Road trip skincare and makeup bag

starting this Friday, I’ll be on a road trip!  We’ll be heading to northern parts of our province, also known as “cottage country” (don’t let the word “cottage” deceive you, they have multi-million dollar homes that are owned by Hollywood celebs), and then heading to Ottawa.  We’ll be staying mostly at Bed & Breakfasts (B&Bs) which are essentially rooms or a portion of someone’s house. They’re a lot more homey than hotels – and normally the breakfasts (included) are amazing!  We won’t exactly be roughing it, but I will be fairly low-key in terms of clothes and makeup.  I always ask myself 3 questions when packing makeup for a trip:

Do I really need it?

Is it the smallest / a lot of compact item I own of that product category?

Would I be devastated if I lost it or it got broken during the trip?

Keeping these in mind, here is what I’m packing for our 9-day trip.

I usually carry my makeup roll for the cosmetic items and a separate bag for skincare.  The makeup roll was a gwp from Smashbox, and the cute travel bag is from Consonant Skincare.

I know a lot of “what’s in my travel bag” articles feature makeup, but for me, skincare is a lot more important.  I don’t skimp or skip steps on skincare on vacation! That’s why I hoard gwp sizes of my much-loved products so that I can bring them with me when I travel.

• Shiseido The Skincare instant Eye and Lip makeup remover – gwp size
• Vichy Calming Cleansing Micellar option – gwp size
• Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 balancing softener – gwp size
• The face shop THE therapy vital formula emulsion and Secret-Made Anti-Aging cream – gwp sizes – I’ve been trying these for a couple of weeks prior to the trip to make sure my skin gets on with them and so far so good – I’ll be doing a review soon (Pro-tip: avoid trying out new skincare / makeup while on vacation! You never know if it’s going to disagree with your skin.)
• Kiehl’s Midnight recovery Eye cream
• Shiseido Sun protection Eye cream SPF 32 PA+++
• MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – travel size

• Consonant Skincare The best Sunscreen – picked up the travel size version just for this trip! (shown above with the corresponding full size bottles for scale)
• Consonant Skincare natural Foaming face wash – travel size
• MAC Cleanse Off Oil – I decant from my full sized bottle to the travel size one, which I’m reusing

• Facial cottons: Shiseido Facial Cotton, Delon+ cotton rounds, and Up&Up exfoliating cotton rounds – all the essentials!


I try not to pack liquid foundation on holiday so I rely on powders and creams.

• MAC Matchmaker Concealer in #1 – I will just use generally under eyes, around my nose and on my chin
• Maybelline dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Buff 340
• Shiseido Sun protection Compact foundation SPF35 in SP30 – this powder has light coverage and supplies added sun protection, it’s a bit orange on me but on holiday I don’t mind the “bronzed” look.  I’ll also use this as my transition eye shadow shade to blend
• Marcelle BB Cream-to-Powder Compact in Light to medium – I debated whether to bring this or not but it’s a 4g travel size so it’s tiny, and it’s a terrific no-makeup makeup that can be applied with just my fingers

• NYX Power blush in Angel – it was tough to narrow down which blush to bring but I wanted something understated and Angel is absolutely that
• Clinique Chubby Stick shadow Tint For Eyes in 04 Ample Amber – this will be my shadow base or I can wear it alone
• Lancôme color design Eye shadow in impress – best bronze shade for a single colour eye look
• CoverGirl LashBlast volume Blasting Mascara

• Make Up forever Aqua Eyes pencil in 24L Taupe – I found this pencil sharpener topper in a stationary shop and it’s perfect to bring, in case I need to sharpen the pencils while on vacation.
• Shu Uemura H9 hard Brow Pencil in seal Brown
• Not shown: Dr. Hauschka Lip care Stick

Brushes and accessories:

• bdellium tools #755 Smudger, #776T Blending and #964T AP Blusher brushes – these have shorter handles and are part of the Travel Mineral 10pc. brush Set
• The Body shop kabuki – you know I love my kabukis!  This has its own little carrying case.
• Shishida Seishindo metallic Mascara Comb
• Travel eyelash curler – I don’t know what random brand this is, the label has mostly rubbed off but it’s my much-loved for travel
• Anna Sui Eye-brow brush 1 (brow spoolie)

Hair & Body:

• Curl Keeper original – decanted this into a travel-size bottle (full size shown in photo for scale)
• Tresemme Tres two Ultra fine mist hair spray – travel size can
• COLAB extreme volume dry Shampoo in London – travel size can
• various shampoo, shower gel, body lotion – these are from other hotel stays which I’ll be re-purposing for our B&B stays. I’m not sure if the B&Bs will supply toiletries like normal hotels do (I think they will?), but just in case.  I highly doubt these little bottles will last us the full trip but we’ll be staying in aOikea hotelli Ottawassa, joten meidän on oltava kunnossa.
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