10 Weekend Travel Essentials. That’s It…

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My love of streamlining goes into overdrive when it comes to packing. It’s almost a little game I play with myself to see just how little I can pack into my beauty bag whilst still feeling like a functioning human being while I’m away – I know, boy do I know how to have fun. Well for this weekend’s trip, a jaunt up to Birmingham to visit the Boyfriend’s family, I think I’ve really nailed it with just ten products. TEN *pats self on back*. And two nights in I feel normal, haven’t forgotten anything major and have yet to scare away any young children; I actually think I might have cracked it. So here’s one to bookmark for your next weekend away where you need to pack light – whether it be for space-saving reasons or just good clean fun…

1. A Multi-Tasking Oil like MV Organic’s Pure Jojoba. Eye makeup remover, overnight treatment, all-rounder dry spot carer, in one handy little (most importantly) spill-free bottle.

2. An Eye Cream like Clinique’s Superdefence SPF 20 Eye Cream. Not everyone agrees, but I like to give my eyes a bit of tender loving care whether I’m home or away – plus this one comes armed with SPF 20, schwing.

3. An AM/PM Moisturiser like Georgia Louise’s Day & Night Brightening Cream. Finding a moisturiser that’s rich enough for evenings (if you’re not feeling an oil), but light enough for a base layer during the day is a toughie, but this one is just right.

4. A Hair Do-It-All like Oribe Dry Texturising Spray. A mattifier, holder, volumiser and all-round hair sexifier in one packable spritzer. I never travel without this. And let’s just not talk about how gawd damn pricey it is, alright?

5. A Perfume like Stella McCartney’s Stella Rollerball. A perfume in rollerball, ’90’s-like format is just genius when it comes to travel – hard to come by, but still genius. Scribe onto pressure points, lob in your bag and go.

6. A SPF-Laden Light Coverage Base like Origin’s Vitazing SPF 15. Now this one is negotiable depending on what your weekend plans entail, but for a laid-back, night-out-free two day trip you can’t go wrong with this.

7. A Cover All Concealer like NARS’ Creamy Concealer. Blemishes? Done. Bags? Done. General annoying ruddiness? Done. I think I could just pack this and be a happy bunny. Well… 

8. A Cheek/Lip Hybrid like Jouer’s Cheek & Lip Tint in Honeysuckle. A perky punch of colour to the cheeks and lips can be delivered by this handy two-in-one which is creamy and long-lasting enough for both tasks in hand. Plus it can be applied with fingers. You see any brushes round here? No I think not…

9. A Mascara like L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara. Any old mascara will do, but this is my favourite of the both. Curl-holding, non-crumbling and length-giving.

10. A Smudgey Eyes Product like By Terry’s Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection. Just in case you feel in the mood to ramp up your eye look somewhat then it’s always good to have some kind of brown creamy eye liner or shadow stick hanging around. Line, smudge, stick all over your lids. Sorted.

Add in some cotton pads and buds, a toothbrush, toothpaste, eyelash curler deodorant and you’re good to go. Oh and I’ve taken for granted the fact that where you’re visiting will have all the shower supplies you need on offer – shower gel, shampoo, conditioner. Ok, so maybe I cheated a little. But still the bulk of your beauty bag is set in just ten moves, not bad, huh? Bon voyage you savvy packer you. 


  • Great picks, I always find myself packing way too much so this sounds perfect for me! x

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  • There are some great products here. I absolutely love the Mega volume Manga mascara.

    Jess x

  • I’m one of those girls that just -despises- a roller ball! I really want to spritz myself over my clothes too, and a roller-ball just doesn’t help >0< Is that just me? D:


      I prefer a spritz too, scents last better on clothes! I bought myself a travalo – much better idea as you can fill it with any perfume, rather than having to take the only perfume I have that comes in a rollerball.

      • YES! Travelo FTW, I’m tempted to get another X3

  • Avanti

    Would love to try the By Terry Ombre Blackstar! It sounds like a magnificent product especially because I don’t like spending too much time applying and blending eyeshadow.


  • Anna Blush

    Ooo well done Anna! 10 products is not bad at all! Will definitely keep this post in mind next time I’m off for the weekend x

  • Janelly L

    I wish I can use Origins Vitazings but I am too pale and I not sure if it would work with my combination-oily skin. Also, I wish By Terry was available in the U.S. so I can finally try those shadow sticks!


      I’m from the UK, but in a couple of clicks I found two places where you can order By Terry online. The US Space NK site is probably your best bet, but there’s also

      • Janelly L

        This is good to know. Now it’s time to look for pennies under my couch…

  • Holly Hutcheon

    Ooo really want to try the Miss Manga mascara and the Clinique eye cream.


  • The Origins GinZing foundation is really fab – it’s on my travel essentials list too!

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  • ‘all-round hair sexifier’ sign me up for some of THAT! Although, I’m a little scared to look at the price tag…

    Genius packing! There’s nothing worse than lugging a seriously over weight bag/ case around.

    Hope you’re having a swell time in Brum : )


  • nueyork

    I find odd things like this fun as well. I find myself packing more than this for going away overnight, so well done!

  • I bought a By Terry Ombre Blackstar and I already know that it will be one of my staple forever, seriously 😉

  • I love a good multipurpose product, they are essential for trips and light packing :). I like to take one of my naked palettes too for a wide range of eye make-up looks xx

  • I need to get my hand on the By Terry product!! x


  • linda

    not sure if clarins BB cream is available in UK? if so, go for a trial – good coverage but not thick

  • This reminds me I need to start saving my samples and tinies for the upcoming trip!

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  • Parisian To Be

    This post is coming in perfect time; I’m heading off to a friend’s house at the weekend. Bookmarked it is!

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Janine Maral

    I’ll be going away this weekend so I will definitely take some tips from this post!

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  • Daniella

    love stella! also need to try manga!



  • Well done Anna, well done. I will be spending a week away very soon and I have to say- all of your beauty packing lists and strategies are so helpful. I, too, find packing fun and enjoyable. I know- I need a hobby!

  • Lauren S

    i’ve got to overnight pack for two london trips and get it all in a backpack, i’m ready for the challenge !!

    Lauren x

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  • Cassie

    I’ve wanted to try the Nars concealer for so long, but I haven’t yet! It looks so amazing.

  • charluxe

    Great, helpful post! Desperate to try the Manga Mascara (everyone always has room for a new mascara ;)) xx

  • Jessica Whitbread

    I really need to try the Miss Manga mascara!

  • Maria CZ

    great choice. I need to try the Miss Manga Mascara

  • Tarte Tanya

    Amazing picks!
    I really need to get that NARS concealer
    Great post 🙂

  • Megan Roisin

    Definitely a blogpost to bookmark – I always end up taking far more than I need!

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  • Beautiful picks! You always leave me wanting and Ombre Blackstar and Stella perfume is one of my faves! Such a pretty shade of blush too! ox

  • Sweetyft

    Great post as always. I’m just shocked that you didn’t mention any eyebrow product 🙂 Is it a result of your recent threading?

  • Wonderful post. Streamlining is kinda rewarding, and makes me feel good about not packing everything but the kitchen sink. It is also a great shopping excuse, and those do all products are justified!

  • Rosie

    Oribe dry texturising spray has definitely made it onto my wish list, now only to find a stockist in Australia! xx

  • I have to agree with you on the perfume and concealer, nothing like smelling and looking refreshed in seconds! 🙂

    Beth. x

  • Katie Brown

    Only 10 products?? You go girl!!! When I pack I’m always shocked at the amount of toiletries I need…

  • Seems so small lols 🙂 they all look lovely!

  • The rollerball perfume is such an innovative way of smelling beautiful on-the-go whilst travelling! Also, I adore these photos, you’ve displayed them on the fur throw in such a lovely way! I want to sink my nails into the fur..


  • Kristy Swithenbank

    On my recent weekend trip, I did quite well with packing. Just a few basic makeup and beauty items and the rest of my essentials.

  • Ella

    I always bring the UD Naked Basics palette!

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  • what an amazing piece of info..concise edit and the result is a fat free beauty bag! really intrigued by MV Organics!

  • Stephanie

    I hate packing I can never choose what beauty products to take!