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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What's in My Makeup Travel Bag | Brussels

A little-known fact about Mr. Making Up the Midwest is that he works for an airline and, as a result, we get to take the occasional trip. Many times we travel to see family or explore domestic destinations, but occasionally we'll jet off internationally for the weekend. As a result, I've come to pride myself on my ability to pack about three days worth of clothing, makeup, and hair necessities into a large travel tote (check the pics below). Impressive for a girl with half a room designated for makeup, no? I rarely do "what's in my bag"-style blog posts or videos, but I thought if there was ever a time or situation to document, this is it. So hop in my makeup bag and come along to Brussels!

Eyes - In all of the pre-trip research I did, a frequently mentioned feature of Brussels was the amount of rain it typically receives. After confirming with the weather man that it was supposed to pour throughout the weekend, I packed my umbrella and budge-proof makeup:
  • bareMinerals Prime Time Eye Primer - a must for eyeshadow that lasts full-blast all day.
  • em Cosmetics Party Life Palette - I love these palettes for your ability to customize them for any look - or destination, as the case may be.
  • Sleek Makeup Full Volume Mascara - although not marketed as a tubing mascara, I find this mascara is smudge-proof, only budging with warm water and gentle rubbing off the lashes. Perfect for drizzly weather. 
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner - This was a new purchase and I was using the trip to test it out. Turns out, it's not waterproof, but it provides a beautiful, velvety black line. 
  • it Cosmetics Your Brows But Better - Because a girl's gotta have her brows on-the-go
  • CoverGirl truBlend Liquid Makeup - This is just a current favorite I've been loving for it's buildable coverage. 
  • CoverGirl truBlend FixStick - Packed for it's convenient packaging and ability to not only spot conceal around the face, but also in the unederye area
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Pen in Radiant - Because 8 hour flights can bring on dark circles you never knew you had.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette - Rainy weather and 24-48 hours of being on-the-move calls for a brilliant setting powder. I don't care how budge-proof your foundation claims to be. 
  • Bioelements Instant Emollient - Between the salty food on the plane and the plane ride itself, I rarely make it through a weekend without chapped lips. A heavy duty, multi-tasking hydrator is a MUST. 
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip in 16C - both the Aqua Lip and Aqua Rouge have stellar lasting power and perfect pigmentation. I typically take bright lip colors when I travel because nothing draws attention away from tired eyes like a bold lip.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge in 18C & 10C 
With all of the subscription services I've tried, my stockpile of fragrance samples is daunting, so I try to take a new one with me each time I travel. It forces me to really wear it around to see if I like it while also ensuring I don't have to worry about a big bottle breaking in transit. This trip, I packed Folle de Joie - a fragrance with a fresh blend of citrus, woodsy florals, and hints of cognac. Turns out, it's very different than any of the musky, amber-laced scents I typically buy and I like it! I have some Birchbox points to burn and am seriously contemplating splurging on it. 

Scroll on for pictures of everything inside, along with some of the trip!

What's your favorite destination, and what are the sites to see there? Equally as important: what do you take with you in your makeup bag?

Face Products


Everything else

Is that le waffles I smell?

Close enough.

Manneken Pis

Makeup Shopping (because clearly)
...yes, everything I traveled with was in that tote.

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