I spent a very low key, chilled out month in Cape Town over Christmas hanging out with family and thought I would do a post on the beauty bits I took along with me. It’s summer there and really hot, so I kept things very light and minimal and it honestly felt SO great to have nothing but the trusty basics on hand. It’s definitely inspired me to do a rather intense makeup declutter now that I am back in Sydney as I think I have accumulated quite a lot of products back here that I just don’t use anymore. Anyway, back to the point of this post — here are the products I packed in my travel makeup bag…
First up, SPF. I don’t go a day without using this, both in summer and winter. It’s hands down the best facial SPF I have ever used. It’s hydrating, non-oily (!!!) and also works as a lovely primer if you’re putting any base on top. Will forever repurchase.
I didn’t plan on attending anything that required a full face of foundation (especially in the heat — blegh), so this was the perfect solution. It’s light and comfortable to wear, while at the same time providing enough coverage to brighten a dull looking complexion. I have tried so many tinted moisturisers and always go back to this one.
Some days when I was feeling super lazy, I went completely bare faced and just used concealer under my eyes to cover up dark circles. I’ve mentioned it so many times, but this concealer is my absolute favourite, it has the most natural finish while also providing amazing coverage.
For me personally, there is just no point in bothering with any kind of eyeshadow without using an eyeshadow base first — I swear I have the worlds oiliest eyelids, so without a primer, eyeshadow just slides right off. A tiny amount of this on the lids prevents creasing of any kind and my eyeshadow stays put for hours. Total saviour.
MAC’s Groundwork has been a long time fave and is the most ideal everyday neutral cream shadow that brings some subtle colour and definition to the lids, think “your lids, but better”. Also a good colour to use on the eyes when going for a bold lip.
I’ve never been particularly loyal to any specific mascara brand. I heard this one was good and picked it up before I left. It separates the lashes nicely (not really into spider lashes) while adding some good length and volume. There was some slight smudging by the end of the day though, so I probably wouldn’t repurchase.
Another ride or die product I have been using for years, in fact I bought 3 of these little compacts 4 years ago in Los Angeles before Anastasia was available in Australia, haha — they’re still going strong! My brows are pretty sparse (I was a teenager in the 90s, enough said), so they can use all the help they can get.
I spoke about this product a fair bit in this post. I go through phases of either being really into powder blushes or really into cream blushes and lately, it’s been cream blushes. Long story short, I brought this one along as it’s super quick and easy to blend in with your fingers and I love the sheer poppy red colour it leaves — definitely helps to fake that fresh faced look ;)
Lastly, I packed two of my favourite lip colours — a bold orangey red (Red Square) and a slightly more neutral option (Dolce Vita). I’ve always been a fan of the velvet matte lip pencils, the colours are amazing and for a matte formula, they are just so damn comfortable to wear. Red Square is definitely one of my holy grail reds.