Pack your weekend bag and get traveling! Whenever I travel my cosmetic and beauty products take up most of my suitcase which not only drives my husband crazy but makes a carry on virtually impossible. So I set out to find travel-sized beauty products (many of which do more than one thing) to lighten my load.
You can find travel size deodorant, toothpaste and dental floss at Target or your drugstore but what if you want higher-end products like the larger sized ones you use at home? That’s what this post is focused on…those travel treasures you should have ready to go and on hand in your travel bag at all times. It’s smart to have a bag ready to go at a moment’s notice so all you have to focus on is packing your clothes, shoes and handbags.
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Lulu Dharma Stewart Argyle Duffel Bag, $99
Isn’t this bag just perfect for the 4th of July and beyond? This classic argyle design is on gorgeous linen fabric. It’s also eco-friendly with brown vegan leather handles, bottom and trim and gold-toned hardware. It’s the perfect weekend escape accessory and measures 22 x 15 x 8 inches.
This ingenious travel beauty bag features 16 separate compartments and can hold 80+ products, keeping your beauty treasures safe, secure and organized. Simply set the ready-to-use insert on your makeup dresser for easy access. When on the move, place it back into the handy carry toiletry bag and lay it flat in your suitcase. Keep this one ready to go and store it already to go when you get home so it’s ready for your next trip.
THE BEAUTY GOODS
It Cosmetics has a treasure trove of travel-sized products and most of them do double or triple duty! Here are a couple of my favorites but you can peruse their selection at Shop It Cosmetics Travel Size Products.
It Cosmetics Tightline® Full Lash Length 3-in-1 Eyeliner, Mascara, and Primer Black, $16.90
This product is an award-winning game-changer! It’s a mascara,mascara primer and eyeliner in one.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Creamwith SPF 50+ Travel Size, $15
This is the brand’s #1 best-selling, award-winning beauty miracle! It’s a Full Coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti-Aging serum, plus Broad Spectrum Physical Only SPF 50+ all in one!
Another brand I adore is MyChelle. Their skincare regimens begin with multi-tasking products formulated to address specific skincare concerns. They believe the products you use on your skin should take just 3 minutes in the morning and 3 minutes at night. All MyChelle Dermaceutical products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, and free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and colors, petroleum, GMOs, and gluten.
MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50, $11.70
This mineral-based sunscreen glides on smooth and dries clear. It has UVA/UVB protection and is water resistant for 80 minutes.
MyChelle also has a bevy of travel size beauty kits like a 3-piece beauty set one one that fights wrinkles! Shop MyChelle travels sets here.
Beauty Counter is another line I have grown to love because it’s free of harmful chemicals. I was given some travel sized samples by a friend who is a rep. I love the body wash, shampoo and conditioner but most of your favorite high-end shampoos come in travel sizes now especially due to FAA size regulations. Another brand that makes great hair products as well as skincare products that can be purchased in travel size is Dermalogica. They also give you 2 travel sized items with every order!
Shop Dermalogica travel size products here.
If you are into naturally derived beauty products you must try the PLANTED IN BEAUTY 2 week starter kit which has 6 products and is only $25! The products have the highest level of organic ingredients while remaining completely free of chemicals and toxins (including parabens, petroleum, GMOs, butylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, DEA, TEA, MEA, silicones,formaldehyde, pesticides, alcohol, PEGs, artificial dyes, aynthetic fragrances and preservatives). PLANTED IN BEAUTY’s philosophy is if it doesn’t exist in nature, it’s not in the products.
The PLANTED IN BEAUTY starter kit, $25 contains;
- Soothe + Soften Cleansing Emulsion
- Polish + Resurface Detox Exfoliant
- Balance + Calm Toning Lotion
- Firm + Smooth + Brighten Reparative Complex
- Depuff + Illuminate Eye Firming Complex
- Nourish + Protect Antioxidant Moisturizer
Most hotels now have blow dryers so I no longer pack my own. Here are hair styling items I do bring.
This brush is adorable and takes up very little room! Macaron’s uniquely sturdy bristles work on every hair type and texture and provides superior tangle taming, minimal breakage, and maximum shine! The protective cover also has a mirror on the inside for touch ups on the go!
Easily fix your hair in a hurry. Whether it’s your bangs or taming frizz, this mini touch-up Beachwaver iron is small enough for travel and comes with its own case!
Invisibobble Original Traceless Hair Ring, True Black, $7.99 for 3
Once you have tried Invisibobble I promise you will never go back to regular rubber bands again! I can’t live without them and have some stashed in every bag. They do not cut through your hair and they are traceless so they don’t leave a mark when you take them out. They are a game changer.
SarahPotempa Darby Clips, $9.99 for 2
The Darby Clip is the ultimate celebrity hairstylist tool! It holds all types of hair by a unique double spring patented design that literally bends and adjusts over the section to hold all the hair in!
Mouthwatchers Antimicrobial Floss Bristle Silver Folding Travel Toothbrush, $9.99 for a 2 Pack
I’m not normally one to get all up in your grill about dental hygiene and I know you can buy your travel sized brush, toothpaste and floss and the drugstore but you simply MUST try this toothbrush because it kicks every other travel brushes’ ass! You probably only use your travel toothbrush when you travel so it just sits in your bag collecting bacteria at an alarming rate. The proprietary silver bristle technology in this brush naturally eliminates 99.9% of bacteria in 6 hours! Using this antibacterial travel toothbrush is like using a sterile toothbrush every single time you brush. Once you travel with this folding toothbrush, you will never switch back. I promise!
I’m addicted to gloss so this one is a favorite and goes everywhere I go. It’s a blend of coconut oil, vitamin E and shea butter to nourish lips.
Don’t get burned. It will ruin your trip. I ALWAYS have an SPF on me at all times. This one is the ideal companion for fun in the sun! This 2-in-1 combo of feel-good formulas is enriched with antioxidants providing high performance, water-resistant defense against UVA-UVB. It’s 2 fan-favorite formulas in one multi-functional tube!
Besides all my recommendations above, another great place to find travel sized products is Birchbox, You don’t just have to order their monthly box service either. You can order smaller versions of the products you love or want to try which makes them travel friendly! They have everything from makeup to beauty products to hair products to nail products to fragrances from brands like Benefit, Smashbox, Davines, Living Proof, Dr, Brandt, Coola, By TERRY, and the list goes one and on. Shop Birchbox here!
Oh and don’t forget Sephora either! Their rollerball fragrances really come in handy for travel and they carry a bunch of travel sized products too. Shop Sephora Travel here.
Hope this post helps make traveling a little easier for you…not just for the 4th Of July but all those trips you have planned in your near future and the ones that just drop in your lap.
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Disclosure; some samples were provided for review and some are my own. All opinions and recommendations are strictly my own.