I know that from November to March, travel to Colorado reaches its peak. It's ski season, people! I don't ski (more of a lodger, myself), but I am a Colorado native, so having grown up there for the better part of my life, I know that it can be a tricky place to pack for, particularly in the winter.
Colorado has an extremely dry climate, particularly in the winter. People tend to get in trouble when they pack beauty products that they'd use in more humid areas since a lot of lightweight face moisturizers and serums just won't cut it in air that basically sucks the moisture right out of your skin.
Luckily, since I've lived in New York for nearly five years and am used to traveling home in the winter, I have become a dry weather expert in the realm of beauty product packing. Here are my essentials for a weekend trip to the Rockies.
For carry-on bags, I like to use reusable quart-sized pouches for my liquids. I hate trying to fit all of my liquids into a ziplock bag. It's always a tight squeeze, the zipper always seems to break, and it also feels like a huge waste of plastic. These are TSA-compliant and only $11 for a two-pack.
When it's possible, I try to avoid buying travel-size versions of items I already own. It feels wasteful to me when I could just put products into travel-size liquid pouches. These are my favorite because they are spill resistant and fit in everything.
Aquaphor is my solution to everything. Cracked knuckles? Slather on some Aquaphor. A random dry patch? Cover it in Aquaphor. Want to seal in your moisturizer overnight? You guessed it, Aquaphor. I highly recommend always tossing it in your travel bag, especially if you're going somewhere where the air is dry.
I love this foundation because it delivers just enough coverage while sinking in perfectly to the skin. It has a radiant finish, so it helps ensure my skin never looks dry.
Nars Orgasm blush was my go-to between the years 2014 and 2018. Since then, I've never worn a different blush formula. As I've gotten older, I've veered away from powder blushes but still love Nars Orgasm for delivering a realistic, radiant-looking glow to my cheeks.