What's In Naomi's Travel Makeup Bag?

I am both brimming with excitement and envy because my sister is going to Japan for three months on a quest for adventure. I'm a teeny bit frustrated because she's going away for so long and gets to enjoy all the food and culture, while I'm stuck down here in Down Under. We both love Japanese food to the point where it's almost comical, as it's basically our favourite cuisine. We always become so happy when we sink our teeth into sushi, teriyaki tofu or even udon noodles. So, I'm pretty excited that she gets to eat Japanese food every single day. I wish I could do that here - I'd be a very cheerful person. After all, the way to my heart is through my stomach.

I look forward to hearing about Naomi's trip when she comes back, and pictures of all the fun things she did and experienced. I know she will have such an amazing time, and I know she will learn lots of great things while she's there. She's flying out in just over 12 hours, and I'm going to see her off at the airport with Mum, and then I have to head to work on so little sleep. At least I'll only be doing 4 hours of work instead of my usual 8, so I won't be a zombie.

For Naomi's trip, I curated a small selection of makeup from her own supply. Naomi isn't in the least bit as interested in makeup as I am. She prefers to throw on some moisturiser and lip balm and call it a day. I get it, I do, it's a lot of effort, especially when your skin is oily and nothing wants to stay on your face, and there are other things you can do with your time. It is for that reason that I've compiled just the basics for Naomi so that she has something for when she is going somewhere nice. It also needs to be applied quickly and with minimal effort so that she's not faffing around with a bunch of products and brushes.

While Naomi likes to be mindful of animal testing and often opts for products that are cruelty-free, her general focus is to be as affordable as possible while still achieving a certain type of effect with a product. She doesn't like wearing makeup that much, so it doesn't make sense for her to spend so much on something that she'd only wear a few times a year. It is for this reason that you will find some brands owned by testing parent companies. 

For her base, we hunted down a BB Cream, because her foundations were a bit difficult to work with, as some were either a little too dark or a little too light, and most often she would mix her regular one with moisturiser. That was too much effort, so a BB Cream was the best idea for her. In the end, we went with NYX BB Cream because they were oil-free and SPF-free (Naomi is allergic to certain SPF products), and the coverage was decent. The shade she picked, Nude, is still a tiny bit lighter than her skin tone, but she has the e.l.f. Essential Bronzer in Sun Kissed to give her face a bit of depth, as the essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder would make her appear a little flat. Naomi often has a bit of redness, especially around her nose, so she has a tube of LA Girl HD Pro Conceal in green to help correct it.

Naomi and I agreed that wasting time on eyeshadow and eyeliner was counter-productive during her trip, especially because she has oily and hooded lids and she didn't have a good eyeshadow primer. We omitted those products from her bag, but we included the Maybelline Great Lash mascara and the Milani Easybrow Pencil in Dark Brown that I passed on to her. She is also bringing two lipsticks, a sheer terracotta-pink nude from Ulta3 and an opaque berry from BYS.

I think this is a pretty good kit to bring overseas if one doesn't wear makeup or hates putting a lot of effort into their appearance, especially when only a few products are needed to look polished and alert. Naomi is trying to limit the amount of stuff that she brings with her, and so she's happy with the little space the makeup takes up. I can understand her feelings because when I visited Japan for a week last year, I brought way too much makeup and most of them went unused.

I like to think that if I were to go overseas again, I would be more like Naomi when it comes to my travel makeup bag. Then again, maybe not, because I really like putting that much effort into my appearance. Looking at my old post, I think I would have skipped or replaced quite a few products, especially ones that didn't really work for me. I would also have gone with a multitasking palette, like theBalm Voyage, because it contains a generous and versatile set of eyeshadows, a pair of blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter, as well as lipsticks that can also be used as a cheek stain.

What are your travel must-haves? Do you ever pack more than you ever needed for a trip?


My On-The-Go Makeup Bag Edit #4

I actually had this post written up before, and somehow Blogger ended up publishing it before it was even close to being ready. I reverted the post back to a draft, but that deleted the entire contents of this post so I had to write it again. I'm not having a very good go of things the past week or two, especially when it comes to this blog. I'm not sure if anyone noticed, but the blog was down for several hours yesterday because I was having trouble trying to renew my domain for another year. I had Sean call them a few times to get things sorted, and when we were assured that it would be renewed within a few days and that the blog wouldn't be taken down, we breathed a sigh of relief.

Only to find it had disappeared a day or so later.

30 Thoughts I've Had Since Getting A Pixie Cut

Holy shit, it's my 200th post and I should have come up with something a bit more exciting to commemorate the event, but instead I came up with this. I've spent all day cleaning the house from top to bottom, because there should be a house inspection sometime this week, and since I'll be busy until Friday, I didn't want to leave it up to chance. As of 4:30 pm, my place is pretty f**king clean and I'm wrecked! Luckily I already had this written and organised, so I don't have to put a lot of effort into this post before uploading it. I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure I've told you guys that I'm one of the laziest people on this planet.

How many of us have gotten a short haircut at some point in our lifetimes? I can count on one hand the number of times I had my hair cut shorter than my chin, and only one of them was one so short it was a boyish crop. This was in April last year.

Cult Products and Whether They're Worth The Hype

While looking at my makeup collection over the past week, I realised that I actually have a lot of products that are from the higher-end of the spectrum, and a lot of them have a cult following. Most of them were gifts from my dear friend, Cat, who keeps spoiling me whenever we send each other care packages. I've rarely bought anything for myself that costs too much to justify the purchase, so it's always a wonder when I open my drawer and I find Too Faced (from before they were bought out by Estée Lauder) among the Milani and the Wet 'n' Wilds. My breath catches in my chest whenever I spy my little Mary-Lou in the drawer, and I get a little too excited when I open up my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

If you were to tell me two years ago, before I started wearing makeup again, that I would come to possess a few high-end brands, I would have scoffed in your face. Back then, I wasn't interested in more than a few basics from the cheapest cruelty-free brands possible, as I wasn't in the best place financially and I didn't think it mattered if I only owned a mascara and a red lipstick. I don't know how, and I don't know when, but somewhere along the line, I ended up unleashing a monster.

Barry M Showgirl Extra Lengthening Mascara Review

It is not a lie that I have tried many, many mascaras. I've tried a lot of drugstore brands, as well as one higher-end option, the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. My eyelashes are naturally curly, dense and lengthy enough to look fine on their own, but they're somewhat thin, which makes them appear shorter than they actually are. A good lashing of mascara opens my eyes up and makes me look alert and brings attention to them, which I am told is my best feature.

What I look for in a mascara are some length and some volume, but nothing heavy, clumpy or thick. I like something that individually coats each lash and separates them. This is why I pick mascaras with plastic/rubber bristles rather than a fibre spoolie. I also look for thinner formulas that don't coat my lashes too thickly, weigh them down or clump them together. I know, I'm rather specific when it comes to mascaras, and to date I have only found a couple that fit the bill, even if they're not Mr Right.

My On-The-Go Makeup Bag Edit #3

Here I am, writing the third edit to this makeup bag series, and I can't help but wonder if I should be calling it ' What's in My Makeup Bag?' instead. I've woken up earlier than is humanely acceptable or planned, once at 4 am, for work, so I've had time to do my makeup at home. I bring my mascara and lipstick of the day with me to apply on the way to work, but everything else was applied before I left.

4 Australian Brands I Really Love

I think I mention a lot of Australian brands on this blog, and it comes as a surprise to me every time I think about how many I support. I do try to support local businesses wherever I can, but I don't make it a huge part of my decisions when it comes to shopping. I love international brands just as much as the next makeup fanatic, but it's not always practical to get them when something gets in the way.

The exchange rate from USD to AUD, for one, is ridiculous these days, and as a result, I really limit my online spending unless there's a massive sale and the shipping rate is cheap. GBP to AUD isn't too bad, but it's still steep when you're trying to budget, and the postage from the UK usually costs a lot. Two, waiting for the mail to arrive is a bit of a pain in the arse, especially when tracking wasn't offered and you're paranoid that someone will steal the mail right from your doorstep. Thirdly, Australian drugstores and department stores do not stock all of the brands that I know and love, such as Milani, Wet 'n' Wild, Makeup Revolution (and their sister brands) and most of e.l.f., and so I need to look for alternatives. Especially when it comes to foundations and concealers.

This is where locally-owned brands come into the equation. They're easy to find, affordable and a lot of them are cruelty-free, which is a big plus in my books. Many of them are found at Priceline, my favourite drugstore, while some others can be sourced from Big W, Kmart, Myer and Target. I have some firm favourites and they're always the ones I look to on a regular basis when I need something quickly.

Freedom Makeup London Brow Pomade Review

Or, as I like to call it, The Bromade! Like, bro, do my brows! Lame? Probably. Do I care? No.

I added this bromade, in the shade Ash Brown, to my cart late last year for my birthday. I wanted something quick and easy to use to do my eyebrows, with a colour that matched them exactly. I had the Milani Easybrow Pencil, and the colour was a bit too red, whereas my brows are more grey aka cool-toned.

Just before I made my order on TAM Beauty, Makeup Revolution released their own line of brow pomades. However, there were barely any reviews or swatches on them, so I couldn't choose a colour. I went for Freedom, because it was somewhat cheaper, and I could find the swatches easily and figure out which one was my colour. I don't know if the ingredients are exactly the same because I couldn't find them listed under the Makeup Revolution ones.