Beauty Director Cassie Steer holding her packing essentials

"Yes they all fit!" says Cassie Steer

Cassie Steer's packing essentials

“When it comes to clothes I’m a baggage handler’s worst nightmare (my ‘just in case’ items can end up sending me seriously over the limit) but with beauty products I’ve got it down to a tee,” says Cassie. “Last year I went away (mostly for work) 28 times and as well as seriously bumping up my air miles, it’s made me realise that packing your beauty products is about being strategic (and that doesn’t just mean going for the ‘mini’ versions). Here’s what I pack (and why)":



Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil 100ml, £21.50

Your hair needs protection too - especially if you want to avoid burnt scalps and dodgy colour changes

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo, £4 and Aussie Miracle Moist Conditoner 75ml, £2

I love this strengthening shampoo and ultra-nourishing conditioner (holidays are not as kind to our hair as they are to us). Shampoos and conditioners are bulky (and weighty) so here's where to opt for your mini versions



SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic 15ml, £70

It's all very well slapping on the suncream but if you want to minimise damage (and aging), make sure you pack an anti-oxidant serum with you - I wear this one under my suncream for extra free-radical protection

Bioderma Micellar Cleansing water 100ml, £4.80

Removes every trace of sweat-imbued make-up, suncream and general grime without any irritation. This diddy little bottle is worth packing just to coo over.

Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads, £48 

If you thought you could have a holiday from your skincare regime think again! Exfoliation is the best way to get your skin glowing for all those smug selfies. I prefer a chemical peel pad to a manula exfoliator - it's less messy and kinder on sun-burnished skin.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Tanning Lotion (free with the August issue of Instyle!)

Avoid startling fellow beach buddies by starting a gradual tan regime a day or so before your holiday. We may be biased, but this mini version of St Tropez's in-shower gradual tan (only available with the August issue of Instyle) is the perfect size to tide you over those 'haven't-seen-the-sun-since-2014' limbs.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Comfort Cream
£15.50 50ml



Rodial Lipstick in Just Daisy £25

A bright, ultra-pigmented lippie can look great with a tan but it you don't have the space for a lipstick wardrobe go for a tinted balm instead (much better for the beach). This one basically makes you look like your lips are natually rosy whilst giving them a big old moisture hit.

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara £19.50

There are few girls I know who are willing to forgo mascara completely - even on the beach. So make it waterproof and wipe any excess off on a tissue before you apply to give subtle definition without making you look 'Barbara-Cartland-does-Blackpool'.

SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral Radiance UV Defence SPF50 - £35

Packing is where multi-taskers come into their own. I always find foundations a bit heavy for travel/holidays so this is my all-time favourite base product. As well as giving you a lovely universal (it works for most skin-tones) glow (think Instagram filter), it offers a whopping SPF50 to boot.

YSL Les Sahariennes No. 6 Sienne, £31

If you can bear to go foundation-free do! Then all you need for the evening is a touch of bronzer (this YSL one is the perfect tone)


Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes, £3.26

I personally wouldn't recomend substituting a proper cleansing regime with wipes but they're the perfect holiday/travel companion

Gillette Venus Snap Women’s Portable Razor, £9.99

Let's face it we all want to stay fuzz-free on holiday (even if we let things slide the other 350 days of the year). This mini travel razor is pure genius (and so cute!)

Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate Deodorant 35ml, £1.20

I always leave buying things like toothpaste and deodorants to the departure lounge as the selection of minis is so much better 

Models Own Nail Polish Remover 90ml, £4.99

If nails are your thing you're going to want to pack this. No need for cotton wool etc, just 'dip, twist and go'!

Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray 50ml, £7.50

This is one for the hand-luggage. Perfect for a quick refresh on board it's also your anti-prickly heat ammo for when you land.

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