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Mini-breaking? You Need these Hand Luggage Must-haves

Last Updated: 26/05/2023


If the prospect of ‘decanting’ leaves you cold, streamline your beauty regime with our edit of miniature miracles. We’ve compiled a pared-back packing tick list, with all the things you could need for a three day soujourn-a in Roma (or weekend stop-over in Scarborough) – and they won’t exceed your hand luggage allowance. 


The original multi-tasking miracle, Embryolisse‘s Lait-Crème Concentre is a cleanser, primer, moisturiser and hydrating mask in one chic tube. Just massage over skin to melt your make up, apply to clean skin as a priming, moisturising base or slather over face mid-flight to ward against the drying cabin atmosphere.  

Give your skin the ultimate glossy, glassy boost of hydration (sans mica, glitter or pearls) with the cult classic Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops. Delivering vitamins straight to your complexion, this skin care staple works under or over make up, for a just stepped out of a facial-glow.  

Finish your skin prep with an SPF we guarantee you won’t forget.  Cue: Glowscreen. Available in a perfect and practical cabin bag approved 15ml size, this glow-giving SPF-come-primer floods the skin with hydration. Plus, with its unique blend of hyaluronic acid and B5, it leaves skin looking supple, plump and dewy. 


Looking for a dewy, natural tint that brightens and illuminates your skin without hiding those cute freckles? Say hello to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Mini. Boasting the perfect blend of skin care and make up, this formula improves your complexion over time with a hydrating combination of macadamia and kukui seed oils. 

Keeping to the theme of natural looking make up is the original multipurpose product — Benefit’s Benetint Lip and Cheek Stain. Made up of a sheer liquid formula, this tint glides seamlessly over your skin, giving an instant wash of colour. Fabulous on faces and luscious on lips, it can be applied with the brush-tipped lid for an ultra-natural, rosy finish. Plus, its delicate floral scent hints to summer too!  

And finally, did you forget to book your appointment with the lash tech before jetting off? Fear not. Hourglass’ Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara is here to save your getaway. Ultra-defining, this innovative formula is crafted using film-forming technology that coats each lash in featherweight fibres, for a long-lasting, false lash finish.  


Whether your jet setting across the globe or traveling cross country, you can’t go anywhere, and we mean anywhere without levelling up your locks. 

Smooth, set and style your strands with ghd’s The Mini All-Rounder Paddle Hair Brush. Just like your hair tools at home (just shrunken down to smaller proportions), this handbag hero tames your mane when on the move. Featuring a paddle silhouette and a non-slip handle it’s easily carried around and is ready to save your (hair) day. Don’t worry you can thank us later…  

Proving that traveling doesn’t need to disrupt your daily tresses treatment, Briogeo dreams up a plethora of mini hair care kits that can follow you wherever you may go (weekend away in the Cotswalds or even that girl’s trip to Ibiza). While they may be mini in size, they ensure maximum results. Choose from the smooth +shine or strengthen + repair sets and never fear about holiday hair stress again. 

Now just before you click those heels and walk out your hotel door, don’t forget to finish off with a spritz of Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume.  Not only does is strengthen strands but it leaves a seductive scent behind as you swish your way through Rome (read: Scarborough…)   


Rina Teslica

Rina Teslica

Junior SEO Copywriter

Rina is Cult Beauty’s Junior SEO Copywriter and has always had a passion for beauty and skin care (rich moisturisers are her obsession). What started as a love for The Body Shop and their famed Born Lippy lip balms (in ‘Watermelon’ of course!), she is now more interested in finding products with proven effectiveness instead of broken promises. A loud and proud VIEVE fan, Rina owns nearly every item of the range and recommends the brand to anyone who will listen... When she’s not intently reading ingredient lists, you can find her either immersed in multiple true crime podcasts or co-hosting her own parenting one, with an *extra* hot cappuccino in hand.

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