With the busiest travel days of the year ahead of us this week, I thought it might be fun to look at the key items you need to have in your makeup bag to get you through airport drama-rama, so you can arrive at your destination looking fresh faced and gorgeous!

1.) skyn ICELAND Antioxidant Calming Serum

This one of a kind, light as air serum is a powerful new weapon in the fight against stress induced aging. And lets face it – Thanksgiving air travel is about as stressful as it gets!! I use this product in my professional makeup kit when I need a supersonic rescue remedy for stressed skin. When traveling it does the double duty of protecting your skin with it’s potent antioxidants, and restoring vitality and moisture so you look luminously gorgeous!

2.) skyn ICELAND Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels

Also a key item in my pro makeup kit, these  mini eye masks are a girl’s best friend when traveling, getting ready for a big night out, or recovering from one! When you’re feeling run down, exhausted or frazzled the skin under your eyes is the first place to show it. These cooling gel patches instantly soothe, intensively moisturize, firm and tone the under eye area, increasing blood flow and reducing puffiness. A 10 minute love connection with Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels will leave you looking vibrant and fabulous.

3.) h.wood.beauty lip balm

h.wood.beauty Lip Teas are an all natural, all organic line of tea infused lip balms. The ingredient list is super short, super luxe, super lovely just all good ingredients that leave your lips super soft and super moisturized. (can you tell how much I love them??) They come in six delicious flavors. I wear them every day and every night and never travel without at least a couple of flavors. They make a great stocking stuffer too!
www.hwoodbeauty.com

4.) Makeup Forever Rock Forever Aqua Eyes Limited Edition

Another perfect stocking stuffer, this little set is also an ideal travel companion. Dazzling shades of gold, copper, silver, dark gray and matte black go waterproof right after you smudge and smoke them into the lash line, so no matter how long the airport delays are you can still arrive with dramatically sensational eyes.

5.) Nars The Multiple in Malibu

The greatest multi-tasker ever, this one product is cheek color, eye color and lip color all in one. Malibu is a universally flattering shade that brings even the most travel-worn complexion to life.

6.) DiorShow Iconic Mascara

This extra hold formula is ideal for the traveler as it holds its curl up to 24 hours. Inspired by the tailoring technique of cutting fabric on the bias to create maximum curve, the brush is an oblique cut with soft silicone bristles that spiral out from the stem to lift, curl and separate each lash.
A favorite backstage at runway shows Iconic lets you flaunt your inner diva with massive lashes, while you wait at the lost luggage counter.

7.) Marc Jacobs Perfume To Go

A girl’s gotta smell divine, even after an extended day of airport fun. Avoid hassles over packing fluids by slipping a slim perfume roller into your makeup bag.

And speaking of makeup bags, my absolute favorite cosmetic bags of all time are from the beautiful
Stephanie Johnson line. These bags are both beautiful and functional, and are loved by celebrities and fashion editors alike. They have the added benefit of being really well built and well structured, so they can withstand the rigors of extreme travel as well as extreme handbag workouts!
How fabulous is the new Bollywood Collection??

The slightly showier twin sister of their best-selling Mumbai collection , brilliant gold stars twinkle against a backdrop of ornate silver and gold metallic faux suede, highlighted by circular bursts of flirtatious hot pink. Dazzling gold crackle trim, gold tab zipper pulls and lush chocolate nylon liner add to a look that is equal parts exotic and chic. 

Stephanie Johnson travel bags and cosmetic bags make perfect holiday gifts! See website for store locations.

In Travel Packing 101 we sorted out the perfect glam getaway beauty bags,

now we need to figure out what essential skin care items have to go with us, and how to pack them.

First up: pack everything down to travel size! No full size heavy bottle of lotions and potions.

Streamline what you’re bringing, and put it into plastic travel sized bottles and jars.

Some companies make travel sizes of their key products.

travel pack skin care from Hylunia and Rhonda Allison products from 

The Southwest Institute Of Natural Aesthetics in Tempe AZ

Image by Lilet & Glenn Hamp ofLightRain Images

Essential Skin Care Items For The Girl On The Go

* Cleanser.

Choose a gentle cleanser that both cleans the skin and dissolves makeup.

* Eye Makeup Remover pads if you’re planning on wearing waterproof mascara

* Eye Cream

You’ll never keep looking youthful without it!

* Daytime Moisturizer

Specific to the climate you’re going to. Dry climates require different products to humid climates

* Daily Facial SPF product

This is not the SPF you use at the beach. This is everyday, walking around, Facial SPF

*Night time Moisturizer

Don’t even think about going without it! Night time is when your skin does all its youthful repair work.

* Booster product

Extra hydration if you’re getting dried out, such as a serum.

Extra deep cleansing help if you’re in humidity to avoid or clear breakouts

* Rescue Product

When things go awry, as in unexpected sunburn, windburn, or irritation

Hylunia’s Colloidal Silver Spray gives instant relief.

You can get it in travel size too!

Look for products that multitask.

Face Atelier created Melt for the savvy traveler.

It cleanses, dissolves makeup, and gives your skin some extra treatment love in one simple yet lovely step!

Other great ideas for the traveling girl are single serve skin care capsules.

Dermalogica’s amazing Multivitamin Power Firm capsules give your face some intense night time love.

Just pack one capsule for each night you’re away.

Philosophy’s Booster Caps can be added to your night cream to, well, boost it!

If your skin is looking gorgeous, you will too!

all images courtesy of LightRain Images