If you read my post about packing for two weeks in Europe in a carry on bag, then hopefully you too are feeling inspired to down size when it comes to what you travel with. I am going to share with you 5 Essential Travel Beauty Products that I don’t leave home without.
Something that I find a lot of my friends struggle with leaving behind at home are full size hair, skin care or other beauty related items. Or on the flip side, they don’t pack any of those items much at all and rely on the toiletries the hotel provides. Let me tell you, neither one of those options are very great ones, and here’s why.
Relying on what you will find in your hotel bathroom is a risky move, especially if you have color treated hair, sensitive skin or any other beauty routine that you’d like to not break. And when you pack full sized hair and cosmetic items, you are immediately telling the airline, “Please, lose my luggage.”
No but really, you are signing up to check you luggage. As we all have had drilled into us by now, you cannot take any liquids over 3 ounces in your carry on, so that can appear to rule out most of your holy grail items, but fear not. I’ve got you. Gone are the days of leaving your full size bottle of shampoo behind in the hotel after you’ve left or wondering if the hotel provided “conditioner” is really just the body lotion but in a different bottle. (Am I right?!)
Buy your favorite beauty products in travel sized / TSA approved sizes. This one seems obvious, but let me explain further. Of course we are all aware of the refillable travel bottles for things like shampoo, hair spray etc. But while I definitely love using those for certain things, there are times when that doesn’t work for me.
A great travel hack is finding the exact product you know and love in it’s little mini size and then re-filling with your full size as needed. This may seem like an extra investment up front, in some ways it is, but I love doing this because it helps me stay organized and I know exactly what product is what without trying to read rubbed off sharpie on a little bottle.
Why I love this makeup remover? First off, if you haven’t switched to a cleansing balm yet, get on it stat. Using this to remove my makeup and it leaves my face feeling really clean but doesn’t leave that feeling that everything is completely stripped off of your face. You know what I mean? Bonus, since it’s a balm, you don’t need to worry about it leaking in your bag. I also keep a mini size of Neutrogenas Makeup Remover wipes for when I am feeling lazy or a quick cleanup in the am.
Currently I have been wearing Gucci Bloom and I absolutely love it. Perfume is such a personal preference and it’s something I feel “naked” without unless I am headed to the beach. A couple of options are to find your favorite perfume in a small bottle or roller ball size, or you can try one of these refillable perfume bottles and fill it up when you need it. This is super handy and helps avoid the extra weight / worry of your perfume bottle breaking.
*Transeau Travel Hack* If you’re feeling extra cheeky, pop into Nordstrom and ask for a sample of your favorite scent. They will give you a cute little sample spritzer that goes pretty far. I love doing this to test out a new to see how it wears on my skin.
Probably one of the cutest minis I have, I love having this prep/setting spray with me on the road. Mainly because it serves two great purposes. 1. It can set your makeup in place so it won’t budge for a night out. 2. When it is sprayed on a brush before using a shimmer / glitter shadow, it increases it’s pigment ten fold. (Keeps the fallout at bay also. Win / Win) I try to never forget this product at home
Not all products need refilling there are some products that are one time use. Luckily most things can be found in travel sizes these days. Here are a few more products I highly recommend you take with you.
Wether you are a frequent traveller or someone who only gets on a plane 1-2 times a year, you should be thinking about taking care of your skin on the plane. I will share a full plane skin care routine with you soon, but in the mean time, this is an easy thing to throw in your purse and use on the go.
Lately I have been using the Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask, and hence the name it is designed for the frequent traveller. I like this mask because it helps rehydrate my skin after it being exposed to dry / gross plane air and seems to give it some of the glow back. It’s not messy and a bit more discreet than a full sheet mask. (Although, I wear those on flights as well sometimes. No shame) Under the 3oz mark, this is a great product to make your packing list.
This. Dry. Shampoo. Is. EVERYTHING
I have tried SO many dry shampoos and for a long time I felt like they didn’t work for me. Cut to now, by the end of a week my hair is about 87% dry shampoo. Maybe it’s maybelline, maybe its dry shampoo? Definitely dry shampoo. This dry shampoo will definitely give your hair the extra life it needs so you can avoid the mini hair dryer in the hotel bathroom, and it smells amazing as well. This is a tried and true holy grail that is always in my toiletry bag. Get this ASAP.
Bonus Tip; find a versatile cosmetics bag. I love this Sephora Weekender bag because it has two zippered sides, one for makeup and another for skincare / hair stuff. It holds so much but then zips up and compresses well but keeps your items safe. They always have this shape but change the colors / pattern often. Highly recommend!
These are 5 of my Essential Travel Beauty Products I do not like to leave behind when I travel. For someone who travels on a regular basis, I have found that I need it as comfortable as possible. Keeping up a routine is the first thing that goes out the window with frequent travel! Using products your hair and skin are used to is something not to be overlooked when it comes to packing.
What your favorite travel sized products are? Or if you’d like to know about some others leave a comment below!
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