If you follow my Instagram (@katesnooks) then you will have seen that I recently went on holiday!  I visited Portugal with my family and boyf for a week to celebrate my gorgeous Mum’s 50th birthday (big holiday blog post to follow)!

I wanted to share the beauty products I took away with me so this post is all about the makeup I took, and following shortly will be the skincare, body and hair care bits I also packed!

Super picture heavy – I apologise, but I really wanted to show off my new Muji makeup bag.  It was the perfect size to take away and fit all of my makeup bits and brushes in.  It has two compartments, one for products and the other side has slot for brushes and more little compartments (in which I kept ear plugs and any medication/pills & cotton pads/buds)!  This is currently on sale online at only £7 – bargain!

I took away Bobbi Brown products for my base – the Foundation Stick and Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, both in the shade Porcelain. I love the liquid foundation because it gives good coverage without being too heavy in the warm weather.  I also used my Collection Concealer & Cover FX Powder to complete and set my makeup.

Blush/bronzer wise I stuck to Benefit’s Hoola and didn’t use anything else (not even Mac’s Melba I took away with me).  I went eyeshadow free this holiday and stuck to liquid and pencil liner to give my eyes definition, and mascara of the hols was Tarte’s Light’s, Camera, Lashes!  Again love this, but it does transfer onto my eyelids after a long day.

I took away 4 lip products; Sleek Makeup lippies in Peaches and Cream & Barely There, and two red shades – MAC’s Morange and Illamasqua’s Matte Lip Liquid in Exotic.

As you can see above, I still took too many products with me (I always do) but it’s better to have too much than too little, right?!

Next post coming up is the hair/skin & bodycare products I took away!

What are your holiday beauty essentials?




  1. July 26, 2014 / 9:49 am

    You pack a lot! I try to pack light when it comes to make-up. Like one of each.

  2. July 26, 2014 / 10:19 am

    Definitely going to have to try the BB foundation! Love that makeup bag with the brush storage. Where did you find it?
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  3. July 26, 2014 / 10:54 am

    That bag looks super ideal ! I usually take a tinted moisturiser, bright lips and some mascara – lots of skincare. I'm bit a massive makeup wearer on holiday !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  4. July 26, 2014 / 11:02 am

    I love seeing what people take away with them! I’m away next weekend and will have to do a similar post!

  5. July 26, 2014 / 11:33 am

    Adore this makeup bag! I will be definitely making a purchase!

    Cat from OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

  6. July 26, 2014 / 11:38 am

    That bag looks so fab!
    Emma xo | |

  7. July 26, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Lovely post! That bag looks super, such a handy piece.

  8. July 26, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    You have amazing products in your makeup bag! So jealous!

    Maybe follow me on bloglovin? 🙂

  9. July 26, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I'll have to give the Bobbi Brown concealer and foundation a go if they both come in a porcelain shade!

  10. July 26, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    I love this flippin' bag! Awesome post!!

  11. Anonymous
    July 26, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    The bag is not available in the USA
    Geez, it looks useful.

  12. July 26, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    I've been looking for a makeup bag with a separate brush compartment for ages. I've just ordered one, along with mini pots & bottles so thank you!!

  13. July 27, 2014 / 8:03 am

    Concealer, sun block, red lipstick and pink lipstick. Maybe my grey and pink eyeshadow palette and white pencil

  14. July 28, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Very good information – should certainly help and possibly many more in their efforts to taking the utmost essential make up items! 😀 x

  15. July 28, 2014 / 11:18 am

    Great post! I'm packing for my holiday at the moment and really struggling, I find it so hard to narrow things down! haha!

  16. July 28, 2014 / 11:38 am

    I prefer to go light on holidays, some sunscreen, lipstick and mascara is all I need.

  17. July 28, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Better to take more make up than not enough – this bag is great, the make-up bags I use doesn't have separate compartments, should definitely invest in one that has all these features!

  18. July 29, 2014 / 5:06 pm

    Holiday beauty essentials would have to be my basic make up kit and some basic real teqniques brushes I will always take my cheaper things out just in case anything goes missing or in a worse case scenario my suitcase dosent arrive .

  19. July 29, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Thank you for this post! I recently bought a travel bag for my makeup but it's too small!
    I'll have to give this muji one a try! It seems the perfect size

  20. July 30, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    My greatest fault is taking too many beauty products/clothing on holiday. A must for me is dry shampoo. Ain't nobody got time for washing their hair on holiday. I also MUST have at least one bright and summary nail polish. I usually don't wear bright colours on my nails but when I'm on holiday I always have an urge to paint them in a bright colour.

  21. August 11, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I like to keep my makeup simple but I love the case you carry them in! Definitely going to get one for when I'm traveling.

  22. August 16, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    I always pack alot of make-up for holidays then find I never actually use it but I never learn. I really love that case, so many useful compartment

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  23. December 19, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    This is the kind of thing that most women are looking for. Something where they can bring and organize their make up set, because women really wanted to bring almost all of their make up just to look fresh and pretty even after a tiring day. But bringing all the make up sets inside the bag would mess up all the things inside. And i guess this is the perfect solution for problems like this.

  24. March 26, 2015 / 2:35 pm

    Katie, I love your ideas! I have periods of time where I travel frequently for work, so I keep a separate makeup and toiletries bag stocked and ready to go, along with a spare curling iron, in my suitcase. That way I never forget anything

  25. April 22, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Finding the perfect travel makeup bag can be trickier than it sounds, but the resulting organization (and peace of mind) is well worth the effort. Buy a bag that is slightly smaller than you think you need: this will ensure that all your cosmetics stay snug inside and won’t break from bouncing around, and force you to pare down to just your must-haves.

    Look for a bag with a transparent exterior and/or lots of inner compartments to help you find exactly what you need when you’re on the go. Separating your products by type or color and keeping them in smaller plastic bags inside the pouch can also help. And finally, find a bag that can be wiped clean with a little soap and water, because spills and smudges happen—but stains don’t have to.

  26. April 30, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    You have so incredible ideas for packing! I am going to move to my new apartment next week and I should pack all of my stuff. I have so many makeup products that I had no idea how to pack them. Thank you for the advices here!

  27. August 14, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Nice post! Your makeup bag is the perfect example for what I need to pack my stuff for travel. Lately my makeup items increased their number and I found that I need more products when I'm going out of town.Thanks for sharing!

  28. November 27, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Great ideas indeed. I just starten With make up and I'm alwaysblooking for these Great tips

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