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Beauty / Claire Blackmore

Off On A Mini-Break? Pack Your Beauty Bag Like A Pro


Have you nailed the art of traveling light or do you still hoick half the bathroom cabinet away with you on a mini-break? If so, it’s time for a re-think. Whether you’re off to Manchester or Madrid, a weekend getaway is the chance to be spontaneous, zippy and free! Less time spent packing = more time for fun.

So get your stuff together super-fast with our tips and no-brainer checklist for packing your beauty bag.

Go mini-mad

Not just a space-saver for your UK travels, shrunken-sized toiletries will of course stop you being stung by the 100ml rule at the airport if you decide not to check in your luggage – it’s sad times watching 150ml of your favorite perfume being binned at the security gate. Keep a stash of those tedious plastic bags at home and pre-load before you leave, this will save you doing it in the queue. If your favorite brands do dinky sizes, then great (and they’re sooo cute), if not get yourself a set of clear travel containers and get decanting. It’s weirdly satisfying.

Flat out

Beauty bags that lie flat are your lifesaver (look for envelope style washbags or flat pouches with a wide top zip) – your toiletries can be stashed in single layers and slipped in your bag or suitcase between clothes. Ones with hooks are handy for hanging up at your destination. What to avoid? Drawstring bags for travel toiletries are a no-no, they create a bulky mass that takes up unnecessary space.

Multi-tasking must haves

The best products for travel are undoubtedly the multi-functioners that give you bang for your buck and making packing easy-peasy. Coconut oil works for *everything* ­– from hair de-frizzing and leg moisturizing to slicking over eyebrows. BB creams are a multi-purpose wonder product as they can moisturize, prime or add tint to the skin. Double-duty foundation/powder compacts and triple-use color sticks for the lips, eyes and cheeks save both time when you’re away and space in your bag. Result.

Create a go-bag

Most of us will pack and unpack our travel bit and bobs each and every time we go away, but it makes waaay more sense to put together a go-bag. It’s the tried and tested travel secret of the jetsetters. Make a set of mini toiletries and a streamlined make-up bag that’s separate from the ones you use everyday, pop it in a drawer and whip it out when a weekend away is on the cards – you’ll then only need like half an hour’s notice. Use the list below to create your ultimate travel kit. Bon Voyage!

Toiletries to-go

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Face wipes
  • Face cleanser
  • Face toner
  • Face moisturizer
  • Body moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Razor
  • Cotton buds
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Tampons / pads / liners
  • Sunscreen
  • Perfume
  • Medicine
  • Vitamins

Mini-break make-up 

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Powder
  • Highlighter
  • Bronzer / contour
  • Blusher
  • Lipliner
  • Lipstick / lipgloss / liptint
  • Eyeshadow palete
  • Eyeliner
  • Brow pencil / brow kit
  • Mascara
  • Make up brushes

Hair must-haves

  • Mini hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair oil / heat protector
  • Hairspray

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