Travel-savvy beauty stuff

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas coming soon after, tis’ the season for the hustle and bustle of holiday travel.  Finding beauty stuff that travels easily and looks good makes life easier, so here are a few of my recent beauty finds and tips for your upcoming trip. 

First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 face cream
Not only is this a terrific multi-purpose product, but it is also fragrance-free with no parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants and is allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin.  This anti-aging cream offers UVA/UVB protection, uneven skin tone correction and more.  I tried it for this column and I found it to be very gentle on my sensitive skin.  And with help from my foundation, it also corrected my uneven skin tone.  Plus the pump applicator prevents leakage during those travel bumps that can result in spilled stuff.  Sold at Sephora for $38.

Dermablend Foundation
Our show makeup artist, Karen Hall, recommends this line and the small, flat packaging makes it a cinch for traveling.  I like to mix a little of this base with the First Aid face cream that I just discussed to get a perfect consistency for my skin.  Because this comes in a cake form, it won’t leak or spill in transit.  Dermablend sells at Ulta Beauty locations for $33.00.

Pssssst Instant Dry Shampoo
One of my crazy but true beauty secrets is that I only wash my hair twice a week.  Professional hair stylists tell me that I have “virgin hair” at 43 years old because I don’t shampoo every day and because I have yet to color my mane.  So, when I travel and want to get out the door to see the sights, using the dry shampoo saves me a full hour of washing, blow drying and styling.  Plus the small size is easy to pack and sells for $3.50 at  With a couple of quick sprays, the product soaks up excess oil, removes product build-up, smells good and preserves hair color. 

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water Cloth 3 Pack Set
Organic cotton cloths that easily travel with you and remove water proof makeup.  Each wipe is infused with essential herbs like rosemary leaf extract, sage leaf, lavender extract, ginger root and more.  Made with thermal water from Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan, this product is a quick one step cleansing routine with no washing or rinsing required.  The cloths are alcohol-free and oil-free so they won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin.  Order at

Modella Beauty Basics 2 Piece PVC TSA Set
To take the guess work out of security approved cosmetic bags, Modella has created one that conforms to TSA guidelines.  In addition to housing travel sized toiletries, try putting your keys, ID and boarding pass in the same clear bag to get through security even faster.  Find Modella or similar clear travel cosmetics bags at Wal-Mart and drug stores.

Too Faced Glamour to Go Fairy Land Edition 
Smaller than a deck of cards, this cosmetic set includes eight eye shadows, one lip gloss, bronzer and sheer blush that is easy to pack and works as a quick touch-up or full makeup application.  One of my favorite beauty travel items, this set sells for $19.50 at Beauty Brands, Sephora stores, JC Penney and Ulta Beauty locations.

Jason Powersmile All-Natural Whitening Toothpaste
If you are into organic and all natural toothpaste, Jason has a travel size called Powersmile that is free of fluoride, sulfates and alcohol.  Interesting ingredients in this toothpaste include bamboo powder which works as a whitening polisher and grapefruit seed extract to block sugar acids and bacteria.  Certified organic aloe vera is also used to soothe and reduce gum irritation and peppermint oil gives the paste a nice taste.  Jason products are sold in health food stores or visit for more details.

Goody Frizz Controlling Touch-Ups hair brush
When I travel, I get static and frizz in my hair from the climate change.  So, I was anxious to try Goody’s frizz controlling travel-sized hair brush and I like it.  The size is right and the frizz-fighting ions in the ceramic infused brush fight frizz like a pro.  The Step 3 Finish brush in the Goody line is sold at drug stores.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye Roll On
After a long trip, my eyes show the miles traveled.  Vichy has an eye roller that works and won’t leak in your suitcase.  Paraben-free and fragrance-free, the product touts unique ingredients like horse chestnut for circulation and a plant extract called Escin.  This particular eye roller sells for $26.50 at CVS and at, however I have seen other eye roll brands that sell for less.  Since Vichy is the #1 skincare brand in European pharmacies, it costs a bit more.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray
Recirculated airplane air along with a climate change can really dry out skin, so I am a big fan of facial spray mists.  Travel sized and filled with mineral rich spring water from France, the mist delivered to your face is refreshing with moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.  LaRoche spring water mist is sold at for $8.50.  Plus this cool site has free shipping!

Portable toothbrush
Colgate Wisps have the best flavor, but many stores now sell their own generic brand and they all work great.  Small and lightweight with built-in toothpaste that can be swallowed, one end is a miniature tooth brush and the other end houses dental floss.  These travel well and are also very helpful to my family since I have two kids in braces right now!

So whether or not you try the actual products I suggested, the concepts of each item like the dry shampoo, facial mist, eye roller or a frizz fighting hair brush have been little beauty tricks that have worked for me on the road.  Plus I have seen all of these ideas made by different beauty brands, so you can shop around to see what suits you and your budget.  I wish you happy travels and a trip filled with many beautiful moments.