Tuesday, May 26, 2015


travel makeup bag
lip set

Ughhh, going back to work this morning was rough.  My soy chai tea latte was the only thing that got me through.  But seriously I hope you all had an amazing Memorial Day holiday and aren’t three day weekends just the best?!  If anyone knows of a petition I can sign to make this a thing count me in.  I had such a fun weekend and was able to catch up with a college roommate who was visiting from NYC.  Anyone that knows me knows I love to plan vacations, so our three days together were jam packed.  We went to the Florida Aquarium and had a meet and greet with penguins (#lifegoals), had a great dinner in St. Petersburg and went out Saturday night and had one too many, made some bad decisions…you know how those things go.  We had brunch at this adorable spot in Hyde Park called Oxford Exchange and Sunday afternoon we visited the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.  It was so amazing to catch up with an old friend and we had such a blast.  So as you could probably tell we were movin and groovin and I needed a versatile makeup bag that could meet all my needs.  I mean packing makeup that is appropriate for a penguin meet and greet, but also a night out on the town….no small feat people.  Thus I thought I would share with you all the contents of my travel makeup bag, so keep reading to find out what I packed!

travel face makeup

For the face I kept it very simple.  I love starting with the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in 'Nude' as my base because it's light and holds up great in the Florida heat.  Next I'll use my Physicians Formula Conceal RX Physicians Strength Concealer in 'Natural Light' to brighten up my under eyes and cover any blemishes (it's a great multitasker) and use my favorite setting powder, the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 'Transparent' to set everything.  Next I'll bronze up my face with the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, pop on some MAC Powder Blush in 'Melba', and finish everything off with the LORAC Perfectly Lit Luminizing Powder on my cheekbones.  Guys, this MAC blush in Melba is amazing; it's a pinky peach matte shade and seriously goes with any makeup look.  If you don't own it you're missing out, just sayin.

eye makeup essentials
So for the eyes I try to bring very basic products and then throw in a great neutral palette that I can create a lot of looks with.  Enter the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette.  This palette is awesome, great quality, and only $19.95.  (Also a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette!)  But first I like to prime my eyelids with the MicaBeauty Eye Primer and fill in my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Ash.  For the rest of my eye makeup I'm sticking with my ride or dies.  We got the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Damsel to add some smokiness and for the lashes I love the Shu Uemura Eyelash CurlerClinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and the Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara for my top lashes.  For the last step I like to use my Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright on my inner rim to brighten my eyes.

And now my favorite part, the lips.  Girl I got you with four awesome products.  We have this amazing MAC lipliner in 'Boldly Bare' that I like to apply all over my lips for a great nude hue.  A gorgeous pink gloss, the L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in 101 Rose Melody, that is perfect for day time.  And a ruby red pair in the form of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in #20 and Sephora Collection Nano Lipliner in 'Real Red' to make a statement lip at night.  And once this stain is on your lips it's not coming off so you don't have to worry about your lipstick coming off at dinner. 

So what did you think?  I tried to keep the products versatile and trimmed down, but still wanted to give myself some options.  And for those of you who are wondering, the adorable New York makeup bag featured in this post was a present from my Aunt.  I believed she purchased it at Pottery Barn.  It was seriously one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever gotten because she knows how much I love NYC and it’s definitely my favorite makeup bag in my collection.  (It also has an adorable pinstriped lining!)  I will even be using it again in a couple weeks when I fly up to visit my friend in NYC.  See it really all comes full circle people, are we sensing the NYC theme??  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week.  May caffeine, dreams of the weekend, and white wine get us through.

xoxo Nicole

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