By the time you’re reading this, I will (hopefully) be sitting poolside in Nice for a quick two night break. I went there as a child but hardly remember it at all and for me, living in south east London, City airport is very accessible and it takes about an hour and a half to hop over to the south of France. I’ve got carry-on only luggage down to a fine art so thought I’d give a quick view of what I’m taking. Mr BBB has the deodorant and toothpaste in his bag, don’t worry, and I’m taking a pack of wipes to cleanse because I will literally only cleanse twice. We buy a full size bottle of sun screen at destination so we aren’t trying to eke out something under 100ml over a whole weekend which is asking for trouble.
First up is my new Marc Jacobs palette, Fantascene, which I’ve only had a few days but love already, my Cassie Lomas eye brush, the Clarins kohl that I use almost every day, ditto my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue and Guerlain mascara, Clinique foundation brush, Chanel gloss in 604, Bobbi gloss in Buff and my beloved Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette. It’s my second of those and I don’t know if it’s still in existence (mine is still marked Gurwitch who no longer own LM) but it covers off highlight, blush and bronzer in creme versions. It doesn’t look like you can still get it so I really wish Laura Mercier would bring this multi-functional palette back again – pronto!
For skin care, I’m taking my Sensai SPF stick and BioEffect which is pretty much all I need for two nights/days. I often take BioEffect away with me because it does everything you need in terms of hydration, especially after sun exposure. I’m not taking shampoo and conditioner – it’s not like I’m going to be surfing or anything- a light dip in the pool at maximum and I’ll swim like my mum – swan neck style!
And that’s it! I think that I’m travelling light – there is room for more in my bag to be honest but I don’t think I need anything else at all. It’s all packed up in the cheap as chips transparent M&S bag. Are you a terrible over-packer or can you travel light?
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I’m terrible at packing light. I recently went to Stratford for the weekend (1 overnight stay) I took a lot more than that!
I’m not as bad as I used to be though lol.
Ooh, light! I only ever take carry-on eve for 10 nights. A dress and knickers a day, half that for bras, one pair of sandals, Kindle and a few toiletries, mainly hoarded sachets and samples. My luxury is a travel kettle because I cannot get up without a cup of tea. I wear double denim on the plane so I’ve got a jacket for nippy evenings, and tolerate my husband making Francis Rossi jokes.
I really admire anyone who can pack light, it’s just not in my DNA unfortunately. I usually end up taking everything AND the kitchen sink!
Bon weekend Jane! Will you be visiting any of the perfume factories .. This is a very helpful post as I take way too much makeup away for short breaks! My go tos are a Kiko eyeliner in soft goldy khaki with a smudgy tip, Burt’s Bees tinted lipbalm and a lippy, mini mascara (whatever I have to hand), decanted Chanel Les Beiges foundation and a Bourjois peachy blush. Have a great time xx
I always pack everything I think I’ll need. I prefer to have it and not need it than need/want it and not have it. I tried going minimalist but it didn’t work for me and I hated it! I regretted it more than if I overpacked and ended up not using some items. I don’t overpack make-up/ skincare but for clothes and shoes I do. Being able to dress for the weather and different situations is important to me, for the beach, if it’s rainy, if it’s cold, if it’s hot, if I’m walking a lot, if I’m going out in the evening and want to look nice. Etc etc.
Such a well edited selection! I wish I had the self control to pack as light as this. I have so many wonderful travel palettes that whenever I go on holiday I feel compelled to bring several.
I am also on my second one of those Laura Mercier palettes and agree they are fabulous. The bronze bar on the left gets the most use for me as it adds a lovely natural hint of warmth to the skin. I agree it needs to come back, although it would be great if pans of the individual shades could be bought separately.
Jane – I’ve not tried the Bonne mine palette but suspect it’s similar to my beloved hourglass sunset cream palette – have a look at that if you need a replacement.
oh thanks, I will!
Hiya Jane. I’m just wondering, in the top photo there is what looks like a foundation brush with a clear handle, who makes that please.
Also I’m wondering about the Cassie lomas brush, I’ve not heard of them, is it a new brand?
That’s the Clinique foundation brush that I really like – it needs washing quite frequently but it’s worth it, and yes to Cassie Lomas brushes.. just google them ..they’re so good.