You may have heard by now that I’ve got quite a big trip coming up – six cities in 18 days driving across Italy: definitely the most intense traveling I’ve done since I completely fell in love with makeup a few years ago. I’ll be sharing what’s in my makeup bag while I’m away, but in the meantime wanted to share some of my favorite pieces for when I’m on the go. I don’t usually take a minimalist approach when traveling, but you might, so here are my top eight picks for anywhere but here.
Bite Beauty Multistick in Cava – I’ve never been one for multi-use stick products, I never ever reach for the eyeshadow sticks I’ve accumulated over the years, but something about this one… I absolutely love. The formula is beautifully creamy without being sticky, it’s pigmented but still buildable (and super blendable), and Cava is a perfect match for me whether I use it for eyeshadow, blush, or lipstick.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel in 01 Opal – In the short time I’ve owned this, I’ve already mentioned it multiple times both on Instagram and in previous blog posts (I even did a full on review). Clearly I’m a fan. This sheer to medium coverage gel is perfect for daily adventures, but is totally appropriate for evening glam too. The SPF30 will keep you covered in the daytime and the super natural finish will help keep you looking flawless all night.
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer – As I’ve said before, I have definitely failed to grasp the concept of “packing light” when it comes to cosmetics, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a practical approach. I absolutely love this compact cream highlight from cruelty free indie brand RDF. The texture is wonderful, and it applies best with fingers so you don’t need any extra tools either. Powder highlights are great, but If you’ve got a long day with a high risk for makeup migration, cream will stay put without accentuating any skin texture. I liked this one so much, I bought a second shade during the labor day sale. Lunaris and Solaris shades were limited edition releases, but there are three permanent shades for this formula as well.
Melt Cosmetics Eyeshadow Stacks – Magnetic, mirrored, and mix and match, what more could you want from your eyeshadows when traveling? Melt has been pumping out one of my all time favorite formulas for a few years now, and I absolutely love that I can snag all my faves and stick ’em together whenever needed. I tend to grab a shade or two each from Dark Matter and Rust, and add in Lovesick’s namesake. Build the perfect palette or just fill in some gaps, it’s totally up to you.
Too Cool For School Dinoplatz Dear Brachiosaurus blotting papers – I’ve kept some kind of blotting sheet product in my handbag probably since the earliest days of high school, but they have never been a pleasure to use. You always accidentally pull out too many from the cardboard packaging and then you have to use your fingers to blot. Is it pulling oil from my face or my dirty hands!? Enter these pretty things from Sephora-stocked Korean brand Too Cool For School. Their Dinoplatz line is pretty cute in general, but I absolutely love these. Packaged in a smart, sleek plastic container, these blotting sheets also come with an adhesive puff (with replaceable adhesive) to make using them more hygienic and much more pleasant until the very last one.
ThisWorks Deep Sleep Breathe In rollerball – Not squarely in the cosmetics category, I’m still going to mention this one because anything that helps with sleep counts as beauty and self-care in my book. I first heard about this rollerball from Fleurdeforce who swears by it for long haul flights. I finally purchased one a few months ago and have been thoroughly enjoying it. The idea is to rub the rollerball at certain pulse points throughout the body (think inner wrist, base of the neck, etc) and let the aromatherapy do its work. I’m not a big supporter or believer in homeopathic remedies (seriously, if something is wrong please go see a real doctor) but If some essential oils on my wrist helps me fall asleep in difficult situations, I’m not going to question it too much.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown – if you’re familiar with this product, it may seem like an odd choice for this list. It’s definitely one of the more involved eyebrow products out there and takes both time and focus to get right. However, once it’s on, it is not going anywhere and to me, that makes it a winner. Whether you are out at an amusement park for 12 hours or bumbling through the Italian countryside at the height of summer, those eyebrows will be on point no matter what.
Kat Von D Everlasting lip liner in Outlaw – This is actually a pretty new product for me, but I am kicking myself for not getting these sooner. I love the super sleek packaging and the twist up style means no sharpener needed. A red lip is one of my new favorite things and a great way to look super put together with otherwise minimal makeup, and this lip liner tagging along means I’ll always have a crisp line with minimal maintenance.
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