Travel What's In My Bag

Travel Makeup Kit | San Francisco Trip

October 14, 2013
I’ve been traveling for several days to San Francisco for a mini vacation. If you follow me via Instagram @beautylookbook you will see some snapshots of my travels around the city. More on some trip highlights to come soon here and on Styled Notes. Several of you have emailed me asking for a post on what I brought with me on my trip. I left for four days so I didn’t need much. However as usual I overpacked. The items I picked were fairly basic and versatile for a day to night look. Our trip was fairly laid back so I didn’t need to bring things different from what I normally wear for everyday.
This is what I brought with me in a Tom Ford Brush Holder and Bobbi Brown Train Case (both not available now, but previously released with sets or for holidays):
  • Skincare: mini sized items of Chanel makeup remover, Le Jour, Le Nuit, Sublimage cream and Le Blanc toner, a mini size of SK-II cleanser
  • Tools: a variety of MAC, Tom Ford and Chanel brushes, Chanel eyelash curler, Chanel Le Coton, Q-tips
  • Eyes: Le Metier de Beaute Carnaby Street Kaleidoscope, RMS Beauty Solar Cream Shadow, Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Excess, Chanel Santal Eyeliner
  • Lips: Tom Ford Love Bruise Lipgloss, Armani Lipglosses, Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Caprice, YSL Rouge Volupte Candy, Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, Tom Ford Spanish Pink Lipstick, Chanel Nude Lipliner (I know it makes no sense to bring this many lip products on a trip, but it always happens)
  • Face: Tom Ford Foundation Stick #5, NARS Groenland Tinted Moisturizer, Cle de Peau Concealer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (more on this soon, but I love this!), Edward Bess Bronzer, Chanel Soho Powder, two MAC blushes in Poised and Barefaced, Chanel Les Beiges Powder, Edward Bess Sunlight Cream Highlighter
  • Hair: Mason Pearson Comb and Moroccan Oil

Did I use everything? Almost, but not quite. Items I found myself using the most included the basics. For color I used Chanel Rouge Coco Shines and Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss a lot. Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer was used everyday along with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I used the one eyeshadow palette as well for Le Metier de Beaute Carnaby Street. The MAC blushes were the perfect shade of nude to go with virtually everything (I layered a lot).

What I could have skipped: the Tom Ford lipstick and Armani lipglosses
What I missed: my flat iron, hair dryer and normal shampoo, conditioner and shower gels (but mainly relied on hotel amenities), also shimmery fluid highlighters I couldn’t bring because of travel size restrictions

What beauty items do you usually bring with you when you travel?

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  • Anonymous

    very nice case!!! beautiful…I am looking for such a long time…where to buy?
    Thanks for your answer, Dana

  • Yes please do!! A review on the hourglass powders, I'm not quite sure how to use them. Thanks! Love ur pics and taste!!

  • Anonymous

    very nice case! beautiful….I am looking for such a long time…where to buy?
    Thanks for your answer, Dana

  • Anonymous

    Last few times I've traveled I've used it as an excuse to break out my cheaper makeup (Nyx, Revlon, Sleek, etc) which is usually neglected at home in favor of fancier stuff. This way on the off chance that my luggage is lost or damaged, I won't have lost anything terribly valuable. I always come home with a greater appreciation for the lower end brands too; you have to do some research but there are some real gems available.

  • I always try to bring some of my face wash cleanser because vacation is the last place I want to change up my skin routine! πŸ™‚

  • I agree w/ readers above, I love the BB Train case! When I travel, I usually bring a lot less makeup than I need because I want to make more room for makeup purchases πŸ™‚ But my must-have is usually Chantecaille Real Skin, a good mascara, cream blush du jour, a couple of lipsticks/lip glosses.

    Yes! I miss hair stuff when I travel, and I agree, I need to bring more "quality" hair products when traveling.

  • I tend to overpack lip products as well – I think I'll need at least a nude, a pink and a bold option, but most of the time, I probably just use lip balm; our travels are usually very low key.

  • I try to downsize my makeup and beauty as much as possible when I travel, so I can bring everything I need but without the bulk. I bring travel size primers or products when I can instead of full-size. If I'm only out of town for a few days, I will pump my foundation(s) into a small container (like the ones you get samples in from Sephora or those available for purchase at Muji). When I want to bring my shampoo & conditioner (because hotel shampoos and conditioners are never the same) I recycle used up travel sized bottles, etc.

    I am really interested in hearing more about the Hourglass palette! I've been wanting to pick it up, but I'm not fully convinced yet. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  • great travel kit, I always forget something! thanks for sharing

  • if i'm going up to the cabin, i just bring like a bb cream, mascara and a few neutral eyeshadows and liners. if i'm going on a real nice vacation, i bring my favorite face products, a naked palette and at least 2 bright colored eyeshadows and anything that has shimmer or glitter if i know i'm going out at night. haha

  • I enjoyed going through your travel kit, Sabrina. I tend to overpack on lip products as well but end up just using my Dior Lip Glow most of the time. I'm curious that you chose to bring MAC blushes among your extensive blush collection! Any particular reason? πŸ™‚

  • JaneW

    Okay, I noticed you have the original version of the Edward Bess bronzer. Where did you find this???

    • It's one of the original bronzers – I stocked up on the original when I found out it was being re-packaged.

    • JaneW

      Thank you Sabrina!

  • On my four day jaunt to Vancouver I took Tom Ford She Wolf and In the Pink eyeshadow trios, La Ligne de Chanel (black and silvery gray cake eyeliner duo), Guerlain Maxi Lash mascara in black, TF Frantic Pink blusher, TF Pink Dusk and Indian Rose lipsticks, Jack Black lip balm, La Mer foundation and translucent loose powder, Guerlain Wulong compact for my purse, and small containers of all my usual skincare products. I also have an old set of Bobbi Brown travel brushes that have "seen the world"! LOL

  • Thanks for sharing. Did you enjoy your trip to SF? I saw your IG photos. Hope you had a great time out here. It would have been nice to meet you. Did you do a meet up? =)

  • beagle

    I think you packed great stuff. I am a minimalist and I really pare it down to the basics, I never check my makeup and I downsize foundation and moisturizer into the little sample pots Nordstrom gives out. On my last trip to NYC I took the Chanel Raffinement eye quad, Cle de Peau concealer, Tom Ford Wicked blush, Armani waterproof mascara and little sample tubes of Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, primer, and a free sample of loose setting powder. Lip balms and glosses are a must, my lips dry out so much from airplanes. And no nail polish, just a nail file and a buffer–I can't stand tip wear and if I'm in a pinch I duck into a nail salon to get a mani/pedi! For brushes I have a small Trish McEvoy travel brush set from a Christmas collection few years back.
    Thanks for showing us your travel bag–you have such amazing taste in makeup!

  • This case looks stylish! πŸ™‚ and what's in it just makes my mouth water haha. I love your travel collection! πŸ™‚

    Margot from

  • I take my drugstore makeup that way I am not upset if it gets damaged or lost in transit. Or worse, stolen by the cleaning staff. (It does happen.) I take my ELF brushes and leave my pro brushes at home. I have to take nail polish too to touch up tip wear or fix chips should I happen to get one. I also save all the samples of hair and cosmetic products I get and use those on my trip too. I pack my cosmetics in a small train case and then all my other toiletries in zip top cosmetics pouch and then all of that goes into a large carry on tote. You've invested in some really nice makeup. I haven't tried a lot of those items you mentioned.

  • Where is your travel / train case from? Thx!

  • hi Sabrina I'm in love with your case could you tell me where it it from?? Tks xo