When it comes to beauty products, I'm not really one to pack lightly. Since travelling is such a shake-up to a normal routine as it is, I try to make an effort to maintain some normalcy, and sticking to a beauty routine that's similar to my normal one (albeit with some modifications) brings me comfort when away from home. Not only that, but travelling can wreak havoc on a girl's skin and hair, so there's always a little damage control to consider when packing my toiletry kit and makeup bag.
There's plenty to say about what beauty products I do pack when travelling, but I also have reasons for deciding what to leave at home. Usually, it's that the item in question is unnecessary, bulky or takes too much time to use. But luckily, beauty brands seem to be on the same page with me and have developed (or just shrunk) plenty of products that make packing for travel a breeze.
Obviously there are exceptions to this (e.g., if you're going to a wedding or have a hair cut that requires some styling) but for the most part, I try to avoid fussing too much with my hair when traveling and embrace its natural texture to save both time and luggage space.
I try to avoid makeup that takes time and precision to apply when travelling, but I won't go anywhere without my trusty eyelash curler. It makes me look wide awake, which is something I'm usually not post-flight.
I usually get a gel manicure before a trip, but even when I don't, I worry about nail polish breaking or leaking in my bag, so I opt to leave it at home. That said, nail clippers and files can cure a lot of manicure sins.
To be fair, I'm not a big hair spray user to begin with, but I'd definitely never allow it to take up valuable retail space in my luggage (unless I'm traveling to a fancy event like a wedding). Instead, I always pack a mini hair oil for added polish.
Leave: Lip Products in Pots Pack: Lipsticks and Lip Wands
I feel like my hands aren't as clean as they typically are when I travel, so I opt for a more sanitary option than a lip product in a pot, like this glossy nude lipstick that I've been using all summer.