My Travel Cosmetic Bag: What Made The Cut

Well ladies, it’s here. I had to make hard choices. I have never packed this lean in my life and I am down to the bare bones. Not just in cosmetics and skincare, but in clothes and yikes…shoes as well.

So, what made the cut in my beauty bag?


E. Ferulic Serum
I know you’re not shocked. It’s my ride or die product so of course. 

Saint Jane Luxury Beauty Serum
Lately, I can’t get enough of this and I’m using it as my summer moisturizer twice a day. 

Coola Silk Drops Sunscreen
I can layer this under my Saint Jane and not feel at all greasy. 

Zelens Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream
I can use this formula day and night due to its rich yet gel like texture.

Make-Up Eraser
Sometimes you only have your water bottle and your make-up eraser to wash your face (planes, trains and automobiles…)

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser in Travel Size
For when I have a sink. 

Beboe Face Masks
They’re flat and I can lay them on the bottom of my suitcase.  The anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties should help me look well-rested even when that’s not the case.

LaMend Good Patch in Nite Nite and B12
A good friend uses the Nite Nite when she arrives at her location and the B12 the next morning and swears she has no jet lag.  I’m in!

Zelens Power A Drops
My nightly go to for a gentle retinol.  I don’t look the same in the morning if I don’t use it.

Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste
I plan on drinking Rioja in Spain, Cabernet in France and Chianti in Rome…I need my Supersmile.



Vita Liberata Illuminaze in Light
The ultimate summer no make-up product. Good for no-make up days or as a primer on light make-up days.

Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation, Super Loaded Highlighter, Lit Stick, and Blush in Minette
What can I say? I’m obsessed with all things Westman Atelier. It’s all coming with me. 

Blinc Mascara
I don’t want to work hard on an overnight train to get mascara off. No thanks. 

Nuxe Lip Balm
Keeping lips hydrated through all of the travel is essential. 

Surratt Beauty Lipslique in Hevyn
The perfect color for day and night. Only one lipstick needed. 

The Brow Gal The Weekender
This ingenious product will allow me to “dye” my brows for a few days at a time so I don’t have to put brow pencil on each morning. Major.



Klorane Dry Shampoo
I can’t be washing my hair every day, so this will keep my hair looking clean in between washes.

Living Proof PHD Shampoo and Conditioner
I never trust hotel shampoo and conditioner. 

Plus, my contact lenses- of course.

It’s summer so less is more anyway, but this was a challenge. Fingers crossed people…


  • The latest from Angela
I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar Kim Quilles says:

    Where can I purchase the cosmetic bags, please?Thanks in advance for your response!

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