When it comes to packing for holiday, much to my families annoyance I usually pack ALOT of stuff. Probably the thing I’m most guilty of packing is hoards of skincare and beauty products, so many vanity bags that they need their own suitcase… So on our recent holiday, although I just couldn’t bring myself to limit my skincare, I challenged myself to a more minimal make up routine and allowed myself just 5 products.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
Wonder Glow has been a staple in my make up bag for the last year so I couldn’t leave it out. Its great for putting under foundation but seeing as I wasn’t taking any base products I thought this would be perfect to give my face a bit of a glow on its own. As soon as you apply it you get an instant lift, a bit of radiance to brighten up the skin. I did apply a small amount of fake tan (Bondi Sands encase you’re interested) before my holiday seeing as I wasn’t planning on using any foundation.
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Cushion De Soleil is a lovely creamy, almost wet feel bronzer that gives the skin a gorgeous sun kissed glow. It’s a great product if you need something to apply quickly (think getting ready in 4 minutes with 2 kids running around waiting to go out!) to give you a bit of a bronze look, easily built the more you tap on. It comes with an applicator sponge but I prefer to apply mine with either a large bronzer brush or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks
Pot Rouge is a bit of a cheat product as it’s great to use for both lips and cheeks. A multi-tasking cream that gives a lovely little pop of colour wherever you need it. The colour I use is called ‘Calypso Coral’ and it gives a really lovely blush. I dab a little on my cheeks and some onto my lips for a natural make up look.
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
I must have used this Chanel Mascara for about 10 years now, I just can’t find one that gives as much volume and thickness to the lashes as this, without giving that clogged up look. If you find one then let me know! One thing I really can’t do without in a make up routine, no matter how natural is a lick of Mascara on my lashes so this was always going to be included in my minimal make up bag.
Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour
One thing that always ‘finishes’ off your make up look for me, is nice eyebrows. Benefit Ka Brow is perfect for building up the colour so you can either go for a more natural look during the daytime or build to a more dramatic look in the evening. It comes with an angled brush to apply and lasts pretty much all day.
So there we have it, I passed the test, I lasted a weeks holiday with very minimal products. My make up took literally minutes to apply and overall I was pretty happy with the result. I can say if I had to add in another product for next time it would be a concealer, I didn’t plan for the dark circles that appeared from a small child sleeping with me ( I say sleeping, I mean kicking).
What are the essential make up products you’d take on holiday with you? I’d love to know…