How To Do “Mini-Break” Beauty - a Guide to Packing Lightly

Ah, the beauty of a long weekend. With Easter and ANZAC day approaching, many of us will be packing our trunks and going country. But before you clamor to collate every cult-beauty buy you’ve ever used, consider the art of ‘downsizing.’ A dirty word amongst over-packers and hotel hoarders no doubt, but a concept worth considering. With such a staggering selection of hybrid beauty buys (the ‘do-it-alls,’ the ‘five-in-ones’, the clever kids on the block making waves and well worth a look in) we’re left with little excuse to lug the contents of our entire make up drawer bi-coastal.

Photo by Miles Aldridge

Photo by Miles Aldridge

What better excuse to invest in pint-sized beauty buys or a chic new appropriately sized beauty bag. Take a look through our coveted round up of the best road-trip worthy products that’ll have you packing and check-listing so light you’ll hardly know yourself.

1. The Wipes

With 45 sized-to-go travel-friendly and perfectly practical mini make up wipes, these are ideal for cleaning your brushes on the go, as well as removing make up.

2. The base

The Bobbi Brown Travel Size BB Cream SPF 35 is a forerunner amongst the BB brigade. Available in three different shades and so sun smart it’s the ideal holiday companion. Light enough in consistency to also act as a base primer.

3. The Cheeks

Feeling cheeky yet would rather not lug your cult classics away with you? Consider it done. Nars Blush Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna takes two respective beauty staples and minimizes the fuss.

4. The Cleanse

There’s little wonder why Kate Upton, Brooklyn Decker and Lily Aldridge all swear by this pharmacy favourite. Aside from being insanely cost efficient, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is available in small travel friendly bottles and will gently remove make up whilst cleansing and toning like only Cetaphil knows how. Bless. 

5. The Hair

Planning a night out but can’t justify your bevvy of volumizers, mousses, serums and sprays coming along for the ride? Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo will carry you in-between washes and double as a gritty volumiser whilst on the road. Many stylists vouch for dry shampoo as their texturizer of choice. 

6. The in-case-we-have-a-big-night face saver Truth be told, many Kiehl’s converts wont travel without their favourite beauty label, so it seems only fitting Kiehl’s remedied the perils of packing with ‘mini-mes’ of their classics. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream Concentrate makes for an ideal alternative to the traditional glass bottle. No leakage luggage, thank you very much.

7. The Multi-Purpose

Universally flattering and dreamily light, the Benefit Fine One One provides the ideal peach pop of color for lips, a base crème shadow for eyes or a little blush if need be.

8. The Body

Perhaps the trickiest of necessities, most luxe body oils come in impossibly heavy glass bottles and jars. Thankfully, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Oil is available in 50ml travel friendly bottles. A remedy at the ready for both hair and body, versatile is an understatement. 

9. For the senses

Scents don’t benefit too much from excessive travel, nor do they enjoy the manhandling. A parfum balm will be your new best friend and eliminate any potential spills. Diptyque Solid Parfum in Do Son, is light and seasonal, with notes of tuberose, berries and floral subtleties. Not to mention the sleek black compact.

10. For the cutest cuticles

Summer generally means pedis on parade and chipped toes are often inevitable. Keep a mini of your signature shade on hand when you travel to remedy the chippage. The Essie Mini Collection comes in sets of 5 with all the staple shades minimized. Pretty cutie-cool. 

11. For your brows

Brow pomade makes a great deal of sense. If you’re running low on time and need a space saver, the Vincent Longo’s Bi Brow Powder and Pomade has just the right amount of sheen and color-correcting down pat (literally) with the powder finish. The duo is the dream alternative to your go-to brow set or serum. No brushes needed.

 

Story by Ashley Ropati.