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.

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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.

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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

My Current Makeup Picks

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my current makeup picks. I find it really interesting knowing what products people are currently using/loving so I thought some of you might enjoy this. I won’t be showing you everything that’s in my makeup bag because I feel like I’ve spoken about certain things far too much. Let me know what products you’re currently using/loving and I hope you enjoy this post!

The first thing I have that I want to mention is the MUA Hide & Conceal Concealer in ‘Natural’ which I discovered recently when I was going through my makeup. I think it was one of my first concealers and after trying it out again I’ve found that it’s actually quite good. I probably won’t repurchase it but I’m using it until it’s finished as it has a good high coverage which blends well. There seven different shades available which is fairly good for a drugstore brand and I’d recommend this concealer to anyone on a budget. A new addition to my makeup collection is the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I only bought it about two months ago but it’s already become one of my favorite products of all time. It is the perfect matte bronzer shade for pale to light olive skin tones and it looks so natural. I use it as a contour shade and it’s just the best thing ever. It is so easy to blend and it is just perfect for my skin tone. I’d highly recommend this as either a bronzer or a contour shade. The next thing is also another new addition and possibly the most exciting thing ever. It’s the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ which is most definitely worth the price. It is a gorgeous pale gold shade and it is so finely milled and buttery so rather than looking like you have shimmer all over your face, it makes you look like your glowing from within. So even though it’s a very ‘wow!’ highlighter, it is still natural looking if you know what I mean. I would highly recommend this if you are willing to spend the money, it’s incredible.

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As most of you know, my favorite and probably most used eyeshadow palette is the Urban Decay Naked 3 and I’m going to talk about my current favorite shades. Recently I’ve been loving the shade ‘Trick‘ which is a shimmery copper/bronze shade. I like to use this on my eyelid as the main colour and I like to but my contour shade which I previously mentioned, in my crease. Another shade which I’ve been using a lot recently is ‘Factory.’ It’s a slightly shimmery medium neutral toned brown which I like to use on an angled liner brush to use on my lash line to make it look darker and thicker. All of the eyeshadows in this palette are so pigmented, easy to blend and last all day without fading or creasing at all. I’d recommend the palette if you like pink eyeshadows and cooler brown shades – I think it would best suit people who have neutral/cool undertones. I’m also currently back to using my favorite mascara of all time, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I think it’s the mascara wand that makes my eyelashes look so good and makes this mascara stand out to me as my favorite. It separates, lengthens and volumises my eyelashes and it does not smudge at all even when my eyes water or when I cry, usually from laughing too much. Next time you need a new mascara, I’d recommend this.

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Recently I have been using and loving my first ever MAC lipstick which is MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup.’ It is a beautiful pale pink shade which is really creamy and comfortable on the lips. It is the perfect everyday shade but it is also amazing for more glam night looks. It needs reapplying throughout the day but it has a decent amount of staying power and it’s got a lovely finish. And the other lipstick is also an old favorite from MAC and it’s MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove.’ I used to use this constantly and it was my favorite lipstick for a long time but I’m starting to rekindle my love for it. It’s a neutral matte nude which would suit anyone and would look amazing with any makeup look. It is very pigmented and it stays on the lips all day but it’s not drying at all – it’s the perfect matte nude lipstick. I’ve also been loving lipgloss recently and the one I’ve been using the most is the No7 BB Lips in ‘Ballerina.’ It is non-sticky, moisturising and comfortable on the lips. The colour is a pale nude with a hint of pink which just looks beautiful on the lips. It’s probably my all time favorite lipstick.

Love Sarah x

Youtube Made Me Buy It! – Part 1

Recently I’ve been seeing lots of people doing videos and blog posts called ‘Youtube Made Me Buy It.’ Basically, it’s talking about products you bought because of the hype on Youtube. I have quite alot so this is the first part. I hope you enjoy and let me know what Youtube made you buy.

The Urban Decay Naked palettes are massively hyped on Youtube and literally every Youtuber owns them all. I bought the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, £38.50, because of massive hype and I’m so glad I did. I bought the Naked 3 because I loved the look of the colours and I really like pinks on me. The pigmentation and blendablity of these shadows is increadible and they wear for such a long time. I get use from all but ‘Darkside’ which I just don’t like so much. There is a black, a white, a matte brown, a few shimmery browns, a matte pink, a few shimmery pinks and a shimmery copper colour. The shade ‘Blackheart’ is the best black eyeshadow ever, it’s matte with red micro glitters. Apart from that one, my favorite shades are ‘Liar,’ ‘Nooner’ and ‘Buzz.’ I personally think this is worth the hype, but only if you suit pinks and have the right skin tone and colour for these shades.

Another product from Urban Decay that was massively hyped was the eyeshadow primers. I bought the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £18, having never tried an eyeshadow primer before. I was so impressed with how much more smoothly my eyeshadow went on, how much easier it was to blend out and how much longer it lasted. It applys transparent and dries that way too which I like. Then I tried the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer, £16, which I actually like alot more than the anti-aging one. It does everything the anti-aging one does but I just like it a bit more, I find it goes on better. I have Eden and Sin, ready to try and I’ll let you know my thoughts on them soon. What’s your favorite one?

When this mascara came out it was hyped so much, a main reason probably being its affordability. I gave into the hype of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, £7.99, pretty soon after the hype began. I’m so glad I did. I instantly started getting compliments on my lashes and it is probably the best mascara I’ve used. It volumises, thickens, lengthens and lifts the lashes and it never smudges. As well as the original formula, I have tried the waterproof one which literally will not come off. I’ve also tried the intense black formula which is my favorite as I like really black lashes. I have came to the conclusion that it’s the wand that makes it so good. It’s such an unusual wand and I can’t compare it to anything else. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

A foundation which everyone loves is the L’Oreal True Match Foundation, £9.99, which has recently been hyped loads but has been loved my the beauty community for years. I think the marketing and shade range of this is amazing but in general, I really dislike this foundation. I think the formula is rubbish and the coverage is awful, but it may just be my skin type. If you want a full review, I did one recently, just click here.

Love Sarah x