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Staycation Beauty: Everything you need for a weekend get-away

Staycation Beauty: Everything you need for a weekend get-away
Holly James
Beauty Writer2 years ago
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Summer is officially here, meaning more of us are putting on that out of office and packing our bags for a much needed getaway. Whether you're jetting off to somewhere sunny or exploring closer to home on a staycation break, we've put together your ultimate beauty packing list that will keep your skin glowing and hair glossy no matter where you are.


Skincare staples

Clinique Mini Take the Day off Cleansing Balm

Clinique's bestselling cleansing balm but in an adorable, travel-friendly 30ml pot, this is a must-have for your vacation beauty bag. The velvety cleanser melts onto the skin, dissolving makeup, dirt and oil to leave your complexion feeling clean and refreshed. Suitable for all skin types, the nourishing blend helps to boost moisture levels, rather than strip them, making it perfect for use after a day in the sun.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Toner

Take a touch of luxury with you to treat the skin whilst on holiday with this Rose Deep Hydration Toner from Fresh. Helping to remove any leftover impurities after cleansing, the soothing mix of rose fruit extracts, rose water and rose oil replenish and refine the complexion to leave it feeling balanced and looking smoother.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ SPF30 with Niacinamide

Keep your complexion clear and blemish-free whilst maintaining healthy moisture levels with this non-sticky, mattifying formula from La Roche-Posay. Enriched with SPF30 to shield the skin from damaging UV rays, as well as niacinamide and salicylic acid, the moisturiser helps to combat unwanted shine and prevent breakouts, ideal for the warmer months.

SVR Sensifine AR Micellar Water

A true travel essential, everyone needs a trusty micellar water on hand for quick and easy makeup removal on those late holiday nights. Developed for even the most sensitive skin types, this Sensifine AR Eau Micellaire Cleanser by SVR Laboratories purifies the skin whilst helping to reduce redness and irritation. Effective in removing even waterproof makeup, the gentle formula contains nourishing agents as well as clarifying niacinamide to leave the complexion feeling comfortable and hydrated.

Avène Very High Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ for Dry Sensitive Skin

No matter where you are, what the weather or the time of the year SPF should be on your packing list. Not only preventing harmful UV damage from the sun, this Very High Protection Sun Cream by Avène contains factor 50 SPF that also guards against blue light and helps to slow the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Non-sticky and quick-absorbing, the water-resistant formula can withstand sweat, sea and sand, keeping your skin hydrated and protected for up to eight hours.


Makeup bag must-haves

benefit Porefessional: Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel Mini

Keep your complexion in place and free from unwanted oily shine with the benefit Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel Mini. The lightweight formula helps to blur the appearance of pores and imperfections whilst leaving a matte finish, perfect for adding makeup to.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Light Revealer

Perfect for hot weather, this lightweight, sheer formula adds a hint of radiance and luminosity to the skin for a sun-kissed, summer glow. Available in 14 shades, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Light Revealer is infused with mineral pigments and French algae that nourish the skin whilst giving it a more even appearance with a barely-there feel.

NARS Mini Radiant Creamy Concealer

This cult-favourite concealer from NARS will be your new go-to for touch ups on the go. The creamy, long-lasting formula comes in 30 different shades and blends into the skin effortlessly to cover imperfections, highlight, contour and colour correct as needed. Containing nourishing, skin-loving ingredients, the hydrating formula helps to boost skin health whilst enhancing the complexion.

NARS Cosmetics Blush

Ace the summer blush trend with the bestselling, award-winning NARS Cosmetics Blush. The highly-pigmented pressed powder is available in either a matte or shimmering finish and effortlessly sweeps over the skin, leaving it with a luscious, flushed pinch of colour.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze

Shape, lift and lock your brows into place with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze. Effective as either a brow primer or suitable for wearing alone, the wax formula allows you to achieve a laminated look without the commitment, taming the most unruly of brows without feeling stiff or sticky.

Mini MACStack Mascara

Ran out of time to book your false lashes before you go away? Mimic the appearance of false lashes with this buildable volume mascara from M.A.C. The 'stackable' black pigment creates unmatched length without ever looking clumped or smudging, covering each lash in Fibre Melt Technology that nourishes the hairs and gives up to 24 hours wear.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Travel Size

Good news, you can take your favourite setting spray with you on your travels. Available in a mini 30ml bottle, the bestselling Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray holds your makeup in place for up to 16 hours, protecting it against humidity, smudging, melting and fading.

Holiday haircare

Olaplex Travel Bundle No.4 and No.5

Give your tresses the 5-star treatment with the No.4 Shampoo and No.5 Conditioner with this travel-friendly set by Olaplex. Boasting the brand's patented bond-building technology, the ultra-hydrating formulas work in harmony to repair broken strands, replenish moisture and boost shine for glossier, healthier and more manageable locks.

Color Wow Travel One Minute Transformation

Fight unwanted frizz even in the most humid conditions with this fast-acting One Minute Transformation cream by Color WOW. Designed to smooth and moisturise dry strands, the styling solution keeps hair hydrated and enhances shine and softness for a salon-quality finish every time.

WetBrush Mini Detangler Geos Brush

Detangle even the most windswept manes with this Detangler Brush by WetBrush. Made in a mini, travel-friendly size, the brush is beach bag ready, helping to free knotted locks without pulling or snagging, helping to prevent breakage.

Body essentials

La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream

A bestseller in the spf category, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ covers the skin in a lightweight, water-resistant and high-protection veil that shields against UVA, UVB and ultra-long UVA rays. Designed to be suitable for sensitive skin types, the formula is the ultimate all-round summer must-have and can be worn on both the face and body.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise no matter where you are with this deliciously-scented body cream by Sol de Janeiro. The award-winning Bum Bum Cream helps to smooth the skin's texture using a nourishing cocktail of cupuaçu butter, açaí oil, and coconut oil as well as guaraná extract, five times as rich in caffeine as coffee, boosting circulation for a more radiant finish. Scented with notes of pistachio, almond, jasmine petals, vanilla and salted caramel, the cream leaves your skin with a sumptuous and sweet smell that lasts all day.

Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.