what's in my travel makeup bag: christmas vacation

My makeup bag was packed pretty light this go around. Being home for the holidays is normally low key for my family, although Christmas Eve and Christmas day are both a bit of a marathon for Brandon and me—we are constantly going back and forth from his parents' house to my parents', to their church and then to mine, getting here and there by a certain time... PHEW! It's a lot, but so great to be able to see both families within a 30 minute car ride. I digress. Back to the makeup.

So this is what I packed this year. Since switching to safer, I've had a lot of fun trying out various non-toxic products, like this bareMinerals ready blush in the natural high. It's a gorgeous golden peach–a lot like NARS Orgasm, but more pigmented. 

The bronzer/highlighter you're seeing below is by Honest Beauty. It's the luminizing powder in dawn reflection. I like it a lot and think you probably would too if you have olive undertones in your skin like me. It doesn't give me a super bronzy look, but it gives me a very subtle "back from vacation" glow that I like.  I like layering it over my Beautycounter matte bronzer #1, but I forgot that this time.

Above, the Beautycounter lip sheer in plum. It's kind of my favorite for a dark, cold weather look (even though it is 80 degrees now, ew!). I wore it in this video

That brush is the retractable complexion coverage brush. The tint skin foundation should never be applied without it, I promise you that. I like that it collapses and has a lid, so it keeps things nice & tidy in my bag.  I actually took along two tint skin foundations, even though there's only one pictured. I am mostly the linen shade, but I've been mixing in a little of the sand shade, too. I don't mind having two foundations because it allows me to completely customize the perfect shade each day. 

In the top corner above, you can kind of see the Tarte smooth operator finishing powder. I've loved it for years and was so happy to learn that it's nontoxic. And lastly, the Beautycounter color outline pencil in violet. It's gorgeous. 

I put all of this in one of my jet set bags. They come in a set of three and they're beautiful with a white exterior, black & white striped inside, and gold hardware. I was worried about the white bags with cosmetics that are inevitably messy no matter how hard you try, but the material is completely wipeable. 

Not pictured is a random assortment of brushes and whatever mascara happened to be in my purse. For whatever reason, I cannot put it on with the rest of my makeup, but have to do it once I get in the car. It's a weird habit. I'm still looking for a good non-toxic mascara, by the way. (Beautycounter is still working on it!) In the mean time, I've been using the W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara, which is pretty dog gone good. When I need more drama, I've been using the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. It isn't listed in the skin deep database, but I dissected the ingredients and it only has a couple rated as a 3 in the database and everything else is a 1 or 2. So overall, it's ok for me personally until I can find a completely safe option that I am in love with. (I told y'all I will only switch when I find a winning, nontoxic alternative!)


  1. I am a big fan of Tarte's mascara! It's a 3-4 on the database.

  2. That Tarte finishing powder is my newest holy grail product! Have you tried it in pressed powder form? I wonder if it's just as good.

    Elena - www.ambinityblog.com

  3. I have tried the pressed version and it's not as good. :( It's great to keep in your bag for touching up throughout the day, but as an overall face powder, it just doesn't deposit enough product onto the brush in my opinion!


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