Packing Light: What’s in my Dopp Kitt

Carry-on Fly
Carry-on Fly

I just got my red Sephora clutch organizer in the mail the other day. It’s no longer available at the sale price of $11, but you can pick it up in black – choose the clutch.  It’s very well made with a easy to wipe down fabric, and two clear pouches in the center and two zipper pockets in the front and age. Packing my dopp kit for Thanksgiving was tricky. I was wondering whether I’d have any problems with airport security. If they stopped me, I was going to say, “but look, it is a clear, zip top bag.” Ah … semantics. But I got through without any issues going both ways, including a second trip through security when I had to change gates at Las Vegas.

I only brought a backpack and a purse home for the full seven days. I just hate dealing with checked bags, like everyone everywhere. So I had to keep my toiletries to a minimum. Here’s what I brought:

Clarisonic Gel Cleanser: I didn’t bring the Clarisonic, so I thought I’d try out the travel size gel cleanser. It’s for oily skin, so it’s somewhat more drying than I’m used to. I liked the smell, and it left my skin feeling clean, but I think it’s better for people with serious oil problems.

Cervave PM Moisturizer: This is a very gentle, moisturizer without SPF. It’s surprisingly thin in texture, but it definitely packs a moisturizing punch. I applied this liberally before my flight and halfway through to minimize the drying effects of airplanes and their stale air.

Cetaphil SPF 50: This is my daily moisturizer, and it’s a dependable product. There;s one drawback – it appears a little white when you first apply it, so it’s better if you’ve got lighter skin.

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment: Yep, this is super high school and yep, I’ve been using it since then. But It delivers, and it’s cheap.

Revlon Colorstay Quad in Coffee Bean: Not the best pigmentation, but it includes my favorite eyebrow powder and some nice matte neutrals.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Vegas: I feel nervous traveling with expensive eyeshadow in case it shatters. This five shade bronzer is a nice solution. It’s a cheap version of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick, and it’s a great palette for golden bronze looks.

Travel Size Urban Decay Primer Potion: I use the travel size that comes from the Naked Palette, but you could also buy this set to try out UD’s different versions. Using a quality eyeshadow primer improves the low quality drugstore eyeshadow.

US 24/7 Liner in Rockstar and Demolition: I like the versatility of an eggplant liner as well as a chocolate liner. The purple helps brighten up an otherwise neutral eye.

Travel Size Benetint and High Beam: I bought two packages of Benefit’s Feeling Cheeky travel size trio (Benetint, Posietint, and High Beam), because the deal was so good – three travel size containers for $15. Unfortuantely, it looks like the trio sold on Amazon is a fake, so you’ll have to make room in your kit for the full size versions.

Sample of Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer: Another sample I’m testing out. I don’t have shiny skin so I can’t vouch for it’s mattifying effectiveness, but it’s a solid primer.

Sample of Makeup Forever HD Foundation: I went to Sephora a few weeks ago to get matched for a few different foundations. I went during a slow period (an hour before closing) and befriended the makeup artist. She gave me a very generous sample of this foundation, which is perfect for traveling with. If you’ve got a trip planned, think about getting matched for your foundation and asking for a sample – even if you know it already matches! You can also pick up sample containers at Nordstrom and bottle it yourself. This is a great foundation, but it’s a little too full coverage for my taste.

Tarte Illuminating Serum: I got a sample of this in a recent Sephora delivery, and it’s a nice illuminating tinted moisturizer. I like mixing it with the foundation to add some coverage to the serum.

Travel size of Buxom Lash mascara: This is my favorite mascara, and Buxom often sells trial versions in various value sets, which I love. I think the trial size is even better than the regular, because the shorter stem gives you more control.

Essence of Beauty double-ended brushes: These travel brushes work well considering their low cost. I brought one for eyeshadow, one for concealer, and one for eyebrows. Great drugstore buy.

So there’s my dopp kit. Almost everything is low cost and replaceable in case of sudden pressure changes. With the two palettes I can do pretty much any neutral look I like. No glitter blue eyeshadow this time, although we’ll see about Christmas.

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