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03.08.2020- Beauty Buys: Essentials for an at-home holiday

If you’re planning a little break in the UK over the next few weeks and months and you’re anything like me, the chances are that you will have forgotten completely how to pack your suitcase! Not being able to travel during lockdown was one of the things which I found most difficult, and without any real sense of certainty about how things are going to pan out over the next few months, it’s pretty tricky to forward plan for any future trips abroad. Having said that, the positive prospect of being able to explore more of holidaying at home is definitely one to be embraced, and a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a total change of scenery with a trip to Norfolk. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about that adventure very soon, but in the meantime here’s a look at the beauty buys which I stashed in my suitcase for the trip:

One of the upsides of not flying is that you're not subject to restrictions on luggage and liquids, and suffice it to say that any skills which I'd honed in terms of packing light over the last few years have well and truly gone out of the window! I actually found packing this time around took so much longer, and the unpredictable UK weather saw me stashing everything from a swimsuit to a raincoat in my case- better to be safe than sorry after all! In terms of beauty buys, I kept the makeup which I took with me pared down to the barest minimum- I've been wearing it much less frequently over the last few months and my skin has really reaped the benefits as a result. At the top of my packing list was hand sanitiser- as it always is- but as well as taking a smaller, handbag sized bottle, I also took a larger bottle for any topping up- definitely something I'd recommend if you're not sure you'll be able to replenish your stash in the time that you'll be away. 

Keen to keep up with the skincare gains which I've made over the last few months, I packed the Elemis Rose Cleansing Balm and the Pai Rosehip Facial Oil, both of which I've been getting along really well with, especially as they do wonders for the face without stripping anything away. I also made sure that I had some Ultrasun facial SPF with me for everyday use and well as some suncream for the body- with the UV being so much stronger at the moment being careful is key. Some Glossier favourites also made their way into my stash in the shape of Futuredew and a Cloud Paint in Puff, which I think might be my favourite subtle shade. 

Over the last year or so, I've developed the habit of stashing any travel sized toiletries for future trips, and I'm really pleased that I kept this mini version of Gucci's Bloom scent for going away- it's a real favourite and this smaller size is ideal for using on the go. Similarly, Diptyque's The Art of Travel Set was a really savvy purchase which I deployed on this trip- with a shower gel, body polish, body lotion and hand cream, it really is a one-stop-shop for using away from home, and luckily I've still got plenty of product left for my next adventure! On a more practical note, another failsafe for me is always mints or barley sugars to alleviate any travel sickness, and, more sentimentally, I always take a St. Christopher with me whenever I travel; call it superstition, but it's a habit which seems more important than ever just at the moment. 

Have you been planning any UK trips?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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