It’s been mentioned several times on these pages what a palava it can be to pack your toiletry bag when you’re about to head off on your hols. With 100ml limits on liquids in your hand luggage it’s always handy to have a few streamlining tips so today we’re sharing a few team beauty secrets as well as our favourite summer holiday cosmetics.

I’ve always been a fan of picking up my suncare from Boots when I’m through to the other side, but Laura’s tip is absolutely genius…

Cabin Cosmetics


I also store up all the little mini bottles you get in free sets from the likes of Clarins. Whenever I get a gift set for Christmas or birthday (or just get the free gift when you but two items) I put the little tubes away for holidays. The moisturisers and little eye creams are ideal.

Muji is great for small bottles and tubs if you want to decant your own favourites.


Hair product wise I always take a Phillip Kingsley Trial Pack; airline approved sizes of shampoo, conditioner, but also elasticizer which is my hair miracle product for smooth, shiny and hydrated tresses.

For things I just can’t go without a full size of, I order from and pick it up from the airport after security.


I love holidays because you don’t have to faff around with so many products once you’ve caught the sun! I think preparation is key. I usually do lots of exfoliating and moisturising before I go, paint my nails (properly with base and topcoat) and then just take miniatures for toiletries.

Also powders aren’t counted as liquids, so try swapping your liquid blush, concealer and foundation to a powder alternative for the week.

Multi purpose products are a good idea in theory, but I just can’t bring myself to use two-in-one shampoo and conditioner!


I’ve got a clear plastic make up bag that I use to put all my make up bits in if I’m just doing carry-on luggage so I’m not having to faff at the airport. Marks and Spencer have a great three pack.


If there is a large group of you going away (for example a hen do) consider adding baggage allowance for one case and share a suitcase with everybody’s essentials.


A spritz of perfume always makes me feel refreshed but I don’t want to take up all the room in my teeny plastic freezer bag. A few years ago my mother-in-law gave me a Chanel Twist and Spray fragrance which is a staple in my holiday beauty bag.

Holiday Favourites


If it’s a hot holiday ditch foundation in favour of a tinted moisturiser with SPF. My fave is Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser by NARS with SPF30.

High priority is placed on a good lip balm. Anyone else’s lips suffer in the sun/plane air con? EOS is my current favourite.


I hate being without all my various lotions and potions even if I don’t actually end up using all of them when I’m holiday and for that reason I tend not to take carry-on luggage. I know! How extravagant!

That said I tend to abandon my usual body moisturiser for aftersun (kept in the fridge in case of burns) and I add Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray to my repertoire as I tend to let my hair have a rest on holiday and let it revert to (curly) type. My make-up is restricted down to my holiday essentials too; I swap my normal non-waterproof Definicils mascara by Lancome to their Hypnose product and stick to just a slick of black waterproof eyeliner in the day from Chanel. For night-time festivities I add lippy and a touch of blusher and I’m good to go. I think that’s it really… oh and I echo what Fern said – I only like separate shampoo and conditioners!


Slightly retro but sand dissolves off the skin after a day on the beach with a sprinkle of talc so I try to remember to pack a bottle. Though it melts in the heat Coconut oil is my all-time favourite multi-tasker; I use as an eye-make up remover, dry skin solver and hand cream.

Any tips you’d like to add? Any two-in-one shampoo and conditioners you can recommend? What are your favourite multi-purpose products and which ones do you leave at home?


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