How much is too much? – Staying in Singapore

If you travel from Europe to New Zealand, you will have to do a stop over somewhere. In our case, this stop over was in Singapore.

To soften the blow of returning to everyday life after two magical months traveling, we decided to stay for a few nights on our way back, to slowly ease into going home.
And if you have spend so much time in a camper van, you are in for a little treat. At least this is what we figured when we decided to go all in and stay at the Marina Bay Sands.

Maria Bay Sands (Picture Source)

If you haven’t heard of the Marina Bay Sands before (I hadn’t), here is a little description:
„Three towers and a swimming pool at 200 meters height, as well as the worlds biggest chandelier, the „Marina Bay Sands“ offers luxury and perfect service to people staying here.“

And it did.

It was also the only place I have ever stayed at where 12 year old girls were dresses for breakfast that are worth more money than my entire wardrobe…

I know it was quite a risk, choosing a luxury hotel for a stay with a toddler, but there was nothing to worry about.
My daughter being the cute, blonde locked girl she is, always smiling, quickly won over the hearts of the mostly asian people staying there. My husband and I enjoyed the most relaxing breakfast in a long time, because we didn’t have to worry about her getting bored at all. People were stopping to talk to her, play with her, entertain her, all the stuff usually one of us has to do while the other one gulps down the coffee.

South Bay Garden

Right next to the hotel is South Bay Garden, a beautiful park with an amazing food court and lots of exotic plants and statues. It is also home to the „Supertree Grove“, metallic trees that are overgrown with plants and light up at night. Quite a sight to see, I can tell you, and the perfect place to spend the afternoon.

Marina Bay Sands, as seen from South Bay Garden

After spending the first day relaxing in the Garden, we decided it was time to head into the city for some exploring.
The public transportation system is clean, easy and effective, so there is absolutely no need to go anywhere by car.
Of course Singapore is home to many a big shopping mall (and we did visit one or the other), but I will spare you the pictures, as the inside of a mall looks similar all around the world. A special mention has to go to „The Shoppes“, the mall right next to our hotel, that houses every luxury brand there is, as well as several exquisite restaurants. Oh, and water streets with gondolas and an ice skating ground. You know, the usual…

Buddhist temple in the Chinese quarter

The real beauty though are the old parts of the city, divided into the Chinese quarter, the Indian quarter, you name it. The food you can get there is amazing, cheap and full of flavor, and to see hidden temples amongst the Singapore skyline is slightly surreal.

Singapore skyline, complete with the big ferris wheel

We did some shopping, ate lots of food and then returned to relax at the hotel pool, cocktail in hand, watching the sun set from 200 meters above ground.

Sunset at Marina Bay Sands

To be honest, our stay in Singapore was way too short to really get to know that place, but nevertheless we had a great time and are eager to return someday for a little longer.

Have you ever been to Singapore?
And what was the most luxurious place you ever stayed at?


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Mountains and sheep – New Zealands North

Following along with the route we took, it is time to cross the ocean and start exploring New Zealands Northern Island.
Just in case you missed them, I did two posts on the Southern Island before (Part 1 here, Part 2 here).

The white tree in Russell. Do you too see people in there?

But before we start, let me tell you in advance: We were doing it all wrong.
When visiting New Zealand, start up north and slowly travel south.
Why?

Because even though both parts are beautiful, the southern landscape is just a touch more. More breathtaking, more unique, more awe-inspiring.
Don’t get me wrong, the Northern Island was incredible to see, but I was so spoilt by the things I had seen that I don’t think I appreciated it as I would have before.

1. Wellington
We arrived in Wellington early and spend the whole day exploring this beautiful city. Despite being the capital city of New Zealand it is actually smaller than Auckland or Christchurch, but offers a variety of things to do. Food, shopping and Te Papa (the national museum) will keep you entertained.
For all my fellow LOTR-lovers: If you visit Te Papa, not only will you be able to learn a lot about Maori culture, but you will be able to take a selfie with Azog. Which I obviously did (see here).

Lots of pretty places to see.

2. Patea
After enjoying a little city break we drove up the Westcoast to Patea, famous for it´s black beaches and marvelous coast line.

Black Beach at Patea

 

Macro of the beach. Isn’t it pretty?

3. Forgotten World Highway
In order to cross from the Westcoat and it´s pretty beaches and surf spots to the East, we took the „Forgotten World Highway“. Such an aptly named route! I expected dinosaurs to step out on the road any minute while we were slowly making our way through a forest of fern.

Forgotten World Highway

We really drove for hours without meeting anyone else.
And of course, somewhere along our journey through the center to the east coast, we encountered Mount Doom aka Mt Ngaurohoe, looking a lot less intimidating in the bright sunshine as it had in the movies.

Much more pleasant in the sunshine, don’t you think?

4. Tongariro National Park and Taupo
If you are into hiking, Tongariro National Park will make your heart sing. Lots of short or longer walks through the forests on the slope of volcanic mountains and with the „Tongariro Alpine Crossing“ the self-proclaimed „Most beautiful day hike of the whole country“ will give you lot of options and you can easily spend days just roaming around and exploring.

Tongariro National Park

5. Rotorua
Leaving the mountains and forests and heading further up north, you will make sure to stop and experience another (literally) breathtaking adventure.
Along with volcanic activity come hot springs, geyser and lots of sulphuric gas. And while relaxing in a natural jacuzzi while admiring the colors around you certainly is great experience, I do not recommend staying to long if you are overly sensitive to smell!
Of course the mud and the waters are said to have several health benefits and be a great skin treatment, so I held my breath (not literally) and relaxed in a hot tub.

Rotorua Hot Spring. Look at these colors!

6. Bay of Plenty
To get some fresh air, it was the coast for our next stop. The Bay of Plenty has plenty of everything to be sure: Sun, Sea and lots of Maori Culture and Settlements, so we made sure to stay a little and learn about the Maori ways.

Bay of Plenty

7. Bay of Islands and Northland
Further up north we went, driving past Auckland and heading towards the Bay of Islands and Russell. While the Northern Island is much higher in population than the Southern, Northland is a little less crowded. Not that any part of New Zealand really is crowded, but you get what I am saying.
Many people living in Auckland spend their vacation there, so a relaxed spirit and beautiful beaches along with glorious food is what you can expect.

Hands down the best seafood chowder I have ever eaten

But there is something else up there that makes Northland a place you have to visit: The Kauri Forest. Kauri trees are a species unique to New Zealand, and they really are giants of the forest. Sadly, there are only a few places where many of them grow as they have been cut down quite a lot during the settlement.
Tane Mahuta, the biggest and oldest up there, is said to be more than 1500 years and reaches up for 51,1 m. Let me tell you, you feel very young and very small when standing in his shade.

Trees up on trees. Take Mahuta.

 

Macro of the moss growing on the Kauri Trees.

8. Auckland
Auckland was our last stop, so I have bitter sweet memories. I really didn’t want this trip to end. But this is not the city´s fault and we had a lovely time there.
Auckland is a big and busy city, but I felt safe there anytime and enjoyed the variety of culture and nature. Wherever you are, the sea is never far away, and just by taking a ferry you can leave the busy city centre behind and enjoy a mini.holiday on one if the surrounding islands, the best view on Auckland included.

Auckland, as seen from one of the surrounding islands

This marks the end of my New Zealand adventures.
And as I am sitting here all teary eyed and full of longing, I will let Chay Blyth have the final words:

 

MerkenMerken

MerkenMerken


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Hidden Gems – Cup & Cake in Queenstown

Don’t you just love it when you discover a new spot simply by accident?
When all you do is aimlessly roam the streets, looking for a bite to eat, no fancy guide leading your steps?
When you decide to go down this small street, peek into the patio, climb these stairs and there it is?
A place full of warmth, laughter and delicious food?
This is what happened when we got caught in a sudden downpour while exploring Queenstown. We were wet and cold, hungry and tired and every place we came across was crowded.
But then we took a wrong turn, walking down a cobbled street and I spotted the promising sign:
Cup & Cake

Can it get much better than that?
Let´s step inside and see.


The „Cup & Cake“ is a small café and take-away with just a few spots to sit, located in the Cupcake Lane (no joke) between Church Street and Seare Lane, Queenstown, New Zealand.

There is a retro feeling to the decoration which can easily be described as a bloggers dream: florals, mirrors and fairy lights, the essentials for picture taking, already provided.
If I had had my makeup bag with me, I would have spend the afternoon snapping Pinterest-worthy product pictures for sure!

The interior. Decoration inspiration everywhere.

To distract you even more, you can watch the lovely stuff prepare the delicacies, add the finishing touches to the decoration and chat about all things bakery.

Tiny red marzipan flowers
But enough interior, lets take a look at what we were really there for: The food!
A giant buttercream wedding cake on display. Additional decoration possible 
One of the many flavors: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes
So after taking a dozen pictures and going back and forth in deciding for a flavor, I finally settled for this:
So yummy

A pot of „Lady Grey“ and a Passionfruit Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Chips.

Now for those of you wondering:
Of course I dropped that I was planning to do a blogpost and thus took so many pictures.
They smiled, but I still had to pay for my cupcake. Guess what?
Whenever I get back to Queenstown, I will gladly do it again!

So if you are looking for a cake, branded cupcakes or other sweet treats that are available gluten and dairy free as well as vegan, click here to see what they offer!


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Mountains and sheep part 2 – Exploring New Zealands South

I case you missed Part 1 of my travel diary, click here to indulge in pictures of breathtaking landscape and to mentally prepare for more to come.

Mt Cook

Last time I left you at Milford Sound, the place where the sea meets the mountains and tourists take the bus by the dozen to go for a quick boat ride among the sight of waterfalls gushing into the ocean.

To stay with the touristic theme, our journey took us further up north to…

HydroShark Queenstown (Photo Credit)



1. Queenstown
This city is called „The Adventure Hotspot“ and this is no exaggeration.
Want to go skydiving, Bungee jumping or rafting? Queenstown has everything you need.
Fancy a tattoo? There are tattoo studios by the dozen.
Looking for company? Bars and cafés for every budget line the streets and they are crowded by the party people pretty much 24/7.
Too wasted from last night but still in for some adrenalin? Go jet boat driving or ride the „Shark“ conveniently from the city harbor.
But if you are traveling with a baby? Don’t spend too much time in the city. You can do a lot of things when traveling with children, but staying out late and getting wasted isn’t one of them.

If you leave the city and drive to Glenorchy though, you are in for a treat. Set picturesquely at Lake Wakatipu it is a great way to start day trips exploring the mountains and even visiting „Paradise“, an aptly named piece of land which made an appearance in „The Lord of the Rings“ and thus was a must-visit for me.

Driving up to Mt. Cook



2. Mount Cook
Leaving the party crowd behind, we made our way to visit the „Sir Edmund Hillier – Center“ at Mount Cook, providing information about New Zealands most famous mountaineer and the Southern Alpes.
Only driving there is quite an experience: You drive alongside the most turquoise looking waters I have ever seen in my whole life with the snow covered mountains on the horizon, slowly drawing nearer. Make sure to stop and take pictures!

Hiking at Mt. Cook

Once you have arrived at your destination, there are several hikes waiting for you, suited for different fitness levels. We took a medium one, as we had limited time, and walked up to lakes with ice bergs floating and a great view of the Mount Cook glacier.
Is there anything more pretty than sunlight reflecting on a wall of ice?

Hiking at Mt. Cook

Crossing the mountains we headed for the West Coast, experiencing three different types of vegetation within four hours.
The alpine landscape gave way to dry and rugged steppe, wind-blown and wild, which turned into thick and green forest once again when you reached the coast line.
The further up north you drive from here, the more the forest gives way to stony shore.

Impressions of the shore I

 

Impressions of the shore II



3. Pancake Rocks and the seals
It is no secret that I have a big sweet tooth, so as soon as I heard of a place called Pancake Rocks I knew I had to go there.

Water gushing through the holes

Of course, the name refers to the shape of the rocks rather than the taste, but it still is an incredible place to visit. The ocean pushes in with all its might, gushing through holes formed throughout the years, and erupts in sky-high spouts, glistening in the sun light and covering you in sea spray. It is one of the places that shows you the force of nature spectacularly.

Wild and beautiful

A little further up north is the largest colony of seals on the West Coast, easily accessible by a coastal trail. The trail itself is a shorter trip (around three hours return) suited to people without much hiking experience, but offers a great view and isn’t too crowded, as most people just do the first 15 minutes to get a glimpse at the seals.

4. Nelson
After crossing the Souther Alpes once again, it was time to start exploring the northern part of the Southern Island.
Nelson, called the „Gate to the Food Trek“, is where we spend my 36th birthday indulging in a variety of excellent food before we drove up to the beach to settle for a camp ground directly at the water front.
Being born in February I rarely spend my birthdays sitting outside watching the ocean, so this was a treat for sure.

Crystal clear waters

If you don’t mind braving serpentine gravel roads, there are plenty of hikes waiting for you over there, and if you are in for some beach time, this is the place to be as well.
We went for the hikes most of the time, but happened to stumble upon out own secluded beach once and spend the afternoon there. There was literally no one around, so it didn’t matter that I hadn’t packed my bikini for the hike.
Another day, while crossing a beach to get back to our trail, we met a family with three kids that had set up their tent just at the beach side and were spending a week there. With the parents chilling with a book and the kids roaming the beach, chasing each other and splashing water it looked like the perfect family getaway to me.

The Marlborough Sounds

5. Marlborough Sounds
Time came to leave the beautiful and wild Southern Island and board the Interislander, but we decided to stay one more night at the Marlborough Sounds. Hidden among the trees, there are some pretty weekend getaways and very low-key campgrounds, which was exactly what we wanted.
Spending the night beneath the stars, no lights distracting from their beauty and no sounds except the waves and the wind was the perfect way to say Goodbye to New Zealands South.

Watching the sun rise over the Sounds
Sunrise over the Sounds again

We will be back!

MerkenMerken


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Mountains and sheep – Exploring New Zealands South Part I

It was about time that I tackled the „Backpacking“ part of my blogs header, don’t you think?
And what better way to do that than to share with you this years biggest adventure:
Our trip to New Zealand!

Our first sheep, met in Christchurch.

Expect lots of pictures and a sudden urge of Wanderlust!

Beautiful landscapes wherever you look

1. Christchurch
Before the big earthquakes in 2010/2011, Christchurch was known as the „most British town of New Zealand“. After the destruction of the historical city centre, it now is a city under construction.
Bars and Cafés change places, moving out of buildings liable of collapsing, making it impossible to rely on your trusted „Lonely Planet“ and thus adding a very welcome sense of exploring to your stay.
The spirit you experience there reminds me a lot of the feeling I had when visiting Berlin shortly after it became capitol of the reunited Germany: A spirit of make-do, of improvising and excitement for the future, as well as the refusal to give up and just move away.

Construction going on everywhere

My favorite place had to be the Re:Start Mall. All the shops and cafés are housed in big containers, adding to the spirit of optimism.

Re:Start Mall

And while activities like pole boat trips on the Avon or relaxing in the beautiful Botanic gardens still are must-dos, make sure to check out www.gapfiller.org.nz to keep up with the ever changing art projects housed at demolition sites.

Hydrangeas in the Botanical Garden



2. Banks Peninsula
We left Christchurch going Northwest for some beach time. Akaroa, one of many small villages located at the beautiful Banks Peninsula, is home to the French community. It was there where the first French Settlers landed, mere weeks after New Zealand had been claimed by the British.
What a difference a day makes…
Apart from delicious, french inspired food and beautiful beaches The Peninsula is great spot to watch marine wildlife. Hector dolphins, a small and rare species, are living here exclusively.

Pretty beaches

Breakfast view from our campground close to Akaroa



3. Oamaru
Driving south, we headed straight for Oamaru to check out the Steampunk Headquarters located there.

Steampunk Headquarters

You may or may not know by now, but I am a big nerd and gaming girl, so skipping that wasn’t an option.

Throughout the whole victorian city centre you can find different installments, themed cafés and shops inviting you to dive in to this slightly dystopian version of our history. Or future?

Steampunk train

Details

And even if you aren’t as into these things as I am, a visit to the Headquarters is highly recommended. You won’t find many of these places around the world.

Everything is „On Steam“

The Infinity Chamber, a mind-blowing experience



4. The Caitlins/Southern Fjordlands
Landscape took over as we drove further south. We skipped Dunedin, compared to Edinburgh by many, and headed into the wilderness via Invercargill.
If you are into hiking, this is the place to be.

Jagged coastline, an abundance of wildlife and primeval forest at its finest, all served with the view of the Southern Alpes rising at the horizon… What more could you ask for?
Of course, nature being nature, it rained seven days straight, but that didn’t keep us from exploring. There are many day-trip appropriate hikes that are easily done with a child, but honestly I can’t wait to go back there once Little Bean is old enough and go for the long hikes!

Fungus and moss on a tree
Day hike
Day hike
Lots of ferns
Mountains everywhere

5. Milford/Doubtful Sounds
When in the Southern Fjordlands, visiting one of the Sounds is a must-do. The Sounds are big fjords, offering overwhelming views, but they are also really touristy.
We visited Milford Sound, which is accessible by car (To visit Doubtful Sound you have to either book an overnight boat trip, highly recommended and very romantic, or go by helicopter).
If you go there, make sure you leave early to avoid the heaps of (other) tourists going there by bus, crowding the place between 11 am to 1 pm. That gives you plenty of time to go on short walks when returning, exploring a forest looking like the Fangorn from Lord of the Rings.

The drive up there has some breathtaking views

Sadly, there were no Ents to be seen during our stay there.

Looking out into the sound

Reminds me a lot of Norway

To make sure this post isn’t getting too long and boring, I´ll leave it here and will bring you part II in May, so stay tuned!

Have you ever visited New Zealand?
What was your last big adventure?


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When Daddy becomes a pack donkey – Deuter Kid Comfort III

Traveling with a child gives you a whole new perspective.

You don’t look for a Michelin Star in a restaurant, but for an available high chair.
You spend way more time sitting in the sand box than at the bar of some fancy club.
You get overly excited about ducks on the camping ground, funny noises included („Look darling, over there, quack quack quack quack“)

And you get a whole new perspective on distance.
What used to be an easy days hike seems to stretch out forever when you have to think about taking the stroller, or let alone have the toddler walk along.
Don’t get me started on how long it takes us to cross the street to go to the playground now she insists on waddling herself…

Two of the most important persons in my life. And some sheep.

And while it was pretty easy to swear off clubbing for a while, not going on a hike was never an option.
I have talked about the baby sling here, but with the Little Bean reaching 10,5 kg and being eager to move herself, we needed another solution.

After hours spend at our local outdoor store, trying a multitude of different brands, we finally settled for the Deuter Kid Comfort III.
It is the only one I tried, so I can’t compare to other brands, but the overall concept seemed to be the same.

Deuter Kid Comfort III

What it is:
A trekking rucksack base with a high chair attached. That chair is padded, adjustable in size, and suited to all children able to sit by themselves (aka older than six months) and weighing less than 22 kg (aka you better walk yourself anyway).

Facts:
Deuter Kid Comfort III is available in stores and online, retailing for around 269,95 €.
The rucksack itself weighs 3,5 kg.
It only comes in one color (black-granite), and has a little polar bear in one of the pockets, which is absolutely not necessary for using that rucksack, but adorable.

Hallo there, Mr. Polar Bear!

In the back of the child´s seat is a foldable roof, offering protection from rain and sun. When not used, it stores nicely, without adding bulk. (You can see it in action in the first picture, used against the sun.)

Below the child’s seat is a pocket, big enough to store drinks, food and diapers, as well as some pieces of clothing. On the sides are pockets for purse, keys, water bottles and smaller toys, and there are zip pockets on the straps.
You can add a camel bag in a special pocket, just like you could with a regular trekking rucksack.
If you plan on going on more than a day trip, you will need an extra rucksack for yourself, and preferably someone to carry it for you.

The portable high chair.



How does it perform?
If you are familiar with carrying a trekking rucksack, imagine you wear one that you packed entirely wrong. All the weight sits at the top, and in this case the weight has a mind of its own and keeps turning and shifting.
Apart from that, I love it. The child´s weight rests on your hips, the straps are comfortable and easily adjustable, and carrying it gives you a nice extra workout for your glutes and back.
Although it is easier if you have some help, you are able to don it or remove it all by yourself.

And the Little Bean loves it.
She will sit up there, smiling and waving at people we meet, chatting away in her language that I not yet understand, and every now and again she will grab the straps and start hopping up and down to encourage the one carrying (usually her father) to start running.

Will I rebuy?
I hope I won’t have to, as this is meant to last us through all her childhood and the ones of the following children, too, but I wouldn’t want to be without it anymore.

Who do I recommend it to?

If you love hiking, and have little children, this is a great investment.
If you are not into hiking, obviously, save your money.
We love the already attached roof and Little Bean loves the polar bear, but hearing from other parents we met during our New Zealand trip, who used different brands, there isn’t much difference, be it in price or in quality.
So how about you:
Do you love hiking as much as I do?
And if so, what did you use to get your kids involved?

MerkenMerken


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Whats in my travel skincare bag?

If you are a regular reader of Linda.Libra.Loca, you will know about two things:
My slight obsession with skincare and my seven weeks road trip to New Zealand.

Maybe you have already asked yourself how these two are going to work out, and if I am actually dragging four creams, three toners, two cleansers, a diversity of face masks and other stuff around the globe.

Yes, I will add toothbrush and deodorant before I actually leave.

The answer is: No.
Thanks to travel sizes, samples and nights of pondering, I managed to fit everything I need into my toilet bag.


1. Makeup Remover:
Bioderma Sensibio Eau Micellaire, removes everything except waterproof eye makeup (and Benefit´s They´re Real mascara. Nothing except scissors removes that one!) without stinging my eyes.

2. Cleanser:
As much as I love my Balm Cleansers, I decided to take Sunday Rileys Ceramic Slip Cleanser (review here). We are flying into summer, and during this time of the year I benefit from it the most.

Bioderma Eau Sensibio Micellaire Water, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

3. Toner:
Of course I went for Acid Toners, and yes, I take all three. Clarins Doux Exfoliant (review here) for the mornings, a sample size of Alpha-H Liquid Gold (review here) and my Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads, as they are perfect to take on the plane (review here).

Clarins Doux Exfoliant, Clearasil Refreshing Pads, Alpha-H Liquid Gold

4. Eye Cream:
A new one I am excited to try: Sunday Riley´s Start Over Active Eye Cream in a (generous) sample size.

5. Serum:
Just one, I´ll skip the serum in the mornings. It can be a bit too much for my skin if it is warm outside and I wear sunscreen. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (review here) it is, and I will pick up the big bottle at the airport.

6. Day Cream:
Another (very generous) sample, this time Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer. It has been sitting in my cupboard for months now, so I figured it would be the perfect time to give it a go. Of course, it is risky, because it may give me horrible breakouts, but during summertime moisturizer is a step I can skip if I have to. And if everything fails, I bet you can buy cosmetics in New Zealand, too.

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50

7. Night Cream:
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +. Yes, this is a spot treatment, not a moisturizer, technically. But I don’t care. I have used it this way for ages, and it works very well for me during the summer months.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +, Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream, Duac Acne Gel

8. Extras:
A small pot of my Duac Acne Gel to treat breakouts, and a sample of Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask and Sunday Riley´s Good Genes Treatment.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Sunday Riley Good Genes

I know what you are about to ask: No regular face masks?
No. We will be traveling with a Camper van, so I will spend most of my nights sitting outside on my chair, reading or watching the stars (or so I figure). Neither do I plan on walking round with my face covered in a grayish-brown substance outside the comfort of my own home, nor do I like to spend 20 minutes hanging around in a public bathroom to let a facemark do it´s magic. If I really feel the need for thorough cleansing, two uses of Omorovicza will provide me with that.

It´s your turn now:
What would you pack for a seven weeks trip?
Or would you rather never leave home than forego your face masks?

MerkenMerken


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Whats in my travel makeup bag?

As regular readers of my blog may know, I am in New Zealand at the moment with Mr. Loca and the Little Bean, enjoying adventure and summer time.
To provide you with content, I had to write and schedule my posts in advance, and that made it difficult to come up with a „Favorite Face of…“ post.

My travel makeup bag

So instead I decided to show you what is in my travel makeup bag today and what skincare I took with me next month. After all, they have to be favorites if I carry them around the world with me!

My current travel makeup bag is a gift with purchase, actually a gift with baby stuff purchase („Bübchen“ is well known for its protective cream) and lacks compartments for organizing your stuff. But to be honest, I end up throwing everything in in a hurry anyway, so compartments would be wasted on me.

Base
– MAC Concealer Palette in „Light“ (review coming soon): Contains a corrector and different concealer shades, adapting to my gradual tan throughout the stay.
– Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in „Nude“ (review here): Enough coverage, nice finish, packaging great to travel with.
– Maybelline Mattifyer Face Powder in Light Beige (review coming soon): I prefer a matte finish and powdering my face improves the longevity of my base.
– Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 15: highlighting the center of my face

Clockwise, starting upper left corner: MAC Concealer Palette, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Artdeco Mascara, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Alverde Eyebrow Kit, Maybelline Matte Maker



Eyes
– MAC Paint Pot „Painterly“: my go-to neutral eyeshadow base
– Artdeco Ultra Effect mascara (review on the blog): perfect size for traveling
– Customized eyeshadow quad containing (from upper left, going clockwise): Nanogold (Lustre), Club (Satin), Puff Pink (?), Cross-cultural (Matte)
– KIKO Long Lasting eyeshadow in 219: a rose-gold
– L´Oréal Super Liner in Extra Black Gloss (review coming someday): my go-to liquid liner
– MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Undercurrent and Petrol Blue
– Alverde eyebrow kit in „Blonde“: brow powder, wax, matte brow bone highlight – all in one solution (on the base picture – don’t ask why, I don’t have an answer)

Clockwise, starting upper left: Eyeshadow Quad, L´Oréal Liner, MAC Undercurent, MAC Petrol Blue, KIKO eyeshadow, MAC Paintpot

Cheeks:
– Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in „Soft Cardinal“ (review here): blush, eyeshadow, lip tint – all in one again
– The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 02
– MAC powder blush in „Instant Chic“: a pinky coral that works with almost everything

Left to right: TBS Bronzer, Max Factor Cream Blush, MAC Powder Blush



Lips:
– MAC Cremesheen Glass in „Star Quality“: a bright coral pink
– MAC Pro Longwear Lipglass in „Persistent Peach“: a light peach
– Studio 10 Longlast Velvet Liquid Lips in „02 Tearose“: my lips but better
– Astor Lip Pencil in „Va-Va-Voum“: you need a red lip wherever you go
– L´Oréal Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in „Skinny Tangerine“: because you also need an orange red (lip swatch here)
– Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 02: will go on the plane with me, as it is very moisturizing
– L´Oréal Paris Color Riche L´Extraordinaire in „Rose Finale“: great color, very moisturizing (lip swatch here)

Left to right as mentioned in the text

Limited options, some of you may think, but it is meant to be a road trip, so packing my entire collection would be a tad too much.
Too much for a vacation? Keep in mind we are on the road for seven weeks. A girl needs some options!
What product would you take with you on a road trip in a camper van?

Also, make sure you follow me on Instagram so you don’t miss any New Zealand pictures!

 

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