Travel Essentials: Must-Have Skincare & Makeup!

Confession: I am a chronic overpacker.

Over the years, I have learned how to edit down my massive pile of clothing options to a reasonable amount of essentials… and extra “just in case” outfits.

I have realized I’m not going to read 18 magazines on a 3 hour flight, nor will I really care if I have my hair dryer, or use the shitty hotel one.


I have never, ever been able to streamline my makeup routine or skincare regime. Beyond a serum or two, maybe declining to take a second highlighter, or third mascara, or fourth hair product… I always need it all. ALL. OF. IT.

The only way I’ve been able to manage my product-to-suitcase-space dilemma is by purchasing travel sized items of the products I regularly use (aka would die without), whenever available. For example: my favorite Supergoop! setting spray comes in a 1oz mini, Drybar dry shampoos and other sprays come in travel sizes, I buy my fave perfumes in rollerballs so they’re travel-friendly… The list goes on. My beauty travel tips could be another post on its own!

What I want to share with you guys today is that IT Cosmetics (truly one of my fave beauty/skincare lines out there right now) has launched a BUNCH of their bestsellers as minis! They’re available exclusively on and – sadly, NOT Sephora. :(

All of the links and product info, plus my thoughts are below… To name a few faves from the mini collection: the CC creams, Je Ne Sais Quoi lip conditioner (with tint – it’s so amazing and you need it), waterproof eyeliner and their undereye concealer, which is AMAZEBALLS.

Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size ($15)
IT’s best-selling, award-winning beauty miracle to protect and perfect your skin on the go. Clinically shown to hydrate skin, smooth texture, and enhance skin brightness while camouflaging skin imperfections. I love this stuff for travel because it’s got good coverage and is hydrating – a must when your skin is stressed from adventuring or dry from airplane air.

Travel Size Bye Bye Under Eye™ Anti-Aging Concealer $10
THIS UNDEREYE CONCEALER IS THE TITS. It effectively conceals skin imperfections while improving the appearance of wrinkles with the help of skin-loving ingredients – hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and high performance pigment.

Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil Mini $12
This budge-proof formula adheres to skin for long-lasting results, while the universal transforming shade adjusts to all hair colors based on pressure applied. It definitely is a fairly “universal” shade, and builds well for a subtle or dramatic brow, but I don’t love how it looks with my skin tone and eyebrow color.

No-Tug™ Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner $22
Super solid pencil liner (though it has a much smoother consistency when applying) that *actually* stays in place. Formulated with anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk, antioxidants and Vitamins A and E to diffuse the look of lines while nourishing the eyelids.

Confidence in a Cream™ Travel Size $16
LOVE this in the full size, having the travel size is perfect to keep on hand for reviving my skin after a long flight, night, change in environment, whatever.  The Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate™ combines collagen hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines and wrinkles, while a super ceramide complex smooths texture, enhances firmness, and reduces the look of pores and discoloration. #winning

IT’s Your Brush Love Mini $12
I’m so lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes, it’s a dirty little secret!! If I don’t have time to bulk clean all of them, this is a good workaround – a fast-drying, one-step cleanser/conditioner solution for your brushes.

Superhero™ Mascara $24
This mascara is formulated with a “proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology” that is “supposed” to make your lashes appear wider and longer. Sorry not sorry, but this is fake news. I hate the formula and wouldn’t recommend it anyone waste their time with it.

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment in Rose $24
This is hands down my favorite chapstick/natural lip “color.” Clinically shown to awaken your lips with intense hydration for your perfect flush of pink! Petrolatum free and smells amazing. It contains essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants to lock in moisture for your softest, most supple lips.

What are your must-haves for when you travel? If you have a gamechanging travel-sized beauty or skincare product you can’t live without, please share it in a comment!


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