Sun seeker: boost your holiday glow with these travel-ready beauty must-haves
Holiday season has officially arrived which means the fun of packing begins.
Am I the world's best packer? Mmmm, to be honest with you, I would say I'm more of a work in progress! I avidly read all the top tips on streamlining your luggage, just as I follow all the nifty little space-saving hacks from well-journeyed jetsetters and swear each year that I'll be as organised and put together as those cool-as-a-cucumber travellers I watch sailing through the airport each summer.
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The trouble is, I do follow all these tips and always start off so well on my luggage packing, but then I get caught up in what-ifs.
It's usually something bonkers like, "What if I get invited to a black tie ball on my beach holiday? I better bring a few sequin gowns and all my sparkly eye shadows - just in case." The reality of course is that I become a sun-drenched sloth and end up wearing the same three summer dresses and go barefaced and make-up free on my beach holiday - every time.
So this week we've focussed on desert island beauty products - the best multi-tasking make-up goodies that are so small they can literally fit in your pocket. These beauts won't let you down on holidays and will help you (and me!) look like seasoned jetsetters when we sail into the airport, proudly showing off our teeny-tiny, underweight luggage.
Take 3: travel minis
On the lash
MAC make-up is a staple in my bag since my modelling days - it's a best-selling make-up line for a reason! Its formulations, textures and pigment levels are legendary. MAC has an entire Mini MAC range - miniature size versions of its cult classics - and MAC False Lashes Mini Mascara is one of my top picks for luscious lashes. DETAILS: €12 from Brown Thomas, BT2, Arnotts, MAC stores nationwide and maccosmetics.com.
For a pop of golden/nectar-toned bronzer to your face, one of my faves is the best-selling Benefit Hoola Bronzer which also comes in a handy travel size. Benefit has a ginormous range of travel size beauts - nearly its entire range can be picked up in compact versions. DETAILS: €15 from Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Boots, department stores and Benefit stores nationwide
Cherry on top
Aveda is a long-standing favourite haircare line of mine. I use it when I feel my hair is thirsty, parched and a bit wrecked from too much dye and over-styling and in need of some natural nourishment. I'm chuffed that its new Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo is now in a travel size. Wait till you smell it! DETAILS: €9 from Arnotts, Brown Thomas, department stores, hair salons nationwide and aveda.com
Six of the best: travel essentials
Forget me knot
For a good quality hairbrush that's small enough to chuck into your hand luggage, try the Tangle Teezer Compact. €15 from Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide.
While coconut oil is a multi-purpose beauty product, I tend to use it mostly when my skin and hair are feeling very thirsty (like after a long day at the beach or pool!) and in need of some extra-hydrating TLC. This is the perfect holiday skin saviour - and you'll smell like the tropics after using it. Vita Coco Coconut Oil travel size (50ml), €3.90 from health shops nationwide.
If you're on the lookout for a truly hard-working holiday hair helper, look no further than this legend. Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi Tasking Hair Beautifyer is a spray-in treatment with no less than 21 uses! It protects hair colour from fading, assists blow-dries and detangles in a jiffy. Perfect for all year round but particularly good for holiday hair. €26.50 from Peter Mark salons nationwide.
If you can't deal with lugging a bulging make-up bag on holiday, think about bringing some make-up multi-taskers instead. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Lip Quad pens have four lip tones making them a handbag hero of mine all year round, and a holiday make-up must-have. €30 from The Loop Duty Free, Arnotts, department stores, pharmacies and sculptedbyaimee.com
IMAGE Daily Matte Moisturiser SPF 32+ is oil-free but never chalky, goes on like a dream (no pasty white pallor), melts into the face in a flash and gives all-round sun protection. A gem! If you fancy travelling like a VIP, check out the IMAGE First Class Skincare Travel Kit. It contains this SPF, a serum and a facial cleanser in one travel kit. €48.50 from IMAGE stockists or imageskincare.ie.
Decant your favourite lotions and potions into these handy little plastic travel bottles. You're guaranteed no spillages or breakages of your favourite fancy creams when using these - and you'll look like a seasoned traveller too! Travel set, €6.99, Boots stores nationwide.
Best bug zapper
If you're looking for an insect repellent that keeps bugs at bay naturally, without a massive dose of chemical nasties (that aren't good for you, the insects or our air!), check out A Vogel Bioforce Natural Insect Repellent. Neem oil is the key ingredient here (both mosquitoes and midges hate the smell of it) and it's suitable for sensitive skin. €7.30 from health stores nationwide.