4 Beauty Kits to Fit Your Carry-On and Your Budget

by  Charu Suri | Jul 18, 2014
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Regardless of length, flights can wreak havoc on your beauty routine. With inflight humidity levels as low as 10-20 percent (compared to outdoor air which is over 35 percent), the airplane environment can cause lips to chap and skin to dehydrate.

There are several TSA-friendly beauty kits that contain several skincare and beauty solutions, at prices that won’t make you wince. Here are our favorites:

Elemis “Ultimate Travel Collection” ($130)
Pack this along with your First Class tickets. This luxurious travel kit by British spa brand Elemis features seven items that address anti-aging skincare issues. These include the Pro-collagen marine cream; Pro-radiance cream cleanser, a soothing apricot toner, moisturizing mask, shower cream, a papaya enzyme peel, and a frangipani moisture melt. These mini personal aestheticians come in a deep-brown crocodile pattern travel case.

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit ($65)
Makeup can be packaged to go, too. Laura Mercier’s seven-piece kit will prime, cover, conceal, and get you ready to face your destination. The collection consists of a foundation primer, undercover Pot Shade #2 (basically a concealer in a light shade), tinted moisturizer in Nude or Sand, two camouflage brushes for powder and concealer, a velour puff, and an egg-shaped sponge to apply foundation evenly.

Molton Brown “Women’s Carry-On” Travel Kit ($55)
This focus of this kit is on moisture for just about everywhere you need it: hair, hands, and body. It contains of highly energizing Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotions; Ambrusca Wash and Scrub (this exfoliates without drying), Indian Cress Shampoo, and Mer Rouge hair mask. Many travelers forget about dry hands when they fly: a high-five to Molton Brown for including a refreshing hand cream.

Bliss “Triple Oxygen Facial in a Box” ($12)
For those who want luminous skin even after a long flight, this inexpensive to-go facial kit is a great idea. Bliss’ triple oxygen facial in a box gives you pretty much a new face in minutes: the three-step system includes a triple oxygen energizing mask, the brand’s “incredi-peel,” and triple oxygen moisturizer. Say goodbye to the red eye.

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