I have now learnt how to pack light after my 8 day break in Saint Lucia with only hand luggage last week! Trust me it wasn’t easy, but it’s definitely do-able! The only reason I did it is because I had to be at an event only one and a half hours after landing home and just didn’t have enough time to wait for the plane to unload. I had a quick brainwave that if I can pack a weeks worth of outfits in hand luggage then I had to share this with you guys! I see some savings on checked luggage ahead.
One thing I quickly realised, is that trying to get all you favourite beauty products through as hand luggage is a total nightmare. Sticking to the 100ml per bottle rule causes serious beauty problems! You may not realise but you actually are only allowed to take as many liquids as the little plastic bag can hold. Yes I have sometimes been able to get round this rule but it’s definitely not worth throwing away your new lippy over if caught out!
I had to seriously scale down my make up bag for this trip and have now mastered the art of packing ‘beauty light’.
First up, primer! This is a really good tip to remember, using moisturiser and then make up primer can give you seriously oily skin and you definitely don’t want that when you are in an already hotter than usual climate. Using just one or the other works much better and you won’t be left with dripping make up by lunchtime! I opted to just pack a primer as it is best to use when applying make up. My primer of choice was the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer as its a really clean and easy to use brand, not forgetting the fact that it comes in a bottle sized under 100ml.
Next up, foundation. I am not a heavy make up wearer on a day to day basis and even less so on holiday, if I can get away with it that is! I’ve figured out that if I use a good primer and a great powder then the humidity will work in my favour and I don’t need to use liquid foundation. Obviously you won’t get the same perfect finish but you will get a nice layer of coverage and be able to get a lovely matte completion. The powder won’t count towards your liquid hand luggage allowance so it’s a win win all round!
This is a great little invention that can be worn as a lash coat without colour for a natural long lash look or just over the top of your normal mascara to stop clumps and heavy coats. The Clarins Double Fix Mascara also helps set your mascara so that it doesn’t rub off underneath the eye line, which is a huge problem for me especially when the weather is extremely humid. The bottle is really tiny so leaves plenty of room for all the other beauty goodies you can’t live without!
Once you have all your base sorted you still need to use basic blusher even though you may feel like your constantly flushed from the heat. This Blush Duo Compact is one of my favourites from the Mac x Zac Posen collab as its quite a small size yet has 2 blusher colours so its all you need to change up your look for day to evening. Obviously the darker blusher is for the evening!
Now, I am a total over indulger when it comes to lipstick. My thoughts are normally that lip colour can completely change your look so I take tons of different colours away with me and hey presto. Same outfit, different look! The dilemma is that lipstick counts as liquid 🙁 noooooo!
I had to really limit myself this trip round, so I only packed two of my favourites, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Rose and Urban Decay’s Iracebeth, from their new Alice in Wonderland collab. The colours might look similar but they are very different. The YSL lipstick is a very light and soft colour perfect for summery looks whilst the Urban Decay lipstick is quite vibrant and great to pop your make up for an evening look. It’s also got a bit of sparkle so it’s something a little bit different, which is always good…no?
Last but not least, make sure you have the right tools to take the day off! There is nothing worse than not being able to remove the long lasting make up you have spent all day protecting, before throwing your self in to a deep and slightly drunken holiday sleep. I packed my small bottle of Lord & Berry 2 Phases Waterproof Make up Remover. It’s well below 100ml and is non greasy so just what you need in the hottest of countries. Leaves my skin feeling really clean afterwards so no brown towel marks for me!
What beauty favs would you pack if made to choose?
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