As I mentioned in my previous post (here), I have spent a lot of time traveling. Which is great for me because I love to travel, see new things and meet new people. It also didn’t hurt that I was doing something that I truly enjoyed. But it was a challenge for me at first to decide what I actually needed to bring. You may have mistaken me for a makeup artist at first, because I was bringing the majority of my palettes, about 10 lipsticks and three foundations, in addition to an array of face powders. My carry on was basically my kit, plus my laptop. I quickly realized, that I was not using even a quater of the makeup I was using and that I could really narrow it down to some essentials. This is my beauty travel kit. Comment below to let me know your travel must haves
This is my make-up bag. With the exception of my foundation and concealer, that go in my “liquids” bag, I can put everything else I need in here.
My make-up bag includes:
- Make-up wipes
- Soild brush cleaner
- Beauty Blender sponges
- Eye shadow palette
- Blush Palette
- Setting powder and highlighter
- Travel size mascaras
- Four lipsticks
- MAC Paintpot
- UD Primer potion
- Eyeliner (2 sticks and pot)
- Five lipliners
- Eyelash curler
*Not pictured: false lashes, lash glue and twezers they will fit, but I didn’t always wear them.
I got the brush guards for my brushes at Wal-Mart, they are a great investment for your more expensive brushes.
My MAC palettes are my shadows and blushes that I’ve been depotting as I collect them. Palettes are your best friend when you travel. Hotel bathrooms don’t often have a lot of space, (Unless your company is putting you up somewhere swanky.) so you want to try to condense as much as possible while maximizing your choices. Lipsticks no longer have to go in your “liquids” bag which is great and reall only need a few. I bring two nudes, a red and a berry, plus five liners. With this combination I have been able to create any lip look I desire. I bring a black liner and a black gel pot. This isn’t really necessary, but if I want to do a really dramatic liner look I work better with a brush and pot duo. Otherwise, I like to use the Benefits They’re Real Push-up Liner for a quick easy wing. I love the Neutrogena make-up wipes. I don’t always wear make-up on the plane, but the air on the plane is the worst! Sometimes I would use a make-up wipe after I got off the plane to help refresh my skin before adding more moisturizer.
My “Liquids” bag:
The TSA still has the 3-1-1 rule. You can bring 3.4oz of liquids or gels in one transparent quart sized bag per passenger. I got this bag at Sephora in the samples/travel size section. Let me pause here to say that travel/sample sizes are awesome! It’s a great way to try a product before you commit to a full sized purchase and most travel sizes are compliant with the TSA regulations. This saved me time and was hassle free. Instead of depotting into travel size containers, I could pop these bad boys in and go! They’re also inexpensive. My MAC travel sized were $10 a piece and lasted me on average 4 months. Not bad, especially considering I can use them towards my Back to MAC empties. I believe my Sephora bag was free when I purchased three travel sized items. This bag is great because it is nice and durable. I had to go through a lot! And if there was a spill, it was easy to clean out.
- Face Cleanser
- MAC Oil Control Moisturizer
- MAC Fix +
- MAC Cleanse Off Oil
- Oil of Olay PROx Spot Treatment
- Travel Spray Bottle with Milk of Magnesia
- Contact lens solution
- Rosebud lip salve
- Glam Glow Supermud Clearing treatment
- Josie Maran Aragan Oil (light)
Traveling kills your skin. It can leave it dry, patchy and dull. If you’re like me, it will also cause breakouts. So most of my liquids are to fight the effects of being on a plane for 8 hours at a time. The Philosophy Purity cleanser is a great everyday use cleanser. I used the Glam Glow Supermud mask twice a week. You can pick up the travel sizes of Glam Glow products at Sephora (oh yea!). The Josie Maran Oil has been a favorite of mine for a while and remains so. It leave my skin feeling moisturized but it’s not heavy. Rosebud salve is a must. It leave my lips soft and smooth, plus if I scooped out a little bit and mixed it with some sugar from the packets they leave with the coffee maker in the room, it makes a great lip exfoliant.
My Mia 2:
I love this cleaner. It makes my skin feel smooth and look brighter. I use the sensitive brush attachment and use it pretty much every day with my Purity cleanser. As I get older, my skin doesn’t regenerate like it used to, and with all the stuff floating in the recycled air in the plane (extra gross), my skin was looking bad. The Mia comes in a variety of colors and has different brush attachments depending on your needs. It had a hard shell carrying case, and mine lasted two weeks on a single overnight charge.