Confession: I hate doing my makeup every day. ESPECIALLY so when traveling. But I’ve come to realize that I look like I’m roughly 16 years old without makeup – mostly due to the fact that I got carded at a movie recently… yep. So over the years, I’ve tried to find products that are effective to use for everyday life but also for traveling in all circumstances. Here you’ll find my honest opinion on the best beauty products that KICK BOOTY. #nofilterneeded
Might I add, if these products get me through a summer of backpacking in Japan AND while running around as an elementary teacher…. I trust ’em!
When my mom and sister told me about makeup primer I scoffed at them and thought “yeah… right… now I need another paste? SURE!” But then I tried the stuff and *facepalm* I was hooked. It helps hold your makeup in place and feels like you just gave your skin a glass of water.
Comparison: These two apply differently but have the same results. The Too Faced primer smells like coconut and has a more watery consistency whereas the e.l.f. primer is more of a gel.
This is one thing I never used until a few years ago. I always just slapped on some powder and called it good. However, foundation and I now are jiving and I love the way it provides me with full coverage and locks in my setting powder. These two ↓ have proven themselves time and time again for all-day wear.
SPLURGE: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation $43
STEAL: Revlon ColorStay $10
Comparison: The MAKEUP FOR EVER foundation does provide more coverage initially, but after applying concealer, powder, etc there isn’t a difference.
Traveling doesn’t always play nice for your complexion. So if you have a pesky spot you need to cover up, a heavy duty concealer is sure to do the trick!
Comparison: I can’t tell a difference between these two (except, of course, the cost)!
You’ll notice that I only included one pressed powder and that’s because I haven’t found a dupe or anything better for my combination skin. In high school, I worked for an Aveda salon and instantly fell in love with their dual foundation powder. It applies easily and lasts a long time.
Aveda Inner Light Mineral Dual Foundation $26
Again, I only have one suggestion here because this is what I’ve been using for years. These little gems of golden goodness are perfect for adding a natural bronzed glow even in the dead of winter. I also love that they are in a pearl form because you never get TOO much on the brush where a pressed bronzer can turn you into an orange… presto!
Physicians Formula Bronze BoosterGlow-Boosting Sun Stones $14.95
Highlight & Contour
Another product I didn’t realize I would love or find necessary until I tried it. Contour kits have become all the rave in the past years and one of my sisters let me try hers out when I was visiting. I was impressed to find that I could add definition to my face and emphasize features like my cheekbones and nose. I don’t use my contour kit every day depending on the kind of travel I’m doing, but it’s definitely awesome when you’re planning to be in photos or for going from a day to night dramatic look.
Comparison: No major difference except the colors slightly vary!
A staple that adds a nice rosy hue to your face. As my mom always says “blush and lipstick make you look alive!”
Comparison: The Tarte blush does last a bit longer but they look and feel the same!
By now you’re probably beginning to wonder if I lived under a rock for awhile but eyeshadow primer is another product I didn’t know I needed until recently. It helps keep your eyeshadow in place and saves you from having shadow “dust” all over your face.
Comparison: They both apply the same and have comparable effectiveness.
On-the-go I personally don’t want to carry around 5+ mini eyeshadows or a giant palette. Instead, these mini palettes are perfect for day or night looks.
Comparison: The colors are slightly different but the application and length of wear are the same.
This is one product I’m REALLY picky about because I want maximum length and volume and I HATE it when mascara flakes off during the day.
Comparison: Personally, I like the Too Faced mascara better because I think the applicator is better and I have noticed that the Rimmel does flake a bit. However, they’re extremely similar.
I’m adulting if I groom my eyebrows, right?
Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer $9
I have virtually no eyebrows without an eyebrow pencil, partially due to a bad brow wax (my first and last). I like these because they’re easy to apply. ↓
Comparison: Seriously the same except the Anastasia pencil has more color options.
I am pretty much obsessed with lip stuff. Chapstick, gloss, lipstick, you name it. You’ll pretty much find me applying it all day. These are a few of my recent favorites.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Gloss Creme $6
This takes away shine, balances tone, and helps hold your face makeup in place.
e.l.f. High Definition Powder $6
Makeup Setting Spray
THIS STUFF IS A DREAM. I have used it in all different settings and have been impressed with how much longer my makeup lasts because of this spray. One helpful tip I have is to spray this one after applying all of your makeup but before you apply mascara so it doesn’t dampen your mascara and cause it to run.
Comparison: I have to say, the Urban Decay does seem to work slightly better which is important to me because I don’t want to reapply make-up when on the go.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Nowadays many hotels offer complimentary toiletries but I still like to be prepared with small travel size shampoo and conditioner. I have listed a liquid option as well as a bar option. Using a bar shampoo/conditioner can be a tad strange at first but you don’t have to worry about spills and are the perfect eco-friendly travel essential. Here are also some gluten-free shampoos to choose from.
Quick and convenient way to freshen up your locks.
Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo $6
I have extremely thick, dry hair so I am always looking for styling products that will amplify volume and smooth out pesky flyaways.
Aveda Volumizing Tonic $13
Creates maximum volume and shine.
Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam $10
Creates weightless body and volume.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother $9
Provides 12 hours of protection against humidity (UM YES PLEASE).
Got 2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder $6.50
Sprinkle a little of this magic dust in your roots for va-va-vooooolume!
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray $7
I despise hairsprays that make you feel like you have a helmet on your head. I prefer ones that are lightweight but still have a strong hold. This one by L’Oreal has those qualities and brushes out easily.
Easy peasy makeup removal that is safe for your face and eyes. These are my favorite for on the go!
YES TO Blueberries Brightening Facial Towels 25ct. $6
Let’s face it… acne happens at all ages. Obviously, you’d want to zap that unwanted guest FAST.
Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10 $7
Even on humid days wearing a moisturizer is important for hydrating and protecting your skin.
Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer $4.50
I frequently am using different kinds of lotion but regardless of the brand or scent I always like one that is lightweight, non-greasy, and doesn’t have an overpowering scent.
Jergens Shea Butter Hand & Body Lotion $2
The list could go on and on! Now, why do I try so hard again? What are some of your favorite products you can’t travel without?
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