Try telling a girl she can’t take the entire contents of her dressing table and bathroom on holiday with her. Go on, we dare you. Not a pretty sight, is it? Enter: The travel-sized beauty minis. Your favourite beauty products in tiny little bottles, all cute and perfect for when you’re on a vacation.
But, you know what you haven’t tried yet? Making these your handbag essentials too. Doesn’t it just make sense? The compact size, the on-the-go packaging, the easy-to-dispense caps and closures, the disposable bottles and squeezy-tubes… genius, right?
Well, keeping this in mind, we decided to pick our top favourites that we’d love to lug around in our bags every day. Now, we’re sure you may not need them all, but hey, maybe you can use this list as inspiration to create your own little collection of handbag + travel beauty minis:
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Eyeshadow Palette, £43
Whether you want pretty pinks or sultry blacks and greys, there is a Yves Saint Laurent eyeshadow palette out there for you. Every single shade you need to create the ultimate MUA-worthy look in one stylish package—what could be better? This one’s for the perfect smokey eye, anywhere, anytime!
The Kai Travel Set, £39.39
We love travel sets. No, really! Whether it’s a sleepover or that refresher course of beauty you need at work, this 5-in-1 set’s got you covered with a shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and even a fine linen wash, and a vial of perfume oil. We’re not suggesting you carry them all in your handbag every day; just pack in the one(s) you may need based on your plans. Why Kai? Their products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, phosphates, and gluten, and are vegan and cruelty-free as well. We love such stuff (check out our sustainable makeup must-haves here).
Urban Decay Perversion Mini Mascara, £8.50
Would you believe us if we told you that your favourite mascara in the world also came in an adorable little travel size? The 4ml version of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara is your key to getting red carpet lashes on the go. Handbag and travel luggage-friendly, this makeup must-have can fit in a teeny tiny clutch bag too.
Markus Lupfer Tangle Teezer, £13.50
No time for bad hair days, keep this Tangle Teezer with you at all times. It helps control frizz, flyaways, and prevents hair fall too. In terms of packaging, this Tangle Teezer by Markus Lupfer (yes, the man who makes those insanely stylish jumpers we obsess over every winter), looks luxurious and pretty worthy of pulling out of your bag in a crowded place.
Miller Harris London Refills, £50 for a pack of 3
Perfume minis and refills are the best. You can carry them around without adding weight to your bag and they basically fit in your zipper pockets. Currently on our list are refills by Miller Harris London; each carries a 9ml vial of perfume and we love the musky undertones of the scent.
Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo, £2
Dry shampoo has to be one of the greatest inventions of our time. A godsend for keen travellers and shamelessly lazy folk alike, don’t pretend you haven’t occasionally prioritised that extra hour in bed over washing, drying and styling your hair; especially on a Monday morning! Dry shampoo also doubles up nicely as a great volumising spray, so you always get a two-for-one kind of deal. We’re so glad our favourite brand packs in a mini version.