Travel Beauty Kit

As I mentioned in my previous post (here), I have spent a lot of time traveling. Which is great for me because I love to travel, see new things and meet new people. It also didn’t hurt that I was doing something that I truly enjoyed. But it was a challenge for me at first to decide what I actually needed to bring. You may have mistaken me for a makeup artist at first, because I was bringing the majority of my palettes, about 10 lipsticks and three foundations, in addition to an array of face powders. My carry on was basically my kit, plus my laptop. I quickly realized, that I was not using even a quater of the makeup I was using and that I could really narrow it down to some essentials. This is my beauty travel kit. Comment below to let me know your travel must haves



This is my make-up bag. With the exception of my foundation and concealer, that go in my “liquids” bag, I can put everything else I need in here.

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My make-up bag includes:

  • Make-up wipes
  • Soild brush cleaner
  • Beauty Blender sponges
  • Brushes
  • Eye shadow palette
  • Blush Palette
  • Setting powder and highlighter
  • Travel size mascaras
  • Four lipsticks
  • MAC Paintpot
  • UD Primer potion
  • Eyeliner (2 sticks and pot)
  • Five lipliners
  • Eyelash curler

*Not pictured: false lashes, lash glue and twezers they will fit, but I didn’t always wear them.

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I got the brush guards for my brushes at Wal-Mart, they are a great investment for your more expensive brushes.

My MAC palettes are my shadows and blushes that I’ve been depotting as I collect them. Palettes are your best friend when you travel. Hotel bathrooms don’t often have a lot of space, (Unless your company is putting you up somewhere swanky.) so you want to try to condense as much as possible while maximizing your choices. Lipsticks no longer have to go in your “liquids” bag which is great and reall only need a few. I bring two nudes, a red and a berry, plus five liners. With this combination I have been able to create any lip look I desire. I bring a black liner and a black gel pot. This isn’t really necessary, but if I want to do a really dramatic liner look I work better with a brush and pot duo. Otherwise, I like to use the Benefits They’re Real Push-up Liner for a quick easy wing. I love the Neutrogena make-up wipes. I don’t always wear make-up on the plane, but the air on the plane is the worst! Sometimes I would use a make-up wipe after I got off the plane to help refresh my skin before adding more moisturizer.

My “Liquids” bag:

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The TSA still has the 3-1-1 rule. You can bring 3.4oz of liquids or gels in one transparent quart sized bag per passenger. I got this bag at Sephora in the samples/travel size section. Let me pause here to say that travel/sample sizes are awesome! It’s a great way to try a product before you commit to a full sized purchase and most travel sizes are compliant with the TSA regulations. This saved me time and was hassle free. Instead of depotting into travel size containers, I could pop these bad boys in and go! They’re also inexpensive. My MAC travel sized were $10 a piece and lasted me on average 4 months. Not bad, especially considering I can use them towards my Back to MAC empties. I believe my Sephora bag was free when I purchased three travel sized items. This bag is great because it is nice and durable. I had to go through a lot! And if there was a spill, it was easy to clean out.

  • Face Cleanser
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • MAC Oil Control Moisturizer
  • MAC Fix +
  • MAC Cleanse Off Oil
  • Oil of Olay PROx Spot Treatment
  • Travel Spray Bottle with Milk of Magnesia
  • Contact lens solution
  • Rosebud lip salve
  • Glam Glow Supermud Clearing treatment
  • Josie Maran Aragan Oil (light)

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Traveling kills your skin. It can leave it dry, patchy and dull. If you’re like me, it will also cause breakouts. So most of my liquids are to fight the effects of being on a plane for 8 hours at a time. The Philosophy Purity cleanser is a great everyday use cleanser. I used the Glam Glow Supermud mask twice a week. You can pick up the travel sizes of Glam Glow products at Sephora (oh yea!). The Josie Maran Oil has been a favorite of mine for a while and remains so. It leave my skin feeling moisturized but it’s not heavy. Rosebud salve is a must. It leave my lips soft and smooth, plus if I scooped out a little bit and mixed it with some sugar from the packets they leave with the coffee maker in the room, it makes a great lip exfoliant.
My Mia 2:

I love this cleaner. It makes my skin feel smooth and look brighter. I use the sensitive brush attachment and use it pretty much every day with my Purity cleanser. As I get older, my skin doesn’t regenerate like it used to, and with all the stuff floating in the recycled air in the plane (extra gross), my skin was looking  bad. The Mia comes in a variety of colors and has different brush attachments depending on your needs. It had a hard shell carrying case, and mine lasted two weeks on a single overnight charge.

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Review: Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation

12.28.2014 176I think make-up lovers have a never ending quest to find the perfect foundation. As soon as you find one, the next thing you know something new has come out that you want to try. I’ve heard, that NARS is launching a new foundation in early 2015 that is supposed to be even better than Sheer Glow. While we wait for that I do have a foundation that is new to me. It’s the Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless foundation.

I recieved a sample of this a while back when I ordered some stuff online from Sephora and it just sat there for a while. One day I was heading out, but didn’t want to put on a full face, just some light cover up and decided to give it a try. It did just what I wanted it to, covered up the red and evened out my skin tone. So I picked up the full size.


  • Convient packaging. Sometimes packaging, no matter how pretty can be cumbersome to work with. No pump required, just a gentle squeeze.
  • Matches my skin well. It’s not an exact match, but it makes me look like I got a little bit of sun.
  • Price point. Its about a third less than some of the higher end foundations.
  • Coverage with out the cake face.
  • Blends in easily and sets quickly.
  • It feels weightless. You don’t have to set it with powder, but even when I have it doesn’t feel heavy.

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  • Coverage is not buildable. Many foundations you can build layer by layer. Not so with this one.
  • Messy. The foundation is in a squeezable container, and if you’re not careful you can make a mess.
  • Limited shades. There are only 10 shades to choose from.

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(With foundation, without foundation, and front view. I applied with my fingers, no primer, no concealer.)

This foundation is great for those who do not like or need a lot of foundation. This may be good for teenaged girls who need a little coverage for uneven skin tone or acne. It is a great every day foundation and comes off easily with a make-up wipe. A definite repurchase.

Review: Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush Palette

When Sephora had their big Pre-Christmas sale for VIB members one of the items I picked up was the Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush palette. I had only one other Tarte blush at the time, Dazzled, and I loved it, so I figured this palette would be a great way to try out some more shades.

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  • It a palette and palettes are a great way to keep your keep your make-up organized.
  • The packaging is nice, it looks like a clutch and comes with two pins for your hair.
  • It has a decent sized mirror.
  • The blushes come in a good range of colors.
  • Good color pay off.

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  • Fallout. Lots of fallout.
  • Powdery/chalky. Not an issue with my single blush.
  • One akward shade. I’m not sure it the lightest shade (Breathless) is meant to be a highlighter or just a light pink shade for fair skin tones.

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Overall I think this is a great palette. For me the biggest drawback is the amount off fallout when I’m trying to pick some up on my brush. Even when I used my finger for swatches, it made a mess. But it’s not enough to turn me off from the brand. This palette was a limited time palette for the 2014 holiday season. However, I have seen a few left on ebay.

New Year’s Make Up (Major Face )


New Year’s Eve is here! We all have different ideas of a fun New Year’s Eve and for some of us, it will involve celebrating the last night of 2014 in style. Pop some bubbly (or sparkling cider) and have some fun. I hope you all have a fun, safe NYE and a kick ass 2015!







I started with a clean moisturized face and primed my entire face with MAC’s Oil control lotion. On my eye lids I first used UD Original Primer Potion and then MAC’s Layin’ Low paintpot. I use both the UD primer and the paintpot, because when I use both it helps to prevent my lids from getting oily.










My first step was to place MAC’s Soft Brown in my crease using a domed fluffy brush. Next with a flat shader brush I placed MAC’s Carbon on my lower lid, close to the base of my lashes. Then with a new domed fluffy brush I applied MAC’s Palace Pedigree through my crease. Using the same flat brush I applied MAC’s Deep Blue Green pigment over the Carbon and with the same fluffy brush I applied MAC’s Satin Taupe over the Palace Pedigree. In my inner tear ducts I used the blue/brown shade from Wet N’ Wild’s Comfort Zone palette.












To blend the edges of the shadow I used Soft brown and then lined my upper lash line and water line with Urban Decay’s Zero 24/7 liner. On my lower lashline I smudge Carbon, Palace Pedigree, and the blue/brown shade from Wet N’ Wild. I applied Red Cherry lashes in WSP and filled in my brows with MAC’s Spiked brow pencil. My mascara is Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes, and Loreal’s Telescopic.















I used my MAC Prolong wear concealer under my eyes and on my acne scars and then used Make Up Forever’s HD foundation all over my face. Both were applied with my beauty blender sponges. Typically I do a little light contouring with some powder but, since it’s NYE I figured I’d do a little cake face : ) . For my highlight and contour I used MAC’s Studio Sculpt foundations. My highlight shade is about two shades lighter and my contour shade is about two shades darker. Although I am using creams, I am still using them sparingly. I wanted look slightly more defined, not costume-y.
















I set my entire face with MSF in Deep and then lightly went over the contour areas with the MSF in Gimme Sun. My blush is from the Tarte Pin Up Girl palette in the shade Irreplaceable. For a highlight I used my current favorite Estee Lauder’s Bronze Shimmer.












I did three different lips for this look, and remember there is no wrong way to pair lipstick with this look. Just have fun with it! Happy New Year!


Lip One: Lined with MAC’s Spice and filled in with Limecrime’s Coquette


















Lip Two: Lined with MAC’s Vino, filled with Flower Beauty’s Daliah Darling and the gloss is NYX’s Butter Gloss in Red Velvet.



















Lip Three: Lined (lightly) with MAC’s Vino, filled in MAC’s Chatterbox with OCC’s Lip Tar in Divine.





Festive Look

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I started by using my MAC Oil Free Moisturizer and priming my eyelids with UD Primer Potion and MACs Painterly Paintpot. Then I used MAC’s Soft Brown as a transition color in my crease, using a domed blending brush. Next using a flat shadow brush I applied MAC’s Humid shadow my lower lid, careful to stay away from the crease. Then using the same brush, I used Sephora’s Be on the A-list shadow to blend Humid into the crease. I lined my lids with Benefits They’re Real Push Up liner and applied a set of Salon Perfect falsies along with Sephora’s Outrageous Volume mascara on my top and bottom lashes. On my lower lash line I smuged some of the Humid eyeshadow along with a little Carbon eyeshadow. December 2014 050

Next I applied MAC’s Prolong Wear concealer and Laura Mercier Smooth Finish foundation and set with MAC’s MSF in Deep. To contour I used Flower Beauty’s Shimmering Goddess bronzer duo. My blush is Melba from MAC and my highlight is Estee Lauder’s Bronze Shimmer.

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I lined my lips with Cherry liner from MAC and filled them in with Sephora’s Rouge Shine lipstick and voila!

Christmas look












My Routine Work Look (step-by-step)

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Hi! I’ve been gone for a long time. Last time I posted I was whining about not having a job, then I got one and left you guys hanging. I’m sorry for that. That was bad blogger behavior. So, the job was great, I got to travel (a lot!), but now that job is over and I’m on the hunt again. My travels taught me or maybe I should say brought out a new side to my beauty routine and I’ll share them with you in the next few post.

So being on the road all the time was a challenge for me, make-up wise. I am a person who decides on the fly what I’m going to do with my make-up in the morning. Hence the conversations I have with my mirror about how I feel that day. When I first started traveling I was taking way too much make-up with me and I was getting up crazy early to try to figure out what I was going to do. This got old real quick and I realized a couple things. One, waking up extra early when you combating jetlag is going to ruin any look you create. Two, hotel room lighting sucks 99% of the time. So while it may look good in the mirror, it does not read well under flourescent lighting. This lead me to the look I’m going to wear here. I didn’t have to pack half my vanity, to change it up I just needed to change my lipstick, and it allowed me to look polished and put together in front of an audience. Once I stuck to this look my mornings got so much easier and I could do this look in my sleep (which I may have done on a few Eastcoast trips!)

I hope you guys enjoy this look, post comments below if you have any questions, and tell me/show me your go to work looks!



Start with a clean moisturized face!

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I’ve primed my lids with Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion and MAC’s Paint Pot in Layin’ Low. Then using my MAC 217 brush I applied MAC’s Saddle in my crease and slightly above, blening out well.

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Using the same brush, I then blend MAC’s Swiss Chocolate about half way into the crease towards the inner corner.

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Then using a domed blending brush, I blend Handwritten into my crease, depositing the majority of the color on the outer corner.

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Using an angled blending brush, I applied MAC’s Palace Pedigree lightly to the outer corner of my eye for extra depth. Then I used a soft shadow brush to apply MAC’s Arena all over the lid. The photo below also shows how I start my winged liner.

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To finish it up, I used MAC’s Wedge to blend out the shadows in the outer edge of the crease. I wanted to show how I do my winged liner step-by-step, but the photos didn’t come out well.

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To finish up the eyes. I applied Salon Perfect Demi Wispies and used the same shadows on my lids to line my lower lash line. I used Saddle along the entire lash line, Swiss Chocolate 2/3 along the lash line, Handwritten half way along the lash line, Palace Pedigree and Carbon are smuged 1/4 of the way in. On my waterline I used Rimmel’s Scandalized eyeliner in nude. My brows are kinda unruly right now, I’m letting them grow back in so I just brushed them and filled the sparse areas in slightly with MAC’s Stud brow pencil.

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Next I applied my concealer and foundation. I’m using MAC Pro Longwear and Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid foundation. I apply both of these using my Beauty Blender sponges. I use MAC’s Fix+ to dampen my sponge before I apply my concealer. For the Laura Mercier foundation I use a dry sponge. Then I set it with my MAC MSF in Deep.

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To finish my face I used MAC’s Blunt blush as contour, Melba for my blush and Estee Lauder’s 5 tone Shimmer Powder in Bronze Shimmer as my highlight.

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The great thing I like about this look is being able to change it up by changing my lipstick.

Natural Nude: (All MAC)

I lined my lips with Spice liner, and filled them in with Brave, and then lightly over lined them with Cork.

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Pale Nude:

I line my lips with Spice liner from MAC, and then fill them in with Coquette from Lime Crime. So it’s not so harsh and to give it a little of an ombre effect I go back over the outer edge of my lips with Spice again.

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This is the same lip, but I just added MAC’s Myth Lipglass.

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The Classic Red Lip works in many situations: (All MAC)

I lined and filled my lips with Cherry liner and topped that with Ruby Woo. For a little fun apply Vino to the outer corners of your lips for depth.

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The final lip look is a deep berry color: (All MAC)

I lined my lips with Vino liner and used my finger to blend in Sin lipstick.

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* Note, I typically wear mascara, but I was watching the Mindy Project while I was working on this, and got distracted -eb*












Review Wet N’ Wild Intensely-Sparkly Glitter


I was cruzing the makeup aisle in Wal-Mart a few days ago and came across a new product from Wet N’ Wild. I’m trying to do new thing with my makeup and glitter usually makes everything more fun. The colors I picked up were Brass and Groupie and they were .99 cents each.



They were .99 cents

They look pretty in the package



They do not apply well

They do not wear well

They are hard to remove


Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think it is. These were not worth the .99 cents I paid.  Do you remember the play makeup kits you would get as a kid and they would have glitter shadows? They were better quality than these shadows. When I used my fingers to swatch them they seemed like they would work well. The problem is that they adhere to the first thing they touch and practically nothing else. The formulation is like a gel consistency with large glitter pieces, but when I at first tried using my fingers to apply the product it just made a mess. I tried patting it on, swiping it on and no luck. It didn’t quite stay on my finger but didn’t completely transfer to my lids. So I tried a few different brushes, still no luck. The glitter was stuck to my finger tips and to my brushes even after a few washes.

I wish I had better things to say about these glitters since I do like Wet N’ Wild products, but these are a fail. Has anyone else tried these glitters with better luck?


xo Em