How to Pack Light(er)

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted, but I’m back today with a post everyone can relate to: Packing for a trip. I’ve been traveling a lot the few weeks, and I’ve got packing my bathroom and beauty essentials down to a “T”. Now, I am by NO means a light or minimalist packer compared to some others (though I am better than I used to be), but I do make an effort to pack the things I will actually use, and I try to be as compact as possible. I’ve been working this morning on packing for a flight to my future sister in law’s bachelorette party this weekend (I’m so excited!), so I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks and let you see all the junk treasures that I pack!

All the cosmetic bags I use to keep me organized while I travel!
All the bags I use for makeup, hair, showering, and general toiletries
The Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are awesome and so handy for traveling! And yes, I use men’s deodorant. It smells sooo good! And it works!


Isn't this tiny razor so cute?! Totally a gimmick, but so cute!
Isn’t this tiny razor so cute?! Totally a gimmick, but so cute!
I just got this new bag from Herschel. It holds so much stuff!
I like this bag for all of my hair essentials. It also holds a travel hair dryer and my small makeup mirror!

For this trip, I am checking my bag with the airline since I need to pack more than will fit on a carry on, so I don’t have to worry too much about the size of my beauty products. Still, I went with a lot of small/travel sized products to help save on space, ’cause a gal needs a few outfit options!

I like to start packing my bathroom stuff a day or two before my trip. Then I will use only what’s in my makeup bag to get ready from. This helps me notice if I’ve forgotten something important (like mascara!), or if I there’s anything extra I can weed out.

Designate a cosmetic bag or pouch for everything. I find it is easier if things are in pouches rather than one giant bag. I have a pouch for makeup, hair products, shower necessities, and general toiletries/skincare. This is nice because I can just grab one bag if I’m headed to the shower. It also makes it easier to pack in my suitcase because I can fit them in the nooks and crannies. This system even works great for things like head phones and chargers or anything that is small and may be floating around in my purse.

I have found that having two small bags for makeup works great. In a smaller pouch, I have all of my long, thinner items, such as eyeliner, mascara, eye brushes, lip gloss, and concealer. In the larger pouch I have my face brushes, foundation, BeautyBlender, setting powder, eyelash curler, and setting spray. Packing this way keeps me from having to dig around in a giant bag searching for my eyeliner.  (For this trip, I actually ended up fitting most of my makeup into the pink Kate Spade pouch and tossed my foundation, brushes, and eyelash curler in my grey bag.  #winning)

Pack only what you truly need! This part is easier said than done, at least for me anyway. Pack only what you use on a daily basis. I probably won’t need makeup for a smoky eye, a bright lip, contouring, or three different blushes. I pack what I need for my daily glam, but no more than that. As for skincare, I go with the most bare bones skincare that will still keep my skin happy. I packed makeup remover wipes, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and using my makeup primer as my moisturizer during the day. Do keep in mind that traveling can dry out your skin, so do plan for that. For showering, I grabbed a travel sized bar of soap. I can wash my face and body with that. I did pack a small face wash, but that is mainly for when I wash my makeup off at night to make sure I get my face super clean.

Utilize your sample stash! This is a great way to save space. I love digging through my makeup and skincare stash and pulling out all my deluxe samples I’ve hoarded from Sephora Play boxes, gifts with purchase, etc.  If you don’t have many sample makeup items, that’s ok, just maybe choose items that have more compact packaging or can be used for more than one thing, for example, use a light shimmery eyeshadow for highlighter and bronzer for eyeshadow. I had some sample face masks in little packets and threw those in just in case my skin really acts up, though I really won’t have time for a spa session.  I also like hit up the travel size areas at Target, Sephora (aka the Aisle of Doom), and Ulta to grab travel sized items of my favorite products. I made sure that all of my hair products are travel size because it saves so much space! Yes, travel size items can be more expensive, but they are worth it while traveling. I also like to reuse the containers and refill the bottles when I can or buy those small empty containers and fill them up with my own products.

Hopefully this helps for the next time you are packing up for a trip. Happy travels!


P.S.  Here’s the link to the Herschel bag.  The others were either gifts with purchase or old and unavailable.


Gems of the Drugstore: 2nd Edition

Hey y’all!! Today I’m back with some more awesome drugstore makeup. I am super excited to share these products with you guys!

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer – So I mainly decided to write a Gems of the Drugstore post this week so I could tell all of you about this primer. I haven’t been this excited about a new makeup product in a while! I was wandering through the drugstore section of Ulta recently, saw this was a new item and knew I had to try it since I love lash primers. I’ve only been using it about a week and a half, but I can already say that this is the best lash primer I’ve ever used. The formula coats my lashes thickly and evenly and doesn’t look clumpy when I put my mascara over it. Best part? It’s 8.99!!! RUN to the store and get this!!! I’m serious. You need to try this!!


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – I haven’t tried a ton of drugstore concealers, but I discovered this one a few years ago and have used it off and on and really like it. It has light coverage and blends well to a luminious (but not glittery or shimmery) finish. I have the shades Fair and Light. Fair is lighter with more pink tones, which is what I prefer. Light has more yellow undertones, if that’s what you need. I love using the shade Fair to brighten up my under eye area, but it also works to cover redness and blemishes. I’ve heard this is comparable to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I’ve used both and think they are every similar, though the Nars one is a bit thicker and has slightly more coverage, but this one from Maybelline is so good that I won’t be buying the Nars one anytime soon (it’s $30!), and I will just stick to this one since it’s only $6.99.

Top: Fair Bottom: Light
Top: Fair  Bottom: Light

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronze – I mentioned this bronzer in a favorites post a couple months ago and since then, my love for this bronzer has only grown. I use this pretty much every day to lightly bronze/contour my face. I love how it isn’t matte, but it isn’t shimmery; it just gives a nice healthy glow. I also like how it isn’t too orange, like a lot of bronzers are, which is not cute when you have fair skin. Oh, and it smells soo good!

IMG_3461 IMG_3463

Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio in The Silent Treatment – A few years ago, my sister-in-law sent this eyeshadow trio to me saying it was really good and that I needed to try it. Man, was she right! I’m on my second one! I don’t use the glittery black shade (it’s a bit chalky), but the other two shades are perfect. These are pigmented and blend smoothly. The quality is amazing for their $3 price tag. On days where I want simple makeup, I will just swipe some of the taupey-purple shade over my lid, use the light shade to highlight my inner corner, and call it good!


IMG_3471IMG_3485Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob – If you are looking for a good lip liner in a neutral pink shade that will go with almost any neutral lipstick, this is the liner for you! It’s only $7!! I’ve heard that this is a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk. I have both liners, and I wouldn’t say that they are an exact dupe since the Rimmel one is more pink, but for a third of the price, this one works just fine!


Top: Rimmel liner in East End Snob Bottom: Charlotte Tilbury in Pillowtalk

Hope that you guys try and love these products as much as I do! What are your favorite drug store items? I want to try them!