My oh my how the time has flown and yes, I am off to Paris tomorrow for a little city break. Many of you probably would not know that I lived in France for four months whilst I was at university working as an English teacher in a primary school in a little village called Chambon-sur-Cisse, and I lived in a city called Blois which was about one hour away from Paris by train. Because of my teaching schedule- I only had to go to the school 2 days per week- I had plenty of time to explore the nooks and crannies of many French cities, but there was none I loved more than sweet Paris. I don't care about the clichés or the commercialisation, Paris is one of the most beautiful, culturally and historically rich places I have ever had the privilege of visiting, and I always take any opportunity I can to go back.
I am only heading for a long weekend on this occasion, so my makeup bag will have to be suitably light to enable me to fit as much french pharmacy skincare products into my bag as possible on the way home! I've taken an extraordinarily minimalistic approach to my makeup packing I'm sure you will agree- this is probably the most minimalistic makeup packing I have ever done!
I got this little makeup bag as a present a few Christmases ago and I love it for travelling because it's small and sturdy and doesn't take up too much space in my suitcase.
I have a little compact mirror from Cloud 10 Beauty which is being moved from my handbag to my travel makeup bag because it is a little lifesaver for on the go, travel touch-ups. Though I am not a huge fan of Benefit The Porefessional, I have this little tester that I got as a free gift with purchase a few months back and that will do the job nicely for the few days that I am in Paris. The lovely staff at the Chanel counter in Boots Liffey Valley very kindly gave me some travel size Lift Lumiere foundation samples to try in my shade to take away with me to Paris, saving me having to carry my bottle over. There is a reason I only go to Liffey Valley for my Chanel makeup purchases!
I can't be without my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and even though this is full size, it's just dandy for travelling and packs a mighty coverage punch in a little tube. In terms of adding colour to my face, I don't have many nice things to say about the Benefit Advent Calendar I picked up last year but one of the few good things about it was that the little samples are perfect for travelling- I'll be bringing Hoola for bronzing/contouring and Dandelion and Coralista with me for blush. Much and all as I love my the Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter, if you watch my videos, you will see how delicate it is, so I am definitely leaving that one behind in the safety of my Alex drawers- however, a little Benefit High Beam highlighter will do the job just dandy- I am aware that this is SO 2006 but for the couple of days that are in it, I'll rock it!
Primer- I have a mini Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer that I will be bringing with me and I have narrowed my eye product selection down to two products which I think will get me through for both daytime and nighttime looks- which incidentally both happen to be Benefit products also- albeit this time they are full size! I love the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure! because a) it is actually creaseless and has fantastic staying power and b) it is a nice day or evening colour. To add a bit more depth to my crease for evening looks, I have brought the Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Quick, Look Busy because I think this looks lurvely with the Benefit cream shadow. In terms of eyeliner, I'm packing my all time fave pencil liner which is the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever- best pigmentation from a pencil I have ever experienced, just the easiest, loveliest eyeliner I have ever owned in my life. Who can be bothered faffing with gel eyeliners when you are on hols when you get a very similar result from this pencil. In terms of mascara, I couldn't not bring my fave mascara of the moment, Lancome Drama. Two coats will be plenty for daytime wear and it's easily buildable for more fluttery nighttime lashes.
Lip products are definitely something I overpack every single time I not only go away on holidays, but even when I pop into town shopping. I've been ruthless again however, and I have made decisions which I think are sensible. Firstly, do not be alarmed by the lack of lip balmage- one of my first missions once I land on French soil will be to get us to a pharmacy to stock up on Bioderma Atoderm lip balms- they are deliciously moisturising! In terms of lip colours- I haven't really differentiated between day time and night time colours. I am bringing the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Wear Berries because it is my favourite lip product of 2014 to date. I adore the colour and I don't care if it is not seasonally appropriate. It lasts all day too so will be perfect for on the go when I don't have a chance to be constantly reapplying lipstick. I'm also going to bring my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and my Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee. I think this covers me on all bases.
Again, whilst it is hugely compelling to bring ALL the brushes, I have narrowed down my choices to a select few which I hope will get me through. I have my beloved Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 and E32 brushes- my favourite foundation and eyeshadow blending brushes collectively- and I couldn't contemplate leaving these behind. I also have my large duo fibre from NIMA Brush as I am loving this for blush at the moment, and I have the travel duo fibre, powder blush and crease blending brush from their travel set. I've said it before a million times- we're absolutely spoiled here in Ireland with fantastic brush companies offering quality, inexpensive brushes and brush sets.
So that's my travel makeup bag for this occasion! What do you reckon- am I cutting it a bit too tight? Do you think I am bringing too much? And most importantly, whilst I still have a chance to add to it, is there anything I have forgotten?