The big clear bin at airport security filled with near-full pots of moisturiser and brand-new super-sized expensive sun creams is enough to strike fear into the heart of any beauty-loving traveller.
As I travel often, I subsequently have the art of editing down one’s beauty collection down pat. Note: this means I’m absolutely hopeless at packing a holiday wardrobe. I need at least four pairs of black boots, yes?
The point is you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your beauty regimen when carry-on space is tight. The secret to narrowing down your cosmetics case? Opt for multi-tasking products – you know, 2-in-1s.
As I prepare for a dual-season trip to Club Med Val Thorens for a week of skiing in the French Alps followed by a week driving (and eating) through sunny Italy (hello engagement celebrations – hello Snapchat), I have called upon my ol’ faithfuls—the innovative makeup, skin and hair items that help save time, weight and space. The winners. The essentials.
Here, you’ll find the top 8 travel beauty products I pack for every trip (now, you can avoid paying excess baggage costs)…
Simple x Holly Fulton Kind To Skin Makeup Removing Wipes
When boarding a plane, you’ll need three things: boarding pass, headphones and makeup removing wipes. The latter contains pro-vitamin B5 to gently cleanse and remove makeup while still keeping skin hydrated – ideal for in-flight.
SK-II Mid-Night Miracle Essence
Travel without a face mist and you might as well spend a day in the desert without food and water. This super moisturising face mist sinks straight into the skin – without disturbing makeup. I live and die by this one because it contains Pitera – SK-II’s signature ingredient which is made up of over 55 nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids – as well as a MoistureLock Complex and cooling menthol to soothe and refresh while you’re mid-movie or tourist tour.
Prospector Co Compressed Towel Tablets
Seeing as not every airline offers warm towels in economy class, these travel-friendly cotton fibre pills are everything! Run under water and these white pills decompress and miraculously expand to a dish towel size rag. This alchemist-style jar contains six towels (seriously – how is this even possible?) and is less than $15. Cute and cost effective. Add three to cart now.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Roll On
While lugging your 150ml favourite fragrance on your holiday might be tempting, let’s be real – it’s not at all practical. Instead, create your own new olfactory memories with a portable perfume. This version by Elizabeth & James Nirvana is just $25 for comes in two variations – White (peony, muguet and musk) and Black (violet, sandalwood and vanilla). Perfect for your handbag.
Bobbi Brown Mini BB Cream
No need to cart around your foundation bottle. When you’re travelling, let your skin also have the day off with a hydrating lightweight BB cream. This version is a mini so won’t hog too much room in your cosmetics case. Consider this your new best friend.
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick and Hourglass The Indestructible Matte Lipstick in Icon
They say good things come in small packages and they were right. When packing for a holiday or any type of trip, opt for mini versions of everything including lip colours. These two may be small but they’re might – pack a punch when it comes to pigment. The pay-off is not to be underestimated. Also, imagine how cute they would be in your purse. Imagine…
beautyblender Micro Mini
Don’t like applying your foundation with fingers? Take this itty bitty sponge with you on. A larger-size BeautyBlender, this version picks up where the big-girl version left off, allowing you to seamlessly blend concealer into all the nooks and crannies of your face.
O&M Mini Maintain The Mane Shampoo & Conditioner
Planning a trip off the beaten track? Complimentary hotel shampoo and conditioner might not always be available. Instead, keep these minis on hand and you’ll be thanking yourself for keeping your hair in check.