When I travel, I like to think I'm pretty good at cutting things back to the basics when it comes to the makeup department, although I'm sure Josh would disagree. I've not really travelled a lot in the past, but I definitely learn and adapt my personal style and belongings to a pretty strong "capsule wardrobe" of sorts (I mean, I only took three lipsticks with me, and I think that's pretty darn good for someone who once considered themselves a beauty blogger). Whenever you're traveling, whether for an overnight stay, a week or even longer, it's important to consider some basic travel essentials that will pull you through just about any occasion. I thought for todays blogpost I'd chat through some of my holiday makeup essentials for more of a beachy holiday.
001. SPF. Okay, groundbreaking, I know but honestly, I think it's really important to consider an SPF foundation or base especially when you're going on holiday. I mean sure, you can apply sunscreen to your face just as you would your body, but I personally hate the feel of it on my face and I feel like it's an extra step I really could do without when I just want to head out the door and jump straight on the beach. I packed the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue for my trip to Greece and honestly, it's saved my life (or at least my skin anyway). With an SPF 30 it's a great offering to give you plenty of coverage from the sun and to even out your skintone.
002. Multi-Purpose Products. As I say, I try and travel as light as possible, especially when it comes to my makeup, so multi-purpose products are a godsend for me. A lot of brands are really jumping on board with the "face palettes" at the moment, I know that Illamasqua have a few and of course there is that Charlotte Tilbury offering that everyone and their mother owns right now. I decided to take an old Blush palette from NARS which was fantastic, with three blushes, a highlight, and a bronzer it's a great little palette to own, plus all the products double up beautifully as eyeshadow, and because of the sleek compact packaging it's extremely practical and light to carry around with you - and it comes with a large enough mirror that you can do your makeup on the go if required.
003. Setting Sprays. I love a good setting spray and find they really do help to make a difference. They just ensure your makeup melts flawlessly into your skin while helping it to stay in place all day, regardless of the heat. I've been a huge fan of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray* for quite some time now, and so when the lovely PR team at UD sent out a bottle of their recently repackaged setting spray just the day before I flew, I was pretty over the moon. If you're looking for something on the cheaper scale of things I really recommend the NYX Matte Setting Spray too.
004. A Red Lip. Of course. I don't think I'd ever pack a makeup bag without including a red lip offering. For this trip I decided to take the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Red Square which is one of my all time favourites. I just find that a red lip can so easily make you look pulled together for an evening, plus it looks pretty epic with a tan (it's 2017 and I just said epic on the internet. Why do I feel like I'm 12 again?!).
005. Waterproof Mascara. Yup, I think we've all been there, we've applied our makeup, headed out into the heat and within seconds had black mascara running down our faces. Not cute. I've recently been trying out a Lancome mascara (more on that later I'm sure) but for my trip away I decided to try the L'Oreal False Lash Architect 4D Waterproof Mascara (man that's a mouthful) and I actually really, really like it. If you're on the hunt for a good drugstore mascara I will time and time again recommend L'Oreal, they definitely have some of the best on the market, sometimes even topping the higher end alternatives.
So, I'm interested to know, what makes it onto your holiday essentials? Let me know in the comments below!