What’s In My Travel Beauty Bag as a Vegan

I can’t believe it’s been a week and a half since I’ve posted on here! I had every intention of writing and scheduling posts to handle things whilst I was on holiday, but life kind of took over. (It seems to be doing that a lot, lately.) Anyhow, since we’ve been off on our travels I’ve got almost two weeks worth of telling-you-stuff to do, so if I were you I’d put my feet up because I’ve a feeling this is going to be a looooong post. I also have a feeling this’ll be going up a day late, because I have work in – (checks absent watch) – three hours!

As you’ll probably know from social media, Joe and I took a fleeting trip to Italy at the beginning of this week. It was lovely, albeit tiring, and served as good trial-run for some of the more adventurous travelling we’re planning for the coming years! I don’t think either of us noted, but it was our first time abroad together so naturally there were travel-related kinks to work out.

We only took hand luggage, so figuring out how to pack my beauty and makeup collection into a small plastic bag of liquids for the plane seemed quite a feat! It took a few special buys but I just about managed, given that Joe could vouch for half of my liquids (even though all he added to the list was a roll-on deodorant and some contact lens solution).

Speaking of the clear plastic bag, don’t forget to grab yourself a reusable one, especially if you’re a frequent flyer. Seeing stacks upon stacks of disposable plastics going through airport security was haunting, as well as the half-full water bottles that had simply been discarded of. You can get clear makeup bags for less than a pound on amazon! I bought this set of three from M&S a while back, and they’ve come in so handy! I use the smallest one for liquids and the two larger ones to separate the rest of my hand luggage so it’s all easy to access.

what's in my travel makeup bag

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Some things to consider:

  • How long you’ll be travelling for – and ‘will I really use it?’
  • Whether or not you’ll be checking in a bag – remember the 100ml hand luggage rule!
  • Whether or not you’ll be able to buy products in the airport after you’ve gone through security (this seriously limits your cruelty-free options)
  • How much time you’ll want to spend on your makeup and hair whilst on holiday (I don’t bother straightening my hair when I go away)
  • How much single-use plastic you’ll be using
  • How often you’ll be travelling, and if it’s worth investing in travel-sized products, like mini shampoos or a compact hairbrush

If you have any other tips for lightweight travel, do let us know! For guidance, here’s everything I took to Italy in my ‘beauty bag’:

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo and Conditioner (travel mini)

I’m a big fan of Lee Stafford products on a whole, but the Poker Straight shampoo and conditioner are something else all together. When I was about 13 they used to be the ultimate treat for my hair, but now I’m older and actually have a job, turns out they’re actually quite budget-friendly. They’re the absolute best for frizzy or flyaway hair which is perfect for going on your hols! These are the only vegan-friendly travel sized bottles that Lee Stafford do, but thankfully they’re one of the best. Before you buy any travel minis, remember to check that you can refill them from your full-sized bottles. If not, that’s going to be a mighty waste of plastic!

Original Source Body Wash (travel mini)

Joe and I always use Original Source body wash – it’s cheap, vegan and smells amazing – but I was a bit disappointed to see that the travel sizes were more expensive than the full sized bottle! (The full-sized 250ml bottles were on offer at £1 at the time, whereas the mini 50ml bottles were £1.20!) Still, we bought one figuring we could re-fill it every time we travel. I did think about getting a packed of plain travel bottles to decant everything into, but I’m sure we’d just get everything mixed up!

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what's in my travel makeup bag

Your Good Skin Day Cream

I mostly bought this moisturiser because it’s anti-oxidant and was hoping it would help my skin to feel and look healthier (which it has). The SPF 30 was simply a bonus, but it saved my life on this trip because I hate, hate, hate putting suncream on my face. It wasn’t until the last minute that I noticed the tube is only 75ml, which meant I could take it on the plane… win!

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation & a Real Techniques Buffing Brush

This Body Shop foundation is perfect for going on holiday, abroad or anywhere that’s hot because it’s nice and lightweight, super moisturising and has SPF 15. Paired with a factor 30 moisturiser, I haven’t been burnt yet (and I’ve got half-ginger genes!). But, don’t forget that you have to reapply sun protection every two hours; if you’re going out in the sun for a long time, it’s best to skip foundation all together so you can keep reapplying your sun protection… it’s not worth the sacrifice, trust me! I brought the Real Techniques buffing brush to apply this, which is my go-to for foundation.

Natural Collection Pressed Powder & a Spectrum A01 Brush

I don’t really use powder over my foundation anymore, but when I’m off somewhere hot I always take one in case the heat makes my skin oily (sweaty). This Natural Collection Pressed Powder has been my go-to for years! I use a Spectrum A01 to apply because it’s big, soft, and quick to use!

Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake & a Spectrum A17 Brush

I’ll be honest: I bought this during a sale for £6.50 and wouldn’t usually be able to splash out on an £18 product that’s only for your eyebrows. This is probably one of the most luxurious makeup items I own, but I always take it away with me because it’s so compact and effortless to apply. I have it in the shade Thunder and use it with a Spectrum A17 Brush, as well as an e.l.f lash & brow brush.

Natural Collection Waterproof Mascara

I’ve said a few times before, that this is the only mascara I’ve ever really gotten on with, but I very recently purchased the Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara from Tarte (again, in a sale) and instantly fell in love with it. I decided not to take it on holiday last-minute for fear of getting it confiscated at the gate (flight anxiety) and Natural Collection has faired me well for years!

Tarte Contour Stick

Yep, it was in the sale again… how did you guess?! I’ve never had much luck with stick contours – they never seem to blend well enough – but this one is amazing. Using a brush to blend it out gave a more subtle effect, or you can pat it in with a finger to be a little more striking. It’s also perfect for travelling because it’s so compact. It’s still on sale… run and get it whilst you can!

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what's in my travel makeup bag

Elf Baked Eyeshadow & a Spectrum B04 Brush

I know this is called an eyeshadow but it’s actually an incredibly versatile product. I have it in the shade ‘enchanted’, which is very subtle when used on it’s own (perfect as a super shimmery holiday highlighter), or mix it with water and you get an incredibly intense liquid eyeshadow which lasts and lasts. It’s so good, in fact, I’ve even used it as a primer with other eyeshadows to help them stick. Again, it’s great for packing light!

Yes To Cucumbers Travel-Sized Makeup Wipes

Okay, so I know makeup wipes are the enemy of eco-friendly makeup removal (if that’s even a thing), but what’s a girl to do when travelling? The last thing you want to be doing is carrying bottles of lotion and reusable cloths, trying to figure out how to properly wash them. In addition, there’s the whole dilemma of getting enough product through airport security when you’re only taking hand luggage in a bid to save fuel. As an alternative, I introduce to you the bio-degradable makeup wipe. In countries that take compost waste they can go in there, otherwise you can rest assured that they won’t spend long in landfill.

The Greeench Deodorant Powder

I’ve been using the Greeench Deodorant Powder from Lush for a while now and it’s been perfect over the winter, when all I’ve needed was something light to keep me from smelling (?). Now it’s getting into the summer, however, I am sometimes finding that I have to use it two or three times a day (especially on a hot day at work, ew). I’m on the hunt for something a little more robust, but for the time being this was perfect as it didn’t cut into my liquid allowance.

Lush Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion (10g pot)

Now this is something that’s perfect for going away! Sometimes when you’re at Lush (or maybe all the time, I’ve lost count) they’ll offer you a tiny pot of something for a pound. Maybe this is something they used to do, or maybe it’s something they do all the time, I’m not entirely sure. But, either way, I have a tiny (really, tiny) pot of ‘Charity Pot’, their self-proclaimed ‘philanthropic skin-softener’, and it’s perfect for patches of dry skin on planes!

I think I’ve covered just about everything, but if there’s anything crucial I’ve missed then do let me know… I’ll probably end up coming back to this and forgetting it on my next trip!

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11 Comments

  1. June 1, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I really love reading travel posts and seeing how people compact their lives into a small bag!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Kirsty Isabella
      Author
      June 1, 2018 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks! They’re some of my faves to read as well :))

  2. June 1, 2018 / 10:27 am

    I really like travel posts, especially beauty related! Never tried any of these products and now I’m really curious. Great post!

  3. June 1, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    i am also a fan of ELF’s baked eyeshadow, and you’re right, it is SO multipurpose! I don’t usually highlight or contour, but I’ve used mine as a light highlight before and I thought it looked great! I didn’t know about the liquid eyeshadow thing though, thank you for sharing that!!

    • Kirsty Isabella
      Author
      June 1, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Yeah, it’s probably one of my favourite highlighters, which is crazy considering it’s supposed to be an eyeshadow! I think they’re phasing them out though 🙁 Xx

  4. June 2, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Ahh I love a good travel sized product! But you really do have to grab them at the right time… because they can get more expensive than the full-size product if you’re popping into Boots or somewhere last minute!
    For the deodorant, I’ve recently switched to the Salt of The Earth crystal deodorant… it’s taking a little while to get used to (not finding it’s lasting the whole day either in this weather!) but I’ll let you know how I get on with it! xx

    • Kirsty Isabella
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 12:18 am

      Yeah, so true! It’s great when they have offers on though 🙂 Do let me know how you’re getting on with it! I’ve found one that I really like so that’ll be making an appearance on my blog soon 🙂 xx

  5. June 2, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I love looking insides domeones make-up bag, because it tells alot about them. I didn’t even know about some of these products! I have a strict policy on my make-up too: I only use cruelty free make-up!

    • Kirsty Isabella
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 12:19 am

      Go you! Cruelty-free makeup is the way to do (: x

  6. June 5, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Great post! I need to reinvest in a clear liquids pouch as the zip broke on my last one. I’ve been using the same airport-supplied one for about my last 10 flights! xD

    Another little suggestion to reduce plastic waste when travelling is to purchase re-fillable travel-size bottles for things like body wash, shampoo and conditioner etc. Then you can just refill them with your standard-size products, rather than buying mini bottles each time.

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog (thanks, Pinterest!) and look forward to following. 🙂

    • Kirsty Isabella
      Author
      June 6, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      Thanks! Ha, there’s nothing wrong with taking one from the airport if you re-use it 😀 I only buy travel-minis where you can take the top off and refill them! But I prefer that to plain ones otherwise I get them all mixed up 😂 Thanks for reading 🙂 X

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