As a beauty editor, frequent flyer and now mother, I highly advocate you adopt the golden rule of travel beauty: keep it simple.
Preparation is king.
Travel isn’t the time to be wasting precious minutes on boring stuff like applying mascara, blow-drying hair, fake tanning, manicures and so on. So, do all you can before you leave to make your holidays a, ‘I’m up, let’s go!’ experience, rather than, ‘Just give me half an hour.’ Get eyelash extensions. Have a keratin smoothing treatment put through your hair. Get a spray tan. Get gel polish on your toes and get a nude manicure (no polish or clear) on your fingers so you won’t have chipped, skanky nails a week in. (Natural is the new black anyway.) Waste time on your appearance before you leave, not once you arrive.
Pack everything a week out.
Then, the day before, when you’re adding your daily essentials, (sunscreen, cleanser, foundation etc.) remove 30% of what you packed. You do not need four serums. Nor do you need your hair curler and hair straightener, plus three brushes. Travel provides a wonderful opportunity to do a beauty detox. I’m not asking you to look like a banshee for two weeks, but I am asking you to reconsider how much of your suitcase you are dedicating to stuff you don’t need and won’t use during two weeks in Peru.
Very few of your items should be full-size. Accrue (“politely remove”) travel miniatures from hotels, and buy small travel reusable bottles for things like shampoo, conditioner, sea salt spray and self tanner. Buy big/cheap/disposable items like body lotion, hairspray and sunscreen when you arrive to save space/weight.