Despite promises otherwise, it's been far too long since my last update. (This post will hopefully spark at least weekly updates from me.) It's been a crazy past few months, as I left my job as Human Nature's lead designer to fly off to Singapore with Josh and two other team members to participate in the JFDI Bootcamp.
The JFDI Bootcamp is a Startup Accelerator, which means that they help you get your grain of an idea to investor-ready in 100 days. Our idea is HobbyMash, an app dedicated to helping lovely ladies (and those pesky men, too! ;)) connect with others who share their interest.
It's a tough environment, and we spend a lot of sleepless nights working our butts off. Not to mention the fact that there are like only two other women in this entire bootcamp-- there's no one I can talk to about makeup, haha!
On the beauty side, I've had to pare down my collection to the barest essentials. It's depressing because I had to leave all my MAC single eyeshadows behind (I didn't have time to depot them and I didn't have a palette anyways). Here's what I brought with me:
2) Human Nature's Powder Foundation in Sand Dollar - this has been my Go To mineral powder since we released it last year, and the only bad thing about it is that I go through them so quickly. They also expire a lot faster than regular makeup because it's organic, so I never bothered to stockpile it. I totally forgot to buy a couple of backups to bring with me, so when I run out, I'll switch to:
3) Ellana's loose mineral foundation concealer & foundation in Macchiato- This was my favourite thing to use before Human Nature released the pressed type, and I still think the powder performs better in terms of coverage. Unfortunately, it's in loose form so it's quite messy to use, and it's not something you can tote in your kit unless you've brought your giant kabuki brush along with it.
4) Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powers in Shade 3- This was ridiculously expensive and I could've bought 5 regular bronzers for the cost of this one, but I have to admit, it DOES last long. Since I have dark skin, I use bronzing powders in lieu of blushes, and I usually hit pan after around two months of continuous use. However, Guerlain's Terracotta is so incredibly pigmented that just the barest sweep of it across your cheekbones is guaranteed to last you all day. I was kicking myself for impulse buying this a few months ago, but I think it's actually a pretty good buy, now.
5) Shiseido Maquillage Pre-Makeup Smooth Fix - I hardly ever used primers in Manila, but my long hours coupled with the ridiculously oppressive heat here ensures that primers are an absolute MUST. Shiseido has amazing products if you're prepared to pay for them, and this is no different. I was lucky enough to get this from my mum, but I think it's around $40. (Pricy for a measly 30ml, but it does work...)
6) MAC Matte Lipstick in Taupe - I can't extoll the virtues of MAC lipsticks more, but suffice to say that this is ridiculously awesome. It lasts longer than any other lipstick I've tried, has a great finish, and is just WONDERFUL. I've got a small collection of six MAC lipsticks in various shades (brought them all with me, though didn't snap a picture), and none of them have let me down yet! I was a huge fan of cheaper lippies before, but I can honestly say that once I started buying the high-end stuff, I've never gone back. I can't afford to get as many shades as I used to, but in all honesty, how many lipsticks does a girl need? I think that building a small base collection of shades that you will always use is way better than having thirty lipsticks in shades that you will hardly ever touch.
I also brought along a few other key items that are unpictured, but these are the basics of what I use every day. (I don't use mascara too often-- it's only for special days.)
What about you, ladies? What brands make it into your travel kits? :)