What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag?

Mum and I are off to the Sydney sun for a week to visit some family and friends. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a heavy packer. I like to be prepared and if that means taking three jumpers, two jackets and four pairs of jeans on an overnight trip then so be it! With this in mind I now present to you my travel makeup and brush kit…



I’ve got the cutest little makeup bag from the cutest little shop in Hobart. It’s hand made using old fabric by the lovely lady from Shall Designs. We’re not sure if it is meant for makeup but we LOVE it!



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Ok, I have to admit, I am pretty proud of myself with the makeup I chose to bring on this trip. I stuck to ONE, I repeat ONE eyeshadow palette and instead of a separate blush, bronzer AND highlight I packed the Tarte Park Avenue Princess palette (its Ah-mazing!)… I know, I’m awesome. I did have to put my Smashbox Contour palette in too for when we go to a musical at the Opera House and out for dinners but it’s slim so we’ll let that one slide.

I decided the go with my trusty Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. It’s compact, has sturdy tin packaging so it won’t smash in my suitcase and the shadows are awesome quality and have a good mix of natural and more dramatic shades to spice things up if I’m feeling a bit snazzy. I also packed the Urban Decay Anti Ageing Primer Potion to help my eye shadow last forever.

As far as my base I chose products I know will last me all day or night and never let me down. Whenever I wear Georgio Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation I get comments on how amazing my skin looks (BOOM! It’s a foundation.. tricked ya!) so you know it’s a keeper! It also has no SPF so it won’t give any flashback at night but I can add it through my skin care during the day. I generally don’t need to powder this foundation down but I packed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Ethereal Light” just in case I am extra shiny in the hot Sydney weather. For concealer, I chose to bring my Mac Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer Duo in NW20/NC25 to cover my raccoon eyes and any spots that show up.

And last, but not least we have the brows! My favourite brow product of the moment is the Tarte Brow Mousse in medium brown. I put this baby through my brows and instantly feel like Cara Delevigne and top them off with some NARS Clear Brow Gel so they stay in place. Then I draw my Benefit High Brow underneath to clean them up and really make them stand out. #browsonfleek

See, I told you! That wasn’t too bad was it?



Photo (1) Okay, so here is where I start to struggle. I like lips and I like options. I decided on three lip liners and MAC are my favourite (but I’m always keen to try more… suggestions below please!) so I chose to bring their pro longwear lip pencil in High Energy for any red lip choices and their regular lip pencils in Dervish for my more natural choices and Whirl for, umm… It’s just a really nice lip liner okay!

For lipsticks I chose five. This was cut down from around 50 so, woohoo! Go me! I’ve got my trusty MAC Myself (limited edition – sorry!) which is one of the easiest nudes to wear and chuck on on the go, MAC’s Honey love for a nude statement lip, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kat Moss in 45  (which we couldn’t find a link for sorry!) which is very similar to Mac’s Myself but hey, a girl can never have too many nudes, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 32 because these Kate Moss lipsticks are heaven and this shade reminds me of Mac’s Ravishing which I have been loving this Spring and Clarins’ 704 for a beautiful summery red (see here).




For my face: I generally use my fingers for foundation because I find that melts in with my skin the best and I can get the coverage I want without going straight to cake face. For my bronzer I have packed the Zoeva 106 Powder brush to help give me a bronzy glow, I’ve got their 127 luxe sheer cheek brush which is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE blush brush… EVER! I’ve got the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to chisel out my cheekbones and the Becca Bronzer/Shimmer Fan Brush to pack on the highlight Jaclyn Hill style!

For my brows: I packed the Tarte brush that comes with their brow mousse to use the spooly to brush through my brows but as I don’t really like the brush on the end I’ve packed the Zoeva 322 Brow Line brush to carve out dem brows.

For my eyes: I tried really hard not to pack this many eye brushes but hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. So hold on tight, here we go. (All by Zoeva) I packed the 230 Luxe Pencil brush, 221 Luxe Soft Crease brush, 228 Luxe Crease brush, 142 concealer brush, 227 Luxe Soft Definer brush, 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush, 232 Luxe Classic Shader brush and the 235 Contour Shader brush.


Yay! Let’s go to Sydney! What do you always have to take away with you? J


Stay Beautiful –M xx