Monday, February 5, 2018

Makeup Wars Best Beauty Travel Essentials

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The Makeup Wars! team is currently featuring our beauty travel picks, and since I travel a lot, I wanted to share my idea of perfect beauty travel companions. I used to travel with far too many products, and often even carried full-size containers, but I found it far too cumbersome, and quite frankly a waste of space. Therefore, I prefer to carry deluxe travel sizes whenever possible. I tend to streamline my makeup, and carry only the bare minimum in my purse (eye pencil, mascara, lipstick, lip balm, sunscreen and tinted moisturizer), but my skincare, haircare and other essentials are always carried in my overnight travel bag, and that is what I will feature here. 

African Botanics Departures Essentials Set ($225.00 from African Botanics and Credo Beauty): This is the ultimate travel set for anyone who loves ultra-luxe green skincare. African Botanics is the holiest of holy grail skincare for me, and therefore I use their products every single day. This set is perfect for me since I already use all of these products, and that means that I don't have to decant from my full size products into travel sizes (until I need to refill them). Below you will find a link to my review of each of the products in this set.

According to African Botanics,

Maintain glowing and healthy skin while traveling and exploring the world. Contains 7 luxury, travel-sized essentials to keep your skin supple, replenished, plump and well hydrated. Pure Marula Cleansing Oil, Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser, Buchu Botanical Enzyme polish, Rose Treatment Essence and Mineral Cleansing Mask all work together to reinvigorate tired skin and improve the overall appearance of your complexion. Rich in antioxidants, Neroli infused Marula Oil and Intense Skin Repair Balm help regenerate cells, reduce redness leaving your complexion glowing.

This magnificent handwoven travel purse is crafted from authentic West African mud cloth (bògòlanfini) that reflects the centuries-old art of mud dyeing cotton and embellishing it with distinctive tribal patterns.

Set Includes:
Pure Marula Cleansing Oil (Reviewed HERE)
Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser (Reviewed HERE)
Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish (Reviewed HERE)
Rose Treatment Essence (Reviewed HERE)
Mineral Cleansing Mask (Reviewed HERE)
Neroli Infused Marula Oil (Reviewed HERE)
Intense Skin Repair Balm (Reviewed HERE)
TATCHA Travel Must-Haves: TATCHA is such a beloved brand, and I always have several of their products with me when I travel.

TATCHA SILKEN Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 (reviewed HERE) ($68.00 for 2 oz. from TATCHA, Barneys New York and Sephora): This is a very effective sunscreen that is also available in a travel size, and when I know that I will be traveling for more than a few days, I tend to carry the full size tube in my travel bag and the travel size in my purse to reapply throughout the day.

TATCHA Luminous Dewy Mist (reviewed HERE) ($48.00 for 1.35 fl oz. from TATCHASephora, Violet Grey and Barneys New York): This luxurious mist is he perfect refreshing pick-me-up while traveling, and it is especially wonderful to keep skin hydrated, soft and luminous during flights.

TATCHA Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream (reviewed HERE) ($38.00 for 2 oz. from TATCHA, Barneys New York and Violet Grey): This hand cream is such a treat to dry hands, and it effortlessly heals even the most chapped and irritated hands. This is one of my favorite products to take when I travel, and it leaves hands gloriously soft and smooth.
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe Travel Size (Reviewed HERE) ($8.00-$9.00 for  for 1 oz. and $16.00 for 1.8 oz. from Sephora, Ulta and Dermstore): This is such an effective, and healthy deodorant, and it's perfect for travel both in its diminutive size and in its formulation. Intended for people with active lifestyles, this deodorant offers protection even through a vigorous workout. The scent is a crisp floral that is warmed up by vanilla, and it is delicious!

According to LAVANILA,

This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanilla’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness. SmartSport technology blends antibacterial, antimicrobial, and nourishing actives including rosemary, sage, Japanese green tea, and organic baking soda and has been tested under extreme conditions to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection. The crisp vanilla breeze scent blends white jasmine with watery honeydew, green apple and a whisper of powdery vanilla.

This product is also free of harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, aluminum, silicone, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, mineral oil, formaldehyde, and synthetic fragrance or dyes.

Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste ($7.50 for 1.3 oz. and $13.50 for oz. from Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Sephora, Dermstore, Net-A-Porter and Urban Outfitters): This refreshing, whitening toothpaste is such a treat to use, and it's a definite travel favorite, but it's also a favorite for home use as well. It's definitely a more luxurious take on toothpaste, but it's worthwhile pampering.

According to Marvis,

A refreshing, creamy toothpaste in a mint flavor that whitens and protects teeth while freshening breath.

Featuring a sharp taste of cool mint for a pleasant and lasting freshness, this toothpaste carries out a whitening activity on your teeth for a beautiful, brighter smile. This original Marvis formula whitens and protects teeth, freshens breath, and helps prevent tooth decay, tartar, and plaque. It delivers a long-lasting, delightful flavor with a slight tingling sensation, and comes in a distinctive, display-worthy tube that makes the perfect bathroom accessory.
Cuvée Beauty Everyday Essence Travel Kit ($30.00 for three 1.7 oz. bottles from Cuvée Beauty, Cult Beauty and Dermstore): This is the perfect haircare travel set. It contains a wonderful color-safe shampoo and conditioner along a antioxidant and nutrient-rich treatment. They are the perfect size, at 1.7 oz. each, which is perfect if you are gone for more than a couple of days.

According to Cuvée Beauty,

Three deluxe travel-sizes to give the real girl a complete Cuvée Beauty experience. Each limited edition kit includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Première Treatment--the foundational steps to hair health--as well as some new tips & tricks for amazing results. Do check out the back of the kit for a loyalty reward offer because our Turn Up the Volume summer campaign is still in action!

Weightless formula
Anti-oxidant protection
Helps balance the scalp’s ecosystem
Protects & strengthens hair
Sulfate-free. Paraben-free. Pthalate-free. Cruelty-free.
Safe for color and chemically-treated hair
Note: Première Treatment, 1.7oz is exclusively available only in Everyday Essence Kit

Overall Assessment: I love all of these products and since I use them when I am at home, I really like traveling with deluxe travel sizes as well. What do you like to take on your travels?

Be sure to click on the blogger badges below to see what the other Makeup Wars! Team members love to take on their travels.

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  1. I love having smaller travel size products of my favorites too. It makes traveling and staying with my current routine so much easier. Love that LaVanila deodorant!!

    1. It really makes travel so much easier! Isn't the Lavanila Deodorant incredible?!

  2. I try to use all the deluxe samples I receive when I travel, so what I take often depends on what I recently got! But I have a few must-haves like the Make Marine Salve for my lips as they get even dryer when I fly.

    1. It really cuts down on the travel clutter so much! I always have a few must-haves as well! I haven't tried Make Marine Salve, but I will definitely try it!

  3. $225 for a travel set!! Holy cow! If I traveled more for work I’d likely invest in a travel sizes of something that would be a treat. It’s nice to feel pampered on the road, I traveled a lot in my late 20s/early 30s for work. I remember “splurging” and bought myself a Bliss Spa set of trial sizes once ($25 though!)

    1. Yes, it's an ultra-luxe eco skincare brand, and their products are truly extraordinary! It really does make a difference feeling pampered while traveling!

  4. Your picks are wonderful. I don't travel much so I'm always scrambling to find items. I love the sets since it makes it easy to have everything you need.

    1. Thank you, Marcia! They definitely make me happy when I travel! The sets really make it easy when they stock the essentials!

  5. I adore Tatcha products! These all look like great travel sets!

    1. Me too, it's such an amazing brand! Thanks, these definitely are wonderful for travel!

  6. Cuvee is a new to me brand, I will check it out!

  7. You picks look worth trying. I don't travel much but I need everything when I am traveling and there isn't a travel size version for every product that I use so I end up putting the ones I have, in travel cases.

    1. Thank you, Sahrish. I love traveling with these products– they really make me feel pampered when I am not at home!

  8. I've heard a lot about Cuvee products, and have been seeing them on Cult Beauty. The hair treatment sounds lush. I have to try it out soon.

    1. I really like their products a lot. Definitely worth checking out since Cult Beauty carries the brand! Perhaps they will have samples in one of their gift bags!

  9. I love the Tatcha mini's, I have a few! This is a wonderfully extravagant list.

    1. Yes!!! The TATCHA minis are really such an amazing treat while traveling! Thank you, I am so glad that you enjoyed my luxe little choices!


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