My Favorite Way to Travel: My Favorite Beauty Products and Packing Accessories For On The Go

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I’m getting pretty cabin feverish with our weather lately. This is both the coldest and most snow on record winter we’ve had in my area, and I am really ready for spring! Luckily, we’re heading out of town soon-ish. Which means I’m very much looking forward to my upcoming trip!

I’m a chronic over-packer, which means that when I flew for work about a month ago it was amazing that I managed to pack for a weekend and use a carry on! I think it has been a little while since I shared my favorite beauty items for travel, you can see all of them in my Beauty Travel Favorites Collection.

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Really, all travel packing starts with the bag. What are you going to put your products in? After years of using those free gift with purchase bags, I’ve gone over to specially purchased bags, and I am never going back. Why? These things are amazing. Mine are from Trina, and you can see them in posts like my dramatic overpacking of my hospital bag. These bags are amazing because they come in so many shapes and sizes. It’s super easy to find one that is the right size for what I’m taking. Mine are all lined in clear plastic, so on the off chance I do have a spill it will be easy to clean up. My favorite of the bags is my Weekender, which has smaller removable bags inside.

Next, after years of spilled products, I’ve learned to be super picky about my travel bottles. My favorite are from Nalgene, which come in a huge array of shapes and sizes. I’ve also learned that having a bunch of little funnels on hand when preparing your bottles is a huge time and mess saver.

When I have a liquid that needs to be sprayed on, I like to use a travel atomizer like the one from Travalo. It’s great for items like heat protectant for my hair or makeup setting spray! And yes, little funnels are great for filling the atomizer as well.

Finally, I’m lusting after that travel mirror. Over the summer, my friend Phyrra had a pretty similar mirror when we were in Chicago and I was so jealous! It is really hard to get decent lighting when you are in a hotel, so I want a mirror like this. I’m still looking for more travel items for my upcoming trip, be sure to watch my Beauty Travel Favorites Collection.

travel products for hair
I know I can’t be the only one whose hair freaks out when exposed to new water! The water is usually hard, I never know if I’ll be frizzy or flat, and drying seems to take forever. I’ve learned that I need to bring my own blow dryer, pretty much no matter where I’m heading. If I’m trying to limit myself to a carry on, I’ll bring solid shampoo and conditioner. I use products from LUSH, my favorites are the Godiva and Ultimate Shine Shampoos and Big Solid Conditioner, both of which are in my Beauty Travel Favorites Collection.

Best Travel Skincare

The skincare that I travel with changes depending upon the season, what I’m testing at home and where I’m heading. There are a few things that I always bring with me. The first is a tinted moisturizer/BB cream. My current favorite is the Pond’s BB Cream, which offers some sunscreen and light coverage. This is actually what I’ve been using pretty much every day this winter in the place of a heavier foundation.

Next, no matter how much I try to prep my skin for a flight, or even moisturize and mist myself in flight, I always end up dry and a bit lackluster. I now bring a small sample sized vial of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery with me every time I travel. I just need a few drops on my skin before bed, and my skin is back to normal the next morning.

Finally, I always like to bring a few different skincare treatments with me when I travel. I have a few small samples of my favorite masks and scrubs, such as the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, which are super easy to throw into my bag without taking up much space. I’ll have enough for a full use if I need it.

makeup for travel
Probably the biggest problem that I have when packing is limiting the amount of makeup that I bring. I’m a girl that needs a lot of choices, and I always overestimate the amount of choice that I’ll need. I’ve started collecting the small travel palettes from Stila. These palettes are a steal! Depending upon the palette they contain up to 5 coordinating eye shadows and a blush. I have about 4 of them, but there are so many more that I want! I just grab a few of these (usually with a regular palette, or two) and that’s all I need.

I also need a very pigmented concealer, the Amazing Cosmetics concealer is usually my choice. I love that there are so many shade options and it is easy to blend into the BB Cream for added coverage.

Finally, travel brushes! I think it’s a big mistake to leave brushes at home, and a compact set (especially if the brushes are double ended) won’t take up much space.

What are your must have travel beauty items? Do you have any tips for packing to save space and multi-task?

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  1. February 20, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    I love keeping the GWP mini palettes for travel. Bobbi Brown has one that's 4 eyeshadows and a blush in a compact about the size of a credit card. That's really all I need for a quick trip.

  2. February 21, 2014 / 9:20 am

    I love that bag! It looks like it can carry everything I need to bring on vacations. Plus, I am a sucker for zebra prints with pink accents.

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