Yes, I know, it’s been a while since I posted. I’m sorry! But I just cannot keep up with a regular posting schedule anymore. I’ll try to be better, but I just can’t commit to any number of posts per week or per month. I tend to write posts in bulk, so when I’m feeling like writing, I tend to spend hours writing post after post. Unfortunately that also means that even when I have small chunks of time, I likely will not write. It’s almost like all or nothing. Anyways, enough of that and on to the actual post topic – travel essentials!
If you follow me on Instagram you know we recently traveled to London, Ireland and Iceland. It was such an amazing trip (which I’m hoping to blog about at some point). However, I have SO many pictures that just the thought of going through them for blog purposes stresses me out. So, instead of a trip recap, I want to share a few of my recent travel essentials.
A little over a year ago I wrote specifically about my travel makeup essentials (read here). I read through that post and realized my travel makeup bag was almost exactly the same this time around. So instead of focusing just on makeup today, I’ll throw in a few other travel items I’ve been loving.
Kate Spade Filipa Travel Bag – $298
(but do NOT buy this at full price!)
If there is one thing I hate about traveling (other than non-stop motion sickness), it’s worrying about my carry-on.
Will it fit in the sizers at the airport? Will there be enough room on the plane? Is my bag going to end up 10 seats behind me? Should I be really annoying and hover around the gate so I can board first? … so annoying and I hate it. Every single flight during our Italy trip last year was stressful because my carry-on was a tad larger than it should be. After that trip I decided I didn’t want to deal with the carry-on situation anymore.
That’s when the Kate Spade Filipa Travel bag came to my rescue. I got this during one of the 75% off Kate Spade surprise sales. YES, 75% off. It’s seriously one of my favorite purchases yet. This bag is big enough to fit almost as much as I would fit in a traditional carry-on suitcase, but due to it’s shape and material, there’s a lot more flexibility on where I can stow it. If there is enough overhead space, I can stick it up there, but if the space runs out, it’s malleable enough to stick under the seat. Sure, it may be a little crowded, but I don’t have to worry about checking it.
Although it doesn’t have wheels (i.e. I actually have to carry it), it has a short and a long strap. So, if needed, I can put the long strap across my chest and be hands free. When you are on trips that involve several airports, train stations, buses and hotels you know that being able to carry a bag on your body while you use your hands to move/haul other stuff is pretty ideal. And, to top it all off, if you are traveling with another larger suitcase, you can put the Filipa bag on top of that and just roll it around on top of your other bag.
Can you tell I love this bag? It’s been on every single one of my trips (short and long) since I bought it.
Nike Juvenate Sneaker – $85
I love these shoes as much as I love the travel bag above. Similar to my carry-on (first world) problem, I used to have a lot of travel shoe problems. I would either bring nice shoes that were cute but hurt my feet, or, really comfortable grandma shoes. Again, after our Italy trip I decided I’m too old to be walking around in cute but uncomfortable shoes. I started looking for a pair of sneakers that weren’t as heavy (or chunky) as my actual workout sneakers, but comfortable enough to walk around in for hours. My searches quickly led me to the Nike Juvenate Sneakers.
These sneakers are cute, extremely light-weight, comfortable and super easy to travel with. They aren’t heavy, don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase and you can EASILY slip them on & off without tying and untying the laces. The top part is a sock like, stretchy material so it’s very easy to slip them on and off. It makes going through security so much easier than having shoes that require tying. As a plus, you can wear them with or without socks.
I used my first pair so much that I completely went through the tread at the bottom. I already bough another pair in the woven design and want to get them in grey.
J Crew Pixie Leggings – $75
I wrote a whole post about these pants (here) so I’ll spare you most of the detail. But these are basically like a leggings-pant hybrid. They are made out of ponte knit so they are thicker than any other leggings I’ve tried. However, they are still stretchy enough to be super comfortable during long plane rides. I also appreciate that they have a nice zipper in the back to make me feel like I’m putting on real pants – not leggings haha.
I have these in black and wear them with my sneakers, boots, flats or even heels depending on the occasion. You just roll them up in your suitcase and you are good to go.
Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner Travel Set – $8
You all know how diligent I am about keeping all my beauty products clean right? I seriously WILL NOT stick my fingers in a jar of moisturizer. I will literally bring Q-Tips to scoop the product out so my fingers won’t contaminate any of the product. So yeah, I keep my makeup brushes pretty clean – especially the ones I use most frequently. So, when trying to figure out how to pack my makeup bag, I knew I needed to bring a brush cleaner. I love the Cinema Secrets brush cleaner because it’s so easy and quick. Just dip the brush in the liquid, wipe on a tissue and it will be dry and ready within a few minutes.
This little travel set comes with a small 2oz cleaner and a little tin to pour the liquid in and dip your brushes. I left mine in the clear box so they were both together in my bag. Also, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to get makeup on collars pretty easily. My travel jacket has a pretty high neckline so inevitably, a little cc cream rubs off on it after repeated use. A little brush cleaner on a tissue gets that right off! And of course, I can now just refill the travel size bottle for the future.
KIKO Milano High Pigment Wet & Dry Eye-Shadow in #16 Rosy Beige – $8
Of course I couldn’t end this post without makeup products.
I’m cheating a little since technically I didn’t pack this for my trip. BUT, I bought it the 2nd day so I had it with me for most of the time.
Did I need another eyeshadow? No… I packed the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. However, I realized that while traveling, I usually keep my makeup pretty simple, and I’ll likely only use one of two shades in the palette. So, when I saw this individual shadow, I knew I had to have it. Although the name is rosy-beige, this looks more like a light champagne shade to me. It’s a shimmer, but it’s not super shimmery when dry. As such, it’s a really nice and easy all over lid shade. You can quickly apply this with a shader brush or your finger for a really pretty and subtle color. No need for brushes or extensive blending! As a plus, the color doubles as a highlighter and can be used wet for a more metallic night look.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer Mini – $15
Have I ever talked about this bronzer on the blog? I don’t remember mentioning it which seems crazy considering how good it is.
I packed the mini version of the bronzer for the trip just to save on a bit of space. Since this is a matte, true brown bronzer, it’s perfect to warm up the skin AND do a little contouring. When I’m not traveling, I’ll usually use a very cool, matte shade to contour and then a more shimmer warm shade to bronze. But, ain’t nobody got time for that on a trip so this bronzer was the perfect multipurpose product. I also used it to define my eyes by blending a bit on my crease.
What are your travel essentials? Anything I need to try?
*all images above are via the link in the product name