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Take This, Not That

Getting out of town means being prepared for any situation, but it doesn’t have to mean carting along your entire beauty arsenal. We took a good hard look at our “necessities” and came with the items that make life easier, without making our bags heavier.

Take Dry Shampoo, Not Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner take up valuable space in luggage that could be better used for, say, another pair of shoes. Get by with the hotel basics and bring dry shampoo so that you can freshen up and add volume in between suds. Watch our how-to video to perfect your technique ahead of time.

Take Hair Oil, Not Hair Cream and Body Lotion

Leave the glossing creams and heat spray at home. Instead smooth flyaways and get extra shine with an essential oil blend like Amika's Obliphica Oil Treatment. After perfecting your hair, rub a few drops into dry elbows, knees and heels.

Take Serum, not Moisturizer and Primer

DDF’s Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizer Serum. is the ultimate multi-tasker. Our resident esthetician, Rachel Liverman, swears by its ability to moisturize, minimize pores, and even skin tone. If you have normal to oily skin, that’s all you’ll need in the morning.

Take Blush and Highlighter duo, Not Blush and Highlighter

Pick a multi-tonal blush like Laura Geller’s Blush-n-Brighten , which can be used to give cheeks a rosy flush as well as to highlight cheek and brow bones. Use a small brush to pick out specific tones and apply them as eyeshadow.

Take Face Wipes, Not Makeup Remover

The fewer opportunities for products to explode in our luggage, the better. Cleansing wipes like Dr. Dennis Gross’ EZ4U Facial Towelettes make getting rid of mascara easier than toting around a bottle of makeup remover. They can also be used as toner.

One thing you should always make room for in your bags? Sunscreen. See some of our favorites here.

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