Traveling Light – The Beauty Edition

Hey Glossies,

Recently a reader asked me to recommend products because she is going on holiday and wants to pack light, but still have enough beauty essentials that will keep her fabulous for day and night events.

Eye Shadow

I am loving the Revlon perle and satin eye shadows. The shimmer is not too severe, color payoff is amazing and quite blendable. Definitely a great option for a beauty lover on a budget.  Prices range from $3.99-$4.99 (Rite Aid Pharmacy has them on sale for 40% off this week). My favorites are Nude Slip, Shimmering Sienna, Brushed Copper (my new “go to” highlighter) and Peacock Lustre. The flat packaging allows for easy storage and wont take up too much space in the makeup bag. Oh yes, throw in a dark brown or black eye shadow to create a smokier look.

Shadow Base

No secret that I am a huge fan of MAC’s Paint Pot. Definitely one of the brand’s best products.  The best travel partners are Constructivist (metallic brown w/red pearl) and Soft Ochre (yellow beige [cream]).


I also love a gel liner…Maybelline Gel liner in Black. The color is bold and the line stays put!  I purchased it some time ago and it has not dried out like other drugstore gel liners. I like the fact that it comes with a handy liner brush.


Covergirl mascaras are staples in the Mix Maven beauty kit. In heavy rotation, among others, are:

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara (used in FOTD) – It does what it says.  I stopped a woman in Ikea asking which brand of lashes she was wearing….uhm no, she was wearing this mascara!


NARS LoveJoy (shimmering bronzed rose) is a NEED for every beauty lover. Definitely compatible with most to every skin tone.


The reader also stated that she wanted neutral or pink lip products, specifically, glosses.  I definitely recommend Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Wild Plum and Nude Almond.  These glosses are in stick form with more pigmentation that the average gloss, but still  has that slick shine without the stickiness.

This is my "Defying my eyes to blink" look 😉



  • Primer
  • Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse – Caramel
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming – Cocoa
  • MAC MSFN – Dark


  • Cosmedicine Oil control lotion
  • MAC Paint Point – Soft Ochre
  • Purley Cosmetics – CTP in Bronze
  • Revlon Nude Slip e/s
  • Revlon Shimmering Sienna e/s
  • Revlon Bronzed Copper e/s
  • Dior Lash Primer
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Volumizing Mascara


  • NARS LoveJoy


  • MAC Chestnut l/l
  • MAC Honeymoon l/s
  • Laura Mercier Bellini lip glace


My new favorite singer, VV Brown, “Travelling Like the Light”

Mix Maven

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  • Bex Mex March 22, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Lady, you have skills!!

  • elle renee November 22, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    GF those colors look great on you and im trying that mascara. Thnx for the tips, heart this blog!! XO

  • Tami October 26, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Love those colors on you!

  • Jam Bella October 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Very pretty as usual! I have been hesitant to try the revlon shadows. I will check them out this week. Thanks for the sale tip.

  • Kymberly October 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    I am so grateful that you did this post!! Like your friend, I too was looking for travel essentials and you hit the nail on the head. I can’t wait to try out these items!! You are a gift from God! ((muah))!

    • Pumps And Gloss October 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

      Thank you, Kymberly. Let me know how well the products work for you!