Now that the end of the year is fast approaching, you’ll most likely be missing the warm days of summer, which means last-minute trips will be planned. And whether you’re jetting off to Europe, chilling on the beach in Tulum or heading off to a weekend away at the cottage, we can all agree that one of the hardest parts of packing for any trip is compiling your beauty and skincare products.
Streamlining your beauty and skincare routine to the bare essentials can not only be overwhelming but it can also take hours if you’re not prepared. To help prepare you for those last few weekends away, we’ve compiled the best travel-sized beauty, skin care, and hair products, that won’t hold up the security line. All you need to do is decide which cosmetic case to pack them in.
The recycled cabin air you’re exposed to during a flight has about half the humidity level that your skin is used to, which can leave you with dry and dull skin, not to mention breakouts. To counteract this, we recommend using Summer Friday’s hydrating Jet Lag Mask that can be applied while en route so you can land with glowing and hydrating skin.
If you’re looking for a multi-tasking product that’s capable of taming frizz and boosting shine, all while making your hair more manageable, Moroccanoil’s argan oil treatment is exactly what you want in your bag while on a vacation. With this mini carry-on approved bottle, you can enjoy the benefits of Moroccanoil, without the full-size bottle weighing your suitcase down.
NARS’ cult-classic duo (Orgasm and Laguna) is available in a travel-size compact, making it a must-have item for those wanting to create a natural-looking sunkissed glow post-beach.
Caudalie’s cult-favourite Beauty Elixir is another multi-purpose product that works as a toning mist that helps tighten pores, set makeup, and also provide an instant boost of radiance to tired skin.
If you have yet to try Glossier’s cult-favourite milk jelly cleanser, you can test it out guilt-free now that it’s available in a carry-on friendly size. Made with a blend of five skin conditioners, this cleanser will leave your face feeling healthy and soft, which is everything you could ask for while you’re on vacation.
You can get texture, volume, and beach-inspired waves with this perfect travel trio, which contains all your Ouai favourites, including the brand’s popular Dry Texture Foam, Volume Spray, and Wave Spray.
Every holiday needs a little pick-me-up and what could be better than this volumizing dry shampoo that will extend your first-day blowout well into your trip. We’re currently loving this dry shampoo from L’Oréal because it absorbs oil at the roots and provides an instant boost of volume that will last up to 24-hours.
You can tone on-the-go with this pint-sized toner that’s infused with real rose petals and hyaluronic acid which help minimize pores and deeply hydrate the skin for up to six hours—and after spending an afternoon in the sun, that’s exactly what you’re skin will need.
Another multi-use product that we can’t get enough of is Ilia’s Cucumber Water Stick that can be applied after cleansing to create a smooth base for makeup or as a mid-day pick-me-up. Made with a cooling mix of cucumber pulp, aloe extract, and anti-inflammatory chicory root, think of this as a cooling toner that instantly refreshes and soothes the skin.
Whether you’re looking to create a more natural eye or you’re ready to hit the town, this travel-sized Naked palette has just the right amount of colours to achieve whatever look you’re going for.
You won’t risk getting your favourite perfume tossed at security or smashed in your suitcase when you pack a delicious scent that fits right in your purse. This nostalgic scent will instantly remind you of a day spent at the beach, thanks to its intoxicating blend of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin. Not to mention the rollerball allows you to apply this scent any time you need a pick-me-up.
You can stay bronzed wherever your travels take you thanks to this two-piece self-tanning set. Complete with St. Tropez’s signature bronzing mousse and sheet mask, you’ll be transported to paradise and get an island tan to match in as little as an hour thanks to this express self-tanning kit.
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