What’s Inside My Overnight Bag

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.

Hey everybody! I know it’s Tuesday, but I still hope everyone had an awesome weekend.

Since lately all I’ve been thinking about is concerts (#throwbacktuesday?), I thought I’d talk about what’s inside my overnight bag since the last time I spent the night was in L.A. for Mad Decent.

First off, it obviously depends on where you’re going and what you’re doing, since there’s no point in packing your entire makeup collection in your overnight bag. These are just a few of the makeup basics that I think are good to carry if you find yourself spending the night.

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.


Okay, so yeah, I’m really digging this Smashbox primer which I’ve probably mentioned five bajillion times. It’s lightweight, not greasy, and odorless. For my overnight bag, I take the travel size, which is super cute. A little goes a long way with this stuff too, so if you’re planning on buying it, the travel size isn’t a bad choice even if you’re planning to use it daily.


Obviously, you’ve probably heard me talk about this a lot if you read my blog a lot (or if you want you can see all my posts when they’re uploaded here) but because I don’t have too many blemishes on my skin to require foundation every day, I usually just pack this concealer.

It’s a really easy (and fast) product to apply without the need for fingers, which also makes it a good on-the-go product. Since it’s small, it’s also more travel-friendly than my bottle of foundation.

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.


Obviously, eyebrows are a must. The Laura Mercier Brow Definer has become one of my favorite eyebrow products, and I use it without fail every day. It’s perfect whether you’re going for a lighter brow or a darker one. Most of the time I’m usually going for a darker brow, so I pair it with the Sorme Cosmetics Brow Powder. I apply them both with my Sonia Kashuk No. 108 pencil, although it’s not my favorite because it’s a little thicker than I want it. However, it does the trick.

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.


I really love this eyeshadow (despite its age) because it’s two simple, neutral colors that I can wear whenever and wherever. I love that I also don’t have to worry about it matching, and that it’s super small so it’s easy to take with me. I blend it out with my Sephora brush, and then use the e.l.f. liquid eyeliner to make my winged tip. The super thin brush makes it easier to get a thin line.

Although the bottle flares out at the bottom, it’s still pretty easy to pack in your overnight bag!

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.


I got this product from Sidmool which is a Korean brand. It’s basically supposed to be really healthy for your lips, which is why I use it nightly. You can use it as a lip gloss, because it does finish glossy and it’s clear, so you can wear it alone or with another lipstick. Because of it’s versatility, it definitely earned a spot in my overnight bag.

Personally, it’s a little thick for my taste which is why I only use it nightly (and occasionally daily) but it does really help my chapped lips.


I recently got this NARS pencil, and I absolutely love the color. It matches everything and is super travel-friendly. Sometimes I also pair it with the Stila Lip Glaze if I want a glossy look and I haven’t already used the lip essence. This is mostly an extra for me, as I don’t usually go for glossy lips.

What's inside my overnight bag? The makeup + skincare essentials of course.


When the day is over, it’s just a few more products. The Avon Remover Lotion was my first makeup remover, and to be honest I’ve pretty much moved on. However, I do like that it removes makeup well and not drying to my face. Since I want to take the least amount of products (including skincare) this has been a major help. I only follow up with two things for after my shower and that’s it.

Although I’m not a huge fan of the thicker substance (main reason why I moved on to oil based cleaners) it means I don’t use a lot of product so this lasts me a long time (plus it’s super affordable). Also, the size is travel-friendly and even though it doesn’t matter, I like the simple packaging.


I actually got these little samples (I don’t even remember where) and so far I’ve really liked them. If it weren’t for Laneige’s higher price point, I really would like the purchase the full-sized versions.

I don’t like going to sleep with my face feeling gunky or dry, which is why I’ve added these two extra steps to my overnight bag. As the skin refiner is more like a liquid, it is applied first, followed by the lotion-like emulsion. To be honest, it’s hard to get the emulsion out of the bottle, but then again it is a sample. These are both super lightweight and make my face feel refreshed and clean no matter what I’ve done throughout the day.

What do you take in your overnight bag?



  • Rae

    What a set of great products! Would really love to try out the instant age rewind under eye concealer.

    Rae of Love from Berlin
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    • Samantha Gong

      Thanks, Rae! You definitely should check it out, and it’s super affordable 🙂

  • I definitely just like to bring the essentials as well instead of carrying my whole makeup bag. I’ve been wanting to try that Smashbox foundation primer, great picks!


    • Samantha Gong

      Ain’t nobody got time for their whole makeup collection, haha. Yes, the primer has definitely made its way into pretty much all of my makeup routines. Thanks for commenting, Eden! 🙂

  • Great post! The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind is a staple item for me, especially when I go travel!

    • Samantha Gong

      Exactly! I’m so glad I finally bought it 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • this has made my makeup bag look like it needs improving lol

    The Fashion Matters- Fashion & Travel Magazine

    • Samantha Gong

      Don’t worry! I always update and improve my bag after seeing other people’s as they inspire me! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Excellent little kit! I’m terrible at narrowing everything down like that.
    Really like the look of the Stila lip glaze, looks like a lovely colour 🙂

    Misia xx | gowashyourface.com

    • Samantha Gong

      Thank you! On the contrary, I really like narrowing it down haha. But then again sometimes I end up overpacking because I want to take everything with me 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Misia!

  • Kay

    Lovely post! I’m always curious about other bloggers’ beauty essentials. 🙂 I seriously need to get my hands on that Smashbox primer – it’s something that’s been on my wish list for years now! x I’m also loving the look of that Nars lip pencil. 🙂 Thank you for sharing <3


    • Samantha Gong

      Same; I’m always curious about what other bloggers use, and it introduces me to new products as well! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Kay! 🙂

  • Lovely products~! I haven’t heard of most of these, but I want to try them <33


    • Samantha Gong

      I’m glad you want to try them; they are great! Thanks for stopping by, Alyss!

  • I totally agree on Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, it’s by far the best concealer that I’ve ever used. I’ve seen the Avon makeup remover and sometimes it goes on sale for really cheap but never tried it. Maybe I’ll pick it up soon now that I see it featured here.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Samantha Gong

      Yes, I love Maybelline! The only thing about the Avon remover is that it’s a lotion so you have to be a little more careful about the amount you use. Too much can be a pain, but I’ve had a lot of time for practice haha. Thanks for commenting, Shireen!

  • I will try it someday looks great products.

    would you like to follow each other?
    Let me know if you follow me and i will follow you back. Thank you.

    • Samantha Gong

      Great! I’ll definitely check your blog out 🙂

  • That Maybelline concealer is my HG. I seriously think it’s the best drugstore one out there!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Samantha Gong

      Seriously! I do want to try other ones, but this one so far has worked so nicely for me. Thanks for commenting, Keri!

  • I love the look of the NARS lip pencil. One of my favourite brands 🙂

    Great post.

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net x

    • Samantha Gong

      I love the NARS lip pencil! It’s a great color too – very natural. Thanks for stopping by, Laura!