Make Up On-The-Go


Hey peeps!

So a while back, I took on a challenge with my friend to to my make up on the train to Liverpool, as he betted I wouldn't ever be brave enough to turn up in public without make up on my face. challenge accepted.

Of course I didn't want to carry around a lot of make up all day, so I really had to think in advance which products would weigh the least. Here are a few tips to make sure you travel light or only take what you need with you.

Get out those travel sizes

I'm sure you have more travel size make up products in your collection than you think. Who would want to carry around three full size cheek products, when you can have them all in one dainty little palette with the Manizer Sisters palette from The Balm, for example? Saves you a lot of space in your make up bag and has a really light cardboard packaging, in contrast with the full size products.

Also try to spot the mini's at Sephora when you visit a country that has one or if you're lucky enough to live somewhere near a beauty heaven. Gives you the opportunity to try out products without splurging on the full size, plus it saves you some weight in your travel make up bag. I found this mini Benefit Hoola at Boots, for example. Extra plus: it actually works out cheaper than the full size product. Run to your nearest Boots right now!

Even products that aren't meant to be "travel size" as such, but are just really tiny and take up little to no space. The Bourjois Cream Blushes, for example, are really cute and tiny.

Travel friendly

By this, I mean products that include the tools to apply them inside the packaging. This can be any eyeshadow palette that has a (double-ended) brush in there, so you don't have to worry about bringing 4 more brushes, or the cushion foundations like the l'Oréal Nude magique Cushion, that has a sponge included inside. The Benefit Box-o-Powders are famous for having really decent brushes inside as well.

Of course cream products are a dream to travel with. You can apply them with your fingers and you don't need to worry about taking extra brushes. Again, the Bourjois Cream Blushes are great for this, and cream highlighter sticks are all the rage at this moment. My favourite? The Benefit Watt's Up.

Multi-Tasking is key

Why bring two different products if you can use one to serve more purposes? Sure you have an eyeshadow palette that includes a great highlighter in there, or even a contour shade. Smashbox recently came out with the Photo Matte Eyes palette, which has an eyeshadow that is pale to even set your undereye concealer with, eyeshadows that can serve the purpose of filling in your eyebrows, and are great for shaping the eyes with. It's so lightweight and compact as well, which is awesome.

Powders that are built up out of different shades in one pan are a great way to get more out of the product that it might be originally designed for. Sure, if you sweep around your brush it will create an amazing shade of blush or bronzer, but separately they can be used as eyeshadows, or more blush than bronzer, or even highlighters. It might not look like it at first, but if you use the purple and orange tones in the Benefit Sugarbomb blush, you can actually highlight with it? I use it on the inner corners of my eyes all the time!

 So there we have it. Three very important things to keep in mind if you want to save on space and/or weight in your make up bag. As little brushes as needed, multi-taskers and travel-sized/-friendly packaging.

Do you have any other tips to make your make up bag as light as possible? Let us know in the comments below! I'm going on holiday soon, so I can definitely use some more tips.

Lots of love,


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