I’m fortunate that I get to travel a lot.
Since it always seems like I’m jetting off somewhere, I like to be very organized when it comes to packing. To be honest, there’s nothing I hate more about travel than packing and unpacking. Although the clothes may change, for the most part, the cosmetics always stay the same. For years now I have had a separate makeup bag for all my travel cosmetics, and same with my skincare, so this way I can just grab the bag, throw it in my suitcase, and not have to think about what I want to bring, or be disappointed that I forgot something.
Since I get so much stuff on the daily, I do often rotate out products in my travel cosmetic bags, or throw in items that I think would be convenient for a particular trip. Thus, I bring you today’s post, items that I’ve been loving lately and ones I think will totally help you with your packing.
Sephora Ocean Crush The Minimalist makeup bag
Okay, so obviously you need a bag to actually hold all your items, and if you like pink and glitter (who doesn’t?), then this one is for you. As part of Sephora Collection’s summer 2018 collection, the Ocean Crush The Minimalist bag (C$28) is perfect to hold all your (TSA-approved) essentials.
This double-sided bag has pink sparkles on one side and then blush faux leather on the other. The bag is pretty roomy for all your beauty essentials and you can also use it as a clutch for a night out. Of course, it’s so cute that if you wanted to just keep it as a pouch to have in your purse or something, you can totally do that to. Honestly though, the glitter on this just gets me every time.
Sephora also has this design available as a pouch and an Overpacker bag. I always use Sephora Collection bags as my travel bags as they really do hold a lot of stuff (the sizing on these are great) and each season they come out with such cute, fun designs.
Sephora Collection PRO Essential Brush Set, Rose Gold Edition
Trying to figure out which brushes to bring can be annoying (I’ve totally been there, forgot a brush and then have to figure out which brush I could use to serve that purpose). As a result, I highly recommend picking up a dedicated travel brush set that you can just grab and throw in your suitcase.
Sephora Collection just came out with the mother of all brush sets and although the price is steep on this one, this set is also great for everyday wear or for those looking to up their brush game. The PRO Essential Brush Set: Rose Gold Edition comes with 12 essential makeup brushes, along with a pink binder to hold them all. This set includes every brush you would need to create a makeup look (and then some) and feature rose gold ferules. The case also folds to create an easel stand to display them.
Brushes include: PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 (I use this one all the time for foundation and concealer), PRO Precision Powder #59, PRO Angled Blush #49, PRO Contour #79, PRO Highlighting #98, PRO Concealer #71, PRO Shadow #14, PRO Small Shadow #15, PRO Smoky Crease #31, PRO Blending #27, PRO Drawing Detail #40, and PRO Brow #20.
This set retails for C$219 with a C$414 value. Like I said, the price on this is steep, but I will say that Sephora Collection brushes are top notch, and as someone who has many of them, most of which came in a set, these will last you a long time. So, whether it’s for travel or every day, these will last you for years to come.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Gel Eye Masks
Long flight in your future? Jet lag wearing you down? Then look into these rejuvenating eye masks from Arbonne.
The RE9 Advanced Prepwork Gel Eye Masks (C$50) soothe and cool on contact, making them perfect for tired, puffy eyes. Pop these on during your flight to help soften the look of baby lines around the eyes. The formula in these include a variety of antioxidants, omegas, and phytonutrients so you’ll look super refreshed getting off that plane.
La Roche Posay Hyalu-B5 Serum and Care
After I got back from New York City last month my skin was a mess. The texture felt bumpy and I could tell it just wasn’t in great shape. Since I was travelling again a few days later to Houston and San Francisco I made sure to pack much better skincare. As a result, I threw in the Mary Kay Timewise routine, which has suddenly become my new go-to travel skincare routine. That routine consists of a cleanser, an eye cream, a day cream, and a night cream.
For trips where I don’t want to pack as much skincare though, I’ve been digging the La Roche Posay Hyalu-B5 Serum and Care. Both of these products are new and are targeted to reverse wrinkles, loss of volume and elasticity, and tired and dull skin. The pro-skin recovery formula features two types of pure hyaluronic acids, vitamin B5, and madecassoside to help plump skin, repair skin’s barrier, and activate skin renewal.
A little goes a long way with these products, first I apply the serum and then the care product, which is essentially just a moisturizer. With travelling comes canned air and all those pesky air aggressors and pollution that come with various destinations (especially in a populated city like NYC), so having proper skincare is a must.
Caudalie Grape Water
Sometimes you just want a little pick me up. Whether that’s during the actual flight, walking the hot streets of a major city, or trying to soothe a facial sunburn. An item that I totally recommend for this purpose is Caudalie’s Grape Water, a facial mist that gives you improved hydration and diminished skin sensitivity. This 100 per cent organic formula is extracted directly from grapes in Bordeaux and once sprayed it increases your skin’s hydration, soothes any irritators, and just feels so damn good.
If you suffer from redness or rosacea then this is perfect as a spritz of the product will help to calm your skin. You can also use it as a toner after cleansing, a setting spray before or after your apply your makeup, or just to refresh or hydrate your skin throughout the day. For an extra pick me up, put it in the fridge, there’s nothing like spraying this on a super-hot day.
Pick up the travel-sized 75 ml bottle for a TSA-approved carry on. You’ll probably run out of this stuff before the trip is over since you’ll be obsessed with how it makes your skin feel.
Kiss Impress Pedicure
Every time I got for a vacation I always apply Kiss press-on nails. I’ve chatted about these so many times on my blog and they really are part of my travel routine. So imagine my curiosity when the Impress Pedicure press-ons showed up on my door.
I’ll be honest, when I first saw press-on toenails I was a little skeptical. How long will these last? Will they annoy my toes? Will they look cute? Well, as someone who usually gets a pedicure prior to a vacation, I think I have found my new go-to toenail product.
These are just like the finger nail ones in that you measure out the nails to fit your toenails, remove the plastic backing, then just press them on! ImPRESS has so many cute designs available as well that it’ll be hard choosing which one to apply for your vacay or trip (just make sure that you bring the extra nails in case any fall off during your travels). I’ve been wearing these for a week, including during workouts and pools, and they have not budged. Call me IMPRESSed! 😉
Fancii & Co. Aquamist II – Cool Mist Personal Travel Humidifier
Okay, so this last product is totally different from the rest, but as mentioned earlier, travel often means dry skin or getting sick, especially with that canned airplane air. I recently got this little humidifier from Fancii & Co. (the same people that I ordered my makeup mirror from), and love how cool it is.
This little guy is perfect for hotel rooms as you just screw in any standard-sized water bottle, place it in the room, and it produces humidified air quickly and quietly, allowing you to breathe better. Since it’s so small you can just throw it in your bag and it’s powered by either three AA batteries or a USB. It also has an adjustable timer that allows for two, four, six, or eight-hour automatic shut off, so you can run it at night.
I’m always excited to try out new gadgets and this one is unlike anything I have seen before. Totally recommend it if you travel often!
Although it can be stressful to pack and figure out what you want to bring on your vacation, with a little planning ahead of time, you can make it so much easier when it comes to your cosmetic items. This way, you can focus more time on the more important things, like your outfits ;).
What do you like to bring when you travel?
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