When you are only allowed one plastic bag with all your liquids in for the weekend, it really makes you think about the things that you actually need (and all the space saving tips and tricks possible to cram absolutely everything!). I recently had to strip back my makeup bag and select a couple of key things I currently couldn't do my makeup without, so I thought I would share them with you.
First things first lets talk base, I took two that are both very different from each other. The Avene Skin Tone Perfector* is the lighter of the two, offering nothing more than a tint of colour with only a small amount of coverage, although this is perfect for parts of my skin that are behaving and just need a little bit of a lift, I also find this keeps my skin feeling nice and hydrated throughout the day. To team up with that off course there is something with a little more coverage, I took a sample of the Estee Lauder Double Wear, this foundation is perfect for a weekend away as it doesn't budge, meaning I can wander around not having to worry what my makeup looks like. I like to apply just a small amount of this in areas where I need more coverage. To set everything I took my trusty travel size Makeup Forever HD Powder, (massive thanks to Claire, as I won this in her giveaway at the start of the year!) I love this stuff, by using this I know everything is set in place without looking cakey. This powder is particularly good for setting the makeup under my eyes, I don't find my concealer to crease at all.
I have wrote a full review of the Clinique Chubby Contour Stick, it is perfect for subtle definition, it is contouring without a faff! To help everything blend together I took my (yes pretty dirty) beauty blender, dampened this works a treat for both my base and blending out the contour stick, making it really good for travelling, although I do need some tips on how to clean it! For my brows I took the Soap and Glory Archery Pencil, I had this lurking at the bottom of my makeup draw and it was a fab little re discovery, perfect for travel as I can make my brows look both natural or more defined. I had eyelash extensions before going away so I took MAC's Teddy Eyeliner to just add some definition to the lash line during the evenings, honestly I don't really like wearing black kohl liner, having oily skin I find they just smudge and are too much maintenance. Teddy is a gorgeous chocolate brown with shimmers running through it, applied liberally along the lash line and smudged this can also double up as an eyeshadow.
Lastly the finishing touches to getting ready, lipstick and perfume. The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Bitch Perfect is a lovely every day shade, it is comfortable and goes with a magnitude of makeup looks, a staple in my handbag! I recently blogged about the Jo Malone fragrance in Peony and Blush Suede, I pinched some room in my fiance's little plastic bag and just about managed to squeeze this in. This is the perfect fragrance for everyday, long lasting yet not too over powering, I love it and can't wait to pick up another one, I'm thinking Wood Sage and Sea Salt!
Hope you enjoyed this slightly long winded post! What are your weekend away makeup essentials?