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The Best Travel-Sized Skincare and Beauty Products

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My guy and I offer professional home sitting services around Southern California and occasionally in other parts of the world. Waking up in a five-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills, or watching the sunset over the Santa Monica pier from a modern condo is a big rush, especially when it doesn’t come with a mortgage attached.

This is me at “work” house sitting

The down side is we’re constantly packing, especially May through September, which is our busy season. I’m always looking for travel kits filled with great quality skincare beauty products. There’s no way I want to drag full sized bottles around in my luggage. And those plastic drugstore storage containers are just plain ugly (and they’re plastic). Traveling light and chic is my motto.

I’ve found two skin care sets that I love! I have to switch up my skin care from season to season and these two get the job done, while fitting perfectly in a small carry-on.

Laurel, a slightly higher end, but equally natural brand. Laurel is the reflection of the founder’s evolution as an herbalist. I loved the original line, but I can see the lux touches she’s added to this line and they’re wonderful.  The normal/dry skin travel kit (which I received gratis) contains sample sizes of Normal/Dry Cleanser, Normal/Mature Elixir, Antioxidant Serum, Almond Grain Exfoliant and a Citrus Spice Lip Treatment. The products come in a well-made cotton canvas beauty bag. Love!

Fave product: That’s so hard. They’re all wonderful. But I have to say the Almond and Adzuki bean exfoliant is the gentlest facial scrub I’ve ever used. And it nourishes my skin beautifully! $68 for the travel set.

Wishlist: Eye Balm

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Photo by Todra Payne, copyright, Healthy Beauty Project

Luminance Skincare is made in Benicia, California (near Sonoma) by a former electrical engineer with a passion for quality, natural skin and body care.  The founder, Kim Emmanuel, tested the line for several years at local farmer’s markets before he offered beauty products on a larger scale. He’s created quite a wonderful brand.

Luminance contains raw, organic ingredients such as Tamarind, Kukui and Sea Buckthorn. And I have to say this is the first foaming facial cleanser that hasn’t made my skin dry and dull.

The mature skin travel kit (which I received gratis) contains a facial cleanser, deep hydration facial moisturizer, nourishing serum and rose toner. The set comes in lightweight glass bottles and are TSA-approved sizes.

Fave product: Nourishing Serum, it’s super hydrating while feeling light on the skin. The scent is layered and sweet, like a summer dessert. $44 for the set. Get beauty products free shipping with orders over $50!

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