What's In Your Travel Makeup Bag?

Well, it's December (how did that happen?) which means the office is about to clear out for a few weeks, and holiday travel is in full gear. When it comes to travel, multitasking beauty products are golden. One of the easiest ways to save precious carry-on space is to combine skincare and makeup in one, like with an SPF/foundation combo (yes, you absolutely still need to wear sunscreen in the winter), or an anti-aging eye-treatment/primer combo (Urban Decay makes a great one).  Palettes are also your friend. Pick one, and you'll have everything you need in one place. Then ditch all the other loose items floating around in the bottom of your makeup bag. I'm still crushing on my Tartelette in Bloom eyeshadow palette (more on that here).


And don't forget about skincare! I tend to hoard beauty samples like it's my job (please tell me other people do this too), which comes in super handy when it's time to travel. A lot of my samples come from subscription boxes, like Birchbox, but I also get ridiculously excited when I'm able to buy my favorite products in travel-friendly sizing. Yes, intentionally buying products in small sizes isn't always the most economical route, but if it means I can carry my skincare on a plane without pouring it into leaky, contaminated bottles, I'm a fan.


Paula's Choice is generally my go-to when it comes to travel skincare. I love how you can buy just about any product in a one-time foil packet. The packets generally go for 50-80 cents each, so it's not horrible. And they're just so freaking easy to pack. It makes fitting everything into a quart-sized carry-on a breeze. I generally buy a few every time I place an order for my full-sized products, just to make sure I always have some on hand. My current favorites are the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant and the Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner.

If you have holiday travel coming up, enjoy! And be sure to share any tips you have for travel-friendly beauty products in the comments below.

This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own. I would never suggest a product that I wouldn't want to buy myself :)