Now this post may seem a little ad hoc given that Bank holiday weekend is over (darn it), but I only got back from my travels yesterday so before I packed all my beauty bits away I thought I’d quickly snap a picture and let you guys know what made the cut for my little trip ‘op North as I was rather chuffed with this particular makeup edit.

Given my long distance romance I’ve become a bit of a pro at packing, especially when it comes to makeup. I know not to bother with fussy lip colours, an array of blush shades or multiple base choices. So I kept it simple just packing a tinted moisturiser, concealer, bronzer, mascara, eyebrow shaper and lip product. The killer combo for me was the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser in Bisque and NARS Laguna Bronzer – oh wow. I’ve never noticed it before but the two products just melt into each other to create the most perfectly glowy and bronzed base. Swoon. For concealer I went for the By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer in 3, which well and truly has clicked it’s last dollop of product and desperately needs a repurchase. I kept my eyes simple with just a few lashings of L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara – no change there then. I did take my MAC eyeshadow palette but only for the shade Espresso to run through my brows – I really need to pick it up in single form for a more travel friendly choice. For lips I’ve been loving the lipstick/lipbalm/in the shape of a lip pencil products that seem to be cropping up everywhere at the moment (post coming on those tomorrow), and one of my favourites has to be the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm (review here), a shade I picked up in the US but Revlon decided not to release here, boo! It’s the shade that gets me – a gorgeous creamy peach – and it acts pretty well as a balm too.

So very simple, minimal and neutral – you know me. Perhaps I’ll try and show you something a little more adventurous next time, it may even be coming up to that time to crack out that orange lipstick I’ve been mooning on about for so long…

  • Lisa Stenberg

    What other colors do you have in that mac palette? :)

    • Anna

      All That Glitters, Soba and Smut :)

  • Margaret

    This post is perfect because I’m leaving in 3 days for a little trip and I had no idea of what I should bring with me! thank you! xx

    • Anna

      Ah fab – have a nice trip :)

  • Lauren

    Ohhh I really wish they’d released the revlon balm/stain in the uk! What a perfect colour! X

    • Anna

      I know – such a shame they didn’t release it here. Such a wicked peachy nude :)

  • Abby Smith

    Great post! I really wish we had Charm in the UK might have to find it on eBay! xx

    • Anna

      Yes I’ve definitely seen it on ebay – such a shame it didn’t get released here! :)

  • Leigh

    Please do a review of the kissable balm stain in charm :) i might get it off ebay but obv can’t try it in boots/superdrug before so i’d love to hear your opinion x

    • Anna

      Review is linked above in the post :)

  • Laura Birch

    Perfect natural summer get away kit! I really need to buy and try some By Terry products. The price always puts me off but everyone always raves about them, thinking of buying a foundation from them or the concealer. X

    • Anna

      Ah I seriously adore this concealer and their Baume de Rose lip balm – both 100% repurchases for me :)

  • disqus_na6rj6hz7b

    Love your post!! All the items above appeal to me. The bag is adorable!!! What is your favorite brand you simply can’t live without????

    • Anna

      Thank hun! I’d have to say Laura Mercier :)

  • ladyannaofwales

    I love that little makeup bag! Where it from?
    Love your blog btw!

    • Anna

      Thanks it’s from a travel set that Diptyque did :)

  • Diane11792

    Great picks as always Anna. I love the look of your make-up bag and of course its contents. I really want to try Nars Laguna. Do you think it’ll look nice on Asian skin?

    • Anna

      Ah thanks hun! I would say so – although they do a slightly darker shade called Casino which would perhaps be worth checking out too :)

      • Diane11792

        alright got it. :)

  • Emily

    Love these posts!

    • Anna

      Thanks :)

  • Sophie Brewster

    great picks for a quick getaway!

    • Anna

      Thank you :)

  • Lipstick Fridays

    Fab kit xx for a few nights away – very minimal, you definitely have it down to a fine art x

    • Anna

      Haha thank you :)

  • Nicola

    I really want charm in the lip stain. I’ve never seen this before, is this not available in boots?

    • Anna

      Unfortunately they didn’t release it here in the UK :)

  • Stephanie

    Love the post, the brush looks really good! Which one is it? xx

  • Lucy

    This is so minimal! Im impressed 😛 Not sure I could do it aha. I’ve been meaning to get a MAC eyeshadow for my brows for ages. I also love the revlon kissable balm stains. They last for ages :)

    for Biochemists

  • mj_estel

    I’ve also been loving my Laguna bronzer lately, but I prefer it combined with MUFE Face & Body or YSL Touche Éclat.
    And, yes, please, show us a FOTD with a bold lipstick!

  • thebeautyheroes

    you definitely are THE PACKING MASTER ! x

  • Joanne

    Love it and I wish I can pack like that!! I always pack way more than I need >.<

  • Vivian

    I love your blog -thx for sharing- can i ask what brand is your eye lash curler i am looking for a new one a Shu Umera seems to be the “ONE” any suggestions would be helpful as i know you luv the lashy look thx xx

  • becomegorgeous

    It seems that you have everything I would also need for a casual outing…Thanks for sharing your tricks and ideas….:)

  • CharliesChoice

    I finally ordered the Nars Laguna and the core collection brush set (mainly for the buffing brush). Can’t wait to use these!!

  • Kate Murphy

    Nars Laguna is something that I ALWAYS carry in my make up bag. Love it!

  • Erica Gugay

    Where is your bag from? I always have trouble finding something small but big enough to fit my weekend makeup!