How To Pack The Ultimate In-Flight Beauty Kit

Monday, March 18, 2013

--Guest Post By Ava Watkins

Sunny getaway on the horizon? We all deserve to take some time out from work, now and again, and nothing puts a spring in our step like the prospect of leaving behind the chilly weather and hightailing to an exotic locale.

Everything has been booked, organised, and packed in anticipation of days spent lounging on the beach; your outfits have been perfectly orchestrated in advance. All you need now is the perfect travel-friendly beauty kit to keep you looking at your best on those sultry beach evenings.

Take Only The Essentials
With all the sunbathing and relaxation on your agenda, you don’t need anywhere near as much makeup as usual. Embrace your natural glow and take only the basics: simple skincare products are obviously a must, otherwise just pack a slimline makeup palette, foundation, something for your lips, and a mini mascara. Oh, and don’t forget the sun cream! Done.

Flight 001 F1 Carry On Quart Bag

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Here’s One Prepared Earlier
Brands such as Malin + Goetz have pre-prepared travel packs, loaded with basic hair and skincare products: cleanser, moisturiser, body wash, body moisturiser, shampoo, and conditioner. Packaged in a transparent wallet, so you can easily drag it out for airport security, could things be any easier?

Malin and Goetz 1oz Essential Kit

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A Palette For Everyone
Some palettes come equipped with shadow, blush, and lip gloss – perfect for a fashion-conscious woman on-the-go who doesn’t like the idea of her makeup rattling around her favourite outfits. When travelling, it’s always best to keep things simple, so this is a perfect solution to the ‘over-packing’ problem.

LORAC Mint Edition Palette

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Dry Shampoo
When you’re moving from city to city, it may become hard to keep your hair from looking greasy and straggly. Depending on where you are in the world, it may not be feasible to treat your locks as you would at home, so always take dry shampoo and give your strands a spritz to keep them looking fresh and full.

Bumble and bumble Brown Hair Powder 1oz

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Jet lag really takes its toll on the weary traveller. Even if you feel tired, you don’t have to look it with a portable, liquid concealer – it’s always great for masking those minor breakouts that sometimes occur in-transit (especially if you’ve had to resort to greasy fast-food joints).

Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Touche Eclat

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Sun Cream
Do you hate that gloppy, just-applied sun cream feel? Don’t forsake your skin coverage and opt for a high SPF, sheer sunscreen, such as Australian Gold. This’ll leave you feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all, and you can apply your makeup without worrying that it’ll slide off your face.

Australian Gold SPF 45 Sheer Coverage Faces Lotion

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Your Hair
Constantly bombarded by sunlight, your hair might become dull and lacklustre – especially if you have a dyed ‘do - so take a shine spray to create dazzling, light-reflecting locks.

Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray

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Face Wipes
Who knows when you’ll have an opportunity to remove your make-up the right way; especially on long journeys? Instead of leaving it plastered to your face all night, use a face wipe for an easy approach to product removal.

Sephora Collection Express Cleansing Wipes To Go

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This article was written by health and beauty journalist, Ava Watkins, for Salons Direct a salon supplier to leading salons throughout the UK.