Beauty Essentials for a Long Weekend Away

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Planning a long weekend away this summer? If you’re out and about, you might want to ensure you look your best, but how can you do this without having to pack an entire case filled with products and endure the ‘how long are you going for?’ taunts of your friends or family? Let us help you out with our guide to the eight beauty essentials that should be more than enough for a long weekend of summer fun.

You want to spend your weekend having a good time rather than preening, but there will come a time when your locks can take no more. A quick fix comes in the form of Redken Style Connection Quick Tease, available from Amazon for £15.50. Spritz it close to your roots to add texture and volume, or give your whole head a fine mist to help your style stay put or to add an elegant matt finish to your locks. If a sunny weekend at the beach tempts out your freckles or leaves you with a pink-tinged nose, you’ll be glad you packed a tube of Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, £28 from Boots. It’s great at correcting colour whilst hydrating and moisturising your face.

You know the feeling – you have been looking forward to this weekend for months only to wake up on the first morning with a spot so big you’re not sure if you need to book another room for it to stay in. If this is likely to be you, don’t leave home without the overnight spot-blasting power of Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel, £15 from John Lewis. A dot or two should be enough to get you back to looking your best. If you’re worried about the effects of late nights and too much indulgence, you should also take along a ‘magic’ beauty balm like Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. This handy little product, available from Feelunique for £24.50, has a multitude of uses, ranging from moisturising areas of irritated skin to hydrating hands, taking off eye make-up and smoothing brows. It makes a great lip balm too.

Want to enhance your features? All you need is the super-versatile The Multiple stick, £29 from NARS. Use it on your eyes, lips, cheeks and body for perfectly blendable colour. If you’re looking for a versatile colour product specifically for lips, try Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, £14.50 from Boots, which not only provides a lovely colour, but its sodium hyaluronate and mango butter formula will leave your lips feeling kissably soft.

Don’t know which of your perfumes to take along? Why not invest in a new travel-perfect option such as L’Occitane’s The Roses et Reines Solid Perfume, £8. This is a summer scent packaged to make it perfect for travelling and for keeping in your bag for mid-day fragrance boosts. Talking of bags, what are you going to put all these products in? How about the Outstanding Value 3 Piece Clear Cosmetic Bag Set £6.50 from M&S? The transparent design makes it simple to see what you’ve taken, meaning one less thing you have to unpack.