Friday, 5 August 2016

What's in my Makeup Bag: Summer Vacation

Hi Guys,

I'be been planning out my makeup for my trip away for longer than I've been planning what to wear. Which is typical for me, I can never decide on what to take and I've probably over packed by quite a bit as per usual. I blame the fact that I get a little bit obsessed over having options, just incase...
Though I'm quite pleased with myself for managing to get all of my skincare, bodycare, haircare and makeup all in the one wash bag. I have definitely become a tad obsessed with travel mini's, but they are so handy and make such a difference to packing everything up. Decant as much as you can! Plus they are adorable too. 
 Skincare wise, I'm sticking to what I know and love. Including my Hydraquench Moisturiser for day and night, as well as the handy little SPF 30 Sun Control Stick, brilliant to use as a lip balm and over smaller areas that you can just top up with through out the day.

To take my makeup off with, I've got the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, I hadn't tried this before my trip to London. I can see why it's such a cult product, it's so effective at removing any makeup and then also being used for a second cleanse too, it leaves your skin feeling so nourished and soft. Though I also have a mini Clarins Eye Makeup Remover, just as I find that's a lot quicker to remove eye makeup with. Then lastly to tone, I'll be taking a travel size Pixi Glow Tonic, however I forgot to photograph it. But if you haven't already, grab a bottle, the glow it gives the skin and how effective it is at keeping the skin lovely and soft is worth every penny.

Makeup prep wise, I've decanted my trusty Nivea Men After Shave Balm as a primer, as well as a teeny little bottle of the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, to keep everything in place. I also have a teeny pot of the Clarins Tanning Gel, to mix in with my foundation, just to darken it ever so slightly if needed. As well as making sure I have plenty of contact lenses solution to keep me going while I'm away, in the really handy Tiger Copenhagen Bottles. Oh and the Pixi Lip Polish as my lip balm/scrub, after it was recommended by Jamie Geniveve. 
 Haircare and Bodycare I've tried to keep simple, mainly sticking with Lush. As their naked products are so easy to travel with, you don't need to worry about liquid restrictions and leaking shampoo bottles in your case. Ive packed the Solid Shampoo Bar in Seanik, to try and give my hair a volume boost. The Shower Gel in Beautiful, which is lovely and fruity with lots of grapefruit packed into it.

I also decanted their Tooth Fairy Tooth Powder into a smaller tub, which by the way is an amazing toothpaste, although weird at first. Then there is also the Teo Solid Deodrant, another unsung hero from Lush and there is no way I could go back to canister deodorants every again, even when I'm not travelling. Then finally from Lush I have Buffy; the perfect two in one, body butter and exfoliator.

I've also popped in my teeny bottle of Ojon Rare Blend Oil to try out and hopefully just to rehydrate the ends of my hair after sun and sea damage. 
 When it comes to makeup, I've popped my foundation, which is Illamasqua Skin Base, Clarins BB Cream and Clarins Instant Concealer into smaller tubs. As well as choosing my Nars Palette as its so handy to travel with for blush and bronzer as you have a few options. Though I still couldn't help but bring my Illamasqua Gel Sculpt as its a little bit lighter on the skin. Plus of course my Beyond Powder in OMG as I think I'm going to have to be surgically removed from this highlighter. Then also the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Powder in Light Plus to set everything. 
When it comes to the eye's I think it's fair to say I've gotten carried away when it comes to pencils. But I'm so obsessed with the Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Sticks, I just couldn't decide on one or two shades. Though they are so thin you can get away with packing quite a few and they don't take up a lot of space. Just like the MAC Powersurge Pencil and my trusty Illamaswua Vow Pencil, which is a fantastic little multitasker. 

I then have my Ilamasequa Gain Masquara, as it tints the lashes every time that you use it. As well as my Precision Gel Liner, which probably won't get used, but I think I would feel lost without it just incase. 

Shadow wise, I thought the Illamasqua Vanitas Palette would be the handiest, as its so slim and has such a variation of colours and shades. You have endless options with it, as well as Makeup Geek Coco Bear and Frappe. To hold everything in place on my eyes, as if I don't have a base there's no point in me wearing any shadow. Which is why I have the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and the little handy bottle of Illamasqua Sealing Gel to turn different products water resistant. Though I thought I would try the Clarins Ombré Waterproof Shadow and see if it really lives up to its name. 
I've gotten carried away lips wise too, I tried to wittle it down to the nudes; MAC Velvet Teddy and my beloved Illamasqua Rosepout. A pink, in the form of the YSL Glossy Stain in 13, an orange; Illamasqua Brink, which I can then mix with Illamasqua Maiden Intense Gloss to turn it into more of a coral shade. Then finally I have a mini Clarins Lip Oil, to keep my lips hydrated and for a classie red, the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid in Fire.

I promise that hopefully at some point in my life I will finally get the hang of streamlining and not being so indecisive, when it comes to my makeup bag. But for now I'll need to stick with my multiple option approach haha.

Eloise x


  1. I love all your items, I am the same I always think I've narrowed down loads but then I write my holiday beauty post and think hmmmm, I love the teeny bottles too they are so cute! xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  2. I have never used lush haircare before, but it looks great!

  3. Super cute! I love reading these kinds of posts, it's so interesting to see what people edit themselves down to and what's essential to them- although I'm also obsessed with travel minis which does help! Loved this post. You've inspired me to do a similar one soon x

    Sarah |

  4. I love your makeup bag, it's so cute! You've got such a great mix of products xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  5. That eye palette is gorgeous!! :D


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