Traveling is one of life’s true pleasures – but it’s hard to deny that traveling as a beauty lover is stressful. You want to take your whole routine, allow for any skin or haircare emergency, and have options in terms of makeup. But one fantastic way to streamline your travel beauty bag is by finding products that offer multiple uses. Two (or even three) in ones mean extra space in your luggage for more glittery eyeshadows, after all.
One great tip is to find a cleanser that can work both morning and night. A recent favorite of mine has been then Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution Gel. It’s great at keeping breakouts at bay, yet never feels overly stripping or harsh. And to make it even better, if you combine it with a microfiber cloth, it can even be used to remove makeup, too.
Scrubbing on the go is notoriously tricky, but getting something that works for both face and body like the Emulsion Universal Cream Scrub Base is brilliant. This brand offers “base” products plus add-ons, so you can even customize your scrub to make it exactly as you want.
Another great way to exfoliate on the go is with a liquid acid, and the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Exfoliant is up there with the best of them. But more than just a great pore-unclogger and texture-smoother, I find it to be invaluable in terms of prepping skin for makeup. Unlike other acid toners, this one leaves a slightly emollient film on the skin, giving you a smooth, moisturized, and grippy, perfectly prepped complexion.
Under eyes are often a beauty concern, and the Tula Rose Eye Balm is a perfect treatment. This product is ingenious because it can be used both under makeup, as a sort of solid eye cream, and over top of makeup throughout the day. If you find you under eyes can look dry, dull, creasy or dark as the hours wear on, having this to hand will be a total godsend.
One of my favorite ways to streamline a beauty routine is by combining SPF with my other products. The Go-To Skincare Zincredible Tinted is a recent favorite for this – offering physical sun defence and a hydrating, glowy, slightly blurring finish. For more coverage, though, the Holika Holika BB Cream is wonderful. Both can be applied with fingers, saving you even more space when packing.
I’ve recently fallen head over heels for the Kevyn Aucoin The Glass Glow Face. If you’re into liquid highlighters that looks like perfect, dewy skin, this is for you. I also like wearing it under makeup as an uber-hydrating and sheeny primer, and on my eyelids as an easy gloss effect. A tube of this will never serve you wrong if you’re into shiny skin.
Combining lip and cheek products can also really minimize your packing, and the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheeks are among my favorite dual products. I sometimes even smudge them onto the eyelids for a minimal, monochromatic makeup look.
Another fun option is a gloss finish. The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs looks great on lids and cheeks, as well as on the lips. They’re high shine without feeling sticky, making them perfect for smearing just about anywhere. I have a special place in my heart for all the shades, but I think new launch Sweet Mouth, a pale nude-y pink, might be my favorite yet…
Eye products needn’t be left out, either. A sheeny liquid shadow has a place on the tops of the cheekbones and even as a lipstick topper – and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Seaglass Eyeshadow in Night Dive is totally perfect for the job. It’s pale pink with a slightly chartreuse-y reflect, making it a super interesting highlight on inner corner or cheekbones for an ethereal, alien-esque vibe. It also sets and stays put.
My final recommendation for travel is argan oil. Oils are great for smoothing hair flyaways, banishing flakiness of the skin, hydrating just about anywhere, and adding glow – and this one comes in an incredibly easy to transport bottle.
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