As an anti-aging obsessed beauty blogger and germaphobe, I’ve learned that it’s all about packing the things that make me comfortable and pampered- that way I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing my skincare regimen for an entire week or more, and I can feel as at home as possible while traveling.
First on my list are Clorox wipes– if you haven’t seen the UV light scene from Ibiza, watch it- followed by my own face towels and pillow cases! I don’t let housekeeping touch my pillows with those gloves they’ve cleaned everyone’s toilets with, and try to grab the bath towels off the cart myself.
Depending on whether I’m driving or flying has a huge impact on how many of my serums, creams, and toiletries I can pack, so when driving I have a whole bag just for toiletries! I cannot live without a good serum, retinol, Retin-A or tretinoin, cleanser, facial mist, body wash, conditioner, shampoo, flat iron…you get the point. While I usually apply a plethora of these in my daily routine, I have learned how to whittle it down to the bare essentials (for me).
Stay tuned for my insane daily skincare and beauty regimen- it’s ridiculous.
Hoard The Minis
I often save mini bottles and tubes of products such as Bliss lemon & sage body butter, Dr. Brandt facial cleansers, and products that come in tiny kit or sample sizes for traveling. I will also refill them if it’s easy to do so. I don’t typically rely on travel size bottles and jars you fill yourself- I just pack full-size shampoos and everything I need for a shower and check my bag instead, unless I know the chain carries high end products like Peter a Thomas Roth or Bliss.
I Got This In The Bag In The Bag
If I’m going on a plane it all goes into a men’s toiletry bag…you know that’s a lie and the rest spills over into the vinyl pocket of my checked bag.
Clothing and Cosmetics…because your face is an extension of your outfit!
I pack wardrobe essentials and classics when traveling, and plan my trendy fashion outfits beforehand, this way I can just put timeless outfits together with ease, and know exactly what I’m wearing to make a statement. Packing “options” just adds to bulk in your bag. For example, when I went to New York, I knew I wanted to rock the seventies trend, so I packed my bell-bottoms and platforms and planned that whole look. I confess, I shop that way too- I had unworn Cavalli shirts I saved for years until the 70’s trend came around! I toted a leather jacket and pants, black sweaters, an on-trend turtle neck, and boots as I knew it would be cold- if rain is forecasted I pack a trench coat in addition to my jacket.
Foresight is the Best Insight
Knowing what I will be wearing helps me pack the right makeup and cosmetics to compliment my looks. I knew I’d be following the 70’s go to earthy nudes with a touch of gilded shimmer, that I might want to have my Urban Decay liner and shadow for my edgy leather look…and which foundation and concealer would best brave the chill and elements.
Depot The Lot
I recently purchased the Tarte Mermaid Treasures Custom Magnetic Palette, and found depotting and consolidating my everyday makeup products into a palette helped to declutter my bag and make my routine easier. I placed my Smashbox powder foundation, Urban Decay eyeshadows, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, setting powder, and highlight in it, and it certainly simplified both traveling and carrying my makeup daily.
What Made The Cut?
Which products did I pack this time?
What toiletries and skincare do I pack when traveling? Not enough is a normal person’s too much. This is a fraction of my daily routine!
— Subversive Style Blog: Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle (@SubversiveBlog) June 12, 2018
Left to right: Lifecell All-In-One Anti-aging; Bio Oil; Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial bubbling mask, D.N.A. Transforming Pearl Serum, Glow invigorating retinol eye cream; Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum; Glymedplus Retinol Restart Rejuvination serum; Clinique All About Eyes Rich (freaking favorite!); Garnier Soothing Facial Mist (replaces my expensive empties); Derma Swiss Nanophere Plus Stem Cell Moisturizer; Neutrogena Hydro Boost exfoliating cleanser; Tretinoin .1%; Vanicream Lite Lotion, Anti-perspirant, and Gentle Facial Cleanser; and Philosophy Candy Cane which is a peppermint body wash/shampoo/bubble bath that I’ve been using since the winter holidays, and since replaced with white pear- a gorgeous glittery fresh one for spring & summer.