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Multitasking beauty products for easy traveling

Laura Carson Miller is freelance lifestyle writer in Atlanta, writing for magazines and the web. Her favorite subjects include beauty, health/wellness, and financial issues. She is also an avid cook, gardener, fashionista and interior st...

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You may be about to embark on the travel adventure of a lifetime but perhaps you're trying to do so without taking along every beauty product you have in your bathroom. While looking good is certainly important, so is getting your carry-on, with necessities such as clothing and, oh yeah, shoes, into the overhead bin without incident.
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Luckily, plenty of products perform double- or even triple-duty to allow you more time, more money and more room for the other things a girl needs when she flies the coop for a getaway. Here are our top picks for multitasking beauty loot that will surely leave you room to bring back travel treasures while you wow ‘em on your vacation.

Travel beauty for skinSkin

Cleanse and moisturize your skin in one fell swoop with Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash. You won’t need to apply body lotion when you step out of the shower, so that’s one less bottle to haul. Elizabeth Arden’s famous Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (now available in an unscented version, too) works wonders to moisturize and highlight areas with ease. Before bed, apply it to your lips, cuticles and hands, and you can even rub a little into the ends of your tresses for an overnight hair treatment. Going out on the town in a sexy dress? Use Eight Hour Cream on your legs for a gorgeous sheen; it also helps keep brows in place, and makeup artists love it on cheekbones to add a touch of late-night glamour.

Travel beauty - hairHair

One way to free up more room in your bag for shoes or jewelry is to use the hotel’s shampoo and conditioner and bring dry shampoo to spruce up your do in-between. Available in spray or loose powder form (we like Eufora Powder Lift), in shades to match your hair, dry shampoo is a miracle worker, even on clean hair. Especially if you're contemplating an up-do, you might need a little extra texture to provide hold, and dry shampoo is a no-brainer. Another must-have for hair is a good headband. The selection from Goody is both fun and functional. You can use them to pull back your hair when you wash your face, apply makeup, work out or as a stylish fashion accessory that complements your outfit.

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If don’t require full makeup every time you go anywhere, a simple lip/cheek stain duo is perfect for travel. Benefit Cosmetics cult product Benetint, now joined by Posietint and ChaChatint, all deliver a kiss of color for lips and cheeks that is highly portable and pulls together your look in a snap. For women who are more dedicated in the realm of cosmetics, the Sue Devitt Day & Night Neutrals Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette houses wearable shades to keep you looking polished 24/7. You can easily pop it in your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups. The sleek silver design takes up practically zero room in your carry-on and begs to sit out on the bathroom counter in your hotel room.

When you’re ready to get up and go, the last thing you should be worrying about is fitting your beauty bounty into your bag! Scale down the madness by carrying multitasking beauty items that can have you looking and feeling fresh and pretty, minus the hassle of tons of lotions and potions. Make a new beauty travel rule: If it only does one thing, it doesn’t make the trip!

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