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Packing Light: The Perfect Travel Bag Beauty Picks


While traveling is usually a mind-opening, positive experience, we can all agree that getting ready for a vacation can be a drain, especially when it comes to picking the perfect toiletries to take. With the goal of uniting minimalism and multifunction, we wanted to share some streamlined beauty staples tried and tested by our Glossy experts, meant to take the guesswork out of packing.

One of the most important things for us whenever we are away from our home shower is having a shampoo and conditioner that will tame our hair without leaving it feeling like cardboard (generic hotel two-in-one shampoo, we’re looking at you). The answer to our mane prayers comes from Los Angeles-based brand, Luseta, in the form of a delectable Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner combo that treats damaged hair with a blend of vitamins and fatty acids derived from the coconut. We love it also for its tropical scent, which remains deliciously fragrant long after you’ve dried off.

When it’s time to face the sun, we know we need to protect ourselves with products that beautify but also keep skin safety in mind. One beach day must-have we are especially excited about is Supergoop’s super cool Lipscreen. This innovative formula unites the shiny finish of a lip gloss with the sun protection of an SPF 50, without compromising on texture. Containing antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols and sunflower seed oil, this futuristic “lip top coat” is also water-resistant, ensuring your pout stays hydrated and protected from UV rays all day. Another beach bag product we are drooling over is SKINN Cosmetics Collagenesis Daily Defense SPF 30. This lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen not only keeps your face soft and burn-free, but it also simultaneously fights wrinkles with a powerful blend of antioxidants. Talk about double duty! And, because we want to keep our perfectly tousled beach hair looking fly all day long, we are also loving Ouidad’s Botanical Boost Energizing Refreshing Spray, which keeps curls and waves fresh and bouncy with a fragrant blend of botanicals like rosehip and aloe. This delicate mist can also be used to detangle damp hair and protect against future breakage; perfect for mid-day touch ups, and for imbuing your locks with a little extra shine and frizz control.

After a day spent outdoors, all beauty junkies need a few go-to products to help get ready for an evening out. We start by giving our face a serious burst of nutrients–and radiance–in the form of Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie Liquid Care. Each bottle of this energizing liquid moisturizer contains at least 30 leaves of skin-healing lemon balm and 100 mg of vitamin-packed goji berry. Not only will this essence, which is inspired by Korean skin care, help revive tired, dry skin, but it will also refine your texture and leave behind a healthy glow. Now, for some color. Transition beautifully into nighttime with the summer perfect nail polish color, Julep’s Carolyn. This creamy bright melon hue is infused with strengthening Hexanal and antioxidant green coffee extract as well as Julep’s proprietary Oxygen Technology, which beautifies your nails as you wear it. Last but not least, it’s time for a spritz or two of fragrance, and we’re craving something that is both sunny and sultry. To that end, our summer scent soul mate is without a doubt Harajuku Lovers Pop Electric G. Created by the super cool music and style icon, Gwen Stefani, this scent, also known as “Electric Coconut” is evocative of island life at night. Containing notes of mandarin, fresh coconut, apple skin, as well as freesia, jasmine sambac, white sandalwood and magnolia vapor, Electric G will definitely turn heads. Plus, the pop art-inspired flacon is small enough for your travel bag, yet artful enough to make a sweet statement on your vanity. Who says packing has to be tough?

Happy trails Glossies!

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