makeup packing

I promised a video of ‘what makeup I packed’ after I hit the sunshine in California, however that time has passed and honestly I’m not ready to admit how un-streamlined my packing process is when it comes to makeup. Everything else I’ve got down, with a bag full of minis in check only the essentials get packed however when it comes to cosmetics, I turn into a FOMO indecisive human who wants to take it all. Instead of showing your my bulging bag lol here is a breakdown of those items that I really didn’t need to pack, especially once I had hit Sephora.

Lipsticks. Yes I bought too many but I also packed too many. Anticipating that I would be rocking a different bold lippy each day of the week I went slightly overboard with the options I packed away. Both my Maybeline Color Drama Lipstick in Berry Much and Light It Up were thrown in last minute and although I adore each shade, not once did the cap come off for me to apply their buttery bold offerings.

Although I am a big fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Fimstar Bronze & Glow, I honestly used this once. It may have something to do with the fact I also had my Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder with me or the fact the Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette entered my life on the second day. Considering at home I’m all about the contour and bronzing, on holiday I just lived with the glow from the sunshine. Besides, with cocktails calling who has time to sculpt the backwards three across their face!?

Planning some bold eye looks? Don’t as chances as they won’t happen. In anticipation of all the blending and colour mixing I would be doing in the evenings I packed the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Not once did this primer come out of my travel bag, instead I went for cream bases or a neutral lid to keep my eyes fuss free. That also meant the Charlotte Tilbury Colour-Coded Eyeshadow Palette in Dolce Vita was used a whopping twice and only once did I go in for a winged liner look with my Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Although on nights out back in London I gravitate towards these more fancy offerings, out on holiday the evening looks are minimal. It’s all about fuss free makeup that takes no time to apply so you can get outside and enjoy the sites around you.