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From a city break to a long haul trip the Stylist beauty team reveal their must-pack holiday products


However long your flight, you want to make sure you’re ready for every eventuality. Stylist’s beauty team reveal their must-pack holiday products

Compiled by: Shannon Peter
Paper artist: Hattie Newman
Photography: Dennis Pedersen

Travel beauty

City Break To Lisbon

Joanna McGarry, Stylist’s associate editor (beauty)
While I like to think of myself as adept at holiday beauty packing (when I can stash four wash bags in my giant suitcase), for this trip, I’ll be taking hand luggage only, which calls for ruthless prioritising. My approach is to mentally list the three things I want covered: skin-savers, fragrant refreshers and a pop of colour. I scramble together mini sizes of everything I normally use, which leaves more room for a box of Portuguese custard tarts on the way home. See? Prioritising.

Weleda Skin Food
This 90-year-old formula hydrates the natural way with almond oil and beeswax, rather than silicones and emulsifiers. I use it to buff away dryness on the elbows, nail beds and shins too. (£2.35 for 10ml, weleda.co.uk)

Miller Harris Lumière Doré
Each holiday I’ve ever taken is catalogued in my mind by the scent I was wearing. This cottony white floral is grounded in musk, so it’ll linger into sundown. (£65 for 50ml, millerharris.com)

Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator
Think of this as highlighter’s cooler, older sister. I mix a blob in with my moisturiser in place of foundation to give my face the sort of gentle non-glittery sheen that whispers ‘sun-kissed’ rather than shouting it. (£22.50, narscosmetics.co.uk)

Kiehl’s Cactus Flower and Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist
A zingy facial spray to cut through the stifling city haze – such as this plant-based energiser – is a must for me, particularly if there’s no chocolate gelato available. (£28, kiehls.co.uk)

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector
That I’ll have stashed a tube of Mac’s Russian Red lipstick into my pocket is a given, but for day-to-day comfort in the city heat, I turn to this Clarins number. It quenches dryness and lends a subtle wash of colour. (£28, clarins.co.uk)

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray
Trust me, I’ve tried them all. And this is the original salt spray and the best. I reject hairdryers altogether on holiday, so this instant-mattifier scrunches air-dried hair without making it crispy. (£1.99 for 25ml, boots.com)

La Roche Posay Toleriane Monodose Make-up Remover
These mini capsules contain single shots of micellar water to remove make-up and cleanse skin. Simply take one for each night you’re away. (£14.50 for 30, boots.com)

Travel beauty

Ten Days In Tulum, Mexico

Shannon Peter, Stylist’s beauty writer
On holiday, I’d rather have my face nuzzled in a Jane Austen novel or (more likely) a plate of fish tacos than fuss through a 32-step beauty routine. I’ve promised myself (and my impatient boyfriend) that I will be utterly low-maintenance on this trip, so I’ve streamlined my kit down to the products I can rely on to keep me hydrated head to toe, so I don’t return looking like a shrivelled-up pork scratching.

Kérastase Soleil CC Crème
This hair sunscreen is the one thing that stops my highlights from going crispy and discoloured. With UV filters, it wards off sun and the nourishing blend of linseed and safflower oils soften fragile hair. (£20.40, kerastase.co.uk)

Mrs White’s Unstung Hero
Usually I return from holiday with a tan speckled with insect bites. That was until I met this super-strength but all-natural insect repellent. It smells more like a posh citrus fragrance rather than a chemical-laced spray. (£20, roullierwhite.com)

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil
Body lotion just isn’t heavy-duty enough to nourish my dry skin after a long day in the sun so I turn to this rather glam-looking body oil. Not only does it have a fresh, floral scent, but it also offers the subtlest hint of shimmer that won’t make you look like a disco ball – promise. (£70, harrods.com)

Votary Super Seed Facial Oil
With no fewer than 21 seed oils, this gives my skin an almost juicy sheen and has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe post-sun redness. It is pricey, but two drops cover the entire face, and it sinks in as fast as I can knock back a margarita. (£70, liberty.co.uk)

Guerlain Super Lips Lip Hero 
Lip balms can be hit and miss, but this is the first I found that actually does the job of moisturising dry, sun-parched skin without being heavy and sticky. I’ve already gone through three tubes, and it only launched just over a month ago. (£20, johnlewis.com)

Travel beauty

Weekend In Marbella

Samantha Flowers, Stylist’s beauty editor
A wedding in Marbella this month, is happily doubling up as my first girls’ holiday in six years. And everything from lazy group dinners, sun-drenched pool parties and late club nights will be squeezed into the 48-hour agenda, so easy-to-use products that take me from day to night are high on my packing list. Like a shine spray that will add a touch of luxury to my air-dried hair and a make-up palette that does it all.

This Works In Transit No Traces
These soft cleansing pads are saturated in gentle rosewater but don’t count as a liquid in airport security terms so are perfect for travelling with hand luggage. Life-changing. (£17, thisworks.com)

Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Holidays are all about being low-maintenance. I let my hair air-dry then spritz this in to give it some body and shine. (£19, net-a-porter.com)

No beach bag is complete without an invisibobble. I whip my hair up with one of these genius bands, which leaves hair kink-free when I take it down for the evening. (£3.75 for three, lookfantastic.com)

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen
I hate the chalky residue some facial SPF can leave, but this is more like a gel that disappears as soon as it touches the skin. Plus, it’s extremely hydrating, so I can leave the moisturiser at home. (£36, spacenk.com)

Gillette Venus Snap Razor
I’m calling it. This is the cleverest beauty invention of the year. This mini version of Gillette’s no-nicks razor takes up hardly any room at all and comes with a nifty case so there are no cut fingers when rooting around in my wash bag to find it. (£4.99, boots.com)

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette
This all-in-one palette contains everything – eyeshadows, blusher, highlighter and bronzer, saving me vital space in my carry-on. (£49, charlottetilbury.com)



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