What's in my travel bag?
Hello, beautiful peeps! I went on a short holiday at the beginning of last month so this post was inevitable. I was in Chicago and I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with the Windy City! I am always struggling with packing light. This time I sort of managed to do it! I wanted to highlight a few products that I just had to carry with me along with other staples.
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Petite PRO - This bad boy retails for $30 on Sephora's website which is decent compared to the usual $80 price tags on Viseart palettes. It's actually tiny. It's the size of a credit card, hence, portable! It has a decent range of warm shades. There are 8 eyeshadows in matte, shimmer and satin finishes. The texture of these shadows are so beautiful and the best part is you can create morning and evening looks with this tiny palette. The size of this palette is perfect for traveling. I do not want to carry an expensive heavy palette that has the probability of breaking in transit when I am only traveling for a few days. Viseart makes good eyeshadows and this palette is not an exception so don't judge it by its size. I'd carry it with me if I was going somewhere for only a few days as it's convenient and has the shades that I usually gravitate towards on a daily basis. It's definitely worth the $30 price tag.
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette - It is my favorite highlighter/blush palette at the moment. I am in the shade Golden Sand Edition. Once layered, you actually get a nice 3D effect on your cheeks. Fiji is a cream formula and it's so beautiful. I use it as a base on the cheeks (apply it with my finger) before applying Seychelles. I apply Tahiti under the cheekbones to add dimension. Finally, to finish the look, I use Zanzibar as a blusher on the apples of my cheeks. I make sure I finish this look with my MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ spray. I have talked about this spray later in this post. If you have the Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette on you, you're set. You don't have to carry individual highlighters or blushers which while traveling can be annoying to say the least. This favorite palette of mine retails for $45 on Sephora's website.
Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+ - You cannot travel without an SPF lotion/cream! I love this one because of its lightweight texture and the best part about this SPF lotion spray is that it does not leave a white cast on your face. It is $36 for 5.3oz and I bought mine on Sephora.com. I had packed this one inside the bag I checked in because of its size. I love the fact that it's a spray bottle so it's easy to apply. It is not greasy so if you have oily skin, you can definitely use this spray.
MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ - It's a lightweight water mist that smells heavenly and is great for setting your makeup. I have been using this for years and have stayed loyal to this product. I took the travel size with me which retails for $12 for 1.0 fl oz on Mac Cosmetics' website. I got it in the limited edition fragrance of lavender and it smells so good. You can spray it to finish your makeup or use it multiple times during the day for that awesome burst of freshness. You can also use it to spritz your brush before applying your eyeshadows. Did I mention that it's my favorite setting/finishing spray? Well, it is.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo - A dry shampoo is a must-have when you're traveling. The days you just don't want to be bothered with shampooing your hair, just use a dry shampoo. It's easy to use and is very time effective. I love the fragrance on this one. It is very similar to the perfume which I also own and love. I really like this dry shampoo and maybe will get the White one next time. I have used Drybar's Detox Dry Shampoo and Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo in the past. I like the fact that the Elizabeth and Nirvana Dry Shampoo is an aerosol spray. That's one of the reasons I will not repurchase the one by Oscar Blandi. I need my dry shampoo in an aerosol can. After spraying, you have to wait for a few seconds before massaging into the hair. Apart from my sunscreen spray bottle, this was the second most important product in my travel bag! I bought this on Sephora.com for $28.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray SPF 70 - I think Neutrogena makes one of the best drugstore sunscreen lotions/creams. I got the Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray for the body and it retails for $8.99 and I bought mine from my local Target. It has an SPF of 70 and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. I got the aerosol spray can as it's much more convenient than a tube. It's easy to spray and rub into the skin. It smells great and I have faced no issues with white residue. It provides a wholesome UVA/UVB sun protection. I would definitely repurchase this one as I use this on a daily basis.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths - Makeup remover cloths are much easier to work with than makeup lotions/creams/balms/solutions as you need to use them with cotton pads/balls. It just gets messy. A makeup wipe can get rid of a stubborn lip-stain and smokey eyes. The ones by Philosophy work well and smell great. They are also sans parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. If your makeup remover wipe has become dry overtime, a quick tip is to wet it with water before using it. It'll get rid of the makeup as desired. The 15-pack retails for $10 and the pack of 30 retails for $15. I got mine from Sephora.
There are two items that I carried with me but want to discuss a bit in detail, so I will leave that for another post. Until then, have a good one!