What’s In My Travel Bag: How to Pack Light



Hi, my name is Coleen and I’m a packaholic. Small bags never seem to cut it, and I get a thrill from packing as much as I possibly can. You never know what you’re going to need, am I right?! What if it’s cold? What if it rains? Too hot? What if we decide to do something fancy? Go out dancing?! What if, what if, what if?!! I digress……

With a long weekend trip to Boston this weekend with Megan and Sandra, I challenged myself to pack light since we’re only away for 4 days. (It may also have something to do with the fact that I lost the keys to my storage room and therefore can’t access my suitcase…) So I managed to squeeze what I hoped was enough outfits into a small weekend duffle. But of course the issue was my makeup – what do I take and what do I leave behind?

The most important thing to do is mix and match wherever possible. Palettes are a travellers best friend. Along with some key essentials I brought along my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, which is every single shade I could want and more, so no chance of any surprise wants or needs while away. The colours are incredibly blendable and are so easy to mix and match. There are endless possibilities. I also brought my Nars Bronzer/Blush Duo in Orgasm and Laguna, giving me the options of both blush or bronzer or both!! No need to pack one of each! Then of course the lips. Brights are in this summer, but do I bring a red, pink, and coral?! Of course not. I brought my MAC Retroglam Matte Relentlessly Red, which is a great hot pink/red combination, the perfect combination of both. Along with my Topshop Lipstick in Rio Rio, a great red/orange combination just on the verge of bright coral. And finally, the scent. Bottles are so bulky. So of course, my Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball.

And of course, nothing is as compact and easy as my Indigo jewelry wrap with designated spots for necklaces, earrings, rings, etc. All rolled up in a tight little package.


How do you pack light? Any suggestions on weekend travel?! BOSTON here I come!!!

Instagram and my Travels

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed a slight theme. One of my favourite things to do is upload a picture of my work location each time that I’m travelling. It’s a great way to remember all of the places that I’ve been, but also share these wonderful sights with everyone. I don’t always love travelling for my job, but I try to make the best of it. Although I go to some pretty neat places, I also find myself in some of the oddest and random places….the ones that I’ve never heard of before. Up until last week my travels only took me around Canada (mainly in Ontario), but I’m venturing down to the United States now, and getting busier, so I’lll be out on the road more. Here are some of my photos so far:

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Downtown Calgary Alberta – during the July Floods


Canmore, Alberta –  July

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High River, Alberta  – During the July Floods

IMG_0947Toronto, Ontario – August

IMG_1021Brampton, Ontario – October

IMG_1078Watertown, New York – November

There are a few places in which I didn’t take any interesting pictures. I’ve been to only a few more – Cambridge Ontario, Nepean Ontario. But from now on I’m going to be sure to upload a picture of each work location on Instagram. Interested? Follow me: CLNWFR

Ireland Travel Kit

So I’m hopping over the pond (Amy Pond?!! NVM) for a few days for a family thing. A great uncle is turning 100 and it’s a family reunion as well. As I’m only going for about 5 days, I thought it would be a good idea to not pay for checked luggage (what was I thinking?) therefore I must be strict and bring only what is necessary….everything has to fit into a carry-on.
So after many struggles, upsets, and tragic cuts from the list….here are the beauty products that made it into the bag:
Face: Benefit Porefessional Primer, Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, MAC Studio Fix Concealer, Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, Stila Convertable Colour in Rose
Eyes: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Mac Eyeshadow Black Gold, Maybelline Eye Studio Liquid Eyeliner Pen, Covergirl Lashblast Clump Crusher.
Lips: EOS Raspberry and Pomegranate, NARS Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Revlon Lustre Lipstick in Mink and Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple.
Now heres hoping that it all makes it! Who knows what the security will say…even after transferring my liquids to a clear plastic baggy. Either way, I know there will be more coming back with me. I just can’t help it. There are so many products in Europe that we can’t get here. A quick trip to Boots is on the agenda. So until then, T’irrah!