Makeup I Packed on My Long Weekend Trip

Back in January, a girlfriend of mine (also my MOH) surprised me with a trip to Vegas that she had booked for us over the Easter long weekend, complete with an itinerary that she had already thoroughly planned – is she not the absolute sweetest?? The main objective of the trip? To see the Backstreet Boys in concert! I finally got to fulfill my childhood dream of seeing them, and it was even more epic than I could have imagined.

Anyways, now that I’m back, I wanted to share what makeup and skincare I brought with me on our short trip. As far as travelling goes, I tend to bring products I know I can rely on. I hate the idea of having to deal with faulty products or products that give me an adverse reaction while I’m on vacation.

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Eyeshadow – Inglot Palette

I brought this Inglot palette with the idea that I would use it for some one-or-two shadow looks. I find this to be a pretty versatile palette if you want a small palette for simple day and night looks.

Eyeliner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (not pictured)

My HG liquid liner that stays put for 14+ hours, even in hot weather. The long wear time was much needed for our long days!

Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

This little guy has gone with me on every trip since I bought it almost two years ago. It’s another everyday, must have product for me!

False Eyelashes – Quo Lashes

You can’t go to Vegas without bringing some falsies with you! I hate applying false lashes – although I’ve gotten a lot better at it compared to when it first started, I still find the whole process problematic. However, they definitely elevate your eye look, especially when you’re out on the town at night!

Lash Glue – Duo Lash Adhesive

This is the only lash glue I’ve ever tried, so I’m not sure how it compares to others. This is the version that dries clear – it technically isn’t 100% clear, but I still have an easier time using this one compared to the black one because I cannot for the life of me apply false lashes without getting lash glue somewhere on my eye lid, and the clear one is easier to wipe away without leaving a mark.

Mascara – Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama

I’m just about finished with this mascara, and when I go on vacation I usually just take whatever mascara that I’m trying to get through at the time. I have a review of this mascara here.

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Foundation – Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

This is my current every day foundation (review here). I dispensed a little bit into a small, empty Nordstrom sample container that I randomly found lying around in my stash. I had to saran-wrap it because I noticed it kept leaking before we left for the trip – when we got to the hotel, I left it sitting on the bathroom counter and somehow it STILL leaked – WTF?

Concealer – NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer

This is my go-to concealer because I know it has great coverage and won’t crease on me throughout the day, no matter how many hours I’ve been wearing it.

Powder – Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder

Also my current everyday loose powder. In this picture, I showed my regular powder in its original packaging, but for the trip, I decanted some of the powder into an empty sample-sized Shiseido powder container that I have kept for travel purposes.

Bite Beauty Shiraz


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Urban Decay Jilted. WTF!

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I’m bringing two lip colours with me, a neutral and a bright. For my neutral colour, I’m bringing Bite Beauty’s Shiraz from its Luminous Creme line, which is now discontinued. It looks relatively purple swatched, but on my face it pulls more brownish and is one of my favourite darker nude shades! For the bright shade, I’m bringing Urban Decay’s Jilted from their Revolution line, which is also discontinued. Ummm…look at the picture above to see what happened to Jilted. I carry a handful of lipsticks in a small makeup bag that stays in my purse, and when I took this lipstick out of the makeup bag to pack for the vacation, this is what I discovered. It looked like I had rolled the lipstick all the way up, then smashed the lid onto it. Any other beauty lovers know the feeling of pain I felt when I saw this disaster?! I still brought it with me because I was determined to wear it, even if it meant I’d have to use a lip brush. However, this story has a happy ending – stay tuned for a post later in the month!

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Blush – Tarte Off the Cuff Blush Palette

A blush palette is rather excessive for a two-day trip, but I wanted to use that bright coral shade on the left and had no choice to take the whole palette with me.

Highlighter – Makeup Geek Highlighter in Lit

For highlighters, I was caught between bringing this one and my Becca highlighter in Opal, but ultimately I ended up going to Makeup Geek because I’ve never travelled with it and wanted to try something new.

Contour – NYX Blush in Taupe

Ever since I bought this in December, I’ve been contouring every day. Another plus of this product is that because it’s just a fairly small single pan, it is super handy for travelling!

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Makeup Remover – Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil

I don’t love this makeup remover, but  just so happen to have a sample size of it, so I thought it might as well bring it.

Moisturizer – Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Emulsion

This is another product that I also don’t love, but again, I own a sample size of it so jyst brought it along.

Eye Cream – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream

I use this as a daytime eye cream at home, but I couldn’t be bothered to bring both a day and night eye cream on such a short trip- this one does a good enough job of acting as a nighttime eye cream when you’re in a pinch.

Cleanser – Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam

While I don’t particularly love the two Shiseido samples above, this one I really do love, and luckily I still have a million sample sizes of these to go through!

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Sunscreen – Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lotion

This was the sunscreen we had on hand at home, so it was the sunscreen that ended up coming with me. Because this tube was so large, I squeezed some of it into a travel-sized container. This sunscreen is only okay. I also used this on my face, which wasn’t ideal, but I’m currently looking between face sunscreens and haven’t found any that I like.

And that is it! We only packed carry-on bags, and I feel like my makeup alone always takes up half of my carry-on! We’re also doing carry-on only for our two-week honeymoon, and I’m a little afraid of having enough room to pack makeup AND enough clothes – but I can already see a bunch of stuff I brought on this trip that can be cut for the honeymoon, like false lashes. How do you pack makeup for a short trip?

7 thoughts on “Makeup I Packed on My Long Weekend Trip

  1. I’ve never been to Vegas – did you have a blast? How awesome that your MOH swept you away for the weekend to see BSB. LOL. I keep getting BSB mixed up with NSync… SORRY! 😳
    I can’t believe you bought false lashes with you! 😮 But yeah, I mean where else are you going to wear them? To work!? (I’ve seen people rocking falsies for work… impressive)
    Ooh I’ve not had Bite Beauty Shiraz on my radar before but what a gorgeous shade! I wonder if they brought that shade over to the Amuse Bouche line?
    Oh my gosh, you brought a whole PALETTE of blushes with you? XD
    I was so lazy, over the Easter weekend I didn’t even bring an eye cream, I just used my face cream. 😛 I did a little IG Story on my makeup for the weekend – granted it was a really low key affair. Going to Vegas and BSB concert calls for more effort! 😉

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    • Yes, I had a great time! I think this is my fourth time, and possibly my last – I’m a little Vegas’d out. It’s a fun place to go on a short trip, but I don’t gamble, don’t drink very much, and don’t like partying till the wee hours of the night. But the shows are great, as is walking around the Vegas strip! LOL, I can’t believe you’re mixing up BSB with NSync…breaks my heart.
      I see people wearing them to work too. When I used to work out at the gym in our office building, there was an Asian girl who would put falsies on every single day when she was getting ready after working out. Super impressive! I guess you just get really fast at it.
      I don’t think they brought Shiraz over to the Amuse Bouche line! It probably wasn’t one of their more popular shades.
      Yes, I brought a whole palette of blushes with me just so I could use one shade LOL…that’s one thing I’ll be able to cut out for our honeymoon!
      I quickly watched your IG story while I was in Vegas of the stuff you packed but I didn’t have the sound on – where did you go?! I’m still trying to learn to pack as light as you.

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      • I know, I know. I really should get my boy bands straight! 😛 JT is in BSB, right…? 😮
        Wow I can’t believe you’ve been to Vegas 4 times!
        I didn’t go anywhere fancy – just out of town to the in-laws for Easter. 😛

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        • I can’t tell if you’re being serious or not about the JT being in BSB thing, but if you are, you need a talking to, missy! LOL.
          It just happened! First time was with my fiancé…then twice for bachelorettes…and now this time. I think I’m done with Vegas!
          Oooh that’s still fun! Hope you ate lots of chocolate for Easter!


  2. So nice that your MOH surprised you with a Vegas trip – so fun and so sweet of her!

    I love Vegas but I always take my tried and true makeup because the heat just melts any sub-par makeup right off my face in seconds. The KVD liner and LM powder are on that list for sure!

    I can’t believe you are only taking a carry-on for a 2 week trip – the last time I went away for a weekend, I took the biggest suitcase we own lol.

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    • Is she not the sweetest? Completely shocked me!

      Yes, you hit the nail on the head about taking tried and true makeup products to Vegas due to the weather!

      I’m rather afraid of the idea of only using a carry-on for our honeymoon. Like you, I’m the type of person who uses a big suitcase for a weekend trip, lol! But it’s just not practical to take a big suitcase when we’ll be travelling around to several different cities via airplane and train, and I think some of the streets aren’t accessible by car, so we’ll possibly have to walk on cobblestone streets with our suitcases…sounds like a lot of work to take a big one, so I’m just gonna have to suck it up :/


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