My Favorite Muli-Use Products for Travel
If there is one thing I have learned as a flight attendant, it is how to pack! You get so sick of lugging around heavy bags you really start to cut out anything unnecessary. It varies person to person what is considered "necessary". Some people bring french presses, some bring smoothie blenders, some bring foam rollers, some bring wine, some don't bring more than one change of clothes so they can fit more food in their suitcase than just be limited to their lunch bag. I would say my most unique item I need with me is a Travel Essential Oil Diffuser. I got it at Target for $20 and I love it! I use a diffuser every night at home to help me sleep so on the road it is that little reminder of home for me. Plus the relaxing oils help me drift to sleep no matter what time zone I'm in or how the day was. Below I have listed my travel must haves for my make up and toiletries bag. Anything that can be used for more than one purpose is really what I want to buy in hopes of again, lugging around less "things". I will add to this list anytime I find something new I feel like I need to share with my fellow flighties. For now, these babies are whats up!
1.) Catcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48, www.tatcha.com)($15 for travel size!). My all time favorite double duty beauty product right now. Back in college I had a serious Dermologica obsession. It was the first higher end skin product line I had been introduced to. I'm sure many of you remember their "pre-cleanse". It was an oil you would wipe all over your face to remove makeup or anything else yucky that was gathered throughout the day, then rinse it off, all BEFORE using a cleanser. This to me, was mind blowing and oh so fancy. Well Tatcha's Camellia oil is basically a pre-cleanse that then turns into a cleaner once exposed to water. Its amazing. So what I do is strip down, get the shower going, put the oil all over my face and scrub, then immediately hop in the shower, wet my hands and start massaging the now cleanser into my skin. Rinse. Skin feels SO clean! My newest go to in my toiletries kit! I literally look forward to using it at the end of the day often saying to fellow flight attendanst "ugh i just want to go wash my face!" or "get the airplane off of me".
2.) Tarte Maracuja Oil ($48, www.tartecosmetics.com)($16 for travel size! I refill my travel size bottle from the full size.) . Ok, so I may have a slight obsession with oily things right now. This oil I use at night and I wake up to such glowing, radiant, healthy, hydrated skin. But NOT oily! Its a miracle in a little purple bottle and my skin cannot get enough, especially while flying.
3.) Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17, www.clinique.com)($7 for travel size!) It is a life long goal of a flight attendant to find a lipstick or gloss that has great color, is long lasting, and is NOT drying! It's basically a a lot of trial and error. The cult clinique favorite product I had always seen but never tried...IDK clinique always seemed a little older than me. Moms use clinique, not me. Anyway, once I received this in my Sephora PLAY! kit I am officially a believer. Its a subtle color (many colors to choose from) but defiantly enough to see and it does not dry lips out! It almost feels like a chapstick with some color, but the color is more reliable and better quality than those of the drugstore colored chapsticks.
4.) Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater ($7, www.mariobadescu.com) . This is my favorite relief during the hot summer months flying. Whether I am using it as a spritz on my face for a quick mid-flight refresh, an aid to help re boost or set my make up, or spraying it all over for moisture, it is the perfect amount of hydration on the go. Plus the scent is very subtle yet feminine which makes me feel like I'm taking a mini trip to the spa anytime I spray it. I personally use it on my face and hair the most.
5.)Too Faced Hoola Bronzer ($29, www.benefitcosmetics.com) Hoola is my favorite multi-use make up product in my bag, I use it as a normal bronzer of course, but I also use a contour brush to add a little contour to my cheek bones, nose and jaw line. I use it as an eye shadow when going for that tropical beach look on layovers. I feel as a shadow it pulls my whole look together, sometimes I will add a sparkly top shadow over it. I use it along my collarbones for some contour there too if I have an open chested dress or top on. The matte bronze is super natural looking and pairs beautifully with all kinds of highlighters.
Note: All products can be bought at Sephora with the exception of the Mario Budescu Spray, which you can find at Ulta!