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Travelling and packing lightly

I am a makeup addict. That much is known. That means that I have tons of makeup products and I find it extremely difficult to not use a lot of different types of products when doing my makeup. Light makeup and me don’t mix very well. Which is why I always struggle with what few products to take along with me when travelling.

I very recently took a short trip and realised that I would have to pack very lightly. With only 1 small suitcase to take on board my flight I had to pack efficiently and think very strategically about what to include in my travel-sized make-up bag. I must be getting wiser as I get older because I honestly think this was really the first time I managed to travel with so few makeup products in the last 15 years.

My small travel makeup bag included only: 1 sun screen face cream, 1 eye cream, 1 foundation, 1 concealer, 1 corrector palette, 1 face powder, 1 blusher, 1 lipstick, 1 eyeliner, 1 mascara; and 3 brushes: 1 for applying my blusher, 1 for the concealer and 1 for using the blusher as eyeshadow.

The whole idea of packing lightly with so few makeup products reminded me of the personal challenge I set myself 2 years ago. You can read about it in my 2 blog posts and

I deliberately avoided taking an eyeshadow along and decided to use my blusher both on the cheeks and eyelids for colour. I thought that was a genius way of limiting my products even further.

Here’s the make-up look I was able to recreate using all the products in my travel make-up bag:

In hindsight, if pressed for space even more, I could have ditched the concealer and replaced my half used KIKO corrector palette for a newer version (I do own another one that’s unopened). That would have being used both as a concealer as well as a corrector. I could also do without the eye cream perhaps and the eyeliner. Not that they took a huge amount of space in my bag.

I do feel that I’m growing up and maturing as far as my attitude towards make-up is concerned. I am proud of me for that 🙂

P.S. Not saying where I travelled but here’s my favourite photo from my trip:

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