Intelligent Beauty

Meet the city essentials your carry-on’s craving

Wherever you’re destined, Cult Beauty’s the destination for all of your beauty essentials this summer. The number one stop on your travel itinerary, browse our selection of flight-friendly skin care, self-tanners, hair heroes and bestselling make up before you embark on your forthcoming get-away. So, whether you’re planning a jaunt to New York or a last-minute spree in Paree, look sex(y) in the city with these small but mighty must-haves, guaranteed to keep you chic despite the heat…

There’s no need to think about skin care (or waste time decanting your lotions and potions) with Drunk Elephant’s stellar edit of travel-sized heroes. From cleanser to serum, {The Littles 3.0} contains (and displays) your full day and night rituals – seven essentials jam-packed with the finest (clean-clinical!) formulas loved for their brightening, smoothing, refining and youth-boosting benefits. Plus, it helps that these pocket-sized products are so photogenic (“Hello, #shelfie”)!

Counteract signs of an eight-hour flight with the brilliant, aptly-named {Jet Lag Mask} – a cooling, de-puffing and nourishing cocktail of ceramides, vitamins and free radical-fighting antioxidants that helps to shield your face from urban stress while hiding signs of early starts (or too-late nights). Great when you’ve had one-too-many *hic*, this miracle treatment belies misadventures so you can enjoy your umpteenth glass of rosé… (it’s in the running for a {Haul of Fame} award)!

There’s hand sanitiser… then there’s Aesop. Laced with the heavenly scent of the brand’s stunning Resurrection range, this silky (non-sticky) {Rinse-Free Hand Wash} is unspeakably chic and a handbag essential when dealing with tubes, trams or subways. Non-drying and jam-packed with naturally anti-bacterial extracts, this gel gently cleanses while lifting your spirits with fresh notes of mandarin, cedar and rosemary. Bliss.

Deflect the aggressors and shield your ‘face space’ with a mist that protects from pollution. Allies of Skin’s {Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist} will instantly cool and refresh thanks to cell-quenching hyaluronic acid, while rose water gives skin a ‘zing’ and the cocktail of cucumber, juniper, antibacterial silver, blemish-battling probiotics and antioxidant actives (phewf!) works to keep your complexion content and protected.

Cut the shine (not the glow) with a translucent powder that ‘fixes’ your make up come rain, sweat and sight-seeing. Laura Mercier’s {Beauty on the Fly Translucent Setting Powder Glow} absorbs excess oils without caking, migrating or leaving your face looking matte – this is all about stopping the sheen while retaining your skin’s luminosity; perfect for holiday snaps (with no filter).

The fragrance that caused a scent-sation, {Molecule 01} comes in a travel-sized (ultra-luxe) case for convenient transport with no risk of spillage. Created to work with your pheremones, this instantly ups your allure so get set to turn heads as you stroll through piazzas or march down 5th Avenue, leaving a trail of pedestrians weak at the knees… Prepare for a deluge of compliments (and demands to know which scent you’re wearing) – just feign incomprehension to protect your precious secret.

For hair that looks equally gorgeous away as at home, make sure you’re armed with Briogeo’s brilliant {Don’t Despair, Repair! Repair + Strengthen Travel Kit} – a trio of healing, tress-taming and smoothing essentials to keep your strands sleek and in tip-top condition in transit. Uniting shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in mask, this edit of heroes will whizz through security and, guarantee that your mane has a post-salon ‘swish’ when you touch-down in Tel Aviv.


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…