The Pre-Travel Checklist

December 11, 2016



Hello, my name is Laura and I have a confession. I am not a naturally girly girl.

Since meeting Jamie, I’ve been experimenting a bit more with beauty, and it’s been a revelation. I’ve come to realise that spending some time in The Beauty Studio can save you more time in the long run, and since I am forever short of time, I like that!


Today I wanted to share some of my beauty tips for one of my favourite hobbies – travelling! As someone who is not especially inclined to spend time on beauty stuff at home, let alone when away, I find that a bit of preparation can go a long way towards saving time and energy that could be better spent exploring or lying on a beach drinking cocktails.



While I have great admiration for women who are happy to go au naturel, I am not one of them. Since daily shaving is a chore, and can often mean that my legs end up feeling itchy and dry, I’ve been very happy to make the switch to more permanent methods of hair removal. If you’re after an easy way to save time and suitcase space while you’re away, why not ditch the razor and epilate before you go, or book in for a wax and let Jamie do the hard work?



I go to great efforts to travel with only hand luggage, so a lot of my larger toiletries have to stay at home. While it can be hard to resist the adorable tiny shampoo and conditioners available in Boots and Superdrug, they can be pricey. Here are a couple of other ideas for hand luggage friendly toiletries:


- Decant your favourite full-size toiletries into refillable 100ml bottles. I picked up a great kit from Savers, which contains a transparent bag, three bottles and two pots, giving me plenty of options.

- If you’re staying in a hotel, chances are they will provide some shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion for you. If you like it, then why not take the rest of the bottle home with you, ready for your next trip? There you go – saving money and the environment, what’s not to love?


If I’m going away for a week or more, then I will always buy a full-sized bottle of suntan lotion in duty free – it’s usually cheaper to buy it there than at the destination, and I prefer to go for a brand I recognise.




For a simple make-up look, I usually stick to eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil and lipstick. As my eyelashes are a bit stumpy and straight, Jamie’s eyelash lift and tint has been a major game changer for me. When freshly done, I don’t need to wear mascara, so it’s great for holidays, especially for looking slightly more put together than usual at the beach!


Thanks to some over-plucking back in the noughties, I’ve got a few gappy bits in my eyebrows. One easy way to fill them in without the faff before your holiday is to book in for a full brow service with Jamie. Comprising of a wax and a tint, this is just the thing to get them looking on top form. Even if you’re not into the bold eyebrow look, this can still make a big difference to your subtle eyebrow game.


(Full Brow Service, £17 / Eyelash Lift and Tint, £35, The Beauty Studio)



I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some random stuff in my make-up bag. Since I know that a lot of it doesn’t get used every day, I can also be confident that the same items aren’t going to get used on holiday, so I leave them at home – why drag the extra weight around? Honestly, at this point all I take with me is a lipstick and an eyeliner, but this is still a good tip if you like to wear more make-up than me (not hard!).


If you wanted to, you could also use this as an opportunity to write yourself a duty-free make-up counter shopping list!



Sometimes I look at my feet, shudder, and stuff them back inside my socks. If I’m going on holiday though, I have to think about whether or not I want other people to see them in their present state. Generally speaking, the answer is ‘God, no!’. Sometimes a bit of toenail painting is enough, but if things are looking really ropey, then a pedicure can be a combination of repair work and a relaxing treat. For a real treat, I book in for an Intense Spa Pedicure (£33)










You can find out more about Laura and see her travel adventures over at Laurasaurus


Photos by Ben Shoosmith



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