I am the worst unpacker (and packer) and since my makeup bag was still sitting in my suitcase I thought I would share with you some bits I took to Paris with me. I used this experience as a bit of a test run for next months 4.5 week holiday which has already got me worried, how do I pack 4 weeks of my life into a 23KG suitcase?
Back to my Paris makeup bag, I wanted to keep it small but I still need options. I took one eyeshadow palette and one mascara, my Lorac Pro palette and Too Faced Better than Sex. The mascara was a no brainer, I don’t use anything else so it would be silly to take more than one but I was a little unsure about the Lorac Pro Palette, in the end I think it was a good decision although I might take two next month. Its a great slimline, travel friendly palette with 16 shades, all wearable and ranging from matte to shimmery.
I took two foundations; L’Oreal True Match and Chanel Vitalumiere but ended up only using Chanel Vita Lumiere (and one day I borrowed a friends), I think it’s just a great foundation for the summer! For Concealer I took the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and Sheer Finish Pressed Powder Compact which was one of the best things I took with me, I love how small it is and it has both a great concealer and a great powder which I used regularly! I also carry Nars Creamy Concealer with me in my handbag so that went too.
I choose three blushers, a bronzer, a highlight and a contouring palette which now seems pretty excessive but I was packing in a rush. The Smashbox Contour palette was a great pick, once again it’s pretty streamline and has three great colours; a contour, a bronzer and highlight all of which I often use on my eye. The blush I used most was Clinique Melon Pop as I’m loving just a slight hint of blush at the moment but I also took my mini Nars Orgasm Blush and Burberry Orange Blossom Lip & Cheek Bloom which I didn’t end up using. I only used my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light once too and I could have easily have used the one from my Smashbox Contour Palette instead but it is a really beautiful subtle bronzer. The highlight which I actually used quite regularly was Pur Afterglow Illuminating Powder.
For brows I went with Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift, great product which also has a spoolie and Benefit Speed Brow because it’s my favourite and really quick to apply. The three liners I went for were Delilah Gel Line, Delilah Slim line and Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes which are all currently my favourites and essential!
I ended up rarely wearing lipstick as I always find it quite uncomfortable in hot weather but I took MAC Lady Danger and Patisserie.
I also took a handful of brushes, largely Real Techniques and Zoeva but they’re now in need of a wash so I haven’t photographed those.
I’m already mentally packing for next month, let me know if you’d like to see what I take away then too…