Beauty Beauty/Skincare

Taking a Lil’ Peek Into my Makeup Bag for Short Travels

March 14, 2018

Hi all! Feels like forever since the last time I sat down to talk about some of my beauty faves! Today, I wanted to share with you the makeup bag that I take on short trips and the contents inside! I’m currently on spring break. I decided to come home for the week to spend it with my family. It’s the perfect blend of relaxing, stuffing my face with homemade goodies and mustering up the energy to sit down and study/work.

The items in my travel makeup bag are constantly changing based on my current faves. I know when I travel elsewhere I can’t bring everything with me so I have to narrow all categories down to make sure I only bring necessities. You may have seen some of these items in previous blog posts, but some are new. The makeup bag is one I’ve had forever from Vera Bradley. The inside is very easy to clean up if there were to be a spilled because it’s lined with a plastic-like material. It’s been a lifesaver so many times as it keeps all messes contained.

The Basics

These are the things that I bring with me no matter where I go. These include the basic necessities and tools that I use every day. The oldest item has to be my Lancome eyelash curlers. I got this one about 7-8 years ago and they have held up really well. The pads had to be changed a couple of times, but other than that, it’s been in top condition. I totally recommend this one if you’re looking to invest in a high-end curler.

Next, we have these tweezers! I’m quite picky about my tweezers and this pair is from a supermarket in Florence, Italy. When I was studying abroad, I forgot to bring a tweezer with me and got one to try at Esselunga (the supermarket there). I loved it so much I went back to grab five more to last me throughout the years. I’m the person who stocks up on anything that I love so I will never have to live without them again. And these tweezers last so well! The sharp tapered shape makes grabbing hair so easy and grabs close to the root, which is exactly what I want.

If you have read my previous blog post on my favorite mascaras, you would have seen the L’Oreal Lash Paradise in there and why I love it so much. It’s still a favorite and I love to travel with it because it gives me everything I could want in a mascara. This is actually my second tube of it and I am still not over it yet!

The Stila eyeliner is still also a fave. The design of the felt-tip makes it easy to apply and create any cat eye style. The pigment is also super rich so you don’t have to reapply to get that dark liner look. The tip does dry out a bit after using it, but it’s not a major deal after shaking it up.

I’ve been using this Anastasia Eyebrow gel for sooo long that the label has come off! I typically don’t put anything on my eyebrows because they are already dark and thick enough. But I do sometimes need help with putting them in place. I love this one from Anastasia as it makes sure your brow hairs don’t move the entire day, without making them feel like crisps!

Lastly, most of you know that I love my Chanel Mademoiselle perfume, but because I don’t have a travel size one and my large one is too large to carry around, I carry this sample around! I like to keep 1-2 of these perfume samples in my makeup bag where-ever I go to make sure I am smelling yummy! And this one smells soo delightful!


The Recent Add-Ins

I’ve been getting into playing with my eyes and can’t really carry around my larger palettes. I got this Tarte palette as a birthday gift and it is the solution to all of my problems. Every color is beautiful and works together or on its own. For a beginner like me, it’s so easy to blend and to create any look.

My lipstick collection in the city is quite extensive so when it comes to traveling, I usually bring 1-3. Since this was a trip home where I know I’ll be spending most of my time on the couch, I only opted for two faves. First I have the infamous Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita, which is a favorite of everyone’s because it looks good on anyone! The formula is also so comfortable for a matte. The other lipstick is also one that I always rave about. Revlon lipsticks are inexpensive and the color is so pigmented. These two colors go with every look.

And for the times when I need a little pick-me-up to make my skin look flawless, I have the Marc Jacobs new Shameless foundation. Being able to test this foundation out has been so fun. I also don’t use a lot of foundations, but this one is amazing at making your skin look flawless. This foundation is a 24-hour long lasting foundation with SPF 25 that boasts of making your skin look flawless due to its innovative technology which encapsulates the SPF into the pigment itself. The Infinity Milling is a patented process to ensure you with a more natural and airbrush effect. With build-able medium natural coverage, it’s also perfect for every skin type. Inspired by Marc Jacobs’ own shameless attitude, this foundation will make sure you are shameless of who you are.


*thank you Marc Jacobs Beauty and Influenster for sending me this complimentary foundation to sample

I hope you enjoyed taking lil’ peek into my makeup bag today. While I do love makeup and it’s a growing fascination, I still have a long ways to go and definitely lots to learn. I try to keep it as simple as I can when I go elsewhere to make sure I’m not weighed down. Let me know your recent beauty faves and what’s in your makeup bags!

A million and one thanks for tuning in today — until my next lil’ thought then!

jen ❣

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  • Reply courtneyhardyblog March 16, 2018 at 10:16 am

    These things all sound so good!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Thanks for reading babe! I recommend all of these products because they are THAT amazing! xx Jen

  • Reply Jennifer March 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Great beauty products! Lolita is my personal favorite too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 16, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      These are my absolute faves! Thanks for reading babes!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Karen March 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I love seeing what people have in their makeup bags, it always makes me want to update mine haha <3
    Great post!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm

      haha right?? I’m always adding to mine thinking that I need everything! thanks so much for reading babe!
      xx jen

  • Reply Kate March 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Love this, Jen! I’ve heard Marc Jacobs is super good…I wanna try all these products now!
    -Kate //

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      I know for sure you will love them! I’m not someone who usually wears foundation, but the Marc Jacobs one is amazing! Thanks so much for reading Kate!
      xx Jen

  • Reply Kathrin March 16, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Carrying a sample of your favorite perfume is such a great way to have it with you!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Yesss and we get so many of them lying around due to samples! thanks for reading kathrin!
      xx Jen

  • Reply A. J. March 16, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    I feel some sort of positive vibes when I go through ur blog. Luv u!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Aw thank you so much! I try to stay as positive as possible and spread it to the people around me! Thanks for taking the time to read!
      xx jen

  • Reply Em @ March 17, 2018 at 12:24 am

    I’m the same way – I do love my mascaras. I just bought the same one but haven’t had a chance to try it yet – glad you like it, hopefully I do too!
    Happy Friday!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      I love it! I use the waterproof version because it’s easier to curl and also stay on longer! Thanks for taking the time to read!
      xx jen

  • Reply Josipa March 17, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Love the posts like this one so much!
    Xoxo, Josipa.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      thanks so much girl! thanks for taking time to read!
      xx jen

  • Reply Bambi March 17, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Interesting post! My makeup bag usually ends up as first aid kit, I keep there lots of stuff which aren’t related to makeup. I used to take lots of cosmetics with me back when I was younger but now I would probably end up with cushion foundation, eyeliner, mascara, mineral powder and blush palette which I could also use as an eyeshadow 🙂 I would also probably end up with lots of samples and minis in my makeup bag 😀

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Hahaha I get you! I used to bring so many unnecessary things in my makeup bag until I made myself downsize to this one! thanks for reading babe!
      xx jen

  • Reply Freja March 17, 2018 at 6:28 am

    Great picks! The liquid lipstick from Kat Von D is definitely also one of my favorites. I would love to try the Tarte Palette!

    xx Freja

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Lolita is such an amazing color on everyone! and yes you have too–the colors are so gorgeous! thanks for reading babe!
      xx jen

  • Reply Sneha Kadaba March 17, 2018 at 6:39 am

    You’ve got some great picks in there, that Tarte palette looks amazing! Also loving your makeup bag 🙂

    Sneha |

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks Sneha! It’s been such a lifesavor when I needed to create a look super quick! thanks so much for stopping by!
      xx jen

  • Reply La Licorne Gabriela March 17, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Great selection! Thank you for the tips! ❀✿

    Blog de la Licorne

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge March 17, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Love your cute makeup bag! I have the Tarte palette and love it. Need to try the mascara.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks girl! I got the bag so long ago and it’s help up really well. And you definitely have to try the mascara–it’s my go-to for so long now! Thanks so much for reading babe!
      xx jen

  • Reply Esther March 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I love to see what other ladies carry around.
    Have a great weekend.

    LOve, Esther

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read – happy weekend!
      xx jen

  • Reply violettedaily March 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    All these products look perfect! I have to try the mascara!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

      I love them all to death! And yes you do–it has become by new go-to for so long now! Thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Gemma 🌙 (@GemmaEtc) March 19, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I love the look of that Tarte palette, it’s SO pretty xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      The colors are so beautiful! thanks for stopping by!
      xx jen

  • Reply thekcorinne March 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Love all of this! Chanel perfumes are always so good, and I’m dying to try this Marc Jacobs foundation!

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Chanel perfumes are my go-to! And you have to try it, it’s amazing! thanks so much for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Claire Maïwenn March 20, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Great selection and thanks for sharing!!


    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Katya March 21, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I think this has most of the things you need when travelling. It is essentially important to know what to bring during short trips.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      I totally agree-I’m someone who likes to travel light so definitely less is more! thanks so much for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Quinn March 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

    I’ll be traveling a bunch coming up, so I’m taking notes on your makeup bag! I love Stila xx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 22, 2018 at 11:46 am

      I can’t wait to see your travel pics! thanks for reading!
      xx jen

  • Reply Andrea March 22, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Love reading this kind of posts!! I would love to try the L’Oréal Mascara because I have heard so many good things about it!

    Hope you are having a great week so far!


    Seize your Style

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 22, 2018 at 11:48 am

      It’s amazing babe–you have to try when you get the chance! Thanks so much for hopping by!
      xx jen

  • Reply Shopdealman March 25, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Great tips and sounds. beautiful makeup bag.

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen March 25, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thank so much girl!
      xx jen

  • Reply Delila January 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I wish it wouldn’t be such a hassle to order some Tarte products in the UK. Lovely photos xxx

    • Reply lilthoughtswithjen January 10, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      ahhh girl I wish I can help you get it cause it’s amazing!
      xx jen

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