The Light Stuff

Going on holiday is a great time to clean out your make-up bag and enjoy having a natural, sun-kissed glow and sexy beach hair. But all too often that bulging toiletries bag finds it way into the suitcase. But streamlining your beauty haul means you'll have more room for sarongs, sandals and bikinis (and holiday purchases!).

Make your beauty routine more suitcase-friendly. You could opt for multi-use products or go for lightweight mini travel sets. Here's our pick of the best in jet-set beauty essentials.

:: Make-up
Condensing your make-up bag can be tricky if you're a cosmetics junkie. Palettes are great as they are compact and include a range of products. Look for a neutral or metallic colour palette which contains a selection of blushes, eyeshadows and lip colours. Then pack a concealer stick, tinted moisturiser and mascara.

Try: Stila Refillable 3 Pan Compact, $28; Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lip and Cheek To Go palette, $130.

:: Face
Forget about your usual lengthy bedtime routines. There's no time or space for lotions and potions when you're on holiday. All you need is your cleanser, toner and daily moisturiser to maintain skincare standards.

Try: Aveda Caribbean Rejuvination Holiday Gift Pack, $49.95; Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Travel Kit, $130.

:: Hair
Staying in a hotel? Leave the high-powered hairdryer at home and go with a travel dryer instead. If you pack the right hair products your hair won’t miss the salon-worthy dryer!

Try: Frederic Fekkai Travel Faves Colour Care, $68; ghd shining serum, $35; Remington Travel 1800 hair dryer, $22.95.

:: Body
Body products are often the bulkiest beauty essentials to lug around. Downsize to lightweight mini versions which won't break your back. Pick out a tropical or fruity scented shower gel to get you into the holiday spirit as you get ready to hit the beach.

Try: Crabtree & Evelyn Botanicals Traveller, $24.95; REN Limited Edition Mini Body Set, $45.

:: Fragrance
There's nothing worse than opening your suitcase to discover a spillage. Find mini samples of your favourite scent or, better still, switch to a roller-ball style that's smaller, more concentrated and will still waft provocatively from your pulse points in the heat.

Try: This Works Travel Set, $85; Aveda Love Absolute concentrate roller ball, $39.95.

:: Suncare
You already know that you should never skimp on the sunscreen but if you're jetting off and don't want to take vats of SPF, check out the mini options available for sun protection, like sachets, towelettes or miniatures.

Try: Banana Boat Baby Roll-On SPF 30+ Sunscreen (50ml), $7.75; Nivea Light Feel Lotion SPF3+, $10.99.

:: Multi purpose
Can't stand the thought of rummaging around hoards of mini creams, sprays and cosmetics? Stick to products that have multiple functions in your toiletries bag. Vaseline, for instance, can be used on dry lips, lashes and for removing make-up.

Try: Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera, $3.99; In Essence Aromatherapy Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil, $12.50.

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