I hope you all had a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend!

We spent the weekend by beginning my Mom’s kitchen redo! Goodbye “tuscan yellow” walls and hello gorgeous gray walls.

Now on to the next exciting thing: MEXICO!

My fiance’s brother is getting married in the Riviera Maya next Tuesday and we are heading down this Sunday. I am so excited to have a quick little trip with my honey celebrating our favorite couple.

I have a handful of things that I still need to do before we leave, but today I decided to get a jump start on my packing. The first thing that I like to do is to get all of my makeup, hair care, and skin care in order. You know JUST the most important things.

So here is a little look into how I pack all of my beauty products and what I bring with me!

1◊ First thing that I like to do is to lay out of the brushes that I want to bring with me. Since it is a beach vacation I do not need to bring all of my brushes, just my most important ones. My must haves are: a foundation brush, a beauty blender, a big powder brush, a contour brush, a small, flat shader brush, a fluffy, blending brush, and a fan brush. I do not bother bringing my eyebrow brushes since I am bringing my NYX eyebrow pencil (which luckily has an eyebrow tool attached on the other end!). I typically like to wash my brushes two days before my trip (doing it the day before runs the risk of your brushes not drying properly!). I like to put my brushes in an oversized makeup bag all by themselves! The last time I put them in with a makeup product, said makeup product spilled all over my clean brushes and I spent the first day of my vacation cleaning it all up.


2◊ After I get all my brushes gathered, I gather up my eye shadow pallets that I am bringing. My Morphe 35o pallets are hands down my favorite! I bought the original 35o and became obsessed, but when the came out with the separate matte and shimmer pallets I knew they were a must have. I bring them everywhere with me. Another pallet that I am bringing is my new BH Cosmetics  88 Natural Eyeshadow Pallet. I just got it in the mail this week (one of those things I totally forgot purchasing so I was super excited when I looked in the mail box) and the options are endless. From pastels to black. It helps that the shadows are also highly pigmented and buttery soft. I’m gonna create a ton of fun, colorful Mexico looks with this one. As for packing… I used to carefully wrap my pallets in a hand towel and place them in the middle of my clothes in my suitcase. It worked awesomely until a few months ago when I traveled to Orlando and opened my suitcase to see eye shadow on half of my clothes. One of the pallets broke during the trip and was completely ruined. Now I wrap my pallets up and place them in my carry on. Since I only bring three they do not take up that much space and I am a lot more careful with them than others would be.


3◊ After I gather my eyeshadow pallets up, I choose the rest of my makeup products. First, I pick out which foundations I want to bring (light weight ones that I know will hold through the heat). I usually bring two because I hate bringing one that I think I want to use and changing my mind when I get there. I am going to be bringing my NYX Total Control foundation drops and my Maybelline Matte and Poreless foundation (I use shade 220).

Next, I grab my concealer, mascara, eyeliner, and brow pencil. These are all no brainers since I usually only use one type of these at a time (unlike my foundations that I change everyday). Right now I am loving the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara, my NYX brow pencil, and my go to NYX matte black liquid liner.

Lastly for my makeup I grab a bronzer, a few pairs of eyelashes, AN SPF CHAPSTICK (burnt lips are never in style), and my setting spray and put all of it into a makeup bag. I do not pack a highlighter to go with me since my Morphe 35o Shimmer pallet has more than enough shades that pull double duty.

I put my makeup bag in the middle of my clothes in my main suitcase still (until something breaks again, then I will have to think of switching it up).

4◊ With the most important things being packed up, I move onto my skin care products. I keep it pretty simple for this. I pack a moisturizing face primer (Nivea Men’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm is seriously one of my favorites. Moisturizes and reduces any redness that I have), I pack an eye cream (Tarte has my favorite one at the moment), a brightening face mask, face wipes, an exfoliant face scrub, and a mild face soap. I keep it pretty simple with my vacation skin care. Just bringing the basics.

5◊ One of the last things that I do to pack my toiletries up is to gather some important hair care products. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are a must since I just can’t risk using those little bottles that the hotel provides you. I grab my hair spray, hair shine serum (I know that’s not the technical name for it but that’s what I call it), and a detangling hair brush.

The only hair tools that I bring are a blow dryer (once again you can’t risk not bringing it and the hotel not having a functioning one. You don’t want to sit there for an hour trying to dry your hair when it usually takes ten minutes) and my flat iron. I do not bring my curling irons because in the last year I have learned the art of creating the perfect beach waves with my handy dandy flat iron.

To finish up my hair products, I throw small elastics and a plethora of bobby pins into a small container so that they aren’t all over the place in my bag.


My hair products go in makeup bags as well and are placed in my main suitcase.

6◊ After this is all packed up, I think of all of my last minute essentials. Deodorant (which I throw in my carry one because you never know when you’re gonna need it), a few roll on perfumes that I can throw in my clutches, body lotion, andddd a TOOTH BRUSH AND TOOTH PASTE!

ANDDDDDD SUNBLOCK!!!! Spray, lotion, face, whatever way your cookie crumbles just don’t forget it. Even if you aren’t going to the beach it is important to have at all times.

So that is how I pack up my makeup-y products and hair products for my trips. Here is a quick checklist that you can use to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything when you make your next trip!



  • Makeup brushes
  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Fake Eyelashes
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye shadow
  • A setting powder
  • A setting spray
  • Brow products
  • Face wipes
  • Face wash
  • Face mask
  • Eye Cream
  • Face primer
  • Lip products (SPF is necessary when at the beach!)
  • Hair elastics and bobby pins
  • Hair spray
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Perfume
  • Flat iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair brush
  • lotion
  • AND don’t forget to bring sunblock! Protect that beautiful skin of yours please and thank you!

I hope I didn’t forget anything!

I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day and let me know below what things you guys bring on your trips!

As always,



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