Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My Holiday Make-Up Bag: The Venice Edit

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For my mum's Christmas in 2017, I couldn't really figure out what to buy her. Yeah, she needed a new pair of earphones and I also picked her up some cute Ted Baker lipsticks and a book of gin recipes, but I really wanted to get her something exciting to look forward to in 2018. It's hard on my wages to pay for a trip for two all by myself, but I was determined to do it - and where is my mum's favourite city in the world? That's right, Venice.

We last went to Venice when I was around 15-16 years old - it was our first time going, too. I was moody and difficult, as you'd expect, and if I'm completely honest, I don't really remember a whole lot about it. Last year I booked us tickets for 4 nights in 2017 and we leave in less than a week! Today I thought I'd share with you the bits and pieces that'll be living in my make-up bag whilst we're away.

For primer I'll be taking my recently purchased One Heck of a Blot Primer by Soap & Glory. I only bought this at the tail-end of December, but so far I'm really enjoying using it. It's been on my wishlist for quite some time now, but I told myself I wouldn't pick it up until I finished my previous Barry M Original Flawless Primer, which took forever to get through! I hope this primer lasts me just as long. Normally I pair this with the Soap & Glory Fab Pore 3-in-1 Serum, which you can read about here, but I decided as we were travelling for just a few nights that I didn't really need both. They're very similar in texture, both being mattifying and pore-shrinking products, but I find that the serum is much thinner in consistency. 

I didn't include a photo of my foundation as I was still waiting on my IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream turning up! I'll be road-testing this out during the course of the holiday, as I've heard nothing but amazing things literally all across the internet. I bought this as an alternate to to Urban Decay's Naked Skin foundation, as although I enjoy the formula, I was colour matched to a shade too pink and I find myself not really reaching for it. I look forward to trying out the CC Cream, but I'll probably pop my normal 17 Stay Time Foundation into my bag for good measure - just in case!

To conceal and correct, I'll be taking my little pot of Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach, because my under eyes are constantly tired and dark at the moment, and I'll also be popping into my make-up bag my trusty and ever-faithful Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, as it works for both brightening my under eyes and also concealing blemishes and redness. 

Although I've gone cruelty-free, and haven't bought any animal-tested products in about six or seven months, I do still have a few bits and pieces to finish up. I've just hit pan on my last Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder which was, up until the cruelty-free switch, one of my holy grails. In place of this I will likely pick up the Essence pressed powder as I find it works just as well, or I may try my hand at loose powders - but they're such a pain! I'm also in the middle of using up my Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Gel which I use in conjunction with my favourite Freedom Pro Eyebrow Pomade. I also still have a Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in Nude - I haven't actually got a replacement in mind for this one, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! I love the consistency of these pencils as the colour payoff is fantastic for the waterline, but I'm still hanging onto this as I don't know what's a suitable replacement. I find that when I'm using full-coverage foundation, concealer and using a colour corrector on my under-eyes, that my waterline often looks red AF, thus ruining the make-up, so I always like to keep a nude eye pencil in my stash!

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For lips and eyes I've given myself plenty of options. Starting with primer, I'll of course be taking my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion as it's the best eye primer I've ever used, and I know it'll keep my eyeshadow in place from morning til night. As for the shadows themselves, I recently purchased the beautiful limited edition eye palette from Soap & Glory called The Perfect Ten. It was included in their Christmas gift range in 2017, and I bought in Boots' half-price sale for a mere £8. The shadows are stunning - incredibly pigmented and easy to work with and blend. I'm so happy I picked it up - it contains bronze and mauve shades, as well as smoky colours for the perfect grey smoky eye. It's ideal to take my make-up from a casual day time look to a glam evening one. 

For the remainder of my eyeshadows, plus my contour and highlight shades, I'll of course be taking my perfect travel companion - my Make-Up Obsession custom palette. I did a whole post on what's in my palette last year, so for full swatches, details and reviews, please see this post. It contains plenty of reds, browns and purple eye shades that will work in conjunction with my Soap & Glory palette, and it also has my contouring powder and several cream and powder highlights. Also, to make sure I don't have to take every eye brush I own, I'll be taking with me W7's Shade & Swap Make-Up Colour Swapper - it's by far one of the handiest tools a gal can have in her make-up kit.

To finish off the eyes, I'll be wearing my trusted Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara, which you can read about here, and I've popped the Topshop Kohl Pencil into my make-up bag too. It's a gorgeous, rich and pigmented black pencil that transfers perfectly to the waterline without lacking colour or dragging along the skin, and it lasts well too. I couldn't find this on the website, but it's been a staple in Topshop's make-up range for years.

Last but not least, I've packed myself a choice of four different lip colours that will work with the make-up I'm taking. Sugarpill's Trinket Liquid Lipstick was a no-brainer because it's one of the most versatile, easy to wear and long-lasting lipsticks that I own. Feel free to check out this post if you want to know more! I'll also be taking Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin as it's a firm staple in my nude lipstick wardrobe, and is likely going to be the one I wear on the plane journey. I'll also be packing my two most recent additions, both Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks - one called Medusa, a stunning blue-grey from his 2017 holiday collection, and No Tea, No Shade, a metallic plum. Medusa looks beautiful when pared with a grey smoky eye, but I think it would look awesome to put it with a rust-toned eye look too. As for No Tea, No Shade, I'm a big fan of the JSC metallic liquid lips as they are so comfortable and long-lasting, and this one is no different. It reminds me a bit of Sugarpill's Stranger Love, but deeper and more plum-based than red. I reckon this will go with the majority, if not all, of the eye colours I'm packing, so this should be an easy and versatile lip product.

That's all for this post - what are your travel make-up essentials?


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