Inside My Travel Makeup Bag

First of all: I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and a great New Year's celebration with your family and loved ones, surrounded by warmth, loads of food and presents. Even though I'm not really a festive person, this holiday season turned out to be a busy one, hence the lack of posts. Hopefully, the new year will bring about some changes in my lazy blogging ways, but for now, let's start small - one post at a time.

If you follow me on Instagram (insert a shameless plug

here

), you know that I've been spending the last two weeks in the UK, exploring, celebrating and eating my own body weight in Five Guys burgers. Now, for a chronic overpacker like me, reducing my makeup bag to a sensible size is quite a task, not to mention the need to cover both everyday and festive makeup needs. This time, I tried to approach this task more rationally by selecting the most versatile and fool-proof makeup bits and leaving out all the "just in case" products. All in all, I managed to fit everything into a small-ish bag and cover all the bases, though there were more lip products that I'd like to admit. So, here's a quick overview of the things that I've been slapping on my face for the last two weeks:

Long days spent travelling, visiting and getting less than 8 hours of sleep called for a long-lasting base that does not lack in the coverage department. That's where the glorious combination of

Nars Sheer Glow

and the

BeautyBlender

comes into play, providing a good amount of coverage without any cakiness. As for concealer, I opted for the oh so travel-friendly

MAC Studio Finish

, which is great for masking any redness or blemishes, however it utterly fails as a undereye concealer due to excessive creasing. In order to inject some colour into my typically ghostly complexion, I opted for MAC blush in

Tenderling

, which provides a natural, barely-there flush. Come evening, I've been dousing myself in

theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer

, which, as far as I'm concerned, it is the most gorgeous champagne-toned highlighter

ever

. Glowy without being glittery, it instantly brings an oomph to the whole look and makes things a bit more festive.

Eyeshadow was definitely not a daily occurrence on this trip, however when an occasion presented itself, I gladly took the opportunity to play around with the

Stila Soul palette

. Housing everything from everyday neutrals to coppery shimmers, this palette really stood out during the party season due to its versatile nature and incredibly blendable texture. For an everyday option, I packed

MAC's Paint Pot

in the shade

Groundwork

, which is a nice addition to any "no makeup" makeup look, as it creates definition and a slight, flattering eye contour (if that even is a thing). Of course, no eyeshadow look is complete without a silky  layer of the

NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

. Mascara is a daily essential for me, so I picked my trusty

Maybelline Lash Sensational

. One layer adds separation and length, but the second layer really brings on the drama without smudging or flaking off throughout the day.

I'm currently a bit obsessed with all things brow related, mostly due to the game-changing NYX brow duo. The

NYX Micro Brow

pencil is definitely a current favourite of mine. The colour, texture and the tiny nib cannot be faulted and, unlike the most, the pencil doesn't fade or smudge as the day goes by. I usually add the

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

on top for a bit more hold and volume.

As for lip products, I tried to keep things tame and pack only two options, namely

MAC's Whirl Lip Pencil

and

Russian Red lipstick

. However, during the trip, I managed to find 5 other lipsticks floating around my handbag. I guess a girl has to have options...

Vanda MBeauty, Makeup