Forget travel anxiety and worrying about getting to the airport on time; the most stressful part of any trip away is packing toiletries and makeup – especially if you’re relying on hand luggage. You have to pack a whole haircare, cosmetic and skincare routine into a tiny plastic bag, depend on being able to fit in everything you could possibly need, and then on top of that, trust that nothing will leak (and that it won’t all get confiscated at passport control!) What you really need is a few multi-use products – so you can pack light, but be safe in the knowledge that all possible beauty emergencies are covered. Here, we go through the eight hardest working products you need to pack for your next mini break.
wet n wild Photo Focus Multi-Use Oil
This vegan, cruelty free, lightweight oil is a must for any traveller. We all know things start to get crusty when travelling by air; whether it be your face, hair, lips or cuticles (or, most likely, all of the above). This cure-all oil delivers intense nourishment and hydration wherever you need it, while sinking into the skin quickly for a non-greasy feel.
Freck Rich Bitch Cactus + Vitamin C Moisturiser
This ultra rich moisturiser is a ‘one and done’ wonder – it can be used day and night, and contains powerful cactus and vitamin c, so you don’t need to worry about packing an apothecary of other serums and ointments. Additionally (!) containing prickly pear seed oil, jojoba seed oil, kelp extract and rosemary leaf extract, this little tube packs a big punch, protecting you from city pollution and other potential external aggressors, while keeping you hydrated all day long.
Linda Hallberg Fantastick Multi-use Lipstick SPF15
The Linda Halberg multi-use Fantastick does it all – no, literally. Both lipstick and blush, this nourishing stick also contains SP15, to keep your makeup bag at a minimum, while doing the maximum to keep you looking cute and protected from the sun.
Mario Badescu The Regimen Kit
Don’t underestimate Mr Badescu; this regime comes with a mini cleanser, toner, mask, moisturiser and sample night cream for oily/combination skin types, meaning that even if you only pack this kit, you’re safe in the knowledge that your whole routine is covered. And because it’s by the skincare king (and celeb favourite), you just know your face will be in good hands (because who has time to be dealing with a zit emergency when you could be sunbathing?)
Briogeo Farewell Frizz Frizz Control Travel Kit
Flyaways and frizz when travelling to warmer climates are guaranteed; just like patchy wifi and mild sunburn. Relying on the hotel shampoo and conditioner isn’t going to do much to help solve them, either – but Briogeo have got you covered with their Farewell Frizz collection. This edit of travel sized hair saviours is full of nourishing oils (and totally safe for coloured hair), and contains a shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioning spray and heat protectant crème designed to keep frizz at bay. It’s truly all you need for on-the-go hair hydration.
Skin & Tonic London Coco Mask
Something I always slack on while holidaying is my masking routine – who has space in the little clear liquids bag for face masks on top of everything else you need to remember to bring? But you needn’t worry with Skin & Tonic’s Coco Mask; this clever mask is actually made of powder which you turn into a mask with water whenever and wherever you want, so it doesn’t count as a liquid at all. With Kaolin Clay and Aloe Vera, this mask is suitable for all skin types; it draws out impurities and oil possibly clogging pores from your day exploring the city, and brightens skin, all ready for your night out on the town.
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Voyager Palette
Don’t be fooled by the teensy size of this adorable palette – being the little sister to the classic Zoeva Cocoa Blend Shadow Palette, it knows how to create beautiful, cohesive makeup looks – that can be tailored for a minimal, pretty day slay, or complete, full glam (because, you never know!) The three matte shades will set your primer, create a transition for flawless blending, and lend depth to the eyes, whilst the three shimmer shades can amp your eyeshadow up a notch.
Skindinavia Travel Size Makeup Finishing Spray Oil Control
If you don’t want your eyebrows running down your face by 3pm (not cute), a good setting spray is crucial in hot weather. Skindinavia – famous for their long lasting makeup solutions – have created a miniature version of their well loved setting spray, so you can set it and forget it, without taking up all of your liquid allowance. And its dinky size and mega fine mist mean you can pop it in your bag and enjoy a refreshing spritz throughout the day to cool down, rejuvenate makeup and keep pesky oils at bay.