Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Traveling Light for Weekend Getaways: Part II

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(Click here for Part I - packing and plane wear).

Since I only take a carry-on, my liquids are limited to 100 mL (3.4 oz) or less, and all have to fit in one quart-sized zipped bag (the US TSA site lists the regulations for domestic and international flights originating here. I'm not sure how it differs around the world). I usually take = a ZipLock, but I might buy one of the clear, plastic TSA-compliant bags later (or put it on my holiday wishlist).

The baggie contains liquid skincare and makeup items, and basics like toothpaste and contact solution. Lipsticks and powders don't need to go in here. I skip shower products - when we stay in hotels (which is most of the time), I just use whatever shampoo and soap they offer; if we stay with friends/family, I pop into a drugstore and pick up travel-sized shampoo, conditioner and body wash that I can ditch at the end of the stay. I'm far more picky about what I use on my face.
What I pack in the baggie. Not pictured: mini toothpaste, contact solution, small bottle of cleanser, but they usually also fit.

I'm not a big fan of decanting products into little tubes and jars, for various reasons, though that is one convenient way of taking all of your favorite products with you. I actually love deluxe samples of products I already use, which are often offered up as Sephora perks, brand GWPs, or available for sale. I try to avoid samples of products that I've never used before - I don't want to deal with allergic or unfortunate reactions while traveling.

I stick to a moisturizer, serum, cleansing oil, cleanser, and sunscreen. I also sometimes bring full body sunscreen, depending on the nature of the trip...or I make S. bring it, or we just buy one at the destination. I have dry skin so I really notice if I skip serum; if that doesn't plague you, it's probably the most expendable over a temporary period.
The 4-pc Laneige trial set at Target - $10.

The Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream is my AM/PM moisturizer, and two trial-sized Laneige skincare sets are available for purchase - the 6-pc set ($29), and the 4-pc trial set ($10). The tubes in the 4-pc set are great for trialing, but also for travel. The jars in the 6-pc set are bigger, and nice for longer trips. At home, I use a hydrating Vichy serum, but I take the mini Laneige Water Bank Serum on trips.

Tatcha also does a lot of great travel sizes - I bought a mini cleansing oil for my trip to Korea, actually. MAC and Clinique (and other brands, I'm sure) also often do seasonal LE minis that I try to keep an eye out for, especially during traditional "travel" seasons like summer and the winter holidays.
Example of the makeup products and tools (aside from the liquids in the first photo that go in the liquids bag) that I take on a trip. Lipstick choices are usually one glam (Dior Trafalgar), one casual (Dior Diablotine Addict), and one "wildcard" (MAC Pleasant Patentpolish Lip Pencil*). I try to take a neutral blush that pairs well with all lipsticks, like this mini Tarte Stellar.* 

For makeup, as for outfits, it really does depend on the purpose of the trip. In general, I pare it down to 1-2 of each item, maybe 2-3 for lips. I rarely miss anything I left behind. If we're staying casual, I take a simple eye trio like my favorite Shiseido BE213; if we're attending a wedding or nice dinner, I take a more "day to night," option like Marc Jacobs The Enigma. Then it's one blush, maybe a highlighter, and brow gel, mascara, black liquid liner. For lips, I try to keep it to 2-3 lipsticks and a gloss or balm. All of the makeup and necessary brushes (pick multi-taskers that you can dust off) need to fit in a small makeup bag, so that helps add constraints, as I also nest a ziplock baggie with a toothbrush, floss, and razor into the bag. Limit yourself to your (hopefully small!) makeup bag, rather than picking products first - this is something Kar Yi suggests, as well.

Makeup summary:
- brow gel, mascara, eyeliner
- concealer (I'm going to experiment with a foundation stick soon, instead)
- 1 eyeshadow palette (that complements lipsticks - e.g., don't take a cool palette + warm lip shades, unless that's your usual thing, then go for it.)
- one blush. I bring a powder or a cream as I always use a brush with blush, no matter the formulation (hate using my fingers); space in the liquids bag is tight, so I pick powder/cream over liquid. If you use your fingers, take a cream and skip the brush.
- 2-3 lipsticks; one glam, one MLBB, maybe one wild card (see photo above)
- 1 gloss or balm, or none
- 2-3 eye brushes, blush brush, concealer brush, spoolie, eyelash curler

On the plane, I usually just wear whatever skincare base and makeup I'd wear on the daily - concealer, blush, some eye makeup, lip gloss or balm. No foundation. For shorter flights, I wear contacts; for longer or overnight ones, I wear glasses instead (but I always carry both, and an extra pair of contacts).  I don't worry too much about my face during the flight - far more tedious to fuss with masks and goop and washing hands and whatever.

Traveling is fun and I like to focus on the sights and experiences, but I also don't want to suffer for it afterward by skipping all of my usual reliable products. I do try to test anything before taking it, so I know exactly how that lipstick looks on me and what to pair it with, and I 'm not surprised with any skincare side effects.

What are your skincare/makeup travel picks? Do you go for travel sizes, or just pack everything into a checked bag? Any travel plans for the near future?