Packing Beauty for a Weekend Trip


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I spent a large part of my life as a fairly notorious over-packer. I’m talking throwing 8-10 books in my suitcase for weeklong trips as a kid - mildly ridiculous, but hey, at least I was reading. I eventually flipped the other way and became an under-packer - taking only a carry on for a two week trip to France was a triumphant, but definitely not practical move. 

I like to think at this point in my life I’ve finally settled somewhere in the reasonable realm of the middle of the spectrum. The only thing I still seem to have a hard time not over-packing is beauty. I like to have options! I might need three serums! Who knows if I’ll want to do a fun eye makeup look while I’m gone! It’s a struggle. Luckily, a weekend trip to Houston this week provides the perfect opportunity for me to practice being a bit more discerning. Here’s how I’m packing:


Since I’m restricting myself to a carry on, my skincare has got to be kept pretty minimal. Luckily the TSA mandated 3.4 oz for liquid is actually pretty feasible with most things like serums and such. Still, I certainly can’t bring along my whole stash. So I’ll be sticking to the things I use every day and things I know work well. For cleanser, I’m just bringing the Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm - and hoping it counts as a solid. Since I usually just rinse with cold water in the mornings lately, I don’t feel like I need to cart a second cleanser along. No mists are coming along - which kills me - but they’re just too big. Also going in my bag: The Ordinary Niacinamide and Zinc serum, Dr. Roebuck’s Ultimate Hydrating Serum, Dr. Roebuck’s Face Moisturizer, Sunday Riley Luna Oil and Good Genes (the smaller sized duo). 


Makeup is a little easier! I’m keeping it super super simple with basics, since I haven’t much felt like caking anything on lately anyway. It’s super helpful to take a look at everything you think you might want to bring and really consider if it’s something you use every day or are super likely to use on such a short trip. Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is the only base I’m bringing (despite my compulsion to always have a fuller coverage product with me). The Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer is my favorite bronzer, and I have the mini version, which is perfect for this kind of situation. Glossier Cloud Paint, Haloscope, Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer and Generation G Lipstick in Leo take care of most of the rest of my face. Add to that the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and whatever mascara I happen to pull out, and I’m pretty much set.

Hair & Body

It’s pretty cheap to purchase travel size bottles from a drugstore and transfer some of your bigger products into them, but hair and body are typically where I pull out samples to test! If you’re like me and hoard samples and never get around to actually using them, this is the perfect opportunity. I have a bunch of L’Occitane minis that I got for Christmas that I’ll be bringing along to take care of the body portion. As for hair, I don’t always bring along products, simply because I only wash my hair once a week anyway and I can typically time it around travel. Just in case though, I have a bunch of hair samples from Sephora I haven’t gotten too and throwing a couple in my bag won’t take up too much room. And last, but certainly not least, I always throw whatever nail polish I’m wearing in, plus one of those individually packaged nail polish remover cloths, in case of any troublesome chips.


Can't forget one of my favorite parts of a beauty routine! Like hair and body, I think a weekend trip is the perfect time to use perfume samples you never get around too. I'm bringing along a sample of DedCool 01. Rollerballs are also perfect to throw in your carry on, as most full-sized perfumes are gonna be way too big. I'll also be throwing my rollerball of Replica Lazy Sunday Morning in my bag!

That’s it! Not a huge amount of stuff, but enough to feel prepared I think. Watch me end up throwing an eyeshadow palette in because I just can’t resist…