Winter Break Makeup

Deciding what makeup to carry with you on a break/vacation/trip can be one of the most grueling experiences ever. I won’t need to do a full face – but what if I go out somewhere important? *packs 2 extra foundations, 3 concealers, and 2 setting powders* I’ll be too lazy to apply eyeshadow. But what if I want to wear a neutral eye out one day? Oh, and there’s also that colourful palette I just got that I can use to create a look that matches that dress I got! *packs 5 eyeshadow palettes* I’ll stick to a nude lip the whole time. But what if I want to wear a red lip one day? Or a purple one? *packs 8 lipsticks*

I fell into this trap last Winter Break as a freshman. I naively thought it was a good idea for me to carry my entire makeup train case back home (on the train, walking through Manhattan, then on the subway), since I just couldn’t decide what makeup I would need while I was home for the month.

Bad idea.

Luckily, I wised up this break and only carried what I deemed essential.

I know from the picture it doesn’t look like it, but please keep in mind that everything I brought from school originally fit in the bag on the right. I just so happened to accumulate a couple of items since I’ve been home, and had to move everything to the bag on the left.


So this is all the stuff I brought:




The only reason I had to move the stuff into the clear bag is because of the Clinique stuff I got here.

All that’s here is:


  • My Cover FX Primer: It’s supposed to be anti-acne/anti-blemish. I always use primer under whatever makeup I wear just to make sure everything goes on smoothly. I’m just testing this out though, I usually use the E.L.F Face Primer.
  • L.A. Girl Pro Concealer: I brought one in Toast (the undertone is off for me, but the shade is good), Chestnut (the undertone is closer to mine), Fawn (for highlighting), Warm Honey (also for highlighting), Dark Cocoa (contouring).
  • Sephora Face Powder:  This powder works nicely on its own just for light coverage/evening out my skin, or atop my concealer.
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade: Love this. As I’ve stated before, it keeps my eyebrows put for the whole day, and a little goes a long way. Plus, I believe it’s waterproof (or water resistant), but don’t quote me on that.
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Spray: I suppose this keeps my face put for a while, but it only takes a little while for oils to peek through again. This doesn’t work as well as the De-Slick, but that breaks my face out.


  • Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner: Not a huge fan of this, but it gets the job done. I can’t knock it too much either since it does help me get a pretty sharp cat eye. I’m just not a fan of the sturdiness of the applicator….I like a little more wiggle for my gel/liquid liner applicators.
  • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara: Love the length and blackness this mascara gives my lashes.
  • E.L.F. Eyelid Primer: An oldie but goodie! Gets the job done and keeps my shadows on for the day.
  • L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencils: Waves (Dark Blue), White. I use these as bases for my eyeshadows from time to time, or to line my eyes.
  • Sephora Into the Tropics Palette: I figured this had enough shadows for me to do different types of looks since it has bright colours and neutrals. So far I’m not too much of a fan of these shadows, but I’ll discuss that another time.
  • E.L.F. 6 Colour Palette: I’m not actually sure what the name of this palette is, but I linked it off in another post. I actually got this for Christmas from my little sister. i really like these shadows! They come off very pigmented, and they last a long time.
  • E.L.F. Liquid Liner: I love this. I’ve spoken enough about this product haha.


  • Wet n Wild Lipsticks: 902c Bare it All, 914c Mocha-liscious, and 918d Cherry Bomb. I figured there was enough versatility here for the holidays – a nude when needed, a nice deep red, and a good brown based colour.


  • E.L.F. Brushes: Eyelid Brush, Blending Brush, Angled Liner Brush and Powder Brush. These do their jobs and well. Plus, they’re only $1 (eye brushes) and $3 (face brush/liner brush), so you’re not really risking much by using them.
  • Beautyblender: Blends out my concealer flawlessly, and makes my face makeup look fairly natural.
  • Sharpener: From Rite Aid. Works well.

What do you all pack in your makeup bags? For my college students: what do you pack in your break makeup bags?



6 thoughts on “Winter Break Makeup

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