Summer Travel Minis



Most people think a beauty junkie must have a huge collection of products and while that is true for the most part, what I’ve noticed through observing my beauty obsessed friends and myself is that the amount of samples we collect nearly trumps the actual products in our collection. Case in point, this past memorial day without realizing it, nearly every product I needed to use, I could find a miniaturized version. I thought I’d share some of the mini’s I packed:

YULI Halcyon Cleanser

This travel sized version of one of my favorite cleansers was a Black Friday deal. I’ve since poured the full size product in here whenever I need to travel. I am slightly guilty of treating the open bottle as an aromatherapy due to the residing uplifting fragrance from cleanser. Especially when I travel I don’t really have time to rub a oil or balm all over my skin and hope water washes it off (I tend to breakout more when I travel) so Halcyon is perfect because I can always rely on it to clean my skin without leaving it stripped. For some reason the mini version just feels so adorable and cool that sometimes even at home I use this over the full size bottle.

YULI Panacea Elixir

Truth be told, there is no reason the 50ml bottle isn’t travel friendly but I just find the little bottle much more discreet for the plane or on roadtrips. I run out of this so quickly since it is always on me, I find myself finding every excuse to use it, half the time my skin doesn’t even need it to refresh and I’m just trying to get a whiff of the beautiful scent. Either way, at the end of the day my skin looks flawless, no dryness from baking in the sun (not deliberately of course) but also no grimy oiliness.

Mun No.1 Aknari Nighttime Serum

Recently reviewed and much beloved for it’s versatility, this simple yet high quality oil is wonder for travel when skin may be irritated and misbehaving. I find that it provides pretty good moisturizing on its own at night and also wears well during the day. Although this isn’t a sample size, the 15ml bottle means it’s pretty good for taking on trips. I just saw that the relaunched this in a larger size as well!

Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer

These little packets are good for 3-4 uses for my skin since too much will leave my pores a little clogged after a few uses, while a little of the cream is perfect for keeping away any hints of dryness in case I don’t get enough water or travel somewhere especially arid. The rebuilding moisturizer makes me feel like a sophisticated lady who lunches from the what I consider signature Tata Harper fragrance to the pampered way skin feels after. In fact, putting it on makes me feel like I’ve made it in life even if just for a moment until the scent fades.

Tatcha Radiance Deep Brightening Serum

So no one wants sun damage right? And pesky imperfections? Let’s try to keep those from being visible too. This little travel bottle of the Deep Brightening Serum is perfect for doing some work even when you’re on a vacation. The best part is that this serum layers well under everything from oils to moisturizers to sunscreen. It practically disappears once it is on so you never have to think about it. The only thing that should be noticeable is a brighter complexion when you return from your travels.

Kahina Fez Body Serum

Seriously, a body serum in a 15ml bottle is ADORABLE. There is just something about taking a full sized product, and keeping the appearance details the same yet shrinking it down that is so charming. Kahina’s Fez Body Serum comes in this perfect on the go bottle that makes taking care of dry arms and legs while traveling a breeze. 2 pumps per arm/leg and you’re set. And a bonus, the scent is sure to reawaken. Although much has been said about the spicy exotic fragrance that first greets you, I’m much more interested in discussing the cool down that leaves this distinct impression of ink. Se-duc-tive.

Amala Purifying Gel Moisturizer/Dr.Alkaitis Soothing Gel

These two samples serve the same purpose which is preventing break outs and any other anomalies that can happen when I travel. I find that typically changing diets/time zones and being out all day can leave my skin in a bit of a panic so these purifying/soothing gels are exactly what is needed to calm everything down. Where Dr.Alkaitis is like a natural astringent, Amala is more like a light moisturizer so if you want something gentle go with Amala, if you already have some breakouts then go with Dr.Alkaitis.

What are your travel essentials? Do you also have a obsession with these charming minis?



  1. June 3, 2014 / 9:58 am

    There is something adorable about mini things, apart from skincare I also love mini fruit & veg!

    • June 15, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      LOL yes! I recently discovered mini-watermelons and even resorted to gifting them.

  2. June 3, 2014 / 2:12 pm

    So Pure Skincare also offer mini and travel sized skincare. 🙂

  3. Lara
    June 5, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Lovely! I love mini sizes.

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