Beauty & Hair Essentials for Gals on the Go

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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 recentlyyep. So over the years, I’ve tried to find travel size toiletries 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 travel size toiletries 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.

SPLURGE: Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer $15
STEAL: e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer $6

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!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer $34
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer $6

Comparison: I can’t tell a difference between these two (except, of course, the cost)!

Pressed Powder

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 one of the travel size toiletries 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.

SPLURGE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit $40
STEAL: NYX Highlight & Contour Kit $25

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!”

SPLURGE: Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Blush $28
STEAL: Milani Powder Blush $8

Comparison: The Tarte blush does last a bit longer but they look and feel the same!


Eyeshadow Primer

By now you’re probably beginning to wonder if I lived under a rock for awhile but eyeshadow primer is another one of the travel size toiletries or beauty products 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.

SPLURGE: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $30
STEAL: Hard Candy Eyes the Limit Eyeshadow Primer $7

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 travel size toiletries or mini palettes are perfect for day or night looks.

SPLURGE: Urban Decay Naked Basics $29
STEAL: NYX The Natural Eyeshadow Palette $7.50

Comparison: The colors are slightly different but the application and length of wear are the same.


This is one of the travel size toiletries I’m REALLY picky about because I want maximum length and volume and I HATE it when mascara flakes off during the day.

SPLURGE: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara $18
STEAL: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara $6

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 $12

Brow Pencil

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. ↓

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil $21
Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil $8

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.


EOS Smooth Stick $4
Dionis Lip Balm $7


NYX Soft Matte Lip Gloss Creme $6


NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick $7
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick $3


Setting Powder

This takes away shine, balances tone, and helps hold your face makeup in place.

e.l.f. High Definition Powder $5

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.

Come on Bey, get that mascara on lock.

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $24
e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set $7

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 makeup 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.

Aveda Shampure Shampoo $4.50
LUSH Jason and the Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar $12

Aveda Shampure Conditioner $4.50
LUSH Big Solid Conditioner Bar $13

Dry Shampoo

Quick and convenient way to freshen up your locks.

Batiste Travel Size Dry  Shampoo $6

Styling Products

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.


Makeup Removal

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

Acne Creme

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

Facial Moisturizer

Even on humid days wearing a moisturizer is important for hydrating and protecting your skin.

Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer $4.50

Body Lotion

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 travel size toiletries you can’t travel without?





Making sure you makeup and hair style lasts all day can be a huge pain when traveling. Here are some of the best beauty products for gals on the go!

Making sure you makeup and hair style lasts all day can be a huge pain when traveling. Here are some of the best beauty products for gals on the go!

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  • Kimmie Conner
    January 14, 2017 at 1:26 AM

    Ahhh this is all amazing! I am always looking for the best travel products and I have even learned about a few more here 🙂 thank you!

    • kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:50 PM

      Glad it helped Kimmie! There are so many out there that I don’t think I’d ever make it through them all. Just thought I’d spark some ideas for others on what has worked for me. 🙂

  • Hang Around The World
    January 14, 2017 at 4:02 AM

    I’m still looking for the perfect Blush and the one you suggested looks good and cheap. I’d like to know if they ship worldwide…
    Such a great list of thing to buy during this year!!

    • kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:51 PM

      Thank you so much! That’s a really good question! I bought the dupe blush at Target here in the States but I will look into shipping internationally. 🙂

  • Jessica
    January 14, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Looks like I need to get into the Hard Candy brand, especially if the concealer is really comparable to the MUFE one. And now I really want to try setting spray… Good thing you included inexpensive dupes or my wallet would be very sad! Hahah Thanks for the post!

    • kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:53 PM

      Thank you Jessica! Hard Candy is quickly rising to the top of my favorites list. I can’t afford to purchase many of these more expensive makeup brands either and received some as gifts or smaller sample sizes. I loved them but soon searched for dupes to each of them in order to be more budget friendly. My husband will never understand the cost of makeup!

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  • Jenna Kvidt
    January 15, 2017 at 1:23 AM

    Lots of great products! I know what you mean about looking young without makeup–that’s always been me too, but unfortunately I feel like that has been disappearing for me the past year or so, lol! Physicians Formula is always one of my favorites and that Urban Decay eyeshadow looks great! Fun suggestions!

    • kallsypage
      January 15, 2017 at 4:57 PM

      I feel you on that Jenna! I’m definitely not complaining about my “baby face” but sometimes I feel as if people don’t take me as seriously because I look so young without makeup! I even had a clerk at a store ask to call my “daddy” when I used my husbands credit card – I was mortified! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Christopher
    January 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Well this subject doesn’t really “apply” to me but I do have a new appreciation for all the things you women do to keep yourselves looking so beautiful. 😜

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:28 AM

      Bahahaha! Thank you Christopher. I guess we do try! 😉

  • nlaguilera
    January 15, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    I don’t wear makeup but I would love the Aveda shampoo products. I love everything they do. And all of their products smell so good!

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:29 AM

      Aveda is the best! I also love their products (if you couldn’t tell)! Thanks Nathan 🙂

  • 100cobbledroads
    January 15, 2017 at 11:51 PM

    This is an amazing list of products. How convenient when someone else does the research and you have just have to pick up on their tips 🙂 Personally, I carry minimum makeup when travelling, mostly just lipstick and eye liner pencil.

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:31 AM

      Thank you very much! Smart advice on not carrying too much! I too try to be minimal depending on the type of travel but alas… I still overpack at times! 😉

  • SpendLifeTraveling
    January 16, 2017 at 3:45 AM

    Wow, great list! Bronzer is my favorite: I tend to get so pale if I am home for a while after traveling and then that really helps! 🙂

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:39 AM

      Bronzer has become a favorite of mine as well! Thank you very much 🙂

  • travelwith2ofus
    January 16, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Being a male I don’t know a thing about makeup, but I can certainly appreciate the time and effort women put into looking amazing.

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      Thank you very much for reading anyways! We definitely try. 😉

  • One Girl One World
    January 16, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    Lol, I’m a lot like you! I don’t really wear much makeup, especially when traveling but I also look about 16 years old without it (and 18 with it on haha!) I don’t do foundation but I love a good mascara! The mini naked palette is also a winner!

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:43 AM

      Thank you! I find it hard to WANT to apply makeup but I’m learning to live with it. 😉 Glad you and I are in the same boat. The mini naked palette is life changing!

  • Chris Walker-Bush
    January 17, 2017 at 3:44 AM

    Sweet Lord! I didn’t realize just how much variety there was and how much work goes into it all.

    While I’m not a makeup wearer (often), I reckon my girlfriend and my sister-in-law might both appreciate this post being travelers who also like to look good. I’ll definitely be sending it their way.

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:46 AM

      Hiya Chris! I swear putting on makeup is like painting a piece of fine art and let me tell you, I’m no Rembrandt! 😉 Thanks for sending it on to your gf and sis-in-law! I hope they find it useful/helpful. Cheers!

  • fionarabbit2013
    January 17, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Very handy post! Did you find the acne removal cream useful? I used to try one of those and the stubborn acne was still on my face for days… I’m also the type of girl who is too lazy to make up every day but still wants to look good, so I’m currently not using primer and foundation. But from what you’ve reviewed, maybe I should try them once to see how different my face looks / feels 🙂

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM

      Hi there Fiona! I have used a variety of different acne creams and the clean and clear persa gel is my favorite – I even think it’s better than the prescription stuff I’ve tried. I think the key is the ingredient benzoyl peroxide. 🙂

      I’m soooooo lazy when it comes to my makeup but recently I’ve realized that sometimes putting in a little extra time in the morning allows me to spend less time throughout the day worrying about my makeup wearing off! Primer is awesome!

  • Amber
    January 17, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Wow girl! Pinned this post as it’s definitely going to help me! I’ve seen lots of buzz over the elf brand in the UK so definitely one I’m going to try! 😀

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:51 AM

      Thank you Amber! Elf has SERIOUSLY been a game changer for me… Extremely budget friendly and it works! Let me know what you think. 🙂

  • ilive4travel
    January 17, 2017 at 8:33 PM

    That is so much make up to travel with. I love not having to wear makeup when I travel but I do take, eyeshadow, mascara, concealer, blusher and lip gloss with me!!

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:53 AM

      You’re right! I don’t usually travel with ALL of this depending on the situation. However – I have many travel sizes of these products that don’t take up a lot of space. Each of these fits in my small makeup bag. 🙂

  • Mar Pages
    January 18, 2017 at 3:33 AM

    I’m also not a fan of spending hours putting on make up. Would rather get out and go travel. But these are great, compact options when on the move – especially when you’re going fine-dining at a high-class restaurant!

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM

      SAME HERE! Most days I don’t put on much, but I do love being prepared for the days that I am planning to go out in the evening and/or be in a photo! 😉

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  • Loudy
    January 18, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    I dont know much about make up but I really think this ones are good. That body lotion looks intersting. did you try it and is it good?

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 10:57 AM

      Hi Loudy! This body lotion is great but I’m not horribly picky about my lotions. My main requirement is that it isn’t greasy but also moisturizes. I usually go through a few different ones a year and they’re all about the same! Recently I’ve been a fan of the Jergens I listed and Gold Bond 🙂

  • Meg Jerrard
    January 18, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Thanks for putting this post together! When I travel I’ve previously gone with very minimal makeup, minimal as in one foundation one mascara and one lipgloss minimal! But we’re starting to try and prioritize gorgeous instagram shots so I’m thinking I should expand my collection of on the road beauty products to have a little bit more to play with … so this is a huge help!

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM

      Meg, thank you for reading! At home it’s easy to slap on makeup but I’ve tried to get into it more when I’m traveling – especially being in photographs. I prefer to carry small travel sizes so that I don’t have a ton of extra weight and so they fit easily in a small makeup bag. 🙂

  • suzievrabcova
    January 21, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    wow such a cool list! many brands I didnt even know before so next time I see them in some shop during travelling I might try some 🙂 concerning makeup during travelling, I would say it really depends on destination – if I go to some town sightseeing than I feel better with makeup (even though I dont use much) but while some adventure travelling I dont consider it important – less stuff in backpack less effort carrying 😀

    • kallsypage
      January 22, 2017 at 11:04 AM

      I couldn’t agree with you more Suzie! I typically only wear makeup when I’m strolling around a city, going out at night, etc. But wearing makeup with hiking, camping, or any other outdoor activity? NO WAY! 😉 Thanks for reading.

  • Gemma Two Scots (@TwoScotsAbroad)
    January 22, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    I am a big fan of Urban Decay’s palettes, I had On the Run for our big 18 month travel trip. I am all about the factor 50 face moisturiser too. Great post!

    • kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 7:10 PM

      Love all the cool colors on those palettes! I always try to mix it up but often go back to the same ones. 🙂

  • matthulland
    January 23, 2017 at 4:47 AM

    Great suggestions, I’m going to share this with my girlfriend who will find this post super helpful. That’s a lot of make up to carry!

    • kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 7:13 PM

      It can be at times! Thank goodness for travel sizes. Thanks for sharing it with her. 🙂

  • Maria
    January 23, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Great tips! A girl never has too much makeup items, nevertheless looks like too much stuff to take while traveling. Over the years I’ve learn (the hard way!) to travel lighter.

    • kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 7:14 PM

      I would never take these in full sizes! It would be ridiculous. Granted I also pick and choose what items can stay behind depending on the type of traveling I’m doing. Camping and hiking? No way! 😉

  • Trippin' Turpins
    January 25, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Most of my travel so far has been in tropical areas where I find it impossible to wear make up. It doesn’t bother me much as I have always only ever worn make up when I go out and not as a daily thing. I am in Adelaide at the moment and have actually enjoyed putting on a little make up!

    • kallsypage
      February 26, 2017 at 7:16 PM

      You are spot on! While in Jamaica I hardly put anything on unless going to a fancy dinner. I can’t imagine having to wear it daily in a tropical area!