Monday, June 30, 2014

100ml Travel Size Liquids for Holiday

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Something I think doesn’t bother most men about flying actually can be quite stressful for us makeup loving ladies when travelling - and it can be the restriction of 100ml liquids in a clear bag to fly. After introducing the rule a few years ago, the market sprung open with hundreds of minis of your favourite things, but what do you *really* need with you for a short break?

I hate the worry of thinking I've forgotten something important but after a few goes at it (mostly in the last two months, mad!) i’ve got some foolproof minis that always make me feel better and a bit more like me when away from home. 

The first one that’s super important if you’re flying somewhere hot, is a mini spf. There’s a million out there and depending on price factor you can either splash out or not, and well, I find that as long as it does the job how I need it to, i’m happy. After this, my next port of call is a cleanser. We all know my fave all time cleanser is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish, so imagine my joy when I found out they sell it in a tiny little travel version! Amazing. Perfect. I was staying with Jen when I took these pics though, so of course I raided her stash and found a Laura Mercier mini Makeup Remover, which I thought was amazing! Shake to activate, it cleans all your makeup off as easy as pie. 

Aside from toothpaste, a pretty obvious one, my next item of importance is my foundation. Fortunately most foundations and tinted moisturisers are less than 100ml, but if you want to save space you could always decant some of it into a little clear bottle or a pot. I’ve done this in the past and if you know how much you’ll use for the time you’re away this can work really well on space saving!

Makeup wise, I think the most important liquids are a masara, an eyeliner, a brightener or highlighting pen, a good eye primer and a lipstick or two. I’m such a lipstick fiend I find it really hard to choose just one or two, but usually as a good ‘cover all bases’ type situation, I pick a nude and a bright. In this case, Creme Cup and Violetta from MAC, just as an FYI. 

The last little mini you’ll want to grab, is a little nail polish! I love to lay and paint my nails by the pool and so many brands do either sample size polishes or tiny little 3ml ones that literally take up no space at all in your allowance bag. Baring in mind the Laura Mercier and Clarins mask (again, another great mini!) are both Jen’s, everything photographed here fit into my liquids bag. Epic win! All the powders, blusher, highlighter, eyeshadows and pressed powder can go into your normal suitcase, too. 

Another little tip that I like to do, is forget the shampoo, conditioner and deodorant (and shower gel if you really need it, but most hotels at least have a fairly decent shower gel) and pick up minis at the airport. They’re cheap at about £1.80 or something each, and you can just leave them behind afterwards without losing much money. I forgot to photograph mine before I left them behind because i’m losing my memory (srsly) but I *always* buy the same two. Toni & Guy Colour Protecting Shampoo, and TRESemme Colour Protect Conditioner. 

So girls, it can be done without too much stress! Of course, the most optimum way of getting as many beauty products as possible on holiday with you is just to sweet talk your boyfriend into using his clear bag as well…



  1. I always struggle with these bags. When I went to London recently I shopped tooooo many liquids but somehow I managed to close the bag. *applause*

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

  2. When I'm going on holiday and know I can only take hand luggage I try to switch as much of my make-up to powder stuff. I prefer liquid but it won't kill me to use solid make-kup for one weeend.

    Morag x

  3. Thank god for minis! They make it so much easier to pack lightly as well!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  4. Great post! Where did you get your clear bag from?

    Lauren x

  5. great post, I need the little liz earle cleanse and polish!

  6. definitely sharing the bag is the way forward ;) i always pack essential skincare and make-up, but end up collecting the hotel samples if they're good haha
    Lauren x
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  7. Great tips, it's so hard to narrow it down!! I like your clear bag too, beats the sandwich bag ones you usually get!

  8. Great post and tips
    L x

  9. Thanks for the post! I'm going on holiday next week and it's just dawned on me how many different products I use daily or like to switch up.

    Kay -


  10. This is such a brilliant post. So helpful!

    Carly @

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