Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

We all know that when it comes to travel essentials, the smaller the item the better and if it can serve more than one purpose, then it more than likely cement its place in your suitcase. As great as micro tubes of toothpaste and fold-away hair brushes are, there are some essentials that I can't leave home without and some may be items you have overlooked in the past?


The "Everything" in it Palette

If I am travelling through choice - a.k.a a pre-planned vacation - it will be more than likely to the U.S.A and due to the abundance of wonderful drugstores and of course Sephora, I don't like to pack too much make-up - you've got to leave some room to cart back your haul somehow. Over the last few years, I have found the best approach is to seek out products that work for you in more ways than one; for instance I always cart around a Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette as it contains an array of eyeshadows, blushes and contour products - on the powder front there is not much more I could want nor ask for.

Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

The Only Blush I Need

Sometimes, especially in the warmer weather, I find powder products to feel a little heavy and look a little obvious, so in-case this happens, I always pack a gel blush. The great thing about gel blushes is that they of course give a quick and easy, long-wearing flush of colour but they double up as a lip tint too. Right now, I'm telling anyone who will listen about the wonder that is Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural - it is the perfect bronze based pink, that adds dimension as well as warmth. Trust me you need and want this in your make-up bag.

Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

Custom Foundation at Your Fingertips

A new but rather genius launch, that I would have appreciated on several trips past is the Clinique Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops - as the name would suggest this is concentrated pigment that you can mix with moisturiser, SPF and any other liquid/cream product you have to hand to create your own base product. If like myself you tan rather quickly - whether you want to or not - I suggest purchasing a deeper shade than your own natural skin tone that way you can also deepen pre-existing foundation should you wish.

Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

Two Skincare Essentials

I do of course pack a cleanser, night cream, SPF and all the good stuff but two skin care essentials I truly do think are worth the investment - especially if embarking on a long haul to a big city - are: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and a Foreo Luna Play. No moisturiser can quickly re-balance, deeply nourish and yet never overwhelm my skin quite like Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief - it also cools and calms after a long day of sun exposure. A Foreo Luna Play may seem like an odd addition to any travel beauty bag but I do find that my skin is more prone to breakouts when out exploring a new city, thanks to the daily presence of a heavy duty SPF and of course pollution. By packaging a cleansing brush, more of said annoyances are removed from the surface of my skin than should I cleanse merely using my hands, resulting in a better behaved complexion. Oh and the kicker? It generally demands that any cleanser I pack has to work a little more effectively.

Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

The Future of Facial SPF

You don't need me to tell you to pack SPF but do you have an on-the-go option? Something that you can quickly pull out of your bag and apply in a moments notice? More importantly is it face friendly? If not pop a can of Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Protecting and Hydrating Face Mist SPF 50 in your bag. Not only does this cool, warm skin but it is of course an SPF that can be applied to any exposed skin that requires protection - and yes it can be misted over make-up.

Minimal Beauty and Make-Up Travel Essentials

The Tan Line Eraser 

As I mentioned above, I do tan quickly (even when dripping in SPF 50), which has paved the way for some "interesting" tan lines over the years. Rather bizarrely I have noticed that outside of the U.K and Ireland, instant tanning products that wash off, are all but non-existent? For nights out - or occasions that call upon looking less stripy - I always (and I mean always) pack a bottle of Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Medium Matte and of course a tanning mitt for a flawless application. If you do leave home without a bottle, try and find a Benefit counter, although a lot more expensive, they do offer Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer which is by far more readily available overseas than the Rimmel option.

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