Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere tropical and exotic, enjoying few days at the beach house or setting off on a bit more of an adventure, here are the five beauty essentials to put on your holiday travel list.
Consider them the bare necessities – they won’t necessarily help you survive if you find yourself stranded on a tropical island, but they will guarantee you good hair and excellent holiday snaps. Priorities, right?
1. Dry Shampoo.
If you’re one of the many people who can be a bit, ahem, lazy when it comes to washing your hair on a daily basis, spoiler alert – it’s not going to change on holiday. You’re going to be far too busy dipping in and out of the pool/sea/sand to want to deal with your hair. This is where dry shampoo comes to the rescue. It’ll soak up any excess grease, make hair look freshly washed and also add texture.
Our pick: Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, $30. The powder mist means you don’t have to worry about carrying aerosols and it smells divine.
It doesn't matter which hemisphere you're jetting off to, you should always, always be taking a sunscreen with you. At the very least, make it a face sunscreen that you apply daily under your makeup.
Our pick: Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen, $40. Mecca's cult To Save Face gets a bumper update with this SPF 50 formula that's lightweight enough to not get greasy under makeup. Winner.
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3. Multipurpose product.
When you've got limited space, a multipurpose product is a godsend. Think a face or cheek palette that can be used for your eyes, brows and face or a lip and cheek product that will add a bit of colour.
Our pick? Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette, $16.95. Adds glow, definition and is a great makeshift eyeshadow palette.
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4. Bright lipstick.
Whether you're hit hard by the effects of jetlag, have been making the most of those free nights or you haven't picked up as much colour as you'd hoped, a pop of bright lippy will always have your back.
It will instantly dress up your bikini and sundress for a night out, make you look put together, distract from any accidental sunburn, save the world, etc... Pink, red or coral are the best summery shades.
Our pick? At $10.49 a pop, you can't get much better than the Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Creams. Available in a whole rainbow of colours, they're long lasting without being too drying. Add some gloss if shine is more your thing.
5. Mini Perfume.
You don't want to be lugging around your big bottle of perfume and can't always find your favourite in duty free, which is why mini perfumes are so handy. You can save up the testers you often get during shopping and take a few with you, decant your favourite into a smaller atomiser or find your signature scent in a handy rollerball form.
They're super easy to pack, even easier to apply and are often stronger than spritzing.
Our pick? Check out the offering of rollerball perfumes from brands like Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth & James and Clinique at your local Sephora or pick up this aquatic-inspired Odejo rollerball oil, $53 from Mecca for a deep, long lasting scent.
What are your holiday packing essentials?