What’s in My Makeup Bag: Weekend Edition

Usually when it comes to travel, I do not mess around with my makeup. I bring anything and everything I want to make sure all my bases are covered, especially when it’s a long trip or weddings are involved (more often than you can imagine these past few years). This time however, we were just off for a weekend in Seattle to hang out with Nick’s brother so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share a much more reasonable “weekend edition” of what’s in my makeup bag.

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For most “categories” of makeup, you should be able to get by with just one product. For me, that includes:

  • Face Primer – Just one here, the super moisturizing Too Faced Hangover RX to help prep skin and keep my makeup looking better, longer.
  • Eye Primer – My Holy Grail go-to, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, I love that it provides some coverage for any redness and veins on my eyelids (if you’re more warm-toned, the Soft Ochre shade is also really popular).
  • Foundation – I opted for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua this time, my “special occasion foundation”. It leaves a nice, natural finish on the skin and the bottle is plastic, so it’s perfect for travel. I use the shade BR12.
  • Concealer – I’ve been favoring my MAC Pro Longwear a lot lately, but the Mineralize Concealer is in a plastic tube (and has a brush applicator) so that’s what came along. I use the shade NW15.
  • Setting Powder – The usual, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. It’s so finely milled that it doesn’t add any texture to my skin, and it doesn’t add any coverage either, just a sheer and light powder to prevent my makeup from creasing.
  • Contour – I don’t use it much, but it’s good to have on hand. Sometimes you just need to add a bit of dimension back to the face. I love the Sephora Collection Contour powder in Tranquil.
  • Mascara – Benefit’s They’re Real! Definitely in my top three all-time favorite mascaras, and the mini tube is perfect for travel. It’s volumizing, lengthening, and defining – an all-in-one that gets it all right.
  • Brow Product – Currently enjoying the ColourPop brow pencil in Dope TaupeIt’s small, affordable, easy to use, and has a built-in spoolie on the other end. (This “group” did get an extra in the form of brow gel – the packaging is so tiny that I brought along both Benefit’s Gimme Brow and a deluxe sample of the Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel. I used them all.)
  • Setting Spray – MAC Fix+ always and forever, it helps meld all the products together so my skin looks natural, not cakey.

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Other products are great to have a few options for, but for just two nights away, it really wasn’t needed. I also brought one of each of the following:

  • Highlight – ColourPop’s Lunch Money is a gorgeous luminous light gold that works wonders with my cool-toned skin.
  • Blush – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light, hnng. A bit of a cheat here, this is technically a setting powder, but it’s so pink that with very little work, it’s a gorgeous blush too.
  • Eye Liner – Lots of ColourPop, clearly. I packed their crème gel liner pencil in Cry Baby, an awesome icy lavender that brightens and opens the eyes but still gives a bit of an unexpected surprise.
  • Lip Liner – ColourPop’s Westie is an excellent neutral pink that works with just about any lip color (or at least, all the colors I gravitate towards).

It’s really only in the color cosmetics world that I bring multiple options, for me that specifically means eyeshadow and lipstick. Other products, like blush or eyeliner, I love having options for, but again, just for a short weekend away… it wasn’t really necessary.

  • Eyeshadow – I actually kept it to a reasonable minimum this time. I only brought along the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack with a single tag along shadow from the Love Sick stack, a Sugarpill single shadow in the shade Kitten Parade, and a ColourPop single in the shade Weenie that I only used once, but it was a great base to help Kitten Parade really shine.

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  • Lipstick – I brought three with me to cover all the bases – sheer, pink, and a deeper pinky-nude. All that said and done, I most often reached for the lipstick I carry in my purse: the Glossier Generation G sheer matte lipstick in Crush, I am loving this stuff.
L to R: ColourPop "Lumiere 2" / Jeffree Star "Doll Parts" / Chanel Rouge Coco Shine "Boy"
L to R: ColourPop Lumiere 2 / Jeffree Star Doll Parts / Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy

Finally, the tools. Makeup brushes, sponges, applicators, and other tools – this is my happy place. I own so many brushes, I actually wash them regularly, and the Beauty Blender has changed my life (in terms of makeup application). This was probably the hardest section to pare down for a weekend away – I know I don’t need all the brushes, but I like them! I managed to focus on the essentials with one extra for face and eyes, and even then I ended up not using them all!

  • Blending brush – Probably my favorite brush of all time, the MAC 217 is perfect for working product into the crease and blending out harsh edges for a smooth gradient. This brush comes on every trip.
  • Tapered Blending brush – A newer addition my collection, the MAC 224 is a slightly bigger, fluffier version of the 217 and helps diffuse harsh edges over a larger area.
  • Pencil brush – A must-have for any eye look, I use the Bdellium Tools 780 for work in the inner and outer corners as well as the lower lashline.
  • Outer V brush – A small brush that I should love, but not quite feeling it these days. I didn’t use this brush from Makeup Geek at all on this trip.
  • Small Shader brush – A stiff, small brush perfect for packing color onto the lid. Synthetic brushes like this 772 from Bdellium Tools are great for ColourPop shadows too.
  • Small Crease brush – Another tiny brush, it’s good to have a back-up when working with multiple shades to reduce the risk of muddying up your look! I love this one from Makeup Geek.
  • Soft Dome brush – One of my favorites from Makeup Geek, I actually ended up not using this at all either! I stuck to pretty neutral looks on this trip and I definitely favor my smaller, more precise brushes for the outer and inner corners of my eye.

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I brought even fewer brushes and tools for my face, but a damp sponge is the workhorse in my collection, so that’s not very surprising. Entirely from RealTechniques, including the Miracle Complexion Sponge (not shown):

  • Setting brush – The smallest brush of the bunch, this little guy is perfect for setting eye primer, concealer under the eyes, and contouring my jawline when I feel like doing it.
  • Powder brush – The RealTechniques Contour brush is my go-to these days for setting my makeup, contouring, and just about anything else.
  • Concealer brush – Self explanatory what this one is for, I use a RealTechniques Deluxe Crease brush because it’s simultaneously dense and fluffy which is perfect for blending out liquid concealer.
  • Large Fluffy brush – The RT Blush brush is massive, and it took me ages to figure out how to use it appropriately. Now I love it for both blush and an all-over dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Multi-tasking products are always a great choice for traveling!
  • Duo-Fibre Powder brush – Normally one of my favorites for applying blush, I ended up not using this one either, guess I didn’t need as much as I expected!


As for Seattle itself, it was a fantastic trip overall, but highlights definitely include the Chihuly Garden & Glass and the Space Needle (we’re good tourists, clearly). Saturday night dinner at Cajun hot spot Toulouse Petit was also excellent.

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The Boys & a tree of glass
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Seattle from the Space Needle
Hanging lamps at Toulouse Petit (dinner was amazing)
Hanging lamps at Toulouse Petit

Disclaimer: All thoughts are my own and all products mentioned were purchased by me. This trip was not sponsored in any way. Glossier link is a referral. Any Amazon links are affiliate.

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