What I Pack In My Travel Makeup Bag: The Simple, Quick Basics

Hey everyone! I’ve done some weekend trips out of state during this summer, and each time I have packed my makeup travel bag, I’ve thought that I really should just put together a post about it. When I’m traveling these days, my focus is on keeping the makeup routine simple, keep it easy / minimalistic, and lightweight (since I have combination oily skin)–that way I can get ready in the morning quickly and focus on the day’s activities.

I’ve gone ahead and listed what products I bring with me, their cost, and a brief summary of why I selected them. 🙂

Brushes & Miscellany


  • Makeup bag (Maleficent, LE – Walgreens)
    • Retail: ???
    • Why: This was a part of the Disney Villains collection at Walgreens back in 2013, so I can’t remember for the life of me how much it cost, but out of all the makeup bags I have, this one is my absolute favorite.
  • BeautyBlender Pro
    • Retail: $20.00 USD
    • Why: I bought my first BeautyBlender last year to start blending out foundation and concealer and I have never looked back. I don’t wear foundation very often anymore, but I will use a damp BeautyBlender to blend out my concealer, and then use it to set that concealer with powder right after–this keeps it from looking cakey or heavy.
  • Tweezerman Mini Slant
    • Retail: ~$14.00 USD
    • Why: Because you never know when you might need a set of tweezers. I bought this pair ages ago. I have always liked the smaller size of the Mini Slant compared to the other options.
  • Real Techniques Blush Brush (Amazon)
    • Retail: $7.25 USD
    • Why: This brush is super soft and even though it’s technically a “blush brush”, I love the size of it for applying and gently buffing in powder, both pressed and loose. I just want to give myself light coverage when traveling, but if you like to build up coverage, you should try a brush that is more densely packed.
  • Sigma F42 Strobing Fan Brush (Amazon)
    • Retail: $18.00 USD
    • Why: I actually got this brush as part of the Sigma Beauty Baking Strobing Set I bought during the Holiday 2016 season (for $84!!). I didn’t use it this brush for a long time until I realized it was perfect for applying and blending out highlighter really softly, ideal for my current daytime look. I love this brush and barely reach for the others in the set, so that is why I’m only linking to the fan brush.
  • EcoTools Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush
    • Retail: ???
    • Why: I swear I have owned this brush since circa 2009 or something. It came in an EcoTools brush set that I bought from Walmart (~$10 maybe) and this is the only brush I have kept from that set. After I sketch out the general shape of my eyebrows with a brow pencil, I go back in real quick with this brush to make sure the shape is smooth and even.


Protect & Prime


  • Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ (Amazon)
    • Retail: $13.80 USD (50 mL / 1.7 oz)
    • Why: I found out about this sunscreen after spending hours reading reviews and ratings of every sunscreen imaginable on the /r/AsianBeauty forum. I went to Amazon (which has it listed with Prime shipping and a great price, in my opinion) and decided to give it a chance. I’m glad I did–I’m actually getting ready to order my second tube. I use this daily on my face, my neck, and décolleté. It wears great on its own and really awesome under makeup. Just like the many Redditors who raved about this, I now consider it a “holy grail” product for me. 🙂
  • Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer SPF 30
    • Retail: $37.00 USD (30 mL / 1 oz)
    • Why: What can I say? I layer up my sunscreens where I can. I like this primer from Tarte a ton because while it doesn’t give a lot of color correction (just a small amount), it helps smooth out my skin which makes my powder look even better, along with giving it some more longevity.


A Little Coverage


  • No7 Radiant Glow Concealer (10)
    • Retail: $13.99 USD (0.08 oz)
    • Why: I actually watched Jackie Aina’s awesome minimal makeup tutorial where she used YSL’s Touche Eclat ($42) and I was instantly on a mission. I’m kind of over Tarte Shape Tape as my undereye concealer, and I loved look of the Touche Eclat in Jackie’s video, but I wanted an affordable drugstore option. Initially I felt nervous that No7’s lightest shade would be too dark and peachy on my skin–being as pale as I am, this shade is definitely not a “brightening” one for me. However, it is a really close match to my skin tone and I find that I am actually really preferring the look of that these days. One “click” from this pen for each undereye helps hide my dark circles, the formula is non-drying, and it looks really natural and fresh. I blend it out with my BeautyBlender and then set with powder, but you could easily blend this out with your ring finger.
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Power (821 Warm Light)
    • Retail: $4.99 USD (7.5 g / 0.26 oz)
    • Why: This is a super affordable, light coverage pressed powder that I didn’t start to truly appreciate until recently. It doesn’t have a super matte finish, as some light is reflected from the powder (reminds me a little bit of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural). I mention this because I find that even with my combination oily skin type, a radiant powder can actually wear nicer through the day because I’m less concerned about constantly touching up with powder to keep my skin matte. Plus, if it’s going to fade or wear away, it’s way less obvious. This has become my daily powder.


Cheeks: Blush & Glow


  • Glossier Cloud Paint in “Haze” (Glossier link – 10% of your first purchase)
    • Retail: $18.00 USD (0.33 oz / 10 mL)
    • Why: I flipping love these cream blushes! I first started with the shade Dusk, which I wrote about in my review of my first ever Glossier purchase here. Since that time, I have also picked up the shades Puff and Haze. I love them all for different reasons, but Haze has quickly become my favorite. A really small amount goes a long way–it’s hard to imagine ever using a whole tube! Not to mention the Cloud Paints are great for travel because you can blend them out with your finger tips and the packaging is not bulky or clunky.
  • Jouer Cosmetics Mini Powder Highlighter in “Ice” (LE)
    • Retail: $19.00 USD (0.07 oz / 2 g)
    • Why: This is kind of extra, to be honest. Highlighter is totally optional when traveling, so not everyone may want to pack one–if you don’t, then you also don’t have to worry about packing a brush. But for me, adding some highlighter strategically to my minimal makeup routine helps with the really fresh, “put together” look. This Joeur highlighter came out during Holiday 2016 and I picked it up on a whim, because it looked right up my alley in terms of how light it was and the whole “is it champagne? is it pink?” glow that it offered. I loved it so much that I became afraid of running out someday, so I ended up ordering a back up the same week I got it.


Brows & Lashes


  • Taste Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
    • Retail: $10.00 USD (0.1 oz)
    • Why: I tend to prefer travel size mascaras to full size mascaras. This mascara has a really great formula with a traditional bristle brush, which definitely separates my lashes. I find it helps with making my lashes appear thicker overall but it is not the most lengthening mascara I have tried. 
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal
    • Retail: $24.00 USD (0.005 oz)
    • Why: Awhile back I bought an It Cosmetics value set on QVC’s website, and this was one of the products included. I didn’t like it initially but the more I used it, the more I began to appreciate it. I like the shade mostly but do wish it was a little more cool-toned. The best part is having a spoolie at the other end of the brow pencil, though! Makes it easy to brush out brows after filling them in and using the Make Me Brow gel to help set them in place.
  • Essence Makeup Make Me Brow (Blondy Brows 01)
    • Retail: $2.99 (0.13 oz)
    • Why: Got this as part of a set actually that was on clearance at Target. I let it sit around for awhile until I finished my other eyebrow gel, and I’ve been enjoying it. It doesn’t give a lot of color but it does help set my eyebrows and keep them in place, which helps them look good all day.

The Finishing Touches


  • Jack Black Lip Balm SPF 25
    • Retail: $7.50 USD (0.25 oz)
    • Why: Hands down my favorite lip balm. I have a few “scents” in this, my favorite being Black Tea & Blackberry (not pictured). These leave my lips super hydrated and have the bonus of having SPF 25, as well.
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray
    • Retail: This was free with a previous order
    • Why: I love the Skindinavia line. I have the Makeup Primer Spray (oil control), the Makeup Setting Spray (oil control), and their Post-Makeup Recovery Spray. Setting with a spray is always my last step right before I put something on my lips.


So there it is! What do you what do you pack as your travel essentials? Do you like to go minimalistic, or do you bring everything you can because you need to have options?

2 thoughts on “What I Pack In My Travel Makeup Bag: The Simple, Quick Basics

  1. That bag looks so pretty! I thought it was like a galaxy bag when i only saw a small picture in my reader feed, but it’s even prettier up close when I can see what it is!


    1. Thank you! I agree it has sort of a galaxy feel to it. I love Disney villains and Maleficent is one of my favorites, so I think they did a good job with the design! 🙂


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