Preparing a Cosmetic Kit for Travel

Vacations are exciting! From the picturesque scenery to the memory making, you don’t want anything to mar your enjoyment of your amazing trip – especially the packing. Having, or not having, your essential beauty products on hand can make a world of a difference in how you feel during your travels. To ensure that you continue to look amazing on your relaxing getaway, the following are some tips for stocking your cosmetic bag to maximize your limited space:

Pack Light

When flying, be mindful of the 3.4-ounce liquid limit TSA enforces for carryon items; the last thing you want is to throw away cosmetics that are not allowed on the plane. But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to the sample-size products available at grocery stores.

Many high-end companies offer products such as shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes. A great option is the Philip B. “Escape” Travel Kit. Complete with Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo, Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse, pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist, and Lovin’ Hand & Body Crème, all of which are packaged in 2-ounce containers, Philip B. has your shower essentials covered.

Become acquainted with dry shampoo, because it can be your best friend! If showers are limited at your destination, or if you need to forego washing and drying your dirty locks so you’ll have more time to explore, a dry shampoo such as Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder by Oscar Blandi will do the trick. Simply spray it onto your hair, massage it into your scalp, comb through, and you’re set. The Oscar Blandi spray shampoo absorbs excess oil and adds volume to limp, greasy hair.

Palettes and Sets

Keeping in line with the compact theme, we come to palettes and sets. Many cosmetics companies sell eyeshadow, blush and lipstick in one handy palette that is small and lightweight. Ideally, you’d have one go-to set that would contain most, if not all, of your makeup for your trip. Purchasing a palette with neutral colors will ensure that your eyes don’t clash with your attire during an evening out.

The best thing about these convenient sets is that they usually retail for a reasonable price. Because they are affordable and easy to pack, if you really can’t decide on the shades you’ll want to wear on vacation, you could purchase two makeup palettes and they’d both fit easily into your cosmetic bag.

Multipurpose Must-Haves

Always be on the lookout for products that can be used for more than one purpose. If you have to bring it with you, it’s in your best interest to select items that you will get the most use out of. Tinted SPF moisturizers, shampoos that also serve as body soap, and salves should all be on your packing list.

Salves? Yes, salves! Your grandmother was onto something. Salves, also known as balms, have a variety of purposes, including moisturizing and soothing. You’d be surprised how handy a balm, such as the Rosebud Salve Tube, can be in both warm and cold weather. Discomfort caused by dry lips and sunburns alike – both common side effects of traveling – can be treated with salve. Rosebud Salve and other companies are modernizing this age-old beauty secret by providing cute, petite packaging in easy-to-carry containers.

Personal Hygiene

The great thing about personal hygiene products is that they are generally sold at hotels. Deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors, can be found pretty easily at many travel destinations. It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer to purchase these items at your destination or if you want to pack them. If you choose to save the space, it’s a good idea to check with the hotel and inquire about which items are complimentary and which will cost you. Unfortunately, fees can range from minimal to pricey, depending on your accommodations.

For some, having these items packed can provide peace of mind. If you do opt to bring your own products, always select travel size or disposable items.

The above tips seem easy enough to keep in mind when packing, right? Here’s the test. Once your cosmetic bag is loaded and ready to go, review the items and ask yourself these questions:

– Do my carryon liquids exceed the TSA allowance?

– Do I have the essentials: shampoo and conditioner, makeup, etc.?

– Is it necessary to bring these items, or can I find them at my hotel?

– Have I packed similar items? Can I eliminate any of them?

Don’t forget – less is more. If it’s not a necessity, forget it. Not only will you feel less stressed about packing, but you’ll also have extra space in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs. Happy travels!

How To Keep Your Luggage Bag Clean When You Are Traveling

Your luggage picks up dirt, dust, germs and bacteria when heading to its destination. This is pretty normal. But if you have an expensive bag and you do not relish the idea of cleaning it yourself, you would want to maintain its cleanliness.

Keeping it clean shouldn’t be difficult with the help of the following tips:

1. Use a luggage cover

Furniture and upholstery in your home have covers to protect them from dust mites and germs. Thankfully, there are covers available to protect your expensive luggage as well. There are companies that offer custom-made covers. You wouldn’t have to worry about the fit of the cover to your bag. These are clear covers that can also repel water and fluid.

2. Seal liquid bath products inside your bag

If you are packing liquid bath products, make sure they are sealed tightly. There is no assurance that the baggage department will handle your bag with care. If it gets tossed, some of the liquid stuff inside your bag might spill.

Use masking tape and tape it around the cover of the bath products. Place them individually inside a small plastic container and seal the top of the plastic container with the tape. Once you are done packing them in individual plastic containers, store them inside a water-resistant pouch.

3. Change plastic casters to hooded casters

Make sure the material of your hooded casters is durable so it would be no trouble moving it around. The hood will protect the casters and prevent it from accumulating dirt. Remove collected dirt or hair in the wheels as soon as you get to your destination. This will ensure better mobility for the luggage.

4. Wipe away stains and dirt pronto

If you accidentally spilled something on your luggage, wipe it away. Do not spread it. Just press an absorbent cloth or towel on the area. Let it dry. You can try rubbing some soap on it. Let it stay there until you can clean it properly when you have already arrived at your destination. The soap will prevent the stain from hardening up.

5. Use wet wipes to remove dirt

Crusty dirt can bury deeper into the fibers of your bag. Make sure you remove dirt as soon as possible using wet wipes. Let the dirty area of your bag soak in the moisture of the wet wipes. As soon as you are able, clean the area using soapy water and soft-bristled brush.

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Beauty Maven

If the woman (or women) in your life clutches the latest issue of Vanity Fair to her chest as tightly as the Grinch would the last can of Who-hash, then you have your work cut out for you when it comes to picking out an ideal Christmas gift. To help, here are 10 stocking stuffer ideas for the beauty lover in your life, all priced at $20 or less:

1. Rosebud Salve. Celebrities and makeup artists alike have sworn by this little jar of salve for decades. Now in a convenient tube form, this all-purpose moisturizer can be used as a base for her makeup; applied to her lips, hands, and elbows as a lotion; and used in her hair to prevent dreaded winter frizz. $6

2. Hair & Body Mist by Paul and Joe Beaute. Just a quick spray to her face will add life to her makeup; a squirt in her hair, and the flower-water fragrance infused with orange will give her locks a sweet scent. This product will also add a healthy, dewy glow to her skin. $20

3. Powder Room Lacquer Remover by butter LONDON. Removing nail polish has never been easier. This acetone-free liquid will take off even the thickest of lacquers in mere seconds. There is no offensive smell, and it will not damage her skin or existing nails. $5

4. Pronto Dry Shampoo by Oscar Blandi. Staying beautiful while traveling is a challenge for any beauty maven; this travel-size product is the perfect companion for your on-the-go diva. The powder, when sprinkled at the root, absorbs accumulated oil to give her hair a just-washed-in-the-salon look. It’s excellent to use when traveling or when facilities are scarce. $11

5. Ingrown Relief Lotion by Shobha. Made with all-natural ingredients, this product will redirect hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs and naturally fights off common irritation to the skin from hair removal procedures. It not only helps reduce irritating red bumps but keeps the skin hydrated and incredibly soft. $11

6. Blush Papier by Mai Couture. Nestled in a sharp-looking wallet, instant blush has never been more readily available. Offered in three different shades, these tissue-like papers add a hint of shimmer to her cheeks with every application. $8.75

7. Tan Optimiser Tan Remover. An essential product for any fan of self-tanning, St. Tropez’s faithful product will remove any self-tanning stains from the palms of her hands quickly and easily. $18

8. Bon Bon Lip Balm by Tokyo Milk. Made of sun seed oil, aloe and Shea butter, this lip ointment is highly moisturizing and invariably sweet smelling, making for very soft, kissable lips. $10

9. Emery Boards by Paul and Joe Beaute. What purse shouldn’t have a small, thin, nail-perfecting tool? These designer emery boards not only shape and buff nails but are available in fun designs that reflect her personality. $5

10. Proteine di Jasmine Restyling Mist by Oscar Blandi. This restyling aid helps rejuvenate a tired hairstyle. Made with soy and wheat protein, it allows her hair to withstand two to three heat applications using a flat iron or blow dryer to ensure a fresh, salon-like quality. This product can also be used on wet hair as a detangler. $18

Although these products may not be readily available at the nearest five-and-dime, they’re just a few clicks away on the internet. Santa Claus will thank you for saving him some precious time – and so will your beauty maven when she unwraps these stocking stuffers Christmas morning.