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What's in Your Beauty Bag?


I was reading one of our member's blogs,ettuandyou.com the other day about what she's packing in her beauty bag when she leaves for her vacation. I could personally identify with this piece because I've been travelling at least every other weekend for the past 2.5 years. It amazes me how much I need for only 2 days and I've tried my best over the years to pack lighter and lighter... but somehow every weekend I still head out the door with a stuffed suit case that weighs 20 - 35 pounds.

What do you normally pack when you go away? Do you pack just the essentials or do you pack everything? Do you use travel sizes? Do you pack your beauty tools like a hair dryer or flat iron?

Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

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@lauren thanks for the shout out!

After I wrote that post do you know how much stuff I actually forgot?

I must say that I am going to have a 'list' from now on that I keep in my travel makeup roll....

The one thing that I actually could've used is brow gel! Tweezers are helpful as well.

While I was away I picked up some dry shampoo too!

Did I mention that I have a makeup bag at work too?
Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:33 am

Everything is essential!

I have the same problem! It seems like no matter where I'm going and how long I'm going for I manage to pack what seems like half my house. I do have travel size bottles for shampoo and conditioner but they can only hold so much. So if I'm going for longer than a few days, I have to bring the regular sized bottles. Things like my mousse, serum, etc doesn't come in travel size so I have to bring it as is. I usually bring a flat iron, just in case.

I find that I try to pack only the essentials but eventually I realize everything is essential! What if I'm away and need it but didn't pack it? I also bring a manicure set and tweezers, just in case. I'm a "just in case" packer. Maybe that's my problem! It's just so hard to limit things especially because most of them I use almost every day so chances are pretty good I'll need them while I'm away.
Apr 19, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

I hear ya!

@meredithk - dry shampoo is always a good thing to have when you're on the go. You never know when someone is going to decide to hog the shower or unanticipated plans leave your needing a little 'pick-me-up'. John Frieda has a new dry shampoo that's really little - super easy to fit in a purse and won't take up much space in your luggage.
Ps. lists are the only thing that keeps me sane. I right down everything, even the things that are obvious

@beachbabe - exactly! I need the wash, toner, moisturizer, make up base, full make up bag ...then comes the hair products. Half my suit case if full by the time I get to pack any clothes. I've started borrowing other peoples hair dryers and if I'm at a friends I won’t pack my flat iron so at least I can cut down a little bit!
Try skipping the "just-in-case" packer next time and see what happens...

Apr 19, 2011 @ 02:11 pm

Keep trying

I should try that... never seems to work though! When I visit my parents I bring less because I know I can use whatever I may need there. It's a learning process!
Apr 19, 2011 @ 02:49 pm
Miss K

my recent voyage

On a recent 3 day trip I managed to fit all my things into a MEC daypack and a small purse, which equaled 0 waiting time for luggage and fast navigation through the NYC subway system.
I recently got a sample in the mail of Tresseme shampoo/conditioner so I saved it and used that for 2 days (new favorite shampoo! going to buy it when mine runs out), I had a 30ml bottle of body wash from a hotel somewhere so the big bottles of shampoo/body wash could stay home.
Next my moisturizer, I put a little bit of it in a tiny 5ml container I saved from a sample somewhere. Face wash followed suit in another 5ml bottle. I did have to bring full size mascara, a couple brushes, and I did my best to bring double duty makeup. So all together I ended up with a small makeup bag.
Aside from that, I brought a full size flat iron (desperately need a travel size one!), small bottle of perfume, lotion, hand sanitizer.
Packing light really is an art...one that I'm working on every time I pack for a trip.
Apr 25, 2011 @ 12:27 am
Ali de Bold


Can you pack for me next time I go on a trip? I don't know how to go away for a weekend without a full set of luggage. Embarrassing really. You never end up using most of it and then you have to wash it anyway because it smells like suitcase.
Apr 25, 2011 @ 03:11 pm

my tips

I always help myself to the hotel samples or snag travel size products when they go on clearance at my drugstore. I save tons of space by not dragging my full bathroom stock with me! I also carefully select my makeup and take just one eyeshadow palette, one mascara, one lipstick etc instead of planning to have a range of options. With a little experimentation it's amazing how many different looks you can create with so few supplies!

I also plan to do laundry wherever I am. If I'm visiting family it's really easy but even when I''m not I use the hotel coin laundry or even a laundromat. I help myself to the plastic laundry bags at the hotel (there I go again!) to keep my fresh clothes safe from the suitcase. Even if everything in there is clean, your right Ali, it does still have a certain smell. This keeps my wardrobe needs a little smaller too.

I still travel with way to much but these little tricks do allow me to save quite a bit of space!
Apr 25, 2011 @ 03:36 pm

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