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Beauty Road Test: GrandCentralBeauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask

GrandCentralBeauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask

The Product: GrandCentralBeauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask, $75 for 4 application set.

Pros: I’m not one for selfies, but Grand Central Beauty’s S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting mask left my skin #nofilter flawless: shine-free, super soft, and just the right amount of glow. To be honest, that wasn’t even half the fun. I felt like a mad beauty scientist mixing the mask (it comes as pre-measured dosages of a powder and booster), and then peeling away the botanical and mineral-rich concoction once it dried. Bonus points for travel-friendly packaging—the tub breaks down to a lid and mixing dish, perfect for packing a single application.

Cons: This mask requires a bit more cleanup than other treatments, but the geniuses at Grand Central Beauty already thought of that: the mixing dish is designed for quick and easy tidying. It’s as simple as wiping away the excess mixture, no water required.

Verdict: Packable. 

Photo courtesy of GrandCentralBeauty

Beauty Road Test: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer; $47

Pros: I admit it: sometimes the sheer selection of facial potions, lotions, and—dare I say it, BB or CC or even ZZ creams—is enough to make me feel like breaking out in hives. I’m all about simplicity in the morning, so I’ve fallen head-over-ballet-flats in love with Clinique’s new moisturizer: it helps minimize the appearance of UV damage, prevents future damage with an SPF 20, and leaves my skin with a long-lasting dewy glow (thanks to ingredients such as barley and wheat germ extract). I’ll spare you the science-y details behind why it works, but lemme tell you: it does.

Cons: I will probably have to buy a new jar every month, I’m so addicted to the stuff.

Verdict: Packable.

Photo Courtesy of Clinique

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

The Republic of Tea Herb Tea for Immunity

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: The Republic of Tea Herb Tea for Immunity, $5

Pros: Yes, my body is my temple—but occasionally this temple gets sick (especially when roaming the globe). Thank god for the new, clove-tasting “Get Wellness” Herb Tea for Immunity, filled with organic rooibos, Echinacea, and elderberries. Best of all, it comes in a recyclable, travel-friendly tin ($5 for six).

Cons: These round tea bags don’t come with strings, so you’ll have to fish them out of your cup by spoon once they steep. That’s a small price to pay for their protective powers, though. The next time a flight attendant wants my drink order, I know exactly what it’ll be: “hot water with a side of lemon, please-and-thank-you-very-much.”

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of The Republic of Tea

Beauty Road Test: Plantation London Darjeeling Travel Collection

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Plantation London Darjeeling Travel Collection, $16

Pros: Their new lemongrass-and-nutmeg-scented gift set (including shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, and lotion) smells “Amazing!” as one colleague put it. What I love? Each one is paraben and sulfate free, with biodegradable packaging.

Cons: I don’t usually pack shower materials, unless I’m staying with a friend. But since this brand can be found at some of the world’s top properties—Plaza Athenee in Paris; One Aldwych in London—maybe it's worth some extra schlepping?

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Image Courtesy of Limited Edition London

Beauty Road Test: Conair MiniYOU 1” Ceramic Curling Iron

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Conair MiniYOU 1” Ceramic Curling Iron, $25

Pros: When I’m traveling for work, I like to at least attempt to have good hair. Enter Conair’s travel curling iron, with super-fast heat-up and a ceramic-coated barrel.

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Beauty Road Test: ILIA Lip Gloss

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: ILIA lip gloss, $24

Pros: New natural beauty brand ILIA just released an ultra-hydrating collection of lip-glosses in Popsicle-fresh colors. Each is packed with moisturizing ingredients (coconut oil, Shea butter, vitamin E), many of them organic. I adored “Love Buzz,” a Barbie pink shade that gave my lips decidedly grown-up gleam. Bonus: unlike a lot of glosses, it’s not the least bit sticky.

Cons: It only comes in six colors right now, and a couple of them are questionable (Gold? Ox Blood?). But the red, pink, and nude shades are divine.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo Courtesy of ILIA Beauty

Beauty Road Test: Tom’s of Maine Fresh Mint Whitening Toothpaste

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The Product: Tom’s of Maine Fresh Mint Whitening Toothpaste; $2.99

Pros: Tom’s of Maine just released a 3.0 ounce (travel size!) tube of their whitening toothpaste. I love that it’s "natural" (no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or sweeteners) yet still tastes as fresh as a mouthfull of Altoids. Another perk: 10% of profits go to a variety of environmental and educational charities.

Cons: I didn’t notice any immediate whitening, but that’s something that takes time. Just like stain-making.

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Tom's of Maine

Beauty Road Test: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $26

Pros: Clinique’s iconic primrose yellow lotion has been an industry favorite for the last 45 years. This August it’s getting even more “dramatically different” with new ultra-moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea). I don’t want to get too “Science Speak” on you, but let me tell you: they work.

Cons: None. They even recently released a travel-size tube! My tip: apply a thick layer before every flight. You'll need it.

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Clinique

Beauty Road Test: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Kjaer Weis Organic Mascara, $38

Pros: The Land o’ Lashes is typically strewn with synthetic polymers and plastic tubes that are relegated to the landfill every few months. Enter Italy-made Kjaer Weis Mascara, with a certified organic formula and re-fillable metal packaging that’s actually glamorous.

Cons: My only beef? I love it so much that I’ll now be forced to buy refills at $24 a pop, instead of my cheapie drugstore brand. But if every time I pull out the sleek tube I feel like Grace Kelly—which I do—it’s worth it, wouldn’t you say? 

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of Kjaer Weis

Beauty Road Test: Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm

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Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Tatcha Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, $36

Pros: New from Tatcha: an impeccably-designed glass vial of lip balm, made with antioxidant-rich camellia oil (a onetime favorite of Oshima Island geishas, apparently) and…..wait for it…24-karat gold.

Cons: The 24-karat gold leaf layer is uber-pretty, but because it’s layered on top of the balm, it will rub away completely after a few uses. Fortunately, the remaining balm is lovely on its own. Those geishas knew their stuff!

Verdict:  Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.

Photo courtesy of TATCHA

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