The Weekend Away Bag

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be out of town for a weekend away with my boyfriend for our anniversary - on Monday it will have been 5 years since our first date! Since I’ll only be away for a night, I packed only the beauty necessities and tried to make use of a few samples I have lying around. Today we’re going to an art museum and then out to dinner, and tomorrow after we check out of the hotel we’ll be going to a baseball game - so we’ve got something exciting for each of us planned. 

Starting with the skincare I’ll be using tonight, I’m bringing along the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, because it’s awesome at makeup removal and is really good as a second cleanse (and morning cleanse), too. I’ve decided to skip the Pixi Glow Tonic for just one night so I don’t have to bring the big bottle of it with me, and I thought I’d take advantage of a relaxing evening by bringing along one of my current favorite masks, the Origins Original Skin Retexturing Mask. It’s purifying, exfoliating, and hydrating, and I have a small sample size - a win, win, win, win. For my serum I’m going to finish up my sample of the Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum, since I’m bringing along the mask. This one has been brilliant for keeping my skin clear and smooth. And for moisturizer, I’ve just got to bring the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream. I got this last weekend and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It’s incredibly moisturizing, but really lightweight, so it’s one I’ve been loving morning and night. And I've just got the bring along the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - this is something I apply every night without fail, and I wake up with thoroughly hydrated lips.

Onto the makeup bits, I’m also bringing along a newer addition to my base collection: the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I’ve been testing this out for a week as well, and so far so good. It’s got a lot more coverage than my other tinted moisturizers/BB/CC creams, so I can skip concealer (I'm still bringing the Clarins Instant Concealer just in case because I love it), and it’s got an SPF of 50. Since I’ll be out in the sun tomorrow at the game, this will be perfect. I love it so far because despite the high coverage and SPF, it feels so lightweight on the skin and looks incredibly natural - the name is spot on. For eyes I'm just going to keep it simple with a wash of my favorite cream eyeshadow, the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow in Marie Antoinette. This stuff doesn't budge on me despite having both oily and hooded eyelids, so it's definitely a win. I'm bringing my trusty Tweezerman Eyelash Curlers of course, and the Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara - my favorite at the moment. For brows I've got my usual Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. I don't think I could live without it. For my cheeks I've brought the unbelievably beautiful Charlotte Tilbury Colour of Youth Cheek and Lip Glow from the Norman Parkinson Collection. Despite it being quite creamy and almost balmy, this lasts and lasts on my skin and gives me a lovely natural flush. If I'm not feeling the lip products I'm bringing, I can pat this onto my lips as well. If you know me you know I can't be without a highlighter, and I'm going low-maintenance this time and bringing the rms beauty Living Luminizer. I've spoken about this multiple times because it's just such a beautiful product. If you like a dewy, natural glow, you need this. Lastly for lips, I'm bringing along the duo I can't get enough of lately, the Marc Jacobs (P)Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim(rose) and the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal. The Marc Jacobs pencil lasts forever on the lips, and the Fresh lip balm is super hydrating and leaves the perfect natural color.

What are your staples for a weekend away?