7 Beauty Essentials I Always Keep in My Bag
My clients often ask me to recommend a simple, yet powerful skin care routine that they can use when they’re on the go. (Or, in 2020, a pared-down regimen for busy days homeschooling and working remotely.) That’s why my good friend (and client!) Shay Mitchell and I developed a skin care travel set called the Wander & Glow Kit—it makes good skin effortless no matter where you are.
The kit includes the four products from my line that I always suggest and can’t live without. For the first time ever, three of them come in travel-friendly sizes: Cleansing Serum, Sake Toning Essence, and Weightless Oil-Free Moisturizer. (Even if you’re staying home right now, it’s a great way to try out the collection!)
Everything comes in a gorgeous vegan leather cosmetic case from Shay’s luggage brand, BEIS, and it includes extra pockets for the rest of your favorite products. I’ve been using mine at home to keep my everyday essentials organized. Want to know what’s inside? Read on to find out.
#1: SHANI DARDEN SKIN CARE CLEANSING SERUM
This is the cleanser I always wanted, but could never find: Its luxurious lather removes all makeup and impurities, but it won’t leave skin feeling tight. I apply it with gauze pads for a little extra exfoliating action.#2: SHANI DARDEN SKIN CARE SAKE TONING ESSENCE
I love products that do double-duty—especially when I travel– and this one is basically a toner and essence in one. It helps reduce oil production and minimizes the appearance of pores, but it leaves skin looking bright and hydrated, never dry.#3: SHANI DARDEN SKIN CARE WEIGHTLESS OIL-FREE MOISTURIZER
This lightweight moisturizer is great for all skin types. It won't clog pores, but it will give skin a fresh, hydrated glow. It also leaves a smooth finish, making it a great option to wear under makeup.
#4: SHANI DARDEN SKIN CARE RETINOL REFORM
If you're only going to use one serum, I always say that it should be this one. My clients love that it gives them so many benefits—smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin—and with minimal dryness and irritation like other retinol products.
#5: DR. DENNIS GROSS ALPHA BETA PEEL PADS
This is my favorite at-home exfoliating treatment—it’s perfect for getting bright, glowing skin anywhere. Five acids are packed into two pads the size of a credit card, which makes it perfect for travel.
#6: DR. NIGMA SERUM #1
This holy grail age-reversing serum does the work of multiple products, which is so key when you’re on the move. It hydrates, plumps, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid, plant stem cells, and marine peptides.
#7: SUPERGOOP SHINE ON LIP SCREEN SPF 40
Another pocket-sized multitasker, this gives lips both UV protection and a high-gloss finish. I love that I can wear it on its own or over any lip color!