Unlike Beyoncé, we did not wake up like this. It takes an entire toolbox to get us ready for the day, and for travelers, that poses a problem. Partly because some of those tools resemble weapons. seriously, it’s a freaking eyelash curler; we couldn’t kill someone with it if we tried (and trust us, we’ve tried).
If you want to look halfway decent in the countless selfies you’re bound to take in front of monuments and vistas, it takes lugging tons of tools on the road, getting held up at security, or risking ruined clothes because of suitcase-spilled products.
Or, you can invest in these travel-friendly beauty tools and rest easy (and travel beautifully).
Maggie Parker is Paste magazine’s assistant travel editor.
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NuMe Travel Kit: This conveniently packed travel kit ($249) comes with smaller versions of your styling essentials: hair dryer, flat iron and curling wand. This way, you get to rock a different look every day without weighing down your suitcase.
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Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes: Remove the day's look with liquid-free makeup remover wipes (from $2.49) so you don't wake up to a stained hotel pillow and mascara tears.
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Nicole by OPI Nic's Sticks: Don't let chipped nail polish ruin your trip (because, as any traveling girl knows, they definitely can). This nifty nail polish ($7) works like a pen and fits conveniently in a carry-on, perfect for on-the-go touch-ups or a fresh coat.
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butter LONDON Scrubbers 2-in-1 Nail Prep & Remover Pads: If you're packing nail polish, you'll probably need remover, too. Oh, and something that can prep your nails for a new coat. Suddenly, your cosmetics case is overflowing. Opt for these 2-in-1 pads ($10) that remove polish and prep nail beds with one wipe.
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Colgate Wisps: Not only do we stash our carry-on with a couple of these guys (from $2), we never leave the house without one. Brush your teeth with ease—no toothpaste or water necessary. This way, you'll have fresh breath and a sparkling smile anywhere in the world—no matter what the clean water situation.
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Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System: Forget hotel washcloths. Keep your skin looking fresh no matter what the conditions by packing Clarisonic's mini face cleansing brush ($99). The international charger allows you to take it anywhere.
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iluminage Skin Rejuvinating Eye Mask: You can't take your blackout curtains with you everywhere, but keep this eye mask in your carry-on and every hotel room will feel like home. The best part? No matter how little you sleep, you'll wake up the next morning looking refreshed thanks to this copper-infused advanced care mask.
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Lush Solid Perfumes: Traveling with liquids is tricky. But how else will you stay freshly scented? With Lush's solid perfumes (from $10.95 in scents including Lust, Karma, Dirty, Vanillary, Imogen Rose, Breath of God, Sikkim Girls, and Sun) you just pop it open and dab. No risk of broken bottles or confiscated perfumes.
Photo courtesy of Lush
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boscia Konjac Sponge Mini Trio: If you've got high maintenance skin, a hotel washcloth won't cut it. Travel with these bestselling body sponges ($16) that luckily come in travel sizes to thoroughly wash off the built-up sweat and grime after a day of exploring. Made of clay, bamboo, and konjac root, you won't find a better loofah on the ocean floor.
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Smashbox Telephoto 3-in-1 Face Brush: The way you do your makeup depends on the activities, the location, and, of course, the weather. But packing all your brushes would require another suitcase. Smashbox's 3-in-1 makeup brush ($41) gives you any type of coverage you'd need while getting you camera-ready—perfect for the selfie-starved jetsetter.