I've been living out of a suitcase for the last ten months. Rotating the same 7 outfits that fit in my TSA approved carry on bag is exhausting. And when it comes to shoes, my feet haven't seen cute in ages. Fortunately, I don't have to say the same about my makeup! Because of my limited carry on space (and my limited bicep strength!) I've learned to limit the number of products I use to achieve any of my go-to looks. And after ten months with only one chance to rotate my products I've come to a new level of packing mastery.
1. Individual But Versatile Products
Get more bank for your buck by trying a multi-purpose beauty product, such as a lip and cheek tint. I've been obsessed with these ever since coming across the Vincent Longo gel stain way back in high school. It's been a staple in my travel bag ever since! And there's so many different types on the market that you can really get picky about texture, tint, and color. In the set below you can see some of my favorite cheek and lip products.
Back in 2010 I started working for an Israeli cosmetics brand that produced mineral makeup that could be used for more than just one purpose. I loved that I could buy one eyeshadow for $12 and use it as eyeshadow, eyeliner (add water and use a slanted brush to apply), highlighter (dust some on your cheekbones) , nail polish (mix with clear polish), or lip tint (add to lip gloss or chapstick) simply by mixing it with the proper ingredients! And the best part? If they're all natural, they don't expire.
2. Palettes & Kits!
If you're not into being matchy-matchy with one color from your eyes to your toes, there's always beauty palettes! What's great about these is that they're flat and take up less space when packed at the bottom of your carry on suitcase. If you're going someplace for a week, one eyeshadow palette with more colors should do the trick. I'm a big fan of palettes that include a blush or bronzer, that way I don't have to pack those bulky products separately. Before you pack your palettes, make sure to match them with the clothes you're packing!
Along the same lines as an all-in-one palette is the travel kit. I am just obsessed with the cute little bottles of lotion, baby powder, shampoos... it's awesome that if you don't use the whole product on your trip you can still take them to go in your purse for "just in case." In my collage below you can see that I included a Michael Kors perfume set. Perfume is often the most annoying thing to pack when traveling, especially because buying the bottles with less than 100 mg. just doesn't pay off. In my experience, using an atomizer is only worth it if they fill it up for you at the store. Instead, I like to purchase roll-on perfumes for the ultimate on the go application.
Just because you're on the road doesn't mean you should have to sacrifice your skincare routine, hair rituals, or nail situation. Check out the cool stuff I picked out in the set below and let me know what product you simply can't live without on the road!