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In My Makeup Bag | What I'm Taking On Vacation

Packing up makeup for an overseas trip has to be one of the hardest things to do. Especially if you only have an hour to do it - Gosh, I'm such a procrastinator. Hopefully I didn't forget to pack something, but I definitely won't complain if I did 'cause then I get to buy one over where I'm staying. Also, I apologize for the lack of photos & not displaying what I'm bringing. They were already packed up in my bag & I didn't feel like unpacking them just to repack them again. Here are the bits who get to travel across the ocean with me:

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I'm bringing two primers with me: the NYX Angel Veil Primer, which is a great dupe for my holy grail Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, and the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer. I'm hoping to finish up the Smashbox one as I had it for the longest time & need to clear up some space in my collection for some new primers, hehe. I also opted to bring two foundations. One of them being the EX1 Invisiwear Foundation and the other being the IT Cosmetics CC Cream. I rarely get  to use that one because it's in my summer shade, but luckily I'll be getting a lot of sun, so it'll be perfect! My ultimate concealer duo is making a comeback - the Maybelline Age Rewind + Fit Me Concealers give me one of the best looks. The only powder I'm bringing with me is the RCMA No Color Powder, the infamous dupe for the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. For bronzer, I'm taking the NYC Sunny Bronzer - an oldie, but a goodie. The Becca Split Pan in Amaretto/Prosecco Pop, Becca Highlighter in Opal, and Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Paarty will all be coming along for the ride as well. Since I can't live without my facial sprays, I'll be dousing myself in either MAC Fix+ or the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

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Eyebrows is one of the most important things in my routine and I may have overpacked as I'm bringing along the following: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, NYX Micro Brow, Essence Eyebrow Designer, MUFE Aqua Brow, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow, Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer. Just to be safe, ya'know? The only eyeshadows I'm bringing are the ones in my Z-Palette aka my Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection. I don't think I'll be going crazy with my makeup in the Philippines as the heat will probably melt it off by the end of the day, so I didn't plan on taking a good palette. Though I don't plan on doing much with the eyes (not including eyebrows, of course), I brought the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner & Tarte Clay Pot Liner just in case. I also brought a few lashes with me. As for lips, I only brought a few. The Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks in Lolita & Bow N Arrow and the Bite Beauty Matte Lip Creme in Glacee. No fun lippies this time 'round!

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