Ok - here is your all inclusive packing list for all things beauty along with my must haves for travel. I hope this aids you next time you're scrambling to pack and you don't want to forget anything <3
Minimalism can be so helpful when packing, but not when it comes to skincare. Travel can cause havoc on your skin, which can manifest itself as dull or dehydrated skin, so definitely bring the moisturizer. Don't forget to toss in all those travel or sample sized products you've been waiting to try. Try to avoid products that aren't travel friendly, AKA anything over 3 ounces or those with dropper dispensers. The product can travel up the tube and stay in the dropper which is no bueno. Sheet masks are your friends too, because you can dispose of them and make room for items you may buy while traveling. The must haves in my skincare travel bag consist of: a hydrating mud mask, cleanser, a serum, eye cream, moisturizer w/ SPF, & a facial oil
It may be helpful to know what your makeup routine will be when packing your makeup bag, if you are still figuring it out - this may help. The best way to minimize is to bring products that work in multiple ways or using bronzer and highlight as eyeshadows instead of bringing an eyeshadow palette. It really depends on what your must haves are when it comes to makeup. To save space, you can transfer makeup into small travel friendly containers and spare the extra mirror by bringing products with mirrors included. If you are going somewhere tropical don't forget the blotting sheets. Also, if you love full glam, don't forget your favorite lashes and lash glue. The must haves in my (not so minimal) makeup travel kit: Too Faced Rx Primer | Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer | Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder | BECCA Cosmetics Highlight & Lowlight Perfecting Palette | Nars Blush in Madly | ABH Modern Renaissance Palette | Urban Decay Perversion Mascara | KVD Liner in Trooper | ABH Dip Brow Pomade | UD All Nighter Setting Spray | Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks in Stone, Bare with Me, & Chocolate Wasted | Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Stripped | NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair
Time to whip out those double sided brushes and beauty sponges! Brushes are tough to travel with, I recommend bringing no more than 6 brushes. You can cut out brushes by bringing makeup products that include applicators, such as a liquid eyeliner with a brush tip or using an eyebrow gel instead of a powder. Don't forget you can use your fingers to apply cream products and eyeshadows so you can cut down on brushes that way too. You can also buy a travel sized makeup brushes to save some more space. Here are the makeup tool must haves I need/want to have when traveling: pencil brush | crease brush | flat definer brush | eyebrow brush w/ spooley | powder brush | beauty blender
4. Hair Care
Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling creams, oh my! While I tend to favor using the complimentary hotel shampoo & conditioners, here are a few tips for traveling with your favorite hair care items just incase you're going to Airbnb it this time. Dispense your favorite products into travel friendly 3 oz. containers and put them in a ziplock baggie so if there are any spills, your clothes aren't damaged. Don't forget your hair brush and a straightener if you're about that life, which includes bringing a heat protectant.
When it comes to traveling with brushes and cosmetics, don't make the mistake of throwing them in the same bag. You want to be sure to pack your brushes in a way that even if your luggage gets thrown around (which it probably will if you check your bags) that they will not get damaged. There are nice role up brush carriers that do the job. I recommend bringing your makeup items with you in your carry on. Why? Because makeup is expensive and precious and if it breaks while traveling that is fair grounds for ugly crying (first world probs, it'll all be ok). Pro tip: Playing Tetris with your items will ensure that you maximize space.