Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What's In My Travel Bag? (Makeup, skincare, etc)

Traveling is a common, weekly occurrence in my household. I'm always out and about somewhere. Sometimes my trips are planned, other times they're spur of the moment. For instance, you can find me in MA/NH and Boston area on any given weekend- usually always planned. This past summer, I was all over the mid-west and west coast and made sooo many unnecessary stops- definitely unplanned. That said, ensuring that I have every. single. thing. I need is my number one priority (after safety!) while traveling. Without my go-to products bad things will happen. Trust.


I can pack everything I need (whether it's a three week stay in CA, one week stay in OH or a two night stay in MA) in a TSA-approved 15"x18" duffel! Also, I always make sure that my toiletries/skincare/makeup is securely tucked away in its own weekender.


I don't fuss too much over my hair when I'm traveling. I blow dry it straight whenever I wash my hair so it usually ends up wavy, but manageable with products.


  • Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray
  • Alterna Caviar Styling Lotion
  • L'oreal Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray
My skin care routine is sacred. I use specific products and apply them in certain ways to ensure my skin's in tip-top shape. Below are items that are absolutely necessary and some that I'm trying out (trial sized products).
  • Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion
  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
  • Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20
  • L'oreal Youth Code Serum Intense
  • Clinique Even Better Tone Correction Moisturizer SPF 20
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  • Estée Lauder Time Zone Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF 15
  • MAC Fix+ Spray
  • L'Oreal Youth Code Serum Intense
  • Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme
  • EOS Lip Balm
  • Proactiv Refining Mask
  • Dove Ultimate Fresh Cool Essentials Deodorant
  • Opti-Free Replenish Advanced Moisture for Enhanced Contacts
  • Clear Eyes Eye Drops
  • Rohto Ice Drops Redness Relief
  • Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad
  • Estée Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover
  • Clarins Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion
  • CVS Cleansing Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Steifl Pan-Oxyl Acne Foaming Wash Maximum Strength (not pictured)
I go for a basic look every day and only switch it up from time to time. I know I use a lot of products, but trust me- it really doesn't look like much at all, in person or in photos!
  • L'oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara
  • Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
  • MAC Blot Powder in Medium/Dark
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
  • Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara
  • Benefit Posie Tint Stain
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Light Oil-Free FoundationPrimer
  • MAC eye shadows in Espresso, Soft Brown, Ricepaper, Gorgeous Gold (in Unii Palette) and Typographic
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Peony (in Unii Palette)
  • NARS Bronzer in Laguna (in Unii Palette)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment in 60 Brightener
  • MAC Gel Liner in Blacktrack
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Gel Liner in Zero
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in #604 Milk & #602 Dark Brown
  • Wet 'n' Wild #380B Walking on Eggshells Palette
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • L'oreal H.I.P. Eye Shadows in 510 Electrified (in Unii Palette)
  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC35 (used up my bottle and put what was left in a sample)
  • Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer in #10 Golden Beige (not shown)
  • Make Up Forever Duo Mat Powder #207
  • Boscia Blotting Sheets
  • Mr. Bunny Travel Set
  • Bare Escentuals Powder Brush
  • CVS Essentials of Beauty Crease Brush and Flat Brush
  • Anastasia Mini Duo Angled/Spooley 7
In terms of clothing, my rule of thumb: I try to bring one day outfit and one set of PJs for every night I'll be away. Plus I try to bring one pretty outfit (for nice dinners and such) and maybe one 'clubbing' outfit if a night-out is planned. This weekend, I'll be leaving for MA Saturday afternoon, so I'll only need one set of PJs (bottom left) and one day outfit, plus one just in case! Easy-peasy!
Do you have any must-have travel items?

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