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What's In My Travel Make Up Bag

Do you wonder which cosmetic products are worth packing for a trip? When I'm on the go, these are the essentials I always carry with me. Everything skincare-related is a big passion of mine. So I don’t slack (too much) on my routine even while traveling.

Here's a list of products you'll find in my suitcase for traveling. While this isn’t a list of every product I love, it consists of the affordable basics I use on a daily basis when traveling. I like everyday items that will fit easily into my travel bag. I rarely travel with palettes or luxury products. I tend to stick to the essentials and not overpack.

These are my favorite products that I always remember to pack on every trip. They'll make you look and feel great when you're on the road. I've included hyperlinks to the products and some of my tips and tricks for using them. (There are no affiliate links; it's just for your ease of reference.)

The Best Products for Your Travel Make Up Bag

1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser $21

This is a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin. You should always wash your face morning and night, especially when traveling.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream $24.99

You don't want to skimp on a skin quenching moisturizer when you travel. You still need to nourish and protect your skin. Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is a lightweight moisturizer. It's easily absorbed, works for a variety of skin types, and doesn’t break the bank.

It’s a pretty good dupe for the more expensive Belif’s “Aqua Bomb” moisturizer ($38), which I also love.

3. Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Balm $38

Neutropenia Hydro Boost and the Aqua Bomb are lovely products. But if you're traveling in the winter or to a cold dry climate, you'll need a heavier moisturizer. Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Balm fills the bill.

4. It Cosmetics CC+ cream $39.50

This is a fresh and glowy BB cream perfect for any occasion. It can be used to achieve a light to full coverage look, as it is very buildable. It also has SPF 50 to protect your face from ultra violet rays.

5. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.49

An inexpensive and medium coverage concealer. The “fit me” line has 12 shades of concealer to choose from.

6. Real Techniques Beauty Sponge $5.99

They also have this Everyday Essentials pack that includes the sponge and four brushes. I use this sponge to apply my foundation and concealer. It's much cheaper than the original Beauty Blender brand’s version ($20). 

7. Milani Baked Blush $9.49

These blushes give a beautiful glowy flush to the face. My favorite shade is “luminoso.”

8. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $15.99

My favorite bronzer to toss in my travel bag. It's consistency is so smooth.

9. Wet 'n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder $5.99

This is a blinding (shiny) highlight on a budget. My favorite shade is “precious petals.”

10. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara $9.99

This is my personal favorite of the many drugstore mascaras out there. It has a great lengthening effect that holds all day.

11. Morphe Continuous Setting Mist $16

I spray this at the end of applying my makeup to set it all in place. It’s cheaper than Urban Decay “All Nighter,” but has a similar effect and a superior spray mechanism.

12. NYX Butter Gloss $5

This is, hands down, the best drugstore lip gloss! The shades “Creme Brulee” and “Fortune Cookie” are my absolute favorite. But there are 23 shades to choose from.

13. Benefit Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Stain $18

Lip stains are also great for travel. The color lasts longer than lip gloss and doesn't budge. This rose colored lip stain is great for travel, because it can double as a cheek stain as well.

14. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes $6.99

A beauty staple, these Neutrogena wipes are a great makeup remover. I especially love the “night calming” version of these in the purple packaging ($8.99).

15. Ulta Rose Quartz Facial Roller $20

This tool is great, it soothes and calms the muscles in your face. Its small size is perfect for putting in your travel bag and using after a long flight. Tip: it’s best when refrigerated before use.

16. Sheet Masks: prices vary

There are many great, inexpensive options for sheet masks. A few of mine are this egg cream hydration mask and this avocado sheet mask.

17. Burt's Bees Salve

It doesn't hurt to throw in a small tub of salve. You can use this on your feet, which have likely walked miles. As a last resort, you can alway use it on the ends of your hair, if you run out of conditioner.

18. Tarte SEA Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches, $22

I use these undereye patches for overnight flights to Europe. I just plop them on before I go to sleep and take them off in the morning. You place the patch onto the under eye area along the orbital bone. My eyes seem much less puffy using this procedure.

19. Travel Bag

I use this pack it all organizer from Sephora on all my trips. It holds all my makeup and skincare must haves.

This was a guest post by my daughter Gillian Livingston, a traveler who knows way more about this topic than I ever will! If you need to organize your travel make up bag, pin it for later.

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