TRAVEL TIPS & IN MY MAKE-UP BAG

I travelled back to Norway recently and thought I'd show you the contents of my make-up bag for when I'm on the go. The keywords here are minimal products and maximum space, because nobody wants to travel with big, uncomfortable suitcases hoarding massive amounts of products you are probably not going to use.
The picture above features my initial products, but then I decided I can downsize even that.

Because I knew I just needed basic make-up for two nights (nothing crazy - not even red lipstick), I stuck to the very essentials. The biggest saver here is the Naked Flushed palette, I'll get to the reasons why later. Initially I was going for two bases - the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua and the L'Oréal Infallible 24h-Matte. The first is an easy light coverage foundation but it can sometimes be a little too sheer for my liking. The Infallible 24h-Matte is an excellent full coverage foundation but I don't like it on casual days and travelling (read: being stuck in the car for long hours). The rest of the items are pretty self-explanatory: mascara, brow color, concealer and a powder. I knew I wouldn't be going out so I opted for one nude lip color and a lip balm and kept my Mary Lou-Manizer just in case (actually I didn't really need it). For eyes I was thinking I can use the same shades I use for highlighter and bronzer. Brushes include one face brush for foundation, angled brow brush, contour brush, a brush for base eyeshadow, one for blending and a spoolie. The next picture shows how I downsized my stash.

Reisisin hiljuti Norra ning tahtsin jagada, mida võtan endaga kaasa ja mida olen aastatega selle edasi-tagasi pendeldamisega õppinud. Märksõnad on minimaalselt tooteid ja maksimaalselt ruumi, sest kellelegi ei meeldi kaasas kanda suurel hulgal asju, millest kasutusse läheb vaid käputäis. Esimesel pildil on minu esialgne meigiasjade hulk, aga siis otsustasin veel natuke korrektuure teha. Mul läks neid asju vaja vaid paaril päeval ja teadsin, et kuskile peole minema ei hakka, niisiis jätsin punase huulepulga maha ja piirdusin vaid minimaalse varuga. Esialgu võtsin kaasa kaks jumestuskreemi - Vitalumière Aqua ja Infallible 24h-Matte. Esimene neist on maruhea igapäevane, kerge, casual jumestuskreem, teine aga kui on vaja veidi rohkem katvust. Samas ei meeldi mulle 12 tundi autos sõita nii, et paks jumestuskreem näos. Ülejäänud asjad on üsna iseenesestmõistetavad: ripsmetušš, kulmuvärv, peitekreem ja presspuuder. Jätsin valikusse ühe nude huulepulga ja huulepalsami ja igaks juhuks hoidsin ka Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter-i ligidal (kuigi mul ei läinud seda lõpuks vaja). Lauvärvina plaanisin kasutada päikesepuudrit ja highlighter-it. Pintslitest rändasid kaasa üldine näopintsel jumestuskreemi jaoks, kulmu-, kontuur-, lauvärvi-, ning hajutamispintsel ja kulmuhari.
So here is everything downsized: I cut out the full coverage mascara (I knew I wouldn't be going anywhere where I'd have to look flawless - like work or a party) and took out the full face brush because the beauty blender can does the same work (and I can apply with fingers). Allthough I didn't cut out that much, it looks like a lot less already. I should've got rid of the Mary Lou-Manizer as well, since the Naked palette includes a highlighter but I needlessly held on to it.

Otsustasin asju veel koomale tõmmata: otsustasin ka täiskatvusega jumestuskreemi (Infallible 24h-Matte) ja näopintsli oma aega ootama jätta. Sisimas teadsin, et seda jumestuskreemi vaevalt kasutan ja näopintsli töö teeb ära ka beauty blender. Tegelikult oleksin pidanud ka Mary Lou-Manizerile head aega ütlema (aga esialgu paanitsesin).
As mentioned earlier, I wanted to give a quick shout out to the Naked Flushed palette. The praise is not so much about this specific product itself, but the idea of bronzer, highlighter and blush being in one simple, small palette. This helps out massively when travelling, because instead of having to take three large, clumpy compacts, you can get away with one.

Üks kasulik abiline reisimisel oli Naked Flushed palett (minul toonis Streak). Täpsemalt aitavad nii öelda "mitu-ühes" tooted - sel korral on väikesesse, kompaktsesse paletti ära mahutatud päikesepuuder, highlighter ja põsepuna. Niisiis sain mitme suure kobaka kompakti asemel läbi vaid ühe pisikesega.
I don't reach for this palette every day because the bronzer shade can look a tad bit orange and shimmery on me, the highlighter has a pink undertone, which I don't appreciate (I'm a champagne kind of girl - hence the fear of ditching my Mary Lou-Manizer) and the blush is... well, a bit too much on the bright pink side, but all those things are due to the fact that I have chosen the wrong shades for my skintone. While travelling, however, I am willing to let those things slide (and really focus on blending), because carrying one palette is just so much more comfortable! 

Ma ei kasuta seda paletti igapäevaselt, sest toonid on minu jaoks natuke valed: päikesepuuder tundub vahel oranžikas ja helkiv, highlighter-il on roosakas alatoon, mis mulle ei istu (sellepärast kartsingi oma tavapärast Mary Lou-Manizerit maha jätta) ja põsepuna on natuke liiga erkroosa, aga kompakt ise sellepärast halb ei ole. Niisiis lendasid kõik pirtsakused reisi ajaks aknast välja, sest kolme kompakti asemel ühte kaasas kanda on lihtsalt liiga mugav! Hajutasin natuke kauem ja ei juhtunud midagi.
This is what my make-up bag looks like... yes, it's an IKEA sandwich bag. Hardly the glamorous choice but it works like a wonder: 1) it's flexible, so you can move it around in your bag without it taking up too much space or feeling bulky (the flat rectangularness helps); 2) it's seethrough, so you can kind of aim your hand toward the coveted product without having to rummage through everything (or having to take everything out, which has happened to me); 3) it's large enough to easily fit full-sized brushes. I've had many make-up bags, big and small, but nothing compares to this simple solution (only downside is losing some glam points). So I say F the fancy make-up bags, IKEA sandwich pouch is where it's at!

Viimsena demonstreerin ka oma meigikotti... milleks on IKEA suletav kilekott. Keegi ei saa mind sellest geniaalsest ja lihtsast ideest loobuma panna, sest 1) see pole su (niigi ülevoolavas, kitsas) kotis suur, lai ja paks; 2) see on läbipaistev, nii et kõik saab suurema vaevata kätte (ilma sobramata); 3) see on nii suur, et mahutab täissuuruses pintslid vabalt ära. Ausalt, olen näinud suuremaid ja väiksemaid meigikotte, aga once you go IKEA ziplock bag, you never go back (võib-olla kaotad ainult mõned glamuuripunktid)!

Woah, if you made it this far, here's a cookie! Palju juttu, kui nii kaugele jõudsid, siis siin on üks küpsis (nom nom)!


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