I love to travel ! I start packing a long time before my departure, it feels like holidays already ! I choose my make up and skincare carefully depending on the length of the stay, the purpose, the destination and the transportation. Nevertheless I always take too much and I always forget something !
Your needs will be clearly different if you go camping or if you are going to attend a seminar, a party or a wedding, if you travel in a sporty car with an engine all over the place, it is going to be steaming hot in the boot, you may consider taking your make up in your handbag with you… if you travel by plane, you will need to take only small liquids with you and consider not putting your make up palettes with the checked in luggage..
Here are my little and humble travel experiences and recommendations, maybe you will find some ideas and I would be really happy if that helped !
First of all, don’t take too many things. Your boyfriend, husband, friends or family will see it at some point, maybe you don’t care, but believe me, this can be embarrassing … my boyfriend even took a picture, said “Are you going to use ALL that???” well I did not… of course… not even close…
If you are going to travel to a very warm place, if you are planning to leave your bags in the car, or have to travel with medicine, you may want to take little cool beauty bags that protect your products from the heat. I found a “Beauty Bag” in a food supermarket in Spain that was very cheap and clever ! This one comes from the company Gio Style
The bag contains a freezer, a mirror and some compartments. They claim to be available only in Italy, but I bought it in Spain. We had to travel with some medicine this summer and that was very handy !
Otherwise there are little lunch bags that are really very cute and that you can use for this purpose, I saw some of them in the UK in John Lewis or Selfridges and was really tempted. At the end I could not get back to get one but I found this Ted Baker at the airport. This one is called “Jaynee bag”. I do not know if these are still available in Ted Baker but you may find similar items.
You may want to take one or two additional empty make up bags if you are planning to buy additional make up at your destination.
There are also great office supplies, they are probably cheaper and often very cute. I found some from Nici that are so adorable.
In the picture below, the roll at the top is a Nici pouch, it is for school and not for make up purposes… but it is really cute and excellent for the brushes. At the bottom, is the Hakuhodo soft case with just a cord to close it. I prefer to travel with non-magnetic rolls, if I put them in my handbag, I prefer that nothing magnetic goes close to my wallet (and credit cards…).
I do not carry them in my handbag since it is quite safe to put them in the luggage (unless you don’t want to risk them being stolen).
On the top left is the fluffy Nici roll with the brushes. I have one for brushes and one for eyeliners/lipliners. The white one is also a flufly Nici pencil pouch but with a zip, great for eyeshadow brushes or eyeliners. The black is the Hakuhodo soft case.
The make up
I always take an eyeshadow base, some waterproof cream eye shadows, one or two palettes and some eyeliners. Unii palettes are great for traveling but I wish they were a tad bigger. Waterproof mascara is a must if you plan to go to the beach !
For the face, I will take either the Unii palette with my favorite blush, highlighter and bronzer or I will take smaller ones to keep in my handbag. I love to get sample size items, perfect for traveling. I have a mini Chanel Universal (this was a tester that I got new), a mini Nars Laguna and RMK or Chantecaille full size blushes are unfortunately very tiny but practical for traveling.
The skincare and other bare necessities…
Apart from the skincare, hair products, teeth brush, razor or other hygienic products, I always include the following :
- Hand sanitizer
- Mini bottle of alcohol (for brushes)
- Waterproof make up remover
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Body and feet moisturizer
- Lip balm
- A little bag with some first aid medicine
- Some cotton pads, cotton swabs, tweezers, pencil sharpener, etc…
These are just some ideas.
Please share your experience in the comments and what special things you like to take with you !