Minimalist toiletries for Québec Trip

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.


The toiletries:

From on top of the pink bag, moving downward 

  • coconut oil– all around moisturizer and I use a few drops in place of conditioner
  • toothpaste. 
  • deodorant.
  • 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
  • toothbrush
  • 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.

The makeup:

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!

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