Tips for light packing: Beauty essentials

 Being able to pack light is a skill I have mastered over time through experiences of packing too much! Personally, the process of planning  and packing are my favourite parts of the whole trip ordeal. Whether I'm filling a suitcase for a two week holiday or stuffing a backpack for a city getaway weekend; I enjoy making lists and thinking about how I can take everything I need but not be weighed down on my travels. This past long weekend, I went to Toronto for a few days & so I thought it would be fun & helpful to share how I pack for a short trip. On trips like this, I like to bring some makeup, toiletries and hair products along - but I don't want to lug a heavy bag around with me. We did a lot of walking and jumping on public transport so a bulky suitcase was just going too far.

If I don't have a personal assistant to carry all my bags then I'm only going to take what's necessary. For this blog post I'm going to show you how I manage to slim down my makeup and beauty bag, taking only the essentials for a overnight or short trip. And of course there are some tips and tricks along the way to make things easier...
Tip #1 Wrap Hair Ties to a Bottle and Hair Grips to a Credit Card

It saves space when you're packing and you're able to keep track of your little hair items instead of them all rolling around at the bottom of a bag. I push my hair pins on to wallet size gift card and wrap some twistband hair ties around a mini bottle of dry shampoo.You could also tie them on to the handle of a hair brush.

Tip #2 Decant Products / Chop Tubes in Half
If you're only going away for a few days you don't need a full bottle or foundation or a 200ml tube of your favourite moisturiser. Instead you should be squeezing the products out into little containers and only taking what you'll use. Empty out and clean old pots of lip balm and use these to hold liquid foundation or eye cream. When a tube gets low, cut it in half with scissors to scoop out remaining product. Wash out and re-use by pushing the top back over the base. It's not water tight but will still hold moisturiser or thick creams.

Tip #3 Take Sample Sizes and Miniatures 
Sample sized or mini products are also brilliant. Save hotel minis or freebies from magazines. Perfume atomizers are fantastic for carrying around your favourite fragrances, but I like to carry rollers in my travel kit. At the moment I love Benefit's Roller Lash mascara and the sample size is lasting ages!
Tip #4 Push Makeup Wipes into Plastic Capsules 

Stuff makeup wipes into plastic capsules (like you'd find in Kinder eggs or those that disposable gloves come in) one capsule can hold two or three makeup wipes and they keep them from drying out. Plus it's a fantastic excuse to go out and buy Kinder eggs.
Tip #5 Take Multi-Purpose Products 

Such as a small eye palette with the right matte shade for your brows. I use a couple of the matte brown shades in the Urban Decay Naked palette for filling in my brows. How about a lip and cheek stain? A highlight and bronzer duo compact. Double ended eyeliner. A cream for face, eyes and lips, day or night.

Tip #6 Don't Double Up on Products

I have two highlighters that I have been using loads recently. I really want to take both, but that's just plain silly. The cream highlighter wins due to its teeny packaging. Do this with all your beauty products to save space. No one needs two different concealers for a short trip.

Tip #7 Find the Right Bag

You could opt for one giant makeup bag but I prefer to split my essentials up into smaller compact bags. All my hair items (including brush, bands and grips) in one bag, and a 'bathroom bag' for toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo. This Ted Baker makeup case (sold as a jewellery case but can be used for a variety of things) features Ted Baker’s signature cascading floral print and its patent finish makes it easy to keep clean!

What are some of your tips for smart packing? I'm always curious to know how others pack! 

1 comment

  1. I never thought about putting hair ties around a bottle. That saves on space and every extra bit of space is needed when traveling. Great tips!