BEAUTY BAY Staff Share Their Holiday Beauty Essentials

Summer holiday season is fast approaching, and here at BEAUTY BAY HQ, the only thing on our mind is what beauty must-haves we’re taking away with us. Whether it’s skincare, makeup, bodycare or haircare, best believe we’re making space in our hand or hold luggage for these holiday beauty essentials.

From travel-friendly facial SPFs and dewy, tinted moisturisers, to protective lip balms and tanning accelerators, the BEAUTY BAY staff know a good holiday-beauty find when it comes their way, and they’re always willing to share their top picks.

Wanna know what holiday beauty essentials our staff can’t live without? Scroll to find out.

Aisha, Assistant Buyer

When it comes to holiday skincare, I won’t go a day without the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics. It’s perfect for my combination skin and doesn’t dry it out. It leaves a smooth, even finish on my face, and looks great under makeup or on its own. 

My go to when tanning in summer is The Fox Tan’s The Jet Setter Bundle, which smells unreal and leaves a post-holiday, shimmering glow. 

Lastly, my all-time favourite MAC Cosmetics MACximal Matte Lipstick in shade Velvet Teddy is a must-have for summer. It’s the perfect finishing touch to my makeup, day or night.

Melissa, Copy and Editorial Manager

Melissa McPhillips

Summer for me is all about looking my glowiest, making Half Magic’s Glitterpuck Multi-Use Pressed Fairy Dust an absolute holiday must. This pressed glitter can be used on the eyes, face, and body to add an instant glimmer to any look. 

As a pale girlie, I’ll reach for the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops whenever I’m craving a bit of bronze. Not only do they give my skin a low maintenance, streak-free glow, they’re also colour correcting, making them ideal for evening out my skin tone. 

To keep my skin summer-smooth, the By BEAUTY BAY Body Exfoliating Buff is an essential part of my holiday beauty routine. Brightening and exfoliating, it effortlessly buffs away any dryness to reveal softer, smoother, sun-ready skin. 

Summer, Mid-Weight Designer

In the hot weather I’m all about hydration and minimal make up. There’s nothing worse than dry lips, and I’m never without the Laneige Lip Treatment Balm. It’s a great travel-friendly option, and even comes with a little spatula.

On holiday, I’m also obsessed with having gorgeous glowing skin. The Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Serum Tint is perfect for this. The glow serum provides a lovely subtle coverage and still allows my freckles to come through.

Finally, I want my scent to match the vibe. The Bain De Midi perfume from Maison Marine is the most gorgeous bright and floral scent for summer.

Pooja, Copy & Editorial Assistant

Pooja Haja

Let me put you onto that effortless, glowy it-girl look – summer edition. First things first, sunscreen. Sol de Janeiro’s Rio Radiance Body Lotion SPF 50 has me covered all summer, without the grey cast, which is an essential feature for my darker complexion. 

As a certified blush babe, I can’t go through summer without my By BEAUTY BAY Liquid Cream Blush in the shade ‘Reef’ for that perfect peach glow. All you need is a dot or two on your cheeks or lips (that’s right, it’s multi-functional) for an instant, healthy flush. 

You also need to add the Brushworks Eyelash Curler to your summer beauty routine. Adding natural drama and length to your lashes without turning you into a melting, mascara mess, this one’s a no brainer.

Sanni, Senior Ecommerce Manager

I have the fairest of skins, so my biggest priority when I go on holiday is to protect from sun damage. It’s not only my skin that’s very prone to sunburn – so are my lips. The Hello Sunday The One For Your Lips Lip Balm has factor 50 protection and feels really nice on.

I rarely even try to tan when I go away, so fake tan before the holiday is also a must for me. I’ve found the Loving Tan 2 Hr Express Deluxe Bronzing Mousse to be the best one so far. The colour is gorgeous and with right maintenance it will stay on for full 7 days! 

Speaking of maintenance, to keep my tan from fading, I always go for a super hydrating body moisturiser. The Kopari Beauty Guava Ultra Restore Body Butter is amazing at nourishing my skin, and it smells absolutely incredible!

Amalia, Copy and Editorial Executive

Amalia Smith

My summer skin routine HAS to start with the By BEAUTY BAY Bronzing Drops. Call me biased, but these sunshine-packed drops are the perfect way to add an instant summer glow without the damaging UV rays.  

Setting sprays are also a holiday makeup essential and will never lose their spot in my summer beauty bag. I’m obsessed with the e.l.f Cosmetics Power Grip Dewy Setting Spray – it locks my makeup in place, and gives my skin a super dewy, fresh-faced finish. 

Anything from Sol de Janeiro has a special place in my holiday luggage (and in my heart). My latest obsession is their Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, which leaves my skin looking great and smelling even better.

Maisie, Own Brand Admin Assistant

During the summer months there’s nothing I love more than a natural and healthy glow. To get this I use the Bubble Skincare Slam Dunk Hydrating Moisturizer Cream. It’s so light and silky and sinks straight into my skin. 

On top of this I use the Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil which gives me just the right amount of coverage without being thick or cakey. Even better it has the essential added benefit of SPF 50! 

To finish off the look, I use the ICONIC London illuminator to achieve that radiant summer glow. This is a holiday MUST-HAVE when looking to create that gorgeously luminous sunshine look!