Allegedly, I’m trying to pack light for this upcoming trip to Hawaii. “Allegedly.” 😉
Yeah, keep telling yourself that, Karen.
No, really, it’s gonna happen this time. I’m going to be that girl with the impossibly streamlined makeup bag.
I just have to figure out which makeup bag to bring with me… I realized the other day that if I bring a smaller-than-normal makeup bag, I should be alright, because there just won’t be room to go completely cray-cray overboard. This will take tremendous willpower, though, because if were to do what comes naturally to me, I’d bring something like this behemoth…
I got this awesomely roomy see-through makeup bag from a SpaceNK promo, and no sh*t, it’s big enough to fit body parts.
I already know what would happen if it came with me, and it would NOT be streamlining…
So, what about the bags I use daily? Like this MAC Mia Moretti bag that holds my makeup essentials? It’s a contender. It’s medium sized…and it’s transparent, so I can see what’s inside (that’s handy). It isn’t too wide, either.
And I know what this capable of, because I’ve stuffed it past the point of no return before, so that could be a problem… If I bring it (“Oh, it’s already been broughten!”), the temptation to keep throwing stuff into it will be too strong.
I’m leaning toward my very well-loved Kate Spade bag, which is almost the same size as the Mia Moretti bag, but not as wide, so it holds less volume.
That should keep me in check… Maybe?
I also like this Marc Jacobs bag, but I think it still might be a little too wide and, thus, too tempting to over-stuff.
OK, final option for now (unless I find something else, haha), is this cute, clear Sephora bag.
Part of me is like, “Get real, goofball, you’ll never survive on so little makeup,” but another part of me is like, “Yes, girl! You can do this!”
Most of the time when I travel, I write long and obsessive lists of all the things I plan to bring, but this time I just went with my gut…
This is all of the makeup and brushes I’m pretty sure I’m bringing (there are two dual-ended Chanel eye brushes in there, in case you were wondering).
I feel like this isn’t a lot (for me, haha!), buuuuuuut… I have a feeling that I can still remove a few things… Maybe a pencil or two, or the extra concealer? (BUT I LIKE HAVING OPTIONS, WAAAH.)
With a little elbow grease, I actually did manage to get everything *except* the BECCA X Chrissy Palette into the small Sephora bag.
But it’s really hard to remove things from the bag and put them back in, though! It’s like I need the Jaws of Life, and/or an advanced degree in engineering.
So the Kate Spade Bag is looking like the winner. It fits my necessities, and it has an extra zippered pocket on the inside, which is convenient for keeping brushes, eyelash curlers and mini sponges apart from the makeup.
I think this is gonna be it! It’s not exactly the tiniest makeup bag ever, but I think it’ll do. It’ll definitely be much less makeup than I usually bring with me.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,