Hello! I have been MIA in this blog and I apologize. I am currently staying with my sister “helping” her move out of her apartment. Excited for my sister since she’ll be graduating this year…crossing fingers she will also have a job soon enough. I also came to see her earlier since my friend was getting married in the same week. It was amazing to kill two birds with one stone on this trip. They are a beautiful couple and I hope God will bless their marriage until they come into His Kingdom. During the wedding and reception, it was wonderful to catch up with old friends I haven’t seen in two years since I’ve graduated. It was a very wonderful weekeend…the more I stay here the more I’d like to come back to ATL someday.
As I mentioned through the title of this blog…I wanted to talk about what makeup I brought to this trip. I enjoy these types of videos as well because you can see a person’s essential makeup stash. Plus doing this blog will help me remember every time I go to a trip what exactly I need to bring without worrying about if I forgot anything.
So first the all the bag that I use is an old Benefit bag I received through one of their combination makeup sets. I enjoy this bag because I can see what all is in there. Plus the bag is sturdy yet lightweight so it’s great for travel.
Starting from the left I have my Shu Uemura eyelash curler…which is the only eye lash curler I have used so far that can get almost all of my eyelash hair and curl them.
Next is the Mac Tendertone lip balm in Tread Gently. This lip balm has an SPF 12 and this particular tendertone gives the most beautiful shimmer to the lips. I don’t like to use this as a lip balm since it actually makes my lips peel but I love to use this in combination with the Mac lipglass in Pink Lemonade.
Below is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs I absolutely love this as a primer/base under my eyeshadows or as a wash of color on my lids by itself. If I’m going to an amusement park or somewhere where I know I’ll be out sweating I love to put on an eyelid primer and this color tattoo and then my eyeliner. This guarantees that my eye makeup will be locked in place all day.
I have my Maybelline instant age rewind eraser dark circles treatment concealer in #30 medium. I realized for me personally that I prefer to use this product by taking the top off and using my fingers to dab the product under my eyes. The sponge for my concealer broke so for the longest time I disliked using this concealer because the sponge wouldn’t deposit enough product onto my eyes. Or it seemed that the sponge would absorb more of the product and not enough would actually apply onto my skin. When I used my fingers I loved how it naturally conceals my dark circles and brightens the area around my cheeks and under my eyes.
Beside it I have the Revlon photoready concealer in light medium. I usually use the color light medium or medium. I love this concealer to cover acne spots or other spots around my face. This blends in with my natural skin color without any brightening (which may look unnatural on acne spots). The consistency is very creamy and a matte finish…which makes this concealer blend seamlessly onto my skin. Plus this concealer doesn’t break me out. LOVE. I would be mortified if they discontinued this product.
I have my Wet n Wild Fergie eyelid primer. This is product is amazing. It didn’t cost me very much AND when comparing this product with a high end eye primer this one makes the eyeshadows last just as long with more intensity. I do find though that it seems this primer makes it a little more difficult to blend eyeshadows since the consistency of it becomes tacky after applying it onto the lids. I need to do an eye primer comparison blog someday. But overall I do enjoy this eye primer.
My MAC lipglass in Pink Lemonade. So far I’ve tried this one and Mac’s lipglass in Lust and they are the only two lipglosses that actually improve the condition of my lips after application. And since I have myriads of lip products that disappointed me (as you’ve read previously in my Lippies I wouldn’t Repurchase blog), I find these lipglasses to be AMAZING. I can’t wait to purchase more colors because I absolutely love Pink Lemonade. This shade goes with pretty much anything I wear and it’s a great warm pink to wear year long. Though it can be a little sticky, the finish is creamy and the color lasts as long as 4-5 hours by itself which I find to be the longest wearing lipgloss I own. I love applying this and adding Tread Gently tendertone to the center of the lips. The moisturizing factor of this lipglass helps prevent peeling that usually occurs when I wear Tread Gently by itself or with a lipstick.
I have a tweezer and a NYX pencil sharpener. All essential tools.
I then have my Fresh lip balm in the original. As I’ve mentioned in my Empties blog post I do enjoy this lip balm for more of a day time moisture.
I have my blush/eyeshadow in the Khloe Kardazzle palette. Since I already dedicated a blog post on it I won’t go into detail. I’ll just say…I LOVE this stuff and I’m incredibly sad that they discontinued this palette so quickly.
Next I have the Benefit high beam highlighter which is my favorite liquid highlighter. Sometimes my makeup can apply too matte initially especially after I powder so I like to put this highlight down the nose and on the top of my cheeks. If I run out of this highlight I most likely will purchase the full size.
My Clinique eyebrow brow shaper in #05 Charcoaled. This brow powder fills in my brows quite naturally so I do really enjoy it. I realized the best way to apply this powder is using the angled eyebrow brush given. Initially you may have to rub the product vigorously with your brush, but after that initial use the powder will be much easier to grab with your brush.
I have my Maybelline matte setting powder. I ended up bringing this along because this is the easiest powder to travel with; it has sturdy packaging plus it’s not a loose powder. If I was at home this isn’t the first powder I reach for but it is great for travel.
Next is my Nivea lip butter in Vanilla and Macademia Kiss. I know I raved about this lip butter at first but somehow this doesn’t work as well for me. I have no idea why…and I’m sad :(. I still brought it along because I usually need at least two or three lip balms/chapsticks since my lips are usually not in the greatest condition even without any lipstick, etc.
My Covergirl lash blast mascara. This mascara I didn’t enjoy as much when I first opened but after about a month I realized this mascara worked much better for me. It isn’t the easiest mascara to take off but I do enjoy it since it does hold my curl all day without smudging. I do enjoy my higher end mascaras (for more volume, length, and black intensity) but I think this is a great drugstore mascara. I think it’s the only mascara I’ve used so far that doesn’t smudge on me.
The two pencil eyeliners I’m bringing are Nyx slide on pencil in Jet Black. This is the only pencil eyeliner that doesn’t smudge on me (refer to my Eyeliners I wouldn’t Repurchase blog)…which is already an A+ in my grading system of eyeliners. Plus the color is really jet black. Pencil eyeliner doesn’t allow me to have the sharpest cat eye but it’s so much easier to apply than liquid eyeliners so I decided to bring this one along. This Nyx pencil is my everyday staple and I will forever continue to repurchase it.
Next is the Jordana metal rocks eyeliner in #02 Paradise Blue. I thought to bring this along because it matches the dress I will be wearing to a wedding on the same trip. It’s a gorgeous electric light blue (swatch on the Walgreens Haul blog I did earlier) which is great to apply on the lower lashline. The Jordana eyeliners are amazing at NOT smudging on my eyes. Plus this eyeliner is retractable, and all Jordana products are super cheap. A+!!
Last is my Benefit POREfessional face primer. This face primer is amazing at minimizing pores and allowing your foundation to apply on your face smoothly seamlessly hiding blemishes and bumps on your face. The face primer is also good at keeping your foundation in place all day. I do enjoy this size of this deluxe sample for traveling but when I run out I definitely will repurchase this product.
Hope this mini- review of products was helpful and I hope this post will help you remember what makeup to pack for your next trip! I may do a blog post on my trip here in Atlanta.
P.S. I didn’t include my foundation here in my makeup bag because I usually place those in my liquids ziploc bag. But I brought my Covergirl outlast foundation (LOVE!) in medium beige and my Aveeno tinted moisturizer in Medium (LOVE!). You guys already know I love these two so I won’t say more ;).