We sent our stuff from Cologne to Berlin via App a Van, and flew here via Easy Jet. As is the case with most budget airlines, we were only allowed a hand carry on board, with liquids that can all fit in a small ziplock bag. In addition, no one bottle/tube of liquid could be more than 100ml.

Now, with this condition in mind, I had to pick and choose the ABSOLUTE essential makeup items from four drawers of my vanity. I also had to keep the longevity of our situation in mind – it was possible that what I picked would be all that I would have access to for three months! All our belongings will be in boxes, stored snugly in a storage room, until we find a more permanent place and unpack. In three months.

It didn’t take me a lot of time to shortlist what I wanted to take along for one main reason: I have a makeup routine, which I follow on most days, and my number of products used is usually fixed. My most bold changes in the routine are the colour of eyes and lips, latter being more important than former.

So if you are looking to downsize your vanity, planning travels or just want a peak into what I use, here’s my breakdown for you – all the items that flew with me, from Cologne to Berlin.

Prepping skin: TheBodyShop’s Vitamin C Glow-Protect Lotion

Foundation: Maybelline’s Fit Me! Matte+Poreless Foundation (130 Beige)

Concealer: Maybelline’s Fit Me! in Porcelain

Eyebrows: trend IT UP Brow Liner (020)

Eyeshadow: TamTam Beauty To Go Palette

Eyeliner: Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Liquid Ink in Charcoal Black + Maybelline’s Master Drama Kohl Liner in Ultra Black

Mascara: Maybelline’s The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara in Blackest Black

Contour: Maybelline’s Master Contour Stick (03 Dark)

Bronzer: Maybelline’s City Bronzer (Medium Warm 250)

Blush: The Balm’s Cabana Boy

Setting Powder: TamTam (was limited edition; now out of stock)

Highlighter: Maybelline’s Master Strobing Stick

Setting Spray: Nyx Dewy Finish

Lipsticks: MAC Ruby Woo + MAC Mocha + trend IT UP 420 Matte + Kiko Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick (Brown)

In addition to the above, I packed two Essence nail colours (Mermaid and Black is Back), nail polish remover, and Bebe makeup removing wipes.