My boyfriend and I trekked through France, Italy, and Spain with our backpacks. We had to pack light, and with that I was rather selective with what I brought. Here's a peak into the items that I brought with me for 2 1/2 weeks in Europe.
On The Face
I knew I'd be walking through different climates and wanted to bring a foundation that wouldn't add any additional oil for the warmer climates. I brought the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbush Foundation along with the Tarte Kabuki brush for ease of application. A recent buy from my
was the Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light - this helped to give the appearance of a flawless photoshopped look. I decided not to bring any blush with me because that would require another brush, and my cheeks are typically naturally flushed on their own. I brought the Hourglass Brow Pencil as a quick way to touch up my brows on the go to frame my face.
On The Eyes
Of course I had to rock my usual cat eye while traveling abroad. I brought along my Smashbox eyeliner in Sumatra as well as the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in black. To keep this in place in all the humidity, I brought along a deluxe sample size of the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base - this was just enough to last me 2 1/2 weeks, and did a great job of keeping my eyeliner from smudging. Of course I brought along my Bobbi Brown eyelash curler because I couldn't go anywhere without it, and I brought my trusty Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara because who wants mascara running down their face or panda eyes? I'm happy to say that my eye makeup was able to withstand the different weathers I encountered while in Europe.
On The Lips
I went a little overboard here and definitely could have done with less - a lot less. I brought along my Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm to keep my chapped lips at bay, and I couldn't go anywhere without my beloved Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I decided to bring Plum as a way to bring added color to my look while keeping it subtle. I brought along MAC's Ruby Woo as a pop of red, because when in Paris, right? I also brought along the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina for a more neutral pop of color, with long-lasting abilities. The heat and humidity in Italy was quite unlike anything I'm used to, and I could not be bothered to use either lipsticks. Next time around, depending on where I go, I would be more inclined to save space and leave these two products at home.
What are some products you can't be without when traveling?
Just a quick note - when I returned from Europe, I went straight to the hospital once I landed. I contracted a bad infection while abroad towards the end of my trip (fortunately) and it left me hospitalized for about a week. I'm home now and resting, but they have me up on some strong antibiotics. Unfortunately all my queued up posts ran through and I didn't have the strength or energy to create a post last week. I'm starting to feel better and I'm hoping I'll be able to get back into my normal routine. Please bear with me until then.
Although the end of my trip ended in chaos, the majority of my trip was pure bliss and full of adventure. I'll have some posts to come about my favorite places and tips my boyfriend and I came up with for traveling.