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5 Multi-Use Beauty Products for Travel

written by Penny Sadler

When it comes to what to pack in my skincare and cosmetics kit for travel, as always, I try to keep it to a minimum. I lighten the load by choosing multi-use beauty products.

I know a lot of people love to travel because it’s a break from the routine of day-to-day life; no more grocery shopping, no work, housekeeping, or washing the car. For women, even putting on makeup every day can seem like a routine that we just get tired of. A vacation seems like a grand opportunity to go au naturale – oh the freedom.

5 Multi-use products for Travel beauty @PennySadler 2014

As a professional makeup artist and a passionate traveler, I have a different perspective.
Whether we like it or not, if we look attractive, we are seen as friendlier, smarter, and more approachable. A big part of my travel experience is meeting new people. With that said, if I’m meeting new people every single day, I make an effort to look my best. That doesn’t mean I spend an hour on hair and makeup. As a professional, I know a little goes a long way. I want to look awake, vibrant, and friendly – not tired and jet-lagged. Trust me, it matters.

When I travel I choose the following multi-use products because they meet most every basic requirements – moisturizer, sun protection, tanning lotion, color, hairspray that can double down as root lift, and some serious skin repair if needed. I can still take care of my beauty and grooming needs, without carrying too many products.

multi-use beauty product, Aura Beauty Stick, @PennySadler 2013

1. A Creme Blush Stick

Vapour Organic Blush Sticks

I like  Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Blush Sticks. They are creme blush sticks which can also be used as lip color. It comes in four colors, but I like Enchant or Impulse for most skin tones. In minutes you’ll have a healthy glow and look more awake.

2. A CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

The latest in multi-purpose products this cream does it all. It’s color correcting, primes, perfects and protects with SPF30. Not only that, it also fades discoloration. Talk about mult-tasking! There’s a good color range and I’ve tried this one myself and like it a lot.



Multi-use product Jergens moisturizer @PennySadler 2013

3. A Tanning Lotion/Moisturizer for the Body

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Try Jergens Natural Glow in Medium to Tan. I am fair but use the medium, otherwise it takes forever to get even a slight bit of color. Gets rid of dry flaky skin, and slowly develops an all over glow. Once the color develops, it also helps camouflage minor skin blemishes.


4. Hairspray
Hair spray has so many uses I can’t imagine leaving home without it. You can use it to hold hair in place, smooth fly aways, or to create volume at the roots when hair has gone flat. I like Alterna Caviar working spray and it comes in travel size.

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5. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

This is a classic that has been around forever, and with good reason. It heals the driest skin and airplane chapped lips. It you have a minor burn or other skin irritation it will help speed up healing and you can even smooth unruly brow hairs.

Whether you try one or all five of these products, your packing list just got smaller and your carry-on just got lighter.


All material ©PennySadler 2013.

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Vanessa November 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Love it all – but I must confess to being a bit dubious about the hairspray. But then again, I don’t use it at home OR on the road – maybe all my travel pics would look a lot better if I did!!!

Lillie - @WorldLillie June 27, 2014 at 12:25 am

Ah! I always forget that you’re a professional makeup artist. Neat tips, though I don’t think I’m cool enough to partake in these products!

Penny Sadler July 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Lillie, you are cool.

Micki June 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

What great tips! I am woefully, woefully bad at picking out new products. I find myself so overwhelmed when shopping for them, so thanks so much for the recommendations. I love the Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream already – I’m going to have to pick up some.

Penny Sadler June 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I just got some myself. Love it.

Mary @ Green Global Travel June 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to discover Tinted Moisturizer with SPF. Since we’re generally hiking in remote locations, I don’t find it necessary to wear a lot of make-up however I do like to look nice in photos. I love Tinted Moisturizer with SPF. It smooths out my skin tone while protecting my skin from the sun – a definite must!

Penny Sadler June 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

A little something is good. And since you’re going to apply SPF anyway, why not?

noel June 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Great tips, i would probably get the best results with that moisturizer since i spend a lot of time outdoors.

Penny Sadler June 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

What no hairspray? 🙂

Valen-This Way Paradise June 24, 2014 at 1:37 am

I always use creme blush stick. I find it so much easier. I also use coconut oil for a moisturizing treatment for my skin/hair/face cleanser routine!

Penny Sadler June 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Coconut oil is awesome. I just don’t find it practical to pack in my carry-on. 🙂

Jessie Voigts June 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Can you believe I haven’t used hair spray since high school?! Great list!

Penny Sadler June 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Well send me a PM and I’ll give you some not so known uses for it. 😉

Pam Borton September 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Thank you for this helpful list! I’ve been looking everywhere for a good one! I LOVE that Creme Blush stick, I have never seen that before. Plus, I like how it can also be used as lip color – two in one! I also found this article to be helpful, in case anyone has been looking around like me! http://eyemajic.com/travel-beauty-tips-10-must-carry-items/

Penny Sadler September 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hi Pam, Glad you liked it and thanks for visiting Adventures of a Carry-on. You might also like my makeup studio blog, pennysadler.blogspot.com

Maria August 29, 2013 at 6:38 am

Penny, the Vapour Organic Blush Stick sounds pretty cool. Thanks for the heads-up.

Penny Sadler August 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I truly like those a lot. I use one. They make some pretty foundation sticks too.

Carol B August 28, 2013 at 11:17 am

Great tips! And found me some new travel items. Didn’t think about a tanning lotion/moisture combo. Haven’t used the Elizabeth Arden cream, but might now. I suffer the worst chapped lips just about every time we travel.

Penny Sadler August 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

The 8 Hour cream also comes in a lip stick form.

Carol B August 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m going to have to look for that! Thanks for the tips.

Penny Sadler August 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I hope you find something you like. Thanks Carol!


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