First of all I would like to apologise for my absence. For a little while I didn’t think I had time to commit to this blog but then I thought what the hell! I love doing this so I’ll just have to make time for it! So I hope you forgive me and I would like to say that I’m back with new posts every Monday and Friday. This one is just a little added extra to get back into it.
A few months ago I headed off on a six week adventure to Nepal, India and Singapore with my lovely cousin Carly. We had an amazing yet challenging time, India isn’t the easiest country to travel especially when it involves camping and twelve hour drive days. However, it was an wonderful experience and one that I will never forget due to the amazing people I met and the amazing country that it is. I think visiting countries like this really make you appreciate what you have at home and what we take for granted, I know that it definitely made me reevaluate what is important in life.
Having said all that I wanted to share with you what I took in my makeup bag!
So this is everything I took with me, its not much (for me anyway) but it did the job!
For primer I brought my trusty old Benefit Porefessional, I knew in some parts of India and definitely in Singapore that it would be hot so I wanted a primer that would keep the shine at bay. We also had extremely long days so I wanted a primer that would make my makeup last that little bit longer and I know I can’t go wrong with porefessional! For foundation/bb cream I chose the Benefit Bigger than BB Big Easy in 03 Light/Medium, this was perfect as it had spf30 and a fairly good amount of coverage plus it is a cream to powder formula which is great for old shine ball over here! One day we spent three hours trekking through the jungle, when I got back and checked how my makeup was fairing I was astounded to notice it had not budged! Now that’s a good BB cream. I also had to pack my Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in No. 20, I chose this for the times I wanted something lighter and for the times when we would be going out at night and didn’t need any spf. This is just perfect for evening and smoothing out my skin. For powder I chose Rimmel Stay Matte in 003 Peach Glow, this is just a great powder that keeps me shine free and sets my makeup, nough’ said. The Sleek Face Form in Light – this palette was the perfect travel companion, it is slim as well as having three great colours in one convenient palette. The blush is a little too glittery for everyday use and I didn’t use the highlighter during the day but it all came in handy at one point. For everyday blush I used The Body Shop All In One Blush in 06 – this is just a lovely pink that adds a nice flush to the face, I’m actually still using this one at home!
For the eyes and concealer I took a beautiful birthday present that is looking a little worse for wear after the trip. It is the Nars And God Created the Woman Palette – This is the perfect travel eyeshadow palette, it has a couple of mattes plus some shimmers, I also used the black and the dark brown for eyeliner. Again I didn’t use this everyday, I used it more in Singapore and if we had some nights out in India. For concealer I used my favourite combination of Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles – I cannot beat this combination, the peach tone of the Napoleon concealer covers the purple circles under my eyes whilst the Maybelline one does the rest! I knew there were going to be a lot of early mornings so I knew I had to take this combination with me. For eyeliner (which I used rarely) I chose a miniature Nars Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Bronze – This is just a good old bronze eyeliner to add some definition and drama if I wanted it. Covergirl Clump Crusher in Black – Is still one of the best mascaras I own! It seriously separates every single lash which is what I love! It also looks quite natural which is perfect for this kind of trip. Most days I would just use Benefit Gimme Brow through my brows to darken them a little plus add some thickness but if I wanted some more definition I used the Essence Eyebrow Designer in 04 Blonde – This is just a great cheap little pencil that is quick and easy to fill in my brows, can’t go wrong wit that!
So that’s my basic travel makeup bag! I know a lot of people wouldn’t wear makeup everyday whilst travelling however, I do. I just feel more comfortable that way plus I have my routine so down pat that it only takes me an extra ten minutes to do it.
What’s in your travel bag? Do you have any must haves that you can’t travel without?
Now, if you want to continue reading I thought I would add a couple of photos and notes about my trip!
We started in Kathmandu and travelled on an overland truck all the way down to Mumbai India. We saw some amazing sights that would be impossible to describe as well as some of the kindest people you could ever meet. As I said earlier India was not a walk in the park, for some it was very confronting to see that much poverty and it was some of the poverty was heartbreaking. I have been to Africa twice so I didn’t think it would hit me as hard as it did, I thought Africa would have prepared me for it but it didn’t
Through our trip we drove through some very remote towns and stopped in the little village for a warming cup of Chai (I am completely obsessed with it now, I’m constantly on the search for a Chai as good as the ones I had over there). From driving through these towns we got a real sense of what India is like and how people live day to day, this is the kind of travel I like to do, I like to get a real sense of the country not just the tourist destinations. One day I will never forget is a camel ride through the Rajasthani desert, it was so amazing to see desert atop of a camel! That night we slept under the stars, it was so peaceful and amazing to see the star shining so brightly, a sight you don’t see in the city!
We ended our amazing adventure in India with a week by the beach in Goa, South India. This was pure luxury, a five star hotel, which was a welcome change, and plenty of cocktails by the pool. After Goa we stopped of in Singapore to have some more luxury at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. This was the most amazing hotel I have ever stayed in! And thanks to my beautiful cousin Carly we ate at one of the most sought after restaurants in Singapore called Jaan, to say this was decadent would be an understatement, this was pure heaven! I will never forget that meal. I will also never forget this holiday, although it was challenging at times I believe it was an experience that I will be forever thankful that I had and will always remember.
The truly surreal Taj Mahal. It was an amazing sight to see the sun rise over the Taj Mahal
A snake charmer of the Ganges River
The best food I have ever eaten! Including this delicious Thali
Our lovely camels getting ready for our night under the stars
Finally, my cousin and I about to ride off into the desert.
I would also like to quickly send my thoughts and prayer to the people of Nepal. They are truly the most beautiful and gentle people I have ever met. They will be in my thoughts through this tragic event.