If there's one thing I keep with me that consistently comes in clutch, it's my trusty cosmetics pouch. When I'm packing my gym backpack, work tote, or travel bag, it always gets tossed in, and I usually end up thanking past me for it (best feeling ever). When there's no time to run home between indoor cycling and brunch or I've been cooped up on a plane for hours, it's my on-the-go bag hero. The key to not being weighed down? Travel-friendly or mini beauty products.
When a last-minute happy hour or coffee meeting comes up, having it on me means I'm good to go. And when I'm feeling run-down or just generally gross, a quick makeup or hair touch-up has almost as much power to reinvigorate me as my favorite coffee order.
In addition to a mini toothbrush, a small bottle of Advil, and a few inevitable rogue hair ties and bobby pins, I have my list of favorite things to include (and products I'm jonesing to add to my collection). These 11 staples are small enough to stash in your favorite pouch, easy to apply in a time crunch, and have the power to totally revive a look.
1. Batiste Tropical Travel Size Dry Shampoo
Batiste Tropical Travel Size Dry Shampoo, $4, Ulta
First up: Dry shampoo. All of Batiste's mini scents smell amazing, but the island-style packaging on this one is an especially bright touch.
2. RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe
RMS Beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipe 20 Count, $16, Amazon
Because sometimes it just feels better to start with a fresh canvas. These individually-packaged wipes are formulated with coconut oil so they're extra hydrating.
3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, $12, Sephora
Whether you're fighting a mid-day breakout or a bad night's sleep, this mini concealer goes on easy and stays put.
4. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
This lightweight tinted moisturizer is easy to apply with minimal risk of foundation lines.
5. Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm, $13, Amazon
This super-blendable cheek color gives off a rosy, natural glow.
6. Benefit Cosmetics 1st Prize Highlighters
Or, if you're feeling ~extra~, these mini megawatt highlighters can elevate any beauty look.
7. Marc Jacobs Beauty Petites Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Set
Marc Jacobs Beauty Petites Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Set, $25, Sephora
One of my personal favorites, these gel pot-like liners glide on like an absolute dream, and they stay there, too.
8. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mini Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mini Mascara, $12, Macy's
The name says it all—it's volumizing without drying out lashes, and the brush is perfectly shaped for maximum impact. This one's another superstar in my own bag.
9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel
Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, $22, Sephora
There's something about sculpted brows that brings together any makeup look. This one-step tinted gel has a spoolie applicator, so no fussing with separate products.
10. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rollerball
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Rollerball, $24, Sephora
I make no apologies for this one—Viva La Juicy is an excellent scent IMO, and it brings a touch of nostalgia to your collection.
11. Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers
Tarte Not So Slick Oil-Absorbing Blotting Papers, $10, Amazon
Banish shine with these oil blotting sheets–they come in the prettiest packaging around.