What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

I thought it was about time to do an updated travel makeup bag post and I am so excited to show you all what I normally bring on adventures. To be quite honest, I actually love packing and organizing things for trips so I find this kind of fun to read and talk about. I am also always curious to see what different types of products and sizes of products people bring on trips. 

It inspires me to be smarter or more thoughtful about the things I take and have to leave behind when I am limited to so many items, especially on flights. I know that brands are becoming more accommodating to travel and create tons of travel sized products to make it easier to bring along wherever we go. Here's what I currently have in my travel makeup bag...  
This makeup bag was actually a score I found at Target (obvi) in the Dollar Spot section for about three bucks. It's copper and gold and if you look close enough, it says "This and That" on it which is a very cute detail. 

So, to start off, I have found it incredibly difficult to carry makeup brushes through travel; they take up an insane amount of space. So I found this Sonia Kashuk Grand Bazaar Hidden Treasure Chubby Brush Set at Target and immediately grabbed it because it's so hard to find great travel sized brushes that aren't so small they're practically for dolls. It's hard to keep brushes safe in my makeup bag sometimes because they do get smashed and tossed around. You can see some of the estranged hairs, but all in all, it's a great travel brush set and it comes with a travel bag, too. 
For lips, I have this mini Makeup Forever lip gloss in Sweet Pink that I really like to add a bit of pigmentation and shine to my lips. I normally use it when I go out to eat or something like that. Great for touchups! 

I also make sure to have a natural colored eye pencil and this is the current one I'm using right now; it's the Covergirl Perfect Blend Liner in Mink. Sometimes, I can get away with using it as an eyebrow pencil and it works perfectly. It's very smooth and easy to use. 
I usually make sure to always have a powder with me. Foundation is debatable depending on where I'm headed, but powder for me is always a must. I never want to be in that sticky situation where I can't powder my face because I "forgot" to bring it on a trip. I just can't and won't. The Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent is a lifesaver when it comes to mattifying my skin. It's a classic and it comes with me everywhere. 

I also make sure to have an eyeshadow primer because one of the worst things to have to worry about on a trip is whether or not your eyeshadow will crease or run off your lids. I find that the Urban Decay Primer Potion is probably the best primer for your eyes out there. It's not sticky and definitely does the job. 
On the topic of primers, I also love to keep a mini Benefit Porefessional with me as well. I only use a pea size amount and especially during the summer I like to use this under tinted moisturizers or BB creams. It seamlessly hides my pores and makes a very soft and smooth base for my makeup. I personally love the smell of it and it's just one of those staple products to have, I guess. 

Now that "baking" is becoming more popular, I have decided to give it a go myself and have really liked the way it prevents my skin from becoming oily quicker. I travel with this mini Mary Kay Translucent Powder that I am really impressed by and love the way it makes my makeup last. 
Sometimes, I like to have a couple foundations in my makeup bag to try out or sometimes I get samples and just toss them in my bag to use when I'm on a trip because they're usually so conveniently small. The first foundation I have in my bag is the Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation. It's a very light to medium coverage and I like to use this more in the summertime because it gives a great natural finish. Then I also have the Clinique Superbalanced foundation which is a bit heavier coverage and is very smooth on the skin and is great for sensitive skin like mine.

Then I have this mini Stay Don't Stray Primer which is another eye shadow primer that I have been meaning to use up and got in a Christmas gift set one year. I don't particularly love this one as much as the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but it gets the job done for the most part. I like the doe-foot applicator a lot. 
Normally on trips I don't bring palettes, but I like to bring duos and trios to have a bit of variation with my eye looks because I never really know where or what I'm going to be doing so, it's always good to have options. Right now I have this Wet' n 'Wild Silent Treatment trio in my bag and I really love the smokey look I can make with it or just use the browbone shade on my eyelid for a more glowy, natural look. The shadows are so pigmented, I can't EVEN. The two little brushes are helpful sometimes, but are kind of in the way because they always fall out of the tray when I open it. Moreover, my mascara usually changes every couple months, so right now I have my mini Benefit Roller Lash mascara. It gives the perfect curl and is very easy to apply with since it's so small. I'm obsessed with it and need to buy the full size, pronto. 

Last, but not least, is the Smashbox Photo Finish Under Eye Primer. I just included this because it was in my bag anyway and why the heck not? Primers are awesome! Especially this one. I like to put this under my eyes and use it like concealer since I don't normally pack it, and then I top it off with foundation and powder. That's what I love to use before I bake with my translucent powder, too. It helps to prevent any creasing and can suffice as a faux concealer. What's in your travel makeup bag?


  1. I always like taking one of those Wet n Wild trio palettes with me, can always count on them and they never fail!
    Kathy x

    1. Right? Wet' n' Wild is the best, especially for trips! X


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