For me, weekends are spent here, there and everywhere. Whether I’m making the two hour drive home for a seaside jaunt with my family, or venturing a little further inland to Manchester or Liverpool, I seem to be forever packing and unpacking my beloved Herschel bag, hauling it into the back of my car and making a beeline for the motorway.
Aside from contributing to the mileage meter on my brum, splitting my time between various locations has helped me develop a knack for two things:
1. Creating in-transit playlists that I like to think rival Bip Ling’s beauteous 8-tracks.
2. Streamlining my beauty baggage.
Today, I’m going to focus on the latter. Yes, I’m chatting beauty for a change!
I like to separate all my beauty favourites into two bags - a wash bag and a make-up bag. Both of mine are from Alphabet Bags, which you can find on Not On The High Street. They’re perfect sizes for fitting all the essentials in, without the possibility of going unnecessarily overboard (something I have been known to do very well indeed).
First up, my wash bag:
Though I like to call it my wash bag, I only ever carry washing implements for my chops in this one - note the tube of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, a.k.a. the only prod I like to swipe away the day with.
In this bag, I also house any other beauty accoutrements that don’t fit into the cosmetic category. Additions that I deem essentials include the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for my perpetually dry pout, and a moisturiser combo that’s really hitting the spot at the moment - Oilatum Natural Repair face cream and Trilogy Rosehip Oil.
Mane must-haves include Label M Resurrection Style Dust, a staple for all-day volume, and Bumble and Bumble Texture, which is a beautiful substitution for my beloved Label M Volume Mousse. I don’t know whether I like this more, but it’s definitely making my otherwise flat, limp hair texture-happy.
Next up, my Z-embellished makeup bag that I’m in deep love with:
Acquiring this beauty of a make-up bag has been a long time coming. I’ve been eyeing it up for longer than I’d like to admit, and its smaller dimensions make it perfect for hauling my makeup, as it means that I have to do a touch of cosmetic editing. I was recently uber-inspired by Anna of Vivianna Does Makeup’s post on ‘The Capsule Makeup Bag’, made up of 10 products only, so here are my weekend excursion makeup picks:
For my every day face, I’ve recently switched from Clinique’s Superbalanced foundation to their BB Cream for the summer months, as its lighter coverage makes for that elusive, dewy glow. For some under-eye cover up, I like to stick with my trusty MAC Studio Finish concealer, and then fill in my brows using the underestimated Brow Definer in ‘Warm’ by Laura Mercier. For my peepers, a light dusting of MAC’s Naked Lunch e/s does the job for daytime excursions. A flick of L’Oreal’s Glam Eyes liquid liner, followed by a squeeze of my eyelash curlers and both steps of the Bourjois Volumizer mascara, and eyes are all done. To finish off my complexion painting, I like a dusting of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer to carve in some cheekbones, with Topshop’s blush in ‘Neon Rose’ on the apples of my cheeks for an extra healthy glow. Finally, for an extra sheen, I like to stipple on some of MAC’s creme blush in ‘Pearl’ on the tops of my cheekbones.
Now that’s all my beauty hauling sorted, I can kick back and enjoy my weekend getaways. The sartorial side of my two-day travel bag, however, is a whole other story that I’ll save for another blog post!