If you’ve seen any of my “What I’m packing on vacation” blog posts, you will know that I’m rather over the top when it comes to packing for trips. I always thought that when we went on our honeymoon, I would be able to bring a slew of cute outfits and accessories, not to mention all the makeup I own so I have unlimited choices. My husband informed me a month ago that the airlines we’re taking between France and Italy are on budget airlines, which have very strict luggage policies. We (okay, he) decided it would be best to take a carry-on travel backpack with us on our two-week trip. Cue the horror! I can’t even go on a local weekend trip using just a backpack, let alone a two-week trip in Europe.
I grumbled for a bit, but was ultimately up for the challenge of condensing two weeks of my belongings into a 35L backpack, so today I wanted to show you what I’ve decided to bring. Hopefully this may help or inspire any fellow heavy packers out there to try packing more lightly for a trip!
For the first time ever, I’ve been super into base makeup – it’s because the Becca Backlight Primer looks amazing underneath my foundation, and I’m addicted. However, I HATE wearing foundation in the summer because it feels gross when my face melts from the heat, SO I have decided to forego foundation.
Brows – Anastasia Brow Wiz
I used to take my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade on vacation, but that requires me to bring the pomade AND a brush, so I think it’s just easier bringing a pencil. This one is super handy because it has the spoolie on the other side as well.
Eye Shadow – Inglot Quad
I made this quad when I went to Inglot last year, and I love it because it has everything I need for a simple but complete eye look. However, the lid colour does not look great on my skintone, which is why I’m also bringing…
Eye Shadow – MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
My be-all-and-end-all eyeshadow. I can wear this on its own for a one-shadow look, or with the other shadows for a more put-together look!
Eyelashes – Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
I’ve used this for YEARS. It’s a staple in my makeup routine and I can’t go on vacation without it.
Eyelashes – L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise
I was going to get lash extensions before our vacation so that I wouldn’t 1) have to bring an eyelash curler and 2) add the extra step of doing my lashes every morning, but lash extensions did not end up happening. As a result, I’m bringing the Lash Paradise with me, which I just did a review on two weeks ago.
Eyeliner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
This is my my HG liquid liner that never wears off , which means that will be perfect for the hot weather in Europe.
Concealer – NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
Even though I’m not bringing foundation, concealer is an absolute necessity for my undereyes and for spot concealing. This is close to being finished – I think it can go in my empties once the vacation is over!
Face Powder & Highlighter – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
I thought about taking a separate setting powder (Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder) and highlighter (Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal), but the chances of me messing around with a highlighter while we’re rushing to go sightsee is probably slim. I thought it might be a better idea to take this palette instead, since it has both an all-over face powder and a highlight in it.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
I will definitely be needing this to set my makeup so that it lasts all day in the hot weather! It might be good for spraying on my face just to cool off too.
NYX Blush in Taupe
This might seem a bit over the top, but I use this contour shade every single day, so it’s become a bit of a must-have in my makeup routine, and I’d feel wrong to go on vacation without it.
Surratt Beauty blush in La Vie en Rose
Unlike previous holidays, I’m not bringing a blush palette with me this time, hehe. I bought this blush last year but it just sat in my stash until May of this year. Since opening it up, I have been absolutely LOVING this blush so much. I’m a little worried because the lid slides off and isn’t very sturdy for travel. I’m going to try tying some hair elastics around it, and hopefully that will help make sure the lid doesn’t come off while it’s in my bag.
Lipstick – MAC Lipstick in Twig
I bought this lipstick during Black Friday last year, but I only recently started using it, and now I’m obsessed. It’s the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade for me, and it needs to come on this trip with me.
Fragrance – Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne
This is pretty extra, since I don’t usually bring perfume on vacation with me, but I REALLY want to bring this. I wrote a blog post on how this was going to be my wedding scent because I’ve always worn it for special occasions, including when my husband proposed to me, but guess what? I was so rushed on my wedding day that I completely forgot to wear it. So now I’m DETERMINED to wear it on our honeymoon. The room in my liquids bag is prime real estate, but I will make it fit!
I used to take skincare samples every time I went on vacation, but I’ve realized that my skin breaks out every. single. time. I’m on vacation (whether it’s from being on the plane, not being used to a different climate, a bad vacation diet, or a combination of all of those things), so this time I’m sticking with the skincare products I use on a daily basis. I always bring my tried-and-true makeup products with me on vacation – why wouldn’t I do the same with skincare?
Mask – Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
This is a deluxe sample size of the mask that came from a kit I bought on Black Friday last year. I saved the last bit to use while we’re on vacation.
Exfoliator – Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion
This came from the same kit as the charcoal mask, and I also saved the last bit for vacation. Both products have about two uses remaining.
Mask – Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Same explanation as the two products above!
Moisturizer – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
I’ve been using this face cream every day for the past 6 months, so I’m definitely taking this with me. Obviously this bottle is humongous, so I’ve emptied it out into a small jar.
Eye Cream – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream
I usually use this as a daytime eye cream because it’s pretty light, but since space is limited and it’s summertime, I think this will work as both a day and night eye cream.
Makeup Remover – MAC Cleanse Off Oil
You’re probably so sick of seeing this cleanse off oil on my blog. Obviously this is my ride-or-die makeup remover, so it’s coming with me. Again, this is a big bottle so I poured some into a sample-sized bottle to take with me.
Face Cleanser- Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam
This is a sample size of one of my all-time favourite face cleansers, so it’s perfect for travel. I think I have just enough to last me through the trip, and then I can throw it out.
Sunscreen – La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Face Sunscreen
I purchased this sunscreen two months ago and I have really been enjoying it. It is a mineral sunscreen and is tinted so it doesn’t leave a white cast like traditional sunscreens usually do.
I might be cheating a little because there are a few things, particularly liquids, that my husband is packing for the both of us (body sunscreen, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and hand sanitizer), but otherwise I managed to fit all of this in my backpack along with all of my clothes and shoes, with a little extra room to bring souvenirs back for family and friends! What is a must-have makeup item for you when you travel?