The 10 Products I Just Can't Leave Behind, Even on a Short Trip

I can't quite grasp the meaning of "travel light" when it comes to beauty.

As someone who has a pretty extensive beauty routine, packing for vacation fills me with dread. I’m what I like to call an “Apocalypse” packer; brain filled with “what if?” scenarios that almost always lead to overpacking.

I went on a trip to see my youngest sister graduate and since I’d only be gone four days, I somehow managed to narrow down my beauty arsenal to travel-friendly essentials only.


Davines This is an Invisible Serum

Since I stayed with my sister and her mom, I didn't have to bog myself down with a bunch of hair products (I used their shampoo, conditioner, etc.). I just packed this serum to keep my curls looking fresh and frizz-free and finger-combed my short hair while there.


Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser is my favorite for traveling because it cuts through my makeup so well that I don’t have to pack my makeup remover as well. It’s gentle yet effective, and I don’t have to use very much to get the job done.

Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil

I rotate out a lot of different moisturizing products but I always come back to this oil because I can use it day and night. My face stays properly moisturized without getting too greasy.

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

I’m still trying to find my HG face sunscreen, but this is definitely a contender. I’ve been using it every day for the last two months, and I like that it doesn’t break me out or feel heavy and absorbs quickly into the skin.


Mixed Chicks In the Mix Quick Stick

I packed this travel-friendly dual stick in my carry-on. As I mentioned in my recent review, it has buildable coverage, so it's a great everyday foundation for the duration of a trip.

Colour Pop Blush in Between the Sheets

Colour Pop blush is great because it applies smoothly and easily and stays put all day without touch-ups (ideal for the California heat I was in). This shade is my absolute favorite because it’s a soft nude-pink and works well with so many different looks.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara (not pictured)

I’ve tried a lot of different mascaras, but I love this one the most. It gives me length and volume with a nice inky black tint. I go through tubes of this like it’s my job (which is why I don’t have one to take a picture of here).

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading the comments around here lately, then you already know that I love these lipsticks. The formula feels like a lip balm and can be worn sheer or built up to a fuller coverage. OK, so I took three with me (Ladyflower, Rapture, and Streak) to make sure I had my bases covered.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

I bought this in February and I've fallen in love with it. Although it's not as crease-proof as my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, it provides good coverage and blends in so well.

Customized Eyeshadow Palette

I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes, but my own custom-built palette is perfect for me because it has all the colors I need to create any look I could want to while I’m on vacation. I can even use the black or dark brown shadows for liner.

What can’t you live without when you’re traveling? Any other Apocalypse packers out there?