Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What makeup did I bring on holiday?

Happy wednesday, everyone!
It's my fourth day here in sunny St. Lucia and it will be spent studying by the pool (I have an exam next tuesday). Since I want to procrastinate as much as possible, I will do a blog post before I open my exciting textbook ;)

I am an embarrassing make-up overpacker. I used to overpack with clothes as well, but I have dramatically improved on that front in the past year. Cosmetics is another story. I thought I did good this time around, I took pictures of what I packed prior to my departure, and here we go:

NARS Sheer Glow foundation
MAC Lustre Drops in Bronze Hero (to darken my foundation)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer & Colour Corrector
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Hot Stone
Benefit Hoola bronzer
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Refined Zone pore minimizer
Urban Decay primer potion in Sin (a mini version)
Estee Lauder quad in Spiced Peach
MAC eyeshadows (All That Glitters, Blanc Type, Carbon, Charcoal Brown, Style Snob)
MAC Dollymix and Earth to Earth blushes

way too many lip products,
Maybelline mascara (Full 'n' Soft - that I actually used up, making project 10 pan 3/10... woohoo),
Stila convertible eyeliner in Teak
Stile eye kajal in Topaz
a mini roll-on perfume
a sample of NARS foundation primer
brow gel

some MAC brushes (109, 217, 224, 239, 219, 187)
and my Quo bronzer brush

The verdict? I still brought too many things! I haven't touched most of the eyeshadows I brought. Perhaps I should restrict myself to only one quad next time...
As for lip products - the only lip products I've been using have been my Dior Lip Glow and the MAC lip conditioner in Pink Fish since they have SPF and the sun here is very strong. I was hoping to make some more progress with project 10 pan but I just haven't been reaching for too much.

I will, however, say that I am very impressed at how the NARS Sheer Glow has been holding up in the heat. It may be due to the pairing with NARS foundation primer, I am not sure... but I am happy with the results. I will try out the primer at home with my regular routine as well before I make the decision to purchase the full sized version.

I've been packing less than usual, but I still have some things to work on. Lesson learned for now is that on tropical vacations, eye makeup is really not a priority.

Are you a cosmetics overpacker just like me?


  1. Great post! Loved reading what you took!

    I definitely used to be an overpacker but over the years I've got much better in packing for trips, in outifts as well as makeup. The key for me is to use multiuse products - some products to use for lips/blush, highlighters/bronzers as eyeshadows/blush etc. Also, I use sample sizes too where I can - to help save space!
    thanks for the post - and enjoy your hols!

  2. I ALWAYS overpack! hehe I find it so hard to make choices between products :P I was actually going to say that I was quite impressed with how restrained you were...I could never manage it hehe xx

  3. That is really a lot!! I am looking forward to trying that Nars Sheer Glow foundation! I have read so many good reviews about it!
    Have a nice Wednesday you too!

  4. YES! I pack almost all of my makeup with my on trips. I think my mind tricks me with thinking of all the different scenarios I may have, and how I must be prepared. Thanks for your post! LOVE your makeup

  5. I find it really hard to pack makeup for trips/holidays. If I go somewhere sunny & by the pool all day I never hardly wear any makeup anyway-yet I still feel the need to take it 'just in case'
    Hope ur having a great holiday
    (I'm a new follower) :)
    Steph x

  6. LOL I'll admit I overpack too! Most of the time it's because I want to have as much choice as I normally would have, so I end up packing 4 eyeshadows for a 3day trip or something like that. But since I've taught myself to just stick to one look during my trip (or 2) I've cut down alot on the amount of makeup I pack. LOL.

  7. Great products you brought with you, hope your having a wonderful vacation!

  8. oh I am definitely an overpacker, I take far too many foundations and powders with me. I am good with lipsticks and eyeshadows, though! :-) I have a similar post on what's in my travelbag, if you want to check it out and see for yourself how bad I am :-)
    All the best

  9. Interesting post, love knowing what other people pack and that I'm not the only make up overpacker. Everytime I go away I tell myself I'll take less the next time, but then the next time I find myself packing and it's too hard to decide what to take and what not to take...

  10. I am a huge over packer myself.
    Even if going away for 1 night I will take 1/2 make up collection and a selection of 7 outfits haha
    BTW I have nominated you for Beautiful Blogger Award. Check it out:
    Love your blog!

  11. I love this post! I think it's very interesting to see what make-up people choose to pack because it tells so much what people cannot function without. :)

  12. I ALWAYS overpack and end up paying $$ to bring extra bags! I don't really think there's anything wrong with it, as long as you have a fabulous man to carry your bags for you OR one of those carts. No harm, no fowl! Keep looking gorgeous and overpacking hehe

  13. haha, i always always over pack! you should have seen the amount of stuff i brought on my trip to greece..yikesss.

    but anywho, your blog is lovely :) and ur canadian (i am assuming because of the quo brush) just like i am.

    love it

    lauren xx

  14. You can never have too much makeup ;p

    lots of love,

  15. Lovely blog!

  16. Erg... yes I am definitely an overpacker too. The problem is, my makeup changes depending on many things - my mood, how my skin is deciding to act, how tanned I am or not, what I'm wearing, where I'm going, etc. I may want to use different products daily, so I can't just bring one "set" of makeup. It's a problem, I know, but I can't help myself. Hee hee.

    P.S. Thank you so much for finding the name of the Argan Oil treatment brand - Live Clean, got it! I'll be on the lookout on my next trip to Shoppers. ;)

  17. thanks for all the feedback, ladies.... seems like all of us suffer from the same problem, and airport regulations only make it worse haha

  18. Hey doll! love your blog! was poking around:) and YESSS i overpack my makeup! i take one of those huge box things with the compartments that looks like a clarinet carrier lol i dont care I LOVE IT! lol yay! im a new follower and a new blogger come visit/follow me and we can tweet as well!

  19. I'm the same way. Ever since I started getting into makeup, I bring WAY too many items. Mainly because I change my eye makeup depending on what Im wearing. I like to do something different every day. So don't feel bad!

    By the way, check out my blog, I'm doing my first ever giveaway!

  20. I dont think you are an overpacker at all!!! in fact, i bring all of my makeup!!! yes, all three bags:((


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