5 smart ways to reduce your beauty baggage
Unless you’re heading out for some sort of digital detox or remote retreat, where makeup is the last thing you think about, packing for a summer getaway is a bit of a conundrum.
You want to look (and smell) good on your vacation, but you don’t want to pack all the contents of your bathroom cabinet – especially if all you have to gamble on is the meager carry-on baggage allowance. ‘a low cost airline.
Fear not, though, as there are plenty of space-saving products and handy tools to help you condense your cosmetics, so you only pack the essentials and spend less time stressing out your suitcase …
1. Travel size bottles
The clue is in the name, of course. These mini tubes and vials never exceed the 100ml airport security limit, but they are big enough to get with you (depending on the product) in a fortnight.
Pack of 3 compressible travel bottles, 17 €, Marks & Spencers
Kit and set of travel bottles and Kaboodle bag, € 6.99 in the Inish pharmacy
2. Beauty bars
Not only do they help cut down on plastic packaging, but the solid beauty bars are also great for travel, especially if you go for the mini versions.
EarthKind Bergamot Sage Shampoo Bar, € 7.99, Holland & Barrett
Lush Sleepy Bare Face Cleansing Balm, £ 8.50
Eco Warrior Moisturizing Hand & Body Bar – Coconut Blend 100g, € 4.99 in bundles
3. Portable pallets
There’s no point in packing a huge makeup palette when you know you’re not going to use it all. This is where the rechargeable sets really come in handy.
Benecos It-Pieces Fairly Cold Palette, £ 21.95
The Benecos It-Pieces collection lets you choose up to eight pans to pop into an empty palette, from a selection of eyeshadows, powders, blushers, bronzers and highlighters, with refills starting at just 3.95 £. Alternatively, you can select one of two ready-made palettes.
3-Pan Curator Hourglass Custom Palette, £ 100
New to Hourglass, create your own three- or five-palette eyeshadow palette, choosing from 40 different wearable shades in matte, satin, metallic or shimmer finishes.
4. Skin care capsules
The ultimate in chic and space saving, individual skin care capsules ensure you don’t take a drop more than you need.
Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules Travel Pack, € 23, Space NK
This deluxe travel kit contains 14 biodegradable capsules filled with nourishing cleansing oil and a seven-day dispenser.
5. Perfume decanters
Even small glass perfume bottles are often heavy, and miniature versions of perfumes can be overpriced. Take your signature scent on vacation by filling a 5ml atomizer, which equates to approximately 65 sprays.
Silver travel perfume capsule, € 10, boots