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

MAC Lipstick Collection 2016

I’m going to be sharing with you my MAC lipstick collection today. Compared to most people I don’t have many, only 4, but I’ll deffinetly update you! Let me know what MAC lipsticks you have and what ones I should get next!

Creme Cup – Cremesheen 
This was my first ever MAC lipstick which I bought about two years ago. After watching videos on other peoples collections I decided on this one as it is a pale pink and super easy to wear. I wear this on a day to day basis and can be worn with almost all makeup looks. Because of it’s blue undertones it would probably best suit people with slightly paler skin and neutral to cool undertones. This is a cremesheen formula which has a comfortable, creamy, semi glossy finish. It has a really nice amount of pigment but because of it’s creamy formula it will need re-applying throughout the day which isn’t an issue for me. I do like the packaging of the MAC lipsticks and I think they are deffinetly worth the money at £15.50 (you can get them cheaper in airports, about £12 or £13) although you can get great cheaper alternatives. This would be a great first MAC lipstick for alot of people.

Snob – Satin
I bought this in a bit of a rush when I was in Paris, I was literally in and out of the store in 5 minutes and I hadn’t thought about what I wanted at all. I am however so glad I got this as I wear it quite frequently and it’s my go to pink. It is quite a difficult colour to pull of and is known for being a difficult shade to wear. It would suit those with paler skin and cool undertones as it’s undertones are very lilac/purple. It is a medium barbie pink with lilac undertones like I mentioned. This has a satin finish which is quite long lasting and opaque and has a semi matte finish. It is quite pigmented and doesn’t need re-applying throughout the day. I’d recommend trying it on in store as it is a very specific colour but if you like barbie pinks, you’ll love this.

L-R: Faux, Honeylove, Snob, Creme Cup

Faux – Satin
I purchased this in an airport which does save you a couple of pounds. I bought this because I wanted a bit more of a grown up, feminine nude. This is a really wearable colour so it’s great for everyday wear but it can also look really chic and be perfect for a night out. This is one of those colours that would suit almost anyone no matter their skin colour or tone. It is a medium pink/brown nude which is so pretty and like the previous lipstick it is a satin finish. This means it’s quit long lasting and opaque. I’d recommend this lipstick to anyone as this is the only lipstick you’d need as it can be worn at any time for any occassion. 

Honeylove – Matte
As I am quite pale, the famous shade ‘Velvet Teddy’ is slightly dark for my liking so I chose this which is basically just a lighter version. I wear this all the time as it goes with any makeup look and I would say it’s my go to nude. It would suit most people, maybe not darker skin tones but that always leaves you with even better options. This is a medium neutral toned nude lipstick which is my perfect colour. This is a matte finish which is opaque and very long lasting but can be quite drying (not much compared to other matte formulas though). It is very pigmented as you would expect from a matte lipstick and you probably won’t need to re-apply during the day depending on how much you eat or drink. I’d deffinelty recommend this to most people but especially those with paler skin who can’t quite pull of the more famous nudes from MAC as easily.

Love Sarah x