It’s been a minute since I shared some beauty favorites with you. Oops! The truth is, during the summer I’m pretty minimal with my makeup. I really just put on moisturizer and try to go makeup free if I can.
But I’ve been doing some summer travel the past couple of months and realized I have a little army of trusty, go-to travel items. So today I’m sharing my favorite travel beauty products I have come to rely on while away.
Shampoo and Conditioner
I’ve been using Oribe shampoo for years and have become so spoiled by their products, that I never want to use hotel shampoo. But I also have a lot of hair, so generic shampoos have never really worked to clean my hair as far back as I can remember.
There are obviously a ton of shampoos based on your hair’s needs, but Oribe’s Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner are great for all hair types with oils to hydrate dried out summer strands. If you haven’t tried Oribe before, I think these are both great starter products.
As someone with naturally dark brown hair but bleached blonde ends, they can often get brassy. I use purple shampoo 1 – 2 times a week. Unite Purple Shampoo is a must for me any time I’m traveling longer than a weekend. It’s the only purple shampoo I have ever used, that’s how much I love it. I couldn’t find the travel size so linking the full size below. You can always just get a small silicone bottle and pour some in!
Another Unite product I swear by is their 7 Seconds Leave in Detangler. I shared this on Instagram Stories while in Hawaii. You spray it in after you wash your hair for easy combing/brushing. But the best part is it also offers some UV protection for your hair!
Despite the name, a hair oil isn’t going to make your hair feel oily. During the summer, everyone’s hair gets dry thanks to extra sun exposure, salt water, pool water, etc. Hydrate those ends! I have tried a ton of hair oils over the past couple of years and Davines Oi Oil is a new favorite for me. It smells amazing, but what I love is that the oil seems to absorb into your hair rather than laying on it, feeling virtually weightless.
Travel Hair Dryer
I mentioned this above, but I’ll repeat it again: I have a lot of hair. I need a blow dryer with a lot of power, otherwise I’ll be drying for days. Packing a full-size dryer is a P-A-I-N but a lot of times the smaller ones don’t offer the same punch. I recently received this T3 Micro travel hair dryer as a gift so decided to take it for a spin. I’m really happy with it! It folds down to saves space in your luggage, with lots of power. Another thing is that this is perfect for international travel because there’s a built-in switch you just have to turn. You’ll still need an adapter, but you’ll be good on voltage in most other countries. (Just be sure to check online before you go.)
Like I said, summer months are much less about makeup for me and more about giving my skin a break. But that doesn’t mean I skimp on my skin care routine during vacation.
Serums & Sheet Masks
Flying dries out your skin SO much, so it’s important to keep it maybe even more hydrated than you would at home. I wrote a whole post about how to keep your skin healthy on long flights and while on vacation; you can read it here.
I always pack some serums and sheet masks because both quickly deliver nutrients to your skin. Joanna Vargas is my go-to for both of these products. Although full-size, both serums I use are TSA friendly.
I go into a lot more detail about Joanna Vargas in my other post, but I like the Rejuvenating Serum to use on the plane since it’s packed with healthy oils for hydration. Then I’ll use her Rescue Serum at night. It helps protect skin from free radicals, and it’ll penetrate into your skin while you sleep and your skin repairs.
I’ll throw on a sheet mask on the plane (yep, I’m that person), but they are also great to use while you’re unpacking or lounging before bedtime. Multi-tasking at its best, if you ask me! These are such easy travel beauty products to pack because they take up basically zero room and their benefits are almost instant.
I always like products that have multiple uses. Evian Facial Mist has 20% oxygen to revive and refresh skin during flight or during the day. But this spray has such a fine mist I’ve found it’s also great for setting makeup if you need it!
Serums, sheet masks, and facial sprays are great little add-ons for extra hydration, but you can’t forget the basics.
Lancer products are some of my favorites, particularly because at the root of this routine is just three steps: exfoliate, cleanse, moisturize. Dr. Lancer’s exfoliant called The Polish has single-handedly changed the texture of my skin and gentle enough for everyday use, even after sun exposure. They make this convenient travel-size set with a clear baggy to keep all your goods.
This summer I discovered Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. Ohhhh gosh, not only does it smell so good I want to eat it, it keeps my lips hydrated! I put a thicker layer on the plane or at nighttime, then use like a regular balm during the day.
In the spirit of keeping things minimal during summer travel, I will only carry one do-it-all palette. This summer that’s been the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette. It features four shadows, a bronzer, and a highlight. Which, in my opinion is really all you need. Just add a bit of color to your eyes and cheekbones, and nobody will be able to tell you’re not wearing foundation.