20 Beauty Travel Products That Won't Break the Bank

If you're a frequent airplane traveler, you know the security drill: no bottles bigger than 3.4 ounces, one quart-sized bag, one bag per person. That doesn't leave a lot of room to pack your beauty goods. But with these great mini and dual purpose products, you can pack efficiently, save some cash, and still look great.

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Tocca SPF 30+ Sunscreen Towelettes

Whether you’re planning a day at the beach, pool or just walking around town, you’ll need sunscreen. These individually wrapped pre-moistened towelettes ($28, 3floz.com) will sail through security—and you won't have to worry about any spillage.


Philosophy The Travel Agent

Who couldn’t use a little hope, purity and grace on their next trip? Philosophy has packaged mini versions of its popular Purity Made Simple cleanser, Hope in a Jar moisturizer and Amazing Grace shower gel, body emulsion and conditioner—all in one chic pack for just $35 (philosophy.com).


Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray for Volume, Shine & Hold

You may be inclined to just throw your hair up in a ponytail every day on vacation, but sometimes it’s nice to actually give it a litle extra style love. . .which will require packing some product. This 1.8 oz. travel spray ($11, oscarblandi.com) is a multi-tasker: providing hold, adding volume, boosting shine and fighting frizz.


Oscar Blandi

MBeze Deodorettes

Save precious room in your bag with this pint-sized roll-on deodorant ($10, mbeze.com). Available in eight scents, they’re small enough to slip into just about any bag—or your pocket.


Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Eau de Toilette Roll-On

If you spend a lot of time traveling, you’ll want to pick up a TSA-friendly scent. We like this rollerball ($23, sephora.com), which easily transports from your liquids bag to your purse.



Avon Naturals Mini Shower Gel

If hotel bar soap isn’t your thing, you’d be wise to pack a mini shower gel in your carry-on. These pampering versions ($1, avon.com) are so inexpensive you’ll want to scoop up several at a time.


The Container Store 3-1-1 Travel Pack

When a plastic baggie just doesn’t cut it, it’s time to upgrade to a sleek clear pouch to hold all your travel-size liquids. We like this simple one-quart style ($6, containerstore.com) that follows TSA guidelines and comes with three BPA-free 3-ounce bottles, a 2-ounce jar, pill case and labels.

The Container Store

Evian Spray Brumisateur Mineral Water + Travel-Size

Airplane travel can do a real number on your skin, so be sure to pack a facial mist to keep things hydrated ($10, drugstore.com). Keep the full-size bottle at home, and pop the 1.7-oz. travel-size bottle in your carry-on to look fresh post-flight.


Magellan’s Mini Curling Iron

Heading somewhere humid? Forget trying to keep hair straight, and be sure to bring a curling iron to touch up your tresses instead. This super-compact style ($23, magellans.com) has a one-inch barrel, heats up in 30 seconds and proves there’s no reason for your hair to fall flat just because you’re away from home.



GVP Mini Travel Flat Iron

Smooth flyaways fast with this mini version of America's favorite styling tool ($30, sallybeauty.com).


Sally Beauty Supply

Japonesque Touch Up Tube 5-Piece Travel Brush Set

Face it: Makeup brushes take up a lot of space in your bag. But this kit ($19, ulta.com) takes up practically no room and functions like the makeup bag version of a clown car, storing a foundation brush, lip brush, two eye detailers and a blush/powder brush in one compact place.



Tweezerman Mini Brow Kit

If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, you might want to keep a brow kit handy. This set ($20, Target.com) comes complete with mini slant tweezers, a brow powder duo and a mini powder brush.


Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit

Simplify thing—and shorten your packing time—by snapping up this travel-sized set of primer, tinted moisturizer, cover-up, brushes, puff and sponge all secured in a zippered pouch ($65, sephora.com).  



Conair Infiniti Mini Hair Dryer

Not sure if your hotel will be stocked with a hair dryer? Don’t take any chances. This portable number ($15, ulta.com), is perfect on the go.



Bobbi Brown Empties

Can't find all your favorite creams, lotions and cleansers in travel-sizes? Fill these empty jars ($10, bobbibrown.com) with your essentials. Bonus: The set includes a funnel, spatula and labels to make storage even simpler.

Bobbi Brown

Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Towelettes

These mini facial wipes ($3, yestocarrots.com) are perfect for  freshening up on a plane or at the airport once you've landed.


Yes to Carrots

Aveda Hand Relief

Washing your hands a lot is wise when you’re traveling, but it can be drying. Keep your hands smooth and soft by tucking this 1.4 oz. mini hand cream into your carry-on ($8, aveda.com).



Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara

A waterproof mascara is a must for summer travel, as water, heat and humidity can cause eye makeup to run (never a good look). This formula ($25, lancome.com) promises 16 hours of wear time, which could get you all the way to Asia.


Stila Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

Products that do double-duty are essential when you’re trying to pack light. This pretty package ($24, stilacosmetics.com) works as a lip tint and a blush and gives your skip just the right amount of radiance.


Help I Have a Blister bandages

Traipsing around the globe can leave your feet needing some TLC. Treat blisters by keeping this package of eight bandages in two sizes ($4, helpineedhelp.com) in your bag.


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First Published Mon, 2011-06-20 15:37

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