City breaks are quickly becoming my favourite type of holiday. Don't get me wrong, I still adore a sun soaked, beach break. But it's something about weekend getaways that I really enjoy. So here are a few essentials I take with me on short city breaks!
Although I don't lay and sunbathe, I still like to protect my skin with an SPF. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Air Soft Face with SPF 30 smells glorious, gives my skin a healthy glow and thanks to it's ultra-light texture it doesn't feel too heavy or greasy on my face! Perfect.
2. Sheet Mask
After any flight, short or long haul I like to use a sheet mask to restore hydration to my skin again. This Sephora Avocado Face Mask has become an absolute god send and gives my face some life again!
3. Cream Shadow
Clinique Chubby Stick cream shadows are magic! Ample Amber is a gorgeous rose gold colour that looks fab on any eye and is so easy to use! I use my finger to blend the shadow over the lid, it takes two seconds but makes a huge difference. Love.
4. Light Weight Serum
I get a little obsessed with hydration when I know I am flying somewhere and hate putting thick, heavy products on. With limited packing space I also can't take my full skin routine with me. This means I rely heavily on Indeed Laboratories Fillume Serum. The light formula is lovely to apply and also delivers results so I have piece of mind that my skincare won't take a back seat during my trip! I also love how this serum helps the contours of your face to become more defined too!
5. Travel Size Fragrance
Jo Malone is my go to when it comes to travel size fragrances. So many to choose from you can find one to suit anywhere in the world you decide to venture to next! With my recent trip to Venice I loved the Wood Sage and Sea Salt scent and have been hooked ever since, perfect size for a carry on too!
6. Eye Cream With SPF
Finding an eye cream with added SPF is a tricky task! But something I think is quite important to have on a trip. I find myself living in my sunglasses and always looking up... Yes I know, sounds odd, but the architecture in other cities are stunning. So with that I switch on my tourist mode and love to look everywhere. Squinting into the sun is also a habit I pick up, so I do worry about my eye area. Luckily I have found Fade Out Eye Defence Cream contains an SPF 25 and even helps to reduce dark circles.
7. Easy Foundation
When the morning arrives in a new city the last thing I want to do is sit in applying make-up. Alas, my skin can't be trusted to look it's best all the time and does need a little help. This is when the BY TERRY Cellularose Brightening CC lumi-Serum gives my skin the most beautiful glow. Even with a couple of blemish on display the light diffusing formula makes my skin look beautiful and always photo ready!
8. Facial Spray
You will always find a Caudalie Beauty Elixir in my hand luggage without a doubt. I drown myself in it before a flight, during a flight and after. The scent is fresh and clean and leaves my skin breathing a sigh of relief. I picked up this sweet little travel size in my local Space NK store.
9. Favourite Lipstick
I know it's a little too easy to get carried away when packing your make-up. Lipstick is the biggest culprit and I used to find I'd pack extras just to go on a journey. Now I stick to an all time favourite I know will work with any look and outfit. Charlotte Tilbury's Hepburn Honey is undoubtably my best nude shade!
10. A Magic Make-Up Pouch
Packing is a challenge as you do have to be cut throat with your outfit options and toiletries need to be as minimal as possible. I personal can't stand jamming 50 different bags into my suitcase containing various hair, skin and make-up products. All I ever wanted was a bag I can pop them all in, pull out and pack away again with ease. So when I spotted Trendy and Tested Instagram it looked as though my prayers had been answered!
The Vely-Vely Magic Make-up Pouch makes packing so simple. The drawstring fastening means you can open the pouch out flat on any surface, you can use it like a base to your products, then once you are ready to go, just tighten the strings and store away. It's honestly such a wonderful little bag and comes in a water resistant material that is also so easy to clean! I've found myself using it to pack nappies, cream and all things baby related for my everyday handbag too. Take a look at the pouch as well as their other goodies over on their website here.
So there you have it, some of my essentials for a city break! Are any of you off somewhere soon? I'd love to know what your favourite travel essentials are!
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*the small print: some products featured in this post were kindly sent for me to review, the options and writing however are by your truly. Thank you to the brands for sending me products to try!