Travel favourites (for now)

So I’m leaving, on a jet plane …. Once again, I’m doing a short trip up north, and had to quickly gather a few essentials to maintain my sane look. Trust me, no one wants to see me without makeup now that I’ve started wearing it on a daily basis!

Just two days ago while I was at the hospital, the mother took one look at me and said

“Oh dear me, why is your skin looking so red and blotchy?”

Thanks mum, fancy me still living at home and you never realize this is how I look sans makeup?

Anyway, that brings me to this post. Behold, my makeup travel case. Skincare lives in another case.

What? Did you think hoarder me would be able to scale down on the items I pack? Uh… No. :p

This cute makeup pouch was a birthday gift from a colleague last year, I love it to bits and it’s becomemy go-to makeup bag! Its size is just right and I never worry about overpacking with this as it will only take that many products. 🙂

On to the contents of the pouch!

One may think, seriously, two concealers!?! In my defence, the YSL Touché Éclat is a highlighting pen, not a concealer. I need more than a chic highlighting pen to conceal those sacks of mine.

Another thing you may have noticed is the lack of a face powder. That’s right folks, I’ve abandoned my face powders in favour of a makeup setting spray – tried Urban Decay’s and Skindinavia’s and I prefer the latter just because it’s cheaper and hey, free international shipping (on orders over US$40) never hurts!

Stick products also play a huge role in my travel kit – for ease of use and if you click on the above photo, you will see just how much mileage I’ve clocked up with these … They are skanky, what with the Laura Mercier brand name being nearly rubbed off and cracks on the packaging of the By Terry Eyebrow Mascara. The Étude House play 101 Pencil is a new addition to my small collection of eyeliners.

From top: By Terry Eyebrow Mascara in #2 Medium Ash, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eyeshadow in Sandglow, Étude House 101 Pencil in #6, YSL Touché Éclat in #2

The Eyebrow Mascara (RM126 at time of purchase) is a godsend. A godsend. I have thick, unruly brows and I never mastered the use of an eyebrow pencil (hello, Shu Uemura’s Hard 9 eyebrow pencil) but this, I simple brush it through my brows and it puts them in shape and stays that way without giving me fierce-looking brows!

The Laura Mercier Caviar stick (RM89 at time of purchase – a year ago?) is something I reach for almost everyday, despite me having loads and loads of eyeshadows at home simply for its ease of use. It applies beautifully, blends like a dream and stays put without me needing to use an eyeshadow primer. Another godsend. Around 1cm of product broke off sometime ago and I’m nearing the end of this beautiful product. I suppose this calls for a trip to Sephora soon! Sandglow is incredibly easy to wear too! *kicks self for not swatching all the items featured in this post*

Eye pencils. Smudged panda eyes. I never got along with eye pencils. Or even liquid eyeliners (eyeballs MUFE’s Liquid liner – it flakes and smudges on me). But this came as a recommendation from someone I randomly met at work in an elevator – she had the most striking turquoise eyeliner on! Being the makeup junkie, I had to know what she’s wearing and she mentioned its Etude House’s new eye pencils! They don’t break the bank at RM39.90 each and are smudge proof too, apparently!

I haven’t gathered the courage to try the black / brown shades as I’m currently pretty happy with my NARS eye pencil (which I hastily threw into the makeup pouch at the very last minute, sorry I didn’t include it in the photos) for tight lining, more like drawing on my upper lash line as everything smudges on my waterline! This Étude House one I got is a shimmery beige colour, one I initially thought woud look okay smudged along my lower waterline (i have pretty bloodshot, tired-looking eyes) but it looked a tad too party-ish for everyday wear. I tried working it on the inner corner of my eyelids, applied on top of Sandglow and it works a treat. Just gives an added dimension to an otherwise normal-looking neutral eyeshadow.

Something to note about the Etude pencil is that it doesn’t apply as smoothly as the NARS pencil but it does its job well. Used as eyeshadow, it stays put (over eyeshadow primer and Laura Mercier’s Caviar eyeshadow) but I haven’t used it on its own, can’t really vouch for its staying power should you wear it alone.

YSL!! I have mad love for this brand, mad, mad love. I love their Glossy Stains, their Shocking waterproof mascara and Touche Éclat foundation. I chanced upon a “travel exclusive” duo at the airport one day and I ended up with two full-sized TouchĂ© Eclats. I have them in shade 2, the more yellow shade. I know of many who detest these babies but oh boy, I am in love with this! I need to do a comparison post between this and By Terry’s TouchĂ© Veloutee. Let me know if you would like me to bump this post up and I’ll get cracking!


From left: MUFE HD Cream Blush in #210, Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray (Original) and Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Velvet in shade B10.
Cream blush and I. It’s always been a love-hate relationship but in recent times I started to appreciate the fact that I can wear blush without needing a brush. This beautiful cream blush from MUFE picks up just the right amount of product and disappears into the skin – leaving me with naturally flushed cheeks. I love it, especially appreciate the fact that it comes with a nice mirror too.
The Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray is something I really got into last year, after giving the Urban Decay one a go. Used over certain foundations, I have eliminated the use of a setting powder as this really just sets the makeup I’ve slathered all over and I’m good to go! Of course, in humid Malaysia, blotting is necessary. :p
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. It is perfection. So perfect that I wore this to my ROM ceremony. It applies like a dream, I only use my fingers and there are no streaks, nothing, just a flawless finish. It doesn’t provide full coverage but that’s just the way I like my foundations to be!

From left: Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Fair, rubbing alcohol decanted into a glass spray bottle

Industrial-strength concealer, this is! This is also why I don’t need full-coverage foundations. :p it’s extremely thick and pigmented but once warmed with fingers it blends beautifully.

Rubbing alcohol because I like being able to sanitize something. Lol!


And that’s it for my makeup travel favourites, the current version, that is! On a random note, did you know Gatsby (not the character in the novel, Gatsby the hair range) do a hair cream for those who suffer from flaky scalps? The husband picked it up last night! 🙂



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