I was out of town most of May, so my favorites are essentially what I took along with me to Hawaii. All my makeup items were packed in my trusty leather Coach cosmetics case that I 'borrowed' from my mom a while back. My large tortoiseshell patterned sunglasses from Target are also favorite worthy; they were well loved during the entire trip. The ones pictured here are actually new, but otherwise identical. The original pair is lying at the bottom of a zip-line ravine in Hawaii after falling out of my pocket. (This is both case and point as to why I stick with affordable sunnies only!)
There were a few considerations that came in to play when choosing what to take with me. The lack of free-checked bags on our airline meant a more pared down list. Essentials included NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville, NARS Smudgeproof eyeshadow primer, NARS Coconut Grove eyeshadow (reviewed here), NARS Trouville nail polish (reviewed here) and NARS lipsticks in Mayflower and Belle de Jour. The Urban Decay NAKED2 palette (reviewed here) had all the eyeshadow colors I needed in one package. Because of the warm climate, I tried to bring more drugstore items to avoid exposing my nicer pieces to heat. Revlon lip butters in Sweet Tart and Cotton Candy and Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes in Pink Plum, Rose Petal, Coffee Cake, and Fresh Pink (reviewed here and here) are among my favorite drugstore items. Finally, since it's summer and I planned on swimming, I made sure my eyeliner and mascara were waterproof. I love both NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara and Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner. I tested both before, so I know they'll both waterproof and sweat-proof. I think this is a key point when evaluating 'waterproof' makeup. Many 'waterproof' items may not come off in pure water, but when your face gets sweaty and/or oily, they'll melt off right away!
Finally, here's a photo of my Bobbi Brown Brush case that I use to carry my brushes and combs. It's a handy zip-close case that has elasticized pockets to keep things in. Thanks for reading! Do you have any vacation makeup tips? Do you change your selection depending on the location?