Surviving winter in New York calls for a vacation away from the freezing snow and ice (even if that means going to another snowy destination to ski), and my destination of choice usually includes some warm weather and frozen drinks.  I hate being stuck on a tropical island without all the beauty essentials I need, but what I hate even more is loads of luggage taking up room in my suitcase and cluttering my hotel bathroom!  I always try to bring products that are easy to pack, easy to use, that I really can’t live without for a few days, and if they serve more than one purpose, that’s even better.

To start, my skincare routine always takes top priority.   Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleansercomes in a nice, compact bottle and always keeps my skin clear, and I brought  Fresh Anise Day Serum on my last trip and my skin was softer and clearer than ever (the small leak-proof packaging was definitely a plus!).  Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Cream  also comes in a neat little tube that fits into any bag.   Skincueticals UV Defense protects my skin from the sun and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.  Rosebud Lip Salve completes my skincare routine because out of all my lip moisturizers, this one is the most multi-purpose-I use it on my lips, cuticles, dry hands and feet, kids cheeks, and even as an eye cream once or twice.

Next comes bath products…I love Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserve Shampoo and Hair Mask.  These products are sulfate-free and safe for color treated hair, but they’re also great for all hair types (kids included).  The mask leaves my hair super moisturized and does double duty as a styling product to keep my wavy hair smooth and frizz-free.  Mario Badescu Citrus Body Cleanser gently cleans and smells great, and Kiehl’s Creme de Corps (our best selling body moisturizer) comes in different sizes-the 4.2 oz  is my favorite for traveling, and I can refill it with my huge bottle at home.

I like to pack makeup that I know looks good with whatever I’m wearing, and that can be layered for more intensity for night time.  I also like to bring products that don’t need brushes-like I said, less is more.  My favorite products to bring are Trish McEvoy Flawless Concealer because it gives light coverage and has a brush tip, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax evens out my lids and helps my shadow stay on longer, Laura Mercier Metallic Eye Paint in Gold is universally flattering and hands-down, my favorite eyeshadow ever (Nars Corfu is a good alternate too).  Trish McEvoy Intense Eye Pencil in Black is my new favorite black eyeliner-it’s so popular that we can hardly keep it in stock!  Add mascara and an eyelash curler and your eyes are good for wherever you need to go.  A tube ofLaura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Nars multiple in Riviera are all you need for your face.  As for lipgloss, I must admit I definitely can’t limit myself to one or two.  I’m a lipgloss junkie and I keep (at least)one in my makeup bag, one in every jacket pocket, purse, etc.  Nars Moonfleet comes everywhere with me, as does Laura Mercier Baby Doll.  Anything else depends on my mood and destination.

I throw all my stuff into my Stephanie Johnson makeup bags-I have all different sizes and shapes-they’re the best!  And I always keep my makeup in a smaller bag separate from everything else.  Add a Mason Pearson brush and a toothbrush and toothpaste and you’re ready to go…with plenty of room left in your suitcase for all the great stuff you can buy on your trip!!  Happy Travels!