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

Hand Luggage Essentials

If the prospect of ‘decanting’ leaves you cold, streamline your beauty regime with our edit of miniature, multi-tasking 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.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre{Skin}

The original multi-tasking miracle, Embryolisse’s {Lait-Crème Concentre} is 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. A facial mist seems like a luxury, but when you’re hot-and-bothered on the airport shuttle bus you’ll thank your forward-thinking for Caudalie’s {Beauty Elixir}, which smells like heaven and instantly refreshes and revitalises without ‘weight’.

Top up your sunscreen with Peter Thomas Roth’s convenient ‘twist up’ {Anti-Ageing Defense Sunscreen Stick} – a high factor, broad spectrum filter which glides on effortlessly with no greasy residue – then protect (and plump!) the delicate skin of your lips with Kaplan MD’s {Lip 20 Moisture Therapy} which is enriched with hyaluronic filling spheres and SPF 20 to help prevent signs of skin ageing.

Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint{Make up}

Jouer’s {Luminizing Moisture Tint} stars a cocktail of skin-nourishing ingredients and antioxidants, alongside SPF 20 and subtle, light-reflecting particles to leave skin looking young and dewy. The formula can be applied and blended with your fingertips (a boon when you’re abroad) and is sufficiently sheer to let freckles show through.

NudeStix Magnetic Eye PencilWhen it comes to colour, {NudeStix} multi-purpose pencils are the bomb dot com. With a spectrum of crayons to cover every base – from {Concealing} and {Sculpting} to subtly glow-bestowing, just choose one or two for {Eyes}, {Lips} and {Complexion}, and recreate myriad looks on your travels. For evenings, play up eyes or lips – a quick slick of {Mascara} with a bold red lip looks fabulous with slightly sunkissed skin – Julie Hewett’s {Lipstick Noir} comes in a spectrum of reds to suit all skin tones

The Wet Brush Pastel Collection{Hair}

Never leave home without your {Wet Brush} – the limited edition pastel shades are wonderfully summery, and (we think) one of the best things to happen to hair in a long while. With flexible bristles to minimise breakage, these brilliant brushes glide through wet or dry locks without snagging or stretching your delicate strands (and they come in {Mini} handbag sizes is you’ve over-packed the kaftans).

Leonor Greyl Huile de Leonor GreylLiving Proof’s range of shampoos and conditioners come in cute-as-paint, portable (2oz) bottles – and can be purchased individually, or as part of a discovery kit; choose from {Full}, {No Frizz} or {Restore} depending on your hair’s requirements. And if you’re sun-seeking, Leonor Greyl’s {L’Huile de Leonor Greyl} is a restorative pre-shampoo treatment that doubles as a protective veil when smoothed (sparingly!) through dry lengths (and it’s solid below 25ºC)

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…