Monday, June 22, 2015

Ridiculously Simple Trick on How To Store/Sort Your Makeup Brushes

How to Store/Sort Makeup Brushes

Have you ever had times in the morning when you are late already, yet you are frantically trying to find this tiny liner or whichever other small brush amongst your other bigger brushes that are all stuffed in one jar together just to finish your makeup, and you just can't find it, which, of course, drives you mad and you're almost hating and cursing the brush? No? Then lucky you. If yes, then welcome to the normal women club :).

I've had those moments. Finally, one of them made me rethink how I store my brushes. I am pretty sure that the TIP I'm going to share now is not even a TIP but the most obvious thing on earth to do with your brushes if you have more than ... like 3 brushes... but you know there will always be such idiots like me who would have to try all the wrong variants until they will get the revelation :).

Here's the thing. I used to store all my brushes together in 1 big jar. It became a problem once I started to have too many of them to fit in 1 jar, so I got another one, BUT unlike all the normal people I was sorting them in those jars in all the wrong ways. I would split them like this:
  • dirty brushes go in 1 jar, clean  in the other one, or
  • synthetic brushes go in 1 jar, natural - in the other, or
  • one particular brand goes in 1 jar, others - in the other, or
  • most used ones go in 1 jar, the rest - in the other.
That resulted in me always trying to find the smallest brushes among the thick big ones for the face and failing like an idiot (doh!), because they were impossible to see among the fat brush heads of the face brushes just because they are super skinny and usually can be even shorter than others (Wayne Goss tiny brush for tightlining, I'm talking about you here!). So, I figured why not just put all the small/eye brushes into 1 jar and all the big ones - in the other? YES! Finally, since then my life has changed to the better dramatically. I can now easily find/see any of the smallest brushes I have in no time. And, as a bonus, I stopped being an idiot in storing my brushes.

I know, this is funny. Yes, go ahead, throw tomatos at me, I know! But if you're like me, you might want to try the trick too, and judging by the pictures online, I bet I'm not the only one :). So give this super simple trick a go and let me know how it works for you.

I hope this post was... if not useful, than, at least, fun to read :). Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day.

...By the way, this is my FOTD (not of today though, but the other day...) with simple neutral eyes and bright pink-coral summer lips.

Summer FOTD: Neutral Eyes + Bright Lips

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils: Review And Swatches

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil

As I proised here comes a beauty post, finally )). I've had these lip pencils for a while now, since around winter, so they've been around for quite a while now. However, I did want to post this review because I think they are among the great affordable pieces of beauty in the drugstore world.

I'll talk about the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Gosh, I hate such pointlessly long names (facepalm)... Anyway, these pencils are great, especially for such a ridiculous price.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils

The formula of them is somewhere between a lip pencil and a matte lipstick. It is kind of dry, yet creamy. What I mean by that, is that it is not one of those typical supercreamy-balmy type jumbo lip pencils out there. It is significantly drier than those, yet they glide on beautifully without drying your lips. Perfect, right? I thought so too, they are mostly satin finish, except for one shade that I noticed having a bit of shimmer, but it is quite pretty and not glittery or frosty at all. They stain the lips a bit and wear for a decent amount of time. I wouldn't go as far to say that they are the most longlasting lip products out there, but they are definitely more longlasting than your average lipstick thanks to the formula and finish. They are super pigmented as well, so 2 thumbs up for that. They can also double as your lip liner since you can/have to sharpen them, which is nice (or maybe not so nice for someone not wanting to bother, but it is something to keep in mind). So all of you, lovers of satin or matte lips, you can save your pennies and go grab a bunch of those pencils. They are lovely, indeed, and, I'm sure, can be duplicates for some similar lip products from some high-end brands (I'm sure, there are tons of posts on this already).

Below are the swatches of the 3 shades I picked up. It should give you a pretty good idea on how pigmented the lip pencils are and how different types of shades translate onto the lips.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Swatches (left to right): Minimaist, Light It Up and Pink So Chic

As you can see the Minimalist (light pink) is that shade that I metioned having some perlescent shimmer. The Light It Up (bright red) in the middle is ver very bright and in the below lip swatches I blotted it quite a bit because I was just going to work and it was waaay to bright for me to wear at work (funny, I'm saying this), but keep in mind that what you see on my lips in that swatch of red is just about 30% of the actual brightness you'll really get with it. It is indeed very beautiful and bright, so the shade name is spot on with that.

So below are the lip swatches.

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils. Swatches (left to right): Minimaist, Light It Up and Pink So Chic

I hope you liked these babies and are finding the way to enjoy your day today. Leave your thoughts in the comments below, I'd love to hear them. Let me know if you've tried these pencils and if you like them.

Thank you for stopping by. Cheers.

Painting - Part 6. Blissful Summer Night

Hey guys! Just quickly sharing another painting of mine. Hope you like it. It is what I usually expect most of summer and vacations )). I painted it last weekend, so it is a fresh one.

Blissful Summer Night. Oil Painting.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Painting - Part 4 and 5. Flowers and Birds

Hello, lovelies. Happy summer everyone! Aren't you glad that summer is here? I definitely am. I know, it's been ages since I last blogged and you probably forgot about my blog altogether, but I'm still here and I'm back.

Today I just want to update you on my latest 2 paintings, which are different from what I painted previously, but I like them. One is a painting of flowers and the other one was supposed to be something spring inspired, so I thought that those birds would look lovely and happy and fresh, so enjoy.


Same Picture Framed

I hope you liked the pictures and I promise that makeup related posts will be coming soon. Hope you are all enjoying your first warm summer days.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Beauty Marker + Short Review of the Real Techniques Nic's Picks 5 Brush Set

One of my recent looks and probably one of my favorite ones of all times (also a nice one to wear for Valentine's Day I think :) )

Happy Birthday Beauty Marker! Yaaaay! I cannot believe it has already been a year I've been blogging. When I started I didn't expect it to go this far to be honest, but even though there are not many people visiting my blog at the moment I'm still enjoying it, and I'm glad I persisted in blogging at least for one year. For me this is my small personal achievement. I hope some of you enjoyed BM this year too and hopefully even more people will in the nearest future.

On that happy note, I want to apologize for the lack of posts in the past few weeks. My main job has been just crazy and very challenging in many ways recently taking most of my time and energy leaving almost no inspiration for blogging. I'm still struggling with how I'm going to find time for it in the future but I will do my best, and for now I just wanted to get this post out there to have a re-start :).

Ok. It's a new year and what can be better than to start a new year with new brushes, right? Exactly, I thought so too :). So I bought this new set from Real Techniques, the Nic's Picks Set, which you can buy either here or here for $29.99, and 2 individual brushes: the lash-brow groomer and the setting brush, which can be purchased from the same sites ( or

Real Techniques Brushes: Nic's Picks Set, the Setting Brush and the Lash-brow Groomer

Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brush Set

Real Techniques Lash-brow Groomer and Setting Brush

I'll say straight away that I think that the Nic's Picks set is the best one out of all sets they've come out with. I love their brushes and I've tried most of them, but in terms of sets I feel like the brushes in the sets were often times a hit and miss. Not because they are bad but because I personally wouldn't use them, or don't feel like they're needed in a particular set, or it's the other way round: some very needed brushes were missing in the set and it didn't feel complete. So, that said, I think that the Nic's Picks set is very well though out and really includes the brushes that are sufficient to do your whole face makeup.

This set is perfect for those, who want to buy their very first makeup brush set. It is perfect for beginners as it includes everything they need at first without being too big or overwhelming, or containing the brushes that are difficult or unnecessary to use. So for just $30 bucks you'll get 5 quality well-made soft multitasking budget-friendly cruelty-free brushes, with which you can do your whole face makeup not needing to use anything else. In this sense, this set is great for everybody, and not just makeup newbies. Professionals will appreciate its versatility and ease of use.

The cheek brush is just a joy to use. You can use it for foundation, contour, powder, blush, highlighter, basically anything on your face, be it in cream, liquid or powder form. It's got perfect shape and density for this. It's also very soft. The duo-fiber face brush is great for those finishing touches, when you don't want to use too much product; so it's perfect for pigmented blushes and highlighters, or if you're just heavy-handed with your powder products. The base shadow brush is their best eye brush in my opinion, I think they should sell it individually. It's a perfect alternative to the famous MAC 217 and can do it all on your eyes: application, crease work, blending, you name it. It's a definite hit. The other brush in the set, which is the angled shadow brush, is not really something I was initially thrilled about, but once you start using it, you get why it's so cool. It is perfect for applying and blending those transitional crease shades because it is slanted perfectly to do so (hooded-eyed beauties, this is perfect for you), also it's fluffy enough to blend at the same time, and its tip is great for applying the color more precisely in the outer or inner corners of your eye. And the eyeliner brush is obviously great for eyeliner but also for the brows. It's the perfect size and thickness, and is much much better than the brow brush from their Starter set (I always thought it was too wide and definitely too thick for any eye or eyebrow manipulations).

Since the brushes are synthetic you can easily use them with powders or creams, which is a great plus. The fact that they are very multi-purpose means you can use them for so many different things, even more than the obvious ones I've mentioned earlier. It's a very very nice set, indeed, probably the one I'd recommend to people buying their first brushes or wanting to have a nice travel set.

There is one more thing that makes these brushes so easy to love. They wash very nicely: quickly, no shedding or bleeding, dry super-fast and remain incredibly soft.

A few words on the other 2 brushes I bought: the lash-brow groomer and the setting brush. They are great, the lash-brow groomer is an unsung hero of my makeup application on a day-to-day basis, the setting brush is up to the quality of all the other RT brushes, so nothing bad I can say about those. They're great.

Overall, I'm very happy I got these brushes. I would totally recommend this set to anybody.

So here you go. This is my short update and a review of my newly purchased brushes. I hope you are having a great February and enjoying the last weeks of winter. Happy Valentine's day! May you always love and know that you are loved.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Photo of the Weekend: Painting - Part 3. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Night

Hi guys! Who would have guessed I'd go to another master class in painting so soon, ha? Well, I really wanted to paint some Christmas-y or New Year's eve themed painting and I wanted to do it before the actual New Year and Christmas so that I could hang it somewhere at home for holidays.

I really wanted to capture this atmosphere of holidays in the air: the quiet joy and peace of a Christmas starry night with all the holiday lights decorating the homes and Christmas trees, and all families gathered together at home to celebrate this glorious day. I really like how the stillness of the winter frosty weather and the absence of wind echoes that warm quiet yet joyful feeling. I also like how the church is in the center of the composition here reminding us that Christmas is all about Christ and His birth, and there are lights on at church, which means that its doors are always open to anyone anytime, especially on Christmas. I like it that in this picture there is a lot to look at and to watch and really think and meditate on, and that even though it is winter, you get a warm cozy feeling when looking at it.

That's exactly what I wanted in my painting, so when I found the illustration for it I knew I had to paint it. It was perfect. However, I didn't expect I'd be able to do it in just 4 hours, and I wasn't sure I'd cope, because it is the most complicated painting of all I've done so far. But I'm happy I was brave enough to try, because I enjoyed painting it so-so-so much and I do like the end result, even though it's not perfect and not nearly as amazing looking as the original. I still like it though.

Below is a short story in photos of how it came to realization. Hope you enjoy it :).

"I'm not really sure if I can make it, but I have to try. Where do I start from now?"

Yaaay! I did it!

It's drying now and waiting to go home :)

I hope you are having a great day and preparation for the holidays. I hope that in all the rush and stress of trying to complete many things you are actually enjoying your Christmas and New Year holidays period. Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm: Review

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Hi guys. I don't think I've ever done any skincare posts on my blog yet, so I thought it would be nice to write one.

Today, I want to share my thoughts on the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.

Now if you are like me and you aren't really familiar (or wasn't familiar, I should say) with what a cleansing balm is and you never really used it, here's what it is in a nutshell. It is a very thick product made of natural oils and waxes that deep cleanses your skin without drying it out and stripping it off of all its natural moisture.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Here's how you use it. In a jar it looks and feels like a very thick waxy cream, but once you put it on your moist face or wet hands first, if you prefer, and spread it out, it starts emulsifying and turns into a liquid-y cream that dissolves all impurities and makeup and cleanses your face in that way. After massaging it into your face for a while you can take a muslin cloth (that is included by the way, as well as a cute little spatula), put it under running warm water, squeeze out the excess, and wipe away the product that's left on your skin. This way, you're not only removing the product residue but also doing a light exfoliation. This is how you use any cleansing balm.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

I have to admit I am very late in this whole cleansing balm thing wagon, and I only discovered this type of product a couple of month ago, and it was a revelation for my dry sensitive skin. The Elemis cleansing balm is the only one I've tried so far, so I have nothing to compare it with.

However, I think it is an amazing product. It smells heavenly, just the smell alone brings me back to life. I have to admit, at first I was skeptical about how deeply some kind of waxes and oils can cleanse my skin deep into the pores and if it would be sufficient enough at all, and how it is going to feel. Well, it IS more than sufficient. It does cleanse deeply without leaving you feeling greasy or dry. It feels so fresh after you cleanse your skin with this, I cannot even tell you. If you hate your evening skincare routine and all that cleansing, with this balm you'll love it and will be looking forward to it. It becomes almost like a mini-treatment ritual at the end of the day when you can relax and let go of all the troubles and stress. My skin feels great after this: fresh, clean and soft. So I would totally recommend it, especially if your skin is as capricious, dry and prone to all kinds of irritations and spontaneous breakouts as mine. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well my skin responds to this product.

One other thing I want to mention. I do remove my makeup with a micellar cleansing water first, so I mainly use this balm for actual cleansing rather than makeup removal. However, I did try to remove my makeup with it too a couple of times just for the sake of this review. And I can tell you, it does the job really well, I don't see it leaving any trace of makeup, including mascara, after using it. And even though my preferred method is still a two-step cleansing process (first - makeup removal and second - actual deep cleansing), I can see it being a good product for those lazy one-step cleansing days.

As to the ingredients details and all that jazz, you can read it on the site here. That's where I bought it from. No need to say, it has a lot of good stuff for your skin. I just don't want to repeat all the official claims in the description to this product.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm: Ingredients

I hope this information was helpful. Please, let me know if you've tried any other great cleansing balms that I need to try too. Thank you for reading, I really appreciate your time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Photo of the Weekend: Painting - Part 2

You already know I really enjoyed the first painting master class I went to (see Part 1 of my painting adventure here), so I was looking forward to the next one. I was planning to go to it and so this last weekend I did :). It was even more fun now that I knew what the process was. This time I brought my own photo of a winter scenery that I wanted to paint. Also this time I took my husband with me (for him it was the first time). So here's what turned out of it :). Needless to say, I looooved it. And I really-really like how our paintings turned out: both mine and my husband's (so proud of him).

My husband's painting. I think it is so stylish. It definitely has its own character and I love it. I keep looking and looking at it. If I saw it somewhere I'd buy it.

My painting. I like it too :). It makes me feel warm and cozy even though it has winter on it. And that's exactly what the plan was :).

Hope you enjoyed the post. What do you do for fun? Do you have any interesting hobbies? What are they? Has there been anything you recently learned and fell in love with? Please, share, I would love to know that.

Meanwhile, thank you for stopping by and have a great day :).

Monday, November 24, 2014

Travel Makeup Bags for Different Personality Types

Travel Makeup Bags for Different Personality Types

Ok, guys. It's finally here! I'm super excited about this post, because I've been working on it for a long time to finally deliver well thought out suggestions to you. When I say long, I mean a couple of months. This idea first came to me in the summer, so it has been quite a while of playing around with different products and their combinations to come up with the best sets.

If you're like me you probably love to read about what people take with them to travel in their beauty bags and altogether. For me these posts combine my love for makeup and love for organizing, so I truly enjoy them even if I'm not traveling myself. When travelling we tend to take our best beauty bits with us which just get the job done well, we take our favorite products and also the ones that can be multi-taskers. So you could say that travel makeup bags are in a way a recommendation of the best most loved products. That's why I enjoy them so much.

However, we are all so different in terms of our makeup needs and preferences, leave alone age, skin type, tone, coloring etc. that these recommendations may just not be for everyone. We all know that, but I still wanted to offer something different on this subject, something that would speak to more girls out there, something, in which everyone could find something for themselves. So I thought of this idea to write a post about travel makeup bags for different personality types. And when I say "personality types", I mean "makeup personality types", so no serious psychology or philosophy involved here.

I don't think anyone has ever done a blog post like this suggesting a travel makeup bag based on your makeup personality type. At least, I haven't seen anyone do that, so I suppose it is going to be unique. I have to warn you though: It'll be a long post (definitely for those who love to read), but hopefully a helpful and an interesting one :). Sorry, for such a long intro, now let's get down to travel beauty business.

We're going to look at 3 personality types. There can be more of them but, if I included everything I thought about, this post would turn into a novel that nobody would read :). So here they are:
  1. The makeup minimalist
  2. The makeup maximalist
  3. The makeup nerd

Makeup Personality Types
Makeup Minimalist

These would probably be the goddesses that I personally envy most. You either don't wear
makeup much (if at all), or maybe you do but only for special occasions, or you wear minimum makeup trying to keep it as natural as possible. Maybe you're just very young and beautiful and don't even need makeup, or maybe you are just starting your way out in the makeup world. Chances are you have perfect or very good skin, so you don't wear much foundation and concealer, and when you do, it is usually in a very small amount and quite light. Your face structure and features are probably very well balanced and don’t need much makeup interference to look great as they naturally are. So your makeup routine takes you not more than 5 mins. You can't be bothered spending more time on it. You probably feel just as comfortable with no makeup on as you do with it (lucky you!). I bet you gravitate towards very neutral sophisticated colors and prefer high end brands. Classic simple natural beauty is your way to go.

If this describes you, congratulations! You are
the makeup minimalist. When I think of a good example of one Ruth Crilly and Garance Dore come to my mind. Although you could be even more minimalistic :). These ladies embody chic to me. So if you fall into this category, you're in a very good company :).

For a minimalist I would suggest the following travel makeup bag.

"Minimalist" Travel Makeup Bag
See? Very few products and only 3 brushes. In these lists of products I'm going to list the colors I have and use for my very fair skin, but you can obviously change that for whatever shade works for you. It is more about suggesting the types of products to use than about specific products and shades.

Here's the list of products:

  1. Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in 51 Light vanilla (this is a great light to medium coverage foundation that can be built up slightly with a very natural satin finish)
  2. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla (great concealer with indeed flexible coverage that can be used both for under-eyes and face imperfections, and you need just the tiniest bit of it)
  3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (this is an awesome multi-tasker for pale skinned girls: it can be used as an all-over setting powder, as a contour, as a bronzer and as a natural blush/highlighter)
  4. Stila Convertible Color in Lillium (beautiful natural universal shade of blush that can also double as a lip color)
  5. Chanel Ombres Matelassées De Chanel Eye-shadow Palette in Charming (this piece is a great one to have, almost completely matte palette of your basic neutral shades from light to dark that can be used both for the eye-brows and for the eyes to create a variety of daytime and smoky looks. What to use instead if you don't have this LE palette? You can use one of the Naked Basics palettes, either 1 or 2, I'd prefer the 2nd one for its great potential brow colors, or any other similar palette)
  6. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
  7. Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick in 01, Nude Rose (think of a great any occasion MLBB (my-lips-but-better) color for your lips)
  8. Brushes:
  • Wayne Goss Brush 02 (for all foundation and concealer you can use your hands, this brush is good for any face powder products, it can do it all)
  • Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush (from the Starter Set, this one will do all the lid, crease and blending work for you. You can also use a well-known Mac 217 for this purpose)
  • Bobbi Brown angled brow brush (this can do the lining, precision application and eye-brows for you)
"Minimalist" Travel Makeup Bag

All these products and brushes fit into this small makeup bag with enough room left for a few more items. Can you believe it? By the way, this is the makeup bag that I carry with me in my bag every day :).

Makeup Maximalist

This type, as the name logically implies, is a complete opposite of the previous one. The girls of this type are all into makeup. They are the experts. They love it, they know how to use it and they love experimenting with it. It is likely that if you belong to this type you might be a makeup artist or a beauty blogger, or something of that sort. You almost have a semi-professional interest in makeup. You know everything about the products and techniques, and you have an impressive makeup collection (and possibly an insane makeup brushes collection as well) for any possible look you can think of. You can be as natural and clean-looking as an angel, or as dramatic as a vampire queen. And that’s what makes you unique and always different and interesting. Playing with makeup for you equals to painting a picture for an artist. You know how to rock any trend on your face and make it look like it belongs to you. You can rock the colors like nobody’s business, yet you also know what’s appropriate in every situation and occasion.

So given all that, when you travel you want to have your options: the more, the better. After all, a girl can never have too many lipsticks, right? Plus, you never know what kind of makeup look you’ll be in the mood for tomorrow, so compactness is not really the factor to consider.

However, I can still suggest you the contents for your travel makeup bag that will give you myriads of options you need (especially considering your creativity) and save you space, that is unfortunately limited when you travel. And, you don’t need to carry your whole kit around to get the options you want :). So here we go.

"Maximalist" Travel Makeup Bag
Here’s the list of products:

  1. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose (primer will help your makeup stay in place all day long, it can also work as a liquid highlighter when applied on top of your cheekbones at the end of your makeup application)
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup in 0.5 (it is always a good option to take a fuller coverage foundation if you want options in coverage, because you can always sheer it out by mixing it in with your moisturizer. That way you can always customize the amount of coverage you want)
  3. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
  4. Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder in 51 (this is a great setting powder as it is lightweight and lasts a long time, yet it is super-compact and can easily be thrown in your bag for touch-ups during the day)
  5. TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer AKA "The Con-tour Artist" (this is a great product, as it can be used as a light blush for pale girls or as an actual highlighter over your blush and bronzer. It is also a very nice option to mix with other of your face colored products for an interesting effect)
  6. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (you need this in your life if you want your eye-shadow to last, especially for more complicated looks)
  7. Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Palette (awesome, awesome palette for a variety of looks. If you don’t have this particular palette, opt for some other palette with many different neutral and colored eye-shadows and face products)
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil in medium brown
  9. Any 2 neutral-ish eye-liners of your choice (I happen to have some black one from Bourjois and a plummy-purple one from Loreal)
  10. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (great all-rounder for separation, volume, length and drama in your lashes)
  11. 3 lip products (I would focus on the lip products of different colors and finishes to get the maximum options when mixing and matching them together):
  • Clarins 'Eclat Minute' Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 (this is a beautiful natural balmy lip-gloss in a light peachy-pink color)
  • Lumene Raspberry Miracle Lip Sorbet in 10 Spring Beauty (great everyday easy to wear slightly deeper than your nude MLBB color. It is slightly pink, slightly mauve, slightly plum with great shine. It will look great on everybody.)
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in 47 L'Amoureuse (gorgeous intense deep berry color in a comfortable matte form.)
   12. Brushes:
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (for foundation)
  • Real Techniques Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush from the Starter Set (for concealer)
  • Wayne Goss Brush 02 (for any face powder products)
  • Flat eye-shadow brush from Letoile (don’t remember the number)
  • Wayne Goss Brush 03 Large Crease (great for blending and crease work)
  • Pencil brush from Letoile (don’t remember the number, good for precision application and smudging, essential for smoky eyes)
  • Bobbi Brown angled brow brush (for lining and brows)
So as you can see, you can really get a lot from this set of products. Yet they all fit in this makeup bag and there is A LOT of spare room for any extras of your choice.

"Maximalist" Travel Makeup Bag
Makeup Nerd

This is a very inte
resting type of girls. They’re kind of a mixture between the minimalist and maximalist, but they take different sides from both. This is the most picky type of girls, who know exactly what they want in a product and they won’t settle for anything less than perfect. They love makeup in the same way a maximalist does, they may even have the same huge collection, but they don’t want to take as much with them when travelling. They want only the best products with them and they only want to take what they know they will use. In this sense they’re similar to the minimalists. They want the maximum options with minimum space and minimum number of products. They may not experiment that much on vacation sticking with the well tried out great flattering couple of looks that they know will work for all occasions for them, so they usually tend to take more of the neutral shades with them when travelling, even though at home they might be the ones going wild from time to time. But when travelling, they are more rational and predictable and know what they’re going to wear most times, so they want to take only the tried and tested products with them to have the options they need, but at the same time not take ANYTHING extra. And guess what? These girls will always look stunning without carrying loads of stuff with them. I’m definitely more of this type of girl: I want all my options but it a most compact form possible.

So, how do you get maximum options with minimum space taken? Here’s how :). Oh, I actually have 2 versions for this makeup bag featuring 2 different palettes. They are completely different so I couldn't pick one.

So here’s version 1. I should point out that a lot of the same principles apply here as for a makeup maximalist, so I won’t include the same comments for the same products.

"Nerd" Travel Makeup Bag (v.1)

Makeup Nerd v.1:

  1. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup in 0.5
  3. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
  4. Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder in 51
  5. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  6. TheBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette (I’m a fan of this super-slim and compact palette: it is great, you get so much in it yet it is so small. You’ll have all your eyes, cheeks and lips products here, yet so many different options at the same time. The products are great quality and there’s also a big mirror inside. It is a real space saver.)
  7. Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil in medium brown
  8. Any eye-liner of your choice (I happen to have the dark-grey one from Bourjois)
  9. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  10. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 54 Boy (in addition to the lip stains in the palette, it is also nice to have some universal nude or MLBB lip color that you can easily throw in your bag and carry around with you, knowing that you can wear it with any look)
  11. Brushes:

  • Real Techniques Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush from the Starter Set (for concealer, because you can do the primer and foundation with your hands)
  • Wayne Goss Brush 02
  • Flat eye-shadow brush from Letoile (don’t remember the number)
  • Wayne Goss Brush 03 Large Crease
  • Pencil brush from Letoile (don’t remember the number)
  • Bobbi Brown angled brow brush

And here’s version 2. The main palette here is different, so the whole set is a bit different.

"Nerd" Travel Makeup Bag (v.2)
Makeup Nerd v.2:

  1. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in 01 Rose
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup in 0.5
  3. Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Flexible Coverage Concealer in Vanilla
  4. Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder in 51
  5. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  6. Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe Dual Decker Colour for Eyes and Cheeks (this guy is a star of this set, and it is stunning: it has eye-shadows, eye-liners, eye pencil, highlighter, blushes and eye brushes. What else can you ask for? The quality is supreme, and you don’t need to worry about where to put your eye brushes, as they’re all included. There’s also a big mirror inside as well.)
  7. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  8. 2 lip products:
   9.  Brushes (the great thing about this set is that you only need 2):
  • Real Techniques Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush from the Starter Set (for concealer)
  • Wayne Goss Brush 02
All of this beauty fits into this white makeup bag.

"Nerd" Travel Makeup Bag
Phew. If you read till the end, I think you’re a hero and I want to thank you :). Really, because it was a looong post.

Now, obviously you may not be exactly one type or the other, you may be a mixture of a few or even all of them. Also, you may prefer or need different makeup products than what I listed. However, I hope it did give you some ideas about how you can optimize your travel makeup bag.

I do hope this was helpful and you took something from this post. If so, please, share your thoughts in the comments. Also, I would love to know some of your tips and tricks for packing makeup for traveling, so please do share those as well.

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to read this epic post :). I really appreciate it. Have a great day and good luck packing for your next trip.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photo of the Weekend: My Painting of Fall Mountains

My painting of fall in the mountains

Hi guys. Sorry I haven't yet posted my post on the mysterious 3 makeup bags that I promised on Twitter. It still needs a bit more tweaks and I need some extra time for it, so I won't promise anything again for now, it'll just be up when it's ready. Meanwhile I'll just share what I've been up to on Saturday.

I went to a master class called "A painting in 4 hours with oil paints". Now I'll start by saying that I am not an artist by any means, in fact I've never painted with oil paints in my life (although I own ones, paradox, huh?). However, I've always loved drawing and painting when I was a kid and a teenager, and I would probably still be doing that but unfortunately a busy life and a lack of time do their sinister job. Anyway, I thought going to this master class would be a great way to make this time and get away from the life's routine a little bit, just relax and have fun.

I won't say a lot about the class, I'll let a few pictures speak for themselves. I'll just say this: we had a great teacher and a great hostess and they made it very easy for me to paint my first ever decent proper painting in my life. Paintings of the other 3 girls turned out very beautiful too (you'll be able to see them in the pictures below), they loved them too and enjoyed the whole process.

Starting out roughly

Putting main colors on the canvas

Details, details, details...

Signing my work

Done and happy!

I experienced absolute artistic happiness for these 4 hours and if you have any similar master classes in your area I would strongly suggest you take them. It will bring you immense pleasure and fulfillment. At least, so it did for me. I'll definitely do that again. That Saturday made my week.

Hope you are having a great week. Let me know what you are up to these days in the comments and thank you for reading.