Shampoo and Conditioner
Hotel shampoo and conditioner will never be as nice as the ones you have from home. Bringing a small amount of your liquid products is too much of a hassle, and may end up spilling all over the inside of your luggage. We love the idea of bringing solid bars of shampoo and conditioner that can fit into a small soap dish,
We like LUSH's line of solid shampoo and conditioner bars. Try the Godiva shampoo bar ($11.95) for a jasmine scent and the Jungle conditioner bar ($8.95). Can't find a soap dish that will fit the shampoo and conditioner bars. Have no fear! Tins can be purchased on the LUSH site and in store for $3.95 An added benefit is that all LUSH items are vegan.
Mary Kay's TimeWise 3-in-1 cleansing bar creates a nice foam without drying out your face. Cleansing bar comes with a soap dish for easy storage. Bar retails at $20.
Face and Skin Lotion
This is rather ingenious. Pacifica offers lotion towels that can be used for hands, body and face. We like Malibu Lemon Blossoms available at Ulta ($7 for 30 wipes).
Remember to bring sunblock with at least an SPF of 30. Even if you are traveling to a place with snow, this is a must as the sun's rays still shine. Try MD MOMS Baby silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes, SPF 30 ($25.99).
Too Faced's Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Priming Powder and Finishing Veil. This translucent powder is ultra-fine and a small dusting over your face lasts all day. Available in pressed and powdered forms for $30 each.
It's hard to find powder foundations that equal liquid formulations. Mary Kay's Cream to Powder Foundation does a great job of providing full coverage. The Cream to Powder Foundation comes in 10 different shades and runs $18 each.
Another fantastic pressed foundation is IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination. This silky formula comes in five shades for $35 each.
We like packing a cream blush. Tarte's airbrush maracuja blush goes on smooth and is highly pigmented; $26. We also like Clinique's Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm, available in four colors for $21 each.
Your best bet is to bring an eye shadow palette with a combination of neutral and fun colors. Try the In the Garden palette by Stilla. Palette costs $20 (orig.$39).
Sigma's Color Pop Brush kit. Kit comes with a contour brush (for foundation and blush), eye shading brush, and blending brush. Kit sells for $29. Also a great way to test out Sigma's brushes to see if you want to purchase an entire set.
A solid lip tint that you can build for more intense color is the way to go. Bring a couple of shades to wear in the day and the night. Check out the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm by Clinique. Chubby sticks cost $17.00 each. You can also try Revelon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain for $6.84 each or Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Stick for $8.49 each.
Bring travel-sized mascara for easy transport. Look at bringing Benefit's BADgal Lash Mascara for $10.
How to Further Condense My Makeup?
If you want to lessen the amount of makeup to carry-on further, give Urban Decay's Naked on the Run kit for $54.00. The kit comes with six iconic Naked eyeshadows, bronzer, blush, lipgloss, travel-sized mascara and eyeliner. We would try the palette out a week before bringing it on vacation to make sure the look will work for you throughout the duration of your stay. Also, you will still need to bring face brushes with as the kit does not have these.