Multipurpose Makeup Makes Packing Light a Piece of Cake
The Thrifty Traveler
by Myscha Theriault

When it comes to maintaining a professional look under a wide range of conditions and circumstances, finding beauty products that take up a minimal amount of space in the makeup and toiletries bag is critical. Fortunately, a small amount of most cosmetic products will last a long while, making the time it takes to search out those hidden small-sized gems worth the effort.

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Animal rights activist, sustainability writer and environmentalist Zoe Helene spends a great deal of time in remote areas, juggling a careful balance of research and media interviews. Cramming the necessary cosmetics into an extremely confined space comes with her job description. Her favorite space-saving compact is the Envirometal Professional Compact by Aveda. Designed to hold products by the same company, this particular makeup brand comes stored in the basic metal pans only.

This eliminates excess packaging completely, making for a streamlined storage solution. “The best thing about this solution is the versatility,” says Helene. “It is very easy to change out the cosmetics inside because the compacts have a clever magnetic bottom that holds well and makes it easy and simple to shift around makeup according to the needs of your adventure.”


Zoe and her husband, ethnobotanist and Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham, work and travel together extensively, exploring remote regions of the globe, working to promote mind/body/spirit wellness, sustainable global trade, environmental protection and cultural preservation. They often travel with media and have traveled together with crews from venues including CNN Health, NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, and Outside Magazine.

October 2015