The Best Beauty Products for Travel
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Confession: I hate doing my makeup every day. ESPECIALLY so when traveling. But I’ve come to realize that I look like I’m roughly 16 years old without makeup – mostly due to the fact that I got carded at a movie recently… yep.
So over the years, I’ve tried to find travel-size toiletries that are effective to use for everyday life but also for traveling in all circumstances. Yes, I actually use these products and carry them in my toiletry bag. Here you’ll find my honest opinion on the best beauty products that KICK BOOTY.
Might I add, if these travel-size toiletries get me through a summer of backpacking in Japan AND while running around as an elementary teacher… I trust ’em!
TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES: MAKEUP ESSENTIALS
MAKE-UP PREP ESSENTIALS
When my mom and sister told me about makeup primer I scoffed at them and thought “yeah… right… now I need another paste? SURE!” But then I tried the stuff and *facepalm* I was hooked.
It helps to hold your makeup in place and feels like you just gave your skin a glass of water. It also helps set your make-up after putting it on.
Comparison: These two apply differently but have the same results. The Too Faced primer smells like coconut and has a more watery consistency whereas the e.l.f. primer is more of a gel. I didn’t notice a difference in these two travel size toiletries when it came down to the length of wear.
This is one thing I never used until a few years ago. I always just slapped on some powder and called it good. However, foundation and I now are jiving and I love the way it provides me with full coverage and locks in my setting powder.
Over the years I’ve used a number of different foundations to find the one I love best. I tried a ton of the drug store brands and high-end brands too. The Makeup Revolution Foundation has proven itself time and time again for all-day wear.
STEAL: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation $12
Traveling doesn’t always play nice for your complexion. So if you have a pesky spot you need to cover up or dark undereye circles, a heavy-duty concealer is sure to do the trick!
Comparison: There isn’t much of a difference between these two travel-size toiletries, besides the cost. The It Cosmetics concealer is a bit thicker, but I equally love both of these for coverage and wear.
You’ll notice that I only included one pressed powder and that’s because I haven’t found a dupe or anything better for my combination skin. In high school, I worked for an Aveda salon and instantly fell in love with their dual foundation powder. It applies easily, has good coverage, and lasts a long time.
Aveda Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation $26
Highlight & Contour
Another one of the travel size toiletries I didn’t realize I would love or find necessary until I tried it. Contour kits have become all the rave in the past years. When I first tried a contour kit I was impressed to find that I could add definition to my face and emphasize features like my cheekbones and nose.
I don’t use my contour kit every day depending on the kind of travel I’m doing, but it’s definitely awesome when you’re planning to be in photos or for going from a day to night dramatic look. The palette is also very slim and slides easily into a make-up bag.
Comparison: I usually don’t splurge for prestige cosmetics unless it’s worth it and I will say that I like the colors of the Anastasia contour kit a bit better. I also think it applies more smoothly.
If I could only pick three make-up items to bring on a trip, one would be blush! It’s a staple that adds some color to you face. As my mom always says “blush and lipstick make you look alive!”
Comparison: The Tarte blush does last a bit longer but they look and feel the same!
EYE MAKE-UP ESSENTIALS
By now you’re probably beginning to wonder if I lived under a rock for a while but eyeshadow primer is another one of the travel size toiletries I didn’t know I needed until recently. It helps keep your eyeshadow in place and saves you from having shadow “dust” all over your face.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $13
While on-the-go I personally don’t want to carry around a giant eyeshadow palette. Instead, these mini palettes are perfect for day or night looks. If you aren’t interested in a palette I also have used and love these shadows from Colourpop.
Comparison: The colors are slightly different but the application and length of wear are the same.
This is one of the travel size toiletries I’m REALLY picky about because I want maximum length and volume and I HATE it when mascara flakes off during the day.
Comparison: Personally, I like the Too Faced mascara better because I think the applicator is better and I have noticed that the L’Oreal does flake a bit and dries out a little more quickly. However, they’re extremely similar.
I’m adulting if I groom my eyebrows, right? But really, I left my tweezers once on a trip and it’s surprising how much they grow in just a few weeks time! Now I bring a pair with me every time because they’re super small and I don’t like being without them.
Revlon Slant Tip Micro Fine Tweezer $8
I have virtually no eyebrows without an eyebrow pencil, partially due to a bad brow wax (my first and last). I like these because they’re easy to apply and stay on all day. I never worry about these smudging. ↓
Comparison: Seriously the same except the Anastasia pencil has more color options. My go-to is the NYX Professional Makeup pencil!
I am pretty much obsessed with lip stuff. Chapstick, gloss, lipstick, you name it. You’ll pretty much find me applying it all day. These are a few of my long-time favorites.
Dionis Lip Balm $4
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick $6.50 – My favorites in these liquid lipsticks include Sunday and Beeper.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick $18 – My favorite color is Backtalk – it’s a dusty rose/mauve.
This setting powder takes away shine,
e.l.f. High Definition Powder $5
Makeup Setting Spray
THIS STUFF IS A DREAM. I have used it in all different settings and have been impressed with how much longer my makeup lasts because of this spray. One helpful tip I have is to spray this one after applying all of your makeup but before you apply mascara so it doesn’t dampen your mascara and cause it to run.
Comparison: I have to say, the Urban Decay does seem to work slightly better which is important to me because I don’t want to reapply makeup when on the go.
TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES: HAIR ESSENTIALS
Shampoo & Conditioner
Nowadays many hotels offer complimentary toiletries. Depending on where I’m traveling determines whether or not I bring my own shampoo and conditioner.
For example, in
When I’m traveling in the States I try to bring my own because most hotels only have travel-size toiletries that are single-use plastic. I have listed a liquid option as well as a bar option for the shampoos I love and use while traveling.
Using a bar shampoo/conditioner can be a tad strange at first but you don’t have to worry about spills and are the perfect eco-friendly travel essential. I also love the Aveda Shampure shampoo because it cleanses your hair and you can refill it easily with your bigger shampoo bottles at home. Here are also some gluten-free shampoos to choose from.
I actually don’t wash my hair that often. Usually every 5-7
Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo $6
As I said before, I have extremely thick and dry hair so I am always looking for styling products that will amplify volume in the roots and smooth out pesky flyaways. These are four products I typically use on a daily basis but when I’m traveling I occasionally only bring a root boosting foam and my hairspray.
Aveda Volumizing Tonic $9
It creates maximum volume and shine.
Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam $9
Creates a weightless body and volume.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother $9
Provides 12 hours of protection against humidity (UM YES PLEASE).
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray $5
I despise hairsprays that make you feel like you have a helmet on your head. I prefer ones that are lightweight but still have a
TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES: SKIN ESSENTIALS
Easy peasy makeup removal that is safe for your face and eyes. These are my favorite for on the go! I usually tear them in half to make this pack of 25 equal 50.
YES TO Blueberries Brightening Facial Towels 25ct. $6
Let’s face it… acne happens at all ages. Obviously, you’d want to zap that unwanted guest FAST. This Clean and Clear acne cream is the best over-the-counter acne medicine I’ve found.
Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10 $5
Even on humid days wearing a moisturizer is important for hydrating and protecting your skin. I usually apply a moisturizer in the morning and evening.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $5
I frequently am using different kinds of lotion but regardless of the brand or scent I always like one that is lightweight, non-greasy, and doesn’t have an overpowering scent.
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter $7
The list could go on and on! I know it seems like quite a bit but it’s not so bad once you condense it into your toiletry bag. What are some of your favorite travel-size toiletries you can’t travel without?