You might have noticed the little counter I have on my blog (hint: look to the right) that says I have 5 days until my trip to Costa Rica. On Sunday, I’m taking a week long trip with my family and I am beyond excited. I’ve never been to Costa Rica and I have been in serious need of a tropical vacation.
This is even more true now that I’ve realized I’ve been out of college for a full year and won’t have a summer vacation ever again… (internally crying).
In the spirit of vacations (which I hope many of you will also get the luxury of taking one soon), I thought I would do a two-part post of my beach getaway vacation must-haves. Today’s post is my personal fave, beauty.
Hair Product Must-Haves
Products Pictured: It’s a 10 Leave-In, Marrakash Oil in Original, TRESemme Heat Protect Spray, GHD Hair Straightener, Compact Hair Bush, Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner in Hello Hydration, Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist
There are a lot of staples I like to use in my hair after I shower, but I always make sure to bring along a hair detangler spray (the It’s a 10 one is one of my favorites – it smells so good and is a great size for traveling). I also like to have a heat protect spray for when I do style my hair (I try to spray it in my hair immediately after every shower) and the argan oil pictured is one of my absolute favorites. It makes your hair silky soft and smells amazing. And of course, you need travel sized shampoo and conditioner (Target is my go-to).
When it comes to hot tools, I try to limit it to just a hair straightener since you can straighten and curl hair with it and most hotels have a blow dryer. And of course, you need the usual hair elastics, clips, and bobby pins. When my hair is short (like it is now), I find that I don’t need a full-sized hair brush so I like to bring a compact one to save on space.
Lastly, having a sea salt spray is perfect for when you’re at the beach. It can help to really play up the waves that the water creates in your hair and this one from Lush is one of my favorites.
Makeup Product Must-Haves
Products Pictured: IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Pencil, Tweezerman Tweezer, Maybelline BB Cream, Sephora Brush Set, Tartiest Lip Paint in Goals, The Beauty Crop PBJ Lip Crayon, NYX Butter Lipstick in Heat Wave, Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Quenched, IT Cosmetics Finishing Powder, Urban Decay Setting Spray, IT Cosmetics Under Eye Concealer – Waterproof, ISH Contour Kit in Light/Medium, Shiseido Eyelash Curler, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
So lets start by saying my most important tip for packing makeup is to try and find travel sized versions of all your favorite products. I have my favorite brow tools (the ones pictured are my current staples) and under eye concealer (I did a review on this one here) that can double as a blemish cover up as well in travel sizes. I also try to find smaller, travel friendly brushes or dual sided brushes. This set from Sephora would be absolutely perfect and I might just have to go and buy it…
Some products however (mainly face ones), you just can’t get smaller options. I try to stick to basics, especially when the climate is humid and hot. I like to bring a BB Cream and go one shade darker, because I personally get tan very easily. It’s also essential for me to bring a finishing powder, because my face can get oily in hot weather, and a setting spray to keep everything in place for the day. A contour kit can really help limit the number of blushes, bronzers, and highlights that you bring. There are so many out there but this one is reasonably priced and very pigmented.
For eyes, I usually stick to the very basics. If you don’t have a lot of room, I would say the two most important products are a good mascara (one that doesn’t flake and gives your eyelashes extra volume) and a good eyelash curler (I have had this one for so many years, definitely worth the price). If I’m going to be honest, I’ll probably find random pockets in my purse to stick more products in but these two are a must.
Lastly, lips. Because most of my makeup is basic on beach or resort trips, I like to bring a variety of lip product options to spice up my looks. The ones pictured are some of my favorites. And you should always make sure to bring a lip balm with SPF to keep your lips moisturized and protected from the sun.
Face & Body Product Must-Haves
Products Pictured: Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer in Warm Vanilla Sugar, Opti-Free Rewetting Eye Drops, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes – Hydrating, Nivea Body Wash in Care & Coconut, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen in SPF 45, Johnson’s Gel Aloe Vera, Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer, Origins Checks & Balances Face Wash, VS Fragrance Mist in Love Spell Splash, Tocca Perfume in Cleopatra
Aside from some obvious beach essentials like hand sanitizer, eye drops, aloe, and sun block (I use SPF 45 because I have tanner skin, but you should never have one less than that!), there isn’t much left that you absolutely need to bring with you beauty wise.
I firmly believe that there is no reason to not bring your skincare staples (moisturizer, face wash, cleanser, etc). This moisturizer and face wash are my current favorites and I’ll be bringing them with me. If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it (I know that’s not the exact saying). I also love using makeup wipes on vacation to remove any makeup. It’s a lot easier and cleaner than using a liquid remover.
I also make sure to pack a body lotion (this is super helpful with aloe if you get any burns) and you can take whatever body wash you’re using at the moment and put it in a smaller bottle. Last, I like to bring one of my favorite perfumes and a body mist. This one is my current favorite from VS, but the one pictured is a close second, especially for tropical vacations.
I hope you all found this post somewhat helpful and not too long! Part 2 will be up on Thursday so check back then!
When it comes to beauty, it can be incredibly difficult to condense what you should bring on a trip and what you should leave at home. What are some tricks you use to help you pack?