The number one thing on my To Do list this spring is travel, and I feel like I'm spending every weekend somewhere different. With Florida a few weeks ago, Charleston this past weekend, DC in two weeks, and Atlantic City after that, it's safe to say I'm working hard on improving my packing skills, especially when it comes to cutting back on products. Since I've been trying to only bring carry-ons for my flights, finding beauty products I love in travel-friendly sizes has been a high priority for me, and I've found a few new favorites in the process. Read on to see what I packed for Charleston this weekend, and whether or not my choices were good enough to make it into my DC makeup bag in a few weeks' time.
This travel size R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo is a life-saver! Especially given the way the humidity in Charleston was messing with my hair. I had it in my bag at all times and to spritz when needed, and it kept me photo-ready for the whole trip. Plus, it smells fab, so it doubled as my perfume.
TBH, this was my first time traveling with this Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment and I can't lie, I wasn't obsessed. It didn't do a bad job, especially given how hot and humid it was, but it didn't exactly blow me away either, so I most likely won't be packing it again.
The Salt By Hendrix Eye Babe Eye Treatment Oil is really and truly the only under eye product I swear by. I couldn't be without this baby even for a few days, so I made sure to bring it. I'm pretty generous when it comes to sharing my products while traveling, but when it comes to my ride-or-die oils, I'm definitely more protective. Sorry not sorry.
I received the Talika Vegetal Gold Mask in the mail just minutes before heading out to catch my flight, and impulsively put it in my bag thinking it would be a fun product to use during our bachelorette party downtime. After all, what's more selfie-perfect than a gold face mask? My friends loved the look, and I really loved how soft and plump my skin looked after wearing this.
I love, love, love the Fourth Ray Beauty Rose Gold Face Massager! Like, enough to repeatedly correct people who think it's a vibrator, LOL. This baby is super cheap, and the vibrating, disco-esque roller balls help me drain lymph, define my jawline and cheekbones, and de-puff for the day. I use it after applying my oils to help them really penetrate the skin.
Just like the Talika mask, the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré was a last-minute addition to my travel bag. Thank goodness I packed it, because my post-sunburn peel was major! This stuff was a dream for coating my face on the plane, but I ended up using it post-shower from head to toe for additional moisture. A new fave, for sure.
Like I said, I'm very particular about my oils! If you want to know why I love Mara face oils, read my review for Elite Daily, complete with some majorly impressive Before & After photos, if I do say so myself. I use the Mara Algae Retinol Face Oil every night as my last skincare step before bed, and in the morning, the Mara Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil is all I need to get my skin ready for the day pre-makeup.
This was my second trip using this travel size Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and I'm definitely picking up a full size version the second I finish up my current cleanser at home. It smells so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean — but not that too-tight, dry clean, if you know what I mean.
Whenever I visit the Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, they always use the most gorgeous products from Davines. A friend recommended me the Davines Oi Shampoo when I mentioned my hair was looking a little damaged, and I immediately got my hands on it and threw it in my carry-on. Combined with the Ouai mask, my hair felt totally rejuvenated.
This was actually my first time trying the Ouai Treatment Masque, despite hearing tons of praise from my friends for so long. I use a lot of Ouai's styling products, but it wasn't until I got a travel-friendly size of the mask that I could finally give it a go, and I was really pleased. My hair was not living its best life in Charleston, due to the late nights out and tons of humidity, but using this as a conditioner really brought it back to life.
After my aggressive sunburn in Florida, I. wanted to make sure my skin would feel cared for and nourished while traveling down south. I fell in love with the Mustela Nourishing Cleansing Gel with Cold Cream at first use — it's made for babies, so of course, it's gentle yet effective. I had to repackage it into this striped travel size bottle for my carry-on, but you best believe the full size version has earned a spot of honor in my shower at home.
Do you guys have any travel-friendly products you swear by? Let me know so I can pack them for my upcoming weekend getaways!