I actually carry an entire department store with me when I travel. It is important to be prepared for a variety of occasions, potential wardrobe malfunctions and weather disasters. I am currently visiting family in London for the holidays and while going through the airport, I am constantly amazed at how much I over-pack, especially compared to Europeans. I actually applauded myself before I left for bringing only a 40-pound bag for 3 weeks (the suitcase itself must be at least half of that… right?). My enormous suitcase is always tagged “heavy” in airports and has never fit inside a European car comfortably (where is a gas guzzling American sized car when you need one?). Looking back, I realize that maybe I didn’t need 8 cashmere sweaters or 10 cocktail dresses and those suede heels are completely inappropriate for rainy England (I wore them once and spent an entire afternoon with a suede brush trying to revive them.) Of course, everything seemed completely necessary when I was at home.
As much as I over-packed my clothing, my products are even more of a disaster. I think that half of my suitcase is filled with lotions, potions and instruments that guarantee a frizz-less, spot-less, beautiful trip. I was thus inspired to narrow down my beauty supplies to the bare minimum for a high maintenance girl.
What exactly can I not live without?
To start, I dumped all of my products across my cousin’s bathroom countertop. I pulled out the necessities: Moisturizer, Cetaphil cleanser and make up remover. This was the easy part. Next up: make up. Blessed with fairly easy skin, all I really need is my BareMinerals Matte Foundation in Light and BareMinerals All-Over-Face Color Blush in Warmth, which I use as blush for a hint of a glow (you would never know I spent my winter in England.)
For my eyes I rely on my Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow compact in Enigma. 4 purple-esque tones, an applicator and a mirror and this compact defines glamour to go. The light shades are great for day and the dark are perfect for evening. A little Guerlain Eyeliner in Noir Ébèene and Bourjois Paris “Volume Clubbing” Mascara in Ultra Black complete the look. I realize the name of the mascara is crazy, but it is the best. I always stock up while in Europe.
The rest of my makeup is easy. For my lips I use my Tarte Lip Stain Pencil in Lust which provides a hint of color during the day and at night I use DuWop Lipstick in Private Red. Isn’t this all you would really need for a few weeks? I also must have a fragrance, Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne is a hint of spring and in a 50 ml bottle allowed in a carry on suitcase.
My goal for next year? To fit it all in a carry-on bag. As if that is going to happen.