Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Beauty Travel Essentials | + Summer Giveaway

It's that time of year again where those of us who are lucky enough to be able to get away for a week or two, to enjoy the summer heat and sunshine away from reality - preferably by a pool - start to get excited about it, and start to pack all the essentials. 

Some people find preparing for a holiday a stressful aspect of the vacay period. If you're one of those, I hope you take inspiration from this post that makes holiday prep just that bit more streamlined! I personally really enjoy the shopping/packing pre-holiday prep. There's something satisfying, I think, about stripping back my beauty products to the bare necessities, and getting my paws on travel sized goodies. Plus, is it just me, or does everybody get a bit 'extra' when it comes to vacay season? Like, you probably won't find me using hand cream all that often normally, but a 'travel sized' set of 5 - one for the plane, one for the beach, one for the handbag, one for the hotel room and one for luck? Need it. Get them into my carry on bag ASAP. 

Anyway, here's the beauty travel essentials you'll find in my suitcase this summer: 
Skincare 
First things first: SPF. You actually need it all year round (yep, UV rays don't disappear in December), but it's a must if you're going somewhere hot and are going to practically be cooking yourself poolside 6 hours a day. My current pick for my face is the Heliocare 360 SPF50.  Also be sure to put SPF on your lips, too! I use the Lord & Berry Spa Moisture Lip Balm, which has SPF 15. 
Aside from SPF, be sure to keep your skin hydrated! My skin is particularly on the dry side and I love a good oil. Perfect for popping in the pool bag (or just your handbag, more generally) is a facial oil in a rollerball. I'm currently loving the RosehipPLUS Organic Rosehip Oil Skin Boost Roll-On*. For more of a treatment oil, I'm a little bit obsessed with Rodin's Olio Lusso Jasmine and Neroli Facial Oil* - in a cute little 15ml travel size! I always wake up the morning after using this with softer, more radiant skin. 
Also in my travel skincare kit from Rodin is the Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder*. Cleansing powders are a dream come true for travelling - it makes a liquid cleanser spilling just one less of a worry! I've also packed a couple of Omorovicza minis. Omorovicza currently have an offer on where you can buy four travel size products for the price of three, so now's a great time to make a start on your summer holiday skincare prepping! My picks are mini versions of the Refining Facial Polisher and Deep Cleansing Mask. I've also got a mini of the Erborian BB Sleeping Mask - which is a night cream that leaves your skin feeling baby soft!
Importantly, I also love a good spray! I'm a little bit obsessed with facial mists when it comes to summer because they're instantly refreshing and hydrating. My picks have to be the Caudalie Beauty Elixir - which comes in a travel size, but I also love the Avene Thermal Spring Water* which is very soothing, I love to use it on my skin if I get any pesky heat rash. I got mine here from Chemist.co.uk. I'm also a little bit obsessed with this super Instagram worthy Coconut and Rose Face Mist* from Delune. 
I do like to keep face masks on hand even for travelling. Skincare is just that important to me!  But luggage friendly face masks aren't that easy to track down (the Omorivcza mini clay mask is a rarity!). The answer, of course, are sheet masks! The korean beauty trend has really blown up in the past couple of years, but they really come into their own when it comes to travelling. I'm loving the Seoulista Beauty Sheet Masks*, they have everything from detoxifying, brightening, hydrating -  to even sheet masks for your hands and feet! There really is something for everyone, and they're so compact and there's minimal risk of spillage. Absolutely spot on for vacay! 
Hair Care
I have definitely been making more of an effort with my hair lately but I seldom have the time to do much more than wash it and run a bit of oil through it. I rarely even dry it to be honest (thick hair problems).  But when you're on your hols' and the only appointment you've got to get to is the one with the sun lounger, or to a bar with an ocean view to watch the sun go down, why not put in a little extra effort? Plus, don't we all want to achieve that loose, beachy waves look? (I mean, I know I do...) 
I'm currently loving this trio of goodies from Alterna's Caviar Resort collection, the Sea Tousled Texture Spray*, the Sun Reflection Shine Spray*, and the Breeze Air Dry Styling Balm*. Perfect for achieving Summer goddess locks! I'm also into these super luggage friendly minis from Phil Smith: the Glam Shine Glossing Serum* and Total Treat Transforming Argan Oil*. 
Finally, an absolute must for me when it comes to holiday hair care is the Lee Stafford Coco Loco Jetset Kit*. It's a well known fact that hotel room hair dryers are a bit, well, shit. Not only does this set come with a super hair dryer in an adorable pink colour that folds up for portability, you also get a travel size Coco Loco Shampoo and Conditioner. All this in a cute, compact, travel friendly rose gold bag: 
Body Care 
I like to keep my self silky smooth in the summer time. For up-keeping hair removal whilst on your hols', Gilette have launched their Venus Snap*, a portable razor. It's really small and comes in it's own little carry case, too. 
 As you can see from the image above, I do like to have my nails painted. I also like to keep my manicure fresh even whilst on holiday! Jessica Nail Polish has miniature 7.4ml nail polishes which are absolutely ideal for travelling. They're really affordable, too! You can shop them here at Chemist.co.uk. I've put my little mini polish haul alongside a full sized Jessica nail polish bottle, so you can see how practical they are if you're jetting off: 
However, if you're after nail polish that's a bit more jazzy ready for your hols', take a peek at these two Cienna Rose Nail Lacquers*. The colours are beautiful, right? But they're also brilliant for your nails, containing vitamins B and E!
I also like to make sure I take a fragrance with me. As much as I like a browse round the Airport's duty free fragrance section, I like to come prepared. You can pick up perfume minis or samples, but, alternatively, you could also opt for a Twist & Spritz*, in which you can decant your favourite fragrance. A Twist & Spritz holds 8ml of fragrance, which is around 100 sprays - plenty to last a holiday! 
Self Care
Holidays are all about self care, as well as being a form of self care, aren't they? I'm really into Feather & Down lately and they've got some handy travel sets*. 
My personal recommendation for travelling is the Sleeping Bag set. You get an eye mask (need to catch some shut eye on the plane, anybody?), plus Pillow Spray, Melting Shower Cream and All Purpose Sleep Balm. Perfect for if you need help sleeping, or want to catch up on much missed ZZZs whilst away. Plus, it comes in a lovely pouch with the cutest feather design zip - it just ties it all together and makes it really handy to just toss in your suitcase. 
So that's all my travel beauty essentials! What are yours? Let me know in the comments below! And if you're entering the giveaway, best of luck!
Giveaway 
I've curated this beauty bundle inspired by summer fruits. I love the beautiful colours of raspberries, strawberries etc! Here are the prizes: 

Armani Lip Magnet shade 400 (1.5ml) 
Seoulista Beauty Rosy Hands sheet mask 
Eylure eyelashes x2 
Jessica nail polishes x 6 (5 mini, 1 regular size) 
Dr PawPaw Red Balm 
EOS Summer Fruits lip balm 
Garnier Volcano Mask x3 
Skin Academy Hydrating Lip Masks  

To enter, use the Rafflecopter app below. You only need to enter via one option to enter - but the more entry options you use, the more times your name gets put into the random winner generator, thus your chances of winning are increased. Each entry option is worth 1 point. If you complete all the entry options, you'll unlock a bonus entry which gives you 5 more points (i.e your name is in the generator 5 more times)
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Closes 20th June.
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PS! I'm not sure on the current airport liquid restrictions. When I talk about putting liquid products in your carry on, I am also referring to carry on bags for travelling by train/coach etc. Please check the liquid restrictions before you travel! 
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99 comments

  1. These are some great essentials

    Candice | Natalya Amour

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  2. Definitely some red lipstick - looks good in casual situations & in the evejing.

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  3. It would be lip balm for me

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  4. hydrating water spray, so cooling !

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  5. Nivea lip balm, it is very soothing on my lips and gives them a nice shine too.

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  6. It would have to be an eye mask! Keep out the sunlight at stupid o'clock in the morning. I need my beauty sleep!

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  7. A good moisturiser to keep healthy skin

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  8. I think I need to get my hands on that air dry styling balm - I don’t usually dry it with a hairdryer, and it ends up going all frizzy a lot of the time. Such a detailed and amazing post!

    Beka | bekadaisies.com

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  9. For me it has to be my benefit they're real lengthening mascara would be lost on holiday without it

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  10. For me it has to be lip balm, i get super dry lips especially in hotter weather so its essential for me :)

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  11. Lip balm, sunglasses, mascara, waterproof suncream, BB cream to calm the redness, impulse as its light to pack, nail polish, moisturiser, after sun, tweezers...!

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  12. got to be wetwipes and suncream for me

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  13. Lip balm and suncream for me

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  14. Liz Earle skin tonic spritzer,it's perfect for cooling and refreshing.

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  15. Brazilian Bum Bum cream by Sol de janeiro because it keeps my skin ultra hydrated and I adore the smell !

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  16. A good quality body moisturiser

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  17. I have to take my concealer with me.

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  18. My tweezers - going nowhere without those!

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  19. No7 Men Energising Moisturiser

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  20. Coconut Oil, so useful for so many things

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  21. Eyeliner - I muck it up so often either by rubbing my eyes or the heat that it has to be reapplied during the day

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  22. A moisturiser and lip balm with spf of at least 30.

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  23. my main travel must is plenty of moisturising cleanser

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  24. My foundation - because without it I feel less confident and it's got SPF so I'm covered!

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  25. Facial spritzer is a god send when in a hot place

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  26. baby oil as my cleanser & body moisturiser

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  27. I've never even heard of these products (except for Venus razor which is adorable) but I agree with your packing list :)
    I did a post just like this a while back and I can honestly tell I've gotten much better at packing and not panicking about it. Also, totally agree that we go a bit extra when on holidays. I still have about 2 months to my holiday (if I'll even go) but can already see myself wearing stuff I wouldn't here for sure!
    great post :D

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

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  28. masses of sun taan lotion and lip balm

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  29. SPF and coconut oil are my bueaty weapons when I'm on holiday.

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  30. A good foundation that contains sun screen

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  31. Suntan lotion and a coloured lip balm x

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  33. My beauty travel essential is definitely bb cream! Much less cakey than foundation but helps cover any blemishes and is great for holidays!

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  34. Cocoa butter moisturiser! I use it everytime I go away!

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  35. I always bring coconut facial scrub

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  36. I never go anywhere without my lipstick

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  37. A high SPF sun cream is an absolute essential (obviously!)Other than that, taking lip balm (carmex is a fave) and a single use sachet of moisturising face mask onto long haul flights as the air con is SOOOOO DRYING ! skincare samples often make it into my carry on also as they're so easy on a long haul flight to not have to faff around with squirting 100ml of face wash into a tiny bottle only to end up spilling it everywhere.

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  38. Nightime Moisturiser is a must for me when on holiday.

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  39. My face moisturiser and my lipstick

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  40. definitley a good aftersun cream

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  41. Superstar red lipstick looks fantastic some amazing things

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  42. vaseline. great for everything from dry lips to making your eyeshadow glossy

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  43. Lip Balm and moisturiser - two things I can't live without!

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  44. A good foundation and some lip balm!

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  45. It has to be sun cream for me, I burn just looking at the sun

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  46. baby wipes. I use them constantly on holiday to freshen up, to help cool me down and to take my make up off with

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  47. It has to be perfume or body oil

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  48. I always take a good shampoo/conditioner for my hair

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  49. Make up remover wipes are essential. I always seem to have watery eyes when I'm travelling so I need the wipes otherwise I look like a panda!

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  50. It has to by face wipes, whether its to clean make up off, or using them to just refresh my face during a day at the pool.

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  51. I have a BB cream with SPF 30 and it is perfect for sunnier climes! I don’t travel without it x

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  52. Sun cream and after sun! I burn easily.

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