Your flight is booked and your Pinterest boards are brimming with #travelinspo. The only thing left to do? Pack. We’re well aware of how the dreaded ‘p’ word can cause a pre-holiday frenzy, so to give you a helping hand, Savoir Flair’s Beauty Editor has carefully selected the beauty essentials for your vacation – regardless of what type it is. Even better? They’re all available to buy online at Ounass and can be delivered in just two hours. Nothing like a last-minute shopping spree…
The Beach Escape
If lying on tropical shores with your toes in the sand is how you plan on spending your vacation, then you need to beach-up your beauty bag. These product picks will keep you beautiful both on and off the sand, while accentuating your holiday glow and replenishing sun-kissed skin and hair.
A high SPF product is a must-have for any beach holiday, and this dry-oil option from Miriam Quevedo does it all. Providing full-spectrum protection while preventing signs of premature aging and locking in moisture, it contains white caviar, Swiss glacial water, and a powerful cocktail of antioxidants, proteins, and peptides to shield skin and hair from the sun, sea, and chlorinated water.
An after-sun-meets-tan-booster, this holiday hero from La Mer cools and nourishes from top to toe while preventing dryness and peeling – perfect if a sun-kissed glow is what you’re after. Speaking of which, it actually prolongs the life of your tan and promotes radiant, glowing skin thanks to its signature ‘Miracle Broth’ that is infused with sea kelp and moisturizes, soothes, smoothes, and regenerates.
Looking for the perfect palette for your beach break? The aptly named ‘Hot Nights’ palette by NARS is it. Offering the ultimate selection of summer shades – from a shimmery light gold to a deep metallic plum-brown – it can be used on eyes, cheeks, and skin, making it the ultimate all-in-one makeup accessory for your vacation tan.
Sun + sea = stressed skin, so give it some love post-beach day with this soothing mask. Infused with aloe and calendula extracts, it works in just three minutes to rebalance, nourish, and calm complexions. Plus, it feels wonderfully refreshing thanks to its gel formula, helping you cool off after a day in the heat.
While we’re all for beachy hair, straw-like strands? Not so much. This treatment tonic tames frizzy locks and imparts a high-shine, smooth, silky finish to even the driest of locks. It also fits in perfectly into an effortless holiday beauty routine. Simply shampoo, apply to towel-dried hair, and leave it to work its magic. The cherry on top is its tropical, coconut scent – perfect for a beach break.
The City Break
If your trip will be spent seeing city sights and satiating your inner culture vulture, then you need to invest in long-lasting and protecting products that will keep you looking and feeling your best, all day long. These mighty multitaskers and budge-proof formulas will keep you chic in the city.
Busy cities = pollution aplenty, so ensure your skin is protected against the elements at all times with these nifty ‘Anti-Pollution Drops’. Whether used alone or mixed into your face cream, they strengthen the skin’s natural defenses and reverse inflammation and dullness caused by pollution, while neutralizing airborne heavy metals thanks to a formula rich in antioxidants, marine microbe extracts, and microorganisms.
Protect your skin while prolonging the life of your makeup with this powerful primer. Not only does it contain broad-spectrum SPF50 protection, but it also absorbs oil, provides antioxidant action, and blurs imperfections to leave you shine-free and fabulous.
Ensure you smell sublime all day long with this perfectly portable perfume from Byredo. Its rollerball vial makes it super easy to refresh your scent throughout the day (without taking up precious space in your handbag), and its beautiful rosy scent with fruity raspberry and spicy pink pepper transitions perfectly from day to night.
No city break kit is complete without a super hairspray, and this one ticks all the boxes. It fights off frizz and flatness, offers UV protection, and ensures your ‘do stays perfectly in place – come rain or shine. It even features a “Miami-tested” stamp of approval, so you can rest assured your locks will look their best, whatever the weather. Even better? It contains pro-vitamin B5 to strengthen, thicken, and condition.
A day pounding the pavements can lead to sore and swollen feet, so put the spring back in your step with this cooling and refreshing foot cream. Enriched with refreshing menthol, soothing lavender, and hydrating vitamin E, it reduces swelling and tends to tired, stressed soles.
The Action-Packed Adventure
Switching out your handbag for a backpack? The avid adventurers amongst us need beauty buys that are not only suited to the great outdoors, but also perfect for activities like hiking and safari. Bonus: they’re easy to carry.
The next best thing to carrying a massage therapist in your bag, this will soothe aches and pains after an active day. A potent blend of essential oils – including peppermint, sunflower, meadowfoam, and chamomile – it stimulates blood flow and boosts microcirculation while providing instant release and relief.
Specifically designed for sporty types, this super SPF mist makes it easy to load up on sun protection on the go. Harnessing the power of Shiseido’s iconic ‘WetForce Technology’, it actually works better when wet, making it the perfect product if you’re out on the water or working up a sweat.
Face wipes are an adventurer’s must-have. There’s no better way to cleanse, refresh, and remove excess dirt quickly and easily, especially when you’re out and about. These clever cleansing pads are formulated with pure vitamin C, AHAs, salicylic acid, glycolic, and lactic acids to boost brightness while gently exfoliating, refining pores, and keeping blemishes at bay.
The best way to revive and refresh locks in between washes, this organic dry shampoo adds volume, bounce, and body to hair while refreshing roots. Available for both dark and light tresses, its compact, travel-friendly size couldn’t be handier, and its uplifting scent of lavender, chamomile, and citrus will help you feel fresh – even if you aren’t.
Mascara streaming down your face is never a good look, so be sure to invest in a super-strength waterproof mascara that will withstand the weather and your active itinerary, like this magic wand from Eyeko. It delivers lash-plumping pigments and a fiber-enhanced, waterproof formula that will not budge.
The In-Flight Essentials
These travel-sized beauty essentials might be small, but trust us when we say they pack a serious perfecting punch. From hydrating skincare to stress-busting treatments, these flight-safe formulas will leave you looking and feeling your best from take-off to touch down.
As its name suggests, this celebrity-favorite face spray is the perfect pick-me-up for stressed, jet-lagged skin. Created by Sarah Chapman – one of the world’s most in-demand facialists – it’s infused with high-performance actives and peptides to provide a protective, invisible shield while plumping, soothing, and calming. If it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham…
A hand cream comes in seriously handy (no pun intended) when you’re traveling, as digits are constantly exposed to drying and aging cabin air. This travel-sized tube is packed with anti-aging oils and truffle extracts to soften, soothe, and keep your hands happy in the sky.
There’s no denying that air travel can be stressful, but don’t let it take its toll on your mind or mood – you’re off on holiday, after all! When you’re in need of a moment of calm, turn to this ‘Stress Relief Treatment’. Designed to inspire positivity and soothe frayed nerves, it’s blended with eight essential oils (including lavender, jasmine, and rosewood) to bring you instant zen. Simply roll onto pulse points and relax.
Save space in your bag by opting for a sheet mask. There’s a reason they’ve become the in-flight beauty accessory du jour – they provide instant results and are super easy to use on the go. This one in particular packs a punch as it uses snail extract to promote healing, regeneration, and improved elasticity. It’s worth the funny looks you’ll get.
Speaking of masks, these gold-infused eye patches are the ultimate way to soothe puffy peepers and leave you looking bright-eyed and beautiful at 30,000 feet. Saturated in 24k gold, colloidal gold, collagen, and hyaluronic acid, they plump and hydrate the delicate eye area, making them the definitive antidote to a red-eye.