Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

Is it not true that we all have products in our bathroom we can’t live or travel without? Those tried and true personal-care items that, if left behind, must be found upon arrival...or we die. In other words, (y)our indespensible, ego shields.

Since I haven’t been on note-worthy trips lately and don’t have exuberant photos from recent gatherings, this is a travel-imperative [cosmetic] reveal blog. Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

Seven Cosmetics I Can’t Travel/Live Without:

  • Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser ($13.56 Amazon) - Rule No. 1: Never end the day without a freshly cleansed face. Cerave is gentle and void of irritants. Hotels have items to wash with but...gasp...that's just scary.

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen SPF 50+ ($13.59 Target) Sometimes there are things that are so important they're also Rule No. 1: Use a safe, gentle, effective sunscreen. A dermatologist recommended Cetaphil ten years and I've used it ever since. Truth be told, your local drugstore has blue-ribbon facial moisturizers with ample sunscreen, such as Cetaphil.

  • Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion ($28 Aveda) I have used Aveda Hydrating Lotion for over 15 years. It has never clogged my pores or irritated. However, at 59 years old I find it's not enough during winter months. Nevertheless, Aveda lotion makes it in my suitcase regardless of season. Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

  • Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (Nordstrom $34) Who can deny that stepping out of the house before filling in scattered brows is a major no-no? Admittedly, I have apx. four different brands of brow pencil in my arsenol but this is my fave that gets packed and replaced without fail.

  • Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara ($7.49 Rite Aid) - Mascara takes precedence over shadow and liner IMHO. I like one that removes easily as this one does. Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

  • Mary Kay Eye Makeup Remover ($17 Mary Kay Consultant) You can get this AMAZING eye make up remover in travel sizes too. Everyone I know who uses it agrees that it is "the best!"

  • Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF 30 ($27.20 Macy’s) Lightweight both on the skin and in a suitcase, this stick renders me relatively speechless. Not only might I die if this is left at home, I might also expire if Shiseido stops making it. Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

Honorable Mention (I can live without these but there’s no need to):

  • Pacifica Coconut-Infused Mineral Eyeshadow ($17.99 Target) This eyeshadow palette is very blendable (important for aging skin...[phish] like mine). Pacifica's packaging is no-frills and light-weight making it an easy "throw in" decision if there's extra room.

  • E.L.F. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer ($3 Walgreens - that is not a typo!) On ocassion I want eyeshadow to last longer than a few hours while not having to freshen it. This $3 gem does the trick perfectly. There isn't a lot in the tube which is nice for infrequent users such as I.

The above are indeed my indespensible ego shields, if you will. I have other things that don't qualify as travel "imperatives" in my drawers, but I aim to keep cosmetic inventory at a minimum which. Who can deny temptation and disappointment of beauty products and advertising that most of us ladies succomb to? As the saying goes, you live and learn.

Skincare products can’t quite compete with travel, terrific times with friends and family or fancy hobbies (see previous posts) but when you find products that do what they say they will do...the race tightens, for sure.

I would love to know a few of your favorite “can’t live without” cosmetics. Please do share!

Thank you for stopping by! Travel Imperatives, Cosmetics

Love, Shelley

One More Thing I can't Live Without:


Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen - Hebrews 11:1