23 Jan 2013

What's in my Travel Bag: Birthday Weekend Edition

As some of you may know it was my 21st birthday on the 17th January (last Thursday) and to celebrate I stayed over my boyfriend's house as well as a night at Hilton Hotel in the city. Over the weekend I had two birthday dinners, drinks with friends to celebrate my birthday and breakfast with other friends the next day. It was a very eventful weekend indeed which meant I needed to bring the right make-up to suit all occasions. So without further ado here are the make-up products I took with me over the weekend. 

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Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powder: This is one of my favourite bronzing/contouring powders so it was a no brainer that I needed to bring this along with me.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun: Because it is summer and the sun has been blazing more frequently than not, my body has become much more tanner than my face (which is quite white compared to my body at the moment) leaving my foundation slightly lighter than my tanned body. This is where the MAC MSF steps in and saves the day. This gives me my face a lovely glow whilst also deepening my complexion to match my body. 

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NARS Creme Blush in Enchanted: This is the newest edition into my make-up collection. Although this is a blush I bought it to use as a highlighter, and because I haven't had a lot of time to test it out so I thought I would experiment with it over the weekend. This turned out to be quite a lovely addition to a completed face of make-up.

MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Breezy: I'm not quite sure why I decided to choose this dark plum blush that is usually more suited to the winter season, but I don't regret this choice at all. With a light hand, this gives the cheeks the perfect flush of colour.

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Barcelona: I love this foundation - it's great for everyday use when applied with just your fingers or for special occasions when buffed into the skin using a flat top kabuki from Sigma or the Real Techniques buffing brush. Great coverage as well. 

Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme in Oriental Doll: This concealer doesn't mess around - it has great coverage and doesn't make you look 'cakey' what so ever. 

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MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork: I used this as my eyeshadow primer for both nights and of course it worked amazingly. No creases and the shadows were more pigmented.

MAC Fluid Line in Blacktrack: My favourite gel liner of all time, enough said.

Stila Brow Set in Dark: The lighter shade is perfect for day-time wear and the darker shade looks excellent when you're wearing eyeshadows and what not as it perfectly frames your face. 

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Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm: This is without a doubt my savior. Not only does it combat my horrid chapped lips, but it does it in style by providing a wash of pink for your lips.

Benefit They're Real Mascara: After receiving this in the las Lust Have It box I have been using it everyday! It has replaced my Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara!

Milani Liquifeye Liner: This glides on like a dream and doesn't smudge. What else do you want from an eye liner?!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: This primer makes your skin feel like a perfect blank canvas ready to be used. It fills in your pores as well as making your skin foundation ready. Oh and it also makes your foundation last throughout the whole night.

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NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Candy Land: 

Revlon SuperLustrous Lipstick in Primrose: 

I wasn't sure whether I wanted something extremely bright and noticeable or a light wash of colour. That's why I choose to bring this NYX lip cream and Revlon Lipstick. Both of these came in handy on different nights.

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Urban Decay Nake 2 Palette: You can never go wrong with neutrals especially if they're from UD. I was tossing up between Naked 2 and the Stila In The Light Palette, but ended up choose Naked 2 as they're more shades to choose from. 

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And lastly the brushes - I won't go into too much detail as it will take forever so I'll just quickly list them:

Ihana Angled Liner
Sigma Blending E25
Sigma Pencil E30
MAC 263
Royal & Langnickel Angled Eye Shader BE15
Royal & Langnickel Crease BE17
Royal & Langnickel Lash Brush BE09
Royal & Langnickel Eye Shader MD BE06
Sigma Large Angled Contour F40
Real Techniques Buffing Brush
Real Techqiues Contour Brush
ELF Powder Brush

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I forgot to take a photo of the false lashes and eyelash glue I took with me as well on this little trip. But they were the Ardell Lash Grip Adhesive and the Model 21 Lashes in No.18.

I hope you liked this quick post - my birthday presents haul will be coming up very soon! 



  1. Happy (belated) Birthday! Wow it sounds like you had a blast! And you packed exceedingly well, given the number of different events you had going! I've got the Bourjois Delice de Poudre but can't decide if I like it enough to keep it in my stash! Glad to know you like it- it sways me! I must get around to purchasing a Naked palette! I've been putting it off for too long!

  2. That's a lot to be honest. Happy birthday :)

  3. Always wanted to try the Nars Foundation, i'm going to pick up a sample next time I'm in Selfridges, happy birthday!


  4. I thought that bourjois is a chocolate,, I was wrong,, that was a bronzer :D

  5. Very nice bag :) happy birthday lovely! I really must try that thin lizzy concealer, everyone seems to love the stuff!

  6. Lovely! Just bought some Real Techniques brushes and using them all the time. :)Happy Birthday xx

  7. the real technique brushes seem so nice and dense! and the smashbox primer is defs worth trying out on my hands when i go makeup browsing!
    love reading these whats in my ____ tags :P
    great post :)


  8. Damn woman, happy belated birthday! You must've had a lot of fun; hope your boyfriend spoiled you like crazy.

  9. I have that Revlon lipstick too! :)


  10. At first I didn't understand why you took chocolate in your bag. Cause the bourjois bronzer

  11. Happy belated birthday!! I also turn 21 this year and am so excited! Although I probably wont celebrate it much, this post would be very handy. I love revlon primrose lipstick and also hoping to buy the nars foundation! :D

  12. Aww happy birthday lovely :) Love your brush and Nars stuff.
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  13. Almost all these products are in my wishlist ! Hehe ;)

  14. It was my 18th Sunday and we got snowed in, I love the UD palette and the bourgeois bronzer

  15. Happy belated bday! (^^) And that's a lot you have there :0

  16. Happy birthday! I love the look of everything you packed, the lip products in particular caught my eye. Lovely choices.

  17. Happy birthday dawn...
    your stuff so adorable, I like your brush stuff and UD palette..:)

  18. Sounds like you've been having fun! :)
    Nice post!

  19. Hope you had amazing birthday! Hope your stay at the Hilton was awesome too!! xxxx

  20. Happy Birthday Dawn!! >w<
    Hehe, sounds like you had a really good time!
    Love all the products you brought with you! ^^


  21. love your selection hope 2 see your all collection of makeup

  22. Great post, that is a nice amount of makeup for traveling, I always have to bring multiple shades "just in case" so it's always hard for me to downsize! I love the look of enchanted so hard! x

  23. a lot))) All the beautiful and appropriate)

  24. WOW so many beauty tools hahaha
    Happy birthday!

  25. Happy birthday! your birthday is one day after mines!.=D
    Check out my blog http://butterfliesdaisys.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. Happy belated birthday! A girl can never have too many beauty products! :) I've been aiming in having Urban Decay Nake 2 Palette :) The shades are just perfect for me.

  27. Happy belated birthday!
    That's a lot of stuffs :D

  28. Happy belated birthday to you Dawn :) Hope you had a fantastic time! You packed some excellent products that I'm sure served you well. They're Real is a great mascara and I adore Naked2.

  29. sounds nice :b i love the naked 2

  30. Very good selection! You could do amazing looks with them.

  31. I love the bronzer bourjois it likes chocolat :)

  32. Happy Birthday! Love the Revlon Primrose. ;)

  33. Belated Happy Birthday again love! sounds like you had a blast spending it with your bf and friends :) I can never travel without taking any of the Naked palettes with me, especially the Bourjois bronzer! xo

  34. Happy belated birthday, beautiful!! It's really fun to see the assortment of products you brought along with you... the MAC blush looks like a really unique color!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

  35. I love everything in your travel bag!

  36. you have such a lovely make-up collection! xxx

  37. I don't know what I would do without my naked 2 Palette xx


  38. Love your selection! Happy Bday*

  39. i love this : NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Candy Land and UD Naked 2 Pallete :)

  40. i love your naked pallete sooo much ^^
    pls follow me on GFC too if u dont mind... of c im following you :)


  41. so nice... you must do a make-up tutorials using these make-ups ^_^ i like it ^_^

  42. thats fantastic i love the real technique brushes

  43. I love these sort "what's in my travel makeup bag" posts. I hate packing for traveling, I always take too much!

  44. I want most of these things :c especially the Naked 2 palette!

  45. So many great products! Good choices :) Hope you had a lovely birthday! xx

  46. You have some great products in here!

  47. Love your things. The Real Technique Brushes are great, as well as the elf brush.

  48. I love almost all of them! I really want to try the Real Techniques brushes soon!

    Greetings from Shirayuki's Beauty.

  49. Ahh that Nars cream blush is now on my wishlist! I would also love some mac paint pots, groundwork looks perfect for every-day!

  50. wow amazing haul// especially the UD Pallete..!

  51. That's a lot of items to take along! Happy Belated Birthday. Hope you had a great one.


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