My Miniature Carry-On Beauty Essentials

carry on beauty essentials1Today’s the day! We fly to New York later this evening and right now I’m standing in front of my wardrobe debating which outfits to pack. I probably should have started this process a little earlier, but, believe it or not, this birthday break has really snuck up on me.

One thing I don’t need to worry about is the beauty supplies I’ll be bringing along. We’re flying carry-on luggage only which means I get to dig into my supply of minatures. From blogger events to magazine freebies, I always hoard those dinky little miniatures to take away on breaks like this one.

Here are the miniatures that made the cut to come to the Big Apple…

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm

A huge tub of cleansing balm isn’t going to make it past airport security, so a little sachet of  the stuff is a much better option. I’m a huge Neal’s Yard Remedies fan (it’s one of the brands that I can’t seem to find over here) and this balm is such a multitasker that it would be rude not to pack it.

Sarah Chapmen Overnight Facial

There’s no need for a facial oil and a serum when this tiny bottle can do the job of both. I think I picked up a couple of these samples at a Harvey Nics beauty event, and the formula is so soothing, hydrating and nourishing that I’m contemplating splashing out on a full-size bottle when these run out.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Another product that has multiple uses, this tube of mini Eight Hour Cream is a dry skin saviour that’s always in my travel bag. I’ll be using it on dry skin, as a hand moisturiser during the flight and to keep my unruly eyebrows in check.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional

I’m not that big on foundation – I certainly wouldn’t waste precious suitcase space bringing a whole bottle on holiday – so this dinky primer (plus my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer) is just the ticket for a short haul trip.

Rodial Glam Lip

How cute is this teeny tiny lip balm? Technically it’s a lip ‘treatment’ but given that New York will be a little chillier than San Francisco, it’s worth packing something a little more high duty for those cold evening walks up tall buildings. 30 Rockefeller Center, I’m looking at you…

Batiste Dry Shampoo in ‘Blush’

I only wash my hair once every three or four days, so I don’t want to devote space to unnecessary shampoo and conditioner. As a result I’m having a ‘blowout’ (which I’m pretty sure is American for a wash ‘n’ blow dry) today so that my hair is super fresh for the weekend. However, if it needs a helping hand then a spritz of dry shampoo should help bring it back to life.

Origins Modern Friction 

The final skincare miniature that makes the cut, finding its way into one of those super-sexy clear sandwich bags. I wouldn’t normally bring a facial scrub on such a short trip, but my skin has been feeling a little dry recently, so this should perk it up.

Those are my favourite carry-on beauty essentials – what are yours? Don’t forget to leave me your tips for NYC sight-seeing, too!

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2 Comment

  1. Tara says: Reply

    Batiste and POREfessional are must-haves for me, this could be a post on mini-glasto essentials! ;)

    1. SJ says: Reply

      They’re the best, aren’t they? I might have to invest in a full-size POREfessional at some point… Aww man I’m going to miss Glasto this year – dry shampoo is definitely essential! x

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