There is something insanely satisfying about beauty packing for flights. I admit, I probably get a little bit overexcited about finding miniatures of everything and seeing just how much I can fit into my little airline approved plastic bag. One time, I kid you not, I even squeezed a hair mask in there- that was one of my proudest moments. I might consider adding 'tiny packing expert' to my CV. Anyway, I'm headed off to Dublin today for three days. Not a long stint by any means, but a perfect excuse to crack out the miniatures! Makeup-wise my priorities were a sweat-proof base and room to move between day and night looks. Any room left over in the little bag was handed over to skincare and general hygiene... in that order.
Before I get stuck into running you through everything though, can we just take a second to appreciate how beautiful this plant is? My colleague brought it back from Cornwall- I don't know what it is, where it's from or how to take care of it... but I am in love. It's just too cute!
Right, so, let's get into it. Any liquid or cream makeup takes up space in the precious plastic bag, so I tried to keep everything as small as I could and opt for powders where possible. Sadly, this was not the time for cream blushers. Admittedly, I did sacrifice a heafty chunk of space for my Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray (£9), but my priority was sweat-proof (the UK is having some weird kind of heatwave), long-lasting makeup so it had to come along. And it's the cute travel size one, it would be rude not to! For foundation I packed my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (£33). This was a graduation present to myself and I have to admit, I haven't actually used it yet. I have heard (as I am sure you have too) amazing reviews and I am 98% sure I am going to love it. Worst comes to worst, I'm only there three days so I think I can hack it. Again, very travel friendly packaging... are you sensing a theme? Base is finished off with my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (£17) and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (£3.99)- both relatively compact and great for keeping everything in place. To add some colour back into the ol' face I packed my Narsissist Cheek Kit.
It's seriously tiny and you've got Laguna Bronzer, Orgasm Blush and the Devotee Highlighter- all possibilities covered. For brows I packed my Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (£26), I have a full review here, but it's basically good brows in a pencil. In a wax pencil... with a spoolie. Moving onto eyes, I only packed three things: MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque (£15.50), Sleek i-Divine Eye Shadow Au Naturel (£7.99) and the YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara (£24.50). This has any look, day to night, covered. And if I fancy myself a bit of liner I figure I can wet the black eye shadow in the sleek palette. A girl's got to have options, so I packed a bold lipstick, MAC Lady Danger (£15.50) and a neutral option, MAC Patisserie (£15.50). You probably weren't counting, but that only comes to 11 products... I am rather impressed with myself. Capsule makeup collection? Check.
All the liquid and cream makeup bits (including lipsticks, were popped in the plastic bag- I'm paranoid) and everything else went into a separate little makeup bag- leaving room for the skincare and extras. First thing's first, the mini Bioderma (£4.50)! I bought this ages ago and have been desperately been waiting to fly so I could pack it- it's so cute! I also managed to fit in the better part of my skincare routine- I sacrificed an acid toner and facial oil, but hey, some battles are just not worth fighting! I packed a travel size of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic (£5.50) and my handy travel tower packed full of goodies. From top to bottom you've got: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub (£3.30),Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (£36), La Roche-Posay Effeclar Duo [+] (£15.50), Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturiser (£11.99) and the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£23). Boom. Skincare done.
Finally, that left just enough room for a full-size deodorant... I really am worried about being sweaty (think what you will of me on that front); my contact lens solution- not very interesting, but necessary; a roller ball perfume- Ortigia's Fico d'India (Oh my god, this smells amazing! It is exotic summer and warmth in a bottle- the main notes are cactus flower, fig and cedar... it's just so unusual and beautiful); and lastly, a miniature hair serum. I figure if I'll be using the hotel's shampoo and conditioner, I might as well have something to make my hair feel nice again afterwards. So that's everything!
Do you have any travel staples?
*Note to self- get some toothpaste on arrival.