If there’s one thing many people probably don’t know about me, it’s that I used to buy A LOT of make-up. Back when my life was a juggle between work, home and the mall, make-up hoarding was my sport. The funny thing, however, is that I never liked wearing a lot of make up. My face always feels icky and heavy whenever I put A LOT. So, you can expect that through the years, I was left with a closet full of expired make up. Such a waste, I know. Honestly, it was the brands’ pretty packaging that got me shelling out my cash. Damn you, little details. Haha!
Anyway, about a year ago, I started throwing expired make up but realized it would be such a waste to throw the packaging, too. So I scraped off the lipsticks and took out the blushes/ eyeshadow one by one and gave the packaging the wash they badly needed.
Now, what was I to do with all those? The traveler in me thought of making my very own travel make up.
You see, I don’t really wear make up when I travel, BUT it comes in handy sometimes. But since I don’t really use it every single day of my vacation, I find having to bring one whole kit full of the basics not worth my luggage space.
For this project, I chose one small eyeshadow palette from Smashbox and turned it into my trio essential kit. I chose it not only because of the size, but because it already had a built-in mirror! That means I don’t have to worry about bringing one (and breaking it!) and that I have a mirror whenever I have to wear my contact lens even though I’m just staying in a tent with no mirror nearby.
3 spaces = 3 essentials and I chose to go with a concealer, blush-on and lipstick mixed with lip balm (you can mix petroleum jelly if you like, too!) I chose them because for me, they are the 3 most essential make-up pieces in case I need to wear make up. Since it’s hard to transfer a powder blush, I used one that’s creamy. Of course, I chose the colors that not only suit me, but will work with any outfit. To apply lipstick easier, I put a mini lipbrush inside the palette.
It’s funny because I intended to use it for my travels but find myself bringing it with me everywhere just in case. With the size, weight and all-in-one feature, I have no excuse not to bring it, after all.