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What’s In My Makeup Bag: Double Wedding Travel Edition

So I am currently on vacation!!  Yay, finally!  Seriously, I think I’m well overdo on a vacation.  I know I packed quite a bit of makeup this trip, but it still all fits, so I think it’s okay :-/.

I am still using my Orla Kiely for Target Beauty Organizer, but I’m using the newer pattern for this trip.  I wish this would come in better colors, but so far this is the cutest of the 2.  Clearly I love these organizers.  The other one I use as my jewelry making to go bag.

I switched up where I store my stuff.  The eye makeup just seems to sit better in the center, so that’s where I put it.  Especially since I’m travelling with more eye makeup because I’m going to 2 weddings and not just travelling for work (which is the last time I did a what’s in my…?, link here). 

For my face I am bringing bareMinerals Matte mixed with Olay Complete SPF 15 as my tinted moisturizer.  For primer I am bringing PrimeTime Original.  I am also bringing bareMinerals Matte and READY for my foundations (I still can’t decide what I want to wear and they’re both small so…).  My concealer of choice is the Correcting Concealer (look at all that pan!).  And my powder is the READY powder.  It’s just so convenient to take them all in that slim little MAC compact.  I actually depotted my Complexion Perfection palette and it turned out great!  My blush is the READY blush in The One.  This is the first time I’ve ever not taken MAC Sincere with me on a trip.

For my eyes I went a bit nuts.  Yeah, I never travel with this much eye product, ever.  I’m taking 3 eye palettes: READY 2.0 in The Nick of Time and The Ephiphany and READY 4.0 in The Comfort Zone.  Yes, that’s 3 palettes, that’s insane.  I just want a ton of options for some reason.  I’m of course bringing my Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Jordana 12 Hour Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond.  I always bring those things when I travel.  I’m also bringing Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners in Rockstar, Zero, and Corrupt and the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  I think I’m also going to bring the bareMinerals Lash Domination mascara because it’s much more waterproof.

Underneath the center pouch I have all of my tools.  For foundation I have my bareMinerals Full Flawless Face brush and Real Techniques Multitask Brush.  I’m also bringing the bareMinerals Max Coverage Concealer brush and Soft Sweep Cheek brush for my face.  I’m bringing quite a few things for my eyes: bareMinerals Tapered Blending brush, Real Techniques Shading brush, Real Techniques Domed Shadow brush, Sigma E25, Sigma E30, and a random angled liner brush that I’m not sure where it came from.  I’m also bringing my eyelash curler (of course) and a paper towel.

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Naked and Afraid Beauty Tag!

So, this tag was created by EleventhGorgeous on YouTube!  It looked like a bit of fun, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

1. What’s your full face routine and minimal makeup routine?
My full face routine is Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer in Medium, then either the bareMinerals Correcting Concealer in Medium 1 or Lancome Maquicomplet in Camee.  I follow that up with whichever bareMinerals foundation I’m feeling like that day (I’ve been using the Matte formula lately).  Then I put on a blush (I’ve actually just hit pan on MAC Sincere!) and my setting powder.  Then I’ll sometimes do my eyes.

My minimal makeup routine (where I’m actually still wearing makeup) is just the tinted primer and my mineral veil (or touch up veil).

2. Do you wear makeup around the house?
Never, I’m not huge on wearing makeup unless it’s a special occasion or I’m at work.  For some reason I just don’t bother even though I really enjoy playing around with makeup.

3. Any crazy beauty rituals?
Hmm…a crazy beauty ritual?  I’m not sure that I have one.  I do tend to do my makeup at my desk at work.  I don’t think that’s crazy, although I do look pretty crazy when I’m all of a sudden trying to hide all my makeup when my boss walks up behind me.

4. What’s one product you CAN’T live without and one product you CAN live without!
I can’t live without mineral veil/touch-up veil.  For some reason it just makes me look so much better, even if that’s literally all I put on my face.

I can live without bronzer and highlighter.  I think I’m just not getting the right shades or I just don’t know how to apply them, but they just don’t work for me.  I seriously end up skipping out on them because it’s more hassle than I think they’re worth.

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What’s In My Bag: Work Travel Edition (+bonus walking pharmacy)



Recently I went on a trip for work and I thought I’d give a little looksy at what I take in terms of makeup for a work trip.  I normally keep it pretty simple when I’m traveling for work since I run on very little sleep while away.

I am loving this Orla Kiely for Target Beauty Organizer.  I don’t really love that it’s orange (one of my least favorite colors), but it’s a cute enough pattern.


On the one side I had my 2 dual-sided Urban Decay liners, a Jordana eyeshadow pencil, a bareMinerals PrimeTime shadow primer, and my Clinique Lash Doubling mascara.  In the center I kept mostly face products.  I have my bareMinerals PrimeTime Original, Lancome Macquicomplet concealer, bareMinerals Original foundation, bareMinerals Mineral Veil, and Tarte Amazonian Clay blush.  I also have my headband and pencil sharpener in there as well.



On the other side of the case I have my makeup remover wipes just loosely in there.  Then in the pockets on this side of the case I have my eyelash curler, a mini kabuki (that I actually ended up throwing away since it really was pretty useless), a bareMinerals Flawless Face brush, and a bareMinerals Angled Blush brush.

See, not much to my makeup when I’m going for work.  In fact, if I just packed concealer and powder I’d probably be fine.


As a bonus I thought I’d put in my walking pharmacy (coined by Jen from  I keep mine in a small, clear bareMinerals case that I got with some product.  It fits everything perfectly.  It holds typically 3 lip products, my mini crystal nail file, nail clippers, a few hair ties (I get mine from Jennifer on Etsy), and a slim Clinique mirror hiding in the back.  Right now I’m harboring 2 Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balms (Apple a Day and Rosy-lipped) and a Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined.

What do you travel with for a business trip?  Anything you think I’m missing?

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What’s in My Holiday 2013 Travel Makeup Bag?

So I had planned on getting this out much earlier.  In fact, it was going to be posted on the day I left for Long Island, but I didn’t get around to taking the picture of my makeup until I got home.  Anyway, I travelled pretty light on makeup, especially since I had only planned on wearing it maybe twice.


I managed to fit everything I needed, including brushes, into my Glitzy Glam Personalized Zipper Case.  For brushes I brought my new bareMinerals Brush with Splendor set and an EcoTools fluffy blending brush.  I also packed a mini magic towel, a Trim eyelash curler, and an Urban Decay Grind House.

For my face makeup I brought bareMinerals Prime Time foundation primer, Lancome Maquicomplet, bareMinerals Matte foundation in N20 Medium Beige, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, and bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Translucent.  For my eyes I only brought a few things: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Jordana 12 Hr Eyeshadow Pencil in 04 Continuous Almond, bareMinerals READY 2.0 in The Nick of Time, Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, and Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero/Whiskey and Rockstar.  For my lips (not pictured as they were hiding in my purse when I was taking pictures), I brought Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined, and Almay Color+Care Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped and Apple A Day.

What did you take on your holiday?  Do you wear makeup on your winter break?

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NOTD: Essie Penny Talk and Essie Watermelon

This weekend I was on my own and so I had a little bit of fun with my nail polish.

Please forgive the messy nails and the poor state of my nails in general.  I’ve been having a really tough time this winter combatting my nails breaking.  Even Mike commented on the sad state of my nails and he never mentions anything to do with my nails.

Anyway, Watermelon looks quite red in the picture, but it’s actually got more pink in it.  And Penny Talk is an absolutely gorgeous rosey gold metallic color.  Watermelon was 2 coats and for some reason I only did 1 coat of Penny Talk.  I think I must have forgot about it until all my polish was dry and then I didn’t want to start over.

And on my ring and pinky fingers I did a really simple nail art design that I got from MissJenFABULOUS on YouTube (here’s the link to the video I got it from)

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My Holiday 2012 Travel Makeup Picks

I’m so excited for the holidays.  With Thanksgiving over with, I’ve already started hanging up Christmas decorations.  And now I’m going to share with you what I plan on taking with me when I go to my mom’s house for Christmas.

I’m going to be packing all of my toiletries in my Vera Bradley Home and Away Cosmetic Case.  If you’d like to see that, let me know in the comments.  Anyway, just in case you can’t see the picture, here’s what I’m bringing:


  • Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Medium
  • Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden (I use this as a highlighter)
  • bareMinerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige
  • MAC Sheertone Blush in Sincere (I absolutely love this color!)


  • Tarte Eye Primer
  • Too Faced Eye Love palette (this was some Sephora VIB palette I got in a swap on MUA.  It just has a good color range for travel.)
  • Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Uzi, Empire, Zero, and Corrupt
  • NYX Slide On, Glide On Eyeliner in Sunrise Blue
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara (this is my absolute favorite!  Holy Grail product for me.)


  • Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Dreamer
  • Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Tint in Hope
  • Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart
  • MAC Tendertone in Purring

I can’t believe that I’m only planning on bringing 5 lip products.  That’s pretty much unheard of from me.  Project Pan 2.0 has made me really want to only take a few things of each to try and use it all up.  I’ll also be bringing nail polish, of course.

What are you guys travelling with this holiday season?

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