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

How I Achieve Fuller, Bigger Lips & My Favorite Products

Big lips have been one of the biggest trends recently, and it seems that ever since Kylie Jenner got her lips done, everyone else seems to be getting surgical procedures to give them results like hers. I personally love the look, but not enough to get lip injections; and I personally wouldn’t want my lips quite as big, and I know alot of people feel the same. Over the past few months I’ve tried and tested alot of different products, and I’m going to share with you the ones that worked. If you want lips that look like Kylie’s, the only way is lip injections, but for a less intense look these things should work!

Having moisturised and hydrated lips is very important. It will make the other products you use much more effective. I would highly recommend Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm, £2.69, which has been a favorite product of mine for years. It is super hydrating and feels quite plumping, although, I don’t really think it is! I also really love Vaseline Petrolium Jelly, £1.95, which is very moisturising and will instantly fix dry lips. 

Lip plumpers, something you’ve probably tried before, but all of them are different and they don’t all work the same. I too, have tried quite a few but the one I find that works most effectivly is the Victorias Secret Very Voluptous Lip Plumper in ‘Baby Pink,’ £15. It is has a really pretty sheen of pale pink through it and it is quite shimmery, which I find makes the lips look really juicy and full. You can feel it working but it’s not irritating like some.

Lip liners are what Kylie claimed that she used, and eventhough they won’t give you results like hers, they are amazing for outlining or over drawing the lips, while still keeping them natural looking. One of my favorites is Model Co Illusion Lip Liner, £16, which is one colour suits all, and is supposed to give the illusion of fuller lips. For me, it certainly does and it is the perfect colour if I want to over draw them. For a cheaper alternative that works as well, I’d recommend MUA Intense Colour Lip Liner in ‘Caramel Nougat,’ £1, which is the perfect ‘your lips but better’ colour.

And lastly, the perfect lipstick colour and finish is essential to completing your fuller lips. I love MAC lipsticks, and for fuller lips I especially like their matte and satin finishes. Two colours that work well for me as ‘your lips but better’ colours are MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Honeylove,’ £15.50, and MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux,’ £15.50. ‘Honeylove’ is my perfect nude and ‘Faux’ is a gorgous pink nude which suits me perfectly. If you have darker skin, you’ll be lucky enough to get away with colours like ‘Velvet Teddy,’ one of Kylie’s favorites, and ‘Whirl,’ another beautiful colour, both of which are from MAC.

Love Sarah x