Travel Makeup Bag Essentials: Business Trip to Wine Country

Travel Makeup Bag Essentials: Business Trip to Wine Country

omorrow, I am heading to our senior leadership retreat in Kelowna, the wine country of BC. It will be hot which means no business suits required!

Today’s post is a roundup of the makeup I am packing for my trip. I decided to keep things fairly simple this time because I always pack too much for business trips and use only a fraction of the items I brought.


I am not taking any eyeshadow palettes this time because I doubt I will have enough time (or motivation) to put a full look together. I plan to take a few singles that can be as conservative or as bubbly as the occasion calls for.

The Beaute Basics Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

From my Ipsy glam bag, this shade was an Ipsy-exclusive and is no longer available on the brand’s website. It is the perfect taupe that is satiny on the lids, perfect as an allover colour as well as a smoky complement to a lighter lid colour. On Ipsy, this is described as an ‘anything-but-boring’ metallic brown. However, I don’t think there is anything metallic about this one – which makes it perfect for a laid back leadership retreat where I will likely be one of a handful of women and the only one wearing meaningful makeup.

JD Glow Cosmetics Galaxy Eyeshadow in Lit

This will be the flashy complement to Satin Taupe that I will pat on my lid when the day’s work converts to dinner and wine tasting. Selling for USD 7.50 (37mm pan) on this indie company’s website, this shade is described as ‘medium pink with gold flip’.

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Peachy Sheen

This is basically chunky glitter with an application wand. I am not a glitter person not do I feel it has any place at a senior management meeting; however, I am taking this along in case I am feeling a little more playful than usual. If I use it, it will only be a dab on the center of my eyelid. I picked this up in a holiday set last year; however, the Glitter & Glow liquid eyeshadows are available on Stila’s website for USD 24.00 (4.5ml tube); this shade does not appear to be available anymore.

I have no intention of doing winged liners on this trip; I will keep it simple with my Nyx charcoal pencil and a mascara mini. And of course -my eyebrow pencil (absolute staple in my routine)



Mac Prep + Prime – This is not my daily primer. However, it is the only primer sample I own at the moment. It came in my Ipsy Glam Bag. This is a cult favorite; however, I haven’t had much exposure to it. I will use it exclusively during my trip so I can arrive at an informed opinion.


There are only a few weeks of summer yet so I will continue to go foundation free. Also, I hate carting around foundation bottles or jars on business trips – and then I need to take my sponge which makes it an added inconvenience. I am only taking my Shisiedo Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector. It is oil-free and water resistant and contains SPF 43! And best of all – it can be applied with my fingers after my moisturizer and adds just the right amount of carefree colour.


Due to my dark circle issue, I wear concealer 90% of the time. I am taking my Ben Nye Duracover on this trip – it is stage makeup grade concealer that is usually used to cover tattoos. Also – for me, it also doubles up as an eyeshadow base which means one less product I need to bring.


This Devinah Cosmetics Dosne Contour is the only gray contour I own. Although I was skeptical about this as first, I was too intrigued not to buy it. It is soft, blendable, and the colour is absolutely perfect. Due to the cool tones, this mimics actual shadows on your face (versus a lot of other contour products that impart that warm tone that is more suited for adding warmth to the face as opposed to carving out planes and valleys). The brand’s website indicates it is suitable for pale girls; however, it works great for me! Available for USD 16.00.


Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher in Desert Rose was from Boxycharm last month.This is a great colour for me, blendable, smooth, and very easy to use. You can purchase this for CAD 15.71 from Ulta (currently sold out).


I decided to take 2 only.

Deadly Nightshade by Bitter Lace Beauty 

It is described as a high shine metallic with a cooler toned gray beige that has hints of pink and green undertone. This is a discontinued shade and is currently steeply discounted at USD 7.20 on the company’s website. This will be my evening highlighter.

Milani Hypnotic Lights in Luster Lights

This is described as a duochrome soft rose with icy pink pearl. It is more peach on me but a softer colour and perfect for daytime. It also has a soft finish and it not too pearlescent or metallic. Available for USD 13.00 on the company’s website or at Ulta.

And Finally – Lips!


I always, always take more lipsticks than I need on trips.

This time I am limiting myself to 4 for a 3-day trip – quite reasonable, I think, and gives me some flex for when I am really not feeling a shade I may have packed.

I love Urban Decay Vice lipsticks for travel – they are long-lasting and moisturizing – and there are so many fun colours. This time I chose the following:


Weirdo: Pale Baby Pink in a Cream Finish

This is a great colour – not quite a nude on me but more of a playful, colour, that makes me look adequately dressed up but in a conservative, appropriate fashion. Plus, it’s perfect for an airy summer look!

Photo Credit: Urban Decay Cosmetics


ZZ: Soft Pink-Purple in a Cream Finish

Another lovely colour – darker than weirdo but still a fresh, summery splash of soft pigment.

Photo Credit: Urban Decay Cosmetics


Manic: Soft Wine in a Cream Finish

A great shade for evening – but not too bold and vampy.

As you can see, I exclusively chose cream formulations as mattes tend to dry out my lips and I won’t have time to re-apply or balm during the full-day discussions. The great thing about Urban Decay is that their creams last a lot longer than other brands’ cream formulations- and all for just USD 18.00 per tube!

In addition to these lipsticks, I decided to pack one gloss – a current favorite – my Adesse High Definition Liquid Lipstick. This is a fantastic earth tone – does not last very long but tends to maintain the trace of gloss on the lips long after the colour fades.

Of course – since I will be in full day meetings turning into long nights, my Sei Bella lip pencil is an absolute must!

What do you think of my travel bag essentials? What do you take with you on business trips?


2 thoughts on “Travel Makeup Bag Essentials: Business Trip to Wine Country

    1. Haha that’s actually a great idea! 🙂 I feel so naked without my makeup bag on me. But I also generally keep it very light on the makeup when I am traveling.

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