Meet my Travel Cosmetics.

Some trips, you never know who you’ll meet, what type of invitations you’ll receive or what restaurants you feel like experiencing.  I always make sure to pack my essential cosmetics to go from a casual make-up free day trip to an evening soiree.  Here’s my list of how I stay prepared for whatever my travel adventures bring my way.

TIP:  Shopping at Sephora online gives you access to free samples (3 per order) as well as bonus codes for other samples.  These are perfect travel-sized companions – and I’m pretty sure a good majority of the items on my list today are samples I’ve stocked from Sephora, a few weeks before my trip.  You can also go into a Sephora and ask for sample sizes of your favourite products, especially liquids, to make sure you have an under-100mL size of your must-haves if you’re traveling by air.

Let’s begin!  Links provided below for products featured.

Meet my Travel Cosmetics!

Travel Sized Brushes & Cosmetic Bag
My most recent purchase of travel brushes are a steal at $18.00 US for the 6-piece Travel Brush Collection from E.L.F. Cosmetics.  Foundation, blush, concealer, and eye makeup brushes.  I like to throw in an original beautyblender sponge or beautyblender‘s sponges for good measure.  As for the travel bag, you can buy these anywhere…or redeem a code from Sephora that comes with a cosmetic bag.  I’ve never paid for any of my cosmetic bags!

Going with the classic Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – you can see above that I used a sample sized one.  It’s flat so it’s easy to store and add to my liquids bag for airport screening.  A little goes a long way.  Believe it or not, that sample size was good for a 4-day trip to New York!

A cream concealer saves me from having to add it to my liquids bag.  I chose this E.L.F. Cosmetics Studio Corrective Concealer palette for $3.00 US.  That’s not a typo.  It’s not the greatest concealer, but it does wonders for a trip out of town.

CC Cream
My CC Cream has SPF in it to make my skin look great and keep it protected from the sun.  I choose a CC Cream because it’s not as heavy as foundation.  My product isn’t a part of this photo, but I use bareMinerals‘ Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.

Eyebrow Pencil & Eye Liner
Again, I chose to go with a pencil solid so I didn’t have to add it to my liquids bag.  Pictured is tarte‘s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil which as a spooly at the end for easy shaping and blending.  It also is super skinny and fits well into my makeup case.

Eyeshadow Palette
Find neutrals that are easy to blend – you can easily give yourself a day or evening look with different combinations.  Pictured is a palette I got as a sample from an Estee Lauder bonus.

Samples.  I can’t stress this enough.  Pictured is Makeup For Ever‘s Smoky Extravagant Mascara.

Highlight, Contour, Blush
Sample size of Benefit‘s Watts Up cream-to-powder highlighter and a full size of Clinique‘s Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour.  Going with a full-sized Arbonne‘s mineral powder brush.

Lip Balm & Lipsticks
Classic Burt’s Beeslip balm and sample sized Nars‘s Lip Pencils (one daytime and evening colour).

Oil Control and Tools
Can’t forget the boscia blotting linens for a day of exploring in the sun and heat, a small comb, and an eyelash/eye brow tool.  I love this Quo Brow & Lash Definer.  Not pictured is my make-up spray.  I use a sample size of Urban Decay‘s De-Slick Oil Control makeup setting/finishing spray.

Brush Cleaner

I pack beautyblender‘s solid cleanser.  Easy to pack, no fuss at the airport.


That’s it!  My go-to grab bag of cosmetics that assure me that I’ll be ready for all types of impromptu events from city exploring and hiking to grabbing brunch with friends to a surprise fine-dining experience.  What’s in your cosmetic travel bag?



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