Beauty confidential: the cheat's guide to holiday washbags


Last updated at 09:03 28 June 2007

Your holiday motto should be 'less is more'. Be savvy - don't take your entire bathroom with you. We show you how...

Bobbi Brown Empties, £8 (

Inspired by Bobbi's passion for organisation and portability, 'Empties' features lightweight bottles and jars to be custom-filled with your skincare favourites, along with self-adhesive labels to record their contents. The set includes a 3ml jar, two 7ml jars, a 30ml bottle, 15ml bottle, (all of which are under the 100ml restriction, so can be taken on board) a plastic funnel, plastic spatula, and ten labels.

Nars The Multiple in Copacabana (silvery gold), £27 (House of Fraser)

Why carry four different products when one can do all. This multi-purpose stick can be used on the eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Its unique lightweight, cream-to-powder formula blends effortlessly to provide sheer all-over colour, shimmering accents, contours and dynamic highlights for all skin tones. Creates perfect, glowing complexions, which looks great on tanned skin and is easy to apply.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, £19 (020 7574 2722)

Don't leave home without this little life saver. A real miracle worker, not only can it be used as a lovely gloss for lips, it helps many kinds of skin complaints, as well as protecting and rejuvenating even the most insulted skin. It soothes irritations, chapping, peeling and flaking, eases sunburn and minor burns. It can remove traces of windburn, scrapes, abrasions and cracked lips and can even be used on children.

Kerastase Voile Protecteur, £16 (0800 316 4400)

If you're going to take one hair product, other than shampoo and conditioner, with you on holiday, it has to be the Voile Protecteur from the new Kerastase Soleil range. Containing new breakthrough UV Defense Active technology to protect against both UVA and UVB rays it offers quick and easy protection - simply spritz a fine mist to the hair from roots to ends, comb through and leave in, then wash. Hair is left feeling smooth and soft, with a shine to rival that of the sun!

Botanics Sensitive Cleansing Wipes, £3.49 (Boots nationwide)

Essential for every girls washbag. Quick and easy to use, not only can these convenient face wipes gently cleanse away every last trace of makeup without over drying, they can be used for a multitude of things - spilt drinks, melted ice lollies, to refresh underarms or cool hot, sweaty feet. The list is endless and the best thing about them, is you just chuck them away - freeing up more space in your washbag.

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