You have probably seen or heard something about Micellar water. There’s ads on tv, bloggers and YouTubers refer to it, and I’m even giving one away in my Spring Glamour Giveaway.
But why is it all about anyway?
The Beauty Blender is the current “it” product in the makeup world. It’s been trending like crazy and ladies all around the world are jumping into the Beauty Blender bandwagon… But it is worth it? Well Vintage Barbie is here to let you know all about it!
If you have paid attention to makeup industry news (or even celebrity news) you surely would have heard of Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits.
I don’t even know why I wanted a lip kit so much… But I decided to jump in, fork out the money and just buy it anyway. And I didn’t stop at one… I got four… There goes my money for this payday! But I was very excited to try them out and see if they were worth it…
If you’re anything like me, you like to still look good when travelling. But unless you are a makeup artist, you probably don’t want to be dragging along a full make up kit. It’s even harder to figure out what to bring when you’ve got luggage weight restrictions.
Lucky for you I have perfected a small travel make up kit that is perfect for overseas trips, road trips, or even for a short break. It have all the essentials you need and can easily fit into your hand bag or carry on luggage.
My first experience with Lush was using one of their amazing soaps to treat acne. But I forgot about Lush for quite some time. I occasionally walked past a store and was always entranced by the smell, but I never actually bought anything from there.
It wasn’t until a store opened up right out the front of a Forever New store in the Canberra Centre that I remembered how good it was…. And how it would likely drain my bank account!
But after a long week at work. I decided I should treat myself to a relaxing bath. A work friend recommended that I try the Avo-bomb. She said it was an avocado bath bomb which actually made the bath go green and left you feeling silky smooth.
Sometimes you need to reward yourself with a brand new something rather.
I decided that landing a new full time job, after months of searching, is one of those things that needs to be rewarded. My hard work paid off and I wanted to celebrate and congratulate myself. So a new handbag was just the thing.
I needed something that was corporate like but big enough to carry all my belongings. And I stumbled upon a fabulous bag at Equip:
This bag perfectly matches my corporate capsule wardrobe colour scheme so I know I will work perfectly. But then there is the dreaded transferring over of items from the existing bag to the new one.
I am known to have a large handbag. My boyfriend can’t understand why I need to carry so much around with me all the time. But when you constantly catch public transport like myself, you are bound to carry a fair bit of junk around. Contrary to what my boyfriend believes,
most all of it is actually very useful.
When I transferred things over to my new handbag I also decided to organize my bag a bit better. Not with one if those handbag organiser inserts though. I do have one and it is
fairly useful only semi useful – I still lost everything throughout my bag. I decided that it would be better to place things in small pencil cases to make it easier in transferring and finding items in my bag.
I grouped items into specific groups:
Health Bag: the blue army print zip bag
This blue army print zip bag from Napoleon Perdis stored most of my handbag items. It’s mainly for health related items such as:
There’s also a few other items I like to place in this bag to make them easier to find. These items are:
This little pencil case bag contains some of my lady products and a change of underwear. I also like to keep panty liners in here too.
I used to carry around a full makeup bag with me but I no longer do that. Occassionally I might throw in it if I’m doing my makeup on the way to work, but at the moment it hasn’t been necessary to do that. I’m going to put in my travel size mascara from Napoleon Perdis and possible a bronzer & brush for touch ups throughout the day. At the moment the items I’m carrying in there are:
This clear bag is for all my hair related items. I often loose or break hair accessories in my bag, so this case makes it easy to store and easy to see what I have put in there. I normally have a travel size hairspray in there, but not at the moment. Currently I have:
There’s also a few little other bits and pieces I keep in my handbag:
Hope you enjoyed my post on the contents of my handbag. What’s in your handbag? What do you consider handbag essentials?
A little while ago I created a set on Polyvore about my travel beauty essentials. Here is what I came up with:
These are items that I have taken with me on previous trips, and items that I regularly use. I think it’s important to take along items that you use regularly when travelling – I definitely wouldn’t recommend trying out completely new products when on the road for a significant time. If it’s just a week, I’m sure you’ll be alright. But more than a week and things might go a little awry… for example you can aggravate your skin or dry out your hair. Or it may not work the way you want it and then you’re carrying around a product you don’t need.
So with that in mind I picked products I used every day. With my list you can see a lot of The Body Shop products. This is because I have used a lot of these products in the past and know that they work for me. Also, the Redken hair product is something that I used to use a lot to keep my hair healthy, so it was considered an essential back then.
Now that it is closer to my trip, I have started to rethink this list and have come up with something a little different… I will be posting that shortly so stay tuned for an updated list about my travel beauty essentials…
A little while ago I had my makeup done at the Napoleon Perdis makeup counter in Myer for a photo shoot I did with Jessica Rue.
When I was getting my makeup done I noticed that there was a promotion ending that weekend, where you got a free bag of goodies when you buy over $79 worth of products. Looking at the picture of the items in the bag, I thought it was worth buying something. I remembered that I was getting low on my neutral eyeshadow palette so I should probably buy a new one that will be great for travel, and then I can get the freebies as well. Here’s my review:
Spooley Brush: I had never bought or used one of these before, but I am so glad I bought it now! It kind of looks like a mascara brush, but it is used for your eyebrows. It is great for brushing out and blending colour in your eyebrows to give a more natural look. I’ve also been told you can spray hairspray onto the brush and brush it over your brows to make them stay in place. I’m yet to try that trick!
Eyeshadow Palette: I chose the same palette that was used on my eyes for the photo shoot. It was a good mixture of light and dark neutral colours which could easily be used for either day or night makeup. The top two colours are perfect for the lid, highlighting and blending, with the bottom two colours being great for the crease and to create a smokey eye look. There are plenty of other colour combinations available. But I thought this one would be best for me and great for travel.
Free Bag: The handbag that stored the freebies is actually a really nice handbag. Often when you get a free gift handbag, the bag is thin and flimsy. But this handbag is actually good quality! I have already used it as a day bag to take to work with my umbrella, high heels, jumper and lunchbag stored in it. There was even room for some sneaky shopping I did one day…(shhhh). It definitely has made my bus rides to and from work a bit easier.
Nail Polish: This full sized polish comes in a neutral tone. I like this colour and think it will be a good travel beauty product. It dries really quickly, and has a nice matte finish. I’ve actually been wearing this one a lot lately! 🙂
Primer: I was a little disappointed that this only came in the travel size, as this was one of the items I was particularly looking forward to. I know that you only need a little bit of the primer, but I feel like I might use it all in one go! Nonetheless it is a good travel size. I will probably go and buy the full size one soon. The primer is light and glides on. It sets into the skin quickly so it would be easy for foundation to be applied not longer after.
Foundation: Once again, disappointing that it came in a mini version (Also a bit strange that you didn’t get to pick a colour, you were just given whatever colour is in the bag…) The foundation is light, but I feel like it doesn’t have the best coverage. I think I’ll stick with my MAC foundation for the time being.
Blush: This one came a the normal size and it is a really nice natural looking colour. I often use very pink or very bronze blushes, so to have this one is a good change from the normal colours. It probably would be too big for me to take when travelling, but I will definitely use it when I return back from my travels.
Lipgloss: It has a yummy bubblegum smell – just like the bubblegum balls everyone would eat as a kid! The problem is that I found it quite thick and sticky. And it’s not easy to apply – you would need a brush or have to use your finger to apply the gloss. I like glosses that I can put straight onto my lips, rather than getting my fingers sticky. Nonetheless, its a nice colour with a bit of sparkle.
Complimentary Makeup Session: This will definitely be useful when I have a special event! But I should probably check when it needs to be used by…
Overall Review: I am really happy with Napoleon Perdis products. They have a nice light finish and work well with other products as well. I normally use a combination of MAC products (especially lipstick and foundation) and The Body Shop products, and Napoleon Perdis products seems to work well with these other products. This is definitely important, as I will never be one to use only one brand of products (and I’m sure a lot of other people will agree with me on that one!)
Have any of you tried a Napoleon Perdis eyeshadow palette? Or do you have a favourite eyeshawdow palette that you just can’t live without? Comment below and share your thoughts 🙂
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