What’s your beauty game plan before you go on a vacation?

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I’m heading off to Cincinnati today with Janine from BeautyGeeks—okay, it’s not exactly a vacation, but we’re going on a press trip together—and like every time I travel, freaking out about a) all the grooming I’ve got to do before I get on that plane, and b) what the heck I should take with me!

Are you like this too?

According to a Daily Mail story today, the average woman spends £200 more on clothes for her summer getaway than the cost of the vacation itself, PLUS a further £170 on beauty products and treatments “to ensure they have that sunkissed, glamorous look before they’ve stepped anywhere near the beach.”

And there’s more: “Primping, meanwhile, reportedly includes six hours of applying self-tanner, an hour and a half of waxing (ouch!), three and a half hours of eyebrow shaping and nail maintenance, and four hours devoted to reading fashion magazines to brush up on the latest trends.”

I totally believe this. I got a pedicure on the weekend, self-tanned my entire body last night and my fingernail polish is drying as I type. And I’m only going to Cincinnati, for crying out loud—not a beach!

But I’m still compelled to do it.

Even worse is the ordeal of packing. When you have as many beauty products as I do (sorry), trying to whittle them down to what will fit in a tiny plastic bag is next to impossible. We’re only supposed to take carry-on luggage, so I’m trying to make use of all my solid stuff—stick foundations, solid cream blushes, etc. (I’ll do another post on what I actually took with me in a day or two. Once I figure that out this morning!)

One cool concept that I hope takes off is Suite Arrival (suitearrival.com), a service that delivers your favourite travel-size personal care products right to your hotel room.

So now tell me—what do YOU do, beauty-wise, before you go on a trip?

Are you as obsessive as I am about all of this grooming stuff?

And what do you take with you—let me know if the comments if you have any non-liquid, airport security-approved product tips!


Wednesday, June 23/2010 at 8:52 am

Loved this article! I have just finished packing for a week’s holiday and share the same dilemmas as you… how to fit all my beauty “essentials” in to the tiny plastic bag??? Surely this rule was made by a man. My solution is to buy 1.7oz glass bottles and transfer my cleansing oil, face serum and body oil to 3 empty bottles; and a 1oz empty jar to put pink clay in – just enough for a facial once I get off the plane to help rehydrate my skin. I buy my favourite brand of mini sized shampoo and conditioner. This way I can throw out the little bottles and jars as they get used on my holiday. Oh.. and I always wing it and fill two of the plastic bags – one for skin care and one for make-up. My airport security tip: When the guy looks at my two bags at the security checkpoint, I give a big friendly smile, shrug my shoulders and say “I’m a woman” with a look that screams “please give me sympathy”, which always results in a giggle between us and my carry-on beauty products being approved.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, June 27/2010 at 5:17 pm

Great tips Sam! I forgot to mention those travel-size bottles…they are handy. (But hard to find!)
And yes… the plastic bag rule was DEFINITELY made by a man. I think I’ll try the two bags next time, bat my eyelashes and see if they let me through!


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