I'm not unhappy about the fact that I'm travelling less than I have over the past few years. Being on the road as frequently as I have been is difficult and absolutely takes a toll. That said, my version of "not travelling very much" is going to be way more than many people travel and way less than other people travel. Typically I am on the road one to two times a month, with a vacation or weekend getaway thrown in periodically.
Because to call my current relationship with makeup an obsession would not be an understatement, I thought you might be interested (in either a wow she's crazypants or wow she's brilliant kind of way) in how I pack beauty-related items when I travel and what I bring with me. I've decided to start with a review of a brush that I've been considering purchasing for a while, the Becca One Perfecting Brush.
(The brush after a single use. I was too impatient to use it to take pictures fresh out of the packaging.)
At $49, I knew that it wasn't exactly cheap, but Becca's claims that it replaces up to ten individual makeup brushes went a long way for me in justifying the cost. I thought that if it did in fact replace all of my individual face brushes it would actually be a very reasonably priced investment as well as a practical tool to bring when I travel. So I bought it. And then I used it. And then I fell in love with a brush (again. shut up).
You would not believe how soft this brush is. And how weirdly shaped.
I had a three day business trip to Las Vegas this week and I decided to take this brush with me as my primary brush for applying face products. On a typical workday, the face products I apply are:
- it Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness
- Cream bronzer
- Cream blush
- Cream highlight
- Under eye setting powder
- Face setting powder
Yep - you read that list correctly. Face products account for 12 individual steps in my daily makeup routine. I totally get that this is a lot of steps, but I find this series of steps ensures me long lasting face makeup that I almost never have to touch up. Layering = KEY, people. KEY. And also? Yes, I totally bring each of these products with me when I travel. I like a routine.
So - does each one of the steps above require its own brush? No, not really. I use my fingers for step 1 and either a Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for steps 2 and 3, but every other step in that 12 step routine has meant a separate brush for me.
Imagine how excited I was to turn this:
(Oh HAI dirty brush - I have been using you like WHOA.)
Yep - I already knew that the Real Techniques sponge was truly amazing, but I have been even MORE impressed with what a high quality product the Becca brush is and just how luxurious it feels to use it. For bronzer it is absolutely outstanding and although it seems like it might be awkward for concealer or for powder, in fact it is incredibly easy to use and I love how it blends my under eye concealer. The brush is just so. soft.
I've read reviews that raved about the fact that you can use this brush (without washing) to apply your cream/liquid products and then your powder products without muddying the individual colors (WITHOUT WASHING) and I'm here to tell you that those reviews were totally accurate. I apply liquid or cream products first and then powder on top and I can do all of those things with this brush and NOT WASH IT between products. I'm not sure how the brush magic works, but it does. It just...does.
If you are someone who travels regularly and would like to consolidate some steps in your beauty regimen (or free up some room in your luggage for things like extra knitting projects) or you just like the idea of a single brush that is truly a workhorse multi-tasker, I can highly recommend the Becca One Perfecting Brush.
(Next up: I'll show you the contents of my travel makeup bag. It may be a lot. Don't judge.)