What I'm Packing for Travel



I'll be in Europe for two weeks, and unlike past trips I've decided not to take half my collection! This is pared down from what I would usually bring, but I know I'll be picking up a lot of souvenirs along the way (and doing some shopping for local cosmetics) so I wanted to pack light. Note the cream blushes and liquid eyeshadows - I won't need to pack blush or eyeshadow brushes. My skincare for the trip will be a ragtag collection of samples, not worth cataloging - same with my fragrances (travel is a great time to take some chances and work through all those sample vials that have been piling up!).

What's On My Face Today

I'm not sure I've ever even owned a product from Pixi before now, but I found a few on sale at Target last weekend so I decided to give them a try. I'm so glad I did!

  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream in 01 Light
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Pixi Multibalm in Watermelon Veil: I love this so much, it's actually making the cut for my trip to Europe next week. The formula is very easy to blend. The color is perfect for pale skin - it gives me a soft, rosy flush. I also like the applicator shape - it deposits just the right amount of product and gives you plenty of control over where the blush sits on your cheeks. (I always liked the formula of Tarte's Cheek Stain, but found the applicator to be too wide, so the product kind of went all over the place.)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara in Black
  • Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Fix Brow Gel in 2
  • Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Rose Gold: This product is very similar to Stila Glitter & Glow (and Pixi's 'Rose Gold' reminds me of Stila's 'Enchantress'). It's probably a little too much shimmer for a day out running errands, but other than that I have no complaints. It applied and blended easily and lasted just as long as any of the Stila glitter eye products I've used.
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Radiant Rose: This was the only Pixi product I bought that was not a clear winner. It's fine - the shade looks natural and works well with the cheek color, it's just a little drying. It's still worth it for the price, but I wear it with a bit of lip balm underneath.
  • Today's fragrance: Le Labo Lys 41: I got this as a sample. It's a little spicy for my tastes, but I did get some compliments while I was out shopping yesterday. At the time I was feeling a little sweaty and not sure that I actually smelled all that great, so it's good to know just the opposite was true!

What's On My Face Today

  • MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation in N18: I'm still trying out foundations for my trip next month. I've got just one more to go, then I'll do an overview with my findings. So far this is the clear winner. The shade is a great match for me, the formula has good, buildable coverage that doesn't feel at all heavy, and it does what it says it will - stays put on my face all day long, through a work day and a little time outside in the summer heat.
  • Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder in Mousseline Pastel
  • Snow White "With a Smile and a Song" Cream Blush by Besame Cosmetics: I got this last year at the D23 Expo in Anaheim. D23 is a big Disney fan convention, great for cosplay but not the kind of place I'd expect to find cosmetics. This was part of a limited edition set, although it looks like the blush is still available online at the Disney store. It's bright in the pan, but goes on as a cheerful flush and blends better than any other cream blush I have.
  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (eyelid primer)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara in Black
  • Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 3
  • Sephora Lipstories Lipstick in Popsicle Lips: This is my favorite from the #Lipstories collection. It's just the right cool shade of red for my pale complexion, and it's got some lasting power. It's a satin finish, so it's not drying. I get about six hours of wear out of it, more if I don't put lip balm underneath (although I do still have to touch up when I eat/drink).
  • Today's fragrance: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic: My favorite refreshing citrus for summer!