Tuesday, 23 December 2014

What's in my Beauty Bag? Holiday Edition!

Hi, everyone! If you've read my previous posts, you'll know that I'm currently setting up shop at my parents' house for the holidays. I'm in town for just over a week, which so far has been (and will continue to be) filled with food, friends, and family. The perfect trifecta! Travelling over Christmas also means rounding up my must-have beauty products and toting them along with me. I thought I'd give you a peek at all of the goodies that made the cut! As you'll see, I'm definitely not a minimalist when it comes to packing, but I was able to whittle it down to a semi-reasonable amount ;)


First up is skin care! I brought a couple of staples and the rest are a bunch of minis and samples to road test over the holiday. I'm sampling two luxe makeup removers, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser and Sarah Chapman's Perfect Cleanse. I also have a go-to cleanser in Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, which is the gentlest foaming wash I've tried! I packed my brand new First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, which have been giving me a serious glow, and La Roche Posay's Effaclar A.I., which has been working wonders to shrink down my spots. The rest are a mix of goodies from Vichy, Pai, Sarah Chapman, and Aesop. My skin has been behaving well so far!


Next up are my  hair care staples. I packed a ton of Aesop shampoo and conditioner packets, which were given to me by an extremely generous sales associate at Holt Renfrew. I have to say that they smell amazing! I also toted my favourite styling cream, Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, the best ever mousse, Oribe Surfcomber, and a serious source of volume, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. And for when my roots get greasy, I have a sprinkle of Lush No Drought dry shampoo. 


Then we have the goodies that work to create a flawless base. I packed my favourite primer, Laura Mercier Oil-Free, my go-to full coverage foundation, Revlon Colourstay, and one helluva mattifying powder, Soap & Gory One Heck of a Blot. To add some holiday glow to my complexion, I brought Inglot HD Illuminizing Powder #504, Essence Beach Cruisers Bronzing Powder (which *almost* makes me feel like I'm somewhere tropical), and BeneFit Watts Up. I also have my staple concealers from BeneFit and MAC and my go-to Anastasia goodies to keep my arches in shape. 


Next up are the products that are keeping my cheeks and eyes looking festive. I packed my Inglot Freedom Palette with three colourful blushes and an ultra soft sculpting powder. I couldn't pick just one shadow palette, so I tucked in three: Clinique's A Black Honey Affair, Too Faced's Natural Eyes, and my Yaby Pearl Paint palette. I also packed my Clarins Ombre Matte in Rosewood and my Flower Beauty Flirty Floret cream shadow for good measure. I brought a variety of liners from NudeStix and Annabelle, as well as my two favourite mascaras, Clinique High Impact and BeneFit They're Real! And for a touch of fragrance, my go-to rollerball perfume, Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black


I also packed a selection of my favourite makeup brushes for face and eyes. You can see that Real Techniques is well represented, joined by some goodies from Shu Uemura, Quo, Sigma, and Sephora



And finally, the piece to resistance- my lip bag! Narrowing down my lip colour options was ridiculously difficult, so I think I lugged about 15 shades with me. I decided to pull out about half of these to feature here. I packed a few ultra festive reds, including Tom Ford Crimson Noir, Illamasqua Maneater, MAC Lady Danger, Revlon Standout, and Revlon Red Velvet. I also have one of my favourite nudes, MAC Modesty, and a few vibrant pinks for good measure! I also packed two awesome lip liners, my Annabelle Stay Sharps in Glam Red and Java

So there you have it! My not so edited holiday makeup bag edit! This post has clearly reinforced that I cannot be brutally selective when it comes to packing my beauty items. I hope it's also tempted you with a few pretty goodies!

What's in your holiday beauty bag this year? Are you a minimalist when it comes to packing, or do you go all out like me?

Happy Holidays! xo

38 comments:

  1. Wow ! You sure do bring a lot of things in your beauty bag. Don't worry, I can relate. How do you find the Laura Mercier Foundation primer ? Do you recommend it for oily skin ?

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    1. It's one of my faves! Feels lightweight, never breaks me out, and definitely makes makeup last longer :)

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  2. Wow, so many good products. Love your lipsticks. *__*
    Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Same to you :)

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  3. Make-up overload!! So envious right now :') I love honey trap and its also great for treating cold sores and blemishes :D so its a great multi tasker, also loving the mac lipsticks, perfect shades xx

    Have a wonderful Christmas :) xx

    www.krystelcouture.com | £100 Christmas Giveaway

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    1. Glad you love it too! Hope your Christmas was lovely :)

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  4. Oooo so many reds to choose from! Hope you have a merry Christmas!
    xx Kat @ Katness

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    1. I'm all about a red lip at Christmas! Same to you, Kat! xo

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  5. Haha that's quite some stuff for a week! I'll only be gone for a night, so the bag is definitely not going to be even close to this size :) Have a great time with your folks! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Haha, yeah, I'm not a light packer! Thanks, Sunny! xo

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  6. I love the bright eye and lip colours you picked! Looks like you won't have any trouble with a red lip during the holidays! ;D

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    1. I really didn't! Thanks, Melanie :)

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  7. Merry Christmas Jenn! Love that you pack like I do, I'm awful at editing down my makeup for a trip!

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    1. Haha, glad I'm not alone! ;) Thanks, Meg!

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  8. Loads of goodies! The Aesop! I'm so jealous! Where do you get it? I've been trying to find someplace here but no luck!

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    1. Aesop is now available at both the Bloor and Yorkdale Holt Renfrew locations in Toronto. Very tempting! :)

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  9. So many fantastic products you have here! I've been dying to get my hands on S&G One Heck of a Blot for such a long time now! Those Inglot blushes look absolutely beautiful <33
    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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    1. Both One Heck of a Blot and Inglot blushes are so worth checking out! xo

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  10. I love this! I really need to grab the Oribe spray, it is definitely worth it.

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    1. You should! It's great stuff :)

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  11. No surprises here but I love the lipstick bag! :)

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  12. So many lip colours! I love that you have sample-sized stuff to bring with you. I'm pretty in between when it comes to packing.. I'll try to only bring the stuff I know I'll use but it ends up being a lot in the end haha.

    Michelle, A Lovely Allure

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    1. Haha, yeah my packing list grows in a sneaky, but steady way ;)

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  13. So many good products, loved this :) x


    www.shannenandco.blogspot.com

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  14. I definitely carry with me my essentials for face and makeup but I definitely trim things down. I usually have a "go-to" face that I create while on the road, with the exception of some items that will make my face a bit more glam for the holiday. =)

    Your essentials seem like a great one to travel with! hehe

    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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    1. Wish I could adopt your streamlined packing skills! ;)

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  15. i need to try that oribe spray!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  16. cute post! I had to put together my staple pieces for the holidays at my parents house too! It was hard to choose but I picked even less than you! all of my skin and lip in one little bag, but i had to go with two of my favorite urban decay palettes (I couldn't choose just one!).
    merry christmas and happy holidays! hope it is a great one! :)
    - Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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    1. Good for you- not always easy to pare down! Hope your holidays were wonderful too :)

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  17. All of this would be great for Christmas!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. They were definitely the perfect goodies to have with me over the holidays :)

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  18. I love Laura Mercier and Bumble and Bumble products!!!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by, Deniz :)

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  19. Oh my god! And I thought I brought too much for my vacation! LOL! Love it. :)

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    1. Haha, I'm definitely not a light packer :)

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