Updated on June 26, 2018
I’ve got travel on the brain lately. A month ago we were in Seattle for a destination wedding, I’m out of town this week for a business trip, and I’m about a month and a half out from my beach vacation to Mexico! Funny enough, I’ve been looking through some of my old posts for packing inspiration.
Well, I came across this post and thought it was time to update it with my current must have beauty products for travel. While some products are the same as when I originally posted it three years ago, there are obviously new discoveries that have been added to my travel beauty bag.
Keep reading to see my travel beauty essentials that help me take my routine on-the-go. Click the photo of the product to find it online.
1. Gilette Venus Snap Razor
The Snap is my favorite razor to travel with, since it’s tiny and comes in a protective clamshell case. I never go on vacation without it, since it saves space not only in my luggage, but the cramped hotel shower ledges! It’s compatible with all Venus razor heads, so you will have the shave you’re used to at home wherever you are.
2. Travel-Friendly Light Up Mirror
I’m over hotels not having makeup-friendly mirrors. Why is the lighting so dim? Why does the mirror seem to reflect so far away? I have to literally be nose-to-glass to see what I’m doing! Now, I just pack my own lighted mirror to do my makeup with while traveling. Now, I clearly don’t want to pack my expensive simplehuman mirror that I use at home. So, I opt for something little more affordable and travel-friendly like this flat LED travel makeup mirror.
3. EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths
I find it cumbersome to bring a bunch of liquids with me traveling, so these brush cleansing cloths give me the ability to keep my makeup brushes clean without needing an extra spray. I dab the brushes on them between uses to rid them of makeup, oil and impurities. They don’t leave any residue behind, and no water is required!
4. milk + sass Macaron Hair Brush
Whether or not I bring a full size brush with me traveling, I always have the Macaron with me in my carry-on. It may be small, but it’s great at detangling hair— even my thick mane! It has a cap that keeps the bristles from getting bent or tangled on other things in your bag, and has a small mirror inside if you need to style while out and about.
5. Maybelline Color Tattoo
Whether I’m traveling or at home, I love using the Color Tattoo eyeshadows as either all-over lid colors or as a base for other shadows. Since they’re double duty, they’re perfect for traveling with to lighten your load. Bad to the Bronze is a great all-over lid shade since the smoky color and slight shimmer finish adds dimension in one swipe. I use my fingers to apply this product as well, so less brushes needed!
6. FLO Refillable Perfume Atomizer
I’ve had it with perfume disasters while traveling: that moment you open your luggage and everything is drenched in your signature scent. Keep it simple by filling up a perfume atomizer with your favorite perfume. It easily loads straight from your full-size perfume bottle (no pouring required) and gives you a flight-friendly version instantly!
7. Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit
I am the queen of nail emergencies while traveling. Having a small travel nail kit with me is essential. This Mini Nail Rescue Kit from Tweezerman has everything you need to keep your nails in check: a nail file, a cuticle pusher and nail cleaner, a cuticle/hangnail clipper, nail clippers and a storage case to keep everything together.
8. PreHeels Spray
This one leans more fashion than beauty, but it’s still in my bag on every trip since I’ve discovered it! PreHeels Spray is perfect for days where you’ll be doing heavy walking, or wearing new shoes, as it creates an invisible barrier on the skin that blocks friction from shoes. This helps you avoid blisters and irritation, which will totally cramp your style when you’re on a trip! It has saved me many a time when I’m exploring some place new without worrying about my shoes rubbing me the wrong way.
9. e.l.f. Day to Night Lipstick Duos
Any product that helps me consolidate my packing is a must-have in my book. These lipsticks from e.l.f. have been some of my favorites to travel with for years because of just that. They’re double-sided with complimentary colors that can bring your look from day to night. One end has a color typically a bit more subtle for daytime while the other has something a bit bolder. There are four versions with a total of eight shades, and I have definitely packed all of them together on trips in the past, covering all my bases!
10. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Shampoo
You never know what you’re going to get in terms of showers while traveling. Bad water pressure, useless shampoo and conditioner samples, or maybe just no time. A dry shampoo is a must to keep your hair looking— and smelling— fresh as ever for all of your travelgrams. I like the OGX dry shampoos because of the slim bottle, so I often pack the full size in my checked bag. However, they also have travel size versions that are slightly smaller if you’re doing carry-on only! I love that their formulas help freshen up my hair while also nourishing it, so it feels soft after applying.