In a couple of hours, I will be on a red-eye flight to New York to go backstage at Fashion Week and give Byrdie readers an inside look at the best beauty trends for next spring. I know—life is hard.
Knowing that the next few days are going to be a whirlwind of running back and forth between shows in (comfortable) heels, obsessive picture-taking, and makeup artist interviews, I’ve prepared an arsenal of products to help me look alert and awake (even if I’m not). From on-the-go eye masks to a soothing, sleep-inducing satchet (not as weird as it sounds), keep flipping to see the life-saving products I’m bringing with me to New York Fashion Week!
Amarte Daily Exfolipowder ($35)
This gentle powder cleanser is my go-to for traveling—mainly because it’s TSA-friendly and doubles as a cleanser and exfoliator. I know it’ll leave my skin looking smooth and is gentle enough to use every day. (You can read my full review for it here.)
La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Perfection à Porter ($150)
The perfect size to toss in my bag, this adorable compact contains a light-reflecting eye cream (I love the light, mousse-like consistency) and a plumping lip balm for on-the-go touch-ups.
Jonathan Cohen for Shu Uemura Cosmetic Case ($48)
Not only is this limited-edition Jonathan Cohen for Shu Uemura case totally chic (I’m a sucker for neoprene anything), but it’s also the perfect size for my mini bottles of Shu’s Full Shimmer Shampoo ($19) and Conditioner ($19) and Essence Absolue ($26).
L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Perfumed Sachets ($19)
I plan on putting one of these under my pillow the minute I get to my hotel—the lavender, bergamot, and mandarin essential oils have coaxed me to sleep on many a stressed-out night, and I expect it to do the same when I’m in New York.
Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers ($12)
Oily skin and hot, humid weather is not a pretty sight. That’s why I’m packing these delicate blotting papers with me to keep shine (and sweat) at bay as I’m running from show to show.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels ($30)
Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams very kindly bestowed two of these to me last time she was in our office, promising that they would instantly de-puff any eye bags—and she was right. I’m saving my last set for my groggiest New York morning.
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream ($14)
Perhaps deodorant isn’t the most glamorous product to include in a list of travel beauty essentials, but it’s a necessity for sure. I admit that the thought of scooping out a deodorant cream and applying it to my underarms wasn’t the most appealing, but after just one use of this product I became a believer. Soapwalla’s version is all-natural and actually works—I’m fully confident that I’ll smell fresh and clean whenever I use it, no matter how high the temps get.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed ($30) in Streak
I love a good double-duty product, but a triple-duty product? Even better. This palette by Urban Decay’s obsessively-followed Naked line features a peachy blush, matte bronzer, and shimmery highlighter that gives me an instant glow every single time.
Bite Beauty Matte Lip Créme ($25) in Péche and Fambroise
I could wax poetic about these creamy-yet-matte lip pencils all day—in fact, I already have. I plan on using these to detract attention away from tired eyes.
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint ($38) in Linen
This oil-free tinted moisturizer has the best texture—it’s light and almost mousse-like, but gives you an airbrushed finish. Plus, it has SPF 15, so I can rest assured my skin will be protected too.
Be The Skin Botanical Moisturizing Soothing Cream ($35)
Can you tell I’m a little bit obsessed with skincare? In case you can’t, here’s another skin product I’ll be bringing with me: Be The Skin’s Botanical Moisturizing Soothing Cream ($35)—a lot of adjectives, yes, but it’s the perfect p.m. moisturizer and actually does everything it promises. I use this Korean product at night and wake up to plump, refreshed skin.
What are your travel beauty essentials? Tell us below!