The beauty essentials you need when going on holiday

There are few things better than escaping on holiday but if you’re like me, packing is a nightmare.

When it comes to clothes, I’m a terrible over-packer and I combat that by doing one pack, then leaving it for an hour before going through everything again and removing quite a few things I won’t actually need. Sometimes this process has to happen more than once! There is a weight limit after all.

As for my beauty products, I’m no Kardashian but do have a rather large toiletries bag. With that weight limit in mind, I have streamlined what I pack here too, making sure I have the essentials without going overboard. We really don’t need 8 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters.

I have just come back from a belated honeymoon to Vanuatu and here is the list of beauty essentials I brought along.

Micellar water - It doubles as a cleanser and makeup remover.

Moisturiser - I pick a moisturiser or serum that can be used day and night .

Sunscreen - I wear it everyday, all year round and it’s SPF 50. You’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors so this is a must bring. As for a sunscreen for the rest of your body, if you’re having a beach holiday, this is non-negotiable.

Concealer - I try to keep makeup to a minimum because I’d prefer to be exploring or relaxing than spending my time in front of the mirror. I have some under eye pigmentation so don’t really go anywhere without a little concealer.

Foundation - Keep it super light on holidays but if it’s a date night, or party night add a little extra to feel glam.

Mascara - It always adds impact and takes a few seconds to apply a coat. Go waterproof if you’re having a beach holiday.

Sea salt spray - Do your hair in 5 minutes by adding a little of this for an effortless but awesome beach waves look and give the straightener and other heat tools a break. 

Extras - A small eyeshadow palette for a touch of extra colour, eyeliner to go bold and bronzer. Bronzer can double as blush and if you get one with a bit of shimmer, you have a highlighter as well.

I don’t think we really need to worry about contouring - you’ll be forgiven because holiday time is best not spent in the bathroom doing your makeup and perhaps the more you bring, the more you’ll be enticed to use.

When it comes to the plane, regardless of the length of the flight, I always pack with me a hydrating spray. Planes are notorious for drying out the skin and that’s not what we want as we head away on holidays.

Most hydrating sprays can be applied over makeup and it just adds moisture to keep your skin looking good at high altitude.

Do it every hour during your flight and if the climate of your destination dries out your skin, this will come to your rescue.