Downsizing your luggage – beauty multi-taskers

By xgirl | July 29 2009 | 32 Comments

luggage full and ready to travel

The older I get, the more minimalist I get when traveling. Of course, this is partially forced on me by the increasingly restrictive baggage allowances on flights, not to mention security restrictions on what you can carry on board. But mostly I’m just tired of packing a huge bag and then using only a tiny amount of what I’ve brought. So if you too are looking for an easier way to travel light, without sacrificing your beauty routine, you might like to try some of these beauty multitaskers:

If you’re going to be spending time in the sea or pool on holidays, Aveda’s Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser will be a life-saver. Using a formula that protects hair colour while removing chlorine, salt and product build-up, this one bottle will keep both hair and body cleansed, hydrated and smelling delightful thanks to the aromatic blend of natural organic fragrances. Part of the same Sun Care range, use the Protective Hair Veil to protect your hair from the sun’s rays during the day and then to lightly condition, detangle and style your hair in the evening.

We’ve discussed it before on the blog – Johnson’s Baby top-to-toe wash is an ideal multi-tasker that combines shower gel, face wash and soap in one easy bottle. And try Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil, rich in plant oils and Vitamin E to nourish and repair face, body and hair.

Where makeup is concerned I like to bring just one “look” with me, and I know I’ll almost always pick up one or two new things at the airport as well. Think about combining as much as you can in a palette, or try one multi-use product such as Bobbi Brown’s Shimmerbrick. Use the darkest shades individually as eye shadow, with lighter shades to highlight the browbone and then use a big fluffy brush to blend together the shades and apply to the face and body as a highlighter and to enhance tanned skin.

So what will you be doing on your next trip? Do you like to minimize what you carry or are you an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink type of girl?

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32 Replies to "Downsizing your luggage – beauty multi-taskers"

  • Krista says:

    A brilliant tip I got from here – use conditioner for shaving legs.

  • BLUE_Eyes says:

    i WISH i could cut down on all the cosmetics I bring but i struggle so much everytime :( im definitely a kitchen sink and everything else kinda gal

  • April says:

    I went to the states this year and bought all my deodourants, suncreams, toothpaste there and its cheaper than getting them in boots or any other chemist or decanting into smaller bottles, I would highly recommend for anyone going stateside. Another plus was as a family travelling our suitcases where much lighter than any other year- in the past I would have been a multi use girl.

  • cristabelle says:

    Great tips girls :)
    I always save my samples that I get at the beauty counters for going away – whether for a weekend or proper holiday. I’ve loads of little clinique samples to bring with me on hols now – only two and a bit weeks to go YAY

  • MontyC says:

    Over the years I’ve learned to travel light (unlike my sisters who bring EVERYTHING with them *roll*) not just because of the restrictions now in place but also because I’ve no intention of lugging a massive bag behind me!

    I bring small travel size samples (or little bottles filled with product). Clarins are great for samples, as are REN so I hang on to whatever I get and then use them while I’m away.

    For my hair, I use Boots travel sized shampoos and conditioners. Ok, so they’re not what I’d normally use but it does just fine for the few times I need to use it.

    For make up, I would also use a palette or a shimmerbrick. Add in a travel sized pot of your tinted moisturiser/foundation, mascara and lipgloss and you’re done!

  • Kirstie says:

    I hate not having all my lovely big sized products when I travel! I like spreading them around a hotel bathroom and having everything I need close to hand.

  • LouLaBelles says:

    Great post! I love the sound of the Nuxe oil.

  • BLUE_Eyes says:

    me too kirstie!

  • dreamgirl says:

    I love the sound of the Nuxe oil too, especially with gold in it. Is it expensive?

  • xgirl says:

    Not 100% sure of the price, but should be around the €30 mark for the Nuxe oil, I think.

  • Hermione says:

    According to the stockists page, the Nuxe oil is available in House of Fraser and larger Boots. Does anybody know of any other stockists?

  • Kirstie says:

    HOF and Boots LV are the two I know about. Also Clerys rings a bell too. It’s not a big brand, anyway.

  • candi says:

    hermione, I’ve seen nuxe stocked in a few pharmacies, almost 100% certain the one in the main st. blackrock does it, beside supermacs. Not sure If thats any use to you though

  • JMAngel says:

    Oh, I’m desperate! I have to bring everything that I could possibly need for every beauty emergency that could possibly happen. I’ve got really sensitive, acne/rosacea prone skin so HAVE to use my normal regime which at last count is around 8 products/day and that’s just my face! Then my hair – currently use shampoo, reconstructor, conditioner, then leave in conditioner, serum, mousse on roots, jelly on midlengths, curl spray AND hairspray to finish. Then fake tan (cream and spray (for my back)), body lotion, nice smelly body lotion (to cover the smell of the tan), oil for my baby bump, instant wash off tan for days when I’m looking patchy, deodorant, perfume, talcum powder for non-wash hair days, bronzing powder and I haven’t even got to my make up bag yet! My hubby always jokes that my beauty bag is usually bigger than his whole luggage and he’s not far wrong. Coming over to Ireland on Friday but luckily on the car ferry so no weight restrictions thank god! Maybe once baby arrives, I’ll streamline my routine – yeah, we’ll see!

  • MontyC says:

    JMAngel – God almighty! It must weight a ton!

    Do you actually use all of the stuff you bring with you?

  • Hermione says:

    Thanks girls – I’ll check out Clery’s and the Blackrock pharmacy. Both are quite handy for me.

  • Glamazon says:

    I am not into travel sizes at all – definitely prefer to lug my full size products around and the thoughts of leaving them home alone is too frightful I wouldn’t enjoy the trip.

    I have a vanity case for cleansers, shampoos etc and then a big make-up bag for make-up (obviously) and a small benefit make-up case I have had for years and still looks like new for handbag essentials (whatever lippy/gloss/eye shadow I am wearing that day and brushes). Then I have a box at home for things I don’t use so much but might need one day.

  • Dewy says:

    Ah I wish I’d known that about the Aveda b4 I started getting my travel sizes, bah! and when I wanted Pantene travel size, it was nowhere to be seen .. then I spot it when too late. I got Body Shop ‘honey’ shampoo & conditioner, and its Pink Grapefruit shower gel, ‘course I had to get Lush Happy Hippy (fresh grapefruit juice). It pains me to have to put my on-board necessitys in a bloody plastic bag, but tg they all manage to fit in it. I don’t bring much make-up, only lip balm, Shiseido stick blusher, mascara, Lancome Juicy Tubes ‘chestnut reggae’ (divine choc taste!), Isadora white eyesh’ & eyesh’ brush, li’l Sure Girl spray deo, eye drops, Optrex eyelid spray … did I mention I’m trying to keep thing to a minimum, this all sounds a lot but not when it fits in the bag … MontyC I got me a luggage scale today, kinda looking forward to/putting off using it – in equal measure! and a TSA-approved lock .. have to fit in a sleeping bag, in a compact bag, as well

  • miffyonline says:

    We’re heading off for three weeks next week and my biggest pain is deciding what to bring, and how much of it. I saw a decent decanting set in Howards Storage World I might pick up – some of the bottles have pumps and others sprays, and there are 3 small tubs, perfect for decanting the face creams. Where we are going, fragrance is a no-no so we will all be using a boring old Elave shower gel, and I have a fragrance-free body lotion and deo.

    I use mineral makeup so I have made sample-sized bluses and shadows and a large foundation powder. Taking mascara that I can dump on the way back and the fewest multi-tasking MU brushes possible – yikes!

    Then there’s the nails – Holy God how will I survive on 2 or 3 colours for that length of time???

  • candi says:

    dewy, you can’t take any aerosols or sprays on board with you in the cabin. They will take them from you so I would get a roll-on deo instead.

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