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Travel Beauty For Three Weeks in Europe

July 15, 2015

Today I have a roundup of what makeup I brought with me on my 3-week vacation. My travel beauty picks for makeup and tools were packed into my Anya Hindmarch In Flight Patent leather-trimmed travel case and MustaeV Bloom Pouch (liquids, skincare and fragrance packing in this post here). These kept everything compact, organized and made everything relatively easy to find. Above photo: Longchamp Expandable Tote, Marc by Marc Jacobs Rimless Aviators, sandals by Hermes. Beauty details broken down below.

First up makeup breakdown. I limited myself to 1 eyeshadow palette. I usually almost always bring one of the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes with me on travel because they are versatile and can be used to create a number of looks. I decided to try something new for this trip and brought the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette with me instead. It worked just as well to create a number of different looks – I like that there’s a good mix of matte and shimmer. If you’re limited on space – there are some good browns that can double as brow powder.

For face products I brought a mini tube of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz (currently only in one size, I was lucky it was a good shade match). Other face cream products listed in my liquids post. For powder I brought my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Shade 2, I knew there was a chance I would get a tan on my trip so I brought the Chanel Powder Foundation in Beige 30 and 40 with me (40 shown above).

For cheeks products I brought the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Craving, Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Afterglow, Edward Bess Bronzer in Daydream, Tom Ford Cream Blush in Pink Sand (discontinued) and Charlotte Tilbury Blush in Ecstasy. I definitely could have skipped a few of these but I’m one who always layers cheek products.

Eye makeup included my favorite stick shadow Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Rosegold. For pencils I brought Marc Jacobs Ro(Cocoa) which is the perfect bronzey taupe liner (it lasts all day). I also brought the Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner, NARS Brow Perfector, Chanel Fresh Effect Eyeshadow in Caroube and Charlotte Tilbury Chameleon Pencil in Amber Haze. I also brought my NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia which is a good bronzey tan beige shimmer for the lids and one waterproof mascara by Guerlain.
I kept my lip products edited to one lipliner in Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk. For lipsticks I brought three including Tom Ford Summer Lip Color Sheers in Skinnydip and Rose Soleil and one Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Reveuse.

Tools and brushes:

Above (excuse the messy brushes, I haven’t had a chance to wash them yet):

MustaeV Bloom Pouch (large, also featured here and here)
MAC 135 Large Flat Powder Brush is a new brush from MAC, it’s large fluffy and flat which is perfect for a sheer dusting of powder or bronzer
MAC 239 and MAC 219 Brushes
Chanel Powder Brush is a dense brush ideal for powder foundation
Chanel Eyelash Curler (discontinued)

Several of you have asked about the Anya Hindmarch case that I’ve previewed on a few posts and on Instagram. I bought mine from Net-A-Porter although several have told me they’ve found it discounted at Duty Free locations while they were traveling. Based on online photos and reviews I couldn’t tell if it was one open case with two openings or if it had two compartments. It has two compartments – one is slightly deeper than the other. It’s fairly pricey for a makeup pouch but the material is very sturdy and it’s very well made.

The MustaeV Bloom Pouch comes in two sizes, small and large. I discovered the line at The Makeup Show LA earlier this year and love them. I brought the large one with me on this trip. The small one was featured in this travel post back in April. I’ve added a repost shot of the large one below to show how it stands up.

For three weeks I brought plenty to last me the entire trip. I did miss my eyeshadow palettes and lip glosses but given the heat and warm weather a good portion of the trip was makeup-free for me so it didn’t really matter. I worried that skipping concealer would be a mistake but my skin has cleared up pretty nicely in the past few months so for face coverage, tinted moisturizers and powder was enough.

In case you missed it, how I packed all my liquids in this post here (Muji containers, clear pouches, his and hers travel skincare, fragrance and body care):

What do you like to bring with you on extended trips? Do you have any packing tips or favorite carrying cases?

The MustaeV bloom pouch and easy go brush was gifted during The Makeup Show. The Afterglow highlighter was also a gift courtesy of Edward Bess.

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  • Rachel Polansky July 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I've never heard of Edward Bess, will have to check out the afterglow product!

    • Sabrina July 16, 2015 at 12:59 am

      You definitely need to check it out, it's my holy grail cream highlighting product!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth July 15, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I love the Anya Hindmarch inflight make up case. I've been umming and ahhhing whether to get the open one or the closed. You've definitely convinced me that the open is the way to go. The closed will just be like every other make up bag I've got but the open I'll be able to see everything at a glance. I have a very tiny leather Anya Hindmarch sponge bag courtesy of BA that's on it's last legs but has lasted over ten years being bashed around the cabin. Super quality but I do love the open, more visible nature of this and it has to be durable enough so that my compacts don't get dinged, dented or scratched. Xxxxx

    • Sabrina July 16, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Let me know which one you end up getting – all of Anya Hindmarch's makeup bags are lovely. I want one of her flat zip pouches!

    • Amanda Hollingsworth July 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Have you looked at Victoria Beckham's zipped pouches? Xx

    • SuzanneGabrielle July 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      After coveting it for a while, I finally found the Anya H. inflight bag discounted in neon yellow on a British site called MatchesFashion. I travel frequently and on uber long flights so I use it exclusively for those types of flights when I "need" a fair amount of stuff. Watch Lisa Eldridge's routine for long flights and you'll get my drift. There are no exact cheaper versions of this. Believe me, I have looked. However, Amazon sells a set of 3 clear plastic cubes that zip around that could work well and the beauty line Omorovicza sells a kit with travel size products in a clear dual zip case that is very similar to Anya's just a tad smaller and you get to try of some their fab stuff.

  • Beauty Bloss July 16, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Wow, you've got editing down! I am a chronic overpacker and while I love to travel I despise having to make the tough choices about what comes and what goes. Am I right in remembering you did this 3 week trip with carry on luggage only? Love your Anya case, I recently bought a cosmetic bag from DVF through shopbob which is leopard print, judging from the pictures it may be a little larger, but I'm not ever organised enough to do carry on only. I can't wait for my next trip to use it!

    The Beauty Bloss

    • Sabrina July 16, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Yes – this trip was carry on only. I think makeup was 1/3 of my luggage!

  • Christy July 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Lovely product choices! I normally take way too much make-up. I think I’ll want it all, but I hardly ever do. Still, it’s nice to have nice things to choose from. Christy

    • Sabrina July 16, 2015 at 1:20 am

      I know! I like having choices too πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous July 16, 2015 at 2:55 am

    After years of reading your blog I still don't own the fraction of the makeup products you took on the trip. No eyeshadows or foundation, two lip glosses and a mascara or two (the second one is a mini from Sephora to test). On a trip I usually don't take any makeup with me. Still love reading your blog πŸ™‚

  • nueyork July 16, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I am studying abroad in August and have been fretting on packing lightly when it comes to makeup, because I will undoubtedly buy more there! This was so, so helpful. x

  • Pamela Ridwan July 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

    You're very organized Sabrina, my inner OCD squealed to see this post xD
    That Anya Hindmarch beauty case is gorgeous yet very functional.
    I've been wanting to try Edward Bess Daydream and that afterglow cream but don't know why I have not purchased them yet until now. This post actually reminds me I need to get them hehe.
    Beautiful pictures as always ^^

  • Jessie-Ann Lewis July 16, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Wow! You have an amazing makeup collection. I really love that gorgeous MAC palette and am desperate to try CT Pillow Talk! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Anonymous July 16, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, just started reading your blog and I love it – your photography and presentation is fantastic and I like your taste in products. πŸ™‚ Also your swatches for a lot of things like lipstick tend to be the closest for what they look like on me.
    Quick question, Nars Isola Bella is one of my favourite lipsticks for it's colour, but I don't like the formula – what's the closest you've found to it?

  • Rachel July 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    That make up brush pouch is genius. I am always struggling for ways to store my brushes when I travel.

    Rachel |

  • Eileen July 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    When traveling, I usually take an all purpose palette like those by Edward Bess, Laura Mercier, or Chanel. They typically have enough diversity in the products to be able to create a warm look, a cool look, and then to be able to amp it up for evening. All I have to add to the mix is my foundation, mascara, and a pencil eyeliner and I'm good to go. If I know I'll be attending a special evening event, I might toss in something shimmery and smokey like Tom Ford's She Wolf. Otherwise, if I have any special needs, a quick trip to the pharmacy or department store solves the problem. In,ove traveling and have always traveled fairly light. When Inwas a teen, I used to spend my summers back-packing throughout Europe so I had to be able to carry everything. Nowadays, I travel much more luxuriously, but my tendency to pack light has remained unchanged.

    I've really enjoyed seeing some of your choices when it comes to travel bags. I'm currently scouting for a new carryon and, although I don't really need them, new bags for cosmetics and toiletries so it's been interesting and helpful to see what worked for you. Like you, I'm very organized: "A place for everything and everything in its place." πŸ™‚

  • adia July 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I've been waiting for this post and really love how you edited things. I recently bought a package of 50 small plastic containers for cosmetics from amazon. They are about the diameter of a quarter and hold about a week's worth of foundation for me. I love these for packing my liquid products that I can't find in travel sizes. I also love to use eyeshadow sticks as they keep me from having to pack too many brushes. Great post!!

  • Kate July 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    All of your picks are incredible! I am loving your lip options especially. xx

  • Anna July 16, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Having just gotten back from my honeymoon, I can totally relate to how hard packing for a long trip can be. I love your organizational picks!

  • MarΓ­a Blardone July 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    MAC 15 x Natural Shades are unbelievable! The perfect set!
    Lots of love, xx

  • Alma Franklin February 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Great packing choice! I like everything you took for your travel. The boxes you used to pack your make up stuff are perfect for traveling! Greetings