24 November 2014

travel | 3 tips for packing your cosmetics minimalistically

When it comes to traveling, I always try to pack as light as possible. Makeup and skincare, on the other hand... It goes out of control. Since I've been doing a lot of traveling this year, I've gotten quite good at being space-conscious when it comes to packing these items.

travel friendly beauty samples

save those sample packets ♡ When you get your samples from Ulta or Sephora, save them! Oftentimes I find that I can get 3 or 5 uses out of a sample packet, and I can throw it away when I'm done which saves just a little more space on the return trip. Generally this is only a good idea if you've tried the product before, because you don't know if you'll get a bad reaction from it and you probably don't want to get said bad reaction on your trip.

small travel containers

transfer products into smaller jars ♡ This has been the hardest for me to master, but I think I've finally done it. Since I'm traveling carry-on only, I kind of have to do this anyway with products that come in big containers. Even so, I've learned to transfer products that contain less than the allowed 3.4oz into smaller containers - it saves a lot of space, especially if you have six other products like that. The past me would have bought my full-size sunscreen and primer with me, but for this upcoming trip I've put them into tiny jars and I'll continue to do that in my upcoming travels!

I bought my small jars here, and I reuse deluxe sample containers when I can. Just remember to label them cause you don't want someone else using your shower gel thinking it's face wash - my mom filled an empty Cetaphil bottle with her shower gel and I used it, thinking it was Cetaphil. Similarly, I filled an empty Josie Maran argan oil bottle with orange essential oil and my sister was thinking about trying it out - which would have been a huge disaster! You could also save the ones you get if you ask for samples... or just ask for samples of your favorite products in-store. Go ahead, I won't judge you ;)

travel friendly palettes

simplify what you bring ♡ Let's be honest here - do I really need to take 3 blushes and 5 lipsticks with me when I'm traveling? No, I do not. But if there's enough space after I pack everything, I probably will For me the trickiest is when it comes to eyeshadows, which I will try to minimize to just one palette... but it never works out so I take two small ones - one that's more neutral, and one with some color variety.

Do you guys have any tips for packing your beauty items while traveling? What are your favorites to take with you?


  1. Great post! I try to keep my makeup simple when traveling even though I tend to over pack lol. One of my favorite items to take with me is a neutral eyeshadow palette.

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  3. Great post Becky!! I just recently figured out the whole put things in smaller containers while traveling LOL!! I have such a hard time minimizing my makeup though. I would love to get a palette that had a blush bronzer and highlight that I love all three and would want it wear the whole time I'm traveling. I do have some but sadly I love the bronzer but not blush LOL!

  4. I love taking sample sized versions of products with me when I go travelling! ^ u ^


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  6. Same here, I used to take around three with me when I first started traveling! Neutrals are always a great pick, they wear well with anything :)

  7. Same here, I picked a smaller makeup bag this time so I can limit what I bring with me. It's sad cause I bought my mascara and eyelash curler but forgot my setting powder, cause if I don't set underneath my eyes my mascara smudges haha. And right??? The perfect face palette would make life so much easier!

  8. Yeah, makes things so easy!

  9. Thank you, I'll check that out!