05 June 2014

Suzy Goes Home! Part I: Makeup

Excuse the overexcited headline, but tomorrow morning I am flying home to Cape Town to go visit my family. I haven't been there since literally the first day of this year, so I am very excited!

I love planning and packing for trips. As a compulsive list maker I think that's a big part of the excitement for me. I thought I'd share my excitement with you and give the next two posts on Suzy Q-tip a local travel theme. Today I will be showing you what's in my travel makeup bag, and on Monday what's in my travel skincare (and body care) bag. 

Right, onto the travel makeup bag. As this was the first time in months that I actually got to pack a travel makeup bag, I was a bit stumped at first as to what to take and what to leave. I've been using such a lot of amazing products that it was difficult to narrow it down to a reasonable number of products. Knowing myself, I might still take something out and include yet another lipstick or lipgloss, but let's just say the below picture is everything I'm taking with me.

Face, cheeks, and lips

For priming purposes I am only packing my teeny tiny Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer because 1) it is the smallest bottle/tub of primer that I own, and 2) I probably won't need to use primer in the first place seeing as I am not taking a foundation.

Which brings me to my BB cream and CC cream. I love the Garnier Pure Active BB Cream in "Light" (which I talked about here) as it is so easy to apply and to blend in. I love the smell and I love the fact that it contains 2% salicylic acid to keep blemishes at bay. For days when I might need something to hide red cheeks and a very red nose, the Bourjois CC cream in Shade 32 "Fair" will come in handy. Normally CC creams don't offer much coverage, but I was really surprised by the amount of coverage of this one! It's still light and very blendable, but it really helps in covering redness (which is one of my main concerns).

To set my BB and CC creams, I use my beloved essence all about matt! loose powder. Loose powder is a biatch to travel with, and I can already see me being covered in fine white powder when I open it in Cape Town, but I'm willing to let that happen because the powder is that good! It's very finely milled and sets concealer and makeup without ever looking cakey.

For cheeks I packed in the newest addition to my blush collection: the Catrice Gradation (ombre) powder blush in "Waterloo sunrise" from their Crème Fresh collection. It's soft and very pigmented, and I love the packaging! Since buying this over a week ago, it's all I've been using on my cheeks. I also packed the Benefit Posie Tint which can be used on cheeks as well as on lips. It's a bright pink liquid blush that buffs out into a lovely sheer flush on the cheeks. On the lips it is quite sheer, but looks very nice and natural.

I also decided to take along my Topshop Glow Stick in "Play up" that I spoke about here. The shape and size makes it very convenient to travel with, and it adds a lovely golden glow to the skin.

For lips I am taking three lipsticks: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in "Berry smoothie", MAC lipstick in "Syrup", and L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain in "Juliette". Berry smoothie is a rich lip butter in a perfect "my lips but better" colour. The same goes for my trusty MAC Syrup. Juliette is a vibrant red, but when applied to the lips it leaves a gorgeous darkish red stain that's bold, but not as in your face as something like Stila's Liquid Lipstick in "Beso".

Brush-wise I unfortunately can't pack very light. You need what you need. For my BB and CC creams I packed in my Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki which is an amazing brush (you can read about it here). For patting on concealer and powder in small areas, I'll use the Real Techniques Contour brush (part of the Core Collection). I also packed my Real Techniques powder and blush brushes.

Eyebrows and eyes

Packing for eyes are normally my favourite and least favourite activity. Favourite because there are so many different palettes and single shadows to choose from, but also my least favourite because there are so many different palettes and single shadows to choose from...

In the end I decided to go with a few beauty staples and then I just had to decide on the shadows. I packed the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in "Eden" for my eyelids, the Bourjois CC eye cream for the under eye area, and the Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in "Taupe" for my eyebrows (you can read about it here). I also packed the Smashbox eyeshadow trio in "Filter" as it contains three stunning and neutral matt shades. I finally found a Rimmel Shadow Paint in "Rich Russet" so that is definitely coming along! I absolutely adore it. It has a doe foot applicator and you literally paint the liquid eyeshadow on and then blend it out with your finger or a brush. The Sleek i-Divine eyeshadow palette in "Storm" also made its way into my makeup bag. It's a sturdy palette, contains 12 beautiful shadows, and I really don't use it often enough. You can see all the pretty colours here.

For lashes I packed the L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara. I didn't want to buy it as I really have enough mascaras, but I am definitely not disappointed. I love the packaging and the weird bendy brush, but most of all I love the way the mascara defines and coats my lashes in brilliant black.

Brush-wise I am taking my Cala eyeshadow brush travel kit. It comes in a cute cloth bag with a velcro strip and houses five fluffy brushes. From a slanted eyeliner brush, to a base shadow brush, to a fluffy blending brush, this little kit has it all.

There you have it, ladies! Quite a long post for a four day makeup bag, eh? Thanks for reading and I'd love to know what you think about my products in the comments section. Stop by on Monday for the rest of my packing adventure!

Until next time!



  1. Now I have to try the CC cream!! :) Love Ms Manga too. Enjoy your trip x

    1. I was really impressed by both! Thanks for stopping by. I def plan on enjoying my trip! :D x