This fashion week, three of us girls are staying in an apartment together and I have never been more aware of my beauty routine and the amount of products I pack when traveling…

Emily has three neat little bottles next to the sink and looks like a million bucks with just a few swipes of mascara (her eyelashes are about 6 inches long). I can’t even get started on Camila, her daily routine includes shampoo and a bottle of olive oil (more on that another time).

Let’s be honest, I am not a light packer (although my suitcase was underweight on my way here…you know what that means: COS sweaters and Bioderma Crealine for all!!) but the ratio between what I’ve brought with me and what I will actually use is bordering on absurd. Did I really need to bring two bottles of argan hair oil, that texturizing spray AND a hair mask? Do I really think this is the most opportune time to try out a glittery smokey eye? Will I wear all six of the lipsticks I stashed in my purse?

It’s a little bit of a survivalist mentality. I want to be prepared for any and all potential beauty situations that could arrise while abroad (even though everything I need to survive can be found at Monoprix). What if I get a last minute invitation to dine with Karl? (Perfect opportunity for glittery smokey eye). What if I’m backstage at Isabel Marant and they run out of red lipstick and I save the day with my NARS pencil, and in turn become a fashion week legend? You never know what could happen…

What is your travel beauty routine like? Do you bring your entire vanity or simplify things when you take a trip?