I recently visited my family in Florida and, as I was packing, it occurred to me how important some of my beauty products are to my travel regimen. As a matter of fact, after forgetting one, I was forced to traverse the streets of Jacksonville for a replacement and, quite unexpectedly, found a happy alternative. Let’s talk about the amazing beauty products in my ‘must-have’ travel lineup.
Pur 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer
The Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer combines moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunscreen all in one. It has a light airy feel and evens out your skin tone without that covered-up foundation look and mask-like feel.
I always mix mine with my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 100 for extra protection and use it on my face, neck and decollete area.
I love this product because it not only evens out my skin tone but it allows my skin’s natural glow to shine through too. It’s works well with my skin during its oily phases as well as it’s dry ones which makes it perfect to take with me no matter where I travel.
Even though I’m fair-skinned, I like the color medium because it gives me a nice healthy glow.
Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter
I don’t travel anywhere without my Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter. Air travel tends to dry out your skin and make it look dull. A little bit of highlighter dabbed on the top of your cheekbones, temples and over your brows adds a luminous look to your skin.
This creamy highlighter also comes in a travel size so it won’t take up much space. I keep one in my toiletry bag at all times so there’s no chance I can forget it.
If you forget yours by some chance, a frosty white or beige eyeshadow can give a similar effect.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils takes the place of a cleanser and a makeup remover. It sounds counterintuitive to use oil on your skin and, when I read about it years ago, I was hesitant to try it but I’m glad I did! Now I won’t travel anywhere without it.
It’s a very light oil, not like slathering olive oil on your face or anything! It has a water-like feel and gently dissolves your makeup while washing away excess sebum and blackheads from your pores.
The science behind cleansing oils is that ‘like attracts like’. Meaning, the oil attaches to the oily impurities in your skin that cause blackheads and breakouts, and washes them away.
And the Shu Uemura cleansing oil is neutral, not alkaline, which can mess with the ph balance of your skin and wreak all kinds of havoc.
I used to get breakouts and dry patches on a regular basis but not anymore! They also come in travel size so it’s small enough for your carry-on and serves as your cleanser as well as a hardcore makeup remover.
The Shu Uemera brand is kind of pricey at $31 for just 150ml travel size bottle and $67 for the full size 450ml but there are less expensive brands of cleansing oil out there like the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil or Philosophy Purity Cleansing Oil, so experiment with them but definitely consider a cleansing oil as a two-for-one packing necessity.
White Eyeliner Pencil
A white eyeliner pencil is a necessity. After a day of traveling, my eyes get all red and tired looking. Even after putting in some eye drops they still look a little dull. This is when I whip out the white eyeliner.
If you apply a bit to the inside of your lower rim it opens your eyes up. As an extra measure, it doesn’t hurt to put some on the inside rim of your upper lid as well. Makeup artists do this a lot and it really helps brighten up your eyes.
I also like to draw a subtle line from the inside corner of my upper eyelid near the nose to halfway across my lid to make my eyes look a little bigger and wider apart.
When choosing a white eyeliner use it to draw a line on your hand. If it goes on creamy and smooth, that’s a good one. If you feel like you have to really push it down hard to see a line, then keep searching.
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
The Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are my best friends when traveling, expecially when going to high humidity destinations like Florida, California or Mexico.
There’s nothing worse than a super shiny face and these little sheets fix that in a flash, instantly soaking up all the excess oil without effecting your makeup. It’s like magic!
There are plenty of fancy brands out there but the Clean & Clear are only $4.99 for one or $9.98 for two and they work the best to me!
The Pur Mineral 4-in-1 Pressed Foundation SPF 15 is a super must for me when I travel. If I forget it I break out into the sweats and become highly agitated until I can procure some at my destination.
This stuff is magic and no matter the state of my skin when I land this powder can be put on thin or layered for a fuller coverage.
This trip my brother told me my skin looked ‘creamy’ which to me is a high compliment! Love this product and use it on a daily basis, but for traveling it graduates from a ‘must-have’ to a ‘cannot live without’.
When traveling, I try and stretch out my hair wash as long as it can so I can spend more time enjoying the trip. So, on this trip, when I forgot mine I was super bummed. Luckily, on the way to the hotel I spotted a beauty supply store and found the JKS Touch Up Color Spray Powder.
I wasn’t looking for a color spray but it just so happens that my roots were ready for a touch up so I bought it in blonde.
Not only did it soak up the excess oil at my roots but it also did a nice job camouflaging my dark roots. It comes in copper, light brown and dark brown too.
It looks a little frosty but I will totally use this product again in a color emergency. Check it out! Here are my roots before using the color spray powder:
And here are my roots after using the color spray powder:
So happy travels ladies! If only boys knew what we had to do to prepare for a trip they wouldn’t moan about the time it takes to pack!