Laurel’s post reminded me that I wanted to share with you my travel beauty regime. Her minimal toiletries put my giant bag (+ two more) to SHAME, but also inspire me to pare down. I’ve done it with my clothing, so why not my beauty products? Work in progress…work in progress. Anyway, this post made me tired just trying to find links to EVERYTHING I bring with me when I travel. That’s not a good sign is it??
Here’s what I brought (scroll down for comments – and what I learned I can do without):
Recently I’ve started bringing my own hand & body soap because I absolutely DESPISE hotel soaps. Especially the little ones they give you for hand soap; they’re so drying. So I brought a small Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap for using on my hands, and a bar of Lush soap (in it’s travel tin) for the shower. These I will not compromise on, but the Dr. Bronner’s soap sprung a leak in my quart-sized bag, so I might have to put that into a different container for next time.
Things I brought and didn’t use – because I don’t use them at home. Duh. If I don’t use it at home everyday, why would I bring it when I travel? Because MAYBE, I MIGHT want to use it.
Naked palette: I don’t use eye makeup except eyeliner and mascara. Sometimes I’ll use the primer on my eyelids but I hardly ever use eye shadow. Mostly because I literally have NO IDEA what to do with it.
I didn’t end up using the eyelid primer on this past trip either. But I used pretty much everything else. It still feels like too much though.
Things of note:
I’m sure I don’t need to bring two different eye creams (At home I use the Caudalie cream at night and in the morning I use Origins), so I can probably stick to just bringing the Caudalie cream when I travel.
The Caudalie divine oil I have in a very small bottle, and I use it on my hair after I wash it with a little of the B&B texture cream, and it’s great as a body oil. Smells wonderful also. So it does triple-duty!
I SWEAR by the Bobbi Brown corrector cream (for under eyes), so I always have to have that – and I don’t have to use concealer over it. But I have to use a brush to apply it, which is kind of a pain…it’s not the same when I use my finger.
I normally only wash my hair once if I’m gone for 5 days, so I could probably use the hotel shampoo/conditioner, but I’ve always brought my own. Maybe I’ll re-think that. Even though I do put them in smaller containers, they take up a lot of room.
When I travel, I tend to stick to wipes for cleansing – the Josie Maran ones are my favorite, but I also like the Yes to Carrots brand. This time I brought my sample size of Fresh soy cleanser, which I love, but wasn’t necessary.
I did start thinking I should use my Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners more often, and I did a few days, but I CANNOT for the life of me apply them correctly. You’re supposed to hold the brush sideways and just press it on, and I try to do that, but it’s much easier for the makeup artist to that while she’s looking at you than it is for me to do it myself! The morning we left to come home, I actually noticed I got some eyeliner on my CONTACT LENS, and it was bothering me ALL morning until I could go into the bathroom on the airplane and try and wash it off. AND since I don’t normally bring solution with me (mine are dailies) I used water. Oy. Anyway, I’m done with gel eyeliner. I’m going back to my hourglass pens, I like the Lancome liner as well, but I was happier overall with hourglass, and I think it’s also easier to remove.
I can’t live without my eyelash curler, and I love the Bobbi Brown everything mascara because it’s so “natural” looking. I love my new Nars powder, but I could probably bring a Bobbi Brown cream blush instead of Orgasm with me when I travel, just to avoid having to bring multiple brushes. Those were a BIG pain, actually. And of course, since I didn’t use eyeshadow, I didn’t need the eyeshadow brushes at all.
Ugh. I know I’m just CRAVING minimalism right now in every aspect of my life…and that’s why I’m so frustrated with “needing” to bring so many things for travel. If I just take exactly what I use at home every day, then that will help (I tend to throw things in I might need at the last minute), but still, it seems a bit much.
How do you pare down your beauty products for traveling? Or do you? Do you use less when you travel? Or bring more, like I do? Any secrets to share???