Punta Cana | What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag?


Yesterday I got home from an amazing trip to the Dominican Republic. We stayed at a beautiful resort in Punta Cana and I cannot wait to post all about my trip on here! In the meantime, I wanted to share what I brought along in my travel makeup bag!

I have done this kind of a post a few times now (New York City, Cancun and Cleveland) and was eager to also do one for Punta Cana. So, here is what I packed in my travel makeup bag for my vacation to the Caribbean!


Boscia B.B. Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 27 Of course, I packed my favourite B.B. cream for the evenings. My skin gets on so well with this product, as it just smooths over my skin effortlessly and evens everything out, whilst looking and feeling completely natural. I love that the shade is self-adjusting, so it always matches my skin, and the added SPF is a plus.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer This is my favourite concealer at the moment, so packing it was a no-brainer. It blends like a dream and offers amazing coverage under the eyes and I’ll even apply a bit of it on my forehead and chin too. It feels so lightweight on the skin and is breathable making it perfect for the tropical weather.

e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder Another makeup bag staple is this pressed powder. This sets your makeup wonderfully and it really does work in helping correct and neutralize any skin problems (especially redness). Even if I am not wearing any other face makeup, I will just dust this all over my face to help even everything out.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder For another powder option, I have this amazing one by NARS. Looking in the mirror, this just applies and appears like your average setting powder, but in photographs it gives your face such an incredible boost. It really does work with all different sources of light to optimize light reflection and I am always so pleased with the results of this powder in regards to having my photo taken.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette (no longer available) For bronzer, blush and highlight I have them all in this handy palette that I really do not use as often as I should. Their cult bronzer is perfect for bronzing up the skin, as well as contouring your features and the blush is a beautiful pale pink. The highlighter in here is a champagne gold shade that looks especially incredible with a tan. All three shades are build able and I really love the Amazonian clay formula.

Prime & Set

Illamasqua Matte Veil This primer is so good for mattifying the skin, as it eliminates any oil on my face and leaves me completely shine-free without looking flat. It creates the perfect base for makeup, but is also excellent to use when I’m not wearing makeup, as it balances out the oiliness I tend to get from sunscreen. This is such a pricey product, but it really is great for combination/oily skin.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer I have used up almost all of this product, so I figured I would bring it in order to try and use up the last of it. That being said, I will definitely be repurchasing this as it is so good for neutralizing or ‘blurring’ the discolouration around my eyes. It also makes the perfect base for concealer and eye shadow, as it helps the product just glide right over the skin.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray Even though the Illamasqua primer works exceptionally, I brought my trusting setting spray as back up. For the evenings, this just locks my makeup in place and makes sure nothing slips and slides around on my face. The technology behind this is it helps lower the temperature of your makeup, so in warmer weather you can be confident that your makeup won’t budge.

Lise Watier Oil Blotting Papers And just to be super prepared to combat any pesky oil, along with the primer and setting spray, I have to have blotting papers on me for on-the-go touch ups. These effectively eliminate shine without disrupting my makeup and I love the bright pink, summery packaging of these ones.

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Marcelle Accent Eyebrow Crayon in ‘Blondine’ I don’t think I have ever tried anything by Marcelle before, but I decided to give it a try based on the positive reviews on the beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart website. And I am happy to report it lives up to the positive reviews! The pencil is the perfect consistency—not too hard that it tugs on my brows, but not too soft that it doesn’t give me enough precision and control. It lasts all day, sharpens great and the spoolie on the end is super convenient for traveling and doing my brows on-the-go.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara This tinted brow gel matches the brow pencil perfectly making them an excellent pairing. The pencil has great staying power on its on, but the gel just helps keep everything in place. What I love about this brow gel the most is that the colour clings to my brow hairs and not my skin making it look really natural.

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust in ‘Brightening Bare’ For an eye shadow option, I packed this particular one because it’s such an easy, no fuss eye shadow and the shade is a beautiful subtle champagne that makes my eyes pop. I have also grown to love the applicator on this, as it means I don’t need to pack an eye shadow brush—I just apply it all over my lid and then blend it out with my finger tip and then use the applicator to smudge the shadow on my lower lash line. So quick and easy.

Sephora Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in ‘Deep Brown’ For eyeliner, I only packed my favourite brown pencil liner that I have had for ages. It’s so pigmented, sharpens well and doesn’t tug on my eye area. It helps make my lashes look fuller and I also love smudging this on my lower lash line. I really love brown eyeliner as an alternative to black, as it is less harsh and I find it to actually be more flattering on my eyes.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara Dramatic Volume Unlimited I took a chance packing a mascara I had never tried before, but luckily the formula of this is absolute perfection. The tapered wand separates my lashes and makes them look so full and ridiculously long. It is not clumpy whatsoever and the wand makes it easy to apply onto my lower lashes. And though it is not waterproof, it has excellent staying power and does not smudge even under the hot Caribbean sun.


Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in ‘Quenched’ I haven’t used Baby Lips in forever, but I repurchased this particular one as I remember really loving it. This helps repair and smooth your lips and offers eight-hour hydration. It really does live up to its ‘Quenched’ name, as that’s exactly how it feels when you apply it on your lips. This one also has SPF 20, so it kept my lips protected during the day (though I did get lazy with reapplying it).

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Lip Treatment For when my lips begin to get dry in the warmer weather, this is my go-to lip treatment to apply. The formula is thick and super nourishing, so I like to apply this in the evenings and before bed. It instantly relieves any dryness and tightness and by the morning my lips always look and feel so much better. This doesn’t seem to be online anymore, so if The Body Shop discontinued it I will be thoroughly unimpressed.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in ‘Rose’ After gushing about this lip balm in this post, I was so excited to properly test it out on my trip. I absolutely love the shade, as it’s sheer yet gives my lips this subtle rosy tint that looks so pretty and natural. It also fills in any fine lines on my lips. Though it is hydrating on the lips, I will say I found towards the end of my trip it was beginning to cling to some dry patches I was getting on my lips. So, this product definitely works best when your lips are exfoliated and smooth.

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in ‘Coral Calling’ Of course, I had to pack a coral lip option and this orange-toned coral by Essence is such a pretty option for the sunnier weather. These lipsticks are pigmented and build able and don’t feel heavy or drying on your lips. Just pair it with a lip liner to prevent bleeding and extend its longevity and you don’t have to worry about your lip colour all night.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in ‘Ozone’ I actually don’t have any coral lip liners, but luckily I do have this universal one. Since it is clear it means you can’t really outline your lips with this in order to create your lip shape and allow precision. Instead, I just apply it all over my lips to prime and prep them. The formula helps colour to go on evenly and wear longer and also prevents bleeding, which is exactly what I need.

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Now that I am done my undergrad and back from vacation, I have so many fun things planned for my blog—so stay tuned!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. So many wonderful products and I love the flatlay of them all!


    1. ellerow says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂


  2. KarenH says:

    Wonderful product! I love the age rewinds concealer by maybelline.



    1. ellerow says:

      I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it!


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