It’s that time of year when many people are packing their bags to either hit the slopes or the beach, but streamlining your makeup and toiletry bags can be really tedious. When packing your beauty essentials, you want to pack smarter, which means having a packing strategy. Prioritize products that are going to multitask and save room in your luggage.
Beauty expert and founder of 100 ML, Mishal Cazmi, highlights some of her top travel-friendly products to pack for your next vacation. Check out the gallery below and don’t forget to watch the video above for all of Mishal’s tips.
FOR COLD & DRY DESTINATIONS
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Vitamin C Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
Shoppers Drug Mart | $106
Instead of a traditional bottle, this serum comes in biodegradable, single-dose capsules that are very travel-friendly and won’t take up too much room in your luggage. The capsule format keeps the Vitamin C fresh and stable, protecting it from light and air. The dry oil serum is packed with Vitamin C and ceramides to brighten skin, even tone and protect against signs of aging. A single capsule gives you enough to use for your face, neck and hands. Because it’s packed with antioxidants, it’s recommended that you use it in the morning and save products like retinol for night.
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask
Sephora | $48
This leave-on mask calms and soothes dry and stressed skin, making it especially great for travel which can take a toll on your complexion. This overnight option is great to use on long flights (a subtle option compared to a traditional sheet mask). Ingredients include arnica flower, which helps accelerate the skin’s natural healing process, along with calendula and centella asiatica, which calm and soothe skin.
Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Cream Blush
Shoppers Drug Mart | $10.99
These portable blush tubes contain a gel-cream formula with a lightweight finish. The water-infused colour-pigments create a natural flush, which you can make as subtle or as intense as you’d like. You can choose from six shades. More importantly, you can even use it on your lids and lips if you don’t want to pack too many products.
Weleda Skin Food
Well.ca | $23.49
This beauty editor-favourite is a rich, multi-purpose moisturizer that targets dry, tough skin with a blend of ingredients like calendula, chamomile and sweet almond oil. Along with the face, you can also use it on elbows and feet, as a hand cream or on dry cuticles. It’s perfect to use during the colder weather, whether you’re hitting the slopes or spending time in the cold outdoors. It’s not greasy, absorbs quickly, and gives you a great, healthy-looking glow.
FOR WARM WEATHER DESTINATIONS
Olay Pressed Serum Sticks
Shoppers Drug Mart | $25
If you’re vacationing somewhere warm, you want an easy, streamlined skincare routine and products that won’t leave your skin feeling sticky. Olay’s new Pressed Serum Sticks give you all the benefits of a hydrating serum in an easy-to-apply stick format. The Refreshing Serum Stick is super-concentrated with moisture-boosting ingredients like Vitamin B3 and Sake Kasu, which contains amino acids and antioxidants.
It! Cosmetics CC+Cream Oil Matte with SPF 40
Sephora | $52
It! Cosmetics CC+ Cream gives you the best of makeup and skincare in one. The coverage is buildable so you can use it where needed or go for full-coverage if that’s the look you’re after. This is a newer oil-free formula that gives you a matte finish. It also contains SPF 40 so you’re getting added sun protection on top of your sunscreen. You can use this CC cream in lieu of foundation when in a hot and humid climate.
Pour Moi Skincare Desert Day Cream | Hot & Dry
Pour Moi Skincare | $35 USD
Pour Moi Skincare’s climate-smart day cream was specifically created for dry, desert climates (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, northern Africa). The antioxidant-rich Desert Day Cream keeps moisture in and dryness out, bringing out skin’s natural glow and vibrance.
MV Skincare Rose Hydrating Mist
The Detox Market | $51
A face mist is perfect for travel when the air is super dry and to keep your skin refreshed and hydrating in a hotter climate. MV Skincare’s hydrating face mist is made with pure floral water. It has the scent of rose petals, which also have hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. Emma Watson is a fan, along with celebrity makeup artists.