As much as I’d love to pack all my vanity essentials when I travel, I leave most of them at home, especially those big, chunky bottles. I’ve learned to pack a light toiletry kit, and I’m always on the lookout for travel-friendly beauty products. Here are three sets I’m testing this month.
1. Philosophy Fan Favorites
The retail Fan Favorites Bungle is $158, and you’ll get the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash (32 oz), Purity Made Simple One-step Facial Cleanser (16 oz), Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Moisturizer (0.5 oz) and the Microdelivery In-home Vitamin C Peptide Peel (1 oz). In my case, I got this 5-piece free gift set from Philosophy, which contains its bestsellers in travel sizes. There’s Purity, a 3-in-1 cleanser; Time in a Bottle, a daily age-defying serum; Hope in a Jar (Yes, the one Oprah loves), a high-performance moisturizer that suits all skin types; a sample-sized Amazing Grace fragrance; and the 2-step Microdelivery Peel in sachets.
2. Sephora “Spring in Soho” Eye, Cheek, and Lip Palette, $18
This was given to me as a present from a balikbayan. Before discovering this collection from Sephora, I never really liked the travel palettes sold by other makeup brands because they often came in safe, neutral shades and a ho-hum packaging. Sephora Spring in Soho contains 8 edgy eyeshadow shades, 5 buildable lippie shades, one versatile peach blush, and two double-ended makeup brushes—all packed in a cute, two-drawer case.
3. Pink Sugar’s Travel-Inspired Collection
This Philippine beauty brand upped their game when they launched their makeup collection just a month ago. Talk about the power of copyediting! By simply naming some of their lipsticks and blushes with words that remind me of travel, I was immediately hooked. The blushes are called Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color, ₱499 each, and the shades from upper left to bottom right are: South Beach, Wanderlust, Concrete Jungle, Tokyo Rush, and Summer Nights. The lippies from L-R are: Sugar Tint Lip & Cheek Tint in Pink Paradise, ₱349, HD Lipstick in Daydream, ₱299, and Creamy Matte Lipstick in Selfie, ₱349. Feeling the wanderlust vibe yet?
a. When you don’t want to pack too many products, you can use moisturizer as eye cream.
b. Forgot your eyeliner? Just wet the tip of a fine makeup brush and use it to apply the darkest eyeshadow in the palette.
c. Yes, you may use your powder blush as eyeshadow!
Philosophy 2/F Mega Fashion Hall and Glorietta, Makati; philosophy.com
Pink Sugar Available at SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Marilao, SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM MOA, SM Clark, SM Lanang Premier Davao, and Watsons Ayala Center Cebu; pinksugar.com.ph; facebook.com/pinksugarph