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Our Beauty Director’s 9 Favorite Travel Beauty Tricks

The cutest travel minis and new beauty finds on the road.

By: Katie Becker
Photography: Alec Kugler

I am in the middle of a three-week beauty adventure in France and Italy, currently in Paris for the week. True, this is not exactly the roughest experience, but packing for three weeks and leaving room for all my newly discovered products is, indeed, tricky. How many of my most critical skin care products come in tiny travel sizes and will they last me the whole time? What if I have a fromage-triggered breakout? And, at what point in our insanely busy schedule of shoot after shoot, can I stop and take a moment to reset just like I would at home?

Thankfully, this Sunday I have cleared my day to just do nothing. I have a nice big bathtub in my hotel room to relax in and then I can get started on my skin and hair routine so I can start tomorrow super fresh for our flight to Milan. Below are a few of my old and new favorites from my suitcase including a tiiiiiny Biologique Recherche P50 and a shampoo I can’t get back at home in New York.


TenOverTen Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover Cloths: These towelettes are gentle because they are non-acetone, but one does the trick for all ten fingernails. It also has a cleansing towelette to remove the remover residue. I like to get a nude manicure before I hit the road (usually at Jin Soon Upper East Side), but I never get manicures while I’m traveling, so these always save me from having terrible looking chipped nails.

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm: I love to massage my face with a cleansing balm when I’m all puffy from carbs, cheese, and a lot of wine. Like a lot. This super classic, well-loved Parisian brand makes an essential oil based cleansing balm and it comes in the tiny jar perfect for my travel case.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50: I’m officially in the cult of P50, so I brought the tiny travel size with me and it’s lasting the full trip! The nice thing about European hotels is they all have cotton pads as an amenity in the bathrooms. I may have stolen a hearty stash of about 15 packettes.

Avène Tolérance Extrême Emulsion: On our trip we visited the tiny town of Avène in the south of France. It up in the mountains a bit and the spring waters in the area are so healing for the skin that the French government has actually certified it for medical coverage. Their bottled face mist is one, if not the, best selling product at French pharmacies.

Resveratrol Eye Lifting Balm: The other incredible stop we made was at Sources de Caudalie, in the vineyards in Bordeaux where the skin care brand gets their grape extracts. They gave me the world’s cutest, tiniest eye balm. I dot it around my eyes and do a massage where I circle the eyes and press my temples.

René Furterer Melaleuca Shampoo: In Paris, I visited the René Furterer Institut where they use a microscopic camera to look at your scalp. I learned that I do not cleanse my scalp thoroughly enough (ugh), but it can leave a layer of build up on the scalp that inhibits hair growth. This is an intense every other week deep cleansing shampoo to help. Turns out, however, you can’t get it back home in the US, so I’m checking in my bag with a full size bottle.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil: I don’t use conditioner for my dry curly hair, just masks. I got the visit Christophe Robin’s gorgeous salon in Paris and he hooked me up with a small travel jar of his mask, which is my all time favorite back home.

Goldwell Kerasilk Bodifying Volume Mousse: I recently discovered that mousse is great for my curls and keeps them voluminous but defined. I let my hair air dry about 50% and then apply this mousse. I have a small 2 oz can of mousse that’s so cute and still aerosol like the big can.

T3 Single Pass Wave: I don’t get blowouts while I travel, so when I want to look good for a dinner, I use a wand to touch up the shape of my curls. However, when I’m abroad, the power grid tends to break my hot tools. Thankfully this T3 wand works in any country.