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26.09.2014- Mini Break Make Up Marvels

At the start of the month, I made my first trip to Cambridge for my lovely friend Katy's wedding. As well as making the cake, I pitched in to help with the flowers and setting up the venue, which was all good fun- and I really loved being in the middle of the countryside too as it made a very welcome change from the hustle and bustle of London town. To my shame, I'm not particularly well travelled within the UK- apart from the odd trip to Northern Ireland and Wales to see family when I was younger and my jaunt to Edinburgh last October, I've not really seen a great deal of what brilliant Britain has to offer, so the opportunity to broaden my horizons a little bit more was a very welcome one. After my Moroccan adventure at the start of the year, I've become something of a master at minimalistic packing- although this time around the contents of my suitcase were slightly more tailored to a special occasion. For beachy breaks I never really tend to bring a great deal of make up with me, but this was an event which demanded a few more products than my usual basic tinted moisuriser and mascara combination. So, whether you're heading off to a late summer wedding or are planning a weekend away, here's a little peek inside my mini break make up bag:

Products used: Carmex Lip Balm, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, Topshop Blusher Brush, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadows in Initiation and Convoitise, Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick, Shu Uemura Eylash Curlers and Eyeko Black Magic Mascara. Make up bag from Alphabet Bags.

Anyone who has known me for a long time will happily tell you that when it comes to make up, I'm a firm believer in the less is more manifesto. As well as being a bit of a lazy Lucy, when I look in the mirror before leaving the house, I still like to look like me- and can think of nothing worse than having to worry about retouching eyeliner, lipstick and blusher as the day goes on. Ain't nobody got time fo' that.

Low maintenance products which can stand up to the task of staying fixed on my face are definitely my go to favourites, and for my first foray into wedding attendance, I fixed on something which I knew could stand up to laughing, crying and eating endless portions of cake. So, after prepping my face with my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and hiding my dark circles with a generous helping of Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer, I reached for some day to day essentials in the shape of my Carmex Lip Balm and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (perhaps the best £20 I have ever spent!) and Bobbi Brown's Face Touch Up Stick. After a little helping of NARS blusher, I tackled an occasion eye with the help of Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre Shadow, blending Initiation and Convoitise for a little bit of subtle sparkle. Accentuating my eyes with Eyeko's Black Magic Mascara (not the best I've ever used, but by no means the worst either!), I finished things off with another Chanel staple- their Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Boy- the perfect smudge-proof, subtle pink with a splash of romance which seemed to be perfect for the big day.

What are your travel make up staples?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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