What’s In My Travel Beauty Bag?

I’ll tell ya—not much!  I  haven’t assessed all the travel beauty items in a long time and many of them have been used up. It’s time to refill or at least make an attempt at organizing.  ( I hate my effing laptop so much. I need to to go back and edit all the errors due to this friggin’ keyboard)

And since it’s all of six weeks until we leave for (click on shameless link to my post) our annual summer trip to Theoule-sur-Mer, I need to start packing stuff now.  OK—maybe not clothing yet, but I need to get the important stuff out of the way.  The items that help to make me look human especially since everyone along the Mediterranean has a tan, olive skin, is incredibly thin from all the tomatoes they eat and the cigarettes they smoke and they all have hair!

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Smoking keeps the French thin and the nicotine gives their skin a permanent tan.  I need to try a bit harder.

But now, let me concentrate on what’s in my travel beauty bag and what isn’t.

I have two travel cosmetics bags.   One is really old and filthy. Actually, I’m ashamed to let you see just how disgusting the black and white one is.

This is the black and white travel cosmetic bag from Thirty One.  It looks really pretty from this side….

But from this side it is a filthy mess. I’m a disgrace to all bloggers everywhere! Who saves old paper towels???  Who puts old, used paper towels in their travel kits??  I do. 

No, I’m not. It’s from  Thirty-One, a company that has all sorts of cute totes and boxes and all things to make you think you are organized–when in reality the only time you are organized is when you first make the purchase and bring the items home with you and look at them and within two weeks, you are back to being completely disorganized!

When I was working at Healthways, one of the nurses was selling this Thirty-One stuff. I felt obliged to buy something because of my constant ability to annoy her with hypochondriac questions. I settled upon a large tote that is now in the garage and a hanging organizer that I use as a travel beauty bag.

We will return to THIS bag later..

But let’s take a look at my red oriental themed cosmetic case and what I have in here.

We all know I have a “thing” for red.  But in all honesty, this travel organizer or whatever it is, is my favorite for lugging cosmetics around when traveling.

This is what I really need to assess. As you can see it looks pretty much empty

That’s because everything is crammed into this one zippered compartment!

I’m pretty bad with trying to organize. It’s been a complete Pinterest and blogger fail for me.  But–I still manage to try. Look what I have. Do I keep or throw away?

Urban Decay Basics Palette. This is a great travel palette because it is compact and the choices are matte and neutral. I purchased this back when it was $27. as opposed to the now $29.00. The little “spots” you see aren’t glittering drops of water. It is where Chippy decided to snack upon the palette…

Note the lower right-hand corner. I dropped this and the mirror broke. Luckily shards did not get into the shadow.  I’m keeping it. Damaged and all. It’s staying.

The hot mess on the left is some sort of highlighter/concealer from Benefit cosmetics.  I have no idea how old it is. But–it is still pretty creamy. It’s a keeper.  On the right is a travel-sized Yogourt face sunscreen by Korres.  This is a multi-tasker. If I get hungry on the plane I can eat this. It’s yogourt after all–it’s just spelled in a fancier way!

Will ya look at this?  iT cosmetics has outdone themselves in being “World” friendly!  A French spelling for “cream”, made in China and distributed in Jersey City, NJ. Why did I buy this.

This is the “creme”. Does my pasty white face REALLY need this?  No. It does not. But just in case this is the year that I get that natural tan and need a glow, I’ll throw it into the makeup case!

Thank God I decided to do some assessment. After all the years of travel, I am at the bottom of the barrel. Back to the bareMinerals shop for yet, more, Well Rested this weekend!

I have NO idea what this is but it looked like salted caramel frosting and I was tempted to eat it.

It didn’t match my skin tone and didn’t taste that great either. Yes. I did. It’s a toss! I still have no idea what this is!

A perfect little example why samples are great. I forgot about this. Lancome gave this out as a promo and it’s a great little gift-with-purhase. I’ve used it to give my evening eye a little “oomph”. It stays!

Now that wigs are a staple for me, I can use this powder  SAMPLE as a way to make the parts in my wig more realistic. The things you learn on YouTube! Keeper!

Only two Q-tips?  I need to get more–actually I do not. I found a bunch of them as I started to edit this post.  The ToppikI’ll keep the travel sizes just in case I feel like wearing my bio hair in a bun.  I doubt it though.

I can’t believe I had GOOD concealer in my travel stash.  No. This stays home.  I got this in Paris for a “deal”. Daniele’s maid’s cousin was working for Chanel and I loaded up on the good stuff for next to nothing.  I know people. Are you impressed yet that I know people in France no less? I have no American friends except Marybeth. The French love me! Actually they probably just think I’m a silly American,

Mascara, eyeliner, brow pencil, eye shadow, bronzer. I’m good to go. 

I’m pretty much set with the exception of cleaning my brushes and packing Chapstick.  It’s funny because I really don’t war that much makeup when I’m on vacation. I let mother nature take over, but I still need my stuff.

Back to the filthy Thirty One organizer. I ended up washing it in the kitchen sink..

This was the best I could do. But, I can store the skincare and toiletries in it.

…such as more fake tanner, sunscreen and more lip product!

Who am I kidding????  I’ll just buy more makeup and skin care products when I get to France!!! 

It’s true.  I’ll run around Chateau Bonaparte “gathering” more beauty products, shoving them into both travel bags because I have to have!!  Then we’ll take a trip to my favorite store of all time–Geant Casino Hypermarche in Mandelieu La Napoule to load up on the groceries and when Bonaparte is over in his favorite area–the wine aisles, I’ll be in my favorite area–skincare and beauty!  And I’ll be “sneaking” every product that I can get my grubby manicured hands on into the shopping cart!

Theoule. Geant. The wine just goes on and on and on.

Bonaparte’s favorite aisle at Geant!

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THIS, is my favorite haunt.  I”m obsessed with this hypermarche and will be loading my travel bag with necessities and unnecessities!

And so the preparations begin.  Tell me. When do you start thinking about packing for a trip or your vacation?  Are you like me?  Are you a last-minute packer? Do tell!

Anyway, I am not ready to weigh myself. This week was bad for me. I’m really stressed–especially over the healthcare situation. But that means really reassessing what I’ve been eating because moving forward I’ll have to eat to live. I’m thinking of becoming vegan–but only maybe two or three days a week.  I need more kale in my life.  In the meantime, here’s what I wore this week.

On Monday I wore this little number that I found in the garage. Remember?  I paired it with a very lightweight dotted scarf because the top of the dress is a bit on the low-cut side and I bend down a lot at work–from picking up things I clumsily drop!  Notice the hair, I’n wearing wigs every day now and I LOVE IT!  I don’t have to bother with how dry and craggy and thin my bio hair is anymore!

Tuesday’s ensemble was an homage to menopausal dressing. I wore a sleeveless shirt. Note the pom-pom trim. This is from last year. I’m fashion forward, I am!  J. Crew pants from the year of the flood, the ruffled chambray Regent blazer from J. Crew (one of the very few purchases made this season) and an old lightweight striped scarf.  My messy bun is made with the assistance of a Tony of Beverly topper (ok. I lied. I didn’t wear a full-on wig every day). Red ballet flats add a bit of oomph!

Wednesday’s outfit!!! I was so ‘eppee to wear this dress again!  It was in the garage and I’m thrilled that I never trashed it.  This dress is by Cos. I purchased it at Galeries Lafayette in Paris on my thinnest trip. That was many moons ago. It fits again and I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this dress. The top is knit. The botton is cotton and has pockets and I just love this so much. The length is perfect for the office and it is comfortable as all get out.  Bonaparte just took it to the dry cleaners because I didn’t have a tissue handy so I used my dress to….clean my eyeglasses and got makeup on the dress.  What can I say??? There are no words!  I felt very French as I wore my Repetto ballet flats and carried my nat et nin bag!

Thursday’s outfit was my favorite this week–I couldn’t believe the compliments I received!  Dayum!!  I felt good!  The dress?  From Loft and it is so old I cannot even remember buying it.  Which means it hasn’t been worn in years!  The higher neckline is perfect for a mature neck if you know what I mean!!  The length is so lady like. I could bend down all day in this getup!  To make the outfit a bit happier, I wore red heels and carried my red Longchamp bag.  Hahahaha. One of the clients said he couldn’t stop looking at me because I looked so nice!! Zowee!  What a compliment.  My boss even complimented my look! (Wait–does that mean I look like crap every other day?)

Friday’s ensemble. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a French-language tee?  I’m wordly–I mean WORLDLY!  This was a fun Jeans Friday Look.  The blazer was lightweight to wear in the cool morning, but by the time I left the office, I didn’t need it.  I love that plaid blazer.  It was purchased sometime last year or the year before during a huge sale at J. Crew.

And that rounds up my week!  Not too exciting but nonetheless,  it was fun!

Seems like I’m on a bit of a Frenchie kick this week with the preparations and the clothing.

Here’s a pretty song by Les Innocents “Colore”. I have this on a CD and always press “repeat”!

Have a great weekend! XOXOXOXO!!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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9 Responses to What’s In My Travel Beauty Bag?

  1. angelin2014 says:

    Catherine, I think you looked great in all the photos and I have also noticed that when wearing classic, feminine dresses you receive more compliments from men. They are so easy. But a question for you – how do you handle security and fluid regulations when travelling? I sometimes check in a bag just to handle my makeup-bag, because I´d die if they picked it out and threw half of the bag in the bin! I need fluid foundation, eyeliner and mascara, and on topp of that is my moisturizer, lotion and cleanser, and my hair-stuff…No chance of getting all that into a minibag of see-through plastic…

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Angelin. I put the larger items in Bonaparte’s suitcase because he checks his suitcases in. But, I do put certain items, like my Albolene makeup remover/cleanser into small little jars that pass through. I learned my lesson when a bottle of very expensive perfume was taken away from me. Mascara and eyeliner make it through. Since we spend over two weeks in Theoule, I go to the store and get but much of the stuff there to last me the time we spend. It’s less worry and not expensive when I purchase the store brands!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  2. Momcat says:

    Hahaha, your comment about what the French think of you is hilarious! Of course they adore you, you are soooo unpretentious! You enjoy life where ever you go…a sure way to anyone’s heart! My old ‘chum’ who was born and raised in Paris loved that about Americans who travelled to France after the war. So innocent, so full of life, such curiosity! In later years he noticed this was changing especially American women. He told me ” they attempt to out French the French which is impossible! Can’t they just be themselves? They have this Vogue/Hollywood preconceived notion of what a French woman is and they, sadly and embarrassingly, miss the mark.” He fell in love with an American girl in the 60’s and was enamoured of her ‘Americanisms’ he left France and many years later ran into this woman in Paris. Although she spoke and was dressed impeccably he said there was still something ‘rouge,bleu et blanc’ about her that stood out, she hadn’t neglected her roots and was all the more charming for letting them show. Continue to be yourself, crazy make up bags, wigs, elegant attire found in the garage, dog chewed eye shadow:) Whether at home or abroad you’ll knock ’em dead! Need to get some good ambassadors out there…yer prez ain’t doin’ such a hot job:( ugggggh what up with that Healthcare mess. I’ve been home sick and watched the View then did some more reading on it ( apparently more than the individuals who voted and I am a CANADIAN!!!)

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Momcat. Hahahaha! That’s what Bonaparte’s family happens to enjoy about me is that I don’t try to “Out French” them. In fact, they find it hilarious when I imitate his accent. And you know, I’m glad you brought that up. It bothers the beejesus out of me when I see all these American women trying to be French–especially after they return from their visits. Man. Be yourself. It’s fun to be acquainted and very familiar with the French way of life and I love it. But–even though I despise the pig in the White House who has now turned America into a death camp with the healthcare debacle, I’m STILL American.
      I love my country and WANT HER BACK!!! Uh oh. I’m getting political and I need to stop.
      We will be glued to the TV5 tomorrow because of the elections. I’m going to church to light a candle that Macron wins! And the fact his wife is an older woman makes me want him to win even more so!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Julia says:

    You are looking great. Im impressed you are planning so far ahead for your trip. Go Girl!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Julia. I have to plan ahead because if I wait until the last minute I will be stressed and my behavior will be very bad!! I just returned from the mall and picked up more Well-Rested for my travel bag and got more samples!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  4. fiona says:

    Ouah! My first comment disappeared!
    Catherine you have so much make up. You should see the meagre supplies I brought with me to France. I haven’t worn any of it as I left the UK with a chest infection and woke up yesterday with conjunctivitis! Seriously, I look rougher than a badger’s arse and you know that old saying ‘you can’t polish a turd’. I think I scared the vendeuse at the pharmacie!
    Yes I am impressed that you know people in France and was gobsmacked to learn that you actually met Jean Rochefort (I have a vintage film poster of him and Annie Giradot in my home) and totally get your enthusiasm about this wonderful country.
    Fab outfits. Love the Salut tee shirt (bien sûr) and the super elegant black frock. Thought of you when I picked up the hire car and turned on the radio…Nostalgie!
    Fingers crossed for Macron today. X

  5. JulietC says:

    Loving your posts – you have just reminded me to replace my makeup bag sometime, I washed it but still it has seen better days. I am one of those people who like to make lists of things and check them off well before I go anywhere – I LOVE making a make up list, and I love having a list of my chargers for camera/phone/kindle etc. I feel more organised then – but I have a friend who I have been on holiday with and I gave her a phonecall as I was heading to the airport one year to make sure she was out of bed and heading in the same direction, “oh good” she says “you’ve reminded me to lift my socks off the radiator – not sure they dry yet” – Eeeck!

    Absolutely loving the blue blazer and scarf – you look adorable!

    p.s – Good news re the French elections!!!!!! woot!

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