I’m currently writing this post stuffed into a seat on a train along with all my luggage – scarfs, muddy wellies and wooly clothing galore packed in – on my way back to the big smoke after a quick jaunt to the countryside. I walked, swam and bodyboarded (in the English channel – yes I’m a nutter) my way round Devon but now it’s time for me to retire my dirty boots and spend my evening scrubbing myself back into an appeasing state. Of course with any trip, no matter how low-key it may be one of my favourite activities is packing my makeup, so here’s what I hauled along with me.

Base-wise I thought I’d test out my new purchase of By Terry’s Sheer Expert in 5. This stuff does exactly what is says on the tin – provides the skin with a light veil of coverage, evening out the skintone and adding a touch of glow. Perfect for ‘no makeup, makeup’ days. A bit of By Terry’s Touche Veloutée in 3 under the eyes and across the cheekbones for a sheen and a dash of Hourglass Illume Cream to Powder Duo in Bronze Light – the illuminator side – over the top points of the face, finish off the base. I threw in the Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium incase I fancied a pop of colour on the lips or cheeks, but didn’t end up reaching for it. I kept the brows simple, just giving them a groom with a spoolie and my mascara of choice for the holiday was my other new purchase, Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara. I love how easy it is to get off, but it just doesn’t hold a curl as much as my other favourites. Dayum! For lips I applied the By Terry Baume de Rose and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream religiously, but for evenings out the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 2 added a nude tint and a little somethin’ somethin’.

So in due course I will be reunited with my stash, and after favouring the natural look all week I think it might be tome to crack out something a little more daring, and yes it’s a coincidence that it’s Halloween tonight…

  • Kelly

    I adore Devon, such a great place. Glad you had fun.
    BTSE sounds great, I prefer going minimal this time of year unless I’m going out.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Aw thank you – I had a wicked time! :)

  • Guest

    yaayy i hope devon treated you well! i’m from teignmouth (near exeter ish) but on placement year in cambridge at the moment and I miss the hills and sea sooo much so I’m very jealous! Loving the sound of this makeup combo, pay day today so may have to make some cheeky purchases!

    love the blog :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      It did indeed – such a beautiful place. Passed through Exeter on my way there! x

  • Fernanda

    Great choices. I love going through my stash and selecting thing for vacation too! What’s the secret pleasure in ding that?! lol xx


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Sometimes I think that’s the best bit! :)

  • Lulu

    I love this selection! By Terry seems to be a very nice brand.


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      It is! Always been impressed by everything I’ve tried from them :)

  • Natalia

    Excited to see what you go for for Halloween tonight!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Ah keep an eye out for Saturday’s Instagram round up to see what I dressed as before 😉

  • Emily

    Yesss, I’m in Devon right now, feeling famous :-) Lovely photo!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha – honey you are! Devon is a wicked place! :)

  • Tabitha at Scaredtoast

    Love the photos you take, Anna! x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Thank you! Considering I took this very, very early in the morning and it took me ages to line everything up – that means a lot :)

  • dawn

    I have the clarins lip perfector and love it – best lipgloss i swear! x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      I agree! :)

  • Marie

    The Hourglass Illume Cream to Powder Duo seems really nice, might have to try it!!


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      It is – I find the bronzer side a little dark for this time of year, but you just can’t beat the highlighter :)

  • thebeautyheroes

    love the way you pick your makeup ! definitely want to get a stila convertible blusher ! xx


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Aw thank you :)

  • Luxe.

    That Stila blush is so pretty x


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      I love – the packaging, the formula the colour! :)

  • http://bohoglow.wordpress.com/ Rachel

    Sounds like you had a great trip! I love “no makeup, makeup” days!! xx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Me too – they’re my favourite :)

  • On The Dressing Table

    That is so restrained! i normally end up lugging half of my bathroom with me and use about 5% of it! I will try harder next time i go away :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Haha after lugging my stuff to and throw across the country to see my boyfriend for the last few years, I got packing down to a fine art 😉

  • katherine.parkes

    you have such beautiful taste in makeup! x


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Anna

      Thank you! :)

  • Margaret
  • Katie Fawcett

    I wish I could be a minimal make up queen like yourself! you always look so effortless :)

    Katie xo


  • Sofia