Travel Essentials: Must-Have Mini 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.

BUT…

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  itcosmetics.com and ulta.com – 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!

xx

Glossier Super Serum Trio

Serums  first came into my life a few years ago, and have been a gamechanger for my skincare routine ever since. I now have a million – maybe a zillion – different kinds to treat any issue I might be dealing with. I have sensitive combo skin that gets congested easily and is stubborn to clear up… Though I don’t get full blown breakouts, I often have a lot going on under the surface. Mostly persistent blackheads/cloggage that can’t be exfoliated, brushed, or masked away.

I started focusing on my hydration game a few months ago, after complaining/talking with my internet-esthi-BFF Sarah of You Glow Gal about my problems and asking for her expert advice. Yeah, I was like, wtf are you thinking, telling me to hydrate my oily skin to fix my oily skin’s problems??? too.

She suggested I stop focusing on exfoliating products that may dry and strip my skin, and to add hydrating products instead. Yeah… I was like, wtf are you thinking, telling me to hydrate my oily skin to fix my oily skin’s problems??? too.

But, in any case I changed up my cleansers (yes, I use many), serums, moisturizers, and even the masks I used. I figured there was no harm in trying to moisturize my congestion out, since all my other methods had failed thus far…

It took a few weeks, but shifting my focus from “dry and exfoliate those annoying little fuckers out of my face!” to “hydrate and plump the fuck out of those little pores so they melt out of your face” has done me well.

I’ll admit I am not perfect and regularly fall prey to picking my face (albeit, a clean, exfoliated face, very carefully and with tissues)… I think when I wasn’t hydrating as much, any wear and tear my face took – a late night, too much wine, not washing it at night, picking at it – showed up SO much more dramatically, and for longer. Hydration helped build my skin’s resiliency back up, and I am not mad about it. Now my skin is much clearer – less congested, brighter, and with a more even tone.

I’ve had my eyes on the Glossier trio of serums to try since they first launched. I’m a big fan of their line (read other reviews here and here) and have been waiting to use up some of my other products before splurging on these bad boys.

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased the trio of serums purely out of lust and curiosity, and justified my purchase just as any other self-respecting beauty addict and skincare junkie (read: beauty blogger) would – it’s FOR THE BLOG! It’s for the benefit of my readers and internet friends! #logic

So, here I am to share my thoughts and give you more info on these magical elixirs… Meet the Glossier trio of Super serums.

Each is designed to address a different skin issue or skin type. But with how cute the packaging is (Glossier is truly iconic with their slick, minimal packaging that feels distinctly like every 90’s girl’s dream), I want to use them ALL, all the time.

First there’s Super Pure, with niacinamide and zinc. It’s supposed to calm breakout-prone skin and redness. I like using this one at night, especially when my skin is being a psycho. You can feel a trace of these after they’ve absorbed, it’s not greasy per se but still noticeable. Nbd after applying moisturizer, though.

Next is my fave of the set, Super Bounce, with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. This one eases and softens tight, rough skin. I’ve put it to the #1 in my morning serum rotation, as I love anything with hyaluronic acid in it — so hydrating without the heavy greasy moisturizing feels! I can’t say it literally makes my skin feel bouncy, but it does feel juicy and plump, like I have fat kid cheeks all over my face – in the good way.

Ps. PTR also makes a good serum with hyaluronic acid, called Water Drench. Big fan of the moisturizer, too. I used all of this serum up when I was first switching from exfoliating to hydrating products. :(

Finally there’s Super Glow, with vitamin C and magnesium. I haven’t had a change to try this one out yet, but this weekend should be a good opportunity as we’re going out both nights… As this is a serum to “brighten and energize dull, tired skin,” I think it would be the perfect antidote to combat the look of a hangover!!! I’ll keep you guys posted when I get the change to take it for a real test drive.

You can purchase them individually ($28 each, linked above) or get the serum trio ($65).

If you’re curious about these, I’d def recommend. I’ve asked friends and anyone who watches my Instagram story their thoughts, and everyone has positive reviews. It might be a little aggressive for you to buy the pack if you know you only need one of them, but they are SO CUTE HOW CAN YOU NOT?!

Even though I couldn’t exercise my wallet willpower with these, I did only buy one color of Cloud Paint and only one new Gen G lip color in this order, though… Progress?

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and no one ends up hungover like I inevitably will – BUT, at least I have Super Glow to fake a good night’s sleep for me!

xx