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What’s Your Travel Beauty Secret?

Joanna Goddard

What beauty products do you bring when you travel? Over the years, I’ve tried to figure out a simple makeup look that works for day and night — that way, I can feel fresh-faced while focusing on adventures, food and two wild little boys. Here are the five things I pack for every trip…

1. Diorshow Lash-Extension Effect Mascara. Until now, I thought drugstore mascaras were the same as expensive ones. But in her recent beauty uniform, this labor-and-delivery nurse with amazing lashes recommended Diorshow mascara, so I gave it a shot. And, I’m telling you, IT IS NEXT-LEVEL. You’ll look like you got extensions; I don’t even understand how it works because suddenly my eyelashes are twice as long. Your whole face looks polished and awake. On a trip, you could swipe this on and call it a day.

2. Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Tint. Multitasking makeup is never more appreciated than on the road, so I bring this little pot, which is easy to blend for a natural rosy flush on your lips and cheeks. (I use the “Very Popular” shade.) Drew Barrymore told Vogue recently that one of her beauty tricks was to use lip color on lips and another spot — like cheeks, eyelids or across the bridge of the nose. That way, there’s a “cohesive color look,” she explains. Done and done.

3. Charlotte Tilbury Eyebrow Pencil. I swear by this pencil. I’ve tried many brow products that smudge or look too harsh, but this cream pencil fills in gap with a point so fine it actually looks like your own hair. I use the other end to brush up the front of brows and make sure the color is even. And if that’s not enough, there’s a hidden highlighter under the pencil that looks so pretty under the brow and in the corners of your eyes. There you have it: the secret workhorse of travel makeup.

4. Living Proof Full Body Shampoo. My hair is pretty thin, so when I’m traveling it can get limp and flat, especially after a long flight. This shampoo adds bounce (I started using it a few months ago, and it makes a real difference) — so now I’ll be taking it on trips and not worrying about the little bottles at the hotel. (Their dry shampoo is great, too.)

5. Smith & Cult Top Coat. Do you get a manicure or pedicure before a trip? If you don’t want to chip or scuff your nails while running around town, here’s a tip: Apply a quick layer of this non-toxic top coat every few days. Poof! Your mani/pedi will last the whole time.

Five Best Travel Beauty Products

What do you always bring when traveling? I’d love to hear. I also bring my regular foundation, concealer and sunscreen, and I like packing free perfume samples, too!

P.S. Wise words.

(Top photo by my lovely photographer friend Anna Wolf. Product photo by Stella Blackmon. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, a retailer I’ve loved for years and years — I actually got my prom dress there:) They have incredible customer service and offer free shipping and free returns. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help support Cup of Jo.)

  1. joanna says...

    It depends on the length of the trip. For quick 2-3 days away I pack little bit of product in tiny clip bags (I re-use them constantly) and I stick to what works best, like Good Genes by SR never let me down and it is only one bottle 15-30ml. Limit make up to a bb cream, mascara and brow pencil. For longer trips 2weeks-1month is it a bit more difficult, still opt for what works best and try to go to your favour store and be frank and ask for 1. smaller size product or 2. a few samples. Lush does the shower leave on balm which is good but not super hydrating so I use Bio-Oil (in tiny bottle) every 3rd day and Lush shower thingy daily on long trips. Sometimes it is worth all together to just leave most things at home and buy one natural found locally. For the long haul flights I always take a great watery serum/moisturiser (Blithe) and re-apply it every 2 hours, toothbrush is a must and also wash your hands often. One more thing that I found amazing for flights and traveling is a blend of essential oils you make yourself in a roller. I put frankincense, lavender, peppermint and cedar wood. But if you look up Doterra the make amazing oils and blends, get one for daily balance one for good night sleep, never failed me.

  2. Carol Wayne says...

    The DiorShow mascara is the best…I try not to spend much on makeup…but it is so worth every penny…thank you!!

  3. jessie says...

    i really try to bring stuff that’s almost at the point of empty, so i can toss it and (very theoretically, cause how much weight can the absence of a tube of sunscreen save me in my suitcase) make my load lighter. i use tinted sunscreen instead of foundation, and then bright lipstick as a pop. i never change my makeup routine for anything–it’s just sunscreen, concealer, mascara and then that bright lipstick anyhow, everyday–but i do decant (?) my favorite curly-hair product into a travel squeeze tube. (RenPaul Curl Defining Gel–it’s life-changing for fine but wavy hair!)

    • Anne says...

      Hey Jessie, Could you elaborate on your favorite curl product? I couldn’t find it and would love to try it! Thank you! Anne

    • it’s renpure. not paul. :)

  4. I love Muji’s travel size bottles for storing my favorite products. The clean and minimalist packaging is so calm and reassuring that sometimes I use them at home to clear up bathroom space.

  5. Liz says...

    I usually just bring my small daily beauty bag when I’m traveling, with the addition of a brown eye shadow (mac cork) and laura mercier caviar stick (rose gold shade). In the regular daily bag, I have: clea de pea concealer (recently replaced with Nars Sheer Matte concealer, which is nearly as good texture-wise but with better shade range), bobbi brown blush in nude peach+ small sephora blush brush, almay lip butter in plum good, l’oreal voluminous fiber mascara in brown black +shu umera lash curler, and stila waterproof eye brow pencil. These are my all-time favs, whittled down after many years of trial and error. I do have one small container of “fancy makeup” stored away but that usually doesn’t even make the cut for traveling, unless it’s a big event like a wedding.

    • Liz says...

      Oh, plus one of those eyebrow spoolies things from a nail maincure set for brushing up the brows.

  6. Melissa says...

    I read this tip recently from a French blogger and think it would work especially well when not trying to look too ‘made up’ on vacations… after doing your foundation, use a tissue to rub a bit off on your nose. Apparently it’s a visual illusion to look like you aren’t wearing foundation at all! I agree it adds to that ‘done, but undone’ French look everyone is after!

    Another thing I do for vacations longer than 2 weeks or so- I hate decanting products into smaller containers as I find it messy and confusing – so I work out a few months prior roughly how much product I use of each over a month (or how long I am away for). Then I save this amount in the original bottle for my holiday. At the end of the vacation I usually have just used the last drop therefore I go home with absolutely no containers, bottles, half empty toothpaste etc. And leaves a lot more weight and space for shopping 😁 Obviously this only works when checking in luggage…

  7. Ally says...

    This so called “beauty secrets” post is just a packing list of makeup! Makeup = fake-up. No thank you.

    The real challenge is trying to cram a full skincare routine, body lotion, and the whole shebang into 3 cubic inches of space in a bitty TSA approved quart bag that is mostly full of paint for my travel sketchbook.

    My best tip is to take as many solid products as possible (shampoo bar, lotion bar, tooth powder, etc) and save that precious liquid space for small vials of serum and moisturizer. I’m allergic to a lot of the ingredients in generic hotel soaps &etc so bringing my own is non negotiable.

  8. Rachel says...

    Favorite travel items:

    -Tatcha rice enzyme powder to clean face — small and no liquid to worry about

    -Supergoop cc cream – light natural foundation and sunscreen in one

    -Blum individual towelettes for long drive/plane – so great

    -Sugar lip treatment berry – sunscreen and color

    -Favorite sunscreen is blue lizard for face and sun bum for body – they work and sunbum is moisturizer as well

    -Jade travel yoga mat! So great to have morning yoga option on work trips and vacation.

    -Also boogie wipes are great to have on hand when traveling w kids – clean hands faces etc.

  9. Jen says...

    I place makeup in super small containers. I use the little containers for paint and it works well for foundation or creams.

  10. Jo says...

    First I never test new products while travelling. It is a big no no.

    I go minimalistic. But I tend to keep up to my routine: I clean my face wi oil based cleaner (tiny pot I keep in my cupboard which I fill before traveling). I skip the essence because the bottle is too big to take with me. I use jelly serums which are super hydratating and then a whole day mask for extra effect. I use minimal make up. To limit the number of make up products which is not big to begin with I do a few tricks before traveling. I tint my eyebrows and eye lashes: that means I will skip the eyebrows pencil. I only use a concealer round my eye and over my nose so I only squeeze a small amount into a little plastic bag like for pills. I take full size power foundation with me and the brush. I also take one small box of eye shadow and also mascara. I use the lipstick to use as a blusher. Done. Top it up with too brush and tooth paste and I’m ready to rock. I use a natural plant based soap bar and new wash as a shampoo and conditioner in one.

  11. Jenni says...

    I find travel to be the perfect opportunity to try new skincare products. Sephora, Blue Mercury & Nordstrom are always generous with their samples and it let’s me try more expensive products to see if they really work. I do have to second the comments about Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir–it’s really refreshing after a flight or just a long day. I never leave home without Clarins Instant Concealer — perfect for dry skin, doesn’t cake and you can rub it in, then pat with your finger. I tried Cle de Peau, but my skin just sucked it up! Also, I love to bring a clementine or two on the plane. The smell is gorgeous–your seatmates will thank you–and the peels can infuse my on-board water or cocktail:)

    • Jeannie says...

      That’s hilarious; the comment above yours says trying out new products when traveling is a no-no! I bet either way is fine depending on the person :-) Someone with sensitive skin, etc probably should play it safe and stick to their regular stuff.

  12. Sarah says...

    First time commenter, but I had to mention that I hightailed it to Nordstrom after reading this post and the reviews for the brow pencil. Holy crap- this thing is life changing!!! Thank you for this very authentic sponsored post. You all have definitely figured out the way to do these :)

  13. Brita says...

    My mother would stop and purchase a small bottle of perfume whenever we went on vacation. She would wear the perfume every day of the trip and would spritz me and my sister when we asked. She told us that the smell of the perfume would forever remind us of the trip and would take us back down memory lane whenever we wanted to remember our experience. As an adult, I’ve started doing the same thing – it’s a really special way to commemorate adventures.

    • Emily says...

      I love this idea!

    • Marie says...

      Great idea. You could get the perfume right before the trip too. I did this a couple years ago and I still go right back to Paris when I use it.

    • TjP says...

      I love this idea and secretly believe I could have been BFF with your mom.

  14. Morgan says...

    I have to say that the absolute best thing I’ve ever done to simplify my beauty routine is microblading on my eyebrows. It takes me 5 minutes to get ready now and I only need a few products – concealer, blush and mascara. My eyebrows always look groomed no matter how long I’ve been traveling or working or taking care of kids or (insert any other life event here), which keeps me looking put together. I am so happy I took the plunge.

  15. Natalie T. says...

    Diorshow is my favourite mascara of all time.

  16. keri says...

    I always remove my makeup on the plane with a makeup removing face wipe, then moisturise.
    Lip balm on airplanes is a must (and lots of water) !
    Then before disembarking or in the first available restroom, I brush my teeth and use a go-to skin care exfoliating swipey (http://www.gotoskincare.com/natural-skincare/exfoliating-swipeys), this always leaves me feeling a lot fresher.

  17. Helen says...

    Hi Joanna. Thanks so much for the beauty tips. Can I ask you what foundation, concealer and sunscreen you use please? You didn’t link them at the top. Thanks! x

  18. I love the mascara recommendation!

    When I was in college, I had two friends from different circles who always had the most beautiful lashes. Finally, I asked them each what mascara they used and BOTH of them answered with that Dior mascara!! Now it’s all I use. It’s seriously incredible, like magic :) The only other comparable one I’ve liked is Better than Sex by Too Faced.

  19. trish says...

    I was on my 3rd Charlotte tilbury brow pencil before I realised that there was a highlighter inside :-0

  20. Veronica says...

    This is such a funny question to me because I just take and use exactly what I would at home. I just bring my full makeup bag with me (which has a few lipsticks, concealer, lip chap, setting powder, tweezers/mirror, moisturizer, mascara and eyeliner), and just use whatever I feel like using. The idea that people have a separate way of doing their makeup / things they bring because they’re away from home is something that has never occurred to me :)

    • Sylvie says...

      Ditto.

    • Yes! What works on my face at home is what’s going to work on my face away from home, and it’s hard enough to find what I like as it is! I can’t imagine doing it times two.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes, these are all the things i use at home, too, just sometimes in smaller sizes / whittled down to a simpler routine.

  21. i absolutely do the contact lens case for moisturizers and lotions. along the line with the undies comment, i love my body wash pouf scrubby thing. i just feel like it’s better than random hotel soap or body wash on a washcloth. if it’s getting to the end of it’s rope, i stop using it, bring it on my travels, and throw it out at the end of the trip. this is primarily for a one location trip, i am not carting around a damp pouf thru europe. i’m finding that sentence hilarious, actually. ;)

  22. Caitlyn says...

    Not exactly a travel beauty tip – more the opposite in fact. I was recently traveling and forgot to pack shower supplies. The hotel I was staying in only offered shampoo – no conditioner. I’ve been a devoted user of conditioner since high school and it would never occur to me to just shampoo my hair. But I was too lazy to run to a drugstore and figured I didn’t really care if my hair was crazy on vacation. Instead my hair was AMAZING. And it stayed clean looking and manageable for WAY longer than it normally does. Since returning home, I’ve completely stopped using conditioner and yesterday my husband, my regular barista, and a co-worker all asked me if I’d gotten a haircut and when I said no – each commented on how fresh/different I looked. No conditioner – who knew?

  23. Love these suggestions! The Tata Harper Lip 2 cheek is one of my favourites. If you like that then you will love the RMS Beauty Signature Set. It is the best thing to travel with, because it is a palette with cream bronzer, luminizer, two lip to cheek colours and a lip balm. It’s the best thing ever and I never leave home without it.
    You can take a peek here https://www.rmsbeauty.com/collections/gifts/products/signature-set?variant=39542357254
    Enjoy!
    Jules
    xxx

  24. Rachel says...

    Toothpaste tablets! In the United States, I can only ever seem to find them at LUSH, and they are a bit too expensive for me to use regularly, but I keep them around for trips so I don’t have to worry about the “liquid” toothpaste taking up room in my liquids bag. I just count out enough for however long my trip is into a small pill box and I’m good to go. Plus, no more wasteful, unrecyclable tiny toothpaste tubes! win-win.

    • Toothpaste tablets?! I had no idea this was a thing. Thank you!!

  25. Mia says...

    On my last vacation, my satchel of makeup got left behind and I had only the products that I keep in my bag at all times: a tinted brow gel (like Glossier Boy Brow, but it’s a European drug store brand) and a tube of Wet ‘n Wild Balm Stain in Caffeine Fix (these are the BEST and so cheap). I was surprised to find that I didn’t miss anything and felt radiant the whole time.

    Other than that, I always bring travel size tubes of Le Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser + Duo for blemishes, and a tube of Weleda Skin Food which can play double duty for face and body/hands and is hydrating enough to contend with the stuffiest of planes/tranes/automobiles.

    • Stephanie says...

      Yay for Weleda skin food! I use it for my face all the time. I used to think I had oily skin but it turns out it was actually too dry and making oil to compensate–Skin Food gets me balanced. No more random oil and fewer blemishes. Plus non toxic!

  26. Anna says...

    A couple of people have mentioned coconut oil- a great multi tasker for travel. My favorite right now is Trader Joe’s organic virgin unrefined. Put it on your face on the plane, all over your body and use as a makeup remover. It can be a heavy hair mask or just a tiny bit tames flyaways. I put it on one of those little screw top canisters that come in travel bottle sets and put that in a snack size ziploc in case of leaks- it will only leak if it gets hot and liquefies but best to be prepared!

  27. Emily says...

    I travel for work quite a bit and it can be a drag so I make sure to up my skincare game while I’m away–this includes an ultra rich moisturizer and super luxe eye cream. I keep packed and at the ready a travel toiletries kit that includes minimal makeup, face wash/face cream, nice shampoo and conditioner (hotel hair products can ruin color–I speak from experience). It’s so much easier than having to pack these things for each trip. Included is a nice roller perfume bottle–it’s a scent I only wear when traveling and it’s a little treat to myself. I also keep my makeup routine the same when I travel, which makes it easy. Sleep is an important beauty ritual for me when I am on my own in a hotel and it’s sometimes hard to come by so I pack melatonin in my travel kit as well. My last beauty travel tip is water, water, water, water, water.

  28. Wren says...

    This comment may get involved, fyi. Sadly, I don’t travel very often. Mostly because of expenses. When I do travel, I’m usually tagging along with my parents to the beach, or on occasion the mountains. I don’t wear makeup on the beach because of the thick, oily, nasty sunblock we usually use (suggestions on human-/eco-friendly sunblock would be much appreciated). There was one beach vacation when I would wear mascara and tinted lip balm. But if I’m not going on the beach my makeup routine is the same as it is at home. I wear all Stowaway Cosmetics products. I discovered them a couple of years ago, and they’re so cost efficient I have trouble convincing myself to try other brands. I don’t like subscription boxes (unless it provides books), so the way I typically find out about brands is through websites like these. (I first discovered Stowaway on Piece of Toast.) And then I do some research before deciding whether or not I’m going to take the risk and buy the product to try it out. Basically, I like to feel very confident that I’m going to like something before I buy it, because I’ll spend so much time fretting over the wasted money I could’ve used toward, say, groceries if it turns out it doesn’t work for me. This also means I end up taking everything from my bathroom on trips with me, which is a hassle.

    I definitely need to find a way to pare it down. I’m actually going out of town for work all next week and am hoping to get away with just a carry on, so…

    • It may not fit your budget, but I like mineral sunscreen that my dermatologist uses- ColoreScience Unforgettable, broad spectrum SPF50. It is a tube with an attached brush to apply the minerals. I use it on my face and body, and my grandchildren love it because it is not a lotion or cream and feels soft and dry as you apply. It is waterproof for 90 minutes and since it is a powder, it is not adversely affected by heat (as in your car) and has not expiration date. I HATE throwing out product that has expired. I have no connection at all to the company. Many women stop me when they see me applying it and ask what I am using. They even make a tube that is small enough for my small cross body bag so I’m never without it. Occasionally, they have a 3-for-the-price-of 2 sale, and since it doesn’t expire, I stock up then.

    • Silver says...

      I use an Australian product called rationale – it is super expensive but the only product I don’t come up in welts to. It is super amazing and light but one of the best in the world.

  29. Lauren says...

    I started using the Estée Lauder idealist product a few months ago and love it as much as the reviews said I would – I feel much better about skipping foundation as it makes my skin really even- and makes foundation last forever (I use Dior star which is wonderful – I try different things all the time but always come back to Dior – their glow range is wonderful – the lip balm is another of my essentials). I’ve never been sold on high end mascara – but I did go for a compromise on my most recent purchase and got the no. 7 full volume one, which is really really good, probably my favourite to date. I’m going to investigate the charlotte tilbury pencil – been looking for a good brow product for ages – I’m a red head so finding a colour match is hard! One other essential – John Frida frizz ease serum – best anti frizz product I’ve ever had.

  30. Amanda W. says...

    I’ve become a cosmetic minimalist, which works well for travel. My routine takes 5 minutes tops. After moisturizing and sunscreen, I start with Urban Decay’s 24/7 concealer for blemishes and redness. Then I move on to powder foundation and blush from Antonym cosmetics. I swipe the blush on my cheeks and eyelids. Finally, I use The Lash Project mascara. It looks so natural, but can be built up for dressier occasions. As for hair, I always travel with a solid shampoo from Lush (my favorite is the New bar), and a travel size of their Veganese conditioner. Lastly, I always keep Weleda’s Skin Food with me for hand lotion. It’s magic, especially after a long flight.

  31. Maggie says...

    I have just a couple tips that haven’t been mentioned:

    -For taking tiny bits of creams and such (or even liquids or powders!), contact lens cases are amazing. You can put just a few days’ worth of something in each side, they take up hardly any room in your bag, and you don’t feel like you’re wasting a lot of product by putting it in a 3 oz bottle if you only use a dab every day.

    -People have mentioned this, but after a months-long backpacking trip in my early 20s, baby wipes became indispensible for travel, and now I take them everywhere. They can be makeup removers, hand wipes, even a makeshift “shower.”

    -This is going to seem really high-maintenence after the last two simple tips, but…false lashes on the plane! There’s something I really like about not looking sloppy in the airport/on the plane (it seems to start the trip out right and makes me happy and I swear people treat you better when you don’t look like you’ve just rolled out of bed), so I always dress in not-sweatpants and try to make my makeup/hair look halfway decent. But long plane rides always make me look blah by the end anyway, so last time I went to Europe, I put on fake lashes. And I still looked so awake and ready for the day by the time I got there! I felt so put-together, and now I always do it for plane rides. (False lashes in general are my fave beauty tip these days. I get plain drugstore ones, never use a whole strip at once…they’re not nearly as difficult or high-maintenence as they seem.)

    • dana says...

      How have I never thought to put small amounts of creams in a contact lens case? This is brilliant! Thank you for the tip!

    • Karyn says...

      That contact lens case tip is brilliant!!

    • shahnnen elizabeth-head says...

      I recently got the reusable magnetic false lashes- incredible!

  32. kelly libby says...

    I love to pack face wipes from Burt’s bees or Eat More Carrots. I only use organic/all natural wipes. No need to ADD toxins to my skin when I’m trying to achieve a clean face. A fresh, clean face makes me feel ready to take on a new city — especially after a long flight or a fun day of wandering. Then, you can also reapply makeup easily.

  33. Jessica says...

    After many international flights, I’ve learned the following are the holy trinity: saline nose spray, facial wipes, and those little Colgate Wisps travel toothbrushes. I love being able to do an entire morning routine without having to climb over my seat mate to go to the bathroom. I also always pack lotion with sunscreen, Burts Bees lip balm, and hand sanitizer/wipes.

    • Meagan says...

      Your holy grail trinity is the exact same as mine. All three of those products come on every flight with me. I remember when I discovered saline gel spray vs. just regular saline spray *mind blown* best thing ever for that awful dry nose can’t breath feeling that I always get while on a plane. Aquaphor lip repair, a mini lotion, and alcohol based hand sanitizer wipes are my other essentials.

  34. Annie Green says...

    Moisturiser, lip gloss. Maybe mascara. Done.

  35. shahnnen elizabeth-head says...

    My best ever travel tip, courtesy of my dear Mum- save your falling apart undies. Wear them on your trip AND THROW THEM AWAY ON YOUR TRIP. My husband likes to tease me that I leave a trail of old undies along our path. You have fewer dirty things to bring home, an excuse to retire those grundy undies and it’s just so satisfying to feel like you’re thanking your unders by giving them one last hurrah (and then straight to the hotel trash!)

    Euro and SE Asian water really make my scalp freak out- I get what I call ‘plastic hair’- no matter how much I wash it, it gets greasier and greasier, until it feels like it’s coated in wax. GROSS. So I don’t wash my hair- we go to Europe twice a year for 3 weeks at a time. I get a wash and blow out every 3-4 days, and use dry shampoo. Pro tip: Toni & Guy are a fab chain that can almost always get me in, and I’ve been to one in at most Euro countries- they’re always nice, around 30 Euros and no blow dryer or shampoo to haul around.

    Trips where I have to look fancy, I pack a travel steamer- the home shopping Joy Mangano (or whatever) for $22 is amaze.

    Pack a Dryel dry cleaning stain stick- the nubs are way better than the Tide stick.

    I also pack one new, never been worn by me perfume sample- whenever I smell those fragrances after, I remember my trip!

    • Oh my word, I wondered if this was a thing! I got the same waxy feeling in my hair when in Paris last week. It’s taken several washes at home to get it out. I wonder if there’s some trick if you can’t avoid washing there?

    • Tina, nyc. says...

      You and your mom sound fabulous! Great advice and product ideas. Thank you!!

    • George says...

      Hairdressers use the same mains water as you’ll get in hotels, apartments etc…so I guess the only difference is product!

    • Veronica Perdomo says...

      I love the perfume sample and old undies idea ! You both sound fabulous

    • Jessica says...

      Ditto on throw-aways — my husband and I endeavor to bring any sneakers that are on their last legs on all of our trips. Great for hiking, hitting the hotel gym, or a long day of city exploring. And at the end of the trip, they go in the trash. More room in the suitcase to pack any treasures we found during our travels!

    • Anna says...

      Try clarifying shampoo! I go to college in Florida and had the same problem. The hard water in FL/other countries and cities took a toll on my hair. I always wash with a clarifying shampoo and follow with a deep conditioner. This combo has saved my hair and made it manageable!

    • Luvy says...

      In an earlier comment I saw you mention magnetic lashes. What brand do you use?

  36. Erin says...

    Tinted lashes and gel pedicures. Long lasting and no maintenance!

  37. Kimberly Jewel says...

    I love all these products and want to encourage you to try Aveda Texture Tonic for fine hair! It’s amazing. Salt and sugar give you texture and lift. I barely have to style my hair, which is a good thing because I’m not great at it. I got a small sample from my stylist adter getting a cut recently and rove back two days later just to purchase the full size. I love it.

    • Kimberly Jewel says...

      Also, the Ordinary Hyalauronic Acid. So much moisture and dewiness under a little facial oil.

  38. Michelle Mendelowitz says...

    After spending way too much on too many brow products for a natural but fuller look (glossier boy brow, benetint, anastasia, a million drug store products, etc.), one night, I was bored, drank too much wine and did this! https://www.vogue.com/article/how-to-thicken-eyebrows-with-beard-dye
    Total game changer. I now wake up and go with nothing on my brows – never going back.

    • Madie says...

      Wow! Thanks for sharing this! Verrrry interesting!

    • Kate says...

      I do this too! I bought a box on amazon a year ago that came with separate tiny dye powder capsules and developer and have barely even used half of it, so cheap. I have to re-dye them weekly but it makes such a huge difference, especially if I don’t feel like wearing much make up.

    • S says...

      Whoa! I’m doing it.

  39. katherine says...

    Oh yeah! I travel quite a bit, and have gotten things down to a pretty good science.

    I really love the Body Shop’s Chamomile Cleansing Butter for travel. It comes in a tin and is a solid that turns into an oil once you’re using it on your face–spill-proof, gentle, and does a great job of taking off makeup.

    Yes to the Lip2Cheek tints! They come in very small glass jars, too, and don’t take up much space. I use “promise.” I also use a cream shadow from RMS as a highlighter that doubles as a very sheer kind of eye sheen if I use just a little bit of it.

    I also like to bring a highly pigmented lipstick that I can use either for a full-on Look or blotted out for something softer. My slam-dunks for this category are MAC “Media” or “Dark Side” (both very deep purple-red colours) or NARS in “Jungle Red” (a bright, cheerful true red)

    My skin also generally freaks out quite a bit during travel, so I bring a sheet mask (esp if it has snail goo! those are the best) or one of those little Origins single-use pods that you can get in Sephora. Actually, the Origins “mega mushroom” one is really great for soothing freaked out travel skin.

    The biggest thing, however, is that I just went to the bulk store and bought little re-fillable jars and put my face creams and skin potions in them! I bought a small dropper bottle for face oil, which has been great. My skin really has a panic attack if I change up too many things, so whenever possible I like to use the same products as at home.

    also my mom would kill me from across the country if i didn’t tell everyone in the comments that you must drink “extra water, lots of water, like five extra glasses” when you travel to keep your skin nice.

  40. Elizabeth says...

    I use the little plastic jars that came with our baby food maker to pack shampoo, conditioner, coconut oil and lotion. They’re light and a good size. Hate running out of product on trips and really hate being weighed down by bigger bottles.

  41. Heather says...

    Whenever I hear someone talk about their hair having bounce, it reminds me of the late Mitch Hedberg, my favorite comedian in college: “I was booked into the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas with three other comedians. We all were using the Riviera in-house shampoo, so we all had equal shine and bounce.”

    For travel, I like to bring full-size cosmetics whenever possible. Travel-size bottles hold too much or too little, and then you’ve got all of these tiny, expensive, nearly-empty containers left over that you can’t bear to throw out (or you’re wasting your life decanting a half-ounce of moisturizer into a recalcitrant squeeze bottle). The key is to get a Dopp kit that fits larger bottles. I like this one from Herschel: https://herschel.com/shop/travel/chapter-travel-kit?v=10039-00001-OS. It’s roomy yet sleek, with a waterproof lining and zipper to boot.

    • Your association with about ‘hair bounce’ reminded me of the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry’s apartment building gets water-saving showerheads and everybody’s hair goes flat with the lowered water pressure!

  42. Alexa says...

    I don’t have any go-to recommendations. Burt’s Bees lip balm and the occasional Bare Minerals powder are all I bring on a trip.

    Just wanted to say, Joanna, your skin is gorgeous!

  43. Kim W says...

    I always make sure to bring a thick moisturizer for the plane–I’ve been known to slap on a thick, overnight mask immediately after they remove the dinner trays. I’m also a huge fan of the Yes To cucumber wipes–they’re refreshing, come in travel sized packets, and are perfect for a mid-flight pick me up or a way to take off the grime from walking around a new city all day. Finally, I pack my favorite perfume, Maison Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club. I encase it in two pairs of socks so as not to break, but it’s a small decadence that makes me feel at home no matter what city I’m in.

  44. Fiona says...

    I travel internationally a lot for work, so my skin struggles with 1) the flights, 2) the rapid changes in temperature and weather 3) late nights. I tend to decant my facial oil into a small travel-sized pot, and when I get to the airport, do a good cleanse of my skin. Then I stop by the duty free and try on the most expensive night-cream I can find (I’m still looking for one that i’m willing to splurge on). Once I’m on the plane, I use CVS under eye masks under my sleep mask, and use Sally Hansen cuticle oil pen on my hands and nails (my husband keeps stealing mine, its so good). For makeup, I use Burts Beese in Red Dahlia for lips and cheeks, Benefit Bad Girl Lash (travel sized), Black Honey for work days and Almay I-Intense eye liner in Rasin – I find when I wear it I just look more awake. I also use vaseline pots with shea butter for EVERYTHING else – highlighting, removing make up, extra protection from the cold, etc.

  45. Saundra Williams says...

    I love reading about everyone’s favorite products and skincare routines. It’s a never ending quest! Would you consider a post on sunscreens? I have tried virtually every over the counter sunscreen and not with much success. It would be cool to have several women with different skin and skincare routine test a number of products.

    • Chris says...

      Yes to an article on sunscreen! I, too, have tried sooo many and end up super disappointed every time, no matter how much research I do beforehand. I think it’s partly because when you actually try to use as much as you should, you end up with the white cast, the shine, the sticky feeling, or the funky smell. Any suggestions?

    • Madie says...

      I third this request! I used to love and swear by Kiehl’s daily moisturizer w/ sunscreen, but it made my baby break out on his face (from all of our cheek-to-cheek contact), so I stopped using it. Since then, I’ve tried a TON of physical sunblock products, (aren’t we all trying to avoid the nanoparticles?) but haven’t found a winner. Too greasy, too thick, white cast… I’m stuck. Anything too chemically makes my eyes water and face sting and sweat. I’m afraid I’ve stopped wearing sunscreen altogether as a result which is not good. XXOO

    • Erin says...

      Try elta MD UV clear spf 46 or if you have dry skin, elta md spf 40 facial sunscreen. total game changers. I had a basal cell removed from my face in my early 30’s and now wear sunscreen religiously as my Derm said spf in moisturizer is not enough. These sunscreens melt into your face like a luxurious lotion and makeup wears beautifully over them.

    • Maria says...

      Yes to a post on sunscreen, pretty please!!! In the meantime, I hope I might be able to help… I’m currently abroad on a long-ish (definetely long-awaited!) trip, on carry on luggage only, which means we are only allowed two ziplock sized bags for liquids (one for me and another for my husband). We decided to do one for sun protection and the other for everything else (including toothpaste, deodorant, mascara… haha!), so here goes what I’ve packed:
      – For day to day, city wear I’m liking Josie Maran’s untinted moisturiser (https://m.sephora.com/product/argan-daily-moisturizer-spf-47-P385679) (I’ve actually convinced my mum and grandma to buy it as well, that’s how much I love it: no breakouts, not oily, no white cast, and skin looks dewy, but in an office-appropriate way).
      – For water/sports we’ve been using this Neutrogena one, which lasts forever and is rather cheap (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004D2C5FY/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1507747397&sr=8-1&keywords=neutrogena+clear+face+30). I’d originally bought it for everyday use but found it a tad too thick for my needs. For sports it’s great though, doesn’t run into the eyes when I sweat or leave any weird white marks.
      – For days when we spend a lot of time in the water we’ve been also applying a layer of Zinka for extra novelty and protection (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00NC4I5W6/ref=mp_s_a_1_24_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1507745864&sr=8-24&keywords=Zinka). I’m not sure whether it does anything other than what the sunscreen already does, but so far no sunburns, not even on the nose bridge, so I’m counting it!
      – For makeup sunscreen I really like this one (https://www.shiseido.com/perfect-hydrating-bb-cream-9990000000043.html), which I wear regularly for outdoor weddings etc, and never gave me a shiny forehead or breakouts afterwards. I do pair it with some of this one (https://www.shiseido.com/uv-protective-compact-foundation-refill-spf-36-9990000000085.html) on specially hot days or if I know flash photography might be involved – my mum has been wearing it ever since I can remember!
      – For the lips I usually go with cocoa butter with SPF – so many people forget about protecting the lips but the skin there is so sensitive. I’m currently using this one (http://www.boots.com/palmers-cocoa-butter-formula-original-ultra-moisturizing-lip-balm-with-spf-15-4g-10092137), which I’m afraid is only available in the UK, but I imagine there are similar options in the US.
      – For the scalp (yes, seriously: a hat only goes so far, and my whole life every beach holiday came with a side of red/peeling scalp – until now!). I’ve looked everywhere online to try and find reviews on products for scalp sun protection and never found anything, then one day I stumbled upon this one on the drugstore and now my life might be forever changed:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Calypso-SPF30-Scalp-Protector-Spray/dp/B00W3ZBFGS. It does make my roots a bit oily, but not overly so – my husband has thicker hair than mine and you can barely notice it on him – and so far no redness. I am open for a post (heck, a blog!!) on scalp sunscreen though (specially as it looks like this one is only available in the UK as well).
      – For the body we’ve been a bit limited because of the volume restrictions on carry ons, so we’ve been making up as we go along and so far so good. For years I’ve worn the same mineral Loccitane which I really loved but is now sadly discontinued. I’ve since worn this one (https://www.australiangold.com/shop/spf/spf-45-and-above/spf-45-sheer-coverage-faces), which smells like candy in a good way and spreads really easily – I do realise it’s for the face but size constraints etc; this one (http://www.hawaiiantropic.com/sun-care-products/hawaiian-tropic-sheer-touch-ultra-radiance-lotion-sunscreen), which worked well too, applies easily, smells nice and comes in small bottles; and we are now working through this one (http://www.aveneusa.com/concerns/sun-protection/ultra-light-hydrating-sunscreen-lotion-spray-spf-50-body), which whilst I don’t love the spray and find it a bit difficult to apply, I must say we have barely tanned in the days since we’ve bought it, so it must be really good. Useful info: two average sized adults will need about 100ml of sunscreen for the body for every 3-4 days.
      – For aftersun moisturising I only trust this one (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Piz-Buin-Intensifying-Moisturising-Lotion/dp/B002H9XSU6) after trying far too many others. I haven’t seen it in the US but have seen in many places other than the UK so who knows. I use it instead of my regular moisturiser when I spend a lot of time on the sun and voila, no peeling.
      I hope this helps, but Jo please gift us sun-seeker readers with a post (or a series hehe) on sunscreen :)

    • Chris says...

      Thank you Erin and Maria for your recommendations! :)

    • Jeannie says...

      Face sunscreen that I LOVE: Kypris Pot of Shade (very pricey, strictly for the face!), and alsl DaVita Solar Moisturizer (much more affordable, tends to gum up so don’t RUB in hard).

    • Eliza says...

      Elta sunscreens are fantastic. No smell, no white cast, and excellent protection.

  46. Lisa says...

    This subject matter is my JAM. I travel a decent amount for work so I’ve slowly perfected my process..
    First, I have a TSA friendly clear toiletries bag pre-packed at all times. When I get home from a trip, I replenish the stuff running low. I don’t like to change my skincare much from my typical routine as that encourages irritation. Travel can already put skin through the wringer so try to use the same face wash, moisturizer, primer, etc. I once bought a set of travel sized containers so I just fill those with my normal stuff. I do buy travel sized conditioner since my hair needs SO much each wash.
    Flying and travel in general can irritate my sensitive skin. I tend to develop dry patches across my cheeks. While traveling once, I popped into a sephora to get something a little more heavy duty than my moisturizer and ended up finding the Booster Repair from Clarins (not available in Sephora online). It is essentially a power packed serum that you mix with your moisturizer. This lives in my toiletries bag because I now use it every time I travel. It has been a real life saver.
    I also pack several sheet masks. I’ve noticed that I can put these in my carry on and TSA has never paid them any mind. I bring a variety so I can address whatever is going on with my skin or I can share.
    I definitely rely on dry shampoo. I have thick hair and washing/styling can be a hassle. The longer I can make a blowout work, the better. My go to is Alterna’s CAVIAR Anti-Aging Sheer dry shampoo. I bought a container of this several years ago and it lasted me until this year. When I tried to repurchase, they had changed the packaging design. From reviews and my initial use, I didn’t like the new design – it has a pump that sort of puffs powder out. However, now I love it. The small amount it puffs out with each pump allows me to get it right where I need it without adding too much to any particular area. It’s also a compact bottle so it’s great for packing!
    I’m gonna stop here because I clearly have gotten wordy and ridiculous.

  47. Jessica says...

    I always carry Tarte’s tinted primer and Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer. First moisturize and then add the tinted primer for a double whammy – your skin tone evens out and you’re shine-free all day. 2 simple steps and skin is done!

    Then of course: Colour Pop brow pencil, NARS ‘the multiple stick’ for color, and some Maybelline Great Lashes mascara.

  48. I have a no-makeup rule for the airport! Remember that scene in The Wedding Date after Debra Messing wakes up on the flight to England, and her mascara is halfway down her face? No thanks! I use it as a way to give my face a break (plus you could be ultra chic and just wear big sunglasses, a la Anna Wintour). I practically drink my weight in water already, but more so when traveling.

    For me, travel is all about skincare. New weather= skin taking time to figure out what’s going on! Fresh Beauty has a set that includes a travel size of their Soy Cleanser and the Vitamin Nectar Mask- so perfect (and $17 for both).

    I second and third other comments highlighting wipes and samples. Is there anything more fun that putting together your fave samples before a trip?

  49. Jessie says...

    Glossier’s Boy Brow, RMS uncover-up (used as spot concealer or as foundation when applied with brush), & lately I’ve been loving Moonrise Creek’s all natural tint sticks & lip balms (they can be found on Etsy).

  50. Heather says...

    This is a work in progress, but I’ve been really working on simplifying my travel toiletries. I used to always bring along random samples I got from stores, but it ended up being a lot of wasted products and clutter in my bag. Anymore, unless it’s a product I already use or am intensely curious about, I decline free samples and stick with products I already use and love. On a recent trip to Italy I packed:
    (1) Everyday oil, which I learned about from a Cup of Jo beauty uniform post. I use it to wash my face and moisturize face and body
    (2) My favorite R&Co shampoo & conditioner decanted into go-tubes
    (3) Mascara
    (4) Sunscreen (I love Pratima Rose)
    (5) Burt’s bees tinted lip balm in dahlia
    This ended up really being all I needed. I might have packed more make-up if I was traveling for work, but when I’m traveling for fun I prefer to go light.

    • That shade of Burt’s Bees lip balm is almost always sold out at our local Target- I love it so much!

    • Anne says...

      Heather, we are the same person. I WANT to like samples, but I HATE samples. I guess the good news is that I can save on all those subscription services. :P

    • Arielle says...

      I love that Burt’s Bees color as well! Dahlia for the win

  51. I bring plenty of colorful, patterned scarves to tie around my hair, headband-style. They cover up grey roots, the frizzy baby hairs at my temples, unwashed hair, flat hair…I instantly look put together, no shampoo and blow dry necessary. And then my hair is wind proof, too!

  52. Andrea says...

    Can I venture the idea that “beauty” regimes are another means of pushing work onto women? I honestly have to gasp a bit with all the effort, money, time and head space that this all represents. Men have none of this and get to pocket that money, time and mental bandwidth. Why voluntarily opt into the “beauty” regime?

    • Anne says...

      I hear you – the amount we spend on makeup (even at the drugstore) alone has irked me since high school.

      However, for me, I do actually like to feel pretty/look my best. Also, I’m a big fan of the night time routine now (with cleansing, moisturizing, all that) that I think men could benefit from as well!

    • Emma says...

      Amen to that!

    • Melissa says...

      I am with you. I try very hard not to judge other women’s personal routines, and I get that wearing make-up gives some women an extra boost of confidence. Applying a bit of foundation or blush to cover up some sleepiness makes sense to me, but the thing that I don’t understand is nail polish, especially when I see how many nail salons are popping up in my neighborhood—imagine the time and money that could be saved. And if you have the expendable income, that’s great and of course it’s anyone’s choice, but doesn’t it also set the expectation for women of all income levels?

    • Heather says...

      I think about this often, especially now that I have daughters. They want to do whatever I’m doing in the morning. They like washing their face when I wash my face (I squirt some rose water on a washcloth for them), and putting on sunscreen (a best practice for all). When it comes to putting on make-up, however, I’ve taken to HIDING from them to put on mascara because I feel like such a feminist fraud when putting it on while also telling them that everyone is beautiful and life isn’t about being beautiful. They are half Hispanic and both have gorgeous, Bambi lashes by nature. I am Scandinavian and I feel like I look like a bald mole rat without mascara. I swing between aching to be the woman who doesn’t feel like she NEEDS to wear mascara (certainly a man wouldn’t bother) and just shrugging it off so as to not overthink so much.

      Next topic: men’s and women’s shoes.

    • You’re so right, Andrea. It’s exhausting.

    • Jen says...

      Thank you! I’m starting to resent the popularity of the Korean beauty regimen here in the US that includes all these extra time-consuming steps and expensive products–serums, exfoliators, oils, masks, toner, etc. It sets the bar extremely high and sends an underlying message that if I opt out and don’t buy the right products (and use them regularly, in a specific order), my skin won’t look as good as others’. We’re in a beauty arms race.

    • I revolve back and forth between wanting to put nearly no effort in for that very reason, but then getting tired of feeling like I look tired all the time and wonder if there is a magic solution out there… I sway every 2-3 years I think!

    • Annie Green says...

      The word beauty irks. It is such a terrible assumption and ambition. Not sure what word would be better.

    • Hannah D. says...

      I definitely understand where you’re coming from, but I for one enjoy my beauty regimen and find it a calming part of my daily routine. I don’t feel like it’s something I have to do because of society, I just genuinely like to care for my skin and look nice. Not to mention, I love going to Ulta to pick out new products and buy the ones I’ve become loyal to… I choose to spend my money this way because, like I said, it makes me happy!

      Just thought I’d give you my perspective :)

    • Summer says...

      I stopped wearing makeup about 7 years ago! It was/is so freeing!! I still take care of my skin with moisturizers and oils, but no more makeup.

    • VA says...

      I totally get where you’re coming from here, and agree that this is a problem. (“The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf is a fantastic book on this topic.) But telling women they shouldn’t wear makeup (or nail polish, or dye their hair, etc) is just as oppressive as telling women they must do these things. I think it’s really important to try to talk about this in a macro-level way rather than condemning any individual woman’s choices about her self-expression, self-care, and appearance.

    • I hear you. The last few years I’ve capped my “beauty” routine to 4-5 products that take less than 4 minutes to apply so that it doesn’t eat too much into my day or money. Skincare takes some more additional time at night, though. I’m trying to find the balance between wanting to look pretty and composed, while trying not to care about it too much because it’s not what’s important.

      Heather: I’m half Scandi too (and half Hispanic like your girls but sadly no bambi lashes here!) and totally know what you mean. I have such low contrast coloring, I feel I need something to just look like I have a heartbeat.

      And yeah… this all applies to clothing, shoes, accessories, too. Talk about mental bandwidth wasted, argh.

    • Victoria says...

      Fuck the patriarchy — it makes ME happy & it makes me feel good.

    • Noreen says...

      Actually, men’s skincare is THE fastest growing segment retail cosmetics. So at least some segment has “some” of this.

    • Andrea says...

      Have you seen that Amy Schumer skit where a boy band is singing about how she doesn’t need any makeup so she takes it off then they’re like, “um….actually….maybe just a little…..”

      Seems like women can’t win whatever we do! I say do your own thing and don’t worry about what other women are/aren’t doing. Sometimes I wear makeup, sometimes I don’t. Whatever!

    • Marsi says...

      To each her own, I say. Part of the point of feminism, I think, is getting to decide stuff for yourself.

      If you like it, do it.

      (And by “it,” I mean … whatever.)

      If you don’t, don’t.

    • Raissomat says...

      I agree somewhat, but I blame the media and industry more than patriarchy.
      I ‘m not a man and I don’t envy them at all. I like to use rose water and jojoba oil on my skin whenever needed, to feel soft faced and comfortable. Also, not all countries consume such great amounts of cosmetics as america or korea. The youtube beauty gurus have expanded that concept of 3layers-foundation-face and crazy coutouring all over the world, but in france and switzerland and germany the norm is still no makeup or little makeup. Now the big brands are expanding here too, since this generation grows up with exclusively international “beauty” icons and want what they represent. I think that taking loving care of our bodies and faces is a good thing, and am not offended by occasional or daily use of lipstick/mascara etc. What I find offensive is when any make up or nail polish or blow out is socially mandatory or expected.
      Btw, my man has a “beauty routine” :) he puts on two-three layers of hand cream every night after dinner when we move to the couch, to keep his landscaping hands as soft as possible. He says the calluses make him lose sensibility in his hands, and he likes to take care of them as he uses and values them immensely. He also puts plenty foot cream on every 2nd night, since he has “ugly feet that need much care” as he says (a horse walked over his toes 10 years ago) and he moisturises his face with veleda almond oil cream in the morning. Thats more than you can say of me…

  53. Lindsay says...

    SPF! Whenever I’m traveling I’m always outside, and I know that I’ll only protect my skin if I bring it myself.

    Otherwise RMS concealer and Benefit They’re Real Mascara are two go-tos!

  54. Lana says...

    French Girl Sea Salt Spray for hair. It’s incredible! If you Spray it in damp hair it will give you sexy waves but if you spray it in and blow dry it gives you added oomph and body.

  55. Brooke says...

    I started traveling with a balm and it’s been life changing. I use it to take off makeup and put it all over my face at night instead of packing my usual oils – so moisturizing. It’s also great as a lip balm or on mosquito bites and zits! Anything multipurpose when traveling is an A+!

    • Stephanie says...

      What balm do you use? I love the multi-purposeness you’re describing!

  56. Noelle says...

    I’ve finally dialed my travel routine to a science – it helps that my typical routine is pretty minimal to begin with :). I don’t bring anything powdery that could break up in my luggage – so, tinted moisturizer (LOVE Bare Minerals complexion rescue hydrating gel), 1 neutral cream eyeshadow, concealer, mascara (Maybelline Full n’ Soft forever, love it), Nars liquid blush, the cheapest Maybelline eyebrow pencils that come in a 2 pack, and It cosmetics vitality lip flush. And if I had to pare that down more, I’d just have concealer, mascara, brow pencil, and a moisturizing spf. And I bring good ol’ Vaseline to use both as eye makeup remover and a super thick overnight lip balm. It all fits in a small cosmetic bag!

    I also clean out hotel shampoo/conditioner bottles and use that for my Cerave cleanser and lotion, since I can’t leave home without them. That stuff works miracles for my skin; I might need to give their wipes a try!

  57. Michelle says...

    I cleanse and moisturise with Olive Oil, which has honestly been the best beauty advice I have ever been given. It also saves loads when traveling. I just fill a small 100ml jar with it and pop it in with cotton pads. What’s great, if you’re ever caught unprepared due to an impromptu sleepover, olive oil is a great make-up remover too.

  58. SK says...

    Love LOVE all the new tips and tricks everyone is offering!

    I wear makeup everyday, but it takes three minutes to finish my face…so I always travel with my daily staples of:

    Aquaphor for my lips and cuticles, any face moisturizer with 30+ SPF, alcohol wipes for anything that needs to smell or feel less ick, wet wipes for anything that needs to be cleaned off that I need to sit on (airplanes are GROSS) and:

    Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc that once I started to wear I keep on getting comments on how beautiful my skin is. It isn’t. But something about a bare face, under-eye concealer, and this product, my skin looks glowy and rested! Even with hormonal acne! https://www.sephora.com/product/shimmer-bloc-P154303?om_mmc=ppc-GG_704359141_38490306204_aud-310433652210:dsa-297355072464__161930112206_9004060_c&country_switch=us&lang=en&gclid=CjwKCAjwgvfOBRB7EiwAeP7ehuvFjx3nN5wSGtOPGk1Pk_CHYEltMpPoQ2p0yt0RR75Pg_APGOlGVxoC-b4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Rimmel London Mascara that is the perfect formula for my lashes to make them magically longer and thicker. I was a DiorShow addict until a British beauty supply store opened on the exchange and they were giving free samples of various UK based makeup brands…and I took this and I tried it…it by far has made my lashes more luscious than any $30+ mascara I have ever tried. https://www.target.com/p/rimmel-scandaleyes-curve-alert-mascara-with-waterproof-kohl-kajal-liner-black/-/A-16602644?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Health+Beauty+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Health+Beauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9004060&gclid=CjwKCAjwgvfOBRB7EiwAeP7ehvlfn_Yw5H8w9zTQDbGgCYcK5szCkeJD6LC2ZtNFEPKf6nkiPcclihoCcmgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    But most importantly, I ALWAYS travel with a handful of bright and bold lipsticks. I stick to comfy, all black ensembles when traveling, and always make sure to have a bold lip. It always makes me feel fabulous and makes me look pulled together in all of the photos we inevitably take! Even when I feel exhausted and miserable from jet lag, I feel confident in my bright lipstick!

    (ALSO, I have to share a recent discovery with people who may appreciate. I love a manicure and always have one, but after having a baby it is hard to keep them looking fresh so I started using shellac. I hate hate hate the removal process so it has been frustrating…HOWEVER, the new Essie Longwear collection lasts solidly for two weeks! http://www.essie.com/gel-couture/colors/sheers/inside-scoop.aspx you remove them like regular polish and you can paint your own nails. It has been fabulous!)

  59. Lucy says...

    For at least a decade, I’ve been using the Trish McEvoy binder system. All my makeup is in that one organizer (including some products that aren’t Trish) and it’s so easy to throw it in your bag and go. I use the smaller of the two sizes precisely because I can fit it in my handbag for travel.

    • Rachel says...

      Love Trish and those little makeup books! I usually treat myself to a fresh one every year.

  60. I like this post. I travel quite a bit with my 7-year old daughter. I typically pack a Becca primer, Neutrogena mascara ( I am too lazy to try out new brands) and a lipstick…and on occasion Tarte cheek stain. I almost never pack shampoo or dryer. I guess I need to rethink my travel makeup routine, since I invariably start looking disheveled by day 3. Who are all these well turned women on instagram , looking gorgeous with their kids in Bali or wherever. Seriously!

  61. Kacie says...

    Dior eyelash primer and RMS lip2cheek are my make up bag saviors

  62. Kate says...

    A mini bottle of Living Proof humidity spray! My wavy hair goes nuts in new climates. This allows me to tame it a bit, and feel more polished. My husband loves it, too.

    I also fill a little makeup pot with some type of acne face lotion. Long travel days always make me break out. This allows me to hydrate and prevent at the same time.

    Finally, if traveling for work, I bring a face mask. It feels so good to put something on and wait in silence for 20 minutes after pretending to be extroverted all day. Plus it makes my skin look better when I am running on four hours of sleep during conferences!

  63. Laura C. says...

    As I’m leaving for my trip to Scotland (and thanks again for the tips of how to be a great Housguest), this is very useful. I’m goung to my friends’ home, so I can use their toiletries. I’m just having some problems with make up, as some of you have pointed above, I like to have an option! Wipes will save my life, I guess.

  64. I love the Au Naturel travel palette by Lancome. I bought it at the airport in Stockholm because I had to spend the last SEKs I had and it’s been my travel companion for the last three years!
    By the way, maybe you would like the Lip2Cheek range by RSM Beauty. They are organic products, delightfully creamy and have gorgeous shades.
    xx,
    E.

  65. Cazmina says...

    I mostly just take my everyday products I like to take:
    1. A small packet of baby wipes to freshen up after a long day of sightseeing when you don’t have time to shower & change before dinner (they can also take off makeup in a pinch and wipe down arm rests and tray tables on buses/trains/planes)
    2. Cream eyeshadow sticks (Rimmel does some great affordable ones) and cream blusher so you don’t have to worry about breaking powder ones in your luggage, plus you don’t need as many brushes
    3. Nail polish remover wipes – if you’re going for a long trip and will need to re-do your mani/pedi but don’t want to risk a bottle of remover leaking in your suitcase, you can get pre-soaked wipes that come in a small tub
    4. Dry shampoo (I like Batiste) – for when you are too busy to shower or need to perk up flattened hat hair

  66. Nane says...

    Thank you for alle the great posts here on cupofjo! Reading this one I wondered if you thought about creating a beauty uniform series featuring international women. I enjoy reading about the beauty regimes but being German I hardly use any make-up as we generally go for the natural look (and by that I don’t mean an artificial created “natural” look, I mean keeping things like they are). German drugstores and even supermarkets offer great and cheap (!) natural beauty lines, which I am sure many will be interested in. Also we often use every-day food items for beauty routines such as Quark as a face mask or eggs for the hair. Thank you for considering this idea.

    • Jeannie says...

      I love this idea!

  67. Nadya says...

    For makeup:RMS beauty lip to cheek in modest, on the lips i mix it with skin and tonic lip balm which has a clean formula (just cononut oil, beeswax and shea butter). Some kind of eyebrow pencil or eyebrow mascara (still looking for the perfect one), N°7 stay perfect mascara which has a tubing formula that stays put all day but washes off with water (ideal of your mascara tends to slip). Skincare:Clinique take the day off balm (decanted into smaller tub) is a must for me to take off the grime of travel without drying my skin out, always double cleanse but vary the second cleanser at the moment it’s the Elemis resurfacing cleanser which I really like. I’m fussy about clean facecloths for my evening cleanse so if I have room in my luggage I take one per every 2 days I’ll be away, I swear that I when I use the same cloth for several days I get breakouts! In the evening before moisture I use The Ordinary’s lactic acid serum to reduce breakouts, flakes and clogged pores. This is followed by a spritz of Caudalie’s grape water. In terms of moisturiser I alternate between Pai rosehip bioregenerating oil (great for reducing acne scars) and Antipodes Vanilla pod cream. Id love to say I’m low maintenenace but I’m not unfortunately! Have a wipes tip: if it’s hot outside wipe out your shoes at the end of every day to keep smelling fresh.

  68. L says...

    I use the same stuff I use at home, just a little bit less; mineral powder foundation, eyebrow pencil, mascara, blush, and something called “warmth” from bareMinerals – a dark powder that goes smoothly on your face but gives it back that glow and enhances your features after using concealer. I love love love it! I swipe it over my temples/forehead and side of my cheeks and it makes me look fresh as a daisy. Also dry shampo is LIFE! I have Scandinavian hair that gets greasy very fast, so I carry a bottle wherever I go. Plus sunscreen of course for warmer climates.

  69. Sara says...

    What a great picture of you, Joanna. Beautiful, sexy, AND full-on strong mom all in one. Love it.

  70. Eva says...

    I love the Maybelline Age Rewind under-eye concealer. It’s cheap (so okay if it gets lost) and the color is a bit lighter than my skin. Perfect for covering up under-eye circles from a long flight, as well as working as a highlighter on other parts of the face (under the brow, defining winged eyeliner, and cupids bow are my favorite). That and a good mascara (I love Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes) and I’m wide-eyed and fresh for the day ahead. I also love splashing my face with cold water and spraying a touch of perfume after a long flight, it makes me feel fresh in any situation. Anthropologie sells nicely sized perfumes for travel at cheaper prices than I’ve found elsewhere.

  71. Sharona says...

    I’m a beauty product junkie and an avid traveler. These are the products that I swear by (and have found smaller versions of most of these, to boot):

    For skin care:
    – Drunk Elephant minis: C-Firma, B-Hydra
    – Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47

    Make-up:
    – It Beauty CC Cream (or Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer)
    – It Beauty mini concealer
    – Armani Luminous Silk Foundation if there is a night out.
    – Benefit Hula (bronzer for a little color)
    – Laura Mercier mini loose powder
    – Laura Mercier mini Caviar Sticks – they stay put!
    – Benefit mini They’re Real mascara
    -Sephora liquid liner if I’m really glamming it up.
    – Clinique chubby stick in Broadest berry, one of the Glossier lippies (I like Jam), or a Bite Beauty lip product.

    Hair:
    Living Proof minis

    If it’s a shorter trip, I condense the list.

  72. deanna says...

    I just flew back to NYC from 18 days in Hawai’i this morning! The most used beauty items on my trip were:

    [1] moisturizer with sunscreen. I swear by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream with SPF, which I packed in a small Nalgene container. I’d reapply throughout the day as needed, or change to whatever waterproof sunscreen I happened to buy when I got there. (I almost always buy sunscreen when I get somewhere versus packing it. Too bulky! I was actually really happy with the Banana Boat Sport spray I bought this time.)
    [2] my eyebrow pencil. I like Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz in soft brown. It’s a fine point that doesn’t require a sharpener and has a brush on the other end. Perfect for travel, and could honestly maybe even do double duty as an eyeliner in a pinch!
    [3] liquid concealer. I happen to like Bare Minerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, and the liquid concealer can be mixed with a little moisturizer if I need more of a foundation type coverage.
    [4] liquid highlighter. I LOVE Benefit’s Sun Beam! The gold tone works well with my skin tone, especially when I get a little sun. I’d mix a dab of it with my concealer to bright up under my eyes, dab some on my cheek bones and on my brow line and I would be good to go!
    [5] lip balm. I’m surprisingly not partial to a specific lip balm. Nivea’s Smoothness won out for this trip, and it worked great. (It did soften in the beach sun, but didn’t leak out of the container. Bonus is that it’s inexpensive and easy to find, so I just tossed that one grabbed a replacement!) I don’t often use blush or tinted lip balm, but a tinted lip balm could easily work in a pinch as blush as well, if that’s your style!
    [6] oil facial cleanser. I’m a recent oil cleanser convert and I’m partial to Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. I really loved how this took off the grime from the day (sand, salt, water, dirt, makeup, sunscreen, etc) and left my skin soft and moisturized so I didn’t wake up a hot mess in the morning. Also bonus is that it takes off eye makeup (even waterproof!) so one less thing to pack!

    I’m definitely more a makeup minimalist, so your mileage may vary with these tips, but they worked for me!

  73. This could be my normal life beauty routine. I love makeup that is simple, quick, and steadfast. I’ll have to check these all out!
    My current favorite is Burts Bees tinted chapsticks. Their newest formula feels so smooth and doesn’t have the weird taste that some of the Burts Bees lip products have. Plus, it has some serious color. I leave mine in the car and swipe before getting out.

  74. ALI says...

    What a gorgeous photo of you Jo! You look like a movie star! x

  75. I get mini mascaras either from stowaway or as deluxe sephora samples, usually Roller Lash. I make a rule to only pack two lip colors on vacation, because I never use as much makeup as I think I will. It’s usually Clinique black honey (cult fave!) or a poppy orange sephora liquid lipstick. Kai makes a jasmine oil rollerball that I like as well.

    I usually pack a sunscreen that doubles as concealer, like MD solar sciences BB cream. My husband and I share cologne, so we pack Replica: By the Fireplace in his Dopp kit. And always, always face oil and serum for both of us! We have a great his & hers skincare routine down.

    • Madeline Burgess says...

      Tacking on to show some support for Black Honey – it looks great on every skin tone! A round of applause for Clinique for not messing with a good thing.

    • Eliza says...

      Black Honey has been in my rotation for over 20 years. It’s a classic for a good reason:)

  76. I’m lost without my AFA moisturizer. I have a little travel container I put a little in for trips.

  77. Melanie says...

    Is that an eye shadow stick also in the picture? I’m still hunting for a cream eye shadow stick that 1) doesn’t crease & 2) doesn’t break off easily.

    • Dawn says...

      I love Laura Mercier caviar sticks! In the summer they stay on- even on my oil-prone skin! There are lots of colors to choose from too (I like to use the rose gold color as a highlighter as well as as a shadow.)

    • Michrlle says...

      No, that’s the hidden highlighter that pops out of the eyebrow pencil. The CT eyebrow pencil separates into three pieces: the spoolie, the actual pencil, and a highlighter.

    • Hi Melanie! I love the Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon sticks!
      xx,
      E.

    • Frederique says...

      I have hooded eyes and oily lids, so eyeshadow always creases on me and never lasts past the middle of the day. Lately I’ve been using Urban Decay’s primer potion on my eyelids before using Clinique’s Chubby sticks eyeshadow (recommended in the comments section of the article about eye crayons on CoJ, I love it, so so easy to apply) and my makeup stays put all day and into the night. Game changer.

    • Cynthia says...

      I like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadows. I put a primer on my lids and the color lasts all day, plus the color is buildable, so you can make it as intense as you like. I don’t rub the stick across my lids, rather I rub the color on my ring finger and then apply it. Lots o’ Latte is a great neutral shade so you only have to bring one eyeshadow on a trip.

    • Melanie says...

      These are great suggestions! I wish all my makeup could be in stick form! Quick and easy!

  78. Jacy says...

    Can I just say that the Clare Lyons (labor and delivery nurse) beauty uniform Changed. My. Life.

    Not only did I start using her drugstore mascara Maybelline Colossal volume (my standards for mascara are: lasts all day without migrating under my eyes and easy to take off) which bats it out of the park, but I also started using just a few of her products, the CeraVe stuff and the CosRx lotion withbirch sap and the toner and it’s made a startling difference. Even my forehead crease is less noticeable. AND it doesn’t break the bank!

  79. Rachel says...

    I’d love to say this is my travel beauty routine, but I am so hopeless with makeup it is just what I do for work/going out/weddings/everyday too! Super quick and easy to pack. I’m obsessed with Glossier concealer – it makes your eyes just glow and I think takes 10 years off in one swipe! (their lipsticks are awesome for mirrorless application, too) Benefit Lemon-Aid eyelid primer makes you look woken-up whether you put shadow over it or not. Because I am hopeless with eye makeup I just do mac eyeshadow in “all that glitters”, and Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara (I have longish, thickish lashes and think most mascaras look a little overdone so this one is perfect). I just add cheap Maybelline BB Cream, and maybe Mac lipstick in ladybug (it is semi-sheer, creamy, and way easier to apply than other dramatic reds). I wish I knew how to do eye liner but now that I’m 35 I might just have to accept that it is never going to happen!

  80. Emily says...

    my favorite travel beauty advice is to get your lashes tinted before you go. It makes such a dofference! a quick squeeze with an eyelash curler, some RMS blush swiped on the cheeks & lips and you’re done!

    • Yes, absolutely! That’s my tip too!

    • Savannah says...

      Eyelash tinting is my favorite beauty enhancement.

    • Lily says...

      I get eyelash extensions before a trip after seeing Joanna’s post on them. With those on, I barely need any other makeup. Just a little foundation and lip gloss. Makes packing way easier!

    • Jessie says...

      Yes to lash tinting, especially in the summertime when it’s too hot/muggy for mascara!

  81. aga says...

    A good SUNSCREEN and ALOE VERA!

  82. Sarah says...

    this picture of you is so pretty!

    • aga says...

      was thinking the same thing!

  83. D says...

    I like to get a shellac pedicure before a trip- no chips for weeks:) I have also tried to pair down my makeup, not just for travel but to save time every day. I like a BB cream, concealer, cream blush (which I also use on my lips for a bit of colour), mascara, and highlighter. It makes me feel put together without taking too long or taking up too much room in my makeup bag.

  84. Jill C. says...

    Olio e Osso – lip and cheek stick is a favorite. Eyelash curler and RMS highlighter and tweezers bc there is always going to be some random brow hair that I just have to remove.
    Oh and weleda skin food cream is the best!

    • What color do you get? What is the texture like? I’ve been wanting to try!

    • Erin says...

      Agree with you on Olio E Osso! They provide such nice colour and are so moisturizing. I like No.2 in winter when my skin is paler and No.3 in summer when I’m more tan.

  85. Marie says...

    I always bring Dickinson’s brand witch hazel in wipe form. They’re too astringent for a makeup remover especially near the eyes, but after washing my face, these wipes feel amazing. They’re big enough for my face, ears, neck & even my feet (in that order, haha) to combat the grimy feeling of a long trip.

  86. Aquaphor lip repair, I carry it every day! It’s also one of my favorite drug store finds. Lasts longer than ordinary chapstick and really fixes chapped lips and feels amaaaazing.

    Also, depending on the travel I’ll usually skip the mascara and just bring an eyelash curler for a little oomf if I need it, and then I don’t need to bring makeup remover with me.

  87. Em says...

    Ooh! A post where I can actually give great advice!
    That dior show mascara is my go-to. It works so well on so many different lash types and is my personal mascara. However if you’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for you, try the Chanel volume mascara. I think diorshow does not work well on gals who have lashes too spread out. Not my personal problem but I’ve seen it on a lot of clients.
    The double use cheek and lip color is also a good trick. Other colors/brands that are fantastic and even work on the eyelids (but the trick is to use a light touch) are Sisley lip crayons (#9 and #11 are fantastic universal shades), la Bella Figura’s “just Jenna” and “Frida fabulosa”, kjaer Weis “blossoming” and rms “spell”. Those last three brands are very cleanly formulated (bonus).
    I also bring with me a dry powder mask to give my skin some glow and oomph after traveling sucks the life and hydration out of it. Pick a favorite of your own or try one of my favorites: Evan Healy green tea mask, Lilfox cleopatra mask or May lindstrom clean dirt. Those are all powder to mousse formulas that leave the skin looking extra smoochable! And that brand Evan Healy also makes the best smelling and best working lip balm in my opinion. Prepackaged masks are also great but I don’t have any recs right now.

    I also carry small wipes for emergency de-stinking my pits. Traveling always somehow makes me smell so little wipes take away the stink rather than doedoeant just covering up an unpleasant smell.

    Happy beautiful traveling, all! :)

  88. I am sort of high maintenance when it comes to travel makeup – I probably take twice as much as normal people! I just like having the options. Recently though I got a sample of Hourglass’ vanish stick foundation, and found that to be a really great travel foundation – you can smooth it on with your fingers, so you don’t have to lug a sponge or brush around. Also, a brand called Hanalei has the most interesting product – it’s called Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser. It’s a packet of dry white granules, and when you mix it with water it foams up into a super luxurious face wash that doesn’t strip your skin. Genius travel product!

  89. M says...

    But where is your Nordstrom dress prom photo?!

  90. Trish says...

    I LOVE this picture of you. So pretty!

  91. Morgan says...

    I’ve been reading Cup of Jo for years, and I have always loved your beauty posts because even while you are doing a sponsored beauty post or the Beauty Uniform posts, you always manage to keep it so down to earth. I love learning new makeup tricks, or being inspired by someone’s bold lip, or discovering eye-brow pencils (hello game-changer!!!) but at the end of the day, beauty is holistic, a state of mind, an inner confidence in one’s self and that’s so important to remember. You guys do such a great job of keeping that balance.

    • I agree! That link to the quote at the end really makes this post extra inspiring.

  92. I always bring a mini bottle of Klorane dry shampoo, travel size of Origins Checks and Balances facewash, and decant my own shampoo, conditioner and body wash into travel bottles. I love to travel, but something about having my own products is a comfort to me when everything else is crazy and up in the air. I also always have a little collapsible plastic cup in my toiletries bag (you can get them in travel sections of drug stores!) in case I’m brushing my teeth in a place without a cup to rinse my mouth out. :)

  93. Capucine says...

    I once ran out of foundation in France, only to find that brands there sell a smaller range of skintones than in the US and my fair redheaded skin was left out of the national palette. In one swoop, I understood just how much I don’t fit into my husband’s country, and a taste of how women of color must feel daily in makeup stores. So – pack your skintone, and support brands with broad skintone palettes!

  94. Em says...

    Joanna, question: do you just use shampoo or am I being too literal with this list?

    When I travel, I pack drugstore mascara, bb cream with an spf, a berry lip/cheek stain, and clear nail polish. No manicure for me because it’ll drive me nuts if I get a chip. All that, plus my toiletries and I’m good to go :)

  95. Suzie says...

    I use the same Tata Harper blush! Do you still do the eyelash extensions? Or is this mascara so good it can replace getting lash extensions?

    • J* says...

      Lash extensions are a travel beauty secret of mind, along with getting a blowout the day before a short trip. I just refresh my hair in the days afterwards with dry shampoo so no need to worry too much about hair, or make-up since your lashes are done. Two high maintenance tips to keep it low maintenance on your actual trip, lol.

  96. Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator! It’s the one product I always re-buy. It’s especially awesome to spritz while on the airplane and my skin is really thirsty. I also use it as a toner and to set my makeup. And it smells amazing. I love it! Nothing like a multitasking product…

    I’m always looking for a good hand moisturizer that works but isn’t greasy. My hands are always so dry, especially while on the road and I’m still searching for the right cream. Any that the COJ team loves?

    • Jeannie Pham says...

      Oh that’s a great plug for the hydrating accelerator! I wondered about it. I ABSOLUTELY love the JR Vital Balm!

      In terms of hand moisturizer: if very dry, moisten hands with a water first (water, or the hydrating accelerator would work), and then rub Organic Essence Flower Butter (the Coco Van one is my preference). A little goes a LONG way, otherwise it will feel greasy. But it’s the perfect, intensely moisturizing balm that keeps my hands supple.

    • Kristin says...

      Try the Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. I have the driest hands and am never without it. It is so hydrating and won’t leave your hands sticky! Also I remember a beauty uniform a few years back where someone said she used it on her face — so it’s multifunctional too!

  97. I always save sample masks for when I travel so that I can luxuriate in the hotel bathtub!

    • Samesies! :)

  98. polyana says...

    most of my travels involve fun in the sun! BUT – i have very thin, curly hair, and just can’t pull off hats/caps for the most part, so one of my go-to’s for traveling is a leave in conditioner with uv protection! it substitutes my regular leave-in, is great to leave in a beach bag for combing my hair after swimming, and i found one that’s small enough to put in my carry-on, which is this aveda one: https://www.amazon.com/Aveda-Care-Protective-Hair-Veil/dp/B002UBKMS2

  99. Kay says...

    Always in my purse for travel:
    -La Roche Posay micellar water for wiping my face/removing make up/hydrating skin on long flights. So refreshing!
    -Benetint Cheek & Lip stain
    -Nuxe body oil (Nuxe, Huile Prodigeuse) — super hydrating and I find the smell sophisticated and super sexy.
    -hand cream (still looking for the best kind: absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel gross, doesn’t smell like old lady, doesn’t break the bank — any tips CupofJo team/readers?)

    • J* says...

      The Nuxe Reve de Miel (Honey) Hand & Nail Cream is so rich and moisturizing. It is lovely though sometimes hard to find online.

    • deanna says...

      I love the little Nivea Creme tins! Cheap, easy to find, the tin takes up less space than a tube, and works well. Maybe they smell a little like old lady? I’m pretty sensitive to smell though, and this one never bothers me.

    • H says...

      I’ve been using Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream for years now as my budget friendly daily wear hand lotion. Cheap. Can buy it basically anywhere. Just has a plain “lotiony” smell. And as soon as I massage it into my hands I can go right back to typing! I like to use a heavier cream at night though (lately The Body Shop-Hemp Hand Protector). I’ll be honest – I hate the smell, but it goes on right before bed and my hands are so smooth and moisturized when I wake up that I don’t care so much! Sometimes ulta marks it B1G1 so the cost isn’t so cringey.

    • Cynthia says...

      Soap and Glory’s Hand Food is great and it’s not greasy. A purse size tube is $4, it lasts a long time, and you can often find deals at Ulta.com.

    • karla says...

      Aveda Hand Relief is a favorite. Smells so good and definitely not greasy.

    • Kay says...

      Oooh thanks for the great tips! I’ll look those up! <3

  100. Jen says...

    Love this cleansing stick – Su:m 37 Miracle Rose Cleanser and also the March Jacob Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, which I use for my cheeks and as an eye shadow.

    • J* says...

      I love the Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick for travel since it is a solid. Milk Makeup also has a small travel size cleanser and toner in a solid, matcha/green tea flavor as well.

  101. Nanette says...

    Joanna, I also love Living Proof’s volume blast. I have a lot of mostly straight hair, but it’s fine and heavy. This is a desert island kinda product for me to give my hair some great volume/texture, even if all I did was air dry it.

    • Katie says...

      another vote for living proof volume blast!!

  102. As soon as I’ve boarded my flight and I’m settled, I take out my travel dopp kit (eye mask, ear buds, makeup removing cleansing wipes, lip balm, hand sanitizer, mints, etc.) and take off my makeup. I use a sheer mask for long flights or just apply moisturizer before dozing off. As soon as I wake up, I spritz on Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir and Kiehl’s tinted sunscreen and I’m ready to hit the ground running!

  103. Carrie says...

    Love my Milani blush in either Luminoso or Dolce Pink. I’m a big blush person, it wakes up the face so nicely!

    I also love Pixi correction concentrate brightening cream, it happens to blend PERFECTLY with my skin and does a fantastic job of correcting tired under eyes.

    I’m not a big foundation wearer but I would love some suggestions for rosacea around nose!

    • Cay says...

      Both Dr. Jart and IT Cosmetics have great redness-correcting products (the founder of IT has rosacea – Bye Bye Redness is amazing). IT’s CC cream is the single best skin makeup I have ever used in my life, if you want to go the extra step on top of the corrector.

    • j says...

      i get pretty bad rosacea on my cheeks and around nose with redness, flaking and bumps, but my life has been changed by including the dr. dennis gross peels (2x/week) and the ordinary azealiac acid (2x/daily) in my routine. discovered through coj and the helpful commenters ;)

      I dislike the feeling of foundation but am a fan of tarte airbrush foundation…doesn’t completely conceal my redness “turn it down” quite a lot while not irritating my face!

  104. Maggie says...

    I love saving little samples that I get from Sephora to use just for traveling – I can pack them in my carry-on and get through TSA, and I don’t have to worry about checking expensive bottles of lotion in my luggage that might break.

    • J* says...

      I second this. It is a great way to use up those little samples, and I get excited to dabble on different products I’ve been meaning to try.

  105. BP says...

    I travel 4-5 days per week for work. I’ve learned how to pare everything down and have tried EVERYTHING. My go-to’s are the Charlotte Tilbury “glow palette” (http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/instant-look-in-a-palette-beauty-glow.html) . I will be honest with you – I hated it the first couple of times I tried it but then on try 3 or 4, I figured it out and it has become the single most useful/versatile/helpful godsend in my travel bag. I also use Glossier Brow Boy (I like Surrat’s eyebrow pencil better but for some reason, Brow Boy is way easier for me when traveling/in multiple hotel rooms) and my biggest “secret” is the Derm Institute hydration gel mask
    – crazy hydration and plumpness for weary skin –
    it’s amazing (http://www.spacenk.com/us/en_US/skincare/treatment/masks/anti-oxidant-hydration-gel-masque-MUS300025789.html)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you for these tips!!

  106. sarah-mai says...

    Hairstory New Wash – it’s shampoo, conditioner, and styler in one and it’s completely amazing. It means only bringing one hair product whenever I travel.

  107. Julie Hudtohan says...

    Love Living Proof Dry Shampoo! Try the In Shower Styler, another travel-friendly time saver.

  108. Sanitizing wipes from Herban Essentials – always. The Charlotte Tilbury lip and cheek palette has become a new favorite. The colors look great on all skin tones, and the products are fantastic.

  109. Julie says...

    It may not quite count as beauty, but I tend to get really stressed when I travel—even if it’s for fun—and on my last few trips have brought along some Yogi honey lavender tea bags. Having a little cup of tea before bed, so there’s a ritual amongst all the travel excitement, has really helped me sleep better, even on a 7-day trip that involved 3 different beds in three different cities!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love that ritual, julie.

  110. I’m all about tubing mascaras, especially when traveling — that way you don’t have to drag along an eye makeup remover. They just come off with warm water! They also stay put all day, through sweat and rain.

    I also love a lip+cheek combo product. I currently have RMS’s in Modest, which is pretty perfect. Concealer is a must (still looking for the perfect one with heavy enough coverage that isn’t cakey, recommendations?), and an eyebrow pencil too. Done and done. :)

    • Annie says...

      What’s your fave tubing mascara? I love them too but am always on the lookout for a new one!

    • kate says...

      The Cle de Peau concealer is pricey but lasts forever and is the perfect consistency – full coverage but blends so well. The Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil is really good although the Charlotte Tilbury one mentioned above sounds unreal!

    • Annie, I first fell in love with them when my mom got me Kanebo Sensai’s 38 C a few years back, but it became impossible to find that one for less than about $40, which I refuse to pay for mascara. :) I now use Blinc’s Amplified, which is pretty good but not perfect. I’ve also tried Clinique’s Lash Power but wasn’t too impressed, it seemed to drop little black crumbs throughout the day. What’s your favorite?

    • Thanks Kate, I’ve heard so much about the Cle de Peau but have been hesitant to bite the bullet due to the price. Perhaps I’ll buy it for myself for my birthday this year! If it lasts forever that definitely helps.

      I seem to always be trying new eyebrow pencils/powders/gels and am never 100% on board. I’d love one NOT in plastic packaging and light ash brown with no red in it — apparently a lot to ask! :)

    • D says...

      I like Pur Volume Vixen- I’m not sure if it is technically a tubing mascara but it is the first one I’ve tried where I don’t get raccoon eyes, even if I use it on my bottom lashes and it washes completely off with my regular cleanser.

    • Nadya says...

      If you have access to N° 7 (Boots Brand from UK) a decent tubing mascara option is their Stay Perfect mascara which is also stays put throughout the day and washes of with warm water. Price is good too, 13£ not sure what that it in dollars.

    • Carmela says...

      Re eyebrow pencil in light ashy brown: Try the combo pencils from Paul & Joe: 2 natural looking shades in one pencil. Hard texture which I like. Brushes out nicely for natural look to fill in sparse brows. I use combo 01 Duo Sables

    • Annie says...

      Ann-Marie: I started with fiber wig years ago but it didn’t have enough oomph for me. I’ve been pretty loyal to Trish McEvoy volumizing (the curling one wasn’t as good), but it’s around $30 and the one of the only non-clean makeup items I can’t find a non-toxic dupe for. I’m curious to try the ones recommended. Lily Lolo is the best natural mascara I’ve found but it’s not quite tubing just washes off easily. Thanks everyone!

    • Thanks ladies!! Love getting recommendations. Looking forward to many new product purchases. :)

  111. jac says...

    WIPES! And crazy thick overnight moisturizer for the plane.

    • jac says...

      And I forgot- You look nice Joanna. : )

  112. Katrina says...

    Number one for me is sunscreen. Number two is a good face moisturiser with at least SPF 15+. With fair skin, I burn quite easily, even on cloudy days, so when I’m not familiar with what the weather is going to be like at my intended destination, I err on the side of caution and apply sunscreen anyway! There’s nothing so bad as being sunburnt whilst on holiday. Another must is a good lip balm, hand cream and a packet of make-up removing wipes. Ditto about the free perfume samples, they’re perfect for travelling!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes to wipes! they’re so handy for everything.