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Traveling safely with your make up

by Sonia G.

I love to travel ! I start packing a long time before my departure, it feels like holidays already ! I choose my make up and skincare carefully depending on the length of the stay, the purpose, the destination and the transportation. Nevertheless I always take too much and I always forget something !

Your needs will be clearly different if you go camping or if you are going to attend a seminar, a party or a wedding, if you travel in a sporty car with an engine all over the place, it is going to be steaming hot in the boot, you may consider taking your make up in your handbag with you… if you travel by plane, you will need to take only small liquids with you and consider not putting your make up palettes with the checked in luggage..

Here are my little and humble travel experiences and recommendations, maybe you will find some ideas and I would be really happy if that helped !

First of all, don’t take too many things. Your boyfriend, husband, friends or family will see it at some point, maybe you don’t care, but believe me, this can be embarrassing … my boyfriend even took a picture, said “Are you going to use ALL that???”  well I did not… of course… not even close…

The packing

If you are going to travel to a very warm place, if you are planning to leave your bags in the car, or have to travel with medicine, you may want to take little cool beauty bags that protect your products from the heat. I found a “Beauty Bag” in a food supermarket in Spain that was very cheap and clever ! This one comes from the company Gio Style

The bag contains a freezer, a mirror and some compartments. They claim to be available only in Italy, but I bought it in Spain.  We had to travel with some medicine this summer and that was very handy !

Otherwise there are little lunch bags that are really very cute and that you can use for this purpose, I saw some of them in the UK in John Lewis or Selfridges and was really tempted. At the end I could not get back to get one but I found this Ted Baker at the airport. This one is called  “Jaynee bag”. I do not know if these are still available in Ted Baker but you may find similar items.

You may want to take one or two additional empty make up bags if you are planning to buy additional make up at your destination.

There are also great office supplies, they are probably cheaper and often very cute. I found some from Nici that are so adorable.

In the picture below, the roll at the top is a Nici pouch, it is for school and not for make up purposes… but it is really cute and excellent for the brushes. At the bottom, is the Hakuhodo soft case with just a cord to close it. I prefer to travel with non-magnetic rolls, if I put them in my handbag, I prefer that nothing magnetic goes close to my wallet (and credit cards…).

Eyeshadow and face brushes

I do not carry them in my handbag since it is quite safe to put them in the luggage (unless you don’t want to risk them being stolen).

On the top left is the fluffy Nici roll with the brushes. I have one for brushes and one for eyeliners/lipliners. The white one is also a flufly Nici pencil pouch but with a zip, great for eyeshadow brushes or eyeliners. The black is the Hakuhodo soft case.

Nici little pouches and the black Hakuhodo soft case

The make up

I always take an eyeshadow base, some waterproof cream eye shadows, one or two palettes and some eyeliners. Unii palettes are great for traveling but I wish they were a tad bigger. Waterproof mascara is a must if you plan to go to the beach !

Example of travel eye make up

For the face, I will take either the Unii palette with my favorite blush, highlighter and bronzer or I will take smaller ones to keep in my handbag. I love to get sample size items, perfect for traveling. I have a mini Chanel Universal (this was a tester that I got new), a mini Nars Laguna and RMK or Chantecaille full size blushes are unfortunately very tiny but practical for traveling.

Example of travel face and cheek make up

The skincare and other bare necessities…

Apart from the skincare, hair products, teeth brush, razor or other hygienic products, I always include the following :

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Mini bottle of alcohol (for brushes)
  • Waterproof make up remover
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Body and feet moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • A little bag with some first aid medicine
  • Some cotton pads, cotton swabs, tweezers, pencil sharpener, etc…

These are just some ideas.

My travel bag

Please share your experience in the comments and what special things you like to take with you !

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Raglo 8 July, 2013 - 1:54 pm

“if you travel in a sporty car with an engine all over the place, it is going to be steaming hot in the boot, you may consider taking your make up in your handbag with you…” – I literally had the biggest grin on my face reading that :D! That’s my idea of a fantastic trip/vacation. Lke 5 outfits – mostly casual, comfy and chic, weather appropriate, with the possibility of accessorizing to full on glamour – a 13 inch laptop; a bottle of Chanel and my HG makeup and tools, in a sexy roadster, going fast but in no hurry ;). Sometimes I want to curse the engine and how much space it takes, but it really forces you to pick what you actually need and love and in the end it’s super liberating :).

Sweet Make Up Temptations 8 July, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Once I did it with 3 modular outfits but 20 lipsticks !! crazy but so much fun 😀
I can totally imagine you 😉 😀

Sylvia 8 July, 2013 - 10:10 pm


Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 July, 2013 - 12:45 am

it was my homework 😉 sometimes the only moment I can really take time and experiment with bold looks is during my holiday. maybe my bf still has the pics he took with me and my “homework” in the ferry 😀 i am not proud !

Raglo 9 July, 2013 - 8:15 am

Bwahaha :D! Oh you’re fabulous!! Pictures or it didn’t happen ;)!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 July, 2013 - 8:05 pm

oh dear… it did happen http://sweetmakeuptemptations.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/makeuplotustrip.jpg
I have other pics but my bf could not find them yet, that one I asked him not to show it to anyone (and here I am…) don’t throw stones at me plizzzz 😀 😀 😀
I have to mention: absolute no casualties, all makeup was stored at my feet in a lotus elise…

Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 July, 2013 - 8:17 pm

and here is another one…. from another trip … have no idea where the make up was here but see how many things you can take is such a small boot ? who needs a 4×4 ? 😀

raglo 9 July, 2013 - 9:09 pm

An Elise?! Sweeet :D!
BTW, I remembered you comparing your first motorbike to the RMK brushes. What was it?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 July, 2013 - 9:30 pm

we all have our sins here 🙁 me I am crazy about make up (but I don’t only love “vain” things either! 🙂 ) and my bf anything with engines or complicated technology inside.
For the RMK I guess it’s because it was thick but not tall and the color the same, matte black, it was a Suzuki GSR 600, very easy to handle in all weather or road conditions (just like the RMK brushes, very fool-proof and just very easy), it looked like that : https://www.google.ch/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&docid=Up3Z_LhFkemjzM&tbnid=MF9PokWKrN2XqM:&ved=0CAUQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mcnews.com.au%2FWallpaper%2FSuzuki%2Fgsr600%2FIndex.htm&ei=WYDcUYvJAcjZOqr8gPgM&bvm=bv.48705608,d.ZWU&psig=AFQjCNEQJ00lr_nTn9sxaVVzj4kENMW8Zw&ust=1373491506397537
Gosh I don’t even remember writing that but it looks like me 😉
thanks for your interest ! do you also like engines ?

Bonnie 9 July, 2013 - 1:57 pm

So glad you did this post! I enjoyed all your older posts on what makeup you packed on previous trips and what you used 🙂

I love that colourful bag you packed at the beginning – very, very cheery!

Sweet Make Up Temptations 9 July, 2013 - 8:09 pm

hi Bonnie, thank you ! 🙂 the bags are from Shanghai Tang 🙂

raglo 11 July, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Oh goodness no! That would be a catastrophe! At least with high end beauty products I can plan, save up and get whatever I really want, eventually. If I were seriously into cars and bikes I would be in a perpetual state of torture because the closest thing to what I want would be a huge, quality print poster on my wall :D.

No. In fact, I never saw myself ever getting a driver’s license. It’s just very expensive in my country to not only own and maintain a car (they cost about 30% more here than in central Europe, fuel prices are insane etc, especially when you compare it to how low the median wages are, it’s just impossible I think), but also to get a license. It’s over a thousand Euros for lessons and tests and the examiners are incredibly strict and corrupt, they expect a bribe of about as much before they pass you. It’s very demoralizing and depressing… I never saw the point when all my friends were of age and immediately set getting a license as a priority. What they ended up driving were some questionable 20 year old cars. There’s never been a properly functioning, relatively modern car in my family, ever, so I thought, no, this isn’t for me. Unless and until I can afford a nice one, this doesn’t interest me.

But I spent last summer in the US and with people who have sporty cars and motorbikes… And… Well. Turns out I love speed! Sudden acceleration, with my back firmly pressed against the seat – niiice! In fact, I have a term for this – involuntary grin :D! Which I do, can’t help it :)! Same goes for motorbikes. Never expected to like them, but I really did. I kept begging to be taught all summer, but nope. I was “too precious” for even the slightest chance of getting injured on their watch…

I know what I like – The E Type, GT2000, The Uhlenhaut Coupé, The Gullwing, 33 Stradale… And I personally would love a 2013 Ninja 250r, an 06 Yaris for driving in town and an RX8 for fun – all in white :D!

I remember first sharing my brush obsession with my American friend, via whom I’m getting some of them, and he was surprised to learn that not only did the Japanese make the best motorbikes and cars, but also makeup brushes. When my first Laura Mercier brush arrived to him and I asked him to try it out, describe it to me (he said it was “brushy”…), he wanted to know what the car equivalent of this would me. “Tell me I didn’t just wipe an old Chevy pickup truck across my eyelid!” So I proceeded to explain how the Chikuhodo Z series would be Lamborghinis, Hakuhodo S100 series Ferraris, Shu Uemura Vipers, Mac Mercedeses (and I know Mercedes haven’t made a proper car since the early 90s!)… And I’d say the LM was a Jag or Aston (again, knowing what British made means ;)). He’ll be picking up my RMK and I’ve already told him what the motorbike equivalent of that one is :D. Once my collection is an actual collection, I’ll have my favourite and will be able to tell him which brush to me is the Ducati 900cr (which is his favourite bike) :).

So yeah, not into engines, not really. Or a little bit? I think I definitely could be! I love being explained things by people who actually are very into this stuff and love to share it with others, even if it’s a girl like me who asks many obvious and dumb questions :).

Sweet Make Up Temptations 11 July, 2013 - 7:26 pm

OH MY !!! you have nice taste indeed !!
Motorbike is very dangerous, if you like extreme adrenaline, then motorbike will be way too dangerous for you, it’s easy to lose control and remain reasonable.
If you are dressed as a real motorbiker, you could just try it but if you like it then you may have problems 🙂
I love your way of comparing the brushes, really love it 😀 your Mercedes comment made me laugh out loud !!! glad you have a blog now, I am going to have fun reading you !

Raglo 12 July, 2013 - 8:07 am

No worries, for now I’m perfectly happy with the passenger seat of both sporty cars and motorbikes ;).

And I’m glad too! Also, can’t wait for the next chapter in your Japan fairy tale. Especially Chikuhodo and the G 8 :). As the final chapter you should do a post with an overview of what brushes went with you and what came back, to show how much they multiplied :D.

I wonder, do the names of the manufacturers mean anything, or are they just names? I notice they all end with “do”, does that mean something?

Sweet Make Up Temptations 13 July, 2013 - 7:42 am

They have a meaning but I will enquire so that I can report with precision.

Raglo 23 April, 2014 - 4:01 am

Sonia could you please, please make the links to the pictures work?? I’m currently on a road trip in a roadster and the guy is considering an Elise, but says there’d be even less room in the boot than in the MX5, and I hunted this post down to prove it could be done (a coast to coast US road trip) 😀

Sweet make up temptations 23 April, 2014 - 5:52 pm

ok I’ll see if I can find it tonight! 😀

Sweet make up temptations 23 April, 2014 - 11:26 pm

There you go : http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/lotus.jpg
it is possible but you have to pack wisely 😀 😀 😀

Raglo 23 April, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Epic :D!!!!

Btw, I was just at the nr 1 race track in the US, got to ride 2-up on a motorbike, and went to a museum there that has some of the rarest machines ever made. I’ll send you pics, the BF should find it interesting too ;).

And I’ll work on lobbying for the Lotus! He has an MR2, which apparently the Lotus is, except for the body and a few minor technical things, the thing that’s working against the decision is a) the cost and b) the material of the body, meaning if you dent or scratch it, apparently the entire thing has to be changed because it’s made out of carbon fibre… The dream would be to get it in white, but british racing green is super sexy too ;). Yours is gorgeous, would love to hear about all the adventures it’s taken you on 🙂

Sweet make up temptations 27 April, 2014 - 8:56 pm

hahaha that sounds amazing!!
can’t wait to see your pics!
We have travelled a lot in Scotland with it, did many races and had a lot of fun, now it’s really old but still going, he is planning on changing the engine to a new one (it needs replacement anyway), so after being very light, it will then be lightning fast!!! The most amazing trip was to the Isle of Man where no speed limits out of the villages, amazing views and amazing roads!!! and jumping in and out of the ferry with this car when high winds strike was worst than surgery, they were all so so so scared, when they said “GO” we had to push the accelerator to the floor and drive as fast as we could otherwise we would not make it.. 😀 the ferry was moving so much it was so scary!!

Sweet make up temptations 27 April, 2014 - 11:46 pm

You have to watch that!!!


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