Is your first holiday of the year nearly here? Whether you’re going on a city break or a week somewhere further away for some sunshine, you must start thinking about what to take. Packing light is something many of us struggle with! So today we are running through some skincare and make up essentials that won’t break the bank in case you need a last-minute fix;

Let’s assess your wash bag first; While our skin will benefit from some vitamin D, we tend to over indulge when on holiday. So, we need to make sure we are counteracting on any increases in alcohol or lack of sleep by maintaining a good skincare routine. The Ren Clean Skincare Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is a reliable cleanser than is sensitive to all skin types. It has jojoba wax beads which will purify and detox your skin by gently scrubbing away dead cells while the jojoba seed oil deeply hydrates and plumps leaving your new underneath skin looking its best.

When on holiday we all want to wear minimal make- up and let our skin breathe so taking a moisturizer than can allow your skin to stay hydrated and let you feel comfortable bare faced is a massive must. The Nivea Soft Cream is perfect for everyday and can be used on your face, hands and body. This formula also includes jojoba oil working well with your cleanser leaving your skin looking and feeling revitalised.

Sun cream as we all know should be worn no matter how much sunlight you are getting, Piz Buin is great for leaving your skin light and weightless without feeling oily and greasy. There is a huge selection on site with great savings but one to try if you are going on a city break and need one for on the go is the Piz Buin Ultra-Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF15. This hydrating fluid spreads easily and leaves skin silky smooth and dry without any white marks.

One to consider while on holiday especially if you are going to be in the sea or a pool is a hair mask. Hair can often become dry and rough, looking damaged due to the oils being removed from factors such as chlorine. So, if you are wanting to create that perfect beach wave, put on the Osmo Hair Mask for 5 minutes and let the moringa oil and silk protein smooth and revitalised your hair.

Now let’s look at your make up bag; On holiday we tend to wear less make up as we develop a nice glow but if you want a natural look for a day out or in the evening then having a good foundation such as the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation is key. This foundation is renowned for its 100% poreless coverage and light texture leaving you with a flawless natural finish.

The next essential is having a good powder to matte your complexion as the heat can often give us an unwanted shine. The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder blurs imperfections and mattifies your flawless finish providing a bare skin sensation. It includes a soft sponge perfect for touching up on the go.

The next necessity is having a fresh mascara to give those gorgeous long eyelashes. A few strokes of mascara go a long way even if we are wanting a natural look. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara would be a good choice to take.

The Sun kissed Hello Sunshine Matte Bronzer is something everyone should have packed. On holiday many of us apply bronzer everywhere! On our cheeks to make then glow, on our neck to blend our finish and on our shoulders so we look sun kissed. This velvety powder infused with minerals smooths easily over your skin.

Lastly taking a good gloss with you for your lip will finish off any day or evening looks you need. The Daniel Sandler Lip Gloss is a non-sticky formula that gives you a transparent shine. The glide on tube applicator is quick and easy and enriched with vitamin A, giving you a high impact shine! A personal favourite is the nude Super Bare shade.