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Summer Beach Essentials

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Just back from vacation to Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua, Jacqueline Gifford, T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, shares her makeup, skin, and hair musts. 

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Beauty Road Test: Kiehls' Travel-Tested Solutions Set

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Every traveler wants to step off a plane looking fresh, but let's face it: even an hour in the air can leave skin dehydrated, oily, and lackluster. I know I always feel the need to dash to the nearest restroom for touch-ups before meeting family or friends in baggage claim. Luckily, Kiehl's wants to relieve us of in-flight beauty stress with their new set of travel essentials, which includes a "First Class" Purifying Hand Treatment, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist, Eucalyptus Lip Relief, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

T+L Editorial Intern Helen Zook shares her take.

The Product: Kiehl's Travel Tested Solutions Set, $49. Available now exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

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Beauty Road Test: Clinique’s New Smart Serum Gets an A+

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In an ideal world, my carry-on liquids would begin and end with: toothpaste, cleanser, face cream. The problem with packing a simple dopp kit is that today’s beauty regimens can be anything but simple. Faced with deciding between myriad creams, serums, toners, exfoliates, and more, I yearn for one product that would take the place of ten—meaning a lighter suitcase and a simpler routine, all around.

Enter Clinique’s new Smart Custom-Repair Serum, a catchall formula that tailors its performance to address your personal skin care needs.

T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.

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Beauty Road Test: Frédéric Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist Collection

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Say good-bye to the days of spritzing perfume on the neck, or dabbing fragrance along the inside of the wrist—so says Frédéric Fekkai. The stylist extraordinaire hopes to change the status quo with his new line of aromatic mists, which are sprayed on—you guessed it—hair.

T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.

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

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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

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