The Essentials

I have a problem when it comes to packing; Too many shoes.  I wouldn’t say I travel a lot, but I have traveled enough to know what you can take on a plane, and what you shouldn’t even bother packing.  For example; I have perfected my ability to pack the perfect mix and match outfit pieces in my suitcase.  Always more tops than bottoms, and keeping a color scheme to be able to mix and match those pieces is key.  I always get stuck on the shoes.  I want to pack all my favorites!  It doesn’t work out in my favor.

When it comes to my makeup bag I keep a “to go” bag always packed and stored under the bathroom sink.  It makes my life a little easier when packing, and I know I already have what I need in there (just add my everyday moisturizers and I’m good to go).  Depending on my method of travel, I may need to replace one or two items, but generally I keep the bag plane-friendly.  Read on to check out my must have beauty essentials!






First up, is my favorite go-to foundation: Covergirl Aquasmooth.  It’s a cream, with a smooth liquid-like coverage, and available for around $8.  It’s perfect for on the plane because I don’t need to worry about ounces.  I use a brush to apply it, but it comes with a thin application sponge.

Covergirl AquaSmooth

This next must-have isn’t plane friendly as it comes in an aerosol can (But I make sure to always pick it up once I arrive at my destination).  Batiste Dry Shampoo!  This is probably the best dry shampoo I have ever tried (and believe me, I have tried a lot).  It’s available at Ulta for around $7.99 (or $3.99 for the travel size).  It comes in all kinds of scents!  It doesn’t cause the normal greasy build-up like others do, and it actually leaves my hair looking fresh all day.

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dry shampoo


My favorite everyday moisturizer is by Aveeno.  I love their Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer.  It has SPF 30 (which is great for pale skin like mine), and a little goes a long way.  I purchase mine from Ulta for around $16.99, but you can sometimes find it cheaper at places like or Walgreens.  I use Aveeno products for all my skincare needs!

daily moisturizer
Aveeno Daily Moisturizer


One of the Brands I use the most is Nyx.  In my travel makeup bag you will find a plethora of their products.  The price for quality is great!  I make sure to always have the Nyx Concealer WandEpic Ink Liner, and Angel Veil Primer.  These are all must-haves when creating my everyday look on the go!  I always carry some of their butter glosses on me (the color depends on the season), but I always have their Velvet Matte Lipstick (Color: Charmed), in my bag.  The color is my absolute favorite, and looks like it was made for me.

nyx velvet matte
Nyx Velvet Matte Lipstick

Depending on the season, I might change out products and colors, but one must have that is always in my bag is Mascara!  Whether you are doing a full glam look, or just trying to look more awake, Mascara is always a must.  There are so many different types out there, and I am always switching out what I am using.  Right now I am loving Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

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Too Faced Mascara

I buy the majority of everything at my local Ulta, but I love that I can also buy the most of these products at my local CVS or Walgreens.  It comes in really handy when I’m traveling and there isn’t always a beauty store to be found.

Do you have a must-have beauty product that is always in your bag?  Is it travel friendly?  Drop a comment below and let me know!

xo Kat