Reader: I'm planning a trip and I'm tired of having to pack so much makeup. I'm also worried it will explode all over my luggage. Are there better options?
It's about that time of yea--burned-out college students taking advantage of Spring Break. But this doesn't mean they have a monopoly on vacations. Sunnier, balmier days are fast approaching and will have many of us packing our bags and looking forward to beach trips and other travels.
But if you're like me, you won't be looking forward to packing makeup and toiletries. I can't count the number of mishaps I've endured due to misbehaving cosmetics. A bottle of perfume once leaked and drenched my clothes. A lipstick once melted and ruined a beige sweater. In order to prevent this, I started wrapping each toiletry in several layers of plastic. Unfortunately, the extra bulk took up most of the space in my suitcase and left little room for other necessities.
Nowadays, cosmetics companies have gotten smarter about the specific needs of travelers and they've stepped up to the plate. Following are some convenient, travel-friendly cosmetics that will help minimize accidents and maximize luggage space.
Cargo Cosmetics takes innovation seriously. A few years ago, they introduced Daily Gloss, a perforated card containing 15 "bubbles" of lip gloss. Each package comes with two cards and three different gloss shades for a total of 30 applications. You can rip off a few and tuck them in your purse and leave the rest in your luggage.
The company recently applied the same innovation to eyeshadow. Cargo Color Cards consist of a six-color set of 28 single-use eyeshadows in a small tin. In addition, Cargo's Oil-Free Foundation comes in silver pouches that won't shatter even if your suitcase gets tossed a little too forcefully onto the luggage belt.
Bourjois Cosmetics offers another twist on holding on to makeup. Their Effet 3D Mobile High Shine Lip Gloss Cell Charm and their Mini Volume Glamour Ultra Black Mascara are small and portable, but they can also hang from your keychain or cell phone. No more digging through the bottom of your purse for a quick touch-up.
There are two ways to avoid toting around a beautiful but breakable glass perfume bottle in your suitcase: Carry a roll-on or carry a solid. Stella McCartney's Stella comes in a set of four tiny roll-on vials. The scent itself (a light mixture of rose and peony) is feminine and appropriate for all occasions.
Stila's Jade Blossom perfume comes solid and packaged in a tin. Use your fingers to warm up the balm and apply the fresh green tea and lemon verbena scent to wrists, neck, and behind the knees.
Whether you're getting to your destination by plane, train, or automobile, it's always smart to have something you can use to clean up your face by the time you arrive. Boscia Blotting Linens are available in Original, Lavender, and Green Tea scents and will remove excess oil without stripping makeup.
Tarte's T-Zone Travel goes a step further and gives you blotting sheets plus translucent mattifying powder. The small compact keeps even the oiliest skin shine-free.
And if you happen to take a nap and wake up with a minor case of raccoon eyes, try Shiseido's Makeup Eraser Pencil. It's a makeup remover in pencil form, making it leak-proof and great for last-minute makeup issues.
Published On: March 21, 2008