As much as I love to travel, it can be tricky sometimes to feel and look ‘pretty’ when I’m tired from flying or spending all day in the sun. Keeping up my standard beauty routine on holiday isn’t easy, but I’ve got a few tricks that can mean minimal make-up and effort – for every budget.
Budget – There are some amazing and very affordable BB creams out there that can give you that dewy holiday skin. Rimmel’s 9 in 1 BB cream (£6.99) was featured in Vogue’s 10 best beauty balms 2017, as was Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector (£9.99). But my favourite, and a product I’ve been using for the past year, is the Simple Kind to Skin+ (£6.25) in the shade ‘honey’, this shit is amazing but you need to use it with a bit of a tan.
Invest – The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (£34) is amazing – it’s incredibly lightweight and gives your skin that sun-kissed glow. Another gorgeous option is the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua (£34), which is a very fluid and lightweight foundation that still gives you the coverage. And lastly, Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder (£32) is just a dream, you don’t need to apply much at all to achieve a really fresh, smooth and radiant look.
Budget – If you want to keep costs down but still go mascara-free on holiday, get your lashes tinted so they are lovely and dark without the need for make-up. Prices vary from salon to salon, but it’s usually around £20 and they will last you 3-4 weeks.
Invest – Eyelash extensions are perfect if you’re looking to add more volume and length to your lashes. They can vary quite dramatically in price but on average are around £50-£70, however you will need to get them filled in every 2-3 weeks which will cost an additional £20-£30.
If you don’t want to commit to the upkeep of extensions, you could try LVL lashes, which is a 45 minute treatment to basically straighten, lengthen and tint your eyelashes to give beautifully-natural results that last about 6 weeks and cost approx. £50.
Budget – Getting your brows tinted and shaped before you go on holiday means you can basically forget about them, and if you do apply make-up still, it will save you a lot of time and effort. You can get this done at a Benefit Brow Bar for £21.50 and it will last 3-4 weeks.
Invest – Microblading is not something I’ve ever tried myself but I know a lot of people who have had amazing results. It’s basically a semi-permenant tattoo that is applied with a hand held micro blade. Brows can last up to a year without needing a top-up and cost around £250. The process involves a consultation prior to the procedure and must be carried out by a qualified professional.
Budget – I like to be at least a bit tanned even before I step foot on the plane, so a few days before I fly I will begin my fake tanning routine. I start by using a body scrub in the shower to really prep my skin, I then use the St Tropez Classic Tanning Mousse (£10 for the 50ml) which is perfect for taking with you. To keep the tan topped up throughout the holiday, I also use the St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tanner (£14.50).
Invest – A spray tan is perhaps the easiest way to achieve a gorgeous tan without the sun-damage, but it can be pricy, ranging anywhere from £20-£70. But if you want to achieve a guaranteed streak-free, deep and developed tan for your holiday, it is probably worth investing in a professional spray tan.
Budget – With all the travelling and sunshine, my skin always dries out, so I need to take extra precautions to stay moisturised on holiday. I take with me a few moisture masks and my favourite is the Soap & Glory Speed Plump Miracle Moisture Mask (£4), which smells incredible and leaves your face feeling and looking super smooth and hydrated.
Invest – Charlotte Tilbury’s skincare range is truly a miracle worker. Her Magic Cream (£70) is literally the best moisturiser I’ve ever tried, it completely transforms your skin making it look plump, radiant and super hydrated. It’s really smooth and velvety, not heavy at all, and definitely worth the money as the pot lasts ages.
Budget – The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 30 (£10) is my favourite sun cream and I use it every holiday. It smells really good and moisturises your skin as well as protects it, leaving it silky-smooth and shining in the sun.
Invest – The Darphin Soleil Plaisir SPF 30 (£32) is a really luxurious sun cream that contains some pretty high-end skincare ingredients that you wouldn’t usually find in sun care products. These include hyaluronic acid (basically a super-hydrator), karanja oil (used in Indian medicine) and algae, which all work together to fight ageing and strengthen the skin.
Budget – With all the exposure to the sun, sea and chlorine on holiday, my hair tends to get really dry and damaged. To help prevent this I like to use the Lush Hair Moisturiser (£12.25). You just coat your hair in it and leave to sink in, then have a normal shower. The hair mask contains organic avocado butter and extra virgin coconut oil, which are naturally nourishing and hydrating, and leave your hair replenished and beautifully shiny.
Invest – If you like to get your hair coloured before going away, consider adding a hair conditioning treatment to your appointment, such as Olaplex in-salon Treatment (approx. £35). Olaplex was created by hair expert, Dean Christal, and a team of scientists, and is basically a new molecule that works from inside the hair strand to strengthen and repair damaged locks. Olaplex is a 3-part treatment, the first 2 of which have to be done in a salon, but the results are incredible and raved by loads of celebs such as Kim K.
If you have any more travel-beauty hacks, I’d love to know them! Leave a comment below or send me a message.