What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag? – Tenerife

As you may know, I recently got back from Tenerife and I thought it would be quite nice to share with you what was in my travel makeup bag. I really enjoy reading this type of post as I find them really helpful for discovering new products and for travelling too. I also enjoy writing them so I thought it would be worth doing. I thought it would be a good idea to go through each product, tell you about it, why it’s in there etc. just so you know whether you’ll like them or not. I also tried to take a small amount of products as I was taking hand luggage only. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’ve tried any of these makeup products.

The Makeup Bag – I’m taking my Ted Baker Katient Small Bow Makeup Bag which fits everything minus the eyeshadow palette and the cream contour kit. It’s the pale pink one with the grey bow which is such good quality and definitely worth the price.

The Summer Bronzer – So, the first thing is the L’Oréal Glam Bronze Bronzing Powder in ‘Caribbean Sun.’ This is my favourite bronzer for bronzing the face and obviously on holiday I want to look as bronze as possible. It has a very, very slight shimmer to it which is lovely for Summer and it’s also the perfect shade for my skin.

The Stunning Highlighter – Next I have one of my all time favourite products, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone.’ You’ve probably heard everyone talking about these highlighters and it’s for a good reason (see my full review here). It is the most finely milled highlighter ever and this shade is perfect. It’s great for adding a natural glow to the skin which is what I want on holiday and in Summer.

The Waterproof Liquid Liner – I don’t wear liquid liner a lot but I need to take it in case I want to put some on. My favourites are from L’Oréal as they are easy to apply and don’t smudge or transfer and the one I’m taking is the L’Oréal Super Liner Black Lacquer Waterproof as it is waterproof perfect for humidity and hot weather.

The Lightweight Concealer – I love lightweight and natural concealers and my favourite is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in ‘Ivory.’ It gives a medium coverage and a radiant finish which I personally love and is great in warmer weather.

The Perfect Powder – As I have oily skin and the weather is hotter which will make it even more oily, powder is 100% necessary. My all time favourite is the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in ‘Transparent’ which sets my makeup into place all day and it is just as great as any high end powder.


The Best Brow Kit – The brow product which I use all the time and have done for a year is the L’Oréal Brow Artist Genius Kit in ‘Light/Medium’ which has a powder and a wax. I can do natural brows for when I have no other makeup on and I can do full brows for when I’m wearing a full face. I couldn’t go a day without this.

The Contour Shade – For contour I actually use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. It is the perfect shade for my paler skin (however, I am excited for the lighter version in May!, it’s matte and it’s so natural… I just love it! (read my full review here) It has khaki undertones but it’s also great for bronzing up the face too.

The Smudge Proof Mascara – My favourite mascara ever is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in ‘Black’. It is volumising, lengthening and even though it’s not waterproof it’s completely smudge proof. If you are looking for a waterproof mascara, the waterproof version of this is so waterproof you won’t be able to get it off.

The Matte Foundation – I’m currently trying out the Bourjois Air Mat Foundation in ‘Rose Ivory’ which I will do a full review on soon. It is a matte foundation and it keeps my oily skin shine free for a number of hours.  It’s important in hot weather for me to wear a matte foundation or it wouldn’t be on my face after half an hour.

The Perfect Palette – The Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is my go to eyeshadow palette as it has some stunning pink shades, an array of brown shades, a matte white and also a black. The quality of these is very good, the packaging is very sturdy so it’s perfect for travelling and there is also a good mirror which is great.

The Matte Eye Primer – I think eyeshadow primer is such a necessary step as it keeps my eyeshadow on for so much longer without fading, smudging or creasing. My favourite is the Urban Decay Eden Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it’s completely matte so works with ever look.


The Contour Kit – I don’t often use my Sleek Cream Contour Kit in ‘Medium’ as it’s too dark for me usually and I find contouring with powder easier. However I thought it would be perfect now as it has darker shades and I’m going to be fake tanning, I can use it to darken my foundation and it also has a large mirror which I’ll use for doing my makeup.

The Nude Lip – My current favourite nude lipstick is MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Viva Glam II’ as it is a medium nude shade with a bit of pink in it. It has a satin finish so it’s comfortable on the lips yet it is very opaque and long lasting.

The Liquid Lipstick – I wanted to take a liquid lipstick and a true nude shade with no undertone so I’m taking my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi.’ It is a medium nude with no undertones and it is so comfortable on the lips you can barely feel it.

The Bright Lip – As I already had two nudes I thought I would take a bright lip as they look great with a tan. I decided on the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Avery’ as it’s a stunning coral pink shade and it has the nicest lip balm like formula yet is so opaque and long lasting.

The Versatile Lip Liner – As I’m taking three quite different lip options I wanted to take a lip liner that works well with all of them. I chose the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner as its a ‘your lips but better’ shade and it seems to work with anything.

Love Sarah x

Beauty Bay Wish List!

I thought it would be a good idea to do a Beauty Bay wish list. Firstly because I spend ages on Beauty Bay and wishing that I had everything and secondly because everyone loves a wish list. I love writing them, you all seem to love reading them so I really hope you enjoy this! I’ve narrowed it down to only six things which was difficult but I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them soon from me as I’ll probably by a few of the things. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and let me know what you thought of them.

Alpha-H Limited Edition Supersize Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ 100ml, £36 – Everyone needs an SPF 50 moisturiser especially if you have pale skin like myself, so when you can get a good quality one for amazing value for money, it’s simply just a must have. I’ve not actually heard anything about this moisturiser so I’d be interested to know if you have or if you have tried it. It’s ‘a deeply hydrating and nourishing cream’ and is apparently perfect for all skin types. It claims to be sweat and water-resistant so it’s perfect for the Summer months. It contains vitamin-e, aloe vera, beeswax, silica and SPF 50 which are all amazing for the skin. This size is limited edition so if you want it get it as soon as possible but there is a permanent version which is £26 for 50ml. Not as good value for money as the limited edition version but still a lot better than other SPF 50’s on the market.


Stila Color Balm Lipstick in ‘Evangeline,’ £16 – I can actually give opinions on the formula of this lipstick as I already have one in the shade ‘Avery’ which I really love. It is a very pigmented lipstick but it is very moisturising on the lips and I find that combination very hard to find. It also contains peppermint oil which is an ingredient that I personally really like for helping irritated lips. It has a gorgeous satin finish which we all know is my favorite lipstick formula. I believe there are 19 shades in which range from pale nudes to deep berry colours. The particular colour on my wish list is a beautiful dusty rose shade which I think will really suit me and most people for that matter. It also looks like the perfect colour for late Winter going into Spring – just the perfect shade for the transition between all seasons actually. I think this will be in my makeup collection soon…


Morphe R3 Precision Pointed Contour Brush, £10.50 – This is going to shock some of you, but I’ve never tried a Morphe brush… yes, really! I have a list of Morphe brushes I’d like to try in the back of my planner (which is ridiculous) and this is one that is probably one of the first I’ll get because I’m looking to get a new contour brush (if you have any other recommendations, let me know!). All of the Morphe brushes I want are from the rose gold collection as they look so beautiful and this is one of them. It has a precision tapered tip which makes it perfect for more precise contour but because it’s densely packed with bristles it will be perfect for blending and therefor making your contour look more natural. I’ll probably need to get this soon as the Morphe brushes are constantly going out of stock!


Illamasqua Lip Lure in ‘Bloom,’ £19.50 – I’m sure these are a fairly recent release from Illamasqua and I haven’t really heard too much about them but they look really nice. They are pigmented liquid lipsticks with ‘a fade resistant finish’ which is always good and they have a high shine finish. They’re also comfortable to wear and are hydrating on the lips which is really important for me as I don’t want something on my lips that is drying. I believe the have ten shades which range from nudes to bright oranges to dark purples so they have something for everyone. The particular shade which I’d like is ‘bloom’ which is a pink toned nude which looks perfect for everyday wear and would look really pretty on a lot of people with a wide variety of skin tones.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, £41 – I don’t even think I need to explain why I need this eyeshadow palette in my life… just look at the colours! The colours in the palette are all beautiful. There are 14 shades in the palette which include neutral matte shades which are perfect for transition shades, there are gorgeous pink and burgundy shades which are beautiful and are the reason why everyone loves this palette so much. I’ve never tried any Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows but apparently they’re really pigmented and are really creamy which would make them really easy to work with and blend. It also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush which is amazing. I’d love this palette but I’m not sure I can buy it right now as I’ve bought so much recently.


Love Sarah x