The best holiday beauty essentials

Melisha Kaur
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As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking of the all-important essentials you’ll need for your travels.

Scorching climates, salty sea water and one too many piña coladas can all take a toll on our hair and skin, so a stash of hard-working beauty saviours is a must.

With limited space, it can be tricky to decide what beautifiers to bring along. Fear not, as we’ve whittled down some vital products – including travel-sized minis – for keeping you glowing and glamorous throughout your vacay.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick Es Vedra

One of the most popular multi-use products around, Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick bronzer stick can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks to transform your beauty look within a minute. Its creamy formula, created with light-diffusing spheres and skin-plumping Ceramidone, is sheer when applied and dries down to a dewy finish. Es Vedra is a medium-coral hue that will look dreamy on deep complexions.

£30, Charlotte Tilbury, Buy it now

2. ghd Flight Wanderlust Travel Hairdryer

If a hotel hairdryer just won’t cut the mustard, look to ghd’s Flight Wanderlust travel hairdryer. The compact version of the hair brand’s award-winning styler – which comes complete with a protective bag – features a folding handle that makes it a breeze to pack. Its two speed and temperature settings allow you to dry your locks in quick time and create sleek and bouncy styles.

£55, ghd Hair, Buy it now

3. Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer Travel Size Mini

When it comes to travel-sized makeup, Benefit is unbeatable. Our favourite ‘mini’ from its extensive range is the ever-popular Hoola bronzer. The small-sized version comes with a handy little mirror and brush, so you’ll have more space in your cosmetics case for other little beauty heroes. It provides a deep matte colour that’s perfect for contouring and works well with every skin colour.

£12, Benefit Cosmetics, Buy it now

4. Aussie Shampoo Beach Mate

After hitting the beach, your post-sea locks will be in need of some TLC. Enter Aussie Shampoo’s hair-loving Beach Mate, created with Australian Queensland Macadamia Nut extract to provide intense hydration to parched hair. Pair it with the Beach Mate Conditioner to take your tresses from dull and dry to soft and silky.

£4.19, Boots, Buy it now


5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

When you’re likely to be in the sun all day but want your skin to look flawless, a tinted moisturiser is the answer. This hydrating formula, made with SPF 20 and vitamins C and E, will keep your skin protected from harmful rays as well as environmental aggressors. Along with its plumping and firming power, there’s also a generous hint of colour to even out the complexion. We’re sold.

£34, Feel Unique, Buy it now

6. Wunder2 Prime & Behold

Keeping makeup in place in hot weather is no easy feat, but a good primer can help. Our favourite is this lightweight formula from Wunder2, best known for its cult Wunderbrow brow gel. Besides locking in any colour pigment to your skin, it provides protection from UV rays and brings radiance to your complexion. The creamy product is impressively waterproof, so no need to skimp on the eyeshadow this summer. If that’s not enough, it also dries to an ah-mazing holographic finish that even mermaids will envy.

£17.95, Wunder2, Buy it now

7. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm mini

This light cleansing balm quickly melts into a silky fluid to gently remove stubborn makeup, from waterproof mascara to high-coverage concealer. Don’t be put off by its oily texture: the cleanser rinses off with warm water and leaves no residue whatsoever. Plus, its nourishing formula will help improve the skin’s texture. Scoop out a small amount and massage over dry skin using the fingertips. Best suited to normal and dry skin types.

£7, Clinique, Buy it now

8. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Xl Ultra Light Spray

This lightweight spray absorbs easily and is suitable for the most sensitive of skin types. Enriched with thermal spring water, the paraben-free formula has a high PPD (Persistent Pigment Darkening) factor to prevent pesky dark spots. As well as being water resistant, it’s also light enough to use as a base for makeup. The ultimate skin saviour for scorching weather.

£11.73, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

9. Fake Bake Passionfruit Body Polish

Whether you’re tanning the natural way or are getting your glow from a bottle, exfoliating before the process is a step you ought not to miss out. This oil-free scrub is made with gentle aloe vera and Loofah extracts to remove dead skin cells and leave skin perfectly polished. Its exotic scent of passion fruit means it smells good enough to eat, too.

£9.95, Superdrug, Buy it now

10. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Dry Oil - Golden Shimmer

Keeping your hair and skin nourished in the heat couldn’t be simpler with this multi-purpose oil. It’s packed with 6 Precious Plant Oils and vitamin E to maintain hydration and softness, while its iridescent particles will enhance your tan and leave you glittering like a goddess. This handy bottle is also small enough to fit into your makeup case.

£20, Feel Unique, Buy it now

11. NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper

With the warm summer months comes an unwelcome sheen on your face, which could lead to clogged pores. These delicate sheets made from pure pulp will not only absorb access oils and leave your complexion shine-free, but also look elegant in its pocket-sized case. Each pack contains 50 sheets.

£4, Feel Unique, Buy it now

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