The best perk of being a beauty editor? We get to try a lot of amazing products. We’re constantly lathering up with new shampoos, buffing foundations, and slathering serum after serum on our skin so we can form opinions on new products and share the best beauty buys with you. Basically, that’s just a nice way of saying that we are self professed beauty product hoarders.
And today we’re rounding up our top 10 travel beauty essentials for you. Whether you’re hitting the road for a long weekend away or about to jet set on a long-haul flight, this list should help you decide what to stow when you’re on the go. (See what we did there?)
Traveling is no reason to leave your beauty routine at home. Sephora’s travel kit makes toting your favorite products a breeze with their easy-to-fill, TSA-approved travel bottles. These bottles are a game changer because after all, what’s more devastating than leaving your beloved skin-brightening, wrinkle-tightening cream at home? We’ll tell you—watching it get confiscated by airport security because the bottle is too big.
Without further adieu, here are our top 10 travel beauty essentials.
1. Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream
Unless you’re having some sort of spa retreat vacation, traveling can be pretty exhausting. Between a long trip, having a lot to see and do, and getting little sleep, a great eye cream is absolutely necessary. The Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream utilizes advanced stem cell technology and instantly reduces the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and the look of fine lines. The smallest dab will make your under eye area look refreshed and renewed.
2. Secret Destinations Clear Gel Deodorant
Perhaps our biggest secret (no pun intended) weapon is the Secret Destinations Collection Clear Gel which gives 48 hours of odor protection. 48 hours! So no matter how long your travel itinerary (complete with shuffling in and out of stuffy airplanes, subways, buses, cabs, etc.), you at least know you’re going to feel and smell fresh. It also goes on clear, meaning no white streaks on your shirts when you find yourself without laundry for days on end.
3. Boots No7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes
When you’re on the go, these hypoallergenic, fragrance free No7 Quick Thinking Wipes effectively cleanse and remove impurities, tone and moisturize your skin, and even remove waterproof eye make-up—all in one easy step. TSA won’t even blink when you bring these through security, making them a go-to product for traveling. Not only are these wipes gentle and convenient, but they are especially good for your skin with ingredients like vitamin pro-B5, witch hazel, and fennel, which help leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and fresh.
4. BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation
The BareMinerals Original SPF Foundation is portable and easy to use, making it a given for travel makeup. It’s especially helpful because you don’t have to worry about taking yet another liquid on a plane. The added SPF doesn’t hurt either! A double-duty product is always a plus in our book.
5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer
We’ve mentioned It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer before, so you know it must be good. It’s highly concentrated with Vitamins K, A, C, E and Collagen, so under eye puffiness doesn’t stand a chance. (Even when it comes to covering those “I-stayed-out-until-4am” under eye bags. Yeah, those.)
6. Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara
Just because you’re on the go, that doesn’t mean you can forget the brows. Take it from our own experience—tidying up your brows will instantly make you look more put together. Maybelline Brow Drama makes sculpting brows easier than ever before because of its unique ball applicator and the colored gel tint that provides an even, natural hold. It’s a must for every travel bag.
7. Becca Beach Tint
Have you noticed our liking for multi-purpose products yet? The Becca Beach Tint is no exception—it’s the ultimate do-everything product. This oil-free, streak-free cream stain is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E to repair and soothe skin and the water-resistant formula makes it stay put all day, wherever your travels may take you. Not to mention, it has a subtle, fruity scent and who doesn’t like that?
This innovative little refill system perfectly transfers your fragrance into a perfectly transportable bottle without spills or damaging exposure to air. Just stick the Travalo on top of your perfume bottle and it transfers in seconds, making it the perfect travel companion for your favorite scents. We wouldn’t dare travel without it.
9. The Wet Brush
The Wet Brush “Squirts”, the miniature version of the classic Wet Brush, isn’t just fun to say out loud—it’s the perfect travel tool. It’s compact, fits in any bag, and detangles wet (or dry!) hair like nobody’s business.
10. Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo seriously can’t be beat. It’s easy on the wallet, instantly absorbs any grease in your hair, and adds some bounce and texture to your ‘do. We love to throw the travel size bottle in our suitcases when packing for a trip. Simply spray it on your roots to make sure your mane will look its best in all those Instagram selfies.