Travel Light Essentials .01 // Short Lists of Makeup and Toiletries

As we prepare to travel to the West Coast to work for two weeks, I have packing on my mind...

On travel days, I carry on all my baggage and do my own wheeling, hauling, hoisting. So I like to keep it light. And, after years of trying this and that, I have my toiletry and makeup kits whittled down to a few simple essentials for travel, which I'd love to share – along with one tip that has changed the way I pack.

Most of these, you can find at Whole Foods Market, Sephora, Target or online. 

Makeup

Glossier Generation G Lip Balm in Leo
I bought a bunch of balms for my girlfriends recently after reading about Glossier online. I tried "Like" and wasn't wowed, but I love "Leo". It looks brownish but reads rosy-rust. So pretty and natural.

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
Glossier sent me this to try for free – and it's fun! Subtle but effective. A great addition to your kit feel a bit more groomed and polished.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
I have sensitive skin that sometimes reddens, so this has become my go-to cover-up. My mom loves Laura Mercier, and then I like that they're gentle on the skin. Having a creative background, I like Secret Camouflage because it applies like pastels. You can put on a little or a lot, and blend the cool tone with the warm tone as needed. 

Bare Minerals All Over Face Powder in Warmth
Years ago, I got a makeover and the stylist introduced me to this powder. It's a light, warming blush that can work on many skin tones. 

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara in black
I don't usually wear mascara by day, but I like to play with darker eyes at night. Adds a little mystery.

Kat Von Dee Tattoo Liner
A good friend turned me on to this gem. It has a magical brush that applies with a flattering weight, and then the liner only rubs off when you want it too. Also great for those mysterious night eyes.

Waxelene
Good for moisturizing your face and hands. Especially in winter, if I dab a little on my lips before bed, they are fuller and softer in the morning. 

 

Toiletries

Jason Thin to Thick Shampoo
During my eight years in marketing at Whole Foods Market, I have learned the ins and outs of natural body care, and I try to stick with what's good-for-you when possible. Jason is natural, paraben-free, and effective at keeping my hair from getting too flat. I use this in my rotation at home, and I try to fill a little bottle to take with me on the road.

Psssst Instant Dry Shampoo
Useful for those traveling days when you're on the go. Even if you've had a shower, a bit of dry shampoo gives a little lift for your second wind.

Kiss My Face Active Deodorant
I work out regularly, and Kiss My Face is natural, but effective. I like the fragrance-free kind. 

Toothbrush
Go with Preserve, which are made with recycled #5 plastics!

Tom's Toothpaste (travel size)
Another (relatively) good-for-you brand. Find it at Whole Foods Market!

And the other good-to-haves:

Nail clippers
Ibuprofen
Hair elastics in basic black

Finally, I wanted to share this tip I was given by a savvy manager, when I was starting a new travel-heavy job: Always keep a travel toiletries kit full of doubles of things that you use all the time, and stow it away. Then when travel day comes, instead of scrambling for a 3-ounce shampoo, you can simply double-check your kit and tuck it into your carry-on.

What do you carry with you when you travel? Got any recommendations?