Travel Size Beauty: Must Have Holiday Minis


Despite my love of beauty products I’m emphatic about travelling light and for me holidaying is all about a pared back, simplified routine.  I don’t suggest bringing all of this little lot away with you - 5 or 6 should be enough - but wanted to share some of my favourite beauty minis. I’ve photographed them all in my hand to give you an idea of the actual size as well as a closer look…


In Transit Skin Defence is the first product I’ve tried by this works and my verdict: it does! No need for a separate moisturiser and sunscreen with this beauty which also contains antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E. It offers SPF30 with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection, yet sinks in quickly with zero stickiness, so make-up applies on top effortlessly.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant smells like freshly squeezed lemon & lime (G&T anyone?) and keeps me smelling fresh. Unlike traditional deodorants, there’s no risk of skin discolouration in the sun with this one (not something I have to worry about in Belfast yet!).  Weleda Skin Food (past review) has been a skincare staple of mine for years - from dry skin to cuticles this is a great all rounder and I love to have one product like this in my kit while travelling.

Selixir Peace Balm again needs no introduction from me (full review here) - soothing, healing and intensely moisturising, this has a magical effect on sun burn (which I of course avoid at every cost, but it occasionally catches me!).


label.m leave in conditioner is just one of my stash of miniature hair products and I love that this brand sell a great range all year round, a brilliant way to try high end at bargain prices. The leave in conditioner saves on time and adds to that beachy hair au naturel look that I tend to sport on hols.

Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water - I have lots of face spritzes which I must do a post on, but this most simple and pure is amazingly soothing to use and sprays in a lovely fine mist. From plane to beach and bar it’s a handbag sized winner.  I got this in duty free but think it’s widely available.

Bioderma minis from Escentual are just perfect for travelling. I took the H20 Micellar Water away as my sole cleanser for 9 days and it lasted (just!) the whole time for daily make-up removal.  Sensibio AR Anti Redness Cream for sensitive skin is intensely soothing, esp in hot climates.

La Roche Posay  Anthelios XL comes in SPF30 or 50 and is a long term favourite as the lotion is super fine, sinks in quickly (no white mask to blend in) and works beautifully under make-up.  Obviously I’m not suggesting this teeny tube will be all you need for a holiday; I just like to keep one stashed in my make-up bag and handbag at all times for on the go emergencies. Am sure I’m not the only one to have been caught out with burnt shoulders after an impromptu outdoor lunch!


I may do a separate post on travel sized make-up products, but just had to squeeze in this cute from one of my favourite nail polish brands, Mavala. Waikiki Orange is just the brightest zingiest I’ve come across and the dull lighting in this pic really doesn’t do it justice. Gorgeous on toes too!

Melvita Milky Cleansing Oil for face and eyes is a step up for those who don’t wish to stick to micellar waters on hols (though Melvita’s own is wonderful too). This rose scented oil smells divine and removes make-up quickly and easily. Come to think of it, packing a flannel to remove cleanser takes up less space than cotton wool - win! I got this in the Beauteco box so I’m not sure if it’s available to purchase separately, but just spotted this cute discovery set.

These mini Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer and Superskin Moisturiser are part of a little travel kit that includes a muslin cloth and Super Balm, all beautiful products which I reckon would last at least 6wks, so great for long haul travel. I’ve just spotted a full range of try-me/travel sizes here, which I’m off to browse now!

I’ll do a separate post soon on the actual products I took away on hols with me at Easter… I think you’ll be surprised!  Do you pack light when it comes to beauty or do you take the whole shebang (just incase)?!

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