Anyone else has overpacking problems? Join the club! Seeing as I am heading off to the seaside tomorrow morning, I decided to prove everyone (myself included) that I can do it – I can leave the house without my makeup jam-packed Alex drawers and actually survive. So here is how it goes – I allowed myself to pick maximum two products from each category and take off without all the excess makeup that I’d usually take with me. I mean who needs five different mascaras when they are at the beach, right? And even though I am pretty sure I do, I decided to leave my hoarder self at home and do my best to break that overpacking curse…
Two from each category. Okay, that one’s easy – without thinking twice my top foundation choices would be my new love L’Oreal True Match foundation (here) and the oldie but a goodie – Chanel Vitamumiere Aqua (here). Since getting the L’Oreal one last week, I’ve been obsessed – beautiful coverage, which manages to cover pretty much everything, while leaving the skin looking oh-so-natural. This beauty blends beautifully into the skin and I absolutely adore the semi-matte, yet dewy finish it gives. It’s love. If I don’t need that much coverage and when I’m at the seaside I usually tend to go for lighter foundations, so picking Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua was an obvious choice. It feels super lightweight on the skin and the luminous finish is to die for. The foundation is buildable and blends like charm for a stunning natural look. It also has SPF, which is great for when I’ll be out in the sun the whole day.
We’ve gotta cover those dark circles and imperfections, so I opted for my trusty Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer (here) and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer (here). The MUFE one is great for covering spots and leaving the skin look absolutely flawless. Love that it is water proof as well – my beach best friend. For dark circles, Wake Me Up is my best bet as it makes them nowhere to be seen and brightens up the whole complexion in just one swipe. Brilliant.
I am not a huge powder gal but I figured since I’ll be out in the hot my makeup could use some extra help in staying on longer. Chanel Le Beiges (here) is the perfect option as it adds gorgeous healthy glow to the skin and makes it look fresh, while still helping the makeup stay in place. The SPF 15 is nice to have as well.
Saving space screams for one thing – little pallets and kits. And this lovely contour duo from Sleek (here) is right up my street. The beautiful matte, non-orange bronzer gives the perfect ‘slim face’ illusion when used as contour or if used all over the face it adds stunning sun-kissed glow, which I adore. The soft non-glittery highlighter is the perfect skin pick-me-up and I also like to put it on my eyelids to brighten the look.
For cheeks I decided to go for pink and peach. Pink from Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush (here) and peach from Milani Luminoso (here). Both are stunning and I love how they brighten up my complexion while still keeping everything as natural and pretty as possible. Just one swirl of my brush is everything I need with these two – they are super pigmented and blend effortlessly. Cheeks done, moving on to lips!
Picking only two lipsticks is pretty much a mission impossible for a lipstick addict like myself but I somehow managed to do it and the lucky winners are MAC Impassioned (here) and Topshop Ohh La La (here). Impassioned is this gorgeous bright pink-red, which just screams summer and it would be the ideal companion for my holiday. It is one of those lippies that brighten up the face and add such beautiful pop of color. Love it! Ohh La La (review and swatches here) owns my heart on the peach front. Its gorgeous bright, almost neon shade makes me look so healthy and fresh and the buttery, moisturizing formula is to die for too.
My eyebrows’ best friend for the past two months has been Benefit Gimme Brow (here), which I am obsessed with, so it’s ready to jump into my travel makeup bag. It is the best product to keep my hairs in place, while the little fibers add volume and texture to my brows. One swipe and I’m left with fuller, thicker and defined brows. Miracle in a tube! Review here.
I usually don’t tend to wear lots of eye shadows when I’m going to the seaside, so I just picked two of my favorite swipe-and-go cream shadows. MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (review here) is ideal for an everyday, natural eye makeup. I love how its gorgeous champagne-y color makes my eyes pop and adds light to the look. For a quick and faff-free smokey eye for the evenings, I opted for this Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Pint in Rich Russet (here). This long lasting, non-crease cream shadow offers beautiful wash of bronze in just one swipe and stays put for hours and hours.
I still haven’t found waterproof mascara that I like (fire away your recommendations) so I picked Benefit They’re Real (here) to accompany me on my trip. I took it with me last year and remember it to perform well on those hot, humid days - I didn’t end up looking like a panda, so in my makeup bag it goes. It makes my lashes long and voluminous as well, so it’s the best of both worlds really.
Well I think that’s everything on my list. Of course I’m sure that when I start packing tonight I’ll end up picking a lipstick or two (or five) more but I will do my best to behave. Wish me luck haha.
Lots of love,