What It Is: The Newest (and Some Tried-and-True) Travel Beauty Products
Who Tried It: Sharon Clott Kanter, Deputy Style Director
Why I Did It: I went away to Turks & Caicos last week for a little spring break, and I barely had anything in my beauty arsenal to bring. (Ah!!!) I was freaking out a little because the sun down in the Caribbean is really strong, so I tapped our beauty team to help me get stocked up before I jetted off. Below are a few of the things I brought with me to the beach outside The Palms.
Level Of Difficulty: Zero — just packing a big enough bag to fit all the products
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1. Yummy Reading Materials
Aside from beauty items, good beach reads were my top priority. This time, I brought a few things with me. I devoured People’s World’s Most Beautiful issue, which had just come out, as well as an incredibly interesting profile on James Franco meeting his critic in New York. Then, my book club is reading All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, so I brought that, too. I didn’t get to far though—maybe 28 pages?—because I kept dozing off to the calming sound of waves.
2. Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30
This wide stick ($25; fresh.com) is supposed to be used on all your face’s sensitive spots—think ears, nose, cheeks, that kind of thing. I used it on my lips when I reapplied sunscreen. You can never have enough there, and it worked really well. No lip burn, thank goodness. Though, I wish I used it on my ears, too. I missed those (simply because I forgot) and ended up peeling in a not so attractive way.
3. L’Oréal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30
I almost flipped when I found out L’Oreal Paris made an oil with SPF in it ($19.99; lorealparisusa.com). This delivered all the moisturizing effects of a natural oil, but with the added benefit of SPF. I used it on days I didn’t sit on the beach, or before I put on BB cream and bronzer when I went out a night. I really like how it kept my skin super hydrated and gave me a little glow.
4. Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Sheer Lip Crayon in Coral Kiss
This is my new obsession! These lip crayons ($18; honestbeauty.com) go on so smooth thanks to its mix of coconut oil, murumuru butter and shea butter ingredients. Plus, they’re sheer, so while the color is super saturated in the stick, it’s actually not that intense when you put it on. The only thing I’d say: Don’t bring them outside for too long because they will melt!
5. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelée Bronzer
Confession: I overused this bronzer terribly ($32; esteelauder.com). It’s a sheer formula with pearlized bronzing pigments that’s meant to give you a natural glow, especially if you put it on your cheeks and nose. I smothered the formula all over my face to make myself look tanner than I actually was. I would not recommend doing that. A little actually goes a long way. Do not do what I did.
6. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 in 2.4 Oz Travel Size
I think I applied this four times a day, and eventually I ran out of it completely, which made me regret not bringing more. The formula ($19; supergoop.com) is water-resistant and oil-free, so it’s the one thing I didn’t go without when I was on the island.
7. Michael Kors Sexy Sunset Eau de Parfum, 1 Oz.
I have never brought fragrance with me on a trip because I never wanted to bring a full bottle. I can’t believe I never thought to bring a travel size! (Thank you to the PeopleStyle beauty team for encouraging me to do this.) These one-ounce bottles from Michael Kors are kind of brilliant ($58; michaelkors.com), and I loved the Sexy Sunset scent, a mix of pear, florals and woods. I wore it when I went to sunset dinners on the island.
8. The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in Dark Cherry
This two-in-one gluten-free formula ($16; thebodyshop-usa.com) is brand-new, so I was pumped to have an opportunity to try a product that packed double duty. This dark shade felt really bold for my vacation, so it didn’t work on my cheeks at all. I did like it on my lips because it created a berry-kissed, stained look. Since there are nine shades, next time I think I’ll try a lighter one so I can use it on my cheeks, too.
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The Verdict: Not only did travel products cut my beauty bag down by a ton, they also offered tons of service. I didn’t have to bring my normal-size products, and was still able to achieve a sun-kissed, bronzed look. And I was able to bring most of this in my carry-on! The only thing I’d do differently is bring more sunscreen. I ran out of it, like a fool. I will never only pack one bottle again!