Makeup Wars ~ What This Beauty Blogger Packs for Vacation

Beauty Blogger Packing

So I’m not really going on vacation. Oh how I WISH I were going on vacation. Even just for a weekend. It is just not in the cards right now, nor will it be for quite a long time. Given that in years past my hubby and I have gone on a few tropical winter getaway vacations, including our wedding, I am not unfamiliar with how I pack for these things, so were are going to exercise a bit of imagination here.

Now when I go on vacation, and I mean a week long proper vacation, I don’t really concern myself with packing light when it comes to my beauty essentials. If I am on vacation it means I am going “out” far more often than in my usual life of drudgery. What better time to make the most out of all the beautiful makeup I own? So when I am packing for vacation I use these basic “rules”.

  • Pack my favourites (of the moment).
  • Make sure those favourites will create a variety of looks without a tonne of products
  • I (try t0) make sure those favourites aren’t limited edition.

What this means is I pack my favourites regardless of whether they are pricey or not. On my last vacation to Mexico I packed primarily Chanel. I will tell you that I did break the limited edition rule because I remember packing my Chanel Tentation Cuivree Quad because it was a favourite smoky eye look at the time. (I just had a massive meltdown realizing I sold this in a blog sale. What the heck was I thinking *sigh*). Since I like to bring my “good stuff” on vacation I do pack it in my carry on. maybe this isn’t the best use of space but really, makeup doesn’t take up a tonne of room right?

So lets say I won a vacation and had to pack up to leave tomorrow. Here are what my choices would be. These items would be packed in a makeup bag I purchased at Winners many years ago. We are taking possibly a decade. I used to use it to actually store my makeup collection before it got way out of hand. Hard to imagine most of my stuff fit in there at one point! Ridiculous really. How do people live like that? LOL It is from a brand called Murval. I never even really looked at the brand name on it before creating this post but it looks like they bags, apparel, and home products. I absolutely adore this bag because it is so compartmentalized and keeps all my things well organized, visible, and easy to find. There are multiple removable, and fixed, mesh zippered pouches. There is also a section for makeup brushes but I prefer to keep them protected in one of the zippered pouches.

Most of these products have been linked to their original reviews, (which took me forever!) so I encourage you to click on them to see why I find them travel worthy companions!




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The first zippered pouch holds some compacts to offer a variety of eye looks and colourful cheeks:




The second removable zippered pouch holds an assortment of brushes (mostly MAC, Real Techniques and bdellium). I should have took a picture of them all out to show you as most are hiding.  It also holds any eye and brow pencils.


The center zippered pouch holds:

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The final large zippered pouch contains most of my face and skincare items:


I weighed my packed makeup bag and it weighs 4 pounds. Quite a hefty portion of my carry on luggage but that is a sacrifice, as a beauty lover, I have no trouble making. There is actually still room in my fabulous travel makeup bag so I can guarantee you that there would be some last minute additions before I left. The one item I would likely add is the Yves Saint Laurent Y Facettes Eye Palette from Spring 2013. It breaks my LE rule but it is so colourful and perfect for a tropical vacation. I also would likely throw in some nice skincare samples. I also forgot fragrance so some of my decants and samples would be added as well. It may seem like I packed an excessive amount of lip products and I should probably cut back given I packed more things than days I will be on vacation…but I would probably throw a few more in my handbag including my Lancome Baume in Love in Urban Ballet.

Well I hope you enjoyed my emotionally scarring experience of packing for an imaginary winter getaway and having to take photos of said imaginary packing outside in -20°C/-4°F weather. I’m off to go warm up with a hot coffee and Bailey’s and try to forget about my longing for a beach.

Make sure to check out the Travel Picks of the other Makeup Wars members. Just click on the thumbnails below or use the Previous and Next buttons at the top of this post. If you have missed out on the previous Makeup Wars be sure to check them out, including some of my favourites like our Valentines Day LookHoliday LookHoliday WishlistsFavourite MascarasFavourite Fall LookFavourite Red LipFavourite Makeup BrushFavourite Fall Nail Polish, and Most Expensive Makeup Look.

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  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    February 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    such great picks! Everyone has the best bags for this Makeup Wars. I’m going to go into debt because I’m seeing so much that I “need” LOL
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  • Teri
    February 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    That is a fantastic bag to travel with. Great picks too!
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  • Paula
    February 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Okay – i need to hunt that bag brand down! That looks like something I would use the dickens out of!
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  • Pammy
    February 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    What an organized bag!!! I am amazed at how much you fit inside!!!
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  • Nancy
    February 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    That first compartment has some of my favorite products, including that YSL Blush! I’ve never done a trip where I’ve only taken *one brand* of makeup, but I should try that to see if I could do it! Respect for doing all CHANEL! :)
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    • Christa
      February 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      It wasn’t ALL Chanel just mostly! LOL I was going through a bit of a Chanel phase. 😉

  • kelly
    February 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    That bag is amazing! I need one!
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  • Phyrra
    February 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I like your brush case! Great packing :)
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  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)
    February 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I have the no limited edition rule too but sometimes it just has to be broken. You have an enviable amount of makeup packed. Maybe your DH will see this post and realize it’s time to take you somewhere warm to cheer you up.
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  • Cindy (Prime Beauty)
    February 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I am obsessed with that bag! I can’t believe how much you can fit into it! You have the most beautiful makeup collection!
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    • Christa
      February 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      The bag is AMAZING! After this many years I am finally starting to truly appreciate it.

  • Jasmine
    February 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    one word. WOW!!
    I need a bag like that for vaycay.
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  • Brittany
    February 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    So wait – that white stuff is snow? OMGahhh… – says the Floridian. 😉
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  • jbrobeck
    February 18, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    That is the COOLEST bag, and your pictures in the snow are INCREDIBLE!
    jbrobeck recently posted..Makeup Wars – Beauty Travel ESSENTIALSMy Profile

  • Christine
    February 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Ok, you may have packed more than me. I’m sooo glad I’m not alone!

  • Carleen
    February 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Love all the YSL products!!!!!
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  • BooBooNinja
    February 22, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    It’s unbelievably difficult to find a good travel bag. I think yours has got many of us jealous! :)
    How is it that I’ve yet to discover something a tenth as amazing as yours?! (Note to self: there’s fun in the hunt too.) I’m glad to see MAC Too Chic make an appearance as one of your staples. It’s wonderful!

    ps I’m interested in seeing you unpack your brushes in another post.

    • Christa
      February 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      It’s funny that until this post I never really appreciated how truly amazing this bag is. I have always loved it but now realize I am definitely lucky! I will try to do a brush post soon!

      • BooBooNinja
        February 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        Thanks, hon. I hope your weekend is going well. :)


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