2016 Travel Beauty Bag Essentials

2016 Travel Beauty Bag Essentials

By Jennifer Degtjarewsky

Be a travel beauty virtuoso with 2016’s best make-up and skincare essentials in your getaway bag. These multi-tasking beauty products work hard so you don’t have to, with lasting benefits that keep skin looking polished through even the most demanding travel schedules. Start your next vacation, business trip or weekend getaway with a fresh outlook, you don’t need to fret over what cosmetics to pack, we’ve done the legwork for you.

What you put in your 2016 travel beauty bag matters.

Skincare - 2016 Travel Beauty Bag Essentials
It all starts with skincare, the foundation that clears the way for a smooth and healthy canvas that’s ready to make the most of a minimalist, travel make-up routine.

STEP ONE: Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser comes in a mess-free, easy-to-transport tube, and you’ll love the way this luxurious, daily cleanser feels. Perfect for all skin types, this soap-free, creamy cleanser works quickly to dissolve dirt and make-up, leaving skin soft, balanced and hydrated. Expect zero break-outs with this in your travel beauty arsenal. Use morning and evening, or whenever desired in between.

STEP TWO: Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating & Resurfacing Wipes deliver a high-power exfoliation treatment in seconds. Swipe the wipe over clean skin to shrink pores, remove dead skin and prep complexion to receive the full benefits of your moisturizer. Loaded with glycolic acid, you’ll get all the pros of a powerful exfoliation without the redness or irritation commonly associated with resurfacing scrubs. Can be used nightly or a few times a week, depending on your skin type. It even comes in a soft-sided, travel-savvy container.

STEP THREE: Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet comes in a tube rather than a jar, making it easy to pack and quick to apply in the back of a taxi or even in your airplane seat. Deeply hydrates all skin types without feeling heavy or greasy and the non-comedogenic formula won’t ever clog your pores. Infused with grape seed polyphenols, next-gen peptides and natural chamomile to reduce redness, this moisturizer instantly stimulates circulation and softens skin for a radiant and healthy glow.

What It Costs:
– Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser | Price: $26.00
– Anthony Glycolic Exfoliating & Resurfacing Wipes | Price: $18.00
– Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet | Price: $39.00
Face - 2016 Travel Beauty Bag Essentials

Next, conceal imperfections, prime to even out skin tone and protect your complexion with a multi-tasking sunscreen.

STEP ONE: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer stays put till you take it off, keeping even the most sleepy eyes looking bright on those long travel days. This non-irritating serum concealer can be put all the way to the lash line without repercussions for sensitive eyes. The serum base targets puffiness and dark circles, leaving skin lifted and smooth. With 15 shades to choose from, finding your better-than-natural color match is easy to do. It also works great to cover any redness around the nose, to mask a blemish and even fill in the odd enlarged pore. Easy to blend, delivering a natural look, this little wonder will quickly become your travel beauty secret weapon.

STEP TWO:  Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm primes skin to perfection with weightless coverage that gives the added benefit of SPF 20 protection. Simple to apply and easy to build to your desired level of coverage, this do-it-all balm instantly leaves skin looking lifted and even with pores and wrinkles masked and diffused. Over 8 weeks time, more benefits are seen with a visibly lifted, smooth and hydrated complexion. Can be used alone or under foundation. For travel, it performs great all by itself.

What It Costs:
– Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer | Price: $40.00
– Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm (SPF 20) | Price: $34.00

Usually the first place dehydration surfaces during travel, you can keep chapped lips at bay and give yourself a gorgeous pout in seconds.

STEP ONE: A favorite from Japan, Yu-Be Lip Balm delivers soft, hydrated lips for five bucks a tube. The all-natural formula is loaded with coconut oil, and other beneficial ingredients that deeply moisturize, creating a smooth surface for your lip color. Use it morning and evening with your regular skincare routine for chap-free lips, and as often as desired throughout the day.

STEP TWO: Dior Addict Lipstick comes in 38 shades that will dazzle upon first application. But what makes it outstanding for travel beauty is the hydra-gel core that combines beautiful, glossy color with oil-based conditioning properties for healthy lips. Smile (#553) is a universal shade that adds a soft, glittering pink hue to lips that does not look overly made-up, but leaves you looking polished and put-together with a few quick swipes across your lips.

What It Costs:
– Yu-Be Lip Balm | Price: $5.00
– Dior Addict Lipstick in Smile | Price: $35.00


Too much eye make-up gets in the way when you travel, and often ends up further irritating sensitive eyes in the cabins of planes, trains or automobiles. Par down with basic, natural-looking products and see your way clear as you travel.

STEP ONE: Benefit Cosmetics Tinted Lash Primer is already a 2016 superstar having sold out on Sephora.com only days after it was introduced. Can be used alone or under mascara for more drama, but why would you? The mink-brown tinted primer works beautifully alone, defining, separating and lengthening lashes for a better-than-natural look, perfect for busy travel days. The gel formula is also water resistant and B5 vitamins condition to promote lash growth. Try it once, it might just replace your favorite daily mascara.

STEP TWO: New eye shadow palettes are always being introduced, but none seem to capture natural-looking beauty quite like the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette does. With six long-lasting, earth-toned colors to play with, creating a look that is uniquely yours for travel is easy. One method to try: Sweep a little Frisk on the eyelid, add some Primal to the crease and finish off by sweeping Stark all the way to the brow bone. For more definition, lightly line the lashes with Undone. Safe for even the most sensitive eyes, this shadow won’t creep or smudge if you nap on the plane.

What It Costs:
– Benefit Cosmetics Tinted Lash Primer | Price: $24.00
– Urban Decay Naked2 Basics | Price: $29.00


Decision time, do you want to bring blush or bronzer? No need to choose, pack both in your travel beauty bag, you’ll be glad you did.

STEP ONE & TWO: Nars Mini Blush Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna has everything you need to get glowing. Place a pop of Orgasm blush onto the apples of your cheeks. Follow with a light dusting of all-season Laguna bronzing powder across cheekbones, bridge of nose, jawline and forehead. This long-wearing, travel sized duo lasts all day and is a convenient way to up your travel beauty game. Remember, a bit of bronzer is your best friend when it comes to perking up a travel-weary complexion, and Nars Laguna powder is a universal shade that is simple to apply.

What It Costs:
– Nars Mini Blush Bronzer Duo (Orgasm & Laguna) | Price: $24.00


Applying moisturizer and sunscreen does not have to be a big production when you travel. A conditioning body mousse can be applied quickly after a shower, giving the same glowing effect as a body oil. Similarly, choosing a spray-on sunscreen is always the smart choice because of its portability and apply-anywhere, ease of use.

STEP ONE: Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil packs easy and can be applied quickly with lasting results. This lightweight body mousse is infused with egg yolk extract and essential oils that changes from a fluffy mousse to healing oil upon contact with your skin. Simply dispenses into palm and sweep over bare skin. Glow all day with very little effort.

STEP TWO: Sunscreen is a necessary travel beauty essential, no matter the destination. One of the best, spray-on beauty products is Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30. Sold in both travel and full size bottles, the highly portable container goes from purse to beauty bag with ease. The clear, unscented formula is 70 percent organic and is infused with anti-aging antioxidants for healthy skin now and in the future. The formula is water resistant up to 40 minutes and has you covered for up to 80 minutes when moving about in the sun. To apply, simply spray on exposed skin prior to sun exposure.

What It Costs:
– Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Body Oil | Price: $25.00
– Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 | Price: $20.00 – $36.00


Hair & Nails
Healthy hair is simply easier to style, it stands up better to the demands of travel and does not need to take hours to coif. The right products are key, especially for color-treated strands.

STEP ONE: The Tangle Teezer may just be the best travel beauty brush out there. Made without a bulky brush handle, the award-winning, ergonomic brush paddle fits perfectly into the palm of your hand to detangle wet or dry hair without pulling or breakage. The secret is the uniquely designed teeth that flex and bend through tangled hair. Cuts comb-out time in half after a shower, and refreshes dry, styled hair in seconds.

STEP TWO: Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair RX Shampoo and Conditioner is the gateway to beautiful hair, no matter the humidity level or climate. From humid Peruvian jungles to arid Jackson Hole ski slopes, your hair is moisture balanced, bouncy and loaded with shine after your first application. The outlook only gets better with frequent use as existing damage is visibly transformed by microscopic strand-building proteins and vital antioxidants. Future damage is quashed by up to 95 percent with continued use. The sulfate-free formula is suitable for fine hair, course hair, color-treated hair and everything in between, as each strand only absorbs what’s missing, leaving behind the travel-friendly, quick-style hair you always wanted.

STEP THREE: A few strokes across each nail with Butter London Nail Foundation will have natural nails looking neat and healthy in only a few minutes time. It takes just one coat and fully dries in seconds.  The nail primer protects nails for several days as you grab, bump and thump your way through crowded travel centers. Chips hardly show, which is another reason to leave bold nail lacquers at home. Throw a little nail remover in your travel beauty bag and nail growth can be quickly covered with a fresh application on the fly.

What It Costs:
– Tangle Teezer | Price: $15.00
– Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair RX Shampoo and Conditioner | Price: $32.00 each
– Butter London Nail Foundation | Price: $19.00

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