We are leaving for an 8-day trip that requires fifteen hours of travel and three airplanes.  And are you ready for this?  We only bring carry-on luggage.  I know, that sounds crazy, but it’s easier than worrying about lost luggage (we have two layovers…one domestic and one international) or waiting at the baggage terminal with a 2 and 4 year old who are ready to be done traveling.  We have family 4+ hours away in Florida, family in Wisconsin, and family in Europe.  Between all the car rides and flights, I consider myself a bit of an expert on travel beauty.

The toughest thing about travel is finding a way to quickly get to the things I need.  Whether it’s in flight or walking from our bedroom to the bathroom and back, I like to know where everything is and have it easily accessible.  The Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag comes in three sizes, a variety of colors, and is lined with pockets on the inside and out.  I use the new petite bag in blue for in-flight necessities.  And when I say blue, I mean Tiffany blue.  Too cute!

Travel Beauty In-Flight product bag


Travel Beauty In-Flight products

Hand sanitizer is an obvious choice and I enjoy the scent of The Body Shop Satsuma.  The Wet Ones are for the airplane toilet seat which already has my skin crawling.  My lips and hand always get uncomfortably dry on airplanes so lip balm and Almond Hand and Nail Cream will be infinitely helpful.  I have Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate to relieve tension whether in-flight or during layovers.  Earth Therapeutics Under-Eye Recovery Patches are infused with green tea, a vitamin complex, aloe vera, cucumber, and chamomile.  We have an overnight flight and the hydrogel is so cooling and soothing.  I look forward to indulging toward the end of our flight.  After we get off the plane I’ll refresh with my new fragrance obsession, a sample of Trish McEvoy No. 3 Snowdrop and Crystal Flowers.

Travel Beauty Skin Care products


My first concern for our time in Europe is keeping my skin stable without the use of a Clarisonic or my current mask routine.  I’m saving space with makeup removal by not bringing a cleansing oil.  I have a travel-size bottle of Sonia Kashuk Eye Makeup Remover and a pack of Yes to Grapefruit Exfoliating Towelettes.  These will be sufficient for makeup removal.  I bought a small bottle of Ole Henriksen Foaming Cleanser to make sure I get a thorough cleanse (again no Clarisonic) for day and night and my Tarte C-Brighter Eye Treatment.  I don’t mess around with eye cream! For days I’m going to use a tinted moisturizer instead of the one pictured here and at night I’ll get added exfoliation when I sleep by bringing a small amount of my Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel.  Since I’m expecting skin-drying cold cooler temperatures, my tiny Maracuja Oil will make the trip along with a small Shea Body Butter.  Two face treatment samples and a grippy alligator clip complete my set.  It looks like a lot, but most of these are deluxe sample sizes.

My hair will be an issue on this trip.  I’m leaving my dryer, flat iron, and curling irons home because I have neither the space nor the electrical adapter needed for Europe.  The morning we leave I will take the time for a really good blowout and it should last 3-4 days.  Then I’ll rely on natural curls, bobby pins, and braiding to get me through the second half of our trip.

Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Trial Set products


You can never go wrong with moisture so this trial-size of Nexxus Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner will keep my hair in great condition.  And the bottles are large enough for all four of us to use.  I’ll leave the hairspray at home because…

Sephora Living Proof 500 point perk styling products

Sephora has a 500-point perk right now with Living Proof styling products.  There is a product guide and style suggestions inside one of which is for Tousled Texture using Prime and Amp².  This will be perfect for my hair and it doesn’t require a full blowdry.

Makeup is the least of my worries, but also the most time consuming because I need to pare down my choices.  I hate not having unlimited options, but I also need to save space (especially on the liquids in our carry-ons).

Travel Beauty Makeup Bag

Travel Beauty Face Makeup products


Becca Resurfacing Primer will keep my makeup in place all day.  I am using NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer as a mluti-tasker and adding Becca Mineral Foundation as needed for extra coverage and to touch up.  Tarte Exposed blush was a no-brainer, and NARS Adult Content palette gives me Zen as a bronzer as well as additional blush options.

Travel Beauty Eye and Lip Makeup products

I settled on my lip and eye products quickly.  First I knew I wanted a red lip so I didn’t die of creative boredom.  Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer in Rouge is the best casual red around.  Then I’m using NARS Mayflower (a little pre-travel gift from me to me) as my goes-with-everything color.  I always use Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the NARSissisit eye palette will cover any look I need want.  I originally grabbed Radiant Creamy Concealer to brighten and cover as a space-saver, then remembered my deluxe sample of Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift and added that.  I’ll test that out and report back later this month.

Eyebrows are quick and easy with Sonia Kashuk Taupe brow definer, Too Faced Perfect Black liner can line, smudge, or tightline, and Milani Runway Lashes is super quick to apply for volumizing mascara.

And now it’s time to sort through my liquids and put them all in quart-sized bags. Fun fun!

What do you take when you travel?  Do you carry-on or do you always check your luggage?