Travel Size Cruelty Free Beauty Products I’m Packing for my Overseas UK Trip
If you go to your local drugstore, you may have a bit of trouble finding cruelty free travel size beauty products. You’ll probably find some, but not for EVERY need. In that case, it’s time to hit up your local Ulta, because they seem to have a bigger selection of cruelty free travel sized products. You’ll also find a lot of options on Ulta.com and Target.com.
I do NOT pack light! As a beauty addict, there are so many product I need to bring with me! I don’t understand people who are able to travel with nothing but a carry-on bag (like my friend Sharon). I need a large suitcase, purse, and a carry-on for anything more than an overnight trip (even then…). So that being said, I get excited when I can find travel sizes of the products I actually use.
One thing I try not to do is bring samples of products I’ve never tried before. The last thing you want is a crappy hair day because you used whatever they had at the hotel or some samples you got during your last trip to Sephora. You also don’t want to try new skincare when you’re traveling, because that can trigger an allergic reaction or breakout. No thank you! I’ve been there, done that, and it sucks.
I am usually a VERY last minute packer (I hate packing). But for my upcoming wedding trip to Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England, I am already starting the process. I’ve figured out some of the travel size toiletries I’ll need to take with me as well as what I’m taking them IN!
First let’s talk about these ADORABLE Bride and Groom toiletry bags from sustainable and eco-friendly fashion and accessory brand, Mona B! These would make great pre-wedding gifts for any future brides and grooms out there. They are very roomy and I love the distressed look. I am bringing the Bride Cosmetic Bag for my “day of” makeup and the Groom Dopp Kit for Gregg’s “day of” beauty stuff (undereye masks, eye cream, moisturizer, SPF, razor, etc) so he can find it all in one place.
I also got the Bride to Be That’s Me burlap tote bag, which is perfect for hauling all of my “day of” must-haves while I get my hair/makeup done and wander around the castle making sure all my last minute things are done. And, I got the Ah-maze-ing Ginny Tote which is a large vegan bag which a totally edgy feel. And last but not least, I got this black vintage lace scarf for the chilly nights in Scotland and England. I’ll be showing these off on my Instagram while I’m in the UK, so make sure to follow me there!
Now let’s talk travel size products! Here’s what I’m taking with me:
Tweezerman Lighted 15x Mini Travel Mirror – Hotel lighting is notoriously awful, and I always feel like I need more light unless there’s a patio or balcony and a sunny day (probably won’t happen while I’m in the UK!). I am bringing this 15x mini mirror to help me get all those wayward facial hairs, so I don’t have to ask my photographer to edit them out of the photos later! Where are my fellow hairy girls? You feel me!
Tweezerman Micro Mini Palette Set – This adorable set takes up very little space and includes everything I’ll need to keep my brows groomed on my trip: a Micro Mini Slant Tweezer, Mini Eyebrow Brush, Mini Folding Precision Razor & Mini Spoolie.
Paul Mitchell Hair Gel – Before I leave, I’m going to be trying out the different Paul Mitchell hair gels and thickeners. I am going for a SUPER big, curly hair look (worn down with a tiara) for my big day, so I want to try out all the options. I’m already a die-hard fan of Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave (you may have heard me rave over and over about how it defines my curls without any crunchiness), and it may be “the one”. But, I’m going to try out the Firm Style Super Clean Sculpting Gel, Firm Style XTG and Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray to see which one works best for MAXIMUM body and hold. I’ll update here when I figure out which one is coming with me!
Dermalogica PreCleanse – This is the only cleansing oil I will use. I have tried many and most are really not made for acneic or oily skin (in my opinion). The Dermalogica PreCleanse is the OG product to remove makeup (which I will have caked on for my wedding day of course!). I love this one because it emulsifies fully – and doesn’t leave behind any grease. After I apply to dry skin, I then emulsify with a small amount of water, and then cleanse with a regular cleanser to remove any traces.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is another cult favorite from Dermalogica and it’s one of mine too. It gives your skin a nice, gentle scrub and removes makeup, dirt and oil completely without stripping your skin. I use it after the PreCleanse on days when I’m wearing makeup, or alone if I’m not. Men and women alike love this product, so maybe I’ll consider sharing it with my new husband. 😉
Hello Toothpaste – It’s vegan, cruelty free (Leaping Bunny certified) and made with natural ingredients! I am currently using the sensitive and charcoal varieties but you can find the whitening travel size toothpaste on Amazon.
And, if you can’t find your favorite products in travel sizes, get some travel bottles and start decanting! It will take up less room in your luggage, and you can always re-use them for future trips. You’ll always know what you have with you, and how it works on your skin, hair, etc. But, listen – if you do end up using non-cruelty-free products either because you couldn’t find an alternative or you forgot to bring them and you’re using what’s in the hotel, DO NOT STRESS! It’s okay! You’re doing the best you can and the animals thank you for it. Go easy on yourself and do what you can.