Jen shares her favorite summer travel beauty and hair product picks
As a rule of thumb I never pack more than a carry-on when I travel. I learned this practice the hard way during my study- abroad trip in college. Back then, I opted to go for the largest suitcase I could find and to pack it until the zippers were ready to bust. Needless to say, rolling that monstrosity through the train stations of Europe was less than enjoyable.
Since, I’ve learned to be a much smarter traveler and have migrated my packing practices towards the simpler side. In doing so, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade on packing tight and light. The most obvious of the tricks–sticking to travel sizes of my favorite products.
Another trick I’ve learned is to minimize my packing list down to the essentials. For me, this means deciding on a few go-to hair and makeup looks that will carry me through my trip and packing only my must-have products. During these hotter months, I like to keep my makeup light and rely on the right primers and products to keep everything from melting off from the sun’s heat and ensuing sweat. When it comes to my hair, I’ve learned that it’s better to work with rather than against my natural wavy texture. Instead of fighting to keep my strands straight, I use products to keep my frizz in tact and to pump up the curls.
In exactly one month I’ll be jet setting back to Europe for my summer holiday. This time, the roller suitcase stays behind in favor of my overhead bin friendly carry-on. Inside, you’ll find my makeup bag packed with these favorite summer travel beauty essentials:
Love this ‘no-sunscreen-smell’ solution for warding off sunburn.
I adore this cute tropics-inspired print keeps products stashed and styled.
A life-long love of mine. I’ve never found a moisturizer I like more.
When in Rome…I embrace beachy waves with this fantastic surf spray.
My must-haves for creating easy breezy beachy up-dos.
A great bronzer that sets your makeup while adding a healthy glow.
When keeping makeup to a min, I like to make sure my eyebrows are perfection.
In lieu of heavy foundations, I like to stick to a lightweight BB creme.
My secret weapon for helping my makeup to last all day.
In the summer, I like to stick with a neutral eye that feels easy and effortless.
This cream blush adds the perfect pop of color to cheeks and doubles as a lip sheen.
For stand-out waterproof lashes this drugstore steal is my go-to.
There’s little I love more than sporting a bright pink lip esp. on vaca!
Another secret weapon for keeping eye shadow in place even under the hot sun.