My travel beauty essentials

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 46 Comments

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I’m a notorious over-packer … but you already knew that didn’t you?

I’m not just talking about things in the clothes department either.

No, my girlfriends joke that they don’t bother packing any beauty products when they go away with me as I have my needs – and theirs – well and truly covered.

What can I say? I like to have my options with me.

There are times though that a girl just has to get real and my recent Whitsundays sailing trip was one of those times.

I had to think about what I really needed to take in the beauty department and realise that I didn’t need ALL THE THINGS because for most of the weekend I’d be on a boat.

Fancy wasn’t the order of the day. Protection from the sun and wind – and nourishing afterwards – was.

Also there’d be no real shower action happening – an outdoors shower in your swimsuit hardly warrants the same fuss as it does at home.

And I had to factor in that we’d be heading off the boat to a fancy resort … decisions, decisions.

So, I did what any self-respecting beauty lover would do. I made a list of my travel beauty essentials, put them all out on the shelf in my bathroom, culled again and stuffed my beauty travel case as usefully as I could.*

My travel beauty essentials

Travel Beauty Essentials

Three of this list of products I packed for our escape were ones I’ve been trialling and loving from The Body Shop (see below).

I also included All-In-One Instablur ($21.95) and Shimmer Cubes Palette 06 Warm ($29.95) – which featured in this post. I left the scrub at home as I’d been freshly spray tanned and was protecting that for all that my lily white legs were worth.

As I mentioned in that post, The Body Shop in Australia has lowered the prices on all its beauty products, making them even more accessible to us all.

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Shea Body Butter ($23.95)

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if I’m heading away I need a good body moisturiser. In summer it helps maintain my spray tan and in winter it protects from the dryness that comes with cold winds. On this trip it was essential for the spray tan maintenance but also for nourishing the skin after being in the sun and wind all day on the boat. It’s so luxe to apply and the cocoa butter melts into your skin beautifully. It’s made from Community Fair Trade shea and cocoa butter so you are also helping disadvantaged communities by buying it. The shea butter used is from The Tungteiya Shea Butter Association, which provides a living for 400 women across 11 villages in northern Ghana.

Madagascan Vanilla Flower EDT ($27.95)

A quick spritz of a fragrance when you’re on holidays will anchor you to that time. For me, this one is all about summer. It’s fresh, sultry and tropical. It’s a subtle fragrance with notes of amber, frangipani and vanilla but you also get a touch of  floral and oriental thrown in. I like it a lot. It contains natural extracts of vanilla from Madagascar and 100% Community Fair Trade alcohol, made from sugar cane obtained from the CADO co-operative in the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador. I sprayed it on every day while away and now it’s the scent that I associate with our trip.

Vitamin C Skin Boost ($29.95)

When your skin is exposed to the elements – and this happens on most outdoors-type escapes – then I find it’s worth adding in a little boost to your face moisturising routine. This is such a simple and effective one to include – apply on top of your moisturiser or as the moisturiser under the All-In-One-Instablur. It’s not only refreshing on application, it gives the skin an immediate boost thanks to light-reflecting particles. It’s enriched with Amazonian camu camu berry and Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil. The camu camu berry has one of the highest contents of natural vitamin C found in any fruit, while Brazil nut oil has rich moisturising properties.

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So tell me, what are you travel beauty essentials? Are you like me and travel with options … or do you pare it back? 

*DISCLAIMER: I may have snuck in a few extra items as I hot-footed it out the door.

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Comments 46

  1. BB cream (the real Korean stuff with SPF100), Benefit brows-a-gogo kit that multi-functions for most things and a small moisturiser. I am such a dag that I find out what toiletries the hotel will have beforehand so I don’t have to lug anything I don’t need.

  2. Id love to take that list, but hubby has booked us ‘carry on’ only, for our 5 days to Gold Coast early Nov.It’s a quick catchup to see our darlings.
    I decant essentials, but it’s a struggle,and like some have mentioned, I really like to have my ‘usuals’ with me.Already fretting about what to take and what to leave 🙁
    Must check out the Body Shop , they might be able to give me some samples, if I buy the normal size.
    Any more hints would be much appreciated 🙂 thanks!

  3. Gosh I haven’t been into a body shop for the longest time, but I love the look of the perfume and Shea butter. My list would be very similar to yours. I don’t take the trilogy oil that I use at home at night, the body moisturiser can double as makeup remover and i ran out of perfume a while back. Hence the attractiveness of the body shop one.

  4. Well timed post. I am going on a 10 day cruise on Sunday to the Pacific islands for a 50th birthday. My husband keeps looking at my bag and saying ‘it’s 10 DAYS’ but there are so many variables. Dinner, day trips, pool, theme nights (WTF). And the weather. Will it be hot or not? I don’t think it will be really hot. is it windy on deck? I have never cruised before so i have no idea what to take. I watch you tube videos and they take so much stuff. And heels! and evening wear. Plus all my cosmetics and skin care stuff. And there’s no fluid restrictions so the more the merrier. It is overwhelming. I’m even considering taking hangers in case there aren’t enough! Oh I’ve forgotten the cossies, better put them in now.

  5. I would rather pare it back with the clothes and leave room for my beauty needs…If I was going away for a week or more, I need all my skincare products I use plus my cosmetics. So as long as I have fresh undies, enough beauty prodz to see me through, at least 5 mini perfume samples, comfy shoes, necessary clothes and a good book – can’t forget my laptop either – then I’m one happy chicky.

  6. I pare it all back and only take sample or mini sized hair shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, moisturiser, make up, perfume and the minimum of clothing. I have to confess that I sometimes end up buying more when I’m at my destination!

  7. samples and trial sized skincare give me the “spa experience” with minimal packing. I hate feeling like I am “missing out” when I pack. The “just in case” list is quite amazing

  8. My skin seems to have gone to scale-town and rash-town the last few months so I stick to the few things that don’t make it worse! Makes packing easier, but frustrating nonetheless. Pawpaw ointment is my friend at the moment as is sorbolene. Sigh.

  9. I’m definitely a chronic over-packer when it comes to clothes, shoes and accessories cos I like to dress depending on my mood, the weather and what we’ll be doing that day. However, when it comes to beauty my list is identical to the one you’ve featured in this post. I’d much rather spend my time sipping cocktails than applying makeup!

  10. I too am a chronic over packer. I like to have the things that make me feel good with me while I am on holidays too. Travel size stuff certainly helps as does a great toiletries bag.

  11. Your travel essentials list is almost identical to mine however I add one more thing. I have a small, magnifying mirror with suction caps on the back that adheres to any wall or mirror. I’m sick of bad bathroom mirrors (I’m sure most hotel bathrooms were designed by men!). This means I can do a decent makeup job anywhere!

  12. I haven’t bought anything from the body shop for years but I like the look of that fragrance what can I say I’m a fragrance whore!
    I like options too,I am an overpacker as well Nikki ,Grwat competition and have a lovely weekend x

  13. the body shop is really doing good work for communities and so are you nikki!
    I am slowly learning;0 ‘do not to take too much when holidaying!’ … last trip was easy, as my daughter said not to bring any toiletries or perfume … I only took my make up! … but there were several trips to the body shop and chemist warehouse and aldi as we don’t have those!?!?…
    when sig other wasn’t looking! however he bought an extra case to come home! … his idea ))) … as bad as me! … oh dear slow lesson learners in some areas!
    boat trips are a bit of a challenge … I know as we have one! … love it! but!
    lol m:)X

  14. the body shop is really doing good work for communities and so are you nikki!
    I am slowly learning;0 ‘do not to take too much when holidaying!’ … last trip was easy, as my daughter said not to bring any toiletries or perfume … I only took my make up! … but there were several trips to the body shop and chemist warehouse and aldi as we don’t have those!?!?…
    when sig other wasn’t looking! however he bought an extra case to come home! … his idea ))) … as bad as me! … oh dear slow lesson learners in some areas!
    boat trips are a bit of a challenge … I know as we have one! … love it! but!
    lol m:)X

  15. Always, always Shea Body Butter its long been a favourite, and I think the Vitamin C Skin Boost can come on a little holiday with me too.

  16. I’m an over packer when it comes to clothing and accessories, but I’m fairly controlled when it comes to beauty product packing. However, now after looking at your list, there are definitely some things I should be packing that I don’t and others that I take and don’t need.
    Every January we do a beach holiday up the Sunshine Coast and I purposely don’t pack some beauty products, as I love to treat myself to buying them new when we get up there 😉
    That Vitamin C boost sounds amazing – I will check that out.
    C x

  17. Great post. I’ll be checking this list for a weekend away in November, really looking forward to it. I love love love that Vit C Serum. Makes my skin super smooth instantly when I put it on at night and feel the benefit the next morning. Snapped that beauty up when you told us about prices going down at Body Shop before. Also, guess who’s Mum is now on the hunt for a BB cream?! She travels lots so will be handy for her. Must email her this post, too!

  18. I’d love to know what bags you use? I can’t find toiletries bags that have space or I end up packing 6 bags or so which is just annoying!

  19. Very apt post as today I will be packing for a week of beachside camping. Definitely need sunscreen, moisturiser, my CC cream and a bright lipstick! (Fedora, large sunglasses, camp chair and a book and I’m good for the week!) Chemist Warehouse has just (or maybe still do?) had a 50% off cosmetics sale …

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