suddenly feels like a lot more. I'm pretty happy that I was able to keep it minimal enough that I didn't need to take an extra bag with me, so I think I did well. The only other items I took with me were a pack of makeup wipes and a lip balm. They didn't make the pictures because, well, I'm really quite forgetful. 

How do you do your makeup when on holiday? Do you go for a quick and natural look or do you go for the glam? Are you a serial over-packer like I am? Please tell me you are so I don't feel as bad.

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What's your opinion?

  1. A great selection and must-haves to take away. I love the Origins Drink Up Mask - it really does work wonders x


  2. There are so many products here I really want to try! I used to absolutely swear by those Nip & Fab pads, I must try them again!

    The Makeup Directory

    1. I'm really liking them so far! I love how fuss-free they are x

  3. These are really awesome pieces dear. Big fan of masks too, and I'd love to try Origins Drink Up Mask and see it for myself. Thanks for sharing your travel beauty secrets dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    1. The Origins mask is a total life saver! Thanks for reading x

  4. I love this FAB primer! I rarely hear people talk about it but it's lovely :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  5. I often don't worry about eyeshadow if I'm only going away for a short time, as much as I love it, its so many extra products to take! I often take the Origins mask with me as you don't have to rinse it and its a great hydrating product with no fuss. great picks Billie! xx