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I'm off to Barcelona for a few days later this week so fancied doing a good old-fashioned 'what's in my makeup bag'-style post, so that's what we're talking through today! These are the products that made the cut for my short city break...

- BASE - 

My favourite do-it-all primer is the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer | £15 | full review. I was tempted to go with my Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer (review) as I've been obsessed with it lately, however it doesn't really fill in pores and I thought packing a second primer for that purpose would be a little bit excessive! This one helps smooth the skin, gives it that perfect satin finish and helps my makeup last that bit longer.

In terms of concealers - I have three! I know it's kind of extra but I tend to correct, brighten under the eyes and then spot-conceal any blemishes with a shade that matches my skin tone closely. Under the eyes my Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach) | £19.60 | full review | just helps to cancel out the blue tone of dark circles, meaning I don't have to layer on the concealer. To use under the eyes I'll definitely be taking my favourite for everyday wear - the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer (Medium) | £23.75 | full review. It's just a great all-rounder - it definitely gives me the coverage I need but it isn't at all heavy and blends out so nicely. It isn't drying but it's also long-lasting and won't crease. Finally I'll be taking the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer | £24 | full review | which is a potted product that warms under your fingers and can be dabbed right onto any problem areas (mine are usually dark spots where old blemishes have become hyper-pigmented). It's natural-looking and long-wearing, plus very easy to blend out, so it takes seconds to apply. You can use this under the eyes too if you want a more natural look.

As my base product, I'm pretty sure I'm going to take the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation*(Barcelona) | £33.50 | full review. I was deliberating whether or not to take a light base and a proper foundation but what I really like about this product is that you can sheer it out or build up the coverage for a more 'glam' look. I love how this makes my skin look perfected and radiant without the shine - it has a sort of satin finish and I can trust it to last on my skin. I then plan on taking my Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Mini Instant Retouch Setting Powder (Honey) | £17. I picked this product up because I far prefer the look and feel of a loose setting powder but they can be so bulky to travel with! So far, so good with this one. I think the temperatures will be pleasant / moderate in Barcelona for May so I'm not expecting my makeup to be dripping off but we will be doing a fair amount of walking! This really helps stop my concealer creasing under the eyes and keeps everything in place without being too heavy or drying (though I probably should've gone a shade lighter as this matches my skin tone instead of being brightening).

- EYES - 

I find custom palettes and mini palettes easiest when I'm travelling, so I have one of each! The first is the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette* | £25 | full review. I just love this warm-toned colour story and the finish of these beautiful foiled shades. They're really long-wearing, so I know they'll last me from day to night. I was considering whether to take a one-swipe cream eyeshadow, but honestly these shimmers do the same job of giving a gorgeous metallic finish and can be applied with fingers.

In my Anastasia Beverly Hills quad (free with a purchase of 4 of their shadows) I have three more coppery and plum tones, as well as an inner-corner highlight (as the Huda palette doesn't really contain one). The Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Shimma Shimma | £4.95 | full review | is my go-to sheeny, pearly light champagne inner-corner highlight. I then have the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Grandstand | £7.95 | full review | as a metallic, coppery rose gold lid colour. In terms of a matte crease colour I'm including the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Red Earth | £12 | full review | which is a gorgeous pinkish-red brown. Then finally the Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single in Cognac | £12 | full review | which is a deeper red-brown shimmer. These are the formulas I can trust, so I feel confident taking them away with me.

The eyeliner I can't be without is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Vivid Smoky Quartz | £16 | full review.  This is a twist-up stick eyeliner that's smooth and creamy to apply but really stays in place all day. This is a warm, deep brown colour that I use on the waterline so my eyes are subtly defined and my lashes look thicker. I'll probably also still pack my beloved Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black | £16 | full review. It's been my absolute favourite for winged liner for years! It's so precise and smudge-proof. I no longer feel the need to wear winged liner every day without fail like I once did, however it's a nice step to add when you're taking a look from day to night.

I do my brows every day with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Ebony) | £22 | full review. It just a quick and easy fine brow pencil that gives a nice, natural look. I like to set them with the Glossier Boy Brow | £14 | full review. It's a volumising, tinted brow gel that has a nice amount of hold and can be used on its own if your brow shape is pretty even. I also think I'm going to pack my Glossier Lash Slick | £14 | full review | as a mascara. It's quite a subtle lengthening mascara but the reason I really like this is because it's incredibly long-lasting, smudge-proof and doesn't flake.


I have a mini highlighter I really love so I'm going to be taking that. I can't find this size in the Jouer Powder Highlighter in Skinny Dip | £19 (full size) | full review | but it's a gorgeous champagne-gold peach tone with an amazing, blinding finish. I'm going to take two blushers - the Milani Baked Blush in Bellissimo Bronze* | £10 | full review | and Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk | £15 | full review. I love the Milani blushers - they give the skin a glow, they're easy to apply and really long-lasting. This is a gorgeous golden-bronze shade. The Glossier Cloud Paints are liquid-cream blushers that you dab on with your fingers to get a natural flush of colour. Dusk is a muted brown-peach nude. As a bronzer I'm packing my Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Bajan Gyal | £23 | full review coming soon. Although this is a newer product, I'm already loving this matte bronzer for a gorgeous warm look to the skin. It has a lovely, smooth formula that blends like a dream too.

- LIPS - 

I like to wear something pretty hydrating during the day so I'm going to take my beloved Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Spice | £19.50. It's so nourishing and gives a sheer wash of warm brown nude. Then I'm going to take two proper lipsticks - one to go with the more reddish makeup colours I've packed and another for the warm pinky tones. The first is the Urban Decay Vice Comfort Matte Lipstick in Carnal | £17.50 | full review. It's so comfortable but gives a long-wearing true matte finish. I love this reddish-brown terracotta colour too. Then finally I'm going to have the MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha | £17.50 | full review. It's a creamy lipstick with a slight sheen that's still very opaque. The shade itself is an interesting sort of yellow-brown pink colour - I've never tried anything quite like it!

Which products do you pack when you go for a city break?

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