Remember when your biggest travel stress was whether or not your shampoo would leak all over your carry-on? Now, with the TSA keeping liquids to one teeny-tiny quart-sized bag, you have to pack smarter to look gorgeous when you're on a trip. These great travel-friendly beauty products will help lighten your load — and get your beauty goodies past security.
Lush Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
Let's face it — you don't want to lose your favorite shampoo (or your favorite T-shirt) to a leaky travel-size bottle. So avoid the potential mess altogether. Lush's solid shampoo and conditioning bars are handmade from organic, plant-based ingredients and don't contain preservatives. If you're going on a short trip, simply slice off a little of the bars to stash in your bags to free up valuable space for your other beauty essentials (lush.com; $9.95 and $10.95).
Spa Week Traveling Beauty Kit
Want to make sure your travel kit makes the TSA cut? Opt for one of the well-edited beauty packages from 3floz.com, a Web site that's dedicated to travel-size beauty products that meet stringent security standards (or are simply easy to stash in your gym bag).
For on-the-go pampering, try their Spa Week Traveling Beauty Kit, which is stocked with all the portable versions of beauty essentials — including Archipelago Botanicals Pomegranate Body Wash and Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil. And since two of the products — the Yes to Carrots Cucumber Towelettes and Supergoop! SPF 30 Wipes — won't count against your carry-on liquid limitations, you'll still have room for the lone TSA-sanctioned one-quart bag (3floz.com; $30).
Supergoop SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes
Sunscreen is notoriously messy to apply — and almost always seems to leak all over your beach bag. So skip the bottle and go for the (much less messy) wipes instead. Supergoop! SPF 30 Everyday UV Protection Sunscreen Swipes aren't greasy, so you don't have to worry about sand sticking to your skin. Plus, the formula is perfect for sensitive skin: It's paraben free, utilizes zinc oxide as its active sunscreen, and includes green tea extract and vitamin E to help soften and protect skin (supergoop.com; $34).
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Facial Towelette
Why lug around a whole battery of facial-care products for a trip out of town when you can simplify? Dr. Dennis Gross EZ4U 2 Go Facial Towelettes are a four-in-one product, offering a cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and wrinkle fighter in one tiny swipe of a wipe. And since it's a wipe, you can use it to clean up your act even if there's no water around. It's formulated to suit all skin types — so it'll work whether you're oily or dry — and features botanically derived antioxidants to freshen up your face (dgskincare.com; $10).
LORAC Greatest Hits CD
You don't need a whole makeup bag when you're on the go — not when this slim, CD-sized case can carry everything you need for a beautiful face. Designed by makeup artist to the stars Carol Shaw, this palette features a lip and cheek tint, lip gloss, blush, and several shades of eye shadow, all in two different color schemes — one for those who need cooler shades and one for warmer shades. Pack this with a mini set of brushes and you can get red-carpet-worthy pretty much anywhere you go (lorac.com; $48).
Colgate Wisp Plus Whitening
That travel toothbrush is bound to get a little grungy in the traditional plastic carry case — and the toothpaste itself can take up valuable real estate in your little quart-sized bag. Colgate Wisps are tiny, disposable toothbrushes with a little dollop of toothpaste that allow you to freshen up anywhere (even without water — perfect for those more adventurous excursions where the water system's a little sketchy). It even has a little pick at the other end to help you take care of any icky bits stuck between your choppers (colgate.com; $7.79).
Mai Couture Blotting Papers
These teeny-tiny wallets are packed with blush, bronzer, or oil-blotting powder embedded into ultrathin sheets of paper. You can toss one (or all three) into your carry-on to ensure that you wind up looking rosier, more sun-kissed, or simply less shiny when you hit your destination. And you can leave all your bulky makeup brushes at home — you simply pat the papers against your skin (maicouture.com; $24–$33).
Mai Couture Blotting Papers
These teeny-tiny wallets are packed with blush, bronzer, or oil-blotting powder embedded into ultrathin sheets of paper. You can toss one (or all three) into your carry-on to ensure that you wind up looking rosier, more sun-kissed, or simply less shiny when you hit your destination. And you can leave all your bulky makeup brushes at home.
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Lighten your load when you hit the road with these no-mess beauty travel products.