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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

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

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