I also get a tragic amount of smug satisfaction from buying those little clear plastic bottles in Muji and decanting my favourite full-sized products (like Lancome make-up remover) into them. It’s so efficient and tidy. Mmm, tidy...
But of course another approach is to take almost nothing with you, beauty-wise (saves on weight) and buy cool new products at your destination. I’m thinking about lovely Korres in Greece (so much cheaper there), beautiful cologne and baby shampoo in Spain and all those chicly antiseptic-looking brands that you find in French chemists. Oh and own-brand suntan lotion – will it work? Who knows, but the locals look hot so it’s worth a try!
I'm not alone in hoarding hotel minis - this is Rebecca's stash
So into my toiletries bag I usually cram: Random shampoo, conditioner and showergel 'liberated' from hotel rooms – that’s what it’s there for, right? And the sizes are perfect! Minimal make-up: waterproof mascara, kohl pencil (Rimmel), eyebrow pencil (yup, Rimmel), Body Shop bronzer and a light, sheer lipstick that acts as a balm too, like MAC's Sheen Supreme lipstick in New Temptation, £14.50, maccosmetics.co.ukGilette shaving gel mini and razorNivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion, £10.49, boots.com - the smell inspires Proustian memories of childhood summersKorres Yoghurt Cooling After Sun for Face & Body, £15, cultbeauty.co.ukToothbrush and toothpasteThat's it!
I asked some globetrotting pals what they always take with them and this is what they said:
Red carpet make-up artist and David Bowie-and-perfume-obsessive Emma Day spent the last year consulting for Louis Vuitton on staff skincare and make-up in the UK and Scandinavia. She's heading to the Venice Biennale film festival at the end of August to make various clients look beautiful. Her travel picks are ridiculously glam and pretty pricey but seriously effective - Lady Day knows her stuff.
Make-up artist Emma Day
1. Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, £90, houseoffraser.co.uk"Works wonders on dehydrated travel skin. On a long haul flight, take your make-up off, put this on for your flight, let it soak in and when you arrive you have peachy perfect skin. Also great if you are on a partying Ibiza-type holiday and your skin needs a drastic pick me up the day after. Will take ten years off you."2. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or dry oil, £23.70, feelunique.com"They do this in a mini travel size bottle and it's the perfect body oil and the shimmery bits give your tan extra glow. It also smells like heavenly honey, especially gorgeous when the skin is warm - I noticed recently in France they have brought out the perfume version of this which I have my eye on."3. Sisley SPF Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, £93.50 johnlewis.com"Sisley is not cheap but I need to have a high SPF on my skin as I love sunbathing and this doesn't make my skin break out and make it feel greasy. They do the best sun products ever."4. Origins Zero Oil toner, £17, origins.co.uk
Origins Zero Oil toner, £17, origins.co.uk
"This has a really refreshing peppermint smell and in the summer my skin gets extra oily and this makes it feel extra clean while still being gentle."5. Penhaligons Peoneve travel atomiser, £16, penhaligons.com"Penhaligons brought this out recently and I adore it. Its a mixture of roses and peonies with a slightly spicy undertone which makes it smell fresh and sexy at the same time. I change scents in the summer and this is my current favourite."6. Origins Ginzing mascara"This is a new addition to the make-up line Origins are launching and I love it. If I have one make-up item I cannot be without, it has to be mascara. This conditions the lashes and makes them really full and long. It’s fantastic."7. Morrocan Oil Light, £30.45, cultbeauty.co.uk"The old Morrocan Oil was too heavy on my hair but this is amazing. I put it on when I am sunbathing by the pool and after I have washed my hair, it's shiny and healthy-looking despite the fact its normally frizzy and bleached."
Courtney Blackman is a fashion PR extraordinaire who works with the likes of Kate Nash and Corrie Nielsen and is the founder of The Industry London (a member’s club for people working in the creative industries). She travels A LOT (she emailed me from Vancouver) but likes to keep things simple.
1. I actually make my own super-moisturising skin cream. I only have to make it once every year or so and reuse the same jar to store it, so it's very enviro-friendly. I melt down beeswax with vitamin E oil and mix it up with aloe vera, rose water, rose oil and lavender oil. Because it's oil-rich, it can be used to remove make-up and it's great around the eyes on the plane and a great base under moisturiser for the long-haul journey.
2. Mascara is a must for traveling. It can really freshen up the eyes after having an eye mask squashed down over my eyes for hours. I travel with bareMinerals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara (£16, bareminerals.co.uk). I like what the company stands for.
BareMinerals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara
3. Make-up brushes! I never realised how helpful they are until I got the AOFM Pro makeup brush kit. There are 24 brushes in the kit, but I only bring 3 with me on my travels. One for eyes, one for lips and one for cheeks. They make a world of difference when applying...even if you don't really know what you're doing.
4. Moisturiser. I always travel with a big stash of moisturiser and I'll mix it with a tiny bit of foundation to give it a tint. It gives a very natural, flawless-ish look.
Stylist Rebekah Roy is on the road a lot and here's what goes into her simple but effective beauty routine...
"Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm (for moisturizing & SPF), Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara, Illamasqua precision ink eyeliner and Boots No.7 eye make-up remover. I keep Kiehl’s Lip Balm, Nars Lip Pencil and Dr. Hauschka Moisturising Day Cream in my carry on bag. I never take nail polishes but I always buy a few fun colours during my trip. I use Kerastase hair products (Bain Chroma Riche and Kerastase Reflection Bain Miroir) and Moroccan oil."
Kerastase Reflection Bain Miroir
Now I want to know what products you swear by when you’re travelling – share!