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Makeup Monday: My Must Haves for Vacation

Does it surprise you that I classify myself as a serial over-packer? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Funny enough, my absolute least favorite part of traveling is the packing/unpacking (though I think that’s true for most of humanity). Yet somehow, I always end up with half of my worldly belongings in tow for a 4-night stay out of town. Anybody else?

Zach and I are currently in the Cayman Islands on vacation, and I made a vow to myself to pack only the necessities. Turns out, it’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to beauty products. Like, what do you mean my 87 eyeshadow palettes don’t qualify as necessities!? Anyways, the products below are what made the cut this trip, and I’m really happy with the looks I’ve been able to create with them so far. MVPs are definitely this highlighting wand (perfect for a beachy glow), this CC cream with SPF, and this mascara I’ve been loving lately (only $11!).

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC CREAM // A moisturizer to prep your skin for makeup! Gives you dewy, glowy skin.

BEAUTY BLENDER SPONGE // A must have! My beauty blender truly goes everywhere with me.

IT COSMETICS CC CREAM // This is already my go-to for everyday makeup, but the SPF also makes it great for the beach! I wear shade Light Medium.

TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONCEALER // I always find myself going back to this concealer. It’s a cult favorite, and for good reason!

KAT VON D CONTOUR DUO // I love this mini palette by Kat Von D. I use it to set my concealer and the bronzer is a perfect natural hue for my skin, not too orange and not too brown.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY SETTING POWDER // A super-fine powder that conceals and illuminates simultaneously. Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and enable the powder to blend flawlessly and I love how it reduces shine without being too matte.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY BLUSH // I wear color Love is the drug in this two-step blush.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE // Because when you’re on vacation, there’s no such thing as too much glow.

CHARLOTTE TILBRUY HIGHLIGHTING WAND // Use it on cheek bones, cupid’s bow and the inside corner of your eyes for a summery glow!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYESHADOW PALETTE // Four perfectly warm shades for a bronzed look. I brought “Pillow Talk” with me!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIQUID EYELINER // Glides on smoothly and sets quickly to avoid smudging. Make sure to fix any mistakes quickly, though, because it lasts for up to 14 hours!


MAYBELLINE WHITE EYELINER // Use to line your waterline and make your eyes POP!

COVERGIRL MASCARA // My current drugstore favorite! I’ve been wearing this on repeat lately.

L’OREAL LASH PRIMER // I always always always apply this primer before mascara. Bonus: it’s only $8!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY LIPSTICK // This lipstick is enriched with antioxidants and blended with special waxes for all-day wear. I brought along “Kim K” for that perfect beachy nude.

NARS LIP TINT // This hydrating lip oil comes in the cult-favorite shade “Orgasm”. It’s relatively sheer, but universally flattering.

And that’s what’s in my makeup bag this trip! I promise they’re all necessities. Be sure to follow along with our travels on Instagram and let me know YOUR favorite products for a bronzed summer glow!



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  1. Alexa says:

    Love this post. I have been meaning to dip a toe into the Charlotte Tilbury pond and this post is making me want to dive right in. Quick question – Do you apply a face sunscreen under your CC cream? Thanks!!

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