Packing for a weekend away normally means packing light. And if you’re a bit like me, packing light is pretty much an impossible task. I’m a serial over-packer, and I just can’t help stuffing more and more of my (probably useless) belongings in my travel case… just in case! However, no matter how light I need to pack, there are 5 beauty essentials that always, always come on holiday with me.
So here are my 5 beauty essentials to pack for a weekend away.
I’m a firm believer in applying SPF to my face every day – whether it’s summer or winter. We all know how important it is to moisturise our skin in order to help keep it looking radiant and prevent wrinkles – and protecting our skin from the sun’s rays is just as important to prevent damage. When we go away for a few days we’re more likely to spend time outdoors, whether that’s exploring a new place or lounging by the pool. That’s why I always make sure to pack my favourite facial SPF product – Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50. As the name suggests, the product feels incredibly light on the skin and it works well as a base for makeup. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin and doesn’t cause any break outs to my skin (unlike some other SPF products which have done in the past!). Available here.
I must have mentioned the Lush Eau Roma Toner Water on my blog countless times before, but it’s that good that I needed to mention it again here because this is an absolute essential for me when I’m travelling! This gentle toner water contains a mixture of lavender and rose water and comes in a spray bottle. What I really love about it is just how multi-purpose it is! Apart from using this as a toner after cleansing your face, it can also be used to refresh and hydrate the skin throughout the day (especially if you’re out and about in a hot country). I love spraying this over my face when I’m travelling by plane as it prevents my skin from drying out and the lavender in it helps keep me calm. It also makes a really good calming pillow spray – I spray this on my pillow when travelling to help me get a good night’s sleep. Available here.
If you haven’t yet tried the L’Occitane hand creams, you are seriously missing out! L’Occitane do the best hand creams I have ever tried – they feel really moisturising without being sticky at all and get absorbed into the skin really quickly. I hate using hand creams that take ages to sink into the skin (ie – longer than 30 seconds), especially when I’m travelling and have better things to do than sit around and wait for my hand cream to get absorbed. L’Occitane hand creams come in a range of different scents – my favourite ones being the floral Cherry Blossom and classic fuss-free Shea Butter scents. Available here.
Carrying a lip balm with you is an absolute essential when travelling, especially if you’re travelling by plane as the cabin environment can cause your lips to dry and crack (speaking from experience here!). I received this Ted Baker lip balm in a Christmas set and I really like it because it smells exactly like white chocolate/vanilla. However, I’m also a big fan of Carmex lip balms which are super effective and really affordable too. Their vanilla lip balms smell great too!
Nail polish isn’t something which I used to pack in my travel case when going away. However, I don’t ever tend to get my nails done professionally – I prefer to paint them myself. When you’re travelling, carrying bags, and generally being a bit of a busy bee nail polish tends to get chipped – and it’s not the first time I was away on holiday with chipped nails for most of the week because I didn’t pack a nail polish with me. Of course, it’s a good idea to use a good nail polish that doesn’t easily chip in the first place (I really like the ones by Leighton Denny). However, packing your nail polish with you means that you can easily sort out any chips, or even change your nail colour to suit your mood while you are away. Available here.