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It’s been several months since I gave you guys an empties post. During that period I’ve amassed quite a few things, which I’ve decided to break up into different posts – one focusing on hair products, one focusing on things in my travel bag, and then getting back to my regular mix of everything.

As you can see by the title, this one concentrates on the products I’ve used up in my travel bag. Since I’ve traveled for work the last 15 years, I’m one of those folks who have a few travel hacks and best practices. And one of my best practices is to have a separate set of beauty and hair products that reside only in your suitcase! Once those items run out, you should either replace them with the same goods or something new you’ve wanted to try. But you should never use your products from home to replenish your travel bag! This way you never forget to pack them or leave something out that needs to go.

Now let’s get into which products are the must-havesthe newbies that will make a repeat appearance, and the ones that are vacant and there will be no renewal.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C.Framboos Glycolic Night Serum & C-Firma Serum

Must-Haves (these are items I’ve purchased over and over)

  • Eyes By ToGoSpa – This is a little pampering for my eyes that does wonders! I always travel with a set of eye pads/mask to help with dark circles, de-puffing, soothing, plumping, allergies, and anti-aging! Ice Water is my favorite out of the four eye pads in the Eyes By GoToSpa collection, even though I rotate between all of them. This one works best when I’m traveling and when my eyes are running and puffy from my allergies. These gel pads are infused with collagen and also feature a healthy amount of aloe, vitamin C & E, and amino acids.
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner – This product is a best seller, and I love it! It not only tightens the appearance of enlarged pores but removes blackheads quickly without the use of a physical extractor! The magic comes by way of Dr.Brandt’s exclusive formulation that combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid, which gently loosens and extracts the gunk from the skin while also absorbing excessive oil!
  • Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum – Let me just say, PLEASE & THANK YOU from my skin to Drunk Elephant for this product! This super potent vitamin C serum has brightened (my skin was looking a little dull) and lightened ( I have discoloration/hyperpigmentation). It works well for all skin types and can be used during the day as long as you follow with a good sunscreen! Besides the fact that it has an antioxidant complex of 15% ascorbic acid (vitamin c), ferulic acid, and vitamin E; this unique formula has a reservoir effect, meaning it remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours and cannot be rubbed or washed off.

Freeze 24-7

Newbie Love (products I’ll repurchase)

  • Freeze 24-7 Eye Serum – I have a thing for serums in my skincare regime, and adding one for the eye area has been a major game changer. The Freeze 24-7 eye serum softens lines and creates a nice smooth under eye area, which gives me a flawless look after I apply my undereye concealer.
  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C.Framboos Glycolic Night Serum – This chemical exfoliant from Drunk Elephant has done wonders for my skin by re-texturing it! Plus it is lightweight, fast absorbing, and leaves very little residue. It is made up of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and 12% glycolic acid, along with a ton of other good stuff that your skin will LOVE. Don’t be scared away because of all the acids; they have been formulated at the ideal pH level of 3.8 to 4 which is optimal for an effective formula!
  • Kitoko Oil – I added this oil to my bag when I ran out of the avocado jojoba oil that was in there for months. I figured it was time to try something new. This oil has worked beautifully for me, and I’ve recently ordered a bottle for home as well! The Kitoko Oil Treatment is an indulgent blend of Karite and Argan oils, rich in antioxidants, Omega oils, and Vitamins A and E. It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly into the scalp which works well for me! My hair felt and looked healthy after only a few uses.

BOOTS Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz

Vacant and no renewal (will not repurchase)

  • BOOTS Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz – I’m not ashamed to admit that I may be a little obsessed with toning sprays and face hydrating sprays. This one smells good and for the most part is an okay product for the price. It removed any excess makeup and did give me a refreshed feeling. My main problem is that it contains a high level of alcohol, which left my skin feeling quite thirsty!
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – I support and love setting sprays as a final step to set make-up and to keep makeup looking good for hours. This one is just a no go for me! I’ve used and like a few of Urban Decay’s setting sprays, but this one, the All Nighter, did not perform up to my standards. It is super strong, so it burned my eyes, and never lasted the 16 hours it claimed! I couldn’t even finish the bottle because it burned my eyes so bad after my repeated attempts to give it chance after chance. Notice how dirty the bottle is in the above photo, that’s from it living at the bottom of my makeup bag in my suitcase.

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.

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