I mentioned that I recently had a four day/three night business trip to Las Vegas. When I travel for work, I'm often attending a tradeshow or conference during the day and then entertaining clients or prospects in the evening. When I travel to my corporate office, I'm working all day, meeting with a lot of people and then typically going out with co-workers in the evening. For conference/tradeshow travel, I have some specific goals for my makeup:
- It must be long lasting. I don't often have an opportunity to touch up during the day and I don't want to worry that I'm looking oily, that my foundation has worn off or that my eyeshadow has creased.
- It must be versatile. Palettes should include options for day to night that don't require that I take off my makeup before transitioning from day to evening activities.
- I must have options. I can't plan my makeup with the same efficiency that I plan my clothes for a trip. When I'm packing my makeup I just don't know what lipstick that I will want three days hence as I'm getting ready for dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris.
- As much as possible, options should be travel friendly. This is one of the main reasons I love the sets that come out around the holidays. It gives me the ability to take more versions of products I love in travel friendly sizes.
- It should feel luxurious. This doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be high end versus drugstore, but when I'm on the road, I bring the things with me that will make me happiest. I want the foundation I love best, the blush I think is most flattering, the eye shadows that are buttery and blend beautifully. You might argue that the risks of bringing luxurious, sometimes expensive products with me on a trip are too high, but it works for me.
So, what did I bring with me for my trip to Las Vegas? Let's take a look at the face products first:
Clockwise, left to right:
- Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. I love this powder in both its loose and pressed versions. I take the pressed version with me when I travel. It sets my foundation without adding any additional color coverage and keeps my skin looking fresh all day.
- Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Promise. There is simply nothing as awesome as Illamasqua cream blushers. They are beautifully pigmented, apply like a dream, and give a beautiful flush to the skin.
- Kevin Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Best highlight ever. It doesn't look like much in the pan, but added to the cheeks it is a sophisticated and beautiful highlight.
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation. I have been using this foundation almost exclusively since I purchased it and I LOVE trying new foundations. I love the coverage this gives (medium, buildable) and the way this feels and smells on the skin.
- Guerlain Healthy Glow Powder in Crazy Terracotta. It's Guerlain. It's luxury in a gorgeous package and is an amazing finishing powder.
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness. I do have issues with redness on my cheeks and this does an amazing job of neutralizing that redness.
- Kevin Aucoin The Creamy Glow cream blusher in Liquifuschia. I never used this while I was in Las Vegas. I do really like it, but the Illamasqua just did the trick for me every day and evening.
- Tarte Amazonian clay creamy powder bronzer in globe trekker. This says it is a creamy, powder bronzer, but truly it is a cream bronzer. The color is perfect on me - it's a light brown/bronzy color with slightly orange undertones.
- MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Sun Dipped (LE from the Temperature Rising collection). I have to make myself NOT use this and use other things in my collection because it is simply perfect. And also limited edition. I understand that MAC re-promotes this periodically, and I'll buy backups when/if this ever gets re-released.
I can't really tell you which of these products are the stand outs: they're ALL stand out products, which is exactly what I want from the makeup and beauty products I bring when I travel. I can highly recommend each and every one of the products above.
Now let's talk about the eye shadows I brought with me:
Clockwise, left to right, starting with the bottom left:
- bareMinerals Ready Eye shadow 2.0 in The Top Shelf. I've only recently started to use the bareMinerals Ready eye shadows and I've been impressed with their quality. I purchased a quad a long time ago and I never wore it and thought I didn't like it. In fact, what I didn't like was the colors - it was too pinky/purple a quad for me. The formula for these shadows is lovely and now that I've purchased shades that I enjoy, I'll be branching out into more bareMinerals products.
- Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Palette in #2. Maybe you're not surprised by this, but I was blown away by the quality of the product and packaging in the newly launched Japonesque makeup line. I've always thought of them as a drugstore brush brand, and when I heard they were launching a cosmetics line I was really underwhelmed. Last week at Ulta I swatched this palette and was amazed at the quality. The taupe color in the bottom left of the quad is particularly impressive for its formula, pigmentation and the beautiful shen it gives to the lid.
- Le Metier de Beaute Eye Shadow and Blush Palette in Castaway. If you noticed that I didn't have a lot of blushes in the previous section, it's because I used the blushes in this palette instead. I can't say enough about this palette. The eye shadows are gorgeous, the blushes are gorgeous. There is absolutely nothing about this I don't love. It's simply amazing.
- Chanel Eye shadow palette in Charming. I picked this palette up last November and I've never regretted it. It's a gorgeous, incredibly wearable palette and easy to use to create a complete day or night look. I love the second color on the left as a transition color or all over the lid and the middle color is absolutely gorgeous for the evening.
- Make Up For Ever Eye Shadow in #76. Also a great transition color. I find myself reaching for this over and over again.
- L'Oreal Infallable Eye Shadow in Amber Rush. If you've heard of the Infallable eye shadows then you've heard about Amber Rush. It's a gorgeous rose gold shimmer shade and perfect for warming up the outer third of the eye (or really - it's gorgeous wherever you put it.)
- MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadow in A Natural Flirt (LE from the Magnetic Nude collection). This has almost a duo chrome effect, as many of the MAC Extra Dimension eye shadows do. I love this in the center of the lid to brighten up a matte, neutral look.
- MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. I love the MAC Paint Pots (I may own...a lot of them) and Soft Ochre has become my go to as a cream shadow base. I have yellow undertones and so using this (as opposed to Painterly) really ensures that the colors go on true to pan for me rather than pulling pink.
So there you have the face and eye products I brought with me to Las Vegas. I know I didn't cover lipsticks, but people, that would have just gotten nuts (I may have done a bad job being reasonable about the number of lipsticks and lipglosses I could wear in three days. Maybe.) I realize it must seem like a lot (okay, who am I kidding - it IS a lot) but I used everything but that Kevin Aucoin blusher and loved putting my makeup on each morning because I loved everything I had to choose from. In terms of stand outs - that Le Metier palette is simply incredibly and so versatile, but there were no duds in what I brought and I really feel like I met my goals for what I bring with me when I travel. (This is not always the case. Sometimes it's like my brain falls out of my head and the only thing I pack are things that do not go together in any kind of universe I am familiar with.)