My Travel Makeup Essentials For A Seven Day Trip To Taiwan


Besides beauty product reviews and makeup tutorials, I love reading posts about beauty bloggers sharing with their readers on ‘What’s in my purse’, ‘My top 5 beauty products’, ‘Makeup essentials for a trip’, you know, lists of favorites.

I’d just returned from a trip to Taiwan when I read Leesha’s post on what she brought on a trip. So that inspired me to write mine too! The picture above is also a Taiwan Tourism Logo inspired-picture! Must not copy exactly though, copyright issues! XD

I actually meant to get this post up long ago. Like reeeeeeaaaaalllllyyyy long ago. 5 months? It somehow got buried under and I cleanly forgot about it. But it’s a good thing though, since now I would have reviewed more products than I did 4 months ago.

Some of the products mentioned in this post I may have stopped using by the time of writing – like mascara which must not be used for more than 6 months, and others which I may have found better alternatives. It’s been 4 months, things get used up and there’s always a new contender! =)

Now let’s get started!

Here are what I brought with me on my seven days Taiwan trip!

I just HAD to bring that many makeup items. And I haven’t even started on the tools yet!

I really tried to cut down, but these are my travel makeup essentials! XD

For the Face

Monistat Chafing Powder-Gel: This face primer is a must-have makeup item in my makeup kit. Read my review of the Monistat Chafing Gel as a face primer.

Revlon Color Stay Foundation (Buff) and MAC Studio Fix Foundation(NC25): I was deciding between these 2 because the MAC powder is obviously lighter and every ounce counts in total baggage weight (need allowance for shopping loot!). But the Revlon foundation has been my daily go-to foundation for the past few months and I didn’t want to risk looking or feeling ‘not my usual self’ in a foreign country. Moreover my friend who came back from Taiwan a week before my trip told me that Taiwan has lower humidity levels and the skin will be drier. Compact powder can make my skin look hmm, cakey and more ‘made-up’ and the drier Taiwan air would make it worse. But… eventually I brought both of them. HAHA! And I didn’t use the MAC powder at all. =.=

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer (Light Golden): Best concealer to cover undereye circles and blemishes. I like that it is a one-stop solution! When you’re travelling, there isn’t much time to use color correctors like the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in the morning. You just wanna dabbady-dab-dab and GO!

MAC Beauty Powder (Too Chic): Subtle champagne highlighter for the cheek bones and nose. Religiously used every day.

NARS Loose Powder: I didn’t bring the whole jar actually. I brought my little sifter jar that I transferred some loose powder into. The NARS Loose Powder original case is not fit for travel at all.

NARS Blush (Orgasm): Gorgeous peachy pink blush color with golden sparkle. I love to brush this along the apples of my cheeks for a glowing, healthy look!

Benefit Dandelion: Sweet pink color with subtle shimmer. Sometimes I like the cute boxy packaging, sometimes I dislike it for taking up so much space.

For the Eyes

Urban Decay Primer Potion: I brought the cute little UDPP in Nude that came with the NAKED Palette, and also samples of Eden. I must say I like Eden more than Nude now that I’ve tried both. While Nude is just, well, nude in color, Eden has a tinge on beige and acts as an eye brightener. I might go for Eden on my next purchase of the full UDPP.

Urban Decay Naked Palette: Ever since I got my paws on the Urban Decay Naked Palette, there hasn’t been a day I didn’t use a color or two from this palette. The colors are just gorgeous and highly pigmented. I even love those shimmery ones! There are shades for the eyelid, crease area, outer-v, and inner eye corners. It’s just so versatile! True to its name, the looks created with the Naked Palette are more neutral, brown-inclined. You can create about a thousand (12!= 479,001,600 to be exact haha) simple or smokey looks with the 12 eyeshadows but as I’m not a neutral, brown eyeshadow makeup look lover, I brought the Urban Decay Ammo Palette along.

Urban Decay Ammo Palette:. You never know when you need that dash of blue or red or green to spice up the look! For trips, it is good to bring at least one palette with bright colors and another with neutrals, to create variety for many outfits.

MAC Shroom eyeshadow: I’ve been using the famous and well-loved MAC Shroom eyeshadow for the past few months and I like its subtlety. It’s not too white like Virgin in the Naked Palette or shimmery like NYX White pearl single eyeshadow. I’m still thinking of whether to depot it and place it in the Z-Palette.

MAC Fluidline Blacktrack: Definitely this over the Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Gel Liner. (At the time of writing, my MAC Fluidline Blacktrack has been reduced to a dry and cakey lump of black gunk)

L’Oreal HIP Chrome Eyeliners (Silver Lighting and Violet Volt): Colored eyeliners instantly add a dash of color to your eyes. I really like the L’Oreal HIP Liner in Violet Volt on my upper lashline.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Bourbon and Zero): Double-ended eyeliner that came with the Naked Palette. I rarely use it though coz Zero smudges on me if I use it as eyeliner. I use it to tightline my upper waterline instead.

NYX Automatic Eyebrow Pencil (Dark Brown)

NYX Blush in Taupe: Instead of a contour powder, I found in this a good color for my eyebrows which I apply after shaping my brows with NYX eyebrow pencil.

Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base: A must-have in my daily mascara application routine, to ensure mascara stays on my lashes – not on my undereye – for longer hours. Helps to hold curl as well!

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara: This mascara gives awesome volume to the lashes and stays that way throughout the day. The wand is TOO FAT for the lower lashes though.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Waterproof Mascara: I use the Rimmel Glam Eyes Waterproof Mascara for the lower lashes because its comb-like wand allows precise separation of the lower lashes. I always use this with a mascara guard mentioned below in the Makeup Tools section.

The first picture of this post shows my favorite Anna Sui Volume Mascara. That picture was taken on my first day in Taiwan, and then I threw the mascara away as it had become dry beyond use. All the other photos were taken back in Singapore.

For the Lips

NYX lipglosses: Smokey Look, Lollipop, Beige, Sweetheart

NYX round lipsticks: Thalia

Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner: My life saver in the dry Taiwan weather. I applied this whenever I lips felt dry, which was ever so often. I never used this as much in Singapore.


Makeup Brushes

Sigma F80: To apply Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation

Ecotools blush brush: To apply NARS loose powder

MAC 168: To apply Benefit Dandelion and NARS Orgasm

MAC 217: To blend eyeshadow on contour area

e.l.f Angled Contour Brush: To contour the nose

Loew Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8 brush: Dupe for MAC #239

e.l.f professional Eye Shadow Brush: To apply MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic highlighter

Loew-Cornell 270-1/4 Maxine’s Mop: I love this for applying eyebrow powder

MAC 219: For precise application of color on lower lashline

Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush: To apply MAC Fluidline Blacktrack. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush is my Holy Grail eyeliner brush! I just ordered my second brush (I feel insecure knowing I have only 1, just in case Sonia Kashuk decides to discontinue this one day)

Watsons eyelash brush: To smudge out eyebrow powder so that eyebrows look more feathery and natural. I like to use eyelash brushes for my eyebrows.

In the first picture of this post you can see the brushes being wrapped up in things that look like fruit sleeves. They’re Brush Guards!  I’m so glad I brought The Brush Guards along with me on this trip. Those brush guards helped minimize damage to my brush bristles and kept them in shape, especially with us checking into 4 different hotels in 5 nights.

In the first picture you also see a metallic pink tube – it’s the Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush which I normally use to apply the MAC Studio Fix Foundation.

Makeup Tools

Small mirror: To apply mascara, I tilt my head up and look down into the mirror. That way, I can prevent getting mascara on my upper lids.

Hair velcro: To stick my fringe up and keep hair away from my face

Pencil sharpener: I don’t like to use eye pencils because they have to be sharpened. *Grumbles*

Water spray: I keep this little bottle of distilled in my daily bag to mist my face to keep it hydrated. The weather was so so so so dry!

Mascara guard: To prevent mascara from getting onto eyelids and undereye area (I wrote about the hair velcro and mascara guard as a guest post in Karen’s blog)

Shu Uemura eyelash curler. My staple! I have tried about a gazillion (okie, maybe 15) eyelash curlers and gone back to the very first eyelash curler I tried 9 years ago. Engineered to fit the contour of an Asian eye, I have found in the Shu Uemura eyelash curler a great tool for curling straight Asian eyelashes.

Gatsby Oil Blotting Paper (Not in picture): My face produced much less oil in Taiwan as compared to Singapore but this was still necessary in ensuring that my face didn’t shine like the underside of a pan in pictures.

Okie! Phew! What a long list!

Don’t get me started on skincare!

Now, your turn!

Share with us what you must bring on a holiday!

What are your makeup essentials?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Shusheshe

    Wow. That’s a LOT of makeup for a 7 day trip. I also have the mascara guard, but I haven’t been able to use it in any meaningful way because it actually gets in my way and I make even MORE of a mess with it!

    • Bun Bun

      *whisper* I know, couldn’t help it.


      I don’t use it on the upper lashes much because it doesn’t allow me to get to the roots of the lashes for volumizing but it works like a miracle on the lower lashes! To coat the lower lashes one has to be careful or risk getting mascara on the undereye area. But I don’t like to be careful because careful takes time. With the mascara guard I can do it really carelessly. Haha. You should try it on your lower lashes if you haven’t already! =)

      • Shusheshe

        I don’t actually use mascara on my lower lashes since I don’t really HAVE much in way of lower lashes except for a stray hair here and there. So most of the time the guard sits in my makeup drawer gathering dust.

  • Sharlynn

    Waah! So envious of your ‘essentials’…amazing cosmetics concealer, nars blush, elf products…*sigh…still a lot of things missing from singapore’s make up scene! I haven’t been traveling that much the past year but my bag would have more skin care than make up.

    Foundation powder, bb cream, lip stain, mascara..basic basic…not even primer! But sunblock always!

    I’ve heard alot about these mascara guards but I see no use for them for me. I rarely do full eye make up or fancy eye make up so I use an ear bud to remove smudging.

    You have a lovely bundle of essential pieces, I’ve drooled over the Naked palette but of course didn’t get a chance to grab the ‘limited’ pieces when they arrive here… -_- It doesn’t matter! My brother is bringing me back lots of mascara and the Too faced Natural eye palette from the states!

    *Dance of joy!

    Love your posts!

    • Bun Bun

      Awww, thank you Sharlynn, but I really took a long time to build up my makeup collection. Sometimes I psycho myself into thinking that if I have a lot, then I can use each for longer since usage frequency is less for each. It’s the evil twin speaking when I’m contemplating to buy something. HAHAHA!

      Oh, for the mascara guard, I really only use them on the lower lashes because it lessens the time taken. My bottom lashes are quite sparse, so the mascara bristles sometimes get on the skin instead. BAH!

      The Naked Palette, gosh, The Naked Palette…. I actually had it in my hands when they first arrived and then PUT IT BACK becoz I found the S$73 price tag (I think) too shocking. Then when I finally thought through, that for S$73 I get 12 eyeshadows and each comes up to only S$6, I wanted it so bad! But when I went back to Sephora, THEY WERE GONE!!! I had to wait for at least 5 months before the second shipment came to our shores again. I stalked the Sephora Singapore fb page every day for updates. When they finally arrived, I flew down to ION Orchard and quickly grabbed one. I must have had “GET ME NAKED” written all over my face becoz the SA immediately knew I was looking for the Naked Palette the moment I approached the Urban Decay counter. LOL.

  • Alene

    i never change my makeup routine, which is durn boring, but this is what i would bring, on my 4 day trip to phuket nex month! whee =P

    1. Sunkiller Baby Milk face sunblock spf 35++
    2. Diorsnow Sublissme UV Block makeup base
    3. Super Gold Beblesh Balm (no seriously, it’s spelled that way)
    4. Maybelline stick concealer
    5. Revlon Colorstay Pen eyeliner
    5. Diorflash highlighter
    6. Anna sui Mascara (after u recommendation i bot it!)
    7. Dior blush 533 Passionfruit
    8. Chanel extrait de gloss (super chilli red)
    9. random white eyeshadow for highlighting inner corners.

    there. =(

    • Bun Bun

      Phuket! I love Phuket! The trans show (you MUST catch one of them! very entertaining!), water sports – banana boat, snorkelling… glad to know the first thing on your list is sunblock! YAY! Very important!

      I’ve never heard of the ‘Beblesh Balm’, lol, but it sure stands out from the other Blemish Balms. haha

      And I’m sooooo happy you got the Anna Sui Mascara!!! *jumps around in excitement* I SUPER DUPER LOVE! Do you do you? 😀

  • annedreshfield

    Oooh, how do you like those Nyx lipglosses? I’ve heard great things! 

  • Keisley

    Oh can you please tell us more about your skincare routine and favourite products?

  • xxcaro1xx

    That’s a lot of makeup for the trip. I usually just bring my Bobbi brown gel liner, Naked Palette, Urban Decay mascara and some skin products. I’m always tempted to buy NARS Blush (Orgasm) how do you like it? I’m Chinese have have a medium skin tone, would that look good on me?

  • xxcaro1xx

    That’s a lot of makeup for the trip. I usually just bring my Bobbi brown gel liner, Naked Palette, Urban Decay mascara and some skin products. I’m always tempted to buy NARS Blush (Orgasm) how do you like it? I’m Chinese and have a medium skin tone, would that look good on me?

  • vievieorange

    Hello where you buy thenaked pallete in taiwan.tks.

  • vievieorange

    Hello BunBun.may i know where you boght the makeup naked pallete ?tks. Im in taiwan now.

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