So I have a selection of brushes, these are the ones that I use most days, basic things like a blending brush, eyeliner, blusher brush etc. Mascara, that's pretty essential, tweezers because I hate stray hairs, two eyeliners, one black one white as I think both are essential, a liquid eyeliner, primer potion, my mineralise skin finish natural, concealer, two lipsticks, one is viva glam gaga for every day use and the second is violetta for a more daring evening wear look, I also have my usual foundation (studio fix fluid) in a sample pot that I got a long time ago so that I don't have to lug around the full bottle, and last but not least my Urban Decay naked palette. I love this palette and it has all the right colours for creating lots of different looks. It is also a decent size and isn't heavy to it makes it great for weekends away. Oh I forgot my beauty powder in Oh So Fair. This is my go to colour at the moment, I was going to bring another blush but I thought for 4 days, really? But yea, this is what I took home, I think I did a pretty good job of choosing essentials!