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This is going to be a post about what’s in my beauty travel bag. If you are wondering what beauty products to pack for your beach destination, then this post is for you! Two weeks ago I went to Cuba and opted to pack lightly in the beauty department.

I knew it would be too hot to wear a full face of make-up. A lot of us are too tempted to overpack and I’m guilty of that too. That is the reason why I decided to only show you the products that I actually ended up using on my trip.

In terms of make-up, I brought the following:

Vichy Dermablend foundation

I use this as a concealer for under eyes circles or discolouration. it has a thick cream formula that covers problem areas effortlessly. This foundation is originally designed for those who have acne-prone skin, difficult texture and hyper-pigmentation.

Cargo 3 triple action mascara

For obvious reasons, a girl needs some mascara sometimes. I used this in the evening when we were done bathing on the beach and ready for supper. This is a sample that I actually liked from my Luxe Box. Samples are great for travel. Cargo 3 helps separate, lift and elongate my lashes, but still looks natural.

Revlon lip butter – Pink Truffle and Sweet Tart

Lip butter, as you might have heard before, help moisturise and add colour to the lips. I would wear Pink Truffle in the evening and Sweet Tart during the day. Sweet Tart looks amazing with a tan and it’s a colour that would suit most skin tones.

NARS blush – Gilda

I featured this blush in last month’s June Favourites. I can’t rave about it enough, I feel like this blush is so underrated! It would wear nicely on anyone with warmer skin tones because it’s an orangey coral. It’s especially amazing for oily skin because it’s matte. Shimmer, frost or satin finishes blushes can actually accentuate oiliness, which is not good! It’s very build-able, you can wear a light application for every day or build it up for a night time look. Love it!

NARS larger than life eyeliner – Rue Bonaparte

I’ve also included this product in my June Favourites. I purchased this to wear in my water-line because as opposed to white liner, flesh-toned liners cancel out redness without looking unnatural. Once this pencil sets, it doesn’t move for the entire day. When swimming in salt water, you’re bound to get some of that salt water in your eyes, but you’ll still want to take pictures. This will cancel out the redness in your water or tight-line. It’s perfection! I’m wondering if I should pick it up in other colours.

I brought a black eyeliner on my trip as well but did not end up using it. Black or brown liners are great to have in case you want to add drama to the eyes, without the fuss of dealing with eye shadows in humid conditions. I might have used a cream eye shadow if I had brought one along, too.

Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder

I’m trying to finish up this powder so that I can go back to my talc-free physician’s formula powders. This setting powder is in no way a favourite of mine, but it does the trick. It has pigmentation to it so it gives additional coverage, even when you’re not wearing liquid or cream foundation underneath. Not to mention, a setting or pressed powder will help control oils, that’s very important in the summer or on vacation.

Equate oil blotting sheets

These are lifesavers! They look just like the clean & clear blotting sheets, but these go for about $2 less. It doesn’t remove your make-up, you just need to use it in a blotting motion and you’re good to go. 

Back home, I use it once a day depending on if I’m out for a long enough for my skin to start getting too oily. On vacation, I carried these blotting sheets around at any time I was out of the water in case we decided to take pictures.

Brushes

Lastly, I brought a blending brush for my Vichy foundation, a Quo blush brush to apply Gilda by NARS, and a flat top synthetic brush for the setting powder.

Just a tip – As I mentioned before, I didn’t bother bringing eye shadows. A great alternative to eye shadows is cream shadows because they are easily applied with fingers. Another alternative to eyes shadows is to use your pressed powder or favourite highlight as a brow highlight.

Additionally, you can even use your blush or bronzer as a crease shade. The powder is powder – I used those tricks all the time because they help my make-up look pulled together and keep my life simple.

Make-up isn’t the only thing you need when you are off on vacation.  Here are some other products I reached for while I was in Cuba:

  • Neutrogena naturals Purifying Pore Scrub – a gentle scrub for getting rid of dead cells and keeping my skin lively
  • Moroccan Oil – a cream treatment to wear in my hair while I was on the beach
    tip: before going to the beach, wet your hair and put a deep conditioning treatment in,  wear your hair in a French braid to the beach – this will keep your hair out of the way and keep it hydrated
  • Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment– to put moisture back into my hair after washing, my favourite
  • EOS lip balm – to keep my lips smooth
  • Burt’s Bees lemon butter cuticle cream – to keep my nails and cuticles moisturised
  • Essie fear or desire – favourite bright orange for my toes (I’m still wearing it!)
  • Sunsilk waves of envy – to achieve beach sexy waves in my hair after showering (discontinued)

Let us not forget to protect our skin from sunburn, along with other things. I tweeted a photo of a whole bunch of La Roche-Posay products I purchased for this trip. I suggest waiting for a sale to get a bottle of sunscreen, but don’t stock up without checking the expiration dates!

I use an SPF 60 for the face to protect my skin from sun damage and age spots in the future. I purchased the watery anthelios SPF 45 for children. it actually works for any age and the great thing about it is that because it’s watery, it rubs in quickly. The aerosol bottle with spring water comes as a gift with the SPF 60 sometimes, look out for that.

Lastly, I have a cream to moisturise my skin after sun exposure, called posthelios. Along with my purchase, I got gifted samples of tolerance purifying foaming cream and the tolerance dermo-cleanser, which gently washes the skin and removes make-up.

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