My travel beauty essentials

My travel beauty essentials

Now that I travel exclusively carry-on only (whether it’s for a weekend or 10 days), I’m pretty picky about what beauty products I bring with me.

Christine Amorose travel beauty essentials

When I go to the beach or to the mountains, I have a tendency to leave all of my little luxuries behind: no makeup, no jewelry. However, no matter where I go, there are a few skin and beauty products that always make the cut–often because they’re multi-functional, but always because they’re necessary. If you want to know all of the beauty products I swear by, check out my Kabinet. It’s a super cool platform that helps you find the best skin, hair and body care products through trusted recommendations by real people. It’s invite-only, but you can get access via my link  🙂

Here’s just a peek at my travel beauty essentials:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

I discovered this product at an Elizabeth Arden blogger event in New York City a few months ago, and it has quickly become a staple of my travel kit. It’s one of those products that heals EVERYTHING. I’ve used it for chapped lips, dry skin, ingrown hairs, burns. You just need a dab to do the job! Key if you’re heading somewhere much colder (life-saver for skin blasted by the chill in Montreal) or much hotter (key for sunburns in the Dominican Republic).

Nivea Lip Butter

Obsessed with these Nivea tins of lip butter: I always have one in my purse or jacket pocket. One of my pet peeves on vacation is chapped lips, so I always triple-check to make sure one of these is with me before leaving the house. Bonus: the vanilla and macadamia kiss smells just like a beach vacation!

Living Proof Hair Products

Confession: I only started using Living Proof products because Jennifer Aniston is a representative, and I am Team Rachel FOR LIFE. However, I’ve been using the Restore shampoo and conditioner for a while now and I’m completely sold. My hair is super damaged from heat styling, and that’s only exacerbated by salt water, chlorine and sunshine on vacation. Living Proof products keep my hair soft and manageable: extra important when I’m traveling because I don’t bring my straightener or wand.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I like to keep my hair pretty low-key when I travel, since hotel hair-dryers generally stink and I don’t like carrying heavy tools in my carry-on. Dry shampoo is an absolute life-saver on this point since it lets me stretch a few days without washing my hair–and my hair still looks good in photos! Batiste is the BEST, hands down.

Tea Tree Oil

The all-natural remedy for everything. Tea tree oil is native to Australia, but it’s pretty easy to find in most health food stores or The Body Shop. I always kept some in my pack when I was staying in hostels, because it’s great at clearing up athlete’s foot (joys of communal showers!). It can also act as an antiseptic on cuts and burns in a pinch, and smelling it can help clear up chest congestion.

Yes to Grapefruit cleansing wipes

I hate dealing with the liquid rules when I’m flying, so I always toss a pack of facial towelettes in my bag. I’ve tried a bunch of the Yes To variations and love them all, but my favorite is the Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes. I love citrus scents in bath products, and this one is particularly refreshing. These sorts of wipes are great for removing makeup and cleaning your face at the end of the day; this particular one helps with skin discoloration and preventing acne.

Origins Modern Friction Scrub

I tend to break out when I travel, especially when I’m at the beach. As much as the sun and salt water helps to dry out extra oil, I’m also constantly sweating and putting on sunscreen. I find it helpful to exfoliate at least once a day to prevent my skin clogging. My favorite is Origins Modern Friction: it cleans thoroughly but gently.

The things you never miss until they’re gone

Floss–one, because I always end up getting something annoyingly stuck in my teeth when I forget it, and two, flossing is more important for keeping your teeth clean and white than brushing. Hair ties and bobby pins and tampons, because there is not a CVS on every corner in Thailand or the Dominican Republic. A shower cap because I don’t like washing my hair every day (see the notes on dry shampoo!) but I can’t wake up without a hot shower.

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  • I love Batiste Dry Shampoo, it is such a lifesaver! Have not heard of Living Proof hair products before, but you’ve intrigued me, will definitely be having a look in them.

  • suzyguese

    Love these ideas Christine. I have got to get into dry shampoo when I travel!

  • Such a great list! I’m such a big fan of the Yes to products. So good for your skin.

  • LOVE posts like this! Making a note of all of your recommendations and heading over to my Kabinet to see what it’s about. 🙂

  • Isabel

    Hey Christine! I signed up for Kabinet but cannot view your personalized Kabinet, it just takes me to the main page.

  • Jackie D

    LOVE Batiste, Nivea, and the Yes-to series. Also recently just discovered Argan Oil, which cures pretty much everything but a headache. Also that little bag is cute!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    I’ve been wanting to try out Elizabeth Arden products out for awhile now! I definitely need to try out that cream. I’m also a huge fan of tea tree oil. Lush actually offers a wonderful toner called Tea tree water. It’s so refreshing on the skin and gets all the dirt and grime off. It’s very healing for problematic skin as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • camorose

    I LOVE LIVING PROOF! Seriously amazing for damaged hair.

  • camorose

    It’s the BEST! I can usually sneak it in carry-on on JFK 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! I want to try more of their products actually. Are there any that you love?

  • camorose

    Hooray! So glad to hear that!

  • camorose

    Oh no! Here’s my page: http://kabinet.me/cestchristine

  • camorose

    Oh I’m going to an event with Argan oil next week–I can’t wait to learn more about it! I’ve been seeing it all over magazines lately!

  • camorose

    The eight hour cream is AMAZING! Definitely want to check out that tea tree oil, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Definitely! Their pampering shampoo and conditioners are incredible. I love the carrot one. My hair is all sorts of crazy so their anti-frizz serum doesn’t leave it oily.

  • I’ve been wanting to try out dry shampoo. I’m going to have to look into Batiste! I bring tea tree oil everywhere, that stuff is great!

  • camorose

    Batiste is my FAVORITE without a doubt–and I’ve tried a bunch!

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