Travel-Friendly Beauty

So I’ve just come back from a weekend away in Washington, D.C. On Saturday I showed you what I packed in my carryon bag, so today I thought I’d show the beauty bits I decided to bring with me. I have quite a huge stash of samples from various Sephora purchases that I decided to put to good use, and I wanted to keep my makeup simple while still looking put-together.

Starting with skincare, I brought along my makeup remover/cleanser of choice, The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter. I figured I could just double cleanse with this at night so I wouldn’t have to bring another bottle of cleanser. For morning cleansers, I brought along three sample sachets - the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the GlamGlow ThirstyCleanse Daily Treatment Cleanser - since I was there for three mornings. Instead of packing my bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic and risking it spilling all over the clothes in my suitcase, I packed the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. Some people might think this is an unnecessary step since I was only away for a few days, but my skin tends to get really congested if I’m not gently exfoliating it every so often. Since my skin is always dehydrated without a serum, I just had to bring one along - the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster that I got a deluxe sample of as a Sephora point perk did the trick, and I think it helped with my hyperpigmentation and acne scars - definitely thinking about purchasing the full size. For moisturizer I brought along my trusty First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to use morning and night.

For hair, I picked up the Lush Seanik Solid Shampoo (entirely unnecessary but I’m picky about shampoos, didn’t want to use the one in the hotel, and didn’t want a bottle to explode in my suitcase). It lathers up really nicely and gives my hair a nice messy, beach-y texture that I love. I also brought along mini sizes of my haircare staples - the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray, some salt spray that I got in a Birchbox, and the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Plus Keratin. For body, I brought along the Sultana of Soap from Lush because I’m a prima donna and don’t like using regular bars of soap (they totally dry my skin out). This smells heavenly and is unbelievably creamy. You still get that soap bar residue on your skin, but not nearly as much as other bars of soap. My legs get so dry after showering, so I took my mini The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter.

Moving on to makeup, I couldn’t resist temptation any longer and picked up the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer recently. After splurging on this before my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer ran out, I justified it by the higher SPF - it would be good to wear during the day while walking outside while on my trip. This gives such great coverage that I don’t even feel the need to use concealer on redness and spots, so I only packed my undereye concealer of choice, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. I’ve been so addicted to/in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit that I couldn’t leave it behind - I used this for both my contour/highlight and my eyeshadow. I brought my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

instead of the Dipbrow Pomade for its ease of use, and I needed my trusty Tweezerman Eyelash Curlers and L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Miss Manga Mascara. For lips, I had to take more than one option, so I brought along my various everyday staples - the Dior Addict Lip Glow, the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood, and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita.

What are your favorite products to take while traveling?