Arguably more stressful than finalizing actual travel plans is determining which beauty products will make the cut and come along with you. Whether you’re spending the holidays in the sun or heading home to your parents’ house, the choice gets tougher once you factor in all of the gifts that need to boarding. In the name of keeping your luggage light and your baggage fees minimal, we’ve rounded up the best travel-friendly products to pack before you head off for the holidays. TSA has nothing on these liquid regulation-friendly picks.
1. St. Tropez + Lilly Pulitzer The ultimate Escape Kit
Even if you aren't escaping to white sand beaches over the holidays, you can fake that you have a ticket booked with this set of St. Tropez self-tanning essentials in a cute, waterproof Lilly Pulitzer-designed bag.
St. Tropez, Lilly Pulitzer | $48
2. Bite Beauty
Thanks to a pouch packed with compact lip pencils in all your favorite shades, you’ll never have to choose which lippies get to go with you and who has to stay behind.
Bite | $25
3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Since no other mascara makes lashes look quite as long and full as Too Faced’s formula, make sure its mini tube is the first thing you toss into your makeup bag.
Too Faced | $12
A family photoshoot—or two is bound to happen when you’re home for the holidays so it’s best to go prepared. In case your aunt who’s snapping the photos isn’t versed in filters, sweeping a highlighter on your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and the brow bones will illuminate your complexion just as good as any photo editing app.
Hourglass | $22
5. Rodin Olio Lusso Travel Kit
Just because you're travelling doesn't mean your skincare routine should suffer. Stash luxe face, body and hair oils, and a hand and body cream to take with you.
Rodin | $250
6. MAC Cosmetics Navy Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette
Whether you're meeting up with hometown friends for a night out or you're headed to a family dinner, this palette may be small, but it houses all the shades you'll need for any and every occasion.
MAC | $32
7. Maison Louis Marie No.5 Kandilli Perfume
If you’re like us, you avoid checking your bag at all costs. That’s why we love this tiny fragrance bottles with a rollerball applicator. With intoxicating notes of ylang jasmine, sandalwood, tropical tuberose, and white lily, the TSA will wish they could confiscate your scent.
8. Diptyque The Art of Body Care Travel Kit
This lineup guarantees that wherever you’re heading for holiday time off, soft and smooth skin will follow.
Diptyque | $50
9. T3 Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer
More often than not, the blow-dryer that comes with your hotel room has been there since the '80s. Instead, pack a fold-up version of your favorite dryer. You'll get the same power as a full-sized without it taking up most of your luggage space.
T3 | $150
The key to good hair days: Taking sample-sized editions of every hair product you have in your shower. This lineup includes shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, and sea spray.
Verb | $14