Having to pick your absolute favorite make up when you're leaving home for 3 months is not an easy task to do. Beside picking the ones you can't live without, you also have to think of whether or not they fit, how heavy they are, how useful they would be, how fragile their packagings are andwhether or not they are pressure resistant.1. Max Factor 'Ageless Elixir' 2 in 1 Foundation+Serum
I used to never ever put foundation on my face, I couldn't care less about how my skin evens. But I once came across this and instantly loved it. It's really light and it smells really really good. It has serum in it, which means I don't really need extra moisturizer as it moisturizes my skin as well. Note that this foundation is great, but it doesn't do full coverage like the MUFE HD/ Chanel Perfection Lumière. The reason I carry this around when I travel is because of its plastic packaging that's light and not at all fragile.
2. The Body Shop 'All in One Face Base'
I don't use this all the time, just when I feel like I need extra coverage. I'd take my TBS Face&Body Brush and brush my face with this powder+foundation very lightly. Make sure you get the right color if you're getting this, my skin easily changes color and when the powder does not match my skin, I would look like a pale zombie or one scary looking clown.
3. The Body Shop 'Vitamin E Moisture Cream'
There's a reason as to why this is a best seller. I absolutely love this. I stack at least 4 at home incase I ever run out. I really like this because it smells like the cream I used to wear as a child, it hydrates my skin so so well, it's also very light and easily absorbed by the skin and most importantly, it's got the Vit-E that makes my skin looks and feels almost magical. (:
4. The Body Shop Mini Hairbrush
I like the design of this brush, with the bamboo handle and black cushion that's not easily dirtied. It's also very convenient as it fits inside my make-up pouch
5. (I assume this is) Victoria's Secret(?) Mini Fragrance
I stole this from my mum, I never knew what it really is but it smells very elegant, musky with a hint of floral and spice? I'm not the best at describing scent honestly.
6. Maybelline Volum' Express Turbo Boots Mascara
I like this mascara a lot. I've experimented too much with mascara that resulted in me absolutely despising that yellow Maybelline Magnum. I hated it, it made my eye lashes fell out and it's really hard to come off. Express Turbo Boots is very light and easy to apply and rinse yet it's also waterproof, I really like to brush too, it's got the anti-clump brush that easily helps you achieve the lash-look you're going for.
7. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE lipstick. I don't use it too often, but every time I've got a chance to, I would definitely use it. The color is gorgeous and it gives such a vintage look that I haven't found in any other brands. I've tried so many other brands and most make me look very old and mommy-like.
8. Nivea Vitamin Shake Cranberry-Raspberry
This SPF 16 lip care smells almost too delicious to be true. I really like how it hydrates my lips and leaving them feel and look healthy. This and Maybelline Baby Lips are my lips' daily dose of guidance and pleasure. I find them very useful and practical, especially when you have long flights or exposed to new environment(s) with different weather.
9. Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Sanitizer (Midnight Pomegranate)
I take this everywhere with me because it smells absolutely amazing and I like knowing that my hands aren't dirty, especially in public places and while traveling. I used to have one with cake scent, it smelled really delicious, but I finished that.
I do have an extra make up pouch stuffed inside my suit case, in case I need to go to any event that requires full eye-make-up, blusher and all that. But these are my day to day make up that I count on.
Let me know what alternatives you have or what's absolutely better than all that I have right now!