I spent four days in Rome last week so this presents me the perfect opportunity to show you my absolute travel beauty essentials! I was meant to post this before I went away but I kept changing my mind on certain products so that wouldn’t have been a realistic representation! I finally came to a decision (undoubtedly) and I was more than satisfied with my choices, and how my beauty routine held up throughout the days even though I was away from home.
Featured in this post:
Personal Hygiene + Skincare
Phillips Sonicare Toothbrush
Oral B Essential Floss
Eucerin Sun Face Mattifying Fluid SPF 50+
The Cure Green Tea Collagen Essence Mask
Earth Therapeutics Brightening Black Pearl Mask
Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz
Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser (sample)
Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream (sample)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (sample)
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow
MAC Lipstick in Fanfare (Cremesheen Finish)
MAC Lipstick in See Sheer (Lustre Finish)
LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm
Heroine Make Long and Curl Super Waterproof Mascara
Koji Curving Eyelash Curler
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in 6
Real Techniques Contour Brush part of RT Core Collection
(I’m only listing particular products that I think are worth mentioning as the other products are more generic and can be found in all discount stores/drugstores/supermarkets.)
Admittedly, I have more experience of being on a long-haul flight than I do on a short-haul flight. So naturally, I wasn’t terrified of this particular trip taking a toll on my skin. But that doesn’t mean you can or should be lazy. Skin is one of those things that takes weeks and months to get good, polished results but it only requires one bad step to ruin it!
So what’s in my travel beauty essentials kit?
Oral Hygiene: Toothbrush / Flossing Tape / Toothpaste
You’re probably thinking, ‘But of course!’ and it’s exactly because it’s so obvious that it’s the essentials of all essentials. Having clean teeth and a fresh breath is so essential because it’s routine (one should hope) and once you’re out of it, there is that gross feeling of plaque. And we do not want that. Ever.
Personally, with body hygiene, I can make-do with whatever the hotel offers if it’s just a few days. If you’re sensitive, then by all means, bring whatever satisfies your soul! 🙂 But with oral hygiene, it’s the ultimate quick refresher that’ll wake you and your senses up! Not to mention, it’ll prepare you for many delicacies!
Emergency and Protection: Band-aids / Cotton Buds and Pads / ‘Girly Stuff’* / Sunscreen
Traveling is not new to me. Long-haul, short-haul. Few day trips or month long trips. They’re not new. And I promise you that I’ve learned from my mistakes and embarrassing mishaps. I won’t go into detail about those but you can roughly guess from this product list. (It’s really not that hard.)
One line of advice: Always have backup. You’ll be thankful for it.
*This is dependent on where you are in your cycle obviously. I finished mine before I went away which was very fortunate but either way, it’s useful to bring because you never know!
Quick-fix Skincare Before/During/After the Flight: Face Masks
There can be a tendency for flights to dry out your skin because of the excessive air-con. I for one, can get really dehydrated from long-haul flights which can go one way or the other: really oily or somehow quite dry (generally the former).
Since we’re dealing with short-haul flights, the dehydration won’t be as real but it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. It’s still a new, and artificial environment for our skin to be in and whilst it won’t kill our skin, it won’t give life to it either. So be sure to bring a bunch of sheet masks with you, or a sleeping mask that can double as a night cream if you’ve got one!
One other piece of advice: Drink lots and lots of water.
Simplified Skincare Routine: Hairband / Toner-Spritzer / Mini-size Products for Cleanser, Eye Cream, Moisturiser / Emulsion
Everyone is different. Some travellers like to pack everything but everything means weight which small airlines like EasyJet aren’t the biggest fans of. So my advice would be to pack as little and as smart as you can. Think multitasking products. Think which products you absolutely need in your kit.
I happen to have a couple of mini-size products and a lot of samples because I occasionally get freebies from purchases. I purposefully save them for trips like this! Some of them I have used before so I know it works and others are completely new to me so this gives me a chance to test out something new.
If you have sensitive skin, then I don’t recommend that you take unfamiliar products with you. Instead, de-pot some of what you use (cleanser, moisturiser etc.) into a travel-size pot or some other pot that you can recycle.
Also, be mindful of the packaging some of your skincare products come in – notably serums which can typically be in fancy glass bottles. As an alternative, I’m bringing a light emulsion (The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%) which comes in tube packaging.
Simplified Make-up Routine (Go-to Makeup Kit): Beauty Blender / Concealer / Compact Powder / A Lipstick or two / Lip Balm / Mascara / Eyelash Curler / Eyebrow Pencil / A Makeup Brush or two
Sunscreen should also be in this list but I’ve already mentioned it above. Nevertheless, it’s another essentials of all essentials. It’s perhaps the one product that overlaps between skincare and makeup. I then finish with my trusty Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow and that’s my base done! 🙂
I knew straight away that I wouldn’t take any foundation with me, as I didn’t trust my skin to look great with it on considering that we’d spend 10-12 hours outdoors. This was definitely a great decision! Tinted moisturiser was also off the list only because the colour-match for me wasn’t good (FYI it’s the Laura Mercier Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser.) If you must, I would recommend low-maintenance makeup for travel, something that’s easy to fix/re-apply.
Everything else is kept relatively simple too. The main idea is looking fresh, clean and groomed so I opted for products that I knew worked for me, and would just enhance my natural features rather than add any heaviness. If anything, the lipsticks are the game-changers that can take you from day to night!
What are your personal absolute travel essentials? What are your product go-tos that you always take with you wherever you are?
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