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When it comes to packing, I'm very good at keeping things streamlined. Clothing and makeup for two weeks? I'll make it work with only carry-on luggage. And that's exactly what I did for my holiday this summer where I visited my friend in London for a week, and then went to Bourgogne the next week for my cousin's wedding...
The makeup I packed is super basic. But I pack things that I know I will use, and that can be appropriate for different occasions.
Etude House Face Blur Primer | I got this in my YesStyle haul a few months ago [haul post here] and honestly, I'm telling you guys, Koreans fucking know what's up when it comes to base products. This is a moisturizing primer that makes your skin look evened-out and smooth on its own, has SPF 35 PA++, AND the price is right at only $17 CAD. This works so well under my BareMinerals Original Foundation.
BareMinerals Original Foundation | This is one of my most-loved foundations. I think I only have a quarter of the product left. This is a powder foundation that looks and feels light and natural, but the coverage is buildable. I will always have this foundation in my collection!
IT Cosmetics CC Veil Cushion | IT Cosmetics has quickly become one of my favourite makeup brands. This cushion foundation is just so easy to apply in a hurry, giving a light coverage and SPF 50 protection. It's one of those products that are so easy to slap on quickly in the mornings, or to carry around for touch-ups.
IT Cosmetics CC Undereye Corrector | Review | Will conceal any darkness under your eyes. I use this nearly every day. The colour is straight up orange, so you need to go over it with something else (I used Clinique Airbrush Concealer) but this is amazing and you can read more about it on my review post on it here.
MUFE HD Concealer | Total rookie mistake - I only tried this twice before deciding to bring it on holiday. I thought I liked it, and it works well on the face, but it doesn't seem to do much under the eyes. The concealer is marketed as being able to cover up dark circles, but imho it did not, and it made my under eyes look kind of dry. Also, it did not sit well over the IT Cosmetics corrector.
Clinique Airbrush Concealer | I picked this up in duty free on holiday, and I'm so glad I did since the MUFE concealer just wasn't working for me under my eyes. This, put over the IT Cosmetics Undereye Corrector is a perfect match.
Younique Splurge Cream Shadow in "Victorious" | What I've been reaching for lately as an eyeshadow base / primer. It is a creamy, matte nude that evens out the eyelid and lasts all day!
Inglot Eyeshadows | The most underrated eye shadows that last for ever. I think I got this palette 2 years ago. Don't let the photo fool you - for some reason, the camera doesn't pick up the sizeable dents I've made in the medium brown and beige shadows. I picked each pan out for the palette (called the Freedom System) and each pan has 3 shades (called Rainbow Eyeshadows). Also, every single shade is matte. I generally stick to the shades on the right, but if I'm leaning toward a warmer eyeshadow look, I'll dip into the orangey tones to the left.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (Waterproof) | I love this mascara as it always makes my eyelashes really stand out. This waterproof version is very good at holding a curl all day, which is my number one concern when it comes to mascaras.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in "Partaaay" | I don't like the name of this blush (so stupid right) but the colour is beautiful. It was the blush that came in the Tarte birthday gift at Sephora. The blush is a warm neutral colour that really makes me look blushed and sort of bronzy. I've been reaching for this a lot lately, so I am really enjoying it this summer!
NARS liquid highlighter | I bought a tinted moisturizer at the NARS counter and they gave me a sample of a liquid highlighter. I actually don't know which one but it's quite dewy and subtle.
Benefit Double The Lip | This is a trial size I received in my TopBox a couple of months ago. The concept of having two colours in the bullet is interesting, but it simply doesn't translate in real life. I just used it like a normal lipstick, blending out the two colours, and it made for a very pretty rosy shade.
Laritzy Undressed Liquid Lip Stain | This is a new product I got in my TopBox this summer and I was impressed with it. It is very pigmented, but the formula can be applied thinly to the lips to create a nice blotted stained lip look (my preferred look), or it can be applied full-on for a typical liquid lip look.
Marcelle Lip Liner "Jewel" | Soft, smooth and long-wearing. This lip liner matches with both other lip colours I brought on holiday. It is definitely one of the best lip liner formulas I've ever tried.
Finally, the last thing I brought (not photographed) was the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray!
All the makeup I brought worked well to have nice varied daytime looks, and also had the option of adding a bit more drama if I needed it for night time. As I mentioned, I also went to my cousin's wedding and I was able to make an appropriate look! Which shows that you really don't need to pack so many items, because if there's something that bothers me is packing something that I never use!
How do you usually pack beauty products for travel? Are you streamlined or do you tend to pack more?
This year, I've gotten my hands on both of the Sephora birthday gifts! My aunt got the Tarte gift, but gave it to me since she said she probably won't use it... and for my birthday, I got the Caudalie gift. For those of you who have yet to collect their gifts, here is a review of both to help you make up your mind.
This set comes with the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade "Paaarty". The name is kind of dumb, but the shade is really beautiful and I've been reaching for it a lot. In fact, it's the only blush I brought on holiday with me. It's a gorgeous, warm neutral shade that is perfect for summer. I think it would work well for Light to Tan complexions. Cheeks look blushed and sort of bronzed, and the colour is neutral but bold. Love.
The other item in this set is the Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in "Birthday Suit". The colour is a creamy nude, and the formula is a smooth whipped texture. It feels so light on the lips, and not that drying. I don't tend to wear liquid lipsticks, so I don't reach for this very often, but I think that this is a nice formula.
The set comes with the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. I brought this serum while on holiday, and with 2 weeks of use, I found it to be quite nice. I didn't notice any huge changes since my skin doesn't have any problems in particular. But my skin did seem a bit more even and overall well-behaved. I think that after trying this travel size, I would be interested in buying the full size as I really enjoyed the fresh smell and milky consistency of this. It's also worth noting that this is a nice generous size for a serum! It lasted me nearly a month.
The Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is a very lightweight moisturizer, better suited for the summer months. I liked it, but it's not something I would reach for over my other moisturizers, nor would I wear makeup over it. It's quite light, and sinks into the skin rapidly. If you like lightweight moisturizers then you would like this, but personally, I prefer something balmier.
Have you already picked up your Sephora birthday gift? Which one did you get?
I'm quite good about wearing SPF every day, both on my face and body. Generally, when it comes to the face, I've used a lot of Korean BB creams with SPF in the past. I have a couple Korean bits currently in use, so I'll be talking about those as well!
I love products that incorporate SPF. I've tried having a separate face cream just for SPF and always hated adding that extra layer. So, when it comes to SPF for the face, for me, it's all about products that I would already normally use, that also have SPF in it.
Korean brands know how to incorporate SPF and they're my top choice when it comes to an everyday base with sun protection. Currently, I'm using the ItsSkin Prestige Creme Ginseng d'Escargot which has SPF 35 PA+++. I purchased this a year ago at C+C Cosmetics which is a small store in Montreal that sells Korean beauty products. I've been wearing this all year since I got it, and it has lasted so well. You only need one pump for your whole face, and it has a nice medium coverage. This is one of my favourite BB Creams I've ever tried, as it makes my skin look so healthy, glowing and hydrated. I always get complimented on my skin when I wear this! Highly recommend.
The Etude House Face Blur is a recent addition to my collection, but I'm really liking it already. It's a primer with SPF 33 PA++. This by itself over a moisturizer already makes my skin look very smooth, bright and hydrated. It's definitely not a slippy silicone-y primer, rather a thin, lotion-y hydrating primer. It has a strong fragrance that sort of reminds me of a classic bar soap smell. But that doesn't bother me. It works so well under makeup, and again, it's Korean <3
Ok let's take a break and look at something NOT Korean. The Marcelle City Tinted Cream is a tinted moisturizer with very light coverage. It has SPF 25, but only offers UVB protection. It claims to have antioxidants and to protect the skin against environmental aggressors. By itself, it offers a very flattering, natural, radiant finish. I often use this as a base, underneath my L'Oréal Pro Glow foundation, and tend to use this more on the not-so-sunny days. It's a good base product, but I probably wouldn't repurchase since it doesn't offer broad spectrum protection.
Now back to the last Korean product with SPF that I'm loving. The SecretKey Miracle Essence Concealer has SPF 30 PA++. You read that right... a concealer with SPF. I'm telling you, Koreans know what's up! I use this underneath my eyes, and it has a pretty good coverage and blends out nicely with my fingertip or with a sponge. Basically just a good concealer with SPF.
The L'Oréal sale is where I stock up on body sunscreens for the year. This year, I was pleased to find a lot more of the spray sunscreen types, which are so much easier to apply, in addition to being less thick and less sticky. I got two sprays, one from Vichy and one from La Roche Posay, both at SPF 50. Both also offer broad spectrum protection. For good measure, since I'll be travelling to Europe this summer and don't want to bring a big spray can with me, I got the Ombrelle sunscreen in SPF 50. The texture for this one is lovely as well. It's quite thin and has a dry touch finish.
WHAT'S ON MY RADAR...
Supergoop SPF 50 Mist: A couple of years ago, I read about SPF mists in some online magazine article and immediately wanted one. SPF protection doesn't last all day, so it's smart to give it a top up every couple of hours. Unfortunately, none of the mists listed in the article were available in Canada, so finally, I stumbled upon this one on the Urban Outfitters website. I'm hoping to get my hands on this before travelling!
IT Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50: I actually ordered this a couple of months ago, and was so excited to try it. To my surprise, and disappointment, the shade Light was much too dark for my skin. I am always "Light" in everything! I would never consider myself a fair skin tone, so this was a bit of a letdown to me... I ended up giving the CC Cream to my aunt, and went back online to order it in Fair, but alas! It was sold out. I've noticed it recently came back in stock so I might make an order soon, especially since my ItsSkin BB Cream is nearly done.