17 Liquid-Free Beauty Products You Can Pack on Any Trip
For those of you headed to warmer climes (either for the holidays or for your sanity), there's only one stressor in the way of your daiquiri: TSA requirements. Airport security dictates that all liquid, cream, or gel beauty products must be in a container that is 3.4 ounces or fewer, and that all of said products fit in a quart-size bag. Beauty addicts, we feel your pain. Sure, you know about face wipes and powder foundation, but what about sunscreen, toothpaste, or mascara? We've found the most effective dry beauty products to stash in your travel kit, so the only reason TSA will stop you is to ask what (liquid-free!) nail polish you're wearing.
Yeah, you could use an average stick, but anyone who's suffered from the powdery shrapnel of a solid deodorant explosion in their bag is likely looking for an alternative. Made out of salt and completely hypoallergenic, Crystal Body Deodorant Stick ($6) only needs a little activation with water to defend you from travel stink.
We know the whole nature of dry shampoo is that it's not a liquid, but most are in aerosol packaging, which requires placement in that quart-size baggie. Oscar Blandi's dry shampoo ($11) is travel-size in a standard bottle, with a handy nozzle tip that directs the formula directly to your roots for extra cleansing and volume benefits.
Just because you're going on vacation doesn't mean you can skip out on your skin care routine. Add a little water to Tatcha's travel-size Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder ($15), and it'll transform into creamy suds! The formula includes rice bran, papaya, and licorice root to gently brighten and buff your complexion without stripping your skin.
Yeah, there's a wipe for that! No need to check your luggage just so you can pack lotion and prevent parched skin — e.l.f.'s Lotion Wipes ($4) are perfectly portable and are infused with aloe, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil to seriously nourish your body. As if the price wasn't a good enough reason to try them, the wipes come in a pack of 15 (feel free to extend your vacation) and a variety of delicious scents.
Sure, most eye shadows are powder, but none is quite as portable as the Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette ($25). The compact is tiny and ultrathin, so it can slide in the smallest and tightest of pockets. It features eight wearable neutrals in matte and shimmer shades, so you can create a variety of gorgeous looks without needing to pack all your full-sized favorites.
Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder ($32) is a major multitasker. Not only does it soak up sunshine-induced oil, but it helps lock down makeup regardless of when you apply it in your routine. The powder is a pretty lilac in the pan, but it goes on clear, so it won't dull down your gorgeous new tan.
Even on a brief trip, dry shampoo might just not be enough. When you're in dire need of a wash, use J.R. Liggett's Old-Fashioned Shampoo Bar ($7) like you would a bar of soap — on your head. Water and the scrubby nature of your strands activates a surprisingly thick lather, which rinses away to leave your hair shiny, soft, and light.
We know nail polish appliqués have been around for a while, but the convenience is just too good. You can sport one shade, glitter ombré, or fun nail art without the time-consuming drying process. Sally Hansen's Salon Effects in Stripe Out ($4) looks particularly fetching with a black one-piece swimsuit.
If you've yet to experience the addictive nature of a sheet mask, Skin Laundry's Hydrating Radiance Facial Treatment Mask ($48) is an ideal place to start. After a long day of sun and margaritas, wear the mask for 15 minutes — it infuses parched skin with hydration-rich ingredients like watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid for a fresh, bright complexion.
Believe it or not, you can get all the benefits of SPF without the slimy feel and icky scent of liquid sunscreen. Mineral Fusion's Brush-On SPF 30 ($22) looks natural on the skin and protects you from sun damage. Just apply over makeup or directly to bare skin, and reapply after a dip in the pool.
Toothpaste is one of those staples that you often forget to pack, but not when it's as cool as Lush's Toothy Tabs ($10). The little nuggets contain baking soda and cream of tartar (just like your regular toothpaste) and only require your wet toothbrush and a few chomps to foam up, leaving your teeth sparkling clean. (This glam option features edible gold luster!)
You'll definitely want to rock a sexy updo at least one night of your trip. Instead of packing hair spray to tame flyaways, try the new Kérastase Sérum Solide ($45). Warm a small amount of the balm between your fingers, then smooth through your strands to add shine and define any loose curls.
Leave the messy mousse at home and stuff Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($45) in your travel bag. Not only are the exfoliating towels easy to use (just wipe them all over your body), they contain caffeine to firm any cellulite and Capislow, an ingredient that reduces hair growth. Let's be honest: anything that stretches our time between waxing appointments — especially on vacation — is a necessity.
Scaly Winter skin isn't cute, especially when you're about to wear a string bikini. The thick formula of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate ($28) melts into a velvety balm to nourish skin with soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and shea butter.
Instead of spraying and walking through a cloud of perfume, try a solid formula — a sexier, travel-friendly alternative. The weighty compact of Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Solid Perfume ($48) feels superluxe in your hand, while the glamorous notes of vanilla, sandalwood, and violet make you feel like a sex kitten.
If you're on an extended trip and your roots start to peek out, you don't have to risk letting some strange salon give you a touch-up. Color Wow's Root Cover Up ($35) works like an eye shadow that you apply to new growth. The pigment is so strong, the blond shade can hide dark roots as well as grays.