What’s In My Travel Bag?

Every time I travel I play the how-much-stuff-can-I-bring-in-my-carryon bag game. Since I’ve been traveling throughout Southeast Asia, I haven’t been checking any luggage. I try to only bring essentials and multi-purpose products to save space for goodies I pick up on my travels. This little bag doesn’t include my skincare or hair items, but I usually only bring a travel size face wash and moisturizer (from this Murad kit), Simple Skin Care cleansing wipes (a lifesaver on the go), a detangling hair brush and travel size shampoo/body wash. I find that more often than not, I end up with my hair in a messy bun or half-pulled back in a hair clip. Depending on where I’m traveling, I may switch out (or add) powder or foundation to match the climate of my destination. For example, when I went to Taiwan, it was extremely humid so I brought Estee Lauder Double Wear because I knew it would hold up. But, the items below are staples that I bring along no matter the destination.






I’ve found that this is the perfect combination of versatile face products to give me a fresh-faced, but not overdone look on the go. The Complexion Rescue makes for a hydrating, healthy looking base, and it’s perfect for balancing your skin on dry flights. I spot conceal and highlight my undereyes with the concealer, and use the bronzer and shimmer palette for both my face and eyes. Depending on the size of the bottle, I’d also recommend tossing a setting spray in your bag just to keep it long-lasting. Lately, I’ve been loving the Smashbox Primer Water and Milani Make It Last Setting Spray.

You’ve probably noticed that a lot of these products are from the drugstore. Not only are these all really great products in terms of performance, they’re also affordable, which is a pro when you’re traveling and don’t want to risk losing your baggage or breaking something expensive. The makeup bag I’m using is from Vera Bradley, part of the Travel Cosmetic Set, which I highly recommend–it’s a 4-piece set that works great together for longer trips and separated for short getaways.

What’s in your travel bag? Anything I need to add to my own? Let me know in the comments below!


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Maybelline Fit Me+ Matte & Poreless

Let me preface this review by stating how much I hate the original Maybelline Fit Me foundation. I’m convinced that if Satan himself were to concoct a foundation product, it would be that one. It is goopy, greasy, and all around what I imagine having tinted Crisco on your face feels like.


The new Fit Me+ Matte & Poreless is nothing like its vile predecessor, and I have to say, I am super impressed! I originally found out about this product while combing Ulta for sales on drugstore foundations. It’s relatively new and will not permanently be in stores until the spring, which made finding it a bit of a challenge. The Ulta here did not even have it in stock yet, and it was $10 at CVS.Help me I’m poor. I know that in reality, ten dollars is not a lot of money for foundation, but that is a 200% markup on the going price for this foundation at Walmart, which is $5.

About a week ago (ha) I ran into Walmart quickly and found a new display for this foundation. It was not accompanied by the Fit Me+ Matte & Poreless powder, which supposedly exists as well, but I grabbed the foundation in the shade 120 Classic Ivory.


  • Medium buildable coverage
  • Much thinner consistency than Revlon Colorstay
  • Dries to matte finish
  • Controls oil for ~5 hours


  • Dries almost immediately on the skin, so you have to work quickly
  • Clings to dry patches
  • Does not actually last 12 hours (but you should probs wash your makeup off by then)

I will say that the shade I got is a tinge on the orange side, so I mix it with the tiniest dab of my Colorstay foundation in 150 Buff and voila! Problem solved. Definitely try it with a primer, though, and don’t expect it to make you actually poreless.I applied this both with a Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge and a Sigma F80 and was able to achieve full coverage with both methods, however I think it worked better with the F80 because it sets so quickly. Overall, I would say I’m pretty impressed with this foundation and I would recommend it to anyone else cursed blessed with oily combo skin!