I'm a Beauty Editor—This Is Every Product I'm Packing for My Next Holiday


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Lucy Williams always provides endless holiday (and beauty) inspo.

No matter the occasion, I always overpack, justifying every additional item with a ‘you never know.’ Back to see my parents’ for a couple of nights? We’re talking five different outfit combinations, at least. An impromptu staycation? Let’s add in another four pairs of shoes and three similar-looking jackets. A trip to the coast? You best believe I’m packing every bikini I own. And no, I probably won't even make it into the sea.

If you think that’s bad, don’t even get me started on my thought process when packing beauty products, which win in the weight department hands down. Because of course I’ll need the four variations of curling iron and that purple-toned eyeshadow palette I’ve never once used before. Hey, you never know. 



However, when you’re packing to go a little further afield you have to be slightly more methodical in your thinking—going over your allotted kg could set you back, after all. Plus, if you only have hand luggage, packing becomes like a fine art. Next month, I’m heading off on a sailing holiday to Greece. Although I have hold luggage, space is even more precious than usual due to the size of the cabins and to ensure the boat doesn’t get cluttered—we'll all take soft holdall bags you can store inside a cupboard as opposed to a hard case. 

So I thought what better time to share with you the skincaremakeup and haircare products that will 100% make the cut, which really does say a lot. Read on for my product recommendations and tips and tricks for beauty packing effectively this summer. 

1. The Flat Lay Co. Open Makeup Bag

2. Space NK Large Travel Bag

3. Hello Sunday The Everyday One SPF 50

4. Nuxe Tanning Sun Oil Face & Body SPF 50

5. Ouai St. Barts Body Crème

6. Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water

7. Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser

8. Vichy Mineral 89 72Hr Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane Moisture Boosting Cream

9. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Set

10. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil

11. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Nude Glow 

12. YSL Nu Cheek and Lip Tint

13. Jones Road Gel Bronzer

14. Victoria Beckham Satin Kajal Liner

15. Beauty Pie Deluxe Eyeshadow Quad in Smoky Rose

16. Eyeko Limitless Lengthening Mascara in Brown

17. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Liner in Cappuccino 

18. Rhode Peptide Lip Treatment

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Mollie Burdell is a freelance beauty editor, presenter and host. She trained as a makeup artist at the prestigious Delamar Academy, covering everything from prosthetics and theatre to TV and film, and then went on to graduate from university with a First Class Honours degree in journalism.After completing internships at Grazia, Look, Cosmopolitan and Stylist, she landed her first writer role at Superdrug's Dare magazine. Mollie then joined the Harrods content team as a beauty writer before being promoted to the deputy beauty editor. There, she developed the content strategy, tone of voice and creative identity for H Beauty—Harrods's standalone regional beauty stores. When she wasn't interviewing the likes of Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr and Regé-Jean Page, you'd find her on a live broadcast, hosting an event, shooting video content, reviewing the lastest beauty launch on social or crafting a magazine feature. She has also hosted and contributed to the LuxeGirl by SheerLuxe YouTube series.When Mollie isn't writing about beauty, you'll find her talking about it on a TikTok shop, dancing to pretty much anything with a beat, reading a crime thriller or performing a solo rendition of "One Day More" from Les Mis.