If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I was in Los Angeles a week ago. It was a trip that I wanted to do as an early birthday celebration and it was one of the most memorable vacations. I will be doing a whole blog post dedicated to my trip. The past two months have the busiest of months and so there wasn’t as much to pack and I ended up getting everything together last minute. Initially, I had a crazy idea of packing all in my carry on but then realized that it won’t be enough and I will be stressing out over the fact that I don’t have certain items. For my makeup products, I chose to take my D&G makeup bag which I received many years ago with a purchase of perfume. I chose this makeup bag because it is a hard case which would keep the products from braking, but since it’s a small case I had to think through what I really need. I managed to fit all the products and there was even space left to add more products.
For a natural glow, I brought with me L’Oreal Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer which I don’t go anywhere without. I like to mix a drop of the product with my moisturizer. I find that using this product on its own makes the skin appear oily, but mixing it with a moisturizer just gives the skin enough glow.
To keep skin hydrated and makeup last through the day I used Too Faced Hangover primer which sinks into the skin leaving it feeling smooth.
The foundation that made the cut was Yves Saint Lauren Touche Eclat, which lasted very well in high temperatures. The shade that I have is Warm Beige and I do wish I would also bring darker foundation with me because my skin got tan very quickly. The one thing that I forgot to bring with me was the powder to set the foundation but it lasted very well without it.
When it comes to contouring I’ve been really enjoying using cream products, they look natural on the skin and last all day. The product that I brought with me was Tarte The Sculptor Contouring stick. To give the skin sun kissed look I used my trusty Bourjois Bronzing Powder.
The hardest decision on which product to take was the highlighter. At the end, I chose Becca liquid highlighter in the shade Opal. It gives the skin that “JLo glow” and there is no worry of the product breaking as it is with powder version.
For the eyebrows I use two products, Marc Jacobs Brow Wow Defining pencil to fill in any gaps and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade to carve out the shape and ensure they stay in place through any condition.
One of the things that I often overpack is eyeshadows. I thought long and hard about what product I would like to use and that would be travel-friendly. I end up going with Burberry Earthy Blush in No. 07 Light Glow that also served as a blush, MAC matte shadow in the shade Malt which is often used as a base shade, Lancome Color Design palette 100 Taupe Craze which contains a mixture of mattes and shimmer shadows. And of course, I couldn’t go anywhere without my new favorite Elf Molten Liquid eyeshadow in the shade Rose Gold. To ensure that the eyeshadow would last all day, Milani eyeshadow primer was an essential. If at any time I would desire winged eyeliner look I brought Kat Von D Ink Liner.
And last but not least the lip products, I brought only two lip products with me which is unlike me. I brought The Estee Edit The Barest in the shade 02 In The Flesh which is a nude shade that keeps lips moisturized and I used it throughout most of my trip. And when I wanted to spice things up with a bright lip color I used Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in the shade Fire & Ice.