As a skincare junkie, trying to pick and choose what toiletries I will take on a trip is like choosing a favorite child. It’s just wrong. Yet, because they are inanimate objects, I didn’t hurt any feelings by choosing my essential products.
From on top of the pink bag, moving downward
- coconut oil– all around moisturizer and I use a few drops in place of conditioner
- Shampoo bar– can also double as a body wash.
- A little piece of African Black Soap– a facial cleanser
- Evan Healy Rose Cleansing milk– gentle facial cleanser
- Evan Healy Rose water– first step after cleansing
- Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil- serum/ moisturizer
- Juana Candlenut body wash
- raw whipped shea butter
- Aveda body lotion- didn’t use it
- Ren face lotion
- eye cream
- jade roller- for facial massage
- (not pictured) facial sunscreen
Final assessment: Because it was so cold, I used my more moisturizing rose cleanser instead of my African Black Soap, so I didn’t need to bring that. Also, I am terrible at using body lotion, and I just used my coconut oil.
I am not a makeup person, and I didn’t even use half of the stuff I brought. I did bring:
- clear eyebrow gel- my personal desert island essential.
- Lancome liquid eyeliner- my second desert island essential
- Lancome mascara- didn’t use it
- black eyeliner- didn’t use it
- Dior concealer- didn’t use it
- pink mini Marc Jacobs lipstick- didn’t use it
- matte red lip pencil- didn’t use it
- mini Benefit highlighter- didn’t use it
- Lancome makeup remover
- Muji cotton squares
- Tweezerman tweezers
- mini spatula- for scooping out my raw shea butter
- disposable mascara wands- didn’t use them
Since most of the makeup items I brought were minis, the added weight wasn’t too bad so it wasn’t too much of a packing regret. Just stuck to my everyday look of groomed brows and a small flick of liquid eyeliner at the outer corner of my eyes.
Final assessment: Don’t expect that you will magically become more interested in makeup when you are on a trip. Always put skincare first!