(My eyebrows are due a serious threading sesh)
I feel like I have finally found a makeup look that I can't stop wearing, and probably won't stop wearing for a while. It consists of a gel liner, a good pair of eye lash curlers and my favourite lip combo discovery of the year. I'm currently in Prague and I've had to manage a 4 night stay with a 10kg bag, hence the use of samples and smaller products that help with space.
Base wise I've been wearing a combination of Estee Lauder Double Wear in Fresco (£30) with the L'oreal True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory (£9.99). The longevity of the double wear is still apparent but the true match foundation helps keep it a medium (less cakey) looking coverage, using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) to buff this in leaves my skin with a matte finish that is going to last through a day of lectures or work. Typically I don't actually like a fully matte finish, so this is where I introduce theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (£17.50) to the tops of my (non-existent) cheek bones and just a little under my brow bone, this highlighter is perfect for everyday, it isn't overly pink or too pale so I feel like it will work well for most people.
To add some colour to my face I'm taking the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.99), this is perfect for travelling because it has a bronzer and a contour shade in the one palette, which both actually work for me really well. The contour shade isn't too grey which is something I've struggled with when trying others, perfect budget option for anyone who is on the paler side like me!
I used to use the Maybelline Gel Liner (£7.99) years ago and when it dried up I just forgot about it and decided not to repurchase it again, but I'm so glad I picked it up. Gel liner is the most long lasting and gives me a really dark black line, it has made me realise how much of a shoddy job some of my other liners were doing. I think paired with the right brush it can be worn in so many different ways. Along my water line I use the Benefit Eye Bright (£15.50), such a simple concept but I feel strange without applying some of this now, it really brightens and makes my eye makeup look complete. Mascara has to be the Maybelline lash sensational, I've wrote a post with before and after pictures, they say it all really. For my holiday I'm taking away a sample of the Chanel Infinite Length and Curl, this gives me volume and length and without a doubt will be featuring on my Christmas list, due to the fact it is £25 full size!
Now onto that holy grail lip product discovery which will be no surprise if you follow me on my social media, MACs Brave (£15.50), the perfect muted pink/ mauve shade with blue undertones. Honestly I don't know why this colour works for me so well because it looks kind of boring right in the bullet.
Next on my list are Twig, Faux and Patisserie (which hopefully I'll have picked up from the airport!). The lipliner I wear with it is Whirl (£12.50) which I'll be taking away with me to hopefully pair with a new lipstick buy, it is the perfect mauve shade that is slightly darker than Brave making it more intense.
What are your travel makeup essentials?