There’s nothing worse than your favorite face cream or makeup palette being confiscated at airport security – but there’s also nothing worse than lugging around full-size beauty products on a short weekend getaway. The answer: mini beauty buys. Not only can you pop them in your carry-on and holiday handbag to use on the go, but they also save precious packing space. And let’s not forget that they cost less than their full-size counterparts. What packing panic?
The Hair-Styling Kit
The ultimate trio for your tresses, this super chic hair kit from celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin will leave you looking like a superstar. Containing the top three hairstyling essentials (a mini dry shampoo, texturizing hair spray, and volume booster), it’s your one-stop shop to perfect holiday hair.
Ouai ‘All the Ouai Up’ Kit
The Face Wipes
Packing an entire pack of face wipes can be a pain, which is why this handy travel pack should be on your list. Not only are they enriched with organic aloe vera and lotus flower – both of which will calm and refresh your skin while on the go – but they also remove makeup and daily dirt and grime. You also won’t have to pack a cleanser now. Clever.
Rituals ‘Miracle Wipes’ Cleansing Wipes
The Mini Mascara
This mini mascara really is ‘Better Than Love’ as it’s both sweatproof and waterproof, making it perfect for a beach break. The collagen-infused formula also boosts lashes with intense volume, curl, and shine.
Too Faced ‘Better than Love Waterproof Mascara – Travel Size’
The Skincare Set
This skincare set does just exactly its name suggests – gives you goddess-worthy skin with some of Charlotte Tilbury’s best-selling skincare products in miniature form. There’s a clay mask to restore luminosity, an incredible anti-aging ‘Magic Cream’ to hydrate and nourish, and a ‘Wonderglow’ primer that can be worn alone or under makeup to give skin a gorgeous, dewy look and revive sleep-deprived complexions. We’ll be using this one after a long-haul flight.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Gift of Goddess Skin Travel Kit’
Another must for the holiday beauty bag, this travel-sized offering from NARS features a universally flattering shade of iridescent pink blush as well as a beautifully golden bronzer to go with whatever makeup mood you’re in.
NARS ‘Blush/Bronzer Duo – Travel Size’
The Face Spray
Caudalie’s cult-favorite face spray is the perfect pick-me-up for stressed, jet-lagged skin. Infused with grapes, rose, myrrh, and rosemary, it does everything from toning and moisturizing skin to giving it a boost of radiance, smoothing fine lines, and tightening pores. What’s even better is that this travel-sized spray can be kept in your bag at all times to ensure you’re just one spritz away from a fabulous face.
Caudalie ‘Beauty Elixir – Travel Size’
The Perfect Palette
Whether you want a natural nude eye or a smoky makeup look, this is the perfect palette to pack. A mini version of Urban Decay’s iconic ‘Naked Heat’ palette, it features six stunning shades to cover all your vacation needs.
Urban Decay ‘Naked Petite Heat Palette’
The Hair Mask
Carrying around a bag full of hair treatments on your travels is far from ideal, so invest in a single sachet, like this mask from Sephora. Not only does it smell like a holiday thanks to its coconut-fueled formula, but it’s also a treat for the tresses as it nourishes and repair hair fibers. Plus, it works overnight so it won’t take any precious time out of your vacay days. Bonus.
Sephora ‘Coconut Hair Sleeping Mask’
The Hand Cream
A hand cream comes in seriously handy (no pun intended) when you’re traveling, as your digits are constantly exposed to heat and harsh weather. This tiny tube is packed with organic verbena extract and tapioca powder to soothe, moisturize, and cool your sweaty palms.
L’Occitane ‘Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel’
The Portable Perfume
Byredo’s portable perfume oils are the ultimate way to smell sublime throughout your travels. Being a roll-on rather than a spray comes in handy when you want to freshen up on the plane or in public and don’t want to cover those around you in scent – although we guarantee everyone will want some once they catch a whiff.
Byredo ‘Perfumed Oil Roll-On’
Even if you’re not off to tropical shores, an SPF should always be in your case. The beauty of this one is that it’s hand-luggage friendly and sprayable, making it even easier to stay protected on the go. It’s also water-resistant and contains organic plant extracts to nourish skin in the sun.
Coola ‘Travel Size SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen Spray’