HOLIDAYS: The Top 5 Things We’re Packing in our Makeup Bag


One that takes you easily from beach to restaurant. That delivers you from under a blue-sky Byron day and hours in the ocean at one of Byron’s famous beaches, or lazing beside The Bower’s beautiful round pool, to one of Byron’s fab new restaurants or bars. And of course it’s all about hydrating your skin, protecting it from the sun’s harsh UV rays, and adding a hint of colour to sun-kissed skin.

We love a multi-use product too, so Ultra Violette’s Queen Screen, which is both a serum and SPF all in one, is a winner for us, as is Revlon’s new Cushion Lip Tint. It’s multi-purpose too, adding a pop of stay-put colour to your lips while you’re in the water and can be used on your cheeks as well to add that fresh, slightly flushed look when you’re ready to hit town. Win/win.

After that holiday glow? Aren’t we all? IT Cosmetics CC Cream will give you just the right amount of coverage as well as nourishing your skin with antioxidants, vitamins and actives. Then come night time, when you’re curled up, chilling out in your luxury accommodation, why not think about a super-charging, hydrating sheet mask? The Skin Republic ones are current favs of ours, are seriously affordable (about $13 from Woolies or Priceline), they’re light to pack, and will nourish your skin after a day immersing yourself in the sun and surf and all that’s wonderful about a little piece of paradise.

And of course a must-have is a stylish makeup bag to put our goodies in. Our pick? The Daily Edited Travel Case. It’s a beautiful example of design and form meeting function, and you know how much we admire great design coupled with functionality at The Bower.  This bag has two compartments and the top half of the case has two additional compartments with interior zips. The earring, hooks and zip compartments are just perfect for keeping jewellery safe and organized while you’re on the move.  And like all of TDE’s products, it comes in lots of colours and can be monogrammed too.  Our choice is 100% saffiano leather with fabric lining but there are vegan options too made from 100% super fibre. The Sydney-based creatives behind this global label have thought of everything.  They even have a line of fully customisable bags where leather colours, hardware and structural details are all options to create a product to your own taste. TDE is a little bit of affordable luxury we just have to have!

Revlon Cushion Lip Tint (our colour pick: Pretty Kiss)

It has the look of a lightweight lipstain and comfort and moisture of a balm, is infused with coconut oil so lips feel moisturised and smooth, has a pillowy soft cushion tip that gives a perfect flush of colour and is a buildable colour for maximum impact.  The perfect day-to-night solution.

Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Lightweight Sun Serum

“You need Queen Screen if you: a) like the feeling of NOT wearing SPF b) like an invisible, lightweight yet non-greasy texture c) like a lil' bit of hydration and a lot of glow d) are a QUEEN with sensitive/normal/slightly dry skin.

The matriarch of the Ultra Violette family, this Queen is the big boss of skinscreen. A broad-spectrum SPF in the body of an anti-ageing serum to make your skin glow. The oil-free formula is jam-packed with native antioxidants that’ll melt into your face like a discarded Callipo on a hot summer’s day.”

Westman Atelier Contour Stick, Cream Blush and Highlighter 

A modern take on no-makeup makeup, it offers plant-based formulas, second-skin finishes and skin care benefits. It marries natural ingredients, such as hydrogenated coconut oil, with advanced actives that soothe reactive complexions. The packaging is great too. Behold stick format foundations, contour, blushes and a highlighter, enveloped in custom-made grey and pink tubes that recall vintage atomisers.

Our picks:

  • Face Trace Contour Stick - Creamy and fool-proof, this easy-to-use contour stick glides easily onto skin, delivering natural-looking definition and depth for the perfectly sculpted complexion.
  • Lit Up Highligher Stick - Silky, sheer and refreshing, this iridescent gel instantly elevates tired, dull skin with a fresh and luminous sheen that enhances the complexion and flatters any skin tone.
  • Baby Cheeks Blush Stick (did we mention that this is a fav of Jennifer Aniston’s?). Suitable for use on cheeks, lips and eyelids, this velvety smooth blush soothes and protects skin while bestowing a natural flush of buildable colour.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Developed with plastic surgeons, Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ is an award-winning colour correcting cream that delivers 7 products in one, including your full-coverage foundation, hydrating anti-aging serum and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen. Your multi-tasking beauty miracle provides clinically tested hydration while diffusing the appearance of skin imperfections for flawless-looking coverage that won’t crease or crack.

Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, this skin-loving full-coverage foundation diffuses the look of wrinkles, minimizes the appearance of pores and gives you a luminous, supple, flawless-looking complexion. It’s truly your must-have for instant complexion perfection!

Plus, no need for brushes to apply it so an easy option for holidays – the less we can pack the better!

Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Face Mask

These are powerful anti-aging hydrogel sheet masks that super-charge your skin with Retinol to support natural collagen, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase your skin's elasticity.

Lay back for 40mins and rejuvenate your skin after a long day at the beach or by the pool. Relaxation plus rehydration? A win for us...