Travel Beauty Essentials!

Last updated on March 16th, 2024 at 07:47 pm

Travelling is a big part of my job and as glamorous as that may sound, it really isn’t. I spend more time in the departure lounges of boring airports and on the plane getting from point A to point B than in the actual city that I’m visiting.

In order to speed this process up, I endeavour to only transit with carry-on luggage. However, I’ve never been particularly good at packing, especially practical things, but over the years, I’ve mastered it to some degree.

In this post, I will share with you travel beauty essentials for weekend trips and beyond.

Traveling light


To compromise on the clothing you want to take on a short trip is one thing, but choosing the utmost important travel beauty essentials is another.

Beauty junkies like myself will surely understand my quandaries when it comes to sticking to the bare minimum of a beauty and makeup kit that will suffice for a two-day trip to Paris where a perfectly manicured look is everything.

I’ve been narrowing the list more and more though and I’m now proud to say that I managed to limit myself to the magical number nine of the nine magical products and here they are.

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The Must-Have Travel Beauty Essentials


Coco Chanel once said;

A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.

YSL Opium

I couldn’t agree with her more and that’s why perfume is the first on my travel beauty essentials list. Opium by YSL is literally my opium and I don’t leave the house without it!

I’m also a big fan of Hermes Eau des Merveilles Eau De Toilette. It’s my favourite summer fragrance of late and if I had to describe the scent in a few words, I would quote ‘Emily in Paris’ and say that ‘it’s like being dressed in poetry.’

Batiste Dry Shampoo – The Travel Beauty Essential

  • Batiste dry shampoo, the instant hair refresh is a real hair-saver when you simply can’t wash your hair.
  • Or like it’s the case with me, you have a vintage hairstyle that doesn’t require a wash every day.
  • Batiste shampoo comes in different fragrances but my absolute favourites are Floral and Blush!
Batiste Dry Shampoo

Feather & Bone Exfoliator that Fits in Your Purse

  • Feather & Bone Exfoliator is one of the most brilliant new face products if you travel a lot because the tiny tablet works as a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser all in one.
  • It’s made of natural ingredients, my favourite, sandalwood is one of them.
  • The instruction calls for adding a tiny bit of water, which will turn the tablet into a paste.
  • I leave it on my face for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off, which makes the skin on my face feel incredibly tight as if I had a facelift!
Travel beauty essentials


Makeup Remover for a Short Trip

If your skin is dry or sensitive, you might be interested in my in-depth article about the top 10 makeup removers.

best makeup removers
Best makeup removers for sensitive skin.

Never Travel Without a Lip Balm

The Perfect Mascara for w Weekend Trip

  • I have short and straight eyelashes, truly awful, and I often wear faux lashes. Unfortunately, I’m not very skilled in applying them, so when I travel, I use lengthening mascara instead.
  • I simply can’t live without the newly discovered Dr Irena Eris Perfect Lashes Mascara, as well as their Lashes Growth Mascara. If you live outside the EU and can’t get hold of the Dr Irena Eris brand, I can wholeheartedly recommend Pat McGrath FetishEYES Mascara.
best makeup ideas for hooded eyes
Dr Irena Eris Mascara

The Red Lipstick is a Travel Beauty Essential

  • Red lipstick either by YSL, Pat McGrath, Besame or KIKO MILANO is an absolute must-have for me. You can analyse me as much as you like but I feel naked without my lips being painted red.
  • If you don’t have much space in your luggage for a bag full of makeup, I suggest you take your favourite lipstick and nothing else!
makeup ideas for hooded yes
Makeup ideas for hooded eyes.

The Nail Polish for the Polished Look

  • Beautifully manicured hands are a sign that you pay attention to details!
  • Red, black and pale pink are the preferred colours for my nails. Remember, no matter how expensive the nail polish is, it will probably chip off during your trip so don’t forget to take it with you for a touch-up!
Besame makeup


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And What Are Your Favourite Beauty Travel Essentials?

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  • Jane
    November 16, 2021

    I wish I could travel that light! I usually have a separate suitcase just for my makeup.
    Funny that you mentioned the Sisley lip balm because I was telling my friend about it.

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      November 16, 2021

      Yes, not easy to travel light. When it comes to makeup, all I need is red lipstick. It’s the hair that’s a problem! I refuse to travel without a can of hairspray, dry hair shampoo and two hair snoods. πŸ™‚

    • Budding Rose Beauty Life
      October 28, 2022

      Been longing to travel this year after pandemic. I really like your set of beauty essentials somehow similar to what I usually have. Thanks for sharing this on your blog.