beauty favorites: travel skincare

For those of you that know me well, you're probably surprised this post hasn't already happened. 

For those of you that don't know me well... my name is Haley and I have a beauty product addiction. Welcome to my obsession.

Since I traveled 2/3 of the way around the WORLD this summer, I figured I'd put together a little post on what saved my skin from wreaking havoc on itself these past few months.

Just three quick notes here...

  • I am a devoted reader of the UK skincare guru Caroline Hirons. Her cheatsheets on her blog literally changed my skin, and therefore my life. Specifically, the routines one. If you have even an inkling of interest in skincare, go read up - it's been a huge year of education for me and why I use the products i do and in which order.
  • I tend to gravitate towards more expensive skincare products simply because the ingredients are better and the quality is better, especially for serums. I also always try to look for natural skincare without parabens - something that's hard to find in the drugstore. However, one of my favorite cleansers of all time is Cetaphil. So, there's give and take.
  • My skin is normal to dry, somewhat sensitive, and dehydrated (as most of our skin is.) Your skin might be totally different, so keep that in mind for product recommendations!

Okay, ready?!

travel skincare

we'll start from left to right, shall we?

fresh sugar lip treatment ($22.50) - the holy grail of lip balms. i always have this on my nightstand and in my bag on long flights. i religiously use burt's bees as a daily lip balm and have one strategically placed everywhere. but this is the big kahuna for me when it comes to lip care. and it has spf!

caudalie beauty elixir ($18.00, travel size) - my skin is on the drier, dehydrated side, so i'm always looking for bursts of moisture in my skincare products. enter: this caudalie spray. it's considered one of the best hydrating toners, and i didn't realize how much my skin loved it until i stopped using it. it's perfect for flights since the air is SO dry, just a quick spritz of this on your hands to press lightly onto your face and voila, instant moisture. i use this after cleansing, but before serum.

glamglow thirstymud hydrating treatment ($19.00, travel size) - i have always been fascinated with any and all of the glamglow masks, but was so put off by their price tags. thankfully, these mini sizes were introduced, and i tried the hydrating one right before our charleston trip... and i LOVED it. it's thick, creamy, and smells like coconuts. mmmm. i have used it on 4 trips now, and have barely made a dent in the small size. i use a dime size (or less) on top of my moisturizer, or in place of it on the plane. 

caudalie vinosource sos thirst quenching serum ($49.00) - for the price, this is (in my honest opinion) the best hydrating serum out there to my knowledge. i haven't found another serum that does anything close to what this serum does for my skin. it's my security blanket - i bring it everywhere with me. it's silky, absorbs quickly, and makes a huge difference in my skin's hydration. if i had to tell you to choose one product on here to start using today - it would be this one. apply this after your toner, before your moisturizer.

kate somerville exfolikate intensive exfoliating treatment ($22.00, travel size) - yet another product i have been dying to try due to its amazing reputation in the beauty community, but the price tag for the full size was too high. these little travel sizes are perfect for me - i don't need to use it more than once a week to see a difference. it's that strong of a product. exfoliating when traveling is key - since your skin is so dry, you need to get that dead skin off of there to help your other products penetrate.

tata harper replenishing nutrient complex ($45.00) - i LOVE this little guy. it's basically an all natural multivitamin oil for your face. the nutrients in this really take your skincare game up to the next level - my skin just soaks it in. apply after your moisturizer for a top coat of herbal, oily deliciousness. *no, applying oils to your skin doesn't make your skin extra oily. if anything, this will help restore your balance of moisture and make your skin less oily!*

whew, that was fun! and i hope it was helpful!

i could talk about skincare all day long, you guys. but i won't bore you any further. those of you who are interested - leave me some comments and we'll chat.

til next time,