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If You’re Travelin’ in the North Country Fair: Packing Light on Trips

In September, I took a month-long trip to Europe, on which my family and I got to go around eight different cities. It was amazing, but also tiring as we took the train to get to each destination. That meant we had to be mobile, so my “beauty regime” had to be fuss-free. This was relatively easy for me, as I wasn’t really that into makeup just yet.

Here’s a list of what I brought:

  • Travel Brush Set by The Body Shop
  • BB Cream by The Body Shop
  • NARS Eyeshadow Trio (Ramatuelle)
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (La Distinguée)
  • NARS Sheer Lipstick (Vendanges)
  • MAC Creme Lipstick (Jubilee)
  • NARS Blush (Orgasm)
  • The Body Shop Eyebrow Kit
  • Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

It all fit into a little Clinique bag. On the trip, I bought an eyeshadow duo, two singles, a lipstick, and an eye pen. Part of me is a little grateful that I wasn’t all that into makeup then because I would have hated bringing all those delicate~ items around the trip.

As of print, I’ll probably be in Japan already, so I thought about making a blog post on what I did end up bringing this time around. 🙂 I’ll be gone for a total of eight days, and we’ll be switching hostels twice (so, we’ll be staying in three all in all). Taxis are expensive there, so we will be bringing around our stuff on the train, which means I have to pack light!

This list changed up a lot. I wanted the most economical in terms of space and I think I did pretty good for a week-long trip!

Travel Post - Travel Bag

I fit everything quite loosely in this small bag that I’m sure you have seen by now. I haven’t been bitten by the cosmetics bag bug, thank God! Here’s everything inside:

Travel Post - Travel Bag - Inside

Let’s start with my eye stuff! Here’s everything, but I’ll divide stuff into two parts.

Travel Post - Part One

PART ONE Eye makeup.

Travel Post - Part One A


Travel-friendly palettes are a must! If you can fit it into your carry-on purse, then that’s better. For this trip, I’ve chosen to bring my new NARS palette, And God Created the Woman, which has six neutral shadows and a range of finishes. Snug as a bug!

I kind of want to bring my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, but I’m not sure how travel-friendly it is and I’m not in the mood to coddle eyeshadow palettes.

Another great alternative is the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. It has no shimmery shades, so if you want that pop of shimmer, you can bring an eyeshadow single or another small palette like MAC’s Naked Lunch or Wet n Wild’s Walking on Eggshells Trio.

Other Eye Stuff

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion, sample size
Eyebrows: K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Pen. I was going to bring my eyebrow kit by The Body Shop, but this option is way more space-economical.
Eye Liner: I will use the darker shades in my palette.
Mascara: Eye of Horus Mascara
Misc: MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque

PART ONE Eye brushes.

Travel Post - Part One B

Eye Tools

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush from the Travel Essentials Kit, NARS No 3 Eyeshadow Brush from the And God Created the Woman Set, Urban Decay Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush from the Naked2 Palette, Marionnaud No 38 Dual Ended Slanted Eyeline and Eyebrows brush.

Here’s the next part with the cheeks, face and lip makeup! I really needed to cut back on the stuff I wanted to bring so this is as basic as I can get.

Travel Post - Part Two

Travel Post - RBR Becca Charm

Here, we have the ff:

  • Lipstick: Rouge Bunny Rouge in Whim of Mine
  • Lip & Cheek Color: BECCA Beach Tint in Raspberry
  • Random tool: Charm Retractable Kabuki Brush
  • Bases: NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska and Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm, sample size. I didn’t want to bring anything bigger and these were my only options. Plus, I wanted to use up all these samples!

Travel Post - Charm Urban Decay NARS

Here, we have:

  • Lipgloss: Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked, sample size from the UD Naked2 Palette.

Travel Post - NYX Gatsby bareMinerals

Here, we have:

  • Blush: NYX blush in Raisin. It took all of my willpower to just bring one! Seriously. All of it!
  • Gatsby Oil Control Paper
  • Highlighter: bareMinerals Ready Luminizer in The Love Affair

And then, here is the great Bob Dylan, from which I got this title, for good measure:

How did I do? I think I could still drop the blush and the luminizer (and in effect the kabuki brush as well), but we’ll see. I want to do a post-trip update on what I ended up using, though.

What would you have brought on a similar trip and situation?


  1. Mafe Manlapaz says

    I love your little Mon Shu Bag… where did you get it?

    • Hello, thank you! I got it as a GWP when I bought a bunch of things from their KL collection 🙂

  2. Lovely post!
    Your makeup bag is so cute and I love using the UD double ended brush for travel too 🙂
    xx Karen of stylecrumb

    • Thank you! 🙂 I wish I brought just that because it did a good job and I used it more than I used my other brushes.

  3. Haha I love how much your ‘travel makeup’ grew considering you were in Europe for a month vs 8 days in Japan! Have fun! x

  4. Yvane says

    I think you have better control in packing your makeup light than I do. 🙂
    Have fun in Japan. 🙂

  5. fun!! I love seeing travel makeup bags! PS nars tm is like one of my favorite things ever 🙂 i have a few sample sized tubes to go through too, on top of the full sized. thanks for reminding me i need to pack that when i travel in may!

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