Monday, January 27, 2014

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

I'm going out of town for a few days (so fewer posts this week), so I thought I'd share with you what's in my travel makeup bag (this does not include skincare).  I am not flying, so I don't need to worry about being FAA compliant.  I'm just driving myself, so I can kind of have as large a bag as I want, but I'm only going for 2-3 days (or more, depending on the weather), so I don't really need much.  I'm also just going to see family, but I like to be able to be fancy with my makeup if I feel like it.

I tried to make this photo all artsy with stuff tumbling out of the bag.

My sparkly purple makeup bag is the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Quinceanera bag (no longer available).

Here's what made the cut:

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer -- This is my favorite "base" product.  I don't usually wear a true foundation on a daily basis, but if we were going to get dressed up for any reason, I would take a foundation with me.

Wet 'n' Wild Coverall Pressed Powder -- This just happens to be the setting powder I'm using right now.  I want to try the Rimmel Stay Matte powder next.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow -- I like how this has pink and coral colors so it works with cool and warm-toned looks.  Plus, it has some light shimmer to it, so it gives a little luminosity to the skin, and I can skip the highlighter.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Corrector -- My favorite concealer.

LORAC Creamy Brow Pencil in Auburn -- A pencil with a spoolie brush on one end is convenient.

Urban Decay Primer Potion -- If I'm going to wear eyeshadow, I need a primer.  (I don't feel the same way about traveling with face primers, because the serum I use in my skincare regime works as a primer if I want to use it as such).

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner eye pencil in Tommy Jet -- A great waterproof black pencil liner.

Too Faced Pretty Rebel eyeshadow palette -- There are so many looks that can be created with this palette, and the shadows themselves are amazing.  I could have picked the Naked or Naked 3 palette, but my family kind of gets a kick out of my colorful eyeshadows, so I chose this.

Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara -- My favorite everyday mascara at the moment.  I considered putting in my Benefit They're Real mascara, but I want something that removes easily, and I don't need the dramatic lashes that mascara gives me when I'm just visiting my family.

Real Techniques Powder Brush -- It's a little on the huge side, but it fits in my bag, and it is currently my favorite powder brush.

Eco Tools Travel Powder Brush -- I think this came in their 5 piece mineral brush set (I acquired it quite a while ago).  I use it as a blush brush.

Eyeshadow Brushes: E.L.F. Eyeshadow "C" brush, MAC 217 blending brush, Sephora Crease brush, Sonia Kashuk blending brush (it doesn't have a number or name on it), Sephora cat eyeliner brush (came in a set with another brush).

I also considered throwing in Josie Maran Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Poppy ParadiseMilani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar (which is held together by packing tape), and  Benefit Speed Brow brow gel.

I haven't included lip products, because I carry those in my purse.  I'll have to do a "what's in my purse?" post soon.

If I was just going overnight, I would take less than this.  Probably just tinted moisturizer, blush, mascara, brow gel, a cream eyeshadow so I can skip the eyeshadow brushes (I usually take Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze), and what ever lippies are in my purse.

How much do you take with you for short trips?  Have you ever regretted not having something with you?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What's On My Nails Today?

Can you guess what this silver holographic polish is?


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Okay, no more suspense.  It's Milani Nail Lacquer 3D Holographic in HD!

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I don't know if this is still available in stores, but it is on for $3.99 USD. (not an affiliate link)

Milani Nail Lacquers are DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Green EotD with Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone

This colors in this eye of the day look reminded me of shamrocks once I was finished with it.  I'll have to remember to recreate it for St. Patrick's Day.

Eyes: Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone palette
                         -- "eyelid" color (shimmery moss green) on the moving lid and lower lashline
                         -- "crease" color (dark brown-y sparkling green) in the crease and outer v
                         -- "definer" color (dark brown with green flash) along the upper lashline
        Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon single in Brulee (matte cream) under the brow and to blend crease
        Urban Decay eyeshadow in Loaded (dark blue-tinged green) tiny bit in outer v
        Fresh Supernova Mascara

From left: Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone palette "eyelid", "crease", "definer" colors; Urban Decay Loaded eyeshadow, Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon single in Brulee

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Comfort Zone is a great palette.  The shadows have a lovely formula, and it is quite versatile because it has 6 beautiful neutrals (I think the "browbone" color and "crease" color on the right side are neutrals) that work incredibly well for everyday, but you can also mix in some shimmery green for something a little different it so desired.  Plus it's around $5 USD!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Another EotD With Urban Decay Naked 3

The Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette is so pretty.  However, all of the colors are kind of similar in undertone, so the range of looks that can be created is a little limited color-wise, if that makes sense.  I do think there are enough different textures and dark versus light shades to make it a beautiful, flattering, and versatile palette.  Plus, the quality of the shadows is rather amazing.  I've never been fond of matte colors, usually because I find them hard to work with, but these are so blendable and perfectly pigmented that I enjoy using them.


I didn't notice the mascara smudgies until after I uploaded and cropped the photo.

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From the Naked 3 palette:  

         Limit in the crease and up above the crease slightly

         Nooner in the crease

         Buzz on the moving lid and lower lashline

         Strange under the brow and in the inner corner

From the Naked palette:  
         Toasted in the outer corner

Liner (lower waterline): Milani Liquif'Eye pencil in Brown
Mascara: Maybelline Full 'N Soft in Black

from left: Limit, Nooner, Buzz, Strange, Toasted, Milani brown eyeliner

The lashes on my left eye are driving me crazy.  I don't know if I'm sleeping on them weird or what, but they seem more curly (I don't curl my lashes, they are naturally that way) and clumpy than usual (even with my favorite Maybelline Full 'N soft mascara).  The lashes on my right eye are fine.  Whatever.  Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blue Had Me At Hello Look of the Day

I'm feeling kind of lazy blog writing-wise, so I'm just doing a quick face of the day post.

Eyes: Wet 'n' Wild Blue Had Me At Hello eyeshadow palette -- right side of palette
                    "browbone" color on the inner half of lid and inner corner
                    "eyelid" color on the outer half of lid
                    "crease" color on the outer v and lower lashline
           Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Tommy Jet on the lower waterline
           Fresh Supernova Mascara

Cheeks: Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset
              NARS blush in Orgasm

Lips: Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss in Non Stop Glamour
          Ulta Lip Crayon in Dollface (I applied this after the lipgloss) -- may be discontinued

from left: Wet 'n' Wild Blue Had Me At Hello (right side colors), Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset, NARS Orgasm blush, Rimmel Stay Glossy gloss in Non Stop Glamour, Ulta Lip Crayon in Dollface 

I really enjoy reading other people's face of the day posts.  I find them quite inspiring, and they often encourage me to try new things with my makeup.  Some of my favorites are the ones Sheila does over at

Have a gorgeous day, everyone!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Honeysuckle Swatches

Simple swatches and a wee review of Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle is a slightly rosy bronze with gold shimmer.  It has a bit of glossiness to it when first applied, but that disappears as it wears.

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The formula is decently creamy and doesn't feel drying on my lips, but it doesn't feel particularly moisturizing either.  It doesn't have a discernible scent, and it lasts for 3-4 hours on me.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks are $22.50 USD.

I hope these swatches were helpful!