As y’all know by now, packing light is not one of my strongest skills – I’m all about the ‘in case of emergencies’ over-pack rather than the ‘only take what you’ll absolutely need’ technique and I’ll admit it sometimes lands me in a bit of a tricky suitcase situation space and weight-wise. Thanks to my beautiful Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio however, my beauty packing has become a helluva lot more organised and ever so slightly more compact. Ish. So, in honour of my new found packing skills, I thought I would give you a quick rundown of all the best beauty bits that came along with me on my New York trip.
Base-wise, I brought along my most reliable favourites, keeping foundation options to a minimum as I planned to pick up a cheeky few products while out there. So foundation-wise, all I packed was my Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, an incredibly reliable option for the warm and humid weather. It was accompanied by my Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer to brighten the under-eye area and my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer an the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer for any other unsightly bits and blemishes. Topped off with the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot powder and I had a base that withstood even the sweatiest of New York weather.
To add some colour and contour to my cheeks, I had the Sleek Make Up Face Contour Kit – my most compact contour kit – the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight – the most beautiful of highlighters and also very compact – my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty – another reliable all-day-long product – and last up my Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop which is a ruddy beautiful colour and comes in convenient compact packaging which makes it perfect for packing.
Moving on to eyes and lips, which is where things got a bit more busy. Eye-wise, I brought my L’Oreal De-Crease Eyeshadow Primer to kick off and then a whole host of compact, long-last eye colours: Revlon Colorstay ShadowLinks – super compact – Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Lavish Lilac – easy to use on the go – By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon – once this beautiful bronze is on it’s not going anywhere – and the Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Paint in Rich Russet – another easy to use, long-lasting eye colour. On to eyeliners and the selection gets a bit smaller. A Charlotte Tilbury option, a Topshop liquid liner, another Rimmel ScandalEyes, a bright blue Lancome option for a bit of variety and my Urban Decay Black Velvet Liner which is my favourite when it comes to tight-lining.
For mascara, I packed just two options – Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara – incredible curl and volume – and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes which gives a great natural look.
Last up – we’re nearly done! – lips. For a bright and bold option, I opted for the MAC Maleficent Lipstick in True Love’s Kiss, a beautiful, bold red which I paired with the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss N Tell. For something more natural, it was the MAC Lipstick in Peach Blossom and in Brick-O-La, both of which are firm favourites. My gloss of choice was the YSL Gloss Volupte in Fuschia Vermeil which is a lovely deep pink colour that works when I’m pale or tanned. Convenient when you’re travelling somewhere in the hopes of getting a tiny bit of colour…!
So, there we have it, my New York beauty collection done and dusted. Congratulations if you made it this far, that was one loooong post. And I thought I packed light…!