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Going on holiday is exciting and fun, but packing can be quite the opposite! This is a quick guide on what to pack in your vanity bag so you can look great for all those holiday photos.

General Tips:

  1. Take only what you need!!! A good way to figure out what you should take is to make a note of what products you use on a normal day, and pop those into your bag.
  2. Multitasking – take products that can do the work of many, such as lip/cheek stains or eyeshadows that can be used as blush.
  3. Go neutral. When in doubt, choose nude or neutral colours because they are easy to wear and go with everything. Always travel with a nude lipcolour!
  4. Be sensible about what products you’re taking and how much you’re going to use them. If you’re going backpacking, don’t take your most expensive makeup because you’ll spend a lot of time worrying about losing it! If you have a favourite bright lipstick that you won’t get much chance to wear – leave it at home! If you’re going for a wedding (like I am) and need something a bit above average, then try out your look at home first. Make a note of what you used and include all those items in your travel vanity case.
  5. Less is more. Mini products or sample sizes are the best things ever! Nowadays you can get mini versions of almost everything, including skincare, perfume roll-ons, eye pencils, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, powders, brushes, etc. Unless you’re going away for a very long time, these mini versions should be enough to last your whole trip!
  6. Don’t panic. We all leave something behind! The chances are, its not essential and you will survive without it. If you’re in a metropolitan area, find the nearest department store which will be amply stocked with beauty supplies. If you’re in the wilderness, take heart! You’re surrounded by natural beauty, so embrace yours.

I usually split my makeup between what I will take in carry-on baggage and what gets packed away in my check-in baggage. Carry-on items include those that I might need in flight, or very soon after getting off the plane. I keep these in a small zipped back that fits into my handbag.

Carry On Items

  1. Lancome Colour Design Palette in Kissed by Gold
  2. Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment
  3. Spare hair ties
  4. Bobbi Brown Corrector
  5. Saline eye drops
  6. MAC Lightful Powder Compact
  7. Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Blushing Nude
  8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Exposed
  9. MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
  10. Contact lens case
  11. Tampons (always be prepared!)

In my checked-in baggage, I include items that I would use everyday. I’ve broken these up into ‘Makeup Tools and Face Products’ and ‘Eye and Lip Products’ because they wouldn’t fit into the same picture.

Check-In ‘Makeup Tools and Face Products’

  1. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturiser
  2. Shiseido SPF 30+ Face Moisturiser
  3. Benefit Highbeam
  4. Ecotools Travel Brush Sets and Eyeliner brush
  5. Maybelline Express Finish nail polish in Crystal Dash
  6. Bobby pins
  7. MAC Bronzing Powder
  8. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Flush
  9. MAC Studio Tech Foundation

‘Check-In Eye and Lip Products’

  1. Shu Uemura eyelash curler
  2. Urban Decay Ammo palette
  3. Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara
  4. Mini Lancome Juicy Tube in Marshmallow Electro
  5. The Body Shop lipstick in Ginger Rose
  6. Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli
  7. Stila Smudgestick in Stingray/Rimmel Soft Kohl in Sable Brown/Stila Glitter Eyeliner in Rock Candy
  8. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
  9. Mini Urban Decay Primer Potion

Some things I didn’t include that I’ll be taking are a strip of ibuprofen, wet wipes, a duo fibre brush, some extra foam tip makeup applicators and a nail clipper.

I hope this helped some of you with your holiday packing. Have a great time, wherever you are, and return home safely! As you read this, I am high above the sky jetting off for my own holiday!