What’s in Your Travel Beauty Bag, Amy?

August 29, 2012 by

Amy's Travel Beauty Essentials

Editor’s Note: We asked our writers to put together a list of their 5 favorite beauty items while traveling. Now, we’re sharing all their travel-savvy wisdom with you. Check back each week to see a new list of beauty items our writers won’t leave home without.

Although I’ve never been much of a product princess, I’m a loyalist who sticks to what works when it comes to my beauty regimen.

When I’m traveling, my hair and skincare routine doesn’t change much at all, other than going with the flow when the hotel blow dryer is busted or adding a little cover-up when the recycled air from the plane brings an unwelcome visitor (or two) to my chin. So, my beauty bag from home simply joins me on location, and I can count its most important elements on one hand:

1. XO(eco) Beauty Bag from Blue Avocado

Even though I’m way too old for this admission not to be at least moderately embarrassing, I’m a pretty big fan of Lauren Conrad’s style (remember her from Laguna Beach and The Hills?)  She’s building quite the beauty empire lately, including a partnership with an eco-conscious company called Blue Avocado that makes travel bags and food containers out of fibers they extract from recycled plastic bottles.

Her XO(eco) line of makeup bags is as sweet as can be, with a couple of patterns from which to choose; ever a devotee of black and white, you can see the one I favor in the image above. Bonus points for Blue Avocado being a successful startup that hails from the city I live in — Austin, Texas. Local, eco-chic and cute as a button? Yes, please.

2. BB Cream from Bobbi Brown

When my beloved Clinique “Work Out” makeup was discontinued last year — the foundation I’ve used religiously since college — I called up the perfect person to recommend a replacement: my old college roommate, who’s now a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown.

She turned me on to one of the latest products in the line: BB cream. It’s part moisturizer, part foundation, part sunscreen (SPF 35, to be exact), and all miracle. It works in every climate. This little black tube is worth every penny — so much so that lower-end makeup brands are already trying to emulate it with similar products.

3. Even Advanced Night Cream from Alba Botanica

I love, love, love Alba Botanica. I can’t get enough of their hyper-moisturizing organic shampoos and conditioners with ingredients like coconut milk, plumeria, mango and passion fruit — truly, they’re practically edible.

The night cream from their Even Advanced series is very rich — best for girls with dry skin, like yours truly — and it’s made with a marine complex that gives it a subtle, spa-like smell as it evens out and plumps up your skin.

The hippie in me loves that it’s completely vegetarian, not tested on animals, and free of artificial colors, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium methyl sulfate. After subjecting your skin to hours of recycled plane air, it’s the perfect hydrating treatment to soothe your face while you curl up under hotel sheets.

4. Bonne Bell Lip Smackers

Although the paragraph above includes multi-syllabic words like “phthalates” and “sodium methyl sulfate,” in many ways, I will never grow up. Case in point: my Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I have an endless collection of clear, flavored lip balm — we’re talking borderline addiction here — and nothing smells or tastes quite as good as the stuff I’ve been wearing since before I could vote.

Yes, I know it’s marketed for ten-year-olds, and no, I don’t care in the slightest. Strawberry, kiwi, vanilla, cherry cola… doesn’t matter. If it smells delicious and keeps my lips soft, I’m all over it.

5. L’Occitane Verbena Body Lotion

Short of a fresh-cut gardenia, verbena is my favorite smell in the world. Running a close second to my lip balm obsession is my preoccupation with body lotion; I apply it the moment I hop out of the shower so my skin can drink up as much of the moisture and scent as possible while the pores are still open from the steam.

While there are plenty of imitators, L’Occitane was the originator of verbena-scented body products — if you’ve never smelled it, the simplest descriptor might be something along the lines of a lime blossom. Straight from the French countryside, this lotion has a heavenly scent — no perfume necessary — and its travel sized portion comes with an easy little flip top, perfect for keeping it in your bag on the go. Lucky is the person who sits next to you on a plane, train, bus or trolley — this tart French treat is a little intoxicating.


Photo credits: Blue Avocado, Bobbi Brown, Alba Botanica, Bonne Bell and L’Occitane

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