Beauty | My Favorite Travel Makeup Brand

photos by Grant Legan

I always like to tell people that I'm an organized hoarder. Yes, I may very well be an avid "collector" of the A to Z of beauty and fashion but I'm also a devout follower of the deep rooted Confucian philosophy of keeping sh*t organized and tucked away. I spend hours each week doing tasks like labeling my beauty boxes and separating each piece of apparel by season, sleeve length, and color so that my hoarding habits will never ever be in full exposure. Not that "hoarding" is necessarily a bad thing. I mean, if armagedon hits the fan and we have to hide indefinitely in a bomb shelter, I'll have enough bronzer to contour like a Khloe, Kim, or Kourtney for like at least ten years. It also means I've built up a pretty boss travel makeup bag so that I never have to dip into my 9-5 stash. This also means when pressed for time, I can just grab and go instead of agonize over which nude lipstick to bring along. I mean, they're all nude so it shouldn't even matter right?

In my travel makeup bag, I like to keep some trusty old favs and switch it up with new products so that I'm actually forced to try new beauty looks. Because honestly, who isn't a creature of habit when it comes their makeup? On my recent desert adventure with Simon Outlets and Vogue, I brought along some new finds mainly from e.l.f cosmetics as they've become one of my favorite drugstore brands. The products are ridiculously well-priced and they have a gazillion palettes, two quintessential travel beauty perquisites! 

To create a natural fall look, I used mainly earth tone hues on my eyes, went a little dramatic with the brows, and subtly contoured with cream bronzers and highlighters. 

Here are all the products I used to achieve the look!