June 3, 2010

The Ultimate Travel Beauty Kit...Makeup and Skin Care to Fly under The Radar!

Although I don't travel as much as I used to, I've become quite the packing pro. The challenge is to bring everything you need for a weekend or a business trip in your carry-on, and with the airlines security restrictions, you'd better know what to pack. Here is a selection of my favorite beauty essentials for traveling.

Cover Fx Foundation (Big Cover-up kit, $79)
This kit allows you to cover any imperfection with its 3 different shades and the setting powder is also included at the bottom of your foundation case. It's compact and perfect for traveling.

Benefit Brow Zing ($30)
This kit is great because it provides both powder and cream so once your eyebrows are done, your eyebrow makeup will last the entire day. It includes tiny tweezers and eyebrow brushes. My tip: you can also use it as an eyeshadow.

Laura Geller  Sunswept blush ($35). This blush is small (I know it looks huge on this picture but I swear it's super compact) and very versatile. The light shimmer makes it perfect for summer and takes you from the office to 5 à 7 drinks.

MAC eyeshadow ($17)
Strong pigments and compact size: I love this one for a weekend trip, if you need more than one eyeshadow, then you're better off picking an eyeshadow duo.

Also for eye makeup:
MAC pencil($14.50)
I love this pencil because it's so versatile, I use it mostly as an eyeliner. Great texture and staying power.

MAC makeup brushes - travel size ($52)
Quality brushes in travel size, what else do you need?

Triple Impact Mascara from Pur Minerals ($18)
I like this mascara for traveling for two reasons: the tube is slim and it doesn't sting your eyes.

Chanel  Rouge Coco lipstick ($38) and OCC lip tar and gloss ($12.50)
Long lasting, intense colors: I usually pick a strong shade for my lipstick which I can mix or glam up if needed. I add a transparent lip gloss on top for the evening. I also like Shiseido lip gloss for traveling because of its size (review to come).

Selecting moisturizers can be challenging as the jars are often bigger than the 100ml allowed in airplanes. I use Garnier Nutritionist (40ml): it's a great skin care product but stay away if your skin is super oily - I only use it when my skin needs extra moisturizing -

Rocky Mountain organic bar soaps are cheap ($4.99), you can wash your face and body. Plus it's not a liquid so it's great for jet-setting! I also use Rocky Mountain 100% natural deodorant ($7.99)

Carrying perfume with you is impossible if you only want to use a carry-on so I replace it with Dove Body Mist ($4.99 for 89ml).

For my body, I use the travel size Barefoot Venus Coconut Kiss lotion ($5.99 for 60ml). Great scent and great for dry skin.

Also in my luggage:

Flashlites kit by GO SMiLE for teeth whitening touch-ups, just in case I feel like blueberry pie and coffee. This is not a product I use when I'm home, but it's so portable, I like to have a kit in my luggage. 

Madame Paulette Stain Removal Kit ($12.50) because accidents happen: this kit helps you remove stains on your clothes, you know: after you've spilled that same blueberry pie on your favorite dress.

Mary Kay Beauty Blotters ($5.00)...you don't want to look like a greasy bear, do you? Super light and tiny, these tissues absorb oil from your sandwich skin. I usually keep them in my purse.

Believe or not...all this fits the security guidelines... or at least airport security lets me get away with it!


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