I am a lover of beauty products.
If you are a regular around here, you already know that, right?
If you’ve landed on this page in the hope of finding the secret to packing light when it comes to beauty travel essentials, I have to warn you.
This IS my version of packing light when it comes to beauty essentials. Hence the bracket action in the title.
HOWEVER. Like my clothes packing, I AM getting better.
1. In-flight (meeting carry-on liquid restrictions)
2. Bathroom (skincare and hair care)
Can you believe I fit all this into a regulation bag? I know. I’m impressed with myself too.
Let me talk you through my in-flight beauty essentials.
I spritz myself with an Immune Boost of essentials oils and pure water, apply lip balm and antibacterial hand cream and settle in for the duration. If needed, I’ll give my eyes a little help with Refresh drops.
Before landing, I’ll freshen with deodorant (a facial wipe under the arm pit helps first), cleanse and add on a minimal “face” (BB Cream, illuminator and lip gloss) for arrival. I make no apologies for my vanity.
Tucked safely away in my checked baggage, is a toiletries bag filled with all my everyday travel beauty essentials.
Hair care on this trip was made super easy thanks to the bhave Smoothe treatment I had a couple of weeks before our trip. I had two professional blow-dries while away (one for the Parisian photoshoot, the other just because our hotel was steps away from a blow-dry bar).
The rest of the time I just washed my hair with travel-size bhave products and let it either dry naturally or I dried it off with a hotel hairdryer, adding the oil when dry. I didn’t pack my own hairdryer. I did pack my ghds but didn’t use them once because the bhave treatment did the work for me.
Right about now, the beauty minimalists among you are thinking, why did she pack so much makeup? Holidays are about no makeup, right?
Yes, holidays can be about no makeup … if that’s your thing.
My thing is always something on my face (the bare minimum being what I took on board the plane above with a lick of mascara added for eye-opening measure).
In my holiday kit, I included foundation and primer as we were going out to a couple of special dinners, we had family gatherings and I unashamedly feel more confident with makeup on. This makeup, once on my face, doesn’t budge, no matter how hot it gets.
Concealer is my friend.
Sunnies are my best friends. Wear them and pop a lip colour to give the illusion of being made up when you’re not.
This Becca eye palette (Galactica) has been mentioned on the blog before. It’s a winner in the copper/brown colour and compact stakes. I left the eyeliner out (see I can cut back!) and instead used an angled brush and the darker colours to achieve the same effect.
Speaking of brushes, I’m not one to leave mine at home. Apart from the large fan brush, all are travel size and help me to better apply my makeup. I will always squeeze them in.
My perfume is a purse spray bottle of Chanel No. 5. I don’t leave home without it.
Wondering how it all fit?
See below for a look at how the bathroom beauty products and makeup sat in the Florence Broadhurst bag. I found this design of bag really useful. The two sections allow me to put makeup in one side; skin and hair care (bathroom essentials) on the other.
I could see at a glance what I had stashed where.
The hook meant that in tight bathroom spaces I didn’t need to take up prime real estate on the bench.
So, tell me … do you prioritise beauty products in your packing? Do you pare it all back to the minimum? What tips can you share?
PS. Don’t think I didn’t buy a few new products along the way. OF COURSE I did. Will share those soon.
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