Makeup for a month in Europe

Recently I shared with you the skincare, haircare and fragrances that I took on our fabulous trip so now it is time for my makeup for a month in Europe.

I spent considerable time prior to leaving choosing the products to make the cut, and I am happy to report that every product was used and I didn’t feel I missed anything Smile

The weather was extremely hot in Italy so I needed products that would last well in the heat, but I also needed ones that would work well in the cooler weather of the UK.  As you will see, I took a few options of foundation due to the differences in weather, but other than that all of the others were able to be used in both weather extremes.


Travel foundations

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24Hr Foundation, Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation

As you can see from the photo above, I transferred two of my foundations into smaller travel friendly pots which not only saved me from the horror of a potential broken foundation bottle, but also saved me on valuable luggage space.  I went into more details about these foundations here.


Blushes & illuminator - travel - Europe

Chanel cream blush in Revelation and ELES Mineral powder blush in Coral Sun

Every day I use at least two blushes.  I use a cream blush first and then add an extra ‘pop’ of colour by adding a complementary powder blush over the top.

Deciding which ‘tone’ of blushes to take away was difficult, but I decided to go for more coral tones as I felt this would be the most flattering and ‘safe’ option taking into consideration my wardrobe and the lip colours I would be wearing.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve

As mentioned in the video, I also took away a more neutral blush which has quickly become a favourite – the Max Factor Crème puff blush in 10 Nude Mauve.  It adds just the right amount of colour and works well when layered over both pink, coral and neutral cream blushes.  It reminds me of the coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes.


Concealing - travel post

As I am genetically cursed blessed with dark circles I ALWAYS need a corrector.  My favourite is the Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream.  I have been using this for about 2 years and I am still nowhere near hitting pan.

A new addition to my concealing wardrobe is the Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow. The colour is perfect for me and it adds a little bit of illumination to my undereye area which definitely helps with disguising the dark circles.  If only they could fix the applicator so it was more reliable in the way it dispenses the product.  It is either no product when you turn the applicator, or it is a flood!


Eyes - travel post

The Too Faced Natural Matte eyeshadow palette is one of the best makeup investments I made all year.  The beautiful selection of neutral matte tones complement my blue eyes and the shadows are beautifully creamy and long lasting.  It is my ‘go to’ eye palette both at home and for travel, and would make a great gift for any makeup lover – especially for those who are a little older as matte eyeshadow is often the most flattering.

As mentioned in the video I forgot to show you the cream eyeshadow that I packed.  I decided to forgo a dedicated eye primer, instead choosing to take the Benefit cream eyeshadow in Bikini-tini.  This travel sized beauty was from the Benefit World Famous Neutrals Sexiest Nudes ever kit and was the perfect product to help keep my eyeshadow stay in place all day.

My favourite illuminator is actually the Bourjois little round pot eyeshadow in 08.  I have shared my love for it here as it is always in my travel makeup bag.

Travel makeup - eye products

I couldn’t possibly travel without my favourite Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner as this is my failsafe option both at home and abroad.  I always have at least two new ones in the cupboard so I never run out of it.

The Clarins khol pencil has also been on a couple of holidays with us as it is a beautiful creamy pencil that lasts well and doesn’t irritate my eyes which is especially important when I am tired from travelling.

Benefit Roller Lash

My Shu Uemura eyelash curler is used every day to keep my short eyelashes lifted and curled and along with my Benefit Roller Lash mascara is a failsafe combination.  I was lucky to have a travel sized Benefit Roller Lash so I chose to take that rather than my full size to save on space.


Brows - travel makeup

I don’t leave home without tending to my brows and for this trip I only took 2 products.  The new CROP Natural eyebrow pencil in blonde was a great inclusion as the pencil is creamy, the pigmentation is fabulous and the added brush on the lid makes this the perfect brow product.  All of the CROP products that I have had the pleasure of trying have been fabulous and I will be sharing more of them on the blog soon.

I have made no secret of my love of the Benefit Gimme Brow and you can read about it here.


Travel lip products

Having a large selection of lipsticks is both wonderful and a curse.  I always take far too many lipsticks away with me so this time I really reigned it in.  I only took 4 Smile

The Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip color in Natural Pink is a gorgeous subtle pink that looks more like a nude on me so is perfect when I am looking to achieve a more natural, subtle look.

The BITE Beauty lip crayon in Chablis is a pinky red which has wonderful lasting capabilities and adds a bit of punch to my lips when I need it.  I am definitely hoping to add more BITE Beauty products to my collection as they have fast become a favourite.

Max Factor lip balm in Luscious Red was worn much more often than I anticipated.  It is so easy to apply, leaves the lips looking luscious and moisturised and gives me a pop of red without overwhelming me.  I am still on my L plates with red lipstick so this is a great one to help me ease into it.  It also looks fabulous layered over the BITE Beauty Chablis.

The Elizabeth Arden Matte lipstick in Rose Petal was my choice of matte lipsticks and was a great one to apply first thing in the morning as I knew that it would last until at least lunchtime.  This meant I didn’t worry about reapplying until we stopped for lunch – I loved it.

My travel lip wardrobe

My two lip conditioning products were the Uriage Stick Levres and my old favourite Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream.  These workhorses were in daily use and were invaluable for both Mr SBB and myself.


Having over 50 makeup brushes to choose from means that I have to be selective when I pack for travel.  Only my favourites earn a place and every brush I took was used daily.


My favourite foundation brush is the Sigma F80 as it buffs my foundation in beautifully leaving it looking like it has been airbrushed.  The NUDE by Nature Mineral brush is AMAZING at applying mineral foundation and has been my ‘go to’ for about 2 years.  It is SO soft and is incredible value at only $14.95!

Other favourite Sigma brushes are the F15 blush brush and the E25 buffing brushes for blending eyeshadows into the crease.  I also travelled with a few Real Techniques brushes such as the setting brush and detailer brush (from the Core Collection) a Bobbi Brown crease brush, MAC 202SE brush for laying down my eyeshadow and an eyeliner brush which came with the Maybelline gel eyeliner (it is brilliant for eyeliner, but is even better as a lip brush).


My complete travel bag for a month in Europe

Not much was it?  Especially for a beauty blogger Smile

I was exceptionally pleased with my efforts in being minimal and every single product was used and loved.  At no time did I feel I had left something behind and I will definitely be referring to this post so I can remember everything that I took.

How did I go?  Are any of these your favourites too?  What would makeup would you take for a month in Europe?


    • says

      Thank you Beth. I must say I was pretty proud of myself. I am sure to some it still looks a lot but to a beauty blogger that is practically nothing!