Oh boy, where do I even begin? Me? Holidays? Pack lightly? You'd make me laugh. Sit down, let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I went backpacking. For three months. Pack lightly, they said. Three t-shirts is all you need, they said. I came home with 22kg on my back, and I mailed home 4kg and donated half my clothing to The Salvation Army in Boston two months in. I can't (read: won't) pack lightly, the idea sends me into a bout of anxiety. But doesn't everyone pack five different pairs of shoes? And so what if I need two concealers - they do two different things! I need two jackets, duh - one warm and...one not so warm, but definitely stylish (amiright?). I mean, really though. It's just logical, right?

So, if you don't follow me on Twitter (and if you don't, you should!), I am heading off to America on Friday for two weeks with my best gal pal, and it's currently Tuesday night and I'm sitting in my room staring at my makeup drawer, deciding whether I reaaally need to take three blushers with me or not. I know, big decisions here guys. Having to narrow down the best of the best to take away with me is really killing me. I am not the type to use the same three or four products on a daily basis - even for work, I alternate blushers and foundations and eyeshadows everyday. So, having to choose just one or two? Proving harder than I thought. #FirstWorldProblems

Realistically, I should take the minimal amount considering I plan on shopping up a storm in Sephora, but apparently that's not helping. I honestly think the biggest question for me right now is, do I take my MAC Palette? It's not ideal, and I really wish I had purchased the four quad palette when I had the chance, as that would have been perfect. Alas, I didn't, and it's most likely that the MAC Palette will be plopped on top of my suitcase in a hasty, last minute decision.

The definite I-Didn't-Have-To-Think-Twice winners, ladies and gents - no surprises, of course I was taking the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara with me. These two are my trusty pals, I don't think I ever go anywhere without them. Tagging along is the Anastasia Brow Wiz (although, looking forward to popping the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil into my basket), the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, and the ol' Nars Blush in 'Deep Throat'. My chest tightens at the thought of the loss of my Nars 'Douceur' from my life briefly, but I do plan on picking up the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Exposed' which I hear is quite similar, so...deep breaths.

Well, I'm off to go fulfill my OCD tendencies and make myself a full fledged packing list complete with boxes to check -  I learn't from the best...


  1. I want everything you featured in the post! I definitely want to try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It sounds lovely! xx
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  2. Wow, here I was thinking that I was the only obsessive over packer! These are some great products you have mentioned, good luck narrowing them down (assuming you do aha)!

    P.S slightly jelly (or maybe more than slightly...) you get to hit up Sephora! Hope you go wild with all the cheap make up prices gal ;)

    Chantalle x

  3. Oh man, this post made me giggle so much! I do the exact same thing. Much as I crave being minimal, that word just isn't really in my vocabulary. This is a great lineup though, glad I found your blog! x


  4. Packing lighting doesn't even exist in my vocabulary. My biggest issue is clothing, but when it comes to makeup, it's easy because I really don't hold out. My justification is that it doesn't take up much space, but once it's honestly a bitch to squeeze in once I've finally got everything packed! I had to take all my makeup in carry on when I came home from Europe because it sent me over my baggage weight. To be fair though, I do actually use all my makeup when travelling, with the exception of shampoo to clean my brushes because I never ended up washing them during my six weeks in Europe! Oops.

    Eyeshadows are the worst because you just never know what looks you'll be wanting to create! I usually pack my Urban Decay Naked Palette and a MAC eyeshadow quad, which you SO need! They're the best for travelling! I couldn't imagine taking my 15 palette... I'd cry if they happen to all smash!


    1. Apparently, my biggest issue is shoes. Six pairs, not kidding. 'Just in case', are my words...

      That's true, makeup dosn't take up a whole lot of space. And honestly, I would use everything too. I kept thinking, okay Brodie, cull. And like, I literally could not. I use EVERYTHING, haha. And I didn't wash my makeup brushes when I was in Europe either - I was there for three months (shaaame).

      I am really regretting not buying a quad. I'm taking the big palette, and I'm so nervous about it! Arghhhh. Packing it inbetween three layers of jumpers haha. I just can't live without it...


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