Beauty: Go on a mini adventure this summer


When it comes to taking beauty products on holiday, it can be a bit of a minefield. If you’re not putting a suitcase in the hold then you face the tricky challenge of trying to pack products that are no more than 100ml – and that have to fit in one teeny plastic bag. The result? It means you end up having to leave your favourite products at home or you’ll struggle to work out what you really need for your trip and so end up taking the wrong things.

This summer, it’s time to keep things simple. So we’ve rounded up the best multi-tasking and mini products on the market to help you minimise your make-up bag.  There’ll be no need to panic at airport security – with these you’ll have no trouble fitting everything in with ease.

Hair hero

First Class charcoal detox dry shampoo, £23

Especially handy for those of you heading off camping or to festivals this summer, this is a dry shampoo with a difference – and you’re going to want to have one with you ready to instantly refresh your locks. But, what’s so special about it? Well, charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat, and white tea powder soothes scalp and strengthens hair follicles. Yes the ingredients sound like something you’d buy from a health food café to put in a smoothie, but trust me when I say this will be your summer hair saviour.

The eyes have it

Luxe Waterproof Mascara, £18

There are few things more annoying on holiday than taking a dip in the pool, only to discover your mascara is now running down your face. A lot of waterproof mascaras can be long-lasting but don’t always deliver great results when it comes to maximizing lash length or giving volume…but Ariane Poole’s latest offering does just that. It gives a great faux lash effect, stays put in water and even has strengthening properties to condition and protect your lashes. If you’re in the market for a great new mascara to see you through the summer then we’d highly recommend this one.

A clean sweep

Travel spray, £20 for 10ml

We’ve long-adored Clean Reserve’s sumptuous scents, so it’s pretty exciting that they now come in 10ml travel-sized sprays so that you can take your favourite fragrances away with you. They’re unisex too, so if you’re feeling really nice you can share. Our top pick for a summer scent is the Rain eau de parfum, which smells like cucumber, water lily and rainforests. It’s fresh, summery and ideal for warm holiday days and nights.

Nail your look Nail polish, £10 Haven’t had the chance to get a manicure before you jet off on your holidays? Try Peacci’s new nail polishes instead. They have the same great shine and long-lasting power as regular gel but without the need for curing lamps and tricky removals. Vegan and cruelty-free, these polishes launch this month and come in a great range of chic colours. We predict at just £10 a pop they’ll be big sellers, so make sure you stock up ready for your next adventure!

The cream of the crop

Youth Renew Tinted Cream, £50.50 for 30ml

Not only is this cream from Pevonia the ideal size to pop in your hand luggage at a handy 30ml, it’s also a multitude of products in one. It’s SPF 30 so provides UVA and UVB protection, hydrates, contains anti-ageing properties like collagen and Vitamin C and even has a tint to give a flawless look. Basically other than pack your suitcase for you, there’s not much this super cream can’t do. A multi-tasking holiday must-have.

Stick with this

Nudies matte all over colour stick, £28

Don’t lose precious packing space taking eyeshadows, lipsticks, bronzers and blushers, this stick does it all – and it even comes in a stylish tin to transport it in too! The colour effortlessly blends into skin, creating a gorgeous sunkissed look. It’s the ideal holiday product because it’s so versatile (so there’s more room in your case for shoes!) and if that wasn’t enough, it’s vegan and cruelty free too.


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