Must-have Travel Beauty Products You Should Bring On Every Trip | Interview with Model Darci Clark

Traveling is exciting and fun but can be so hard on your body! And packing the right products when you only have so much space can be tricky. That's why I've interviewed Kansas City fashion model Darci Clark, the creator behind @mymmodelreality and, after her recent southwest road trip to find out what her favorite travel beauty products are that she recommends for any girl wanting to pack light and look her best.

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1. Cleanser

DARCI: I like to use Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. I fell it leaves my face nice & clean without over-drying, even on the days I have heavy makeup.

MORGAN: Ever since starting the Rodan+Fields Unblemish regimen I've seen a HUGE improvement in my skin. I don't want to risk any relapses, so I'll squeeze some of the cleanser into a travel size bottle and soak multiple gauze pads in the toner (or order the travel size R+F kit if I remember to before booking a trip 😅!). In the event of an unsightly blemish making an appearance on days I can't hide away inside and cancel all social outings, I'll use an acne spot dot like these from peach slices.
Tip: use a contact case for a few days' worth of cleanser. They're small and practically spill-proof.

2. Moisturizer

DARCI: I love Kora Organics Hydrating Moisturizer. Hasn’t caused any breakouts but feels so hydrating, especially for the winter months. I also love the Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum. My skin has been loving this combo. I use both after cleansing morning & night- serum first followed by the moisturizer.

MORGAN: I get so dry when traveling! One of my favorite night-time treatments is Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel. In the mornings, I'll use my R&F moisturizing sunscreen before putting on any makeup to make sure my skin is protected from those UV rays while I'm out and about. Either after a long flight or about halfway through a trip, I'll use a hydrating sheet mask to give my face an extra injection of moisture.

3. Hair Styling

DARCI: I actually don’t use a lot of products on my hair. I only wash 1-2 times a week unless I have shoots/shows where they use a ton of product that needs washing out. My go-to shampoo/conditioner combo is OGX Thick + Full Biotin & Collagen. I feel it makes my hair soft & hydrated, and my split ends are never bad even though I don’t get it cut often and heat style frequently. After washing, I follow up with the OGX Radiant Glow + Argan Oil of Morocco Body Oil Mist, especially on the ends for extra hydration. I also like to use the oil as needed between washes for added shine, and I’ll use the Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo for a little volume boost.

I’ll bring the travel sizes of the shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo, and I’ll add some of the oil to a smaller travel spray bottle to bring as well. For styling, I use a 1” curling wand and a wide-tooth comb. If needed, I’ll use John Frieda Frizz Ease hairspray, but that’s very rare. I keep a travel size in my bag just in case, but it’s hardly ever been used! It has great holding power though and doesn’t have as bad of a hairspray smell like many other brands.

MORGAN: I've gotten so lazy with styling my hair at home, never mind when I'm traveling! I pack a microfiber hair wrap I can use to keep my wet hair off of me, my 1.5" curling iron in case we pick somewhere dressy to go, and I depend on our Airbnb or hotel supplying a hairdryer if I'll need it. It's important to have a hair oil to help tame any frizz and add a healthy shine.

4. Pamper

DARCI: I really like Kora Organics Noni Radiant Eye Oil. It’s much pricier than I would typically spend, but I took a chance on it and I’m so glad I did! My dark circles have lightened SO much since using this stuff, and my eye wrinkles seem to be less noticeable. A little goes a long way too, so it will last a long time. I’m also a big fan of facemasks, and regularly use ones from the “Yes To” brand. About twice a week I’ll also use Alba Botanica Pore-Fecting Papaya Enzyme Hawaiian Facial Mask for a deep exfoliation, but I do not travel with this as it’s not part of my daily routine. 

5. Makeup

DARCI: When it comes to makeup, I’m not biased at all about what brand I use. I have two different pallets that I put together myself using a mix of brands in colors that I like. One pallet is neutral colors and the other is brighter accent colors. When I travel, I only bring along the necessities- neutral eye pallet, bronzer, blush, mascara & foundation/concealer. I use a full coverage foundation (Burt’s Bees), and if I only want light coverage I’ll mix a little of it with my moisturizer. I will absolutely not go anywhere without my mascara (Maybelline Great Lash in blackest black) & concealer (Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer). I feel like those are the two products that instantly make you look more awake!

MORGAN: I'm always so unsure of investing in new makeup that once I find a product I love, I just stick with it until the manufacturer discontinues it. Go to blemish concealer: Milani RETOUCH + ERASE Light-Lifting Concealer.  Favorite mascara ever: Too Faced's Better Than Sex -- I always get the travel size anyway because the full-size will dry up before I can use it all. And I blend two shades of L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Glow (201 and 202) for a contouring effect with my everyday foundation, but if I could only bring one along it would be 202.

6. Storage

DARCI: When traveling, I’m able to easily fit all my skincare, hair, & makeup products all in one traveling cosmetics bag that is split into three sections. My skincare & hair products all go on one side, by makeup brushes go in the middle, and my makeup goes on the other side. It’s all very compact, and it’s nice to have everything fit in one place.

Is there anything you make sure to stay far far away from while you're traveling?

DARCI: When I’m traveling, I make sure to stay away from foods that are even a little bit questionable for my stomach- very spicy foods or foods that have a heavy dairy content. The last thing you want is to look puffy & bloated! I also stay clear of alcohol. I don’t drink regularly anyway, so even a small amount of alcohol can make my face look puffy & tired the next day.

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