These MVPs make taking your routine on the road easy.
As a frequent user of planes, trains, and automobiles, I have developed and refined my fair share of strategies for packing cosmetics and toiletries in a way that doesn’t upset our nation’s TSA agents, take up an unnecessary amount of space, and/or decreases the chances of leakage or making a general mess.
Pulling out a wet Ziploc bag of jumbled bottles is a great way to put a damper on your vacation.
My recipe for success comes in three parts: avoid liquids as much as possible, bring multi-tasking products, and think small. With those qualities in mind, I present to you five items that will make your next business trip, tropical getaway, camping trip, spirit quest, or any other voyage you have in mind slightly easier and dryer.
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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick
Buy It: $25; sephora.com
Regardless of your feelings about R&B superstar Rihanna, the woman has created one of the most complete shade ranges of makeup on the market, which means you might just discover that foundation or concealer that is your skin but better—the holy grail. Ri Ri’s Match Stix combine the two into a solid, easily-portable stick. Since it’s not in a breakable glass bottle or a tube, you’ll get the most product for your paper.
Glossier Cloud Paint Blush
Buy It: $30 for 2; glossier.com
With packaging inspired by oil paint tubes, these blushes come in pink, peach, and bronze shades that are meant to be applied with fingers. Although they’re small enough to easily go through TSA or keep in your pocket, you only need a drop or two for a noticeable flush.
Le Labo Fragrance Samples
Buy It: $6 for .05 fl oz.; lelabofragrances.com
Whether you have champagne taste on a champagne of beers budget or you can’t commit to one scent, Le Labo’s cult-followed scents come in travel-friendly vials that can fit in any makeup bag or tote bag. These perfumes pack a punch so a single sample can last a while.
French Girl Facial Polish
Buy It: $22 for 2 oz.; madewell.com
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you want to take a break from exfoliation. Just pour a few tablespoons of these polishing grains in a non-breakable container (No judgment if it’s Gladware.), and you’ll be able to rub away rough skin quickly whether you’re in a resort shower or standing in front of a public restroom sink. With fresh-smelling rose and impurity-clearing white clay, this is the fastest way to refresh a dull or tired-looking face.
MILK MAKEUP Matcha Cleanser
Buy It: $26 for 1 oz.; sephora.com
Plot twist: your face wash can come in solid form. This stick that deep cleans without drying out your skin makes more space in your quart-size bag for non-negotiable liquids and eliminates surprise leaks in your suitcase. For a drugstore alternative or devoted fans of their apricot scrub, try St. Ive’s new Cleansing Sticks.