I’ve been home from my most recent round of travels for a few days and I’m already packing to leave town again. This time I’m going home for the holidays; Christmas is something I look forward to all year, but Dan has to come back to Albany before the actual holiday and that sucks.
Anyway, since I’m packing again, I thought we should talk about my travel skin and hair care.
You know I’m not using hotel/parental products. I love my mom but she’s not nearly as bougie as I am about my hair and skin. Homegirl is still using Neutrogena face wash.
I don’t bring a ton of hair stuff when I travel, but there are a couple of products.
Shampoo/Conditioner – I’m planning to be pretty lazy while I’m home, so I’m only bringing DevaCurl No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser. My hair and scalp get pretty dry and weird in the winter, especially when it’s cold and snowy like it’s supposed to be while I’m home so I won’t want to wash and condition like normal.
Styling – If I’m feeling really ambitious, I’ll slap some Living Proof PHD Styling Treatment in my hair and blow dry. Not pictured – my ridiculous hair dryer. Yeah, it’s pretty serious, but it also cuts my drying time severely and gives my fine ass hair a little volume. Bonus: it dries and styles in one step so it’s less damaging. Score!
Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows that skin care is my jam. I love it, and I’m always trying new stuff. So I’m taking some new stuff home with me, along with some stuff I know I like.
I like sticks. It’s particularly helpful when I can find beauty products in stick form because they’re easy to travel with and aren’t subject to the dreaded TSA liquids rule. For the last month or so I’ve been using the St. Ives Matcha Green Tea & Ginger Cleansing Stick and… I don’t know how I feel about it. It smells really good. It’s convenient. It’s relatively cheap. It seems to be lasting a long time. I’m just not sure how much my skin likes it. I’ve had some zits, my skin feels a bit dull, but I’m not sure if it’s because of stress or travel or what. While I was in Ft. Lauderdale my sister-in-law used it and it made her skin really red and irritated looking, and we have similar skin types, so maybe it’s not the best for my face. Also, there’s coconut oil in it, so it takes an extra minute to rinse it off.
You know what else isn’t subject to liquid rules? Cleansing balms! I love cleansing balms in general, but Clinique Take the Day Off is a classic and if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it. I tend to wear long-wearing makeup and waterproof mascara, and this stuff takes it off without any issue. No scrubbing, no tugging; it’s the balm.
You know I’m an oily bitch, and my moisturizers vary based on where I’m going and what I’m doing. Since I’ll be in winter, I need some moisture.
Smashbox Photofinish Primerizer – for days I’m wearing base makeup. It gives me just enough moisture to feel like my skin is hydrated, but it’s not so heavy that makeup slides off my face.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Cream – for when I’m going barefaced. Lovely, light moisturizer but isn’t a light as the Primerizer. I really like this brand, and this stuff feels really luxe and smells awesome.
Baby Bright Aloe Vera & Fresh Collagen Eye Roller Serum – I picked this up from Hush last year, but alas, it doesn’t look like they carry it anymore. It’s a huge bummer because I LOVE this thing. It’s so cooling and feels so good when I roll it under my eyes. I have no idea whether or not it’s actually doing anything, but it just feels. So. Damn. Good.
Coola Classic Sport Face SPF50 White Tea – I got this in… Boxycharm? FabFitFun?… over the summer and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s a little heavy for me, but I keep it in my travel stuff because you never know when you’ll need a sunscreen. Best to be prepared y’all.
I always bring masks when I travel, especially if there’s a plane involved. My skin just gets icky when I’m away from home.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Mattifying sheet mask – I have a pile of these from various trial and subscription boxes, so there’s generally at least one in my travel bag.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Mask – I’m currently out of this but it’s awesome and I fully intend to grab one on the way home. It comes in this cool pod thing so it’s ideal for travel. One pod usually gets me through two nights, but it all depends on how thick you slather it on and how parched your skin is.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – do I need to say anything about this? It’s so fucking good. It keeps my lips from getting crusty so Dan still wants to smooch me.
What hair and skin care do you travel with? Any holy grails I need to invest in?