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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

Beauty Road Test: Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes

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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: Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes; 24 for $24

Pros: As a sunscreen-addict whose go-to brands have leaked all over my bag on more than one occasion, I love the concept of a highly-portable (indeed, swipe-able!) sunscreen. The latest from Adventuress is an SPF 30, protects against UVA and UVB rays, and even has a little finger pouch for easy application. It left my skin looking dewy and feeling protected (and no, I didn’t burn).

Cons: Each packet contains enough sunscreen for your face but not much else. They’re also probably not the most eco-friendly things in the world, as you pitch them in the garbage after one use. But they sure are convenient!

Verdict:  Packable—especially if you don't have a lot of room in your bag.

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

Photo courtesy Adventuress

Beauty Road Test: Gaiam Sage Lily Yoga Mat

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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: Gaiam Sage Lily Yoga Mat, $29

Pros: The trouble with being a globe-trotting yogini? The perfect tote-able yoga mat is hard to find. The latest version from Gaiam is lightweight and nonslip, and a cushy 5 mm thick. Another perk: it was made without phthalates (creepy chemicals whose presence is the exact opposite of relaxing).

Cons: As noted, it’s 5 mm thick, so not great for plane travel. But for a road trip? Just throw it in the trunk and say ommmmmmmm.

Verdict: Packable for a road trip; leave it at home for flights.

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

Photo courtesy of Gaiam

Beauty Road Test: Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes

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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: Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes, from $6

Pros: These über-portable towelettes remove all trace of makeup—even waterproof mascara (no easy feat, I assure you). They also promise to firm skin (with micro algae) and brighten (with vitamin C), but I like that they smell like a Creamsicle.

Cons: Nothing beats washing your face with actual water, but Truth to Go Wipes are the next best thing.

Verdict:  Packable.

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

Photo courtesy of OLEHENRIKSEN

Beauty Road Test: Lavanila Fresh Lemon Deodorant

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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: Lavanila Fresh Lemon Deodorant

Pros: Lavanila’s latest is 100% natural (no phthalates, no aluminum). It’s so natural, in fact, that the first three ingredients are aloe, corn, and coconut derived. Added bonus: it smells like fresh-baked lemon cookies.

Cons: I literally have nothing bad to say about this deodorant—except that it was so wonderful it forced me to write a blog post about deodorant (not the sexiest topic). But hey, everybody uses it, right? Right?
 
Verdict: Packable.

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

 

 

Photo courtesy of Lavanila

Beauty Road Test: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray

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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: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray; $10

Pros: For someone with the finest hair in creation, I had high hopes for this (translation: I hoped my hair would get considerably high-er). And—surprise—it did! A few spritzes at my roots gave me news anchor-volume.

Cons: Unfortunately the bottle is too big to make it past the TSA, so won't work if you carry on.

Verdict:  Packable—but only if you’re checking your bag.

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

Photo by John Frieda Luxurious Volume

Beauty Road Test: La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex

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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: La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex; $135

Pros: Okay, I admit it. I look awful after a long-haul flight. This serum—with its amino acids, vitamins, and (yes!) extracts of caviar—revives the skin around my worn-out eyes, hydrating and de-puffing.

Cons: Sticker shock is high, but hey, it’s La Prairie. And what do you expect for a self-touted “mini eyelift”?

Verdict: Packable.

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

Photo courtesy of la prarie

Beauty Road Test: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Key Lime

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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: Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Key Lime; $9

Pros: Made of moisturizing olive oil and aloe vera, among other (natural) things, yet smells absolutely delish—just like the key lime pie at Miami’s News Café. Perfect for your next beach trip.

Cons: Doesn’t get foamy like some shave creams. Another problem: it smells so good you might be tempted to eat 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 Kiss My Face

Beauty Road Test: Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream

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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: Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream; $98

Pros: Vinotherapy champion Caudalie just released the self-proclaimed "ultimate anti-aging eye care." And you know what? They're right! The caffeine, peptides, and grape-seed polyphenols will leave you looking rested, even after a (dreaded) long-haul flight.

Cons: It's a bit pricey, but the bottle seems to last forever.

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Caudalie

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