I frequently spend the night at out and while there are some items I have to sacrifice bringing with me, there are others that are small enough to travel with, and are basically essentials in my nighttime/daytime routine. Learning how to pack quickly and efficiently has been an unlikely saving grace. Here’s what I drag along with me.
At home, my morning routine involves different steps depending on my mood. When I travel, I prefer to bring only products that are mini/trial sized and can fit in a small pouch. (I love using my little pouches from Ipsy for this)
- Eau Roma Water or Colour Pop crystal spray
I always need some toner or facial spray. I don’t know why but if I don’t spritz my face in the morning I just don’t feel awake. Lately I’ve been using the Rose Quartz and Amethyst crystal face sprays and they’re a bit smaller than some face sprays – perfect for travel!
- Tarte Frxxxtion Stick
I tend to exfoliate in the evening, because it makes me feel like my face is really clean after a long day, but sometimes in the morning my pores are enlarged from too much fun the night before. I got a mini Tarte Frxxxtion Stick in one of my past Sephora Play Boxes and I love this for travel. It is a very light, sandy exfoliation but detoxifies and clarifies my skin for a smoother, more balanced appearance.
- Caudalie Reservatrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Another love from a Play Box of the past is the Caudalie Reservatrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer with SPF 20. I’ll be honest here, as a person of color I’ve been living that “I don’t need SPF” life. I avoid the sun as much as possible but I know I’m just signing up for skin damage without some kind of sun screen on my skin. Even though this is only SPF 20, it does make me feel a little bit better about my skincare for the day. It has such a pleasant scent for sunscreen and while I don’t notice an actual lift, I do feel like it sinks nicely into the skin.
- Glam Glow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer
I tend to always double up on moisturizers. I don’t know why, I just always feel like I could use another layer once the original has sunken in. My recent fave has been the Glam Glow Glowstarter in Nude Glow. I love the sweet scent and it has a minor luminous finish that is just perfect for a lightweight makeup day if need be. I recommend this moisturizer to everyone, unless you’re super oily.
- Milk Blur Stick
Finally, my last morning must-have (skincare wise at least) is the Milk Blur Stick. This is something that I only apply in my T-zone, as it does tend to get oily throughout the day and more so with age. While I am not sure if I love this product enough to purchase the full size, I do like the finish on my skin and it does help to create a smoother finish with an airbrushed look when I eventually apply my makeup, or if I decide to go bare-faced.
I also received a mini of the Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray and while I already owned it and loved it, it is super convenient to have a mini size. I love using this after applying my makeup on work days. Do you guys use this daily or only for special occasions?
In the evening, my routine is much more minimal when I’m “traveling.” It is e-ssen-tial that I have something to remove my makeup but other than that, I am not usually able to bring anything pertaining to my evening routine simply because I’m not really willing to travel with my nighttime essentials.
- Neutrogena Makeup Wipes
I always start my bedtime routine with taking off my makeup and I’ve been consistently using the Neutrogena wipes for at least 1 year. They work so well, don’t dry out quickly, don’t irritate my skin and I can get them in bulk at Costco (including 2 travel packs that are perfect for my weekend excursions). They don’t remove 100% of the dirt and makeup on my face, but when I add in the eye makeup remover I feel as clean as can be.
- Sephora Eye Makeup Remover
The Sephora eye makeup remover is really a backup, because I often wear a whole lot of mascara and that doesn’t come off with just a little Neutrogena. This remover is one of the best I’ve tried and doesn’t burn my eyes or dry out my lashes/brows.
- Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser
I received this cleanser in a complimentary trial pack from Influenster and at first, I wasn’t wild about it, but it has definitely grown on me. It can make me feel slightly cleaner than I’d like, but at the end of the day it is what I end up bringing with me. I am still on the hunt for the perfect travel sized cream based cleanser. Anyone have suggestions?
- Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil + lip balm and/or sheet mask
Here’s the point where 1 of 2 things happen. I always bring lip balm with me, and I’ve been using a Kate Moss one that is lightweight but feels satisfactorily nourishing. Next I would either apply Ouai’s rose oil to my hair and face or I’d put on a sheet mask. I always bring a sheet mask with me when I travel but 8 times out of 10 I don’t use it. I feel the pressure to really relax when I have a mask on and I don’t always have the opportunity to do that when I’m not at home. If I were to go for a mask, I’d probably choose something brightening or balancing. I would recommend the TonyMoly I’m Real sheet masks or the A’pieu Strawberry Milk mask for brightening.
Part of my ability to pack light when traveling is because I have the Play Box and the Ipsy bag. Without a steady influx of trial sized items, I’d probably have to pack things in small, individual containers and hope they don’t spill.
If you don’t have any beauty subscriptions I don’t recommend buying trial sized items. They don’t have a ton of value and unless you travel once to twice a month, they end up being underutilized. On the other hand, if you are a frequent traveler, i.e. once a week or more, I am sure you’ve got your travel skincare and toiletries down pat. If you’ve got any tips I haven’t included or products you’d like to recommend, feel free to leave them down below!