By Rachel Hayes
There’s nothing I love more than getting out of town with the family for a few days. There’s nothing I hate more than packing. Because, of course, I don’t just pack for myself. First, I do the kids. Then I worry about all the stuff we need on the airplane like snacks, iPhone apps, crayons, books and the likes. Then, I’ll finally start packing for myself. By the time I get around to sussing out what I need beauty-wise, there isn’t an inch left in any suitcase and I’m tired and cranky. That’s why I’m in love with these great new travel size beauty products for hair, makeup and skincare. Not only are they the right size—see how I demonstrated that they all fit in the palm of a hand?—but they’re also the right products. How many times have you bought a travel size beauty product just because it was small, but not necessarily because you loved it? This season, a slew of new tiny treats are popping up in the travel size beauty product section. Here’s what I’m packing for spring break.
Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub, $6
The airplane ecosystem always dries out my skin, so I love to have an exfoliator handy to get back the glow. This one smells amazing and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner For Beautiful Color, $15 each
Hair takes a beating when you travel, so it’s nice to have an amazing shampoo and conditioner on hand. These are super nourishing and protect your hair from color-damaging UV exposure. I can’t wait to hit the pool…
Coppertone Clearly Sheer Beach & Pool Mini-Spray SPF30 Sunscreen, $10 (in Walmart stores only)
My whole family is about as pale as The Adams Family, so as soon as we get in sunny weather, we’ll fry. This is a really nice, light spray that everyone can wear.
Skin Authority Go-Gorgeous Kit, $58
Many skincare brands offer starter kits that are actually perfect for travel. This one from Skin Authority has a Daily Cleanser, Resurfacing Accelerator, Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator, and Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30 UVA 4-Stars—everything you need to keep up your anti-aging routine when you’re on-the-go.
Sephora Collection Luxe Combo Travel Brush, $15
This hair brush fits in the palm of my hand, but functions just as well as a full-size paddle brush. I don’t go anywhere without it.
UBU Minnie Me’s Mini Tweezer Set, $10
This tiny tweezer is perfect for plucking the errant brow hair or any rebellious bikini hairs that sprout while you’re out of town.
Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture 4 Piece Brush Set, $13
Most travel size makeup brushes have really cheap, scratchy bristles. Not so with these lovelies! They’re super soft and blend shadows and blushes extremely well. I just have to hide them from my daughters who can’t stop playing with them.
Gillette Venus Snap Razor, $13
This razor should really win a design award. It has a full-size Venus razor head with a generous moisturizing strip, but the stubby little handle cuts the overall size of the traditional razor by more than half. Brilliant!