What To Pack For A Winter Break

Summer may officially be over at home but other popular tourist hotspots are still enjoying the last of the sunshine and warm temperatures that we’ve spent a couple of months chasing. Grabbing that last bit of sun before winter can be a great way to prepare for the colder months, and a final break before the festive period begins.

So why book a winter break, and what do you pack for it?

There are so many reasons to delay your annual holiday to September, October and even November, including:

  • Lower costs – It’s well known that the costs can rise dramatically when it comes to the summer holidays, mainly due to the surge in popularity when school term finishes. Travel agents and resorts tend to drop their prices in September as the season ends – so if you’re looking to save some cash, now is the best time to go!
  • Fewer crowds – The school term starts again so there will be less families visiting tourist attractions and certainly more available sun beds around the hotel pool!
  • Temperature – While it’s fair to say that some countries will have the heat all year round, European cities that are popular for mini-breaks will be a lot less sweltering. On the other hand, if the heat is what you’re after, there’s plenty of options to consider, such as the Greek Islands which are sunny and hot well into October.

With flights booked, hotel chosen and days off work secured, all that’s left to do is pack! At Beauty Base we’ve put together a holiday beauty essentials list to help you with your winter holiday planning.

Holiday beauty

Some of us enjoy taking the time out that a relaxing holiday brings to strip things back, go bare faced and au naturale with our makeup, opting instead to slather on the SPF and let our hair do it’s own thing. Others will embrace being in a different setting with the potential nights out and cocktail tasting sessions, and use these occasions to test out bright new lipsticks and experiment with their holiday beauty look. Luckily we have products in our make up range that will suit all holiday makeup styles!

A light base

Basking in the sun or busy exploring, there are some holiday activities that just don’t call for our usual heavy duty foundation and concealer combination. A holiday is the perfect time to opt for light yet flawless base makeup, meaning you can cut down on some products (more room for clothes in your suitcase perhaps?) and get ready quicker! After applying your favourite facial sunscreen, we’d recommend a BB cream that will give light coverage, blurring any imperfections and will create an even base, without being too heavy.

We love the LA Girl HD Pro BB Cream which is a convenient multifunctional beauty product as it beautifully primes, moisturises and enhances skin tone. Available in six shades this silky BB cream is also packed with vitamin B3, C and E – your perfect holiday makeup and skincare in one! Cover up any blemishes with the LA Girl Pro Conceal, a lightweight concealer that provides natural coverage.

Bright lips

Liquid lipsticks have definitely been the lip product du jour and it’s easy to see why. The high intensity pigment and long lasting finish makes a liquid lipstick the perfect holiday lip product that you need to pack in your makeup bag. A good liquid lipstick will survive dips in the pool and evenings trying the local cuisine. Whether you like to keep things classic with a slick of gloss on top, or enjoy the popular matte liquid lipstick look, you’re free to wear it both ways.

The Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes are ideal for wearing day or night whilst on holiday due to the ultra staying power of the rich colours. A wonderful formula that will leave a velvet matte finish without drying out the lips, try the Milani matte liquid lipsticks offers a non-sticky formula that works to lock in a bold, opaque colour. Opt for a luxurious nude liquid lipstick in Sweetie for daytime selfies, and go with an orange toned red in Striking for a romantic evening along the beach.

All about the eyes

For those times when you want something a little more glam, an eyeshadow palette is a holiday beauty essential. With a selection of various shades in one place, it’s such an efficient beauty product that every makeup bag should possess. The fabulous eyeshadow palettes from W7 offer plenty of choice, from darker hues of purples to versatile brown shades, with the option for matte or metallic finishes. A lighter shade over the whole eyelid, with a darker shade placed in the socket and blended well can look amazing and right on trend. Complete the look with a high quality mascara from that will lengthen and add volume to your lashes. As a final touch, add a few coats of the W7 Keep ‘Em Dry waterproof mascara that is a transparent top coat which can be applied on top of any mascara!

We suggest a fabulous holiday makeup look of a bright lip with lashings of mascara to make these features pop!

Holiday perfumes

It may be blowing a gale back home, but on holiday you can pretend it’s still summer with the warmer climes. Get the most out of your summer perfume by taking along the bottle of your favourite scent away with you. If you’re looking for something new that would work well in a tropical environment, take a look at our range of women’s designer fragrances for some superb perfume options from brands such as Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, with purse sprays being ideal for adding to hand luggage. Light, fresh scents will work wonderfully as a holiday perfume, and every spritz thereafter will serve as a reminder of your getaway.

Boost your tan

If you’re wanting to give your skin a bit of a boost pre-holiday, then our range of fake tan products are on hand to provide that much needed glow. The self tanning range from Sunkissed offer various ways to tan your bod, from gradual self-tanning emulsion to a self-tan mousse that can be easily applied in the lead up to your holiday. Following your time away (with lots of SPF!) help to elongate the life of your tan by giving it a top-up with your favourite fake tan product.

Use the Beauty Base holiday essentials list as your guide for packing for your winter sun holiday and browse our beauty departments for the best variety and prices on all of your favourite beauty products!

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