Holiday Beauty Prep: How to Get the Most Out of Your Liquid Allowance

Holiday Beauty Prep: How to Get the Most Out of Your Liquid Allowance

We’re in vacation mode. Here’s our pick of the best beauty products worth making room for in your travel bag – including the limited edition makeup star of the summer…

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Holiday Beauty Prep: How to Get the Most Out of Your Liquid Allowance

1. What do you need to pick up at the airport?

Packing can be a hassle. We’re only carrying hand luggage – have you seen the queues for checked bags? – so that little plastic bag has to work pretty hard. It’s handy to know that you can save at least 15 per cent (compared to the high street) on beauty products at Dublin and Cork Airport Duty Free, from skincare to perfume. And you don’t have to carry it all. If you’re travelling light, you can buy online and collect from the airport before or after your trip (with the Click & Collect service), or you can shop in person and collect your purchases when you get back from your trip.

This is what we pick up:

Andrew Fitzsimons Virgin Repair Serum€15.20 (recommended retail price €17.95). We definitely need to bring some moisture rescue products for our dry holiday hair.

Stories Perfumes Hand & Body Wash€23 (recommended retail price €27). We love Stories perfumes and this cute tube is available in the scents Nº01 and 02.

Diptyque Biscuit candle€52 (recommended retail price €60). A lovely scent to take with you, or to come home with, with tasty notes of cinnamon and patchouli. Also an elegant gift for your host.

CK One eau de toilette€40 (RRP €80). This 90s classic is now surprisingly affordable, if you look in the right places. When it launched in 1994, it was THE designer scent, with its modern, gender-neutral approach and a cool freshness that made it so easy to wear. It’s simply perfect for summer. Think airy, sheer notes of green tea, bergamot, lemon, nutmeg, rose and violet with a base of musk and amber. Buy it before you fly and pick it up on your way back through the airport. At €40 for 200ml, this is a steal – we’ve seen it on the high street for twice that amount – and it’ll see you through the summer in understated 90s style.

2. The summer makeup item we can’t live without

If there’s one new makeup line you need to buy before you travel this summer, this is it. Chanel’s limited edition summer collection features some fantastic bright shades Ombre and contour style (€38), thick eyeliner crayons (with built-in sharpener) that can be used both to line your eyes and on your lids as an eyeshadow, adding a dash of brilliant colour. There are seven shades to experiment with, depending on your eye colour – for example, the icy blue or vibrant neon green work fantastically on dark eyes (and there’s a metallic golden green polish, Reveuse, to match). My pick is the violet Neon Dahlia, a gorgeous lilac that looks particularly fantastic paired with the new limited edition Black Allure Mascara (€48) in matching Lilas. It may feel more daring than your usual black eyeliner/mascara, but worn with an otherwise bare face it’s a cheerfully chic approach to summer makeup.

This collection, Jardin Imaginaire, also includes two new shades Essential tree (€45): a rose gold (Moonlight Kiss) and a bronze-copper Solar Glow. Most beauty products that are called “essential” aren’t really. But this light-catching balm stick definitely is, in my opinion. It’s the easiest way to get instantly glowing skin; I’m slightly obsessed with it, in all its different variations, and use the new Moonlight version incessantly. I can’t imagine doing my makeup without it, and it’s so travel-friendly – ​​you can pop it on in a taxi, or on the way to dinner after the beach. These products are all limited edition, so they’re bound to sell out soon…

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3. The trick for a radiant skin

I’ve always had a soft spot for Dr. Hauschka – the Rose Cream is an absolute favorite. Try the new Translucent bronzing shade (€25) for a touch of warm sunshine on your skin – mix a few drops with your illuminating primer or moisturiser. It also leaves your skin with that lovely natural Dr H scent. I use Lively Skin Dew (€27) Also a lot at the moment to enhance the glowing effect.

4. The beauty collab of the summer

Jo Malone London has reinvented its Orange Peel eau de cologne in a fun way: the limited edition Orange marmalade Cologne celebrates the upcoming new Paddington film. Think warm woods with orange peel and cute packaging. Cologne from €67 (30ml) in stores and online from 1 July.


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