Every time I travel I play the how-much-stuff-can-I-bring-in-my-carryon bag game. Since I’ve been traveling throughout Southeast Asia, I haven’t been checking any luggage. I try to only bring essentials and multi-purpose products to save space for goodies I pick up on my travels. This little bag doesn’t include my skincare or hair items, but I usually only bring a travel size face wash and moisturizer (from this Murad kit), Simple Skin Care cleansing wipes (a lifesaver on the go), a detangling hair brush and travel size shampoo/body wash. I find that more often than not, I end up with my hair in a messy bun or half-pulled back in a hair clip. Depending on where I’m traveling, I may switch out (or add) powder or foundation to match the climate of my destination. For example, when I went to Taiwan, it was extremely humid so I brought Estee Lauder Double Wear because I knew it would hold up. But, the items below are staples that I bring along no matter the destination.
- Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Primer // $12
- BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream // $25
- BareMinerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer // $21
- NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana // $10
- Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light // $11.18
- Maybelline Fit Me! Blush in Nude // $4.50
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette in Natural Nude // $9.13
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown // $21
- L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium // $7.50
- Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner // $9.40
- L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // $6
- L’Oreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender // $5.99
- EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set // $5.94
- RealTechniques Setting Brush // $8
- elf Beautifully Bare Blending Brush // $6
- it Cosmetics Must Have Airbrush Travel powder brush // $19.50 set
I’ve found that this is the perfect combination of versatile face products to give me a fresh-faced, but not overdone look on the go. The Complexion Rescue makes for a hydrating, healthy looking base, and it’s perfect for balancing your skin on dry flights. I spot conceal and highlight my undereyes with the concealer, and use the bronzer and shimmer palette for both my face and eyes. Depending on the size of the bottle, I’d also recommend tossing a setting spray in your bag just to keep it long-lasting. Lately, I’ve been loving the Smashbox Primer Water and Milani Make It Last Setting Spray.
You’ve probably noticed that a lot of these products are from the drugstore. Not only are these all really great products in terms of performance, they’re also affordable, which is a pro when you’re traveling and don’t want to risk losing your baggage or breaking something expensive. The makeup bag I’m using is from Vera Bradley, part of the Travel Cosmetic Set, which I highly recommend–it’s a 4-piece set that works great together for longer trips and separated for short getaways.
What’s in your travel bag? Anything I need to add to my own? Let me know in the comments below!
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