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.

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