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


), 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


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


, 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


. 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


, 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


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