Hot Weather Travel Packing: Body, Skin and Hair Bits and Bobs!

By | June 22 2011 | 20 Comments

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Why how timely, I thought, as I clocked that Lynnie had written a post all about travel beauty for today when I struggled home from the airport at midnight last night. Because I had a complimentary post created inside my head all about what I just packed for a few hot days on the Algarve to follow and er …

I haven’t had time to write anything else so yizzers had better be in a trip-tastic mood this AM. Doubly so, because as you read this I’m actually on a train to Cork on a mission of great Claude importance.

Yep, you read that right.

No, no more deets on that for now – but it’ll be good!

So, lets take a recce at what I took away for skin, hair and body. It was hot, I’d knew I’d have to bare some flesh (aaiiee) and I hate fake tan but needed some quick camo as well as shampoo, scent, and the other bits and bobs you’ve got to pack for a hot weather jaunt. I do try do make sure that some of the stuff I take can be used for more than one purpose too, so check the explanations below for more on that.

Above is shelf one, and the back row from left to right and then moving forward is:

  • Uriage Eau Thermale D’Uriage. This is a water spray and can be used to cool down a sweaty post-sunbathing face but I also use it, as per xgirl’s instructions, post-cleanse, before I apply my night oil. The oil ‘sucks’ into the pores as the water dries, and absorbs better
  • I’ve used this Clarins 50+ Spray Solaire before and really like it. Suncare needs to be occlusive to stay on your skin which is why it can be unpleasantly tacky, but this is a nice product to use. It smells great, blends and sinks in well and protects excellently, plus, it can be used on the face. It, along with the other two SPFs I brought will be getting a post of their own shortly with more in-depth review-style shenanigans and pricing etc
  • Next up is one we looked at last week – this is NeoStrata Skin Active Cellular Restoration and it’s a first-step skincare product I use before moisturiser. Actually, it was so warm I didn’t use it when I was away as it would have just melted right back off!
  • Rockstar Tan’s Fame is a new skin finishing product that’s captured the trend perfectly. This is just a sample size but you can get a big size of it as well. It was one of three instant-colour tanning products I took to take the bare look off white legs (my legs never, ever take a tan for some reason) and it was absolutely the best. Again, there’s a post coming on the three and how they compare. This is the only sort of fake tan product I like – schlap it on, there’s an instant result, no stink and you can wash it off when you want. Proper order
  • Beside it is a new-to-me moisturiser I’ve been using for a week or so. It’s by Institut Esthederm and it’s called Time Technology Creme. Nice scent, nice absorption but this is a little thin so I’m not sure yet if it’s going to be enough for my skin, which normally likes butter-type textures. Time (geddit?) will tell
  • Beside that is a small L’Occitane shower gel in Delicious Almond. I have three of these and they’re 75ml each – I always take them with me when  I travel as opposed to a big bottle
  • Next up is Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer  and there are two reasons for its inclusion. One, the obvious, it helps keep makeup in place for longer, something that’s a bigger issue in the heat. But number two, unless you’re very slim and possessed of thighs that don’t meet in the middle (deep breath –  here goes) you may have experienced a little chafing in hot weather. This stops that happening. And this is also the reason why you can use Lanacane anti-chafing gel as a facial primer
  • Benefit Cha Cha Tint
  • Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Didn’t think there was much point in me elaborating on the last two!

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  • I love Moroccanoil shampoo and conditioner and take the minis away with me when I travel. Bonus? I’ll shave my legs with the conditioner too
  • L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel Tinted and Shimmering Instant Result was the second of the three instant tanners I tried. This was for fair skin – I think I’d have fared better with a darker version but again, full review and comparison to come
  • Kerastase Huile Celeste is one of the brand’s lovely summer products and is a leave-in oil/shimmer that’s designed to protect sun-exposed hair. I actually wore a big floppy hat when out in the sun so didn’t get a chance to trial this one. Ah well!
  • Hiding is YSL’s newest fragrance Saharienne. Loving this. It’s citrussy, summery and pretty perfect for hot weather. Nicely old-fashioned packaging too
  • Model Co’s One Night Stand was the third of the instant skin-finishing tanners I packed. It differed from the others in that it’s a mousse and I felt I really needed a mitt for this – which of course I had neglected to pack. Gah
  • In front we have BioEffect EGF Serum. I had put this away for winter time but because it is so wee, thought it’d be good to pack for the few days away. What can I say? Still lovin’ all over its expensive ass
  • Clarins UV Plus HP SPF40 did not find favour with Lynnie, but me, with a drier skintype, gets along great with it. I am happy to slap this all over my mush, and it causes me no problems what so ever. No spots or irritation, just great protection and no ghostly-looking visage
  • Garnier’s Pure Active Spot Roll on is the newly bikini-waxed/shaved gals best friend. We’ve taken a look at its multifunctional ways before and because it contains salicylic acid, it’ll zap ingrown hairs as well as it’ll tamp down zitty eruptions. A really good product to have with you on holidays
  • Aveda Pure Abundance Potion is another two-for-one jobbie. it soaks up grease so you can go an extra day without a hairwash, and it adds volume and texture to hair too, so you can style freshly-washed gruaig right away
  • Lastly, Egyptian Magic. We were pretty scandalised at the price of this stuff the other week but I reckoned it might be a good hot weather holiday bet. Soothing ingredients would calm red skin and it’d also act as a body moisturiser, was my rationale for taking it. Yep, it does both jobs very nicely (I got very pink shoulders one day and this soothed them very well), plus it adds a gloss to legs and arms that’s nice at night

So, that’s my lot. I was only abroad for four days and I’m no hot weather veteran – I tend to go on city-based breaks mostly. So I know you lot will have some stellar product recommendations for beach and resort-based holidays – leave ‘em in the comments and lets talk fortnight in the sun beauty.

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20 Replies to "Hot Weather Travel Packing: Body, Skin and Hair Bits and Bobs!"

  • ams says:

    Im going on my holliers in two weeks and am currently making lists of the products I need – its the most stressful thing – like what the frick am I gonna do with my hair???!

    Im aghast at you using the moroccan oil conditioner on your legs!!!!!!!!!

  • LuLuBabe says:

    Love posts like these! I’d never go anywhere without aloe vera gel of some description. Nothing like it to fox the sunburn that inevitably happens, even with copious amounts of SPF!

  • BerG says:

    OMG, you have a rendezvous with Claude? What a nice distraction on your first day back from holls.

    Don’t wear foundation on holiday as it tends to slide down my face. I do use a bit of bronzer, this has two uses it evens out skin and helps keep the sheen at bay. Also, love a little bit of Nars, Orgasm multiple on cheeks and lips. Thats usually it for me.

  • BerG says:

    Forgot to mention i bring a mini Avene thermal water spray (4 euro) on the flight with me. Its great to sooth skin when you get a bit hot and bothered.
    The Nuxe, shimmer oil is also brought on holiday and gets used for heading out at night.

  • LaineyO says:

    Yeah, someone else uses lanacane as a primer, thought I was alone here, its amazing at keeping your face on or just toning down the shine.

  • Adeline says:

    Do you have any tips on how to use the Aveda potion? I have it as well, but whenever I use it (mainly to get volume, never figured out teasing my hair) I end up with cardboard like, sticky hair.

    When I went to Austin in March, my MUST TAKE WITH ME list had Nars’ Orgasm (it looks especially good if I’ve been in the sun), Nars’ Copacabana highlighter and good body lotion; I like the exfoliating Palmers one as it sinks in quickly and helps with ingrown hairs if I’ve to show my legs to the world..

  • This has come at exactly the right time as I am also compiling my list o’ products to bring on my holliers with me too. I am totes stealing the primer idea cos that’s why I haaaaate wearing dresses and didnt want to spend a huge amount on a dress for the Loreal yokey last week heh

  • Hellsbells says:

    Anyone got any good anti-shine primers or something of the sort? – don’t generally wear foundation in hot countries, but couldn’t believe the oil slick look I had going in pics after last hols, and i’d have normal/combination skin most of the time.

  • LuLuBabe says:

    OMG, I just saw this:

    “unless you’re very slim and possessed of thighs that don’t meet in the middle (deep breath – here goes) you may have experienced a little chafing in hot weather. This stops that happening. And this is also the reason why you can use Lanacane anti-chafing gel as a facial primer”

    What a find – I have to try this out. No 1 reason why I shy away from dresses/skirts if I know I’ve to do a lot of walking in hot weather. Ugh.

  • Aisling says:

    Thermal water sprays are totally brilliant in hot weather. Yesterday I was so boiling in the Canaries (SO hot ugh) the little bottle of Vichy water spritz I had in the fridge literally saved my life. Not being dramatic (!) but I even sprayed it on my feet, it was so cooling

    I also always take La Roche Posay Anthelios 50+ on holiday, it’s the best

    Also great when it’s hot and humid is something like a leave in conditioner mixed with a little bit of hair gel to cut down on the frizz

  • Aisling says:

    Helsbels – anything with silicone in the formulation should (in theory) cut down on shine, which is the main ingredient in primers – though when it’s really hot I think it all tends to slide off anyway no matter what you do!

  • Nanna K says:

    Dont pack away the Bioeffect bottle for the summer. Have you tried Bioeffect EGF as a aftersun product? It is AMAZING!

  • Orla says:

    I’ve started using Mineral Foundation from Avon as it’s really cheap and lasts much better than the Bare Minerals foundation that’s in Brown Thomas. It’s amazing in the hot weather, esp if I slap on some of my Avon primer first :) has got to be my no1 on holliers as I’m very red faced in the heat :)

    Moving to Oz in a month or two so I’m trying to compile a list of stuff that I want to bring with me and stuff that I can clear out of my makeup bag… ok well make up room haha :)

  • Lisa says:

    Big fan of the La Roche Posay tinted SPF50 stuff for the holliers.

    Other things I like: Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse is lovely as general body oil/after sun/sheenifier, Becca Beach Tint for cheeks, mineral water spray, tinted lip balms with SPF.

    Oh, and Diptyque do little solid versions of some of their perfumes, which are v nice to have on hols.

  • Lisa says:

    Also it is only a matter of time before I crack and buy more of that Bioeffect stuff…

  • rednailz says:

    I am only back from the hols, I always find that once I have packed my cosmetics I am nearly done, just a few clothes, bikinis and large sunhats after that!
    I do the shave with conditioner too and I brought the mini pantene bottles from the meetup on feb (thanks!). Brought my lancome genefique sunblock, nuxe huile prodigeuse, st moritz and mitt, my regular elemis moisturiser and eye cream, panoxyl for spots and sudocrem for sunburn and ingrown bikini, must try the garnier roll. After that nail-polish, footfile, foundation, eyeshadow and posietint, from the glamour mag and perfume samples. Last yr I made a list of all this stuff so it didn’t take me too long to pack it this yr, not the usual trauma :-)

  • minkey says:

    I need a recommendation for a protectant for my just newly coloured hair!! I suppose a hat would be the best thing?

  • VanillaLime says:

    Oh I am so dying to go on holidays after reading these posts!! Still don’t know if will be able to but hoping to get a week away somewhere – must take note of all the tips!
    My top tip for packing is to have a list in an excel file and print it out and tick off everytime I go away!! Otherwise I forget things! Minis from skincare gifts with purchase are really handy also.

  • red razors says:

    omg about the primer-chafing thighs revelation. must try this out immediately.
    i have the dermalogica aftersun and it actually says in the product notes somewhere that it can be used to calm down shaving rash or after plucking your eyebrows.

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