Wednesday, 15 August 2018

How to Pack a Perfect Beauty ‘Go Bag’ and be Ready for Anything

Orla Kiely Hanging Wash Bag
If you're a regular traveler you might like to think about keeping your beauty bag ready to go anywhere, anytime.  As long as you top up anything you need to when you return from each trip this will save you the hassle of trying to remember everything each time.  It's all to easy to forget just one invaluable thing, particularly if you're in a hurry.  So here's my list for the ready to go beauty bag.

Firstly there’s the makeup/cosmetic/beauty bag itself, and to me nothing beats one you just unfold and hang in your bathroom, hotel bathroom or anywhere else. You never need to take everything out, although you can, of course, and it makes overnight or short stay stops a breeze. 

Then to make life really easy, because this is one you literally just sit on your bathroom counter and unzip, there’s the Camouflage Company’s Cam’ Pouch.  I’ve never found anything to match this, it keeps my eye pencils, cosmetic brushes, serums, concealers and lipsticks at the ready all the time.  Inevitably I now travel with two….

Camouflage Company Cam PouchTed Baker Travel Manicure Set

Tweezers, nail files, mini scissors, clippers and mini pots of nail polish and top coat are perfect to put in the top compartment of your hanging beauty bag and stay there, ready for use wherever you are.

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek PaletteStila Stay All Day Foundation and ConcealerBare MineralsBarePro Powder FoundationNars Concealer
Having a full makeup set ready for travel may seem like an extravagance, but just wait until you have to leave in a hurry.  I find when I buy products to travel with that aren’t as good as those I’m leaving at home I’m always itching to take more products with me and/or end up shopping while away.  It’s good to have a happy medium and look for all in one and double/duty products that don’t cost the earth but are really great to use.

Invest in a foundation/concealer duo and/or pack some of those duplicates you may already have lurking in your makeup drawer, ready for the off.
Japonesque Mini Brush SetBenefit They're Real Mascara MiniStila Smudge Stick Waterproof EyelinerMarc Jacobs Waterproof Liquid EyelinerBobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour
Travel makeup brushes again last for a long while and it’s a good thing to have a set at the ready. The two above won’t break the bank but neither are they of the cheap and cheerful variety that might not do the job properly or last very long. As far as a quick eye makeover is concerned I recommend that at the least you pack a tried and tested waterproof eye pencil in an all day colour, plus a deep black for night time.  And of course your favourite lipstick in your favourite colour.

Caudalie Travel Skincare SetCharlotte Tilbury Gift Of Goddess Travel Set

Small sizes of skincare products are becoming more and more available and you can buy everything from cleanser and toner, to moisturiser and treatments in little sizes. 

Having said that, if you don’t want to splurge on a travel set (the same applies to hair care products) buy a set of mini bottles and pots.  There are enough different sizes and types to enable you to take everything from body scrub to cleanser and moisturiser.  Just don’t forget to label.  You’ll find out you’ve got it wrong when you use your conditioner as your body lotion and yes, I’ve done that too.

Travel Bottles and Pots

Depending on where you’re staying you may be happy to rely on the mini shampoos and conditioners in your hotel bathroom. I never am. I like to have my anti frizz moisturising shampoo, conditioner and styling cream with me wherever I go, which is probably why my bag is always so heavy. As Moroccanoil and Leonor Greyl are two of my favourite brands I’d be totally happy with either these of these.

I travel a lot, and on the occasions when I’ve relied on hotel hair dryers I have not been happy – putting it mildly – so I have a hair dryer that stays in my bag, ready and waiting to be on the move. Parlux have recently released their Parlux Advance Light hairdryer which isn’t as light as I hoped but it’s a brilliant dryer. Ditch the extra jacket and pack your hairdryer. This one is for the UK and Europe only.

If you’re going to be doing a lot of travelling in the US you’ll need a different hairdryer.  Babyliss Nano Portofino is light’ish (none of the really good ones weigh nothing), but it’s extremely good.  This is obviously only worth doing if you’re going to be making a long trip to the US.  I’m never happy with dual voltage hair dryers, and the seriously light travel dryers don’t pack enough punch. 

This Post has been Updated August 2018