Vacation makeup and thoughts on packing

question for you: Do you pack light, or do you strive to shove the proverbial kitchen sink into your travel bags or luggage?

I’m a notoriously committed over-packer (hey, I like to be prepared), but truth be told…I typically don’t even use many of the things I pack!

I’ve been thinking about this for a couple days because we’re going on a short, few-day trip to visit our family in Hawaii, but rather than stuffing my carry-on luggage to the max, this time I packed all my stuff into a 1) Jansport backpack I’ve had because college and 2) my trusty Rick Steve’s take on bag (more on this in a second).

The other day I told El Hub that I planned to try this new packing strategy, and he straight up laughed! then he said, “Good luck with that.”

The reason I chose to try the new method was because I realized that my regular luggage bag, which is just a standard soft-shell wheeled suitcase (carry-on size), weighed much more than the actual contents inside!

I don’t know why, but I’m so bothered by the idea of luggage that weighs much more than my clothes. It really bugs me.

Compared to my luggage, my old Jansport backpack from college weighs practically nothing, and it also fits my clothes and my shoes.

Everything else — my makeup, hair and skin toiletries, electronic devices — will go in the same take on bag I’ve brought with me on every trip over the past decade, the Rick Steve’s take on bag. It’s by no implies uber-fashionable, but it’s lightweight, has tons of pockets, and the take on pad is very comfy. Highly, highly recommended!

Still…knowing me, I’ll probably end up transferring everything into my luggage at the last minute. Haha.

Anywho, that’s all the makeup I’m bringing with me in the picture up at the top. I’m still rockin’ a relatively minimalist makeup vibe…

Vacation Makeup, 2022

Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara

NARS Deep Throat Blush

Ilia color Haze Multi-Use Pigment in Temptation

NARS Eyeshadow Duos in Isolde, Alhambra, Kalahari

NARS Eyeshadow single in Fez

Hourglass Scattered Light glitter Eyeshadow in Ray

Ilia clean Gel liner in Dusk

Eyeko Black Magic Cocoa edit liquid Liner

Chanel eyebrow Pencil in Deep Brown

Laura Mercier Lipstick in Nu Prefere

Sun Bum SPF30 Lip Balm in Pomegranate

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in Wheat

Avene Mineral Sunscreen (Tinted and Non-Tinted)

Hourglass Veil Retouching makeup in Sand

Ilia Balmy Gloss in Tahiti

See you on the other side of the Pacific!

Your friendly neighborhood charm addict,


P.S. Rosie can’t come on this trip, but she’s thrilled to be able to spend some “meow time” with her favorite petsitter/college professor. She practically kicked me out the door!

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