As much as I am focussed on becoming minimalist and try to avoid too much focus on materialism, I do have a soft spot for makeup. I enjoy getting my creativity out by trying new looks, and I like the

Since I began working full-time, one extravagance I have allowed myself is that I have switched over to a few high end makeup brands for my absolute staples. I am no expert, and debate seems to rage about drug store vs high end, but for me they just seem to last much better. Of course, if you don’t want to buy high end, you can always look up ‘dupes’ on YouTube!

Without further ado, here is a peak inside of my makeup bag. Items with an *asterisk are my ultimate must-haves.


I try to go very light on this while on holiday. I think travelling is generally the perfect opportunity to give your skin a rest from heavy foundations and go au natural! I also don’t wear a primer. At home I do use one, because it was expensive, but in all honesty I can’t really tell the difference between when I use it and when I don’t. Is that sacrilege? Maybe, but at any rate, it doesn’t make my travel makeup bag.

*Moisturiser: Aloe Vera Cream

I have dry skin so a moisturiser is an absolute must for me, especially as sometimes I don’t drink enough water while travelling. I wear it every day, even if not wearing any foundation. I am currently using a lovely aloe vera cream that I bought from a spice garden in Sri Lanka, which I love, but before that I used a cheap Sukin moisturiser.


Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape

If you have spent any time on beauty guru channels on YouTube you’re probably familiar with this item. It is just so damn good for covering imperfections. It is a bit of a pain to get it sent to Australia, but worth it for the great coverage and lack of creasing.


Foundation: ????

I am really fickle with my foundation. For ages I used this stupid $95 Bobbi Brown foundation, but then recently I ran out and went back to my $20 Revlon ColorStay and couldn’t decide which I liked better so I’ve given up on that (for $75 I want a noticeable difference!!). Next I am going to try Mac Face and Body instead.


I love a good eye look but I have to admit my skills are not that great. Therefore I like to keep it simple when I’m on holiday.

*Mascara: They’re Real! by Benefit

I actually found this mascara by posting an SOS on my Facebook asking for a mascara that would make my eyelashes fluttery without making me look like a corpse by the end of the day, and this was the most recommended! It certainly hasn’t disappointed – it makes my lashes look great and doesn’t smudge.


Eye palette: Don’t Quit your Day Dream by Tarte

I love this little palette. After I bought this, I bought a couple of others, and I haven’t liked any as much. It’s got really pretty golds and burnt oranges which I love, plus a bonus highlighter.

As a runner up, which is also way cheaper, I really like the bubzbeauty/BH cosmetics “be…” palette. It is cheap and has the prettiest purple shades. However the pigment and staying power is nowhere near as good in my opinion.


A nice pink blush is a must have for me! It’s an immediate way to bring a bit of colour to your face, even if you’re dealing with jetlag/a hangover!

*Blush/Contour: BH Cosmetics Blush Palette

I love this palette. It is lightweight, durable, cheap, and has everything I need for both blush and contour. Perfect!



Highlighter: Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand

Who doesn’t love a good highlighter. I love this one because it is great for travel and can easily be applied straight onto the cheeks without wearing foundation or powder. I could probably go without this and just use the highlighter in the tarte palette, but meh.



Lipstick: Mac Look in a Box: Be Sensational Minis

To be honest, when it comes to lipsticks I usually just grab a selection of colours, since I have a bit of a lipstick addiction. Most recently however, I bought this pack of 5 mini Mac lipsticks. It includes three neutrals as well as a red and brighter pink. So I’ve been bringing this, plus a nice dark vampy plum because I never quite grew out of my high school emo phase!

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