Travel Beauty Essentials for Summer 2018

Summer holidays need a packed-out wash bag. Suncare to protect from the UV, hydrating saviours to replenish your skin and hair plus makeup must-haves for the perfect night-out look. And that’s not to mention the everyday essentials. Whether you're a makeup magpie or a product fiend, one of the best parts of preparing for a holiday is packing your beauty stash in miniatures. Is there anything more adorable than a minute version of your most-prized product?

Here are our top travel products for this summer, to help you squeeze everything you need to stay beautiful on the road in to that wash bag. The words 'hand luggage only' will never fill you with dread again.

1 Elemis cleansing balm mini


Elemis Travel Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £9.00

One of the down-sides to travelling is watching your usual skincare regime go down the drain. Couple that with flying and often drastic weather changes and you can find yourself with a host of problems from dryness to breakouts – so finding hard-working products in travel-friendly sizes is a must. Happily, Elemis have an extensive range of miniatures – this 20g version of their cult Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is an essential.

2 Becca Sunchaser palette

BECCA Sunchaser Palette, £32.00

A multi-tasking palette is another must-have for space-starved travellers – this one is sleek and compact, and uses powder formulas rather than creams, so you can leave it out of your liquid allowance. A bronzer, blush and highlighter make sure you're covered across all bases when it comes to complexion: the highlighter, BECCA's cult Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in the shade opal, is divine.

3 Bareminerals foundation

bareMinerals Original Foundation, £27.00

Another way of making the most of your liquid allowance is to opt for a mineral powder foundation – leaving space for things like skincare, haircare and SPF. It's not only convenient, though, bareMinerals' much-loved option offers great coverage, a soft glowing finish and lasting power. Powders are particularly effective in hot weather, too, and won't melt away at the first sign of sunshine.

4 La Roche Posay

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Pocket SPF 50+, £10.00

A high-factor facial sunscreen is essential if you want to protect your complexion from sun damage. La Roche-Posay's option is perfect for sensitive skin types, and at 30ml it's ideal for slipping in your hand luggage – the handy slim packaging is perfect for handbags, too.

5 Seoulista hydration mask

Seoulista Super Hydration Instant Facial, £7.99

Sheet masks are the easiest way to treat your skin if it needs a boost during your holiday – soaked in a high-performance serum, the results are instantaneous and leave the complexion plump, smooth and glowing. We love Seoulista's super-effective options, which pack 25ml of product into each mask. This hydration mask is ideal post-flight, but there's also Brightening, Charcoal Detox and Correct & Calm to choose from.

6 Davibnes wakeup circle

Davines The Wake-Up Circle, £8.00

Natural haircare brand Davines offers effective products with ethical principles. This hair mask is the perfect pick-me-up treatment to use a couple of times during your holiday, to repair any sun, sea or chlorine damage. With an almost minty fragrance, it's refreshing as well as deeply moisturising – detoxing the hair of any product while soothing and smoothing any frizz.

7 Urban Decay Travel Kit

Urban Decay First Hit Travel Kit, £15.00

This adorable travel set from Urban Decay covers a lot of your makeup must-haves in handy miniature sizes – any excuse to squeeze another pair of shoes into that baggage allowance, eh? The pint-sized Perversion Mascara will give you plumped, mega-black lashes, while that miniature Eyeshadow Primer Potion will last forever despite its small proportions – a little goes a long way. The adorable All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil make for an easy, long-lasting makeup look.

8 CYO lipstick and liner

C.Y.O Two Clever By Half Lipstick & Liner, £5.50

Great multi-taskers and a total bargain, these two-in-one lippies from budget beauty brand C.Y.O are a no-brainer. Saving handbag and luggage space, it's super easy to touch-up on the go with everything you need in one handy product – there's a choice of five pretty shades, too. 

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