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By Catherine Spinley


I am an over-packer; options are optimal. You never know when you’ll be invited to a cocktail party while you’re staying at a yurt park overlooking the Pacific. By the time I’ve packed hiking boots and heels, there’s not a lot of room for makeup and toiletries. And, judge me if you must, but I’ll skip deodorant in favor of sheet masks and an eyelash curler every single time. I’ll wait while you gag.

Once I discovered Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow, my load got a lot lighter.



The name, Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Amber Haze for Brown Eyes is a mouthful. If only I was paid by the word…. This pencil is an eye palette in stick form. You don’t need to pack an eye primer or a brush; you can smudge and blend the formula better without either. Swipe the color onto your eyelid and blend upwards and outwards - the formula has a slight sheen and shimmer to it which adds dimension. When applied, it looks like you’ve used a few colors when we know you haven’t. If you want an extra smoky look (your fellow yurt mates will appreciate your artistry), apply to the outer part of your lower lids and blend.

You’re a germaphobe who wouldn’t dream of using your fingers to apply eye makeup? Well, what are you doing staying in a yurt?! Also, pack some cotton buds to use as smudging tools and keep it moving. In 30 seconds flat you’re left with a smokey eye. And the pencil fits in your Patagonia pullover pocket so you can pack that deodorant (and a toothbrush).

Guaranteed, the yurt park never saw so much glamour.

Catherine Spinley is a sometimes-writer and photographer based in New York. When not stalking other people’s dogs or yelling at people who refuse to walk up the left side of the escalator, she works in the beauty industry and practices yoga. You can read more from her at