When I found out I was pregnant this spring, my husband and I started dreaming about a babymoon trip (read: oh-my-gosh-this-is-the-last-chance-to-go-on-vacation-for-a-really-long-time-and-we-have-to-go-now trip). After I had bounced back from the first trimester, we put our plans into action and hopped on a plane for 15 days in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria.
We would be covering a lot of ground during that time, and I didn’t want to be hauling suitcase after suitcase across the continent. So, I decided to streamline my makeup bag — no small task for someone who spends every day obsessing over the latest and greatest beauty products. But, I was able to find five faves that stood the test of travel and didn’t weigh down my carry-on.
1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (Travel Size)
Dry shampoo for brunettes is tough — its residue usually gives me more of a scary glimpse into my (probably not-too-distant) gray-haired future than a fresh, clean feeling. But this dry shampoo is designed to be shaken off (cue Taylor Swift) after 30 seconds, whisking away any leftovers and leaving my hair feeling more like I had just used a traditional shampoo. Disclaimer: I wasn’t sure how the pressurized can would do under the plane, so I kept this one in my bag at all times. ($12, livingproof.com)
2. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths
Air travel allegedly dries out your skin, but it usually leaves me feeling like my pores are filled with all that recycled air. I stashed these individually wrapped wipes in my purse for on-the-go cleansing without water at any time. ($4.49 for 20, drugstore.com)
3. Stemology SunVeil Complete OneTint Moisturizer in SPF 17
With its tint that matched my skin tone perfectly, this handy dandy bottle allowed me to roll foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer into one for the ultimate beauty bag win. ($78, stemology.com)
4. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jean Queen
Touted as the perfect lipstick to wear with jeans, this shade paired well with our vacay’s casual wardrobe, adding just a pop of color without looking overdone. Bonus: Its super-moisturizing formula also eliminated the need to carry lip balm. ($22, nordstrom.com)
5. Rejuva Socks and Leggings
When my doctor said it was OK to travel abroad, it came with one caveat: I had to wear compression socks on the plane. I agreed after a lengthy eyeroll, and set out to find a pair that didn’t look quite so…medical. Luckily I found these babies, which have somehow managed to turn one of the least glamorous parts of pregnancy into something cute.(prices vary; shoprejuva.com)
Note: I got the OK from my doc for both travel and the products listed above, but be sure to check with yours if you’ve got a bun in the oven!