Monday, 10 July 2017

Tips for packing Beauty Products in Hand Luggage

What do you do when life, or rather a man, screws you over?
You book a long weekend in Spain with your girlfriends. 

Yaaaas! I couldn't wait for some sunshine, relaxation and some... lemon Fanta. I'm easily pleased like that! ;) A long weekend at my friends Villa in Spain. It gave me something to look forward to which was well needed. Flights were booked, clothes were bought and I was ready to get packing. 
Now as we were only going Friday - Monday, we got hand luggage only flights. Of course, this is the quickest and easiest way to fly. I'd paid a little extra to reserve my seat and get in the priority queue so I knew I'd have space to put my case in the holds above my head. And knowing I had no luggage to have to wait for and I'd be on and off the flight in no time, was great. Especially as I'm someone that always manages to get stopped at security, to be searched, swabbed and whatever else. Seriously, I must look guilty or something. Every single time! Being pulled aside and searched is all part of the process for me. Even this trip alone, I was fully searched, shoes off and all on the way out. And on the way back I was swabbed, bags open, rifling through my stuff and everything. Then left me with a half opened case as they couldn't do it back up! Do they realise how long it took me to squeeze all that in! ;)

So I set out planning my outfits for the 4 days (basically seeing how much I could roll up and squeeze into my case...!) and then for the most difficult part, in my opinion, beauty products!

Now, this was something that bugged me for a while leading up to the trip. I hadn't flown hand luggage only before so the liquids allowance rule was a new experience for me. How on Earth was I going to whittle it down? What could I fit in? But after doing a bit of research and talking to a few friends that work in airports and cabin crew, I became a bit of an expert!

And I'm glad I did as even though my friends thought I was being OTT, I wanted to ensure I wasn't held up any longer than usual. And well, said friend got stopped due to her liquids didn't she? hahaha!!

So, here are my top tips for packing beauty products in hand luggage...

1. Liquids need to be stored in a 20x20 see through bag, with a zip lock fastening. 
I bought a Nivea Travel Set from Primark, with travel sized products inside and the bag was perfect 'hand luggage' size.

2. Buy travel sized products or small travel bottles to disperse your favourite products into.
I bought a pack of see through travel bottles, again from Primark, to put my beauty necessities into. 

3. Bottles must be no more than 100ml and the bag must include no more than 1 litre.
Remember they go on the size of the containers, even if there is the tiniest amount left in the container. So if you have a 100ml bottle of foundation, with only a small amount in the bottom, that's still classed as 100ml of your allowance, you're better off dispersing into a smaller 'sample size' tub.

4. Be aware of what products are actually liquids.
Sounds silly but it often causes some confusion. Ask yourself 'does it melt' or as security asked my friend, 'does it spread?' haha. Your mascaras, brow wax, lipsticks, lip balm... all liquids. In my liquids bag I packed my Acti Labs 3D Corrector, Estee Lauder Foundation and Acti Labs Collagen Day Cream in plastic sample pots, I dispersed my Acti Labs Collagen & Kelp Body Fondant into an old Nivea tub and then had my Nivea Lip Balm, Acti Labs Brow Wax, Lancome Defincils mascara, a small bottle of perfume from Primark, my favourite nude MAC lipstick, Acti Labs Le Joli Crayon in Posh, a travel sized Nivea shower cream and Dove deodorant. 

5. If you're going with friends, share products amongst you.
Spread out the allowance between you, if you can. Share toothpaste, hair products, etc. so you're not all taking multiples of the same thing.

6. Buy duty-free or once you arrive.
I bought my suntan oil, razors and other things I couldn't pack once I'd arrived in Spain.

7. Have a separate bag for everything else. Don't waste space in your liquids bag by putting non-liquids in. 
I got this cute marble effect makeup bag. Guess where from? haha, and filled it with my favourite powders and pencils. I took my The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer, The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, Acti Labs Lip Pencils in buff & pink nude, Acti Labs Eye Pencil in black and Rimmel eye kohl in white. Then, of course, my other bits and bobs.

8. Pack multi-purpose make up. 
Makeup palettes that don't take up too much room but can be used for different things are perfect. I used my Acti Labs Illuminating Palette for bronze, blush, highlight, on my eyes and to ombre my lips. And I love my pink Acti Labs Diamond Dust for a gorgeous all-over glow, blush or on the eyes.

What about you,
Do you have any tips?

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  1. Great posts, super useful! I love to travel light hand luggage only but be beauty products thing can be a real challenge. It always annoys me so much that lipstick etc are classed as part of the liquid allowance! On razors, I was told that if it had a fixed, non removable blade (like a disposable) it was allowed and I have travelled with this type of razor in my hand luggage with no problem. It's only the type with a removable blade that you can't take. X

    Sarah |

  2. This post is so helpful. I'm going on holiday in November so I will have to keep it all in mind.

  3. I find travelling with hand luggage can be so stressful!!! It seems like a good idea at the time when you book but then you're like "where the hell am I going to put everything?". especially the beauty products. After a couple of trips this year I've gotten better at it, I decant it all into small pots/bottles but my clear bag is still bursting at the seams !!!! :)

  4. Before kids I only ever took hand luggage. Nowadays we tend to take 3 cases between four of us so I just put all my make up in those! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  5. Great tips, thank you. I go away on Monday xx


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