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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

Beauty Road Test: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

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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 Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes; $16

Pros: Eye shadow in a tube? I’ll admit I had my doubts, but the Chubby Stick is indisputably awesome—easy to apply on the fly, with no flaking.

Cons: There are just 12 shades, but they’re lovely (and have adorable “chubby” names: Lots O’Latte, Portly Plum, Whopping Willow).

Verdict: Packable.

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

 

Photo courtesy of Clinique

Beauty Road Test: Hermès Jour d'Hermès Eau de Parfum

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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: Hermès Jour d'Hermès Eau de Parfum, $149.

Pros: Jean Claude Ellena, exclusive perfumer for Hermès and author of the recent The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur (Rizzoli), has infused their latest scent with floral notes—including gardenia and sweet pea. When I wear it I feel instantly transported: like I’m taking a late spring walk through the garden at Giverny, my paint set in one hand and a picnic in the other. It's heaven!

Cons: The bottle is gorgeous, but a bit heavy for a carry-on (I guess that's what atomizers are for).

Verdict: Packable.

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

 

Photo courtesy of Hermes

Beauty Road Test: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask

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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: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask, $80 for six.

Pros: According to the press release, "93% of women saw visibly rejuvenated, smoother, and more luminous skin" using this mask—and I did too! After 20 minutes my winter-parched skin looked dewy and glowing—better results than I've ever had with a facialist.

Cons: You're going to want to use this in total privacy, as you'll look like you're wearing a slimy hockey mask. It's hilarious!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Lancome

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