9 Travel Beauty Essentials

June 21, 2016


9 Travel Beauty Essentials by M Loves M

With summer finally here, I’m sure you all have vacations on the brain! After traveling up to Carmel last week I started to think about my travel beauty essentials. There are definitely some products that I think are always important to include. Wherever you’re heading this summer, make sure you check this list before you go!


  1. Eye Mask– Eye masks are always a must when I travel, especially considering some hotel rooms have lighter curtains than others. I love this slip sleep mask because it’s made of 100% silk and won’t tug on the skin around your eyes. 
  2. Travel Brushes– Bringing full-sized brushes when you travel is totally unnecessary. They take up room, and they get so dirty in your makeup bag. Having a mini set to travel with is so helpful! I love this mini travel brush set that comes in its own carrying case.
  3. Comb/BrushThis seems like an obvious one, but I can’t tell you how often I’ve forgotten one or the other. It’s the worst when you get out of the shower and don’t have a comb to go through your hair with. This compact Tangle Teezer comes with a click-on cover that’s great for travel! I also love this travel brush with both boar and plastic bristles. 
  4. Face MaskI love bringing masks with me when I travel because they’re perfect to do in the evenings when I’m back in my room catching up on work. I love the Tata Harper Purifying Mask and it comes in a convenient 1 oz size. The mask works to deeply cleanse and detoxify skin, which is ideal while you’re traveling and dealing with all the elements. Plus the mask is 100% natural and non-toxic.
  5. PerfumeI can’t forget perfume when I travel. I almost feel naked without it! Rollerballs are so handy because you can throw them in your bag and go. One of my favorite spring/summer scents is Aerin Lilac Path– it smells heavenly!
  6. Lip and Cheek TintMulti-purpose beauty products are so handy when you travel because you can save a little extra room. A lip and cheek tint, like this one from Jouer, does double duty! I love the Petal and Peony colors for summer!
  7. SunscreenIf you can bring your own sunscreen I would highly recommend it. Sunscreen is always so expensive when you travel and stores don’t always have the best options. I started using this one from Block Island Organics and I really like it. It’s natural, organic, and non-toxic, plus it’s very lightweight and gentle enough for sensitive skin. You can read more about it here.
  8. Dry Shampoo/Hair SprayDry shampoo seriously comes in handy. It’s great not only when you need to hide dirty hair, but also when you want to give your hair a little extra lift and body. That is so needed after a day of travel and exploring. One of my favorites, R+Co Death Valley, comes in a handy travel size. And isn’t the name and packaging so fitting? They also make a great mini hair spray too, R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hair Spray.
  9. Tan ToweletteKate Somerville makes the best tan towelettes in my opinion! They are so easy to use and give you a natural glow- streak-free! It’s nice to have these on hand to give you a little extra color without needing to spend all day in the sun.

Are there any things you think are must-haves for beauty when you travel? Share with me below!


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  • So many good recommendation! I always bring earplugs too – noisy hotel “neighbors” can really ruin a trip!

    • yes so smart!! I’m a really deep sleeper but Matthew liked to bring them with him when he travels too!

  • Need everything:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • I haven’t thought of taking a facial mask with me, Mara! I love to bring my Aerin fragrance (I have Amber Musk) too! I have to bring my skincare regimen: can’t-live-without-vitamins, probiotics, cleanser, toner, serum, face sunscreen, and this night cream for sure!

    My Anastasia brow pencil and lipglosses (recently fell in love with the glosses), Bobbi Brown blush stick and Pond’s cleansing towelettes (the original formula) are a must and if I forget any of these, I pray that a Sephora is near by, haha! I’m going to have to try the Tata’s face mask for my upcoming trips this summer. I appreciate you telling us about natural and non-toxic products! xo

    • I loooove Amber Musk! I actually have a small sample of that one too and I bring that with me also. It’s a great nighttime scent 🙂

      And I haven’t tried the Anastasia lipglosses but now I really want to!! And totally agree that cleansing towelettes is a must, especially when you’re somewhere without a wash cloth!

  • I love the kate somerville tan towelettes! They’re great!

    xo, Carey

  • Great list!! I’ve never heard of the tanning towlettes – I’ll have to try them!


    • they are amazing!! I’ve tried a bunch of different ones and these are the best for sure!

  • That’s a nice list! I would also add lip balm as a MUST.

    Patricia | http://thesundayusual.blogspot.com

    • oh so true!! I always get chapped lips when I travel 🙁

  • I’m so happy to know about those towelettes! Lord knows I need all the help I can get and these are perfect for on the go!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • they are so great! I’ve tried a bunch and love these the most!

  • I personally love tarte’s cheek and lip stain. I get so much use of it! For traveling I really like Mario Bodescu’s rose water facial spray. I use it every morning at home, but while traveling it is an essential pick me up. http://www.chasingbelle.com

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