Saturday, 17 February 2018

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

Orla Kiely Hanging Wash Bag
If you're a regular traveller you might like to think about keeping your beauty bag ready to go.  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. You never need to take everything out, although you can, of course, and it makes overnight stops a breeze.

Epic Nails 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 ConcealerWander Beauty Powder Foundation
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, so it’s good to have a happy medium and look for all in one 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 Mini
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.



Small sizes of your favourite 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 some of Muji’s excellent travel bottles and pots. They’re by far the best I’ve found anywhere, and there are enough different sizes and types to enable you to take everything from body scrub to cleanser and moisturiser.



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 quite a bit, 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, or one that has dual voltage such as Trevor Sorbie’s Worldwide Dryer.