Happy TUESDAY! Today is going to be a such a busy day – I am hanging out with the fun ladies at Michael Kors in St. Louis getting ready for their big spring launch on Saturday, so definitely head over to my Instagram so get the inside scoop on that fun collection. 🙂 Because I’ve been traveling so much lately (and have two more trips coming up – one in March and one in April), I’ve decided to break down what I bring with me on my trips to show you how easy it is to travel AND look fabulous, without bringing 42 checked bags (for makeup and skincare anyways….you may need those bags for shoes….). Let’s dive into this!
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Ok, honestly. This one is always the hardest for me. I am so picky about my hair and if I am traveling with just a carry-on (as I often am), I can’t bring all my full-sized favorites with me. I used to just get generic products from the Walmart travel section, and now I’ve learned the error of my ways after many, many bad hair days while on vacation or work trips and just purchased mini sized of my best hair products. Ok, here we go:
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In Shower Styler (3 oz) – $15
Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (3 oz) – $15
Living Proof Control Hairspray (3 oz) – $15
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (4 oz) – $27
Right now, I’m out of my mini shampoo and conditioner + the hairspray, and couldn’t run to ULTA to grab new ones so on my last trip I substituted these less expensive items in my collection and it wasn’t the WORST thing that ever happened to me so if you need a drugstore sub, here’s what I recommend:
Organix Nourising Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner (2 oz) – $2.39 / each
TRESemmé TRES Aerosol Spray Extra Hold (1.5 oz) – $1.49
Unfortunately, nothing beats the in-shower styler when it comes to doing your hair quickly in the morning. I have STICK straight hair and this actually gives me waves and body and all I have to do it let it air dry. I usually wash it the night before, and then braid my hair so it can dry over night in braids with the styling product in, spray a few times in the morning with surf spray and have perfect beach waves. It’s the most amazing thing probably ever. 10/10 would recommend.
I like to just get the travel size of what I usually use, but I cut down on my skincare routine when I travel so it isn’t as intensive. If you want to see what my day-to-day morning and night routine is, check out THIS post.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (1.7 oz) – $12
Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturizer (1.7 oz) – $40
If you do NOT want to spend $52 on your travel face wash and moisturizer (which, ok honestly, who TRULY does) – here are my drugstore alternatives:
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub (1 oz) – $0.99
Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Lotion (.6 oz) – $3.99
I try to pack as minimalistically as possible. LUCKILY 90% of your makeup products are TSA friendly, meaning your liquid foundations are rarely over 1.5 oz which is the biggest worry. The other product you need to worry about is your setting and priming spray. That is the ONLY product I had to grab a travel size of because it was bigger than 4 oz.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray (2 oz) – $5
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Primer (1.8 oz) – $32
Becca Cosmetics Liquid Foundation (1.01 oz) – $44
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – (.33 oz) – $27
A various assortment of fake lashes
ABH Brow Wiz – $21
ABH Clear Brow Gel – $22
Physician’s Formula Butter Blush – $12.99
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Alright so essentially – this is everything you need to have a complete travel carry-on FULL of your best beauty favorites. This is exactly what I bring with me every time I go out of town and it never fails.
What do you bring with you when you travel? Do you have a tried-and-true hair routine? Makeup palette? Let me know in the comments below!