Travel Makeup Kit: Beach Edition + Some Beach Outfits

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Beach Vibes

Hi everyone! Just a quick entry as I want to share the most reached-for products during my 6-day trip to the pristine white-sand beaches of Boracay. I would share the makeup I brought with me but I took 3 shit load of kits (for the wedding!) and I’m just not patient enough to take photos of all those! I did post on my Twitter though the set-up which included most products (if not all) which I used on my friend who was a bridesmaid for the wedding.

First of all, let’s get this out of the way – YES, I WEAR MAKEUP ON THE BEACH. It’s not full-on makeup, of course. It’s more of a barely-there, sunkissed, pinched-on-the-cheeks surfer-chick kind of vibe, if you get what I mean (if you don’t, don’t worry I don’t make sense most of the time). But anyway, the makeup items I’m talking about here are just to add color to my otherwise sallow and a-bit-hungover face. I’ll briefly gloss over the items and link you to reviews of each (if they already have one). 


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

An oil-free sheer-medium coverage that feels so lightweight I don’t feel like I’m wearing foundation at all. Another hard-to-cake foundation, ladies! Those with acne scars that need major coverage may opt for Bobbi’s Long-wear Even Finish Foundation, but for those who just want to even out skin tone and something like my-skin-but-better, this is the one for you. I find this kind of like a tinted moisturizer with better and heavier coverage than most TMs. Full review soon.

Benefit Big Easy

Big Easy is a complexion corrector that goes on like liquid with a powder finish. Benefit touts this to be ‘better than BB creams’ and I would agree because BB creams are so thick, very heavy and mostly cakey. Big Easy is much more lightweight and dries like powder without the cake. I wore it on the beach for 4-5 hours before I felt the need to use the next item on the list, my MAC Blot Powder. It also has SPF35 which saved me from applying a separate sunscreen altogether (yet I still did because I’m terrified of those UVAs). Overall, I would say Big Easy is perfect for the summer days ahead! Full review soon.

MAC Blot Powder

Hit pan much? I love this because it keeps the oilies at bay without adding any pigment orc coverage whatsoever. Cake away, please! I’ve gone through one of these already (this is my second one!) and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who’s oily slash combi looking for a blot powder. Of course, it’s not a must-have. Oil-control films work just as good as this, I believe, but some tend to remove makeup as well so I don’t recommend it for special events or occasions. I like my MAC Blot Powder too much though – one of my favorite MAC products.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

This Ambient Lighting Palette has made one too many appearances in this blog, it may have already reached its quota! A finishing, highlighting and bronzing powder in one palette – need I say more? I love using this to warm and/or highlight my face for that ‘glow’ everyone wants and talks about. I’ve had my apprehensions on this palette but seeing how much love it receives finally erases all those doubts. Review here

Lips & Cheeks

Benefit Lollitint

Lollitint has been a constant companion all throughout the trip because it’s so easy to use that it instantly awakens and brightens my complexion in less than ten seconds. Two swipes of these on my cheeks, three layers on my lips and a little blending to complete the job. I swam with this on and the stain remained on my cheeks and lips even after I finished swimming. Yup, it’s waterproof alright!

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon

I used to avoid cream products (like those that are really creamy and not powdery) because I feared they were hard to work with. What was I thinking? Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Fresh Melon applies like a true cream but once blended into the skin, dries like it’s almost powder. It’s not powder though, but the finish on the cheeks isn’t at all oily nor greasy-looking. No shimmer in this as well so no pores emphasized either. It’s buildable so it’s definitely not as intense as it looks in pan. Needless to say, I really fell in love with this product when I was at the beach because the shade, the texture, the finish – all hit the spot for me!

Lancome Rouge in Love Rose Boudoir

I used this quite less than I did my Kiehl’s Lip Balm but for times when I knew photos will be taken, I used this sheer jelly-type lipstick from Lancome which is Rose Boudoir (from the Rouge in Love collection). It’s a non-fussy lipstick that applies like a balm yet is fully opaque in one and a half swipes. One of my favorite non-satin/non-matte lipsticks in my stash.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 in Mango

A staple in my bag. I hate using lip balms, to be honest. But my perpetually dry and flaky lips have cursed me to use balms else I would have peely lips everyday. One of my favorites is Kiehl’s Balm #1 in Mango because the moisturizing and softening effects last all day without need of reapplication. Plus, I love mangoes so not sorry if you do see me licking my lips when I have this on.

Okay, those are way too many words for this supposedly quick post! I’ll leave you with some OOTDs during my trip using some, if not all, of the items I’ve mentioned above. Hope you get to finally understand what I mean when I said barely-there, pinched-on-the-cheeks, surfer chick vibe kind of look, LOL!

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  1. March 26, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Hey Shari, great job! Casual beachy vibe for the win! I noticed you packed more base/face products than eye ones, which is probably what I’d do, too! The weather isn’t bad here, but I still get jealous seeing you in shorts and sandals!

    • March 29, 2014 / 2:46 pm

      I don’t usually do any eye makeup on the beach – just curl my lashes and sometimes slick on a waterproof liner (but mostly I skip it!). Would love to see your Spring/Summer picks and outfits soon, Sunny!

    • March 29, 2014 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Zaz!

  2. March 26, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    That green/blue bag is beautiful!
    Do you have any tips for packing make-up for a 2 month break? I feel like I’m bringing most of my stuff and that doesn’t seem practical at all haha

    • March 30, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      2-months is quite long so I’m sure I’ll be bringing a lot of stuff with me if I were in your position, haha! Although the ideal would probably be: 2 foundations (one light-medium, one medium-full coverage), two eye palettes, 3 blushes of different shades, an eyeliner, an eyebrow product, lash curler, mascara and a selection of lip products (no limit HAHA!) 🙂 Dont forget your skincare products, too!! 🙂 Enjoy your break, cel! Where are you off to?

  3. Raven Ang
    March 26, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    I think it’s great that you mainly focused on base products. I know I would have if I was at the beach. But tbh I kinda hate going out in the sun. I hate being tanned and dark. Weird, I know!

    • March 30, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      I dont like the sun because Im scared of the bugger UVA rays but I love the beach (seeing the waves crashing on the shore and listening to it as well is so therapeutic). I dont hate being tanned but I dislike being darker than my normal shade because I’d have to go get a darker base product 😐 First world problems, much. Haha!!

  4. Michelle
    March 27, 2014 / 12:02 am

    Gonna pick up the MAC blotting powder soon!!! >.< See what you do!!!!????
    P.S- Love your laid back style! You do classy and elegant as well as casual chic! Brilliant!

    • March 30, 2014 / 5:46 pm

      Oh wow, Bubs! Thanks so much – that means a lot!! *blushing* No one can do classy elegant and casual chic better than you, though. HANDS DOWN – you’re the most pap-worthy beauty blogger ever!! 😉
      And the MAC Blot Powder is really a must for my combi-skin because I truly hate touching up my makeup! I find solace in the blot powder as it’s fuss-free and cake-free as well!

  5. March 27, 2014 / 1:03 am

    Beautiful picks- so perfect for travel! MAC Blot Powder is a staple of mine and I can’t wait to try the new BeneFit BB Cream! xo

    • March 30, 2014 / 5:46 pm

      Yay MAC Blot Powder lovers unite! 🙂 Ooooh I think the Benefit BB Cream is a winner, you’ll like it (I hope!). I hate thick and heavy foundations so this one hits the spot for me.

  6. March 27, 2014 / 3:48 am

    OOTDs=Love! 🙂
    I am eyeing those Benefit Products, Lollitint and Big Easy!
    Love your post, as always!

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Hi Juvz! First time to be reacquainted with the brand and I’m not disappointed 🙂 Wish they were a bit more affordable here in the Philippines though cos I see a lot of people missing out on their great products because they’re quite pricey 😐

  7. CarolCosmos
    March 27, 2014 / 3:54 am

    benefit lollitint looks sooo pretty! I think I might have to get it at some point

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Lollitint is my favorite among all the tints, in texture/consistency and shade 🙂

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      I’ve actually used up all my Chanel Chance hair mist so I’m kinda sad 🙁 The perfume is also heavenly! I love the Eau Tendre one.

  8. March 27, 2014 / 6:26 am

    Thanks for sharing! I’m nosy and always curious to know what other people bring on holiday! Great selection too!

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks, babe!! 🙂

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Awww thanks Jen my love!! 🙂 Appreciate the feedback!

  9. Eileen
    March 27, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Love love love! Can’t wait to read your upcoming reviews, the Bobbi Brown foundation & Benefit Big Easy sound like amazing products! The third outfit with the white top is my fave looks super effortlessly chic! <3

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      I’ve a long list of products lined up for you, Eilez! The NARS concealer pa HEHE. And thanks for the super sweet outfit comment, appreciate it always! :*

  10. March 28, 2014 / 7:42 am

    I was just writing about beach makeup myself. Haha!

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:03 pm

      Oooh checking your blog after! Missed out on your posts na 🙁 Catching up now!

  11. March 28, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    You look super gorgeous! 🙂 Too bad…I’m not really a beach person. I’m too afraid of the sun. Hahaha

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      I’m afraid of the sun, too!! Pero super love ko ang beach/water so medyo conflict of interest. Haha!! Hey when is the repeat!! Wanna meet you guys and I have something for you – super delayed gift. Would like to give it personally na lang 😉

      • March 30, 2014 / 8:57 pm

        Haha ako ayoko talaga ng beach. Five times palang ako napadpad sa beach and all because I had no choice since I was just a kid then. Haha! Anyway, I’ll try to file for a leave on the 19th. I think Rae’s available then. Not sure, though. I’ll text her. But in case, I’ll email/DM you if ma-approve ang leave ko 🙂

  12. March 29, 2014 / 2:21 am

    i cry everytime i see the hourglass palette on your posts lol ^^ im so sad i missed it, i feel like its so easy going. i might just get it separately, or probably get dim light first this coming spring sale on sephora just to try it out 🙂

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:15 pm

      Overexposed na nga yang palette na yan eh – I just realized :)) But then it goes to show I really use it a lot!! I think you can get one or two ambient lighting powders Shayne so you dont have to feel bad 😉 And yes, wait for the Sephora sale!

  13. March 29, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    I’ve read a lot of reviews about MAC Blot Powder! Was supposed to pick that up before I left USA, kaso ewan, I forgot. Hahahahahaha! You’re too pretty, teh! <3

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:16 pm

      Aww thanks naman gurl *blushing* Haha!! For oily-combi skin, I would say the MAC Blot powder is a savior! 😉

  14. March 29, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Great outfits! I love them all! I just got back from my krabi beach trip from thailand! That’s a lot of make up you brought! I also brought a small bunch but only wore make up during the nights or for a few days when we weren’t getting very hot and sweaty and wet!

    • March 30, 2014 / 6:17 pm

      Oh wow Krabi!!! i’ve seen beautiful photos from my friend who went there recently! I know, I bring waaay too much when travelling. Those up there are just the most reached-for. I’d be digging a hole now if I had to show the entirety I brought with me 😐 Haha

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