How to create a capsule beauty bag for your hand luggage

Packing can be pretty tricky – and stressful – especially if you’re short on space. Narrowing down a capsule wardrobe is one thing, but let’s be real; the hardest part is deciding which of your beauty essentials are actually essential and then ensuring they're the right size to get through security in your carry-on. Oh the joys of having to squeeze your fave facial cleanser into one of those tiny 100ml plastic bottles...

We’re ditching the fiddly disposable bottles on our next holiday, because there’s an array of travel-sized beauty buys readily available. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a tropical escape, to make sure we look our best whilst travelling we’ve picked out 12 beauty saviours that are worth the space, and can be tossed straight into the carry on. Bon voyage!

Little M•A•C Skin care kit, £36

Avoid packing a liquid make-up remover and a facial wash and opt for MAC’s airport-friendly skincare kit instead. The bundle includes mini wipes that are rich in vitamin E for removing makeup whilst nourishing skin,  an aqua-spritz infused with green tea, chamomile and cucumber to add radiance plus a mini strobe cream for a quick fix glow.

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BeautyPro black diamond peel-off mask, £4.95

Get rid of all the dirt and grime that skin picks up from travelling with BeautyPro’s black diamond peel-off mask. Available at lookfantastic, the formula includes activated charcoal which detoxifies, purifies and brightens skin by drawing out impurities. Simply apply to skin, leave on for 20 minutes and peel off for a revitalised complexion.

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Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum, £29

Moisture literally gets sucked out of skin when in-flight so keeping a bottle of serum on hand is the quickest way to revive a dehydrated complexion. Enriched with soothing grape water, hyaluronic acid and packed with antioxidants, it leaves the face looking radiant and dewy. Get yours without leaving the house fromlookfantastic.

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Anti frizz hair sheets, £20

Anyone who has ever sat in an airplane seat for hours knows the stubborn static-aftermath effect it has on hair. Keep disobedient tresses and flyaways at bay with OUAI’s anti-frizz hair sheets. Made from hemp paper and infused with coconut oil and shea butter it smooths hair leaving it shinier and sleeker. *Sticks two sachets in pocket*

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Weleda Skin Food, £12.50

Just because we’re packing lighter doesn’t mean we’re compromising on our skincare regime. Available at lookfantastic, Weleda Skin Food is perfect for skin that needs a little extra TLC. Racking up multiple awards and a celebrity following (Victoria Beckham and Rihanna to name but a few) the uber-rich cream is made with organic sunflower seed oil, extracts of wild pansy and chamomile - trust us, a little goes a long way. The best bit? It be used anywhere.

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This Works Choose Sleep, £8.50

It can be challenging to fall asleep sat upright for hours, and holidays are of course more enjoyable when you’ve had 40 winks. This Work’s two travel-friendly solutions set includes Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which has a sleep-inducing formula made from natural lavender oils, vetiver and wild chamomile. The Stress Check Breathe In boasts a therapeutic blend of eucalyptus, lavender and frankincense essential oils to help de-stress you whilst travelling.

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Benefit galifornia mini blush, £12.50

Liven up cheeks by giving them an enviable glow using Benefit’s Galifornia Blush. The golden-pink,  shimmery powder blush compliments almost all skin tones, is super blendable and gives a natural sun-kissed look. Accompanied with brush and mirror, it even fits in the palm of your hand!

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Mario Badescu facial spray, £7

A cult favourite amongst beauty bloggers and a staple in Kylie Jenner’s skincare regime, Mario Badescu's facial spray is the perfect pick-me-up for dull skin. Containing rosewater, aloe and herbs it’s an instant burst of refreshment for any jetsetter. It also makes for a great poolside cool down.

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Eyeko black magic mascara, £10

Never underestimate the eye-opening (literally) power of mascara. Enriched with a blend of keratin and shea butter to condition lashes, the waterproof formula is encased in a squeezy tube to ensure it doesn’t dry out. No panda eyes here.

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NARS creamy concealer, £24

Having earned a place in the makeup bags of aficionados everywhere and available in 22 shades, this long wearing concealer is an 8-hour sleep in a tube. It diminishes fine lines, corrects imperfections and fights signs of fatigue with the use of light diffusing technology.

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Clinique two-in-one sweet pots, £16

A gentle sugar scrub in an adorable macaroon shaped package, this two-in-one formula exfoliates lips to smoothen and moisturise, while giving them a subtle tint. Available in seven shades, it’s infused with jojoba seed oil, shea butter and aloe leaf extract, leaving you with a hydrated and nourished pout.


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M•A•C Velvet Teddy, £17.50

Need a lipstick that can last from the time you check-in through security all the way up to the beach front? M•A•C’s most sought out lipstick, Kylie Jenner’s go-to shade and a definite travel hero, Velvet Teddy flatters almost any skin tone with its matte finish and high colour payoff.

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