Beauty Travel Essentials – What too pack?

It’s that time of year again! You’re off on holiday for a much deserved break in the sun, but you’re unsure on what beauty products too pack? You don’t want to take too much and not use half the products in your suitcase. But you don’t want to take too little and be limited on what looks you can do.

If you’re looking at your makeup, unsure and overwhelmed then this post is for you! I’m going to show you everything I would take on holiday and offer you some suggestions so packing your beauty products becomes the easiest of tasks.

Quick Tip: Try your best to pack travel size products. You’ll save so much space!

Firstly, let’s start with primers –

It’s probably going to be hot where you’ll be so a pore minimising primer is your nice option. I like the Garnier Perfect Blur Primer because this helps to mattify as well as reduce the appearance of pores, plus this is a fantastic dupe for Benefit’s porefessional! I apply this to my T-Zone, or anywhere oil is most likely to accumulate and it really keeps it at bay. Speaking of primers, it’s a good idea to pack an eyeshadow base if you get oily lids. But if you don’t have one, don’t go out and spend the money. a little concealer over the lids will work fine.


If you do want an eyeshadow primer, try NYX’s Proof it! It works just as well as Urban Decay’s and is a fraction of the price at £5.50.

NYX Proof it! Eyeshadow Primer – Boots

Next, let’s talk about base. This one is easy, just think of your most loved foundation, one you know you’ll use. But if you just can’t decide on one, I’ll give you some options. A BB Cream is ideal for hot weather, they’re lightweight, feel comfortable on the skin and have good SPF. I love Elizabeth Arden’s Tinted Moisturiser, it’s pricey, but worth it. However, Garnier have some amazing BB Creams at a smidgen of the price, so check those out if you’re after a high-street version. BB Creams don’t offer a lot of coverage so if you don’t have much to cover, they’re ideal, as is a sheer foundation. If you prefer more coverage pick a foundation. One of my favourites is the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, this a medium buildable coverage foundation, but feels like nothing is on the skin. It’s lovely in the warmer weather. I would probably pack both! Pack a concealer you can use under the eyes and around the face to save space, like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, a personal favourite. A lightweight concealer will feel more comfortable on the skin, especially in a hot climate.


Garnier BB Creams – Boots

For blush, highlight and contour/bronzer what I recommend is taking a palette. A palette that contains all three products. This is excellent for saving space in your suitcase. I recommend trying the Zoeva Rose Golden palette which I’ve spoken about in another blog post. If you don’t have a palette then try to find small individual products. Look for your most versatile blush, one you use on a daily basis and one you know goes with a variety of eye looks. For bronzer, I suggest a shade on the neutral side so if you wish, you can also contour with it, eliminating the need for a separate contour product. For highlight, use a shade you know works for you, for me, a light gold shade works best, something the Balm’s Mary- Lou Manizer.

Boots No7 Bronzer in Golden Sand

For finishing products, it will depend on your skin type. For oilier skins, a powder would probably be your best option. For normal to dry skin, you may be able to skip powder altogether and instead pack a setting spray. I have dry skin and I like to use a powder and a setting spray so it’s a matter of personal preference. If you have limited space, think about which product you know you’ll use more. Personally, I would opt for a setting spray because of my dry skin, but luckily mattifying setting sprays are available for those with oily skin. Think about what finish you prefer, do you prefer a matte finish? If so pack a powder. Do you prefer a dewy finish? If so pack a setting spray. I’ll link some affordable powders and setting sprays that I personally love down below.


NYX Setting Sprays in Matte and Dewy – Boots

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Boots

On to eyes! What I suggest for the eyes is taking a palette, even better if it’s just the one but a palette will have all the shades you could need. If you’re a palette hoarder (like me) and you can’t decide on just one, pick your most versatile palette. One with a variety of shades, tones and finishes. For me, I would take something like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance because it’s extremely versatile. If you prefer cooler toned eyes go for something like the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. A palette will save a tremendous amount of space in your case! Just take the one mascara, there’s no need for anymore.

I have a No7 travel size mascara which is ideal for travelling (of course). If your someone who rarely wears eyeliner, don’t bother taking any because you probably won’t wear it. Save yourself the space! If you can’t live without liner take a few pencils, they take up no room and give a beautiful softer summer eye look. For the brows, if you enjoy using a powder, use an eyeshadow in your palette, there’s no need to pack a separate powder otherwise throw your favourite brow pencil into your makeup bag. It won’t take up any space.

Finally for lips, I suggest keeping it to about three products. A versatile daytime shade and two bolder night time shades. I recommend liquid lipsticks, these stay on all day and the Balm’s Meet Matte Hughes are some of the best I’ve tried. They’re so comfortable to wear and last for a solid eight hours! lipsA nice moisturising lip stick would be another fantastic option to give your lips a hydration boost and I always recommend a lip liner with any kind of lipstick to avoid dreaded feathering. Luckily lip liners are very compact and won’t effect the space in your suit case. The lipstick in the picture above is Elizabeth Arden’s Power Red. It’s beautiful and one that would be in my makeup bag! If you’re not a lippy girl then tinted lip balms are the way to go for a subtle pop of colour. Try Vaseline’s line or Burt’s Bee’s lip balms. I’ll have them linked below.

Burt’s Bee’s Lip Balm – Boots

Vaseline Rosy Lips Lip Balm – Boots

If you’re looking for a travel makeup bag, I highly recommend the HiDay Floral Print Cosmetic Makeup Bag Travel Toiletry Organiser. It’s currently £8.99 reduced from £25.99 so snap one up quick!

HiDay Floral Print Cosmetic Makeup Bag Travel Toiletry Organiser – Amazon

Don’t forget too pack a sunscreen! That’s the most important product. Protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays!

Thank you so much for reading today’s blog post! I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you’re back for the next one.

Sofia x

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