The question that I'm asked most when I travel with friends and family is " How do you have so many outfits
and only one suitcase?".
The answer of course is that, while their makeup and wash bag take up a third of
their space, mine takes up about an eighth. And even at that, I still have more cosmetics than they do.
Any beauty hoarder worth their salt is like a secret agent when it comes to travel. We physically can not go
anywhere without the convenience and choice that is available in our getting ready space. So I am drawn to
Minis like a cobra to a pungi. And since holiday season for us budget spenders is almost here, I thought I'd
share some of my fav's.
Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting Spray 15ml (approx €2.50)
Lets face it, makeup + sun = sweat. At home I usually apply primer and loose powder to make my makeup
last - both pretty bulky products. One spray of this before you start and one after application, a little
compact action, and you're good to go. If you buy a palette from Urban Decay, you usually get this free
or as an extra option too.
Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil 10ml (approx €3.50)
The choice is in the name - multi-usage! Use it on your face as a makeup remover or to condition your
lashes, on your hair for taming or shine, on your cuticles for moisture, or on your body to highlight
collarbones/ shoulders/ shins etc.This stuff really is amazing, and a little goes a long way. This size bottle is
very affordable compared to the full size, and is usually stocked in pharmacies that have the full line.
Tresemmé Protect Heat Defence Spray 60ml (approx €2.50)
Humidity is another dreaded curse of the tourist. Even if your not styling - which I wouldn't suggest for night
life - your sunscreen may protect your scalp, but not your locks themselves. This is available almost
everywhere, I pick mine up in Boots.
Soap And Glory Flake Away Body Scrub 50 ml (€3.50)
I am ghost pale, there is no other way of saying it. But I don't want to be stared at around the pool the day I
arrive at my destination. The biggest mistake I make every year is that I wait till the night before my flight to
apply my fake tan. Then I wake up, shower, and realise that I missed a spot/ my legs are streaky/ I have
Fanta hands. A reapplication is usually necessary the first night of the holiday, so I always pack an exfoliant.
All Soap and Glory products are awesome - the original line smells of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle - , and
nearly all of the products have a mini or a set.
Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Butter 50ml (€3.50)
Hydration is key, especially with all the pool/sea action. Personally I don't like wearing perfume in hot
climates, maybe it's just me, but I think it overpowers. I like to use a scented moisturiser instead. This one
has it all - the passion fruit and mango is totally summer holidays, the oils still keep it fresh and invigorating,
and the blend together make it heady enough to act as your scent for the day. Oh ya, and the tub is hot
pink...what more can I say.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask 6ml (€2.50)
As I said, I can't go away without my comforts of home. Wednesday night is deep clean night, and Sunday
night is extra moisture night. Unfortunately my Una Brennan and Origins take up way too much space, so I
love sachet masks. There are some really good, affordable ones out there - the body shop ones are my
favourite, fast acting and effective - a plus, considering they're usually applied with a slightly tipsy hand... And
besides, who can really afford a facial in the hotel spa?!
Benefit Little Love Potions Collection 3g/15ml ( single items from €5.00 on eBay, sets in store from €34.00)
If you know that your travelling come summer, a good item to ask for for Christmas is either a beauty advent
calendar, or a sample gift set. They are invaluable when it comes to your travel makeup bag, or even your
everyday handbag! Most brands do them at Christmas. Benefit has them all year round. These two classics
and award winners, Hoola Bronzer and The Porefessional Primer, came in a collection I picked up in
September which is now out of stock. But there are plenty of other sets to chose from which include this
Do you get it? We're not magicians .......we just carry a shrink ray...:).
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