FEMAIL reveals the head-to-toe holiday beauty essentials that won’t cause a nightmare at security
- Alice Smellie shared a selection of items for travelling hand luggage only
- She says Color Wow Anti-Humidity Hair Treatment is essential for beach holidays
- She suggests making make-up waterproof using Urban Decay Setting Powder
- Alice also revealed items to spray bugs away and protect skin for UVA and UVB
Travelling with only hand luggage saves time and money at the airport, but means decanting your favourite products into pots small enough to get past airport security.
Luckily, the latest beauty innovations are teeny enough to fit within the 100ml liquids limit, or are in compact solid form. Alice Smellie hails these holiday heroes.
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HANDY 3-IN-1 FACE CREAM
Top marks to Trinny Woodall for her stackable and portable make-up collection, which launched earlier this year.
Her make-up pots all handily fit together, and this tube of tinted face perfector comes with one. It holds enough product to last you a week — perfect for when you have to make every inch of space in your hand luggage count.
Available in four shades which adapt to match your skin tone, the cream creates a lovely light glow, evens out your complexion, reduces redness and dark circles and protects from UV rays with a SPF of 30. You may well ditch your usual foundation, facial sun cream and primer and just pack this.
TINY TAMER OF FRIZZY HAIR
This travel-sized treatment is a lifesaver for those who feel doomed to put up with frizzy hair on the beach.
Bleached hair is vulnerable in hot and humid weather, as moisture gets in and creates frizz. This spray uses a heat-activated agent to tighten and seal strands, so they are smoothed and protected from water in the atmosphere. Each application lasts for two to three shampoos.
AFTERSUN IN MINATURE
Ditch that cumbersome bottle of aftersun. Facial sheet masks are all the rage, and aftersun in this form is a new and welcome concept.
This tissue mask is specially designed to soothe and hydrate skin after sun exposure. It contains witch hazel and hyaluronic acid to calm, plump and moisturise your face.
Leave it on your skin for 15 minutes — enough time for a swift cocktail on the balcony — then remove it and massage in any excess serum.
The masks come in slender individual sachets so will slot easily into hand luggage (though you need to pop them in your plastic bag for liquids).
SMUDGE-PROOF HOLIDAY LASHES
A stunning new mascara in gold casing with a long-wear formula that this make-up manufacturer has designed for hot countries. Ideal for your summer trip abroad.
It promises to be smudge-proof and humidity-resistant, as well as promising super-thick lashes after just one application.
NO FUSS FRAGRANCE
A solid perfume is the perfect solution if you struggle to squeeze clunky perfume bottles into your plastic bag at airport security.
And the fragrance Glossier You — from popular U.S. beauty brand Glossier — is now available in a solid version for travellers who want to smell good on the go.
With base notes of musk and top notes of woody iris root and spicy pink pepper, it is the perfect scent for the summer.
The oval compact swings open to reveal a synthetic beeswax-based perfume which can be slicked onto wrists or neck. Best of all, it will not break and there is no chance of any leakage.
WATERPROOF YOUR FOUNDATION
Waterproof your foundation with featherlight setting powder from Urban Decay, which lasts for 11 hours, ‘mattifying’ skin and blocking shininess.
Even if you sweat or get wet, your make-up will remain flawless, which saves you reapplying.
SLIMLINE STAYING POWER FOR LIPS
Why not take a powdered lipgloss? These quite extraordinary water-based lip powders have been created by coating microbubbles of water with highly concentrated pigments. They look like loose powder but turn to liquid on contact with your lips.
The slender wand ensures precise application and the formula won’t smudge, so the wonderful matte lip colours stay put all day.
A TAN THAT FITS IN YOUR HANDBAG
Many of us actively avoid putting our faces in the sun while sunbathing. This can result in a lollipop effect, where you remain white up top while your body goes brown.
This hand luggagefriendly pot of 25 Fake tan pads are a great solution. Simply wipe one across your face — or a rogue patch on your body that has missed the sun’s rays — before bed and wake up with an even colour.
There’s no usual biscuity fake tan smell, and they won’t leave any worrying streaks on your bed.
SOOTHE YOUR BURNT SKIN
When skin feels hot and bothered after a day on the beach, try this soothing holiday shower gel which gently removes sunscreen, sand and impurities.
It uses micellar technology — tiny bubbles, or micelles, suspended in the gel — to gently lift away dirt on contact with skin, so there’s no need to scrub and aggravate any burnt spots.
It’s soapfree so it won’t dry out skin and is suitable for the face and body. The gel comes in a 200ml size but it’s worth decanting so it is within the 100ml regulations.
Try 3 x 80ml Askalitt silicone squeezy travel bottles (£7.99, clasohlson.com/uk).
PETITE HAIR PROTECTOR
Super-luxurious shampoos aren’t always available in travel sizes. But Jo Hansford’s range now comes in 90ml bottles — and the expert formulations aren’t your typical airport Boots buys.
The shampoo uses keratin amino acids To protect hair colour while adding moisture and strength to the strands, as well as blue lupin peptides, which have been proven to keep the hair colour last for up to 30 washes.
NIFTY WIPES FOR NAILS
Rather than carrying a bottle of nail polish remover (not something you want to spill in your luggage) try these innovative wipes. Each one is individually wrapped and contains acetone to remove varnish from fingers and toes and aloe vera to moisturise. Nails are left ready to be adorned with a new layer of lacquer.
BANISH BITING BUGS
These genius little creditcard shaped sprays can be bought separately or as a pack of three for £6.99.
The set includes a hand sanitiser spray, an SPF 30 sunscreen and a mosquito repellent which contains Citriodiol (derived from lemon eucalyptus oil).
The sprays fit snuggly into your clutch purse if you’re worried about your feet or bare legs being nibbled by irritating bugs while you’re enjoying a night out.
This sunscreen is a huge hit with beauty fanatics thanks to its high UVA and UVB protection, water-resistance, moisturising properties and non-greasy feel. And it’s now available in a new 30ml size. Great for sensitive skin and easy to slip into your handbag during the day or even a pocket for topping up protection on the go.
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