The majority of my family live on the west coast of Scotland, and at the end of July/beginning of this August I made one of my biannual trips up to visit them. I also visit at New Year, and these trips always involve a great deal of hilarity and a little too much wine. I always try to travel light, but makeup is often my downfall. Mini and travel size products are my saviours! I snapped a few pictures of my travel makeup bag before I headed up North, and figured I’d talk you through a few of the real essentials!
Packing to visit the family is always tricky, as activities range from the usual trying to stop the dog from drowning itself in the ocean, to fancy dinners where you bump into Prince Charles and he actually knows your name (not even kidding). As such, I always take one formal-ish outfit, then loads of jumpers and jeans, regardless of the season. Sun protection is a must, as the Scottish sun is a tricky bugger who’ll burn you and you won’t even realise because of the gale force winds. For this I’ve included a little mini version of Benefit’s SPF 40 Dream Screen, and one of my foundations includes some SPF.
For the many days in Scotland where a full face of makeup is just not practical, my essential is Gimme Brow, to make it look like I actually have eyebrows, plus a little something on my eyes from the Naked 2 palette and a lick of the No7 Mascara.
I took three lipstics with me this time, my faithful MAC Chili, the NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken and the GOSH Velvet Touch Nougat. With these three I have a red lip from Chili, a deep nude-brown from Soft Spoken and a nude from Nougat. They cover all the bases for me!
My Wet Brush is definitely needed for a trip to visit the family. While I can always pinch a regular hair brush from my Aunt if needs be, when my hair is wet this is essential. It reduces damage when brushing wet hair, and considering it’s usually raining and I always end up in the sea, my hair is wet a lot.
A little mini can of the CoLab dry shampoo is always in there as well, and some micellar water for basic hair maintenance and makeup removal. The Vichy Liftactiv Supreme moisturiser is also great for travel, as it’s intensely moisturising but I have a little travel size version; perfect for after those harsh coastal winds.
And that’s about it! As you can see, while I do try and travel light, I’m not always successful.
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