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The post-holiday time can really do a number on your mood, which is exactly why a quick winter getaway is one of the absolute best things you can do for yourself in order to weather this mid-winter gloom. Still, no matter how short or long your getaway is, you still need your beauty arsenal with you. Yes, we are aware that you would most rather bring your entire vanity – because you think you need everything you need at home, but trust us, these essential picks will work hard for you and will not allow your skincare or makeup routine to suffer.
Stay Safe Wherever You Are
Whether you’ll be roaming the streets of a new city or enjoying adventure time on ski slopes, one thing is absolutely mandatory – sunblock. Now, as the space in your kit is limited, the best thing you can do is go for a double-duty product. By this, we, of course, mean a moisturizer that contains a high SPF so you’re both protected and nourished. The 5 in 1 Face Cream by First Aid Beauty fits the bill. It has an SPF 30, it’s highly nourishing (a winter priority) and comes in a travel-friendly (non-glass) packaging. Keep a few hydration-boosting sheet masks in your carryon – you will need the extra moisture on the plane.
Keep It Flawless
The plane rides, change of scenery, this all takes a toll on the skin. Luckily, there is a new player in town you can rely on to keep the skin fresh, fight breakouts, and give you that much-needed dose of vitamin C. It’s called a skin serum and the one that has made it on this list is the powerful Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum that will give you that day-long freshness and luminosity.
Clean & Clear
Keeping your skin clean is one of the major priorities, especially on the road. This is where a travel-size cleanser, preferably a foam or oil-based one comes in real handy as during the winter you need a cleanser that will leave your skin both sparkling clean and nourished at the same time, which is why oil cleansers are the obvious choice.
The Little Helpers
The two products that work hard for you but seem to be as invisible as the backstage crew in high school players are the lip balm and hand cream. These keep your hands and lips from drying and cracking under the harsh weather, so carry them with you at all time and show them the appreciation they deserve.
Light Yet Flawless
If you could choose to bring only one makeup product it should definitely be a great foundation. During winter, you need something that will give you that full-coverage yet second-skin look. Aside from that, you don’t want something that will clog the pores and feel heavy on your face, which makes the POLA Silfique Cream Foundation the best choice. It has everything you need from a winter foundation and an added bonus – it comes in a non-glass travel-friendly tube.
You don’t need much to look fantastic and you actually know this. A touch of bronzer (Benefit’s Hoola comes in a mini size, ideal for traveling), a mini mascara (Better Than Sex by Too Faced comes in a mini version as well) and two of your go-to lip shades. You can use the bronzer to contour the eye and give it a bit of definition so it serves as a double-duty product. A red lippie for those romantic evenings and a go-to nude everyday shade, and you’re all set.
There are times when you don’t really feel like wasting precious getaway time by washing and styling your hair. If we’re talking about a quick getaway the product that will save your looks and save you chunks of time is undoubtedly a great dry shampoo. This baby will give you the volume you desire, soak up all the oiliness that has created and have you looking fabulous in less than 5 minutes, and almost every brand has a travel-size version so you’re all set when it comes to space.