Last weekend was my birthday and my present from my parents was a weekend in Nice with my mum; it was quite a spontaneous trip as my brother was racing and we just sort of booked some flights and a cheap hotel, ten days before we went. As we were only going for two nights, we decided we didn't need to take checked luggage, so stuck with our hand luggage allowance, which I have to say was plenty and I think I could easily manage a week on hand luggage! Of course, there are limitations on what you can carry in hand luggage, including limits on all liquid items; I thought I'd share the toiletries and make-up I took with me, bearing in mind that my Mum and I shared most of these so this is two people's worth of liquid allowance!
Hair Products: Umberto Giannini Morning After Dry Shampoo, OGX Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner, Agave Healing Oil | I love the little minis you can get in Boots so the excuse to purchase a few was well received! I picked up mini versions of a shampoo & conditioner duo I'd been wanting to try, at 88ml these are within the 100ml allowance, although there was waaaay too much for the three days and in future I'd decant into smaller bottles to save space. Dry shampoo was a must, I decided to try something new with the Umberto Giannini and have to say it smells gorgeous! I also took a sample-sized tube of hair oil which I got in a Birchbox, but didn't actually use it, so I'd leave this out altogether in future.
Skincare: Ultrasun SPF50+ Sunscreen, Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm, Sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser for Oily Skin, Miracle Skin Hydroactive Microderm, The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion | I actually managed to burn through my SPF50+ which is pretty standard for me, I dread to think how bad it'd have been without sunscreen though, so I'm glad I took this. The Trilogy toner leaked in my bag, so although it was nice to have, I don't think I'd take this again. I'd not tried the Balance Me Cleansing Balm previously and found it difficult to remove, potentially not the best product to travel with. I also took a Sk:n gel cleanser for mornings, which again I hadn't tried before; this smelt a bit weird and I have to say I wasn't keen. Exfoliator maybe isn't 100% essential for three days away but I do like a good scrub in the shower so I was glad I'd taken this. Lipbalm is a must for chapped lips in the sun, and I took a slightly heavier moisturiser than I usually use just to try and keep my skin well-hydrated in the heat. This also worked well to soothe my poor pink shoulders!
Makeup: Milani Baked Blusher, Natural Collection Loose Powder, Natural Collection Cover-Up Cream, Accessorize Volumising Mascara, Sleek Showstoppers Palette, Sleek Powder Blush 'Suede', Rimmel Foundation, Pop Beauty Face Magnet Primer | I took as few liquid make-up products as possible to reduce the amount of stuff that needed to fit into the liquids allowance; I took two blushers to give myself options, one matte and one shimmery. I also chose a small palette with a good mixture of shades for both daytime and evening eyeshadow options, although we didn't end up doing much in the evenings. Foundation and primer I decanted into little sample pots to save space, as these had to go in the liquids allowance, along with mascara and cream concealer. I also took loose powder to set everything and keep it on my face!
Makeup Brushes: ELF Blush Brush, ELF Eyeshadow 'C' Brush, Real Techniques Powder Brush, Eyebrow Comb, Collection Eyeliner Pencil | Since I've shared the make-up I took, I thought I'd better show you the tools I took as well! I applied foundation with my fingers, and limited myself to one eyeshadow brush. I also opted for a brow pencil rather than a kit, as the kit contains a wax which would have to go in the liquid allowance! The brow comb just helped to blend out harsh lines and stop my brows looking too drawn on.
Body Products: Bic Soleil Lady Shave Gel, Nivea Invisible Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, The Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter, Naked Body Wash, Ghost Eclipse Perfume | I bought a travel-sized shave gel but actually didn't shave my legs whilst I was away; I wouldn't take this next time as it took up a LOT of space! Deodorant is a no-brainer and this dinky little can was perfect! Body butter to soothe dried-out skin is essential, especially with my eczema. I decanted a little body wash into a sample pot as I only needed enough for a couple of showers. Finally, a sample-sized perfume with a roller-ball so it wouldn't leak - a handy magazine freebie which I was glad to have with me!
So that's everything I took for my weekend away, make-up and toiletry-wise. Travelling with my mum meant I could take a little bit more than I would otherwise but I could slim this down to travel on my own - I'd leave out a few things, and take smaller bottles of things like shampoo & conditioner, as well as decanting things where possible. What are your cabin baggage essentials? Any top tips for keeping within the liquids allowance?