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Monday, December 5, 2011

What's In My Makeup Travel Bag?

MAC Carry All Soft Case (discontinued)

Whenever I'm travelling, I always take my MAC Carry All Soft Case. It does get dusty easily; however, you can fit alot of things inside, even the Stars Makeup Haven eyeshadow palettes (review). There are 12 compartment slots surrounding the bag and 1 zipper compartment. It also comes with an adjustable strap, so you can carry it on your shoulder or in your hand. It measures 12" L x 6" W x 5.25" H.

I never peeled the plastic off the mirror because I find the mirror to be unnecessary, 
since I usually do my makeup in the hotel bathroom.

Overall, I have no regrets buying the MAC Carry All Soft Case. The only thing that bothers me is that the top flap/lid doesn't open all the way. The picture above shows the farthest way that it can open. Also, it flaps down by itself sometimes, so you have to hold it open with your hands.

As you can see in the picture above, there is still room in the case after I pack my makeup essentials, so I usually throw in my hair products, skincare products and personal care products inside too, which is not pictured to save you from boredom. =)

The metallic makeup pouch is from Sephora and I got it for free about a year ago for purchasing something. I usually place my brushes inside it when I'm travelling. (I recently bought the Sigma brush holder and will let you know how travel-friendly it is.)

I try not to bring my mid-range and high-end brushes for fear of losing them on the trip; however, sometimes I just can't resist. (My MAC 182 couture brush is so luxuriously soft. There is just no cheaper substitute and I have to bring it with me on all my trips.)

Top Left: 
  • MAC 182 Buffer Brush Couture Limited Edition $55 (full review) - for applying setting powder and to buff out over-applied blush

Bottom Left to Right: 
  • Coastal Scents Divine Powder Buffer Brush $14.95 (full review) - for applying liquid foundation
  • Studio Gear #13 Blush Brush $35 (mini review) - for applying blush
  • Inglot 4SS Eye Brush $22 (full review) - for applying cheek highlight
  • Sonia Kashuk Black Small Multi Purpose Brush $10.99 (full review) - for applying setting powder under the eyes & around the nose
  • Sonia Kashuk Black Domed Eyeshadow Brush $9.99 (short review) - for applying highlight under the brows
  • Royal & Langnickel Silk Eye Shader SM Brush BC410 $15.99 (mini review) - for applying eyeshadow on the lids and lower lash line
  • Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff brush $3.95 (full review) - for applying transition color
  • Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Blending Brush $5.99 (mini review) - for blending out harsh lines & dark eyeshadows
  • Ulta Tapered Crease Eyeshadow Brush $14 (full review) - for applying eyeshadow on the outer corner & highlight on the inner tear duct
  • Royal & Langnickel Silk Sable Brow Angle Brush BC530 $7.99 (mini review) - for filling in my brows
  • Generic Spoolie Lash Brow Brush (mini review) - for blending out brow color
  • Royal & Langnickel Silk Lash Comb Brush BC515 $9.99 (mini review) - for separating lashes
  • Shu Uemura Lash Curler - for curling lashes

    Top Left to Right:
    • Le Metier de Beaute Visage de Soie Finishing Powder in Shade 6 $40 for 9.9g (mini review & swatches) - I never got the chance to return this product. So, ever since I finished my MAC Select Sheer pressed powder, I started to use the Le Metier one. There is nothing wrong with the quality of this product; however, my MAC one works just as well and is cheaper. So, I will definitely not repurchase the Le Metier powder after I'm done with it.
    • Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star Amber Diamond $44 for 10g (full review & swatches) - I love using this as a cheek highlight. The texture is smooth and it gives me a gorgeous sheen. It's definitely not gritty or glittery like MAC's MSF in Soft & Gentle (full review & swatches).
    • MAC Prim & Proper Blush $13 for 6g (full review & swatches) - When swatched, it looks like a mauvy rosy nude; however, when applied to my NC30/NC35 skin tone, it translates into a warm rosy nude & has a nice sheen.
    • Too Faced Peach Leopard $29 for 9g (full review & swatches) - can't use this to contour because it's too peachy, but it looks amazing on my cheeks alone and acts as a blush and bronzer for me. 
    • Glass Lid - I pump out my foundation onto this lid. Even though I wash my hands right before makeup application, I still prefer not to apply foundation with my fingers because I find that using a brush gives me a better finish.

    Middle Left to Right:
    • Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense Eye Makeup Remover - I got this as a sample and although it removes waterproof mascara and eyeliner, I won't purchase a full size because the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover works just as well and is cheaper. 
    • Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion $19 for 11ml - It makes my eyeshadows last all day without fading or creasing. It dries to a clear finish and sets quicker than the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
    • L'oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes in 270 Blackest Black around $8.95 - I got this for free through L'oreal's Facebook page. It lengthens my lashes with one coat and volumizes with 2 coats. However, it starts to clump after 2 coats and I have to separate my lashes using my Royal & Langnickel BC515 brush. Also, when my eyes get watery, the mascara flakes. I will finish this mascara because I don't want to waste it; however, I won't purchase a new one after I'm done with this.
    • Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 $17 for 9ml (mini review & swatches) - It's too light and looks too pink under natural lighting. NW25 is too dark for me, so I have to mix NW20 with my NC30 concealer to get a perfect color match for my under eye area. The hint of pink counteracts my dark circles very well, but I would not use this for any blemishes on the face because I have a yellow undertone. (I poured my NC30 concealer in the container of my NW20 concealer and mixed it. The cap was so hard to take off, but I still managed to open it!)
    • Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner in 05 Everlast around $6.99 for 5ml - This does not fade or smudge and is waterproof. You just have to wait about a minute to let it dry & set. The problem is that it's really wet, though not watery. So, I have to wipe off alot of the excess before applying it or else it applies very thick. Also, I wish it was a felt tip applicator because the brush applicator is a little too thick and a little hard to control. I have to be extra careful or else the liner ends up being too thick.
    • L'oreal True Match Foundation in W4 around $10.95 for 1oz - It has SPF 17; therefore, it gives a white cast during flash photography, but it's great as a day foundation. I like that it's oil-free and the shade matches my NC30/NC35 skin tone really well. It gives me medium to full coverage and it's buildable. It also gives me a natural finish that's neither dewy nor fully matte when set with a powder. The problem is that my t-zone gets oily after 4 hours. So, I have to blot after 4 hours and then every hour or two after that. (I've tried MUFE HD Microperfecting, CoverFX Clearprep FX Matte, Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup, NARS Pro-Prime Oil-Free, Smashbox Photo Finish regular + light version, Laura Mercier Oil-Free, Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting primer and many others. However, they don't make a difference in the longevity of the L'oreal True Match foundation.)

    Eyeshadow Palette:

      Yikes! This is a long post. -_-
      Hope you all enjoy reading it or at least enjoy looking at the pictures. ^_^

      What makeup case do you use for travel?
      Do you travel light or heavy?


      1. I love the MAC Carry All Soft Case. Love how there's so many little compartments on the side for all the makeup!! Too bad it's discontinued!!!

      2. You carry with you a lot of stuff! I usually bring with me a little neutral palette, some eye pencils, lip glosses and my favorite blush. As regards brushes I carry the blush one and one for my face powder. And that's all!

      3. wow! a lot of awesome makeup! thanks for sharing! ^_^

      4. Thanks for sharing. I love posts like these. I guess you could say I travel light. I just started getting into makeup and I'm still not comfortable wearing very much out of the house. Except.
        EXCEPT. I do my brows every morning without fail.
        So, I guess my travel bag would consist of skin care and my brow products :)

      5. I love reading What's in my Makeup Bag posts. Whenever I travel, I tend to overpack. lol You keep all your things organized, I keep my stuff organized to a point and then give up. The last time I traveled, I had one case for face & eye makeup, one small pouch for lip products, one case for skincare and a brush roll for my brushes. It was a two week trip so I had to bring a lot of things to keep my options open but I hated how it weighed my luggage down. lol My sister uses the True Match foundation religiously but her's are never in that pump bottle that you have pictured. Was that a special limited edition bottle?? lol

      6. I overpack too! It's better to be "safe than sorry." hahah...

        The L'oreal True Match foundation comes with a pump in Asian and European countries. I live in the US and the pump version is not available here. So, I asked one of my friends to get it for me. =)


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