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7:00am Saturday 7th July 2012 in NewsXtra
Travel light but beautiful with suitcase-friendly buys. Lisa Haynes reveals how to get the maximum out of your beauty routine with minimum packing.
The art of travelling light is never easy for us women.
There's the body-buffing routine, skincare regime and operation suncare, not to mention the make-up and hair essentials you simply can't go away without.
Whether you're going long-haul and need to cut down your excess baggage or attempting short-haul with a carry-on case, it's time to substitute your full-sized favourites for manageable minis.
We suss out the best in suitcase-friendly buys.
:: Sky-high hydration Don't let dehydrating planes defeat your skin. Keep your complexion clear and calm on your travels with Darphin's Hydraskin Discovery Set, £26 (0870 034 2566/www.darphin.co.uk).
:: Mermaid tresses Get beach-ready locks with added UV protection. Richard Ward's Seasons Summer Protect Kit minis are small enough for your straw bag but mighty enough to battle sun, sea and chlorinated pool water, £25 (www.richardward.com).
:: Clear run Don't let surprise leaks and spills sabotage your holiday wardrobe. Keep your travel beauty on lockdown with Marks & Spencer's three-piece clear cosmetic bag set, £6 (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).
:: Happy hair Keep unruly lion locks at bay with a travel hairdryer. Hair Tools' print Haito Mini Dryers are 1000 watts and come with a mini nozzle and diffuser, £15.99 each (01924 466999/www.hairtools.co.uk).
:: Spa sensations Stay fresh and fragrant in the searing heat. Superdrug's Ooh La Spa Travel Spa is a bag of three minis so you can feel pampered wherever you are in the world, £1.99 (www.superdrug.com).
:: Summer smoothie Don't take a vacation from your cleansing regime. First Aid Beauty's Soothe and Smooth Kit includes a cleanser, moisturiser, lip repair and also Smooth Shave Cream so you can feel body confident in your swimsuit, £15 (selected Boots stores).
:: Takeaway beauty Get five-star hair with hand luggage-friendly potions. Pick 'n' mix your 75ml favourites from Charles Worthington's Takeaways range, including Sunshine, Daily Defence, Full Volume or Shine, from £1.99 (Boots).
:: Refillable faves Can't bear to be parted from your oversized bathroom must-haves? Aveda's Fill-Ables Kit allows you to create your own bespoke travel kit with four empty 50ml bottles, 30ml jar, spray pump and label sheet, £15 (0870 034 2380/www.aveda.co.uk).
:: Mini marvels Make sure your hair is the 'mane' attraction of your holiday snaps. Percy & Reed's Quintessential Quick Fix contains six minis to style your hair for sundowner cocktails with minimum effort, £24 (www.percyandreed.com).
:: Petite perfume No need to lug your heavy fragrance bottle around to get a spritz of your signature scent. Transfer to Flo's miniature fragrance atomiser, £9.99, available in three colours (Boots/John Lewis).
Tried & tested Nicole Green aims to banish the orange peel effect for bikini season.
"With bikini season approaching, I've managed to lose the love handles but the 'hate dimples' (cellulite) remain. I've tried various at-home treatments but nothing seems to shift the lumpy appearance so I packed my podgy butt off to the beautiful Adamina Spa (www.adaminaspa.com). Though the pebble-clad walls and sea blue accents of my treatment room were one of the prettiest I've seen, I wasn't expecting the Comfort Zone Body Strategist + Cellulite Remodeller to be quite as bright and breezy... The intensive treatment has a thermogenic action to tackle resistant cellulite meaning the onset of hot and cold sensations. My therapist examines my cellulite hot spots before starting to ensure the treatment was right for me. After the thumbs up, I'm made to feel at ease with a relaxing foot ritual. Next up, my skin is prepped and then Body Strategist + Remodeller double action cream (£43.50) is smoothed onto my thighs, bottom and stomach. It feels cold on application but after an increasing tingle sensation, the areas swiftly heat up - some people go cold while others feel the heat depending on their circulation. The invigorating 'sauna effect' is intensified with a plastic wrap that's left on for 20 minutes. I'm told the cream stimulates the microcirculation of the skin, which is why it feels as though it's working much deeper than other cellulite potions that just sit on the surface. Meanwhile, my skin is turning redder by the minute! As the cream works its magic, I'm given a heavenly hand massage that extends right up to my upper arms and shoulders. Once I'm 'cooked' the wrap is removed and the therapist then applies a professional 'Attack Gel', which sounded scary but cools and soothes the skin. A final thorough massage follows with Body Strategist + Refiner (£42.50). Afterwards, the all-important cellulite inspection (ignoring the lobster pink skin) - considerably less visible and my thighs and bottom look smoother and toned. I'll be continuing this tingle treatment at home to see if I can transform that orange peel skin into a peachy bum."
:: Comfort Zone Body Strategist + Cellulite Remodeller treatment, from £75 for 60 minutes, available nationwide (01827 280 080/www.comfortzoneskincare.com).
:: Comfort Zone Body Strategist + Remodeller cream, £43.50 (018 2728 0080/www.comfortzoneskincare.com).
Buy it now Travel in style with Elemis's Top to Toe Weekender bag. The stylish maroon tote bag is stuffed with three Elemis favourites; Tranquil Touch Bath Elixir, Tranquil Touch Body Cream and Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Available for £29.90 (saving 45% on RRPs) at Debenhams and spas and salons nationwide from July 1 (011 7316 1888).
Beauty bulletin :: Skin swot Feel more confident in your own skin with Mama Mio. The beauty brand has launched a year-long Fit Skin for Life campaign to help women understand their skin. To help put you on the right path to smoothness you can take a sneak preview of the Fit Skin Test from July 1-14 at www.fitskinforlife.com. Take the free test and in a few hours you'll receive a personal Fit Skin Report you can use as a customised blueprint for your skincare regime.
:: Recessionista alert Ragdale Hall is making pampering more affordable with their summer Bring A Friend For Free offer. Pay for the single occupancy room rate and your guest pays nothing. Visit before July 21 and both guests will enjoy either a Ragdale Prescription Facial or Moisturising Lavender Body Treatment. Minimum two night stay required, starting from £241 per night (0166 443 3000/www.ragdalehall.co.uk).