What's In My Bag

Travel Makeup | January-February Edition

February 1, 2014

I’ve been traveling this past week in San Francisco. This particular post is inspired by an interesting conversation I had with someone this week on what beauty items to bring when traveling. We both talked about how we were really sad we couldn’t bring any hair aerosol products with us. I personally was dying that I had to leave my Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray at home this past week. Not to mention pretty much all of my hair care and most of by body care products. (I brought several mini sample packets of Oribe and Diptyque to test.) This is what I brought with me during my 4.5 day trip (excluding a Dolce & Gabbana Powder foundation and my Moroccanoil mini, not photographed):

The items I brought with me included:

  1. Tom Ford Brush Holder (from several holidays ago)
  2. Chanel Eyelash Curler
  3. MAC Tapered Face Brush #138 for blush and contouring
  4. Chanel Powder Brush #1 my favorite all over fluffy brush
  5. MAC Eyeshadow Brush #239 has super soft white hair and has the best shape for multiple uses
  6. Tom Ford Brushes #12 Eyeshadow Blend and #13 Eyeshadow Contour (review here)
  7. Giorgio Armani Lacquer Pink #502
  8. MAC Huggable Lipstick in Out for Passion (review here)
  9. Tom Ford Flush Blush (looks pink in the picture because of bathroom lighting + flash, it’s really a straight peach)
  10. MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious (review here, it’s official this one needs a backup to the backup)
  11. Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer (original version I stocked up on, new one is just as good but I love the round packaging)
  12. Bobbi Brown Pink Apricot Shimmer Lipstick (review here)
  13. Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch (my it-mascara of the moment that thickens, defines and holds the curls, without it, I look lash-less)
  14. Edward Bess Illuminating Eye Base in Suede (review here)
  15. MAC Viva Glam V Lipglass a classic neutral no-fuss pink
  16. Various mini sample items from Chanel and Tom Ford Oud Wood (review here)
  17. NARS Palette #9944 (old palette with Bellisima, All About Eve, Kalahari and Bali)
  18. Ole Henricksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser from The Works Set I’m in love with this stuff
  19. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner sample, new to this brand as well, thanks to my friend LJ for pointing this out, I’m a new believer
  20. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland
  21. Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Beige Illuminator (review to be posted soon)
I carried everything in either a quart sized bag or a flat black leather pouch from Rebecca Minkoff. For me this was light packing. I usually tend to bring a lot more items. Stay tuned for posting to resume this week.

Update – A few of my readers asked for an update on what I used/didn’t use and what I wish I brought. I ended up using everything I brought with me on this trip. Aside from liquids I couldn’t bring, if I had to do it over, I would have brought a couple more dark shadows or a dark smudgy cream shadow stick.

What beauty, skincare and body products do you usually carry for a week trip? 

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  • What's the Wen like? I hear mixed reviews and I am now confused!?! ;(


  • Hi Sabrina,

    I love your NARS palette— I wish they still made this combination today! I think the combination of Bobbi Brown Apricot shimmer and Tom Ford flush looks quite wonderful as well. I haven't tried a lot of Wen, but I do have a sample size of their almond-mint serum — it smells quite nice!

  • I was so sad to leave all my hair stuff too. It was extremely difficult. I could deal with minimal makeup, but skincare, hair and body… I cringe.

  • I loveee the KGD Illuminator! And I used Wen before I discovered Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo.. Wen is convenient, but SU is Holy Grail material!

  • My gosh, that MAC extra dimension skinfinish just screams my name!

  • Wow, such beautiful picks! I bring my Tom Ford Flush blush with me everywhere I go too πŸ™‚

  • grlnxdor

    I've been reaching for MAC's Magnetic Nude EDS in Fairly Precious a lot lately, too. I own several nice highlighters, but this one is truly special!

  • I work in SF, make sure you bring a warm jacket! πŸ™‚

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  • I'd ignored my NARS tinted foundation but like you I've discovered that it's really excellent for the beach on holidays: High SPF, a bit too yellow but that tones down the flush of the beach/seawater/sunburn and moisturizing enough without being gooey. Edward Bess makes the best eyebases IMO

  • Love, love these posts! Thank you Sabrina for sharing πŸ™‚

  • It's the first time I have seen that Nars palette and I have no words… I wish it was still available, it's absolutely my cup of tea!
    By the way, I love all your choices! You're always such a great inspiration!

  • Anoushka

    The NARS palette is absolutely gorgeous!