Maddy Douglass

Knitter, lawyer, and safer beauty advocate in San Francisco. 

Loves coffee, crafting, and cheese plates.  


Beauty on the Go | TRAVEL

*By the time you read this post, I'll be en route to Puerto Rico for the rest of the week! I hope this fun post will hold you over until Monday, but if it doesn't satisfy your Maddy-needs (that sounds weird) fully, there's always Instagram. I'm sure it'll be full of fruity drinks and beaches so check at your own risk. There comes a time in every gal's life where she has to learn the true meaning of sacrifice. No, not relinquishing her prized pony to a young boy from the wrong side of the tracks. No, not withstanding the slightly lecherous gaze of her father's most trusted advisor. Not even giving up a Saturday at the mall with friends to discuss sociology and ethics with her peers is at the level of sacrifice to which I refer now.

No, Bloggees. I mean that moment when you realize you're going on a trip, and you can't (nay, shan't) take your whole makeup bag with you.

UntitledShock is streaking across your faces now, I imagine. Going somewhere and having to limit your beauty routine? The horror!

You're in luck, y'all. I have mastered the art of the mini-makeup-routine, and I'm here to share it with you.

Ok, maybe mastered is a bit of a strong word, and I don't want to oversell myself here - I still bring a carry-on sized bag of beauty goodies on most trips that don't involve hiking through high altitudes or sleeping in a tent. But I have found a few tricks and products I love for shortening your routine when you really don't need a full face of makeup and would rather be running out the door to maximize your time at...wherever you are that isn't home.

The Basics 1. Lip balm 2. Waterproof mascara 3. Dry shampoo 4. Sunscreen 5. Makeup wipes

Let's get real - the last thing you need when you're traveling is to spend 30 minutes or more of your valuable time slapping on foundation and eyeliner, especially if you're going to some tropical location where it'll just come off after five minutes in the water. What you really need is a great lip balm (this one can double as a hand salve in a pinch); waterproof mascara for those long days running around in either cold OR sweltering heat; dry shampoo for the mornings you just don't want to go through the whole wash/dry/straighten routine; sunscreen (obviously) that will leave a great matte finish; and finally, makeup wipes to take it all off at night.

Not pictured but well-loved by me is also my Boscia BB cream (in "light," because, I'm pale) that gives me a nice basic skin tone without looking too made-up.


The Extras 1. Hair product 2. Perfume sample 3. Nail polish 4. Face mask sample 5. Makeup bag

Let's get even realer for a minute - just because you can survive with just the basics doesn't mean you should have to! These extra tidbits make you feel a little more pulled together even as you're minimalizing your overall look for travel. Sample sizes are key here: I always bring a hair product sampler for those days I don't want to do my hair, a little facial treatment to rectify any airplane air damage, and a mini perfume to finish off my prep process. Bringing the same nailpolish as you're wearing is a great idea too to fix any little chips or dings.

What are your beauty must-haves when you're traveling?

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