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The travelling mum’s time-saving beauty hacks

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Let’s face it, all mums need beauty hacks. Those tricks of the trade that quickly help you feel more human each morning can make the difference between a good day and bad. Well, I suppose if you’re as vain as me they do anyway!
During the past few years of being a mum I’ve been refining my toiletries bag to accommodate the shorter time I have to get myself ready for the day and to fit in with our regular travels. Here’s some of the items that I wouldn’t leave home without:

1. Asda Skin System Sensitive Wipes (74p) – at home I will cleanse and tone, but while we’re away I give myself a break from that routine and use an all-in-one facial wipe. It cuts down on the weight of my toiletries bag and, if we happen to be getting on a plane, the need to decant my liquids into tiny bottles.

2. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Concentrated Hand Cream (£3.40 from Asda) – I get really dry hands all year round, especially when we spend lots of time outdoors. This hand cream is great for keeping soreness and broken skin at bay.

3. Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly Lip Therapy (£1.99 from Superdrug) – I’m not a big lipstick fan but hate dry lips, so always carry one of these handy pots of Vaseline in my toiletries bag. A quick application makes me feel like I’ve made an effort.

4. Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser (£3 from Boots) – I’m a bit obsessive about moisturising all over after a bath or shower so I wasn’t sure if this would do the job. However, my skin feels soft and I love the smell. It also cuts out one step of my morning routine – a winner in my book. However, don’t use it if you are doing any fuzz fighting as it will clog up your razor.

5. Garner Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Tinted Eye Roll On (£8.99 from Boots) – I’ve had this for a long time and love it. It contains caffeine, giving your under-eye area a refreshing tingle, and is tinted to hide dark circles. It’s lasted me so long that the packaging has changed a bit from what you see in my picture.

6. TRESemmé Instant Refresh Radiance Dry Shampoo (£4.98 from Asda) – my fine hair usually needs a daily wash otherwise it gets really limp. But washing and drying your hair daily eats into fun time, so every other day I’ll spray in a bit of dry shampoo to liven things up.

So that’s a few essentials I pack in my travel toiletries when we hit the road. What won’t you leave home without?

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Tas D

Monday 17th of August 2015

I have very fine hair too but I've never tried dry shampoo. I may get it for hospital! My one do it all thing is vaseline :)

Caroline Elliott

Monday 17th of August 2015

Great selection of bits and I particularly like the sound of the dark circle one! Thanks for sharing with #MaternityMondays

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Monday 17th of August 2015

I'm ashamed to say that when it comes to my make up bag I am such a passive consumer. It's strange because I'm always conscious of the ethically of the products I use with my kids. I'll definitely have a look for those products you have recommended and I hear that coconut oil is amazing for EVERYTHING! I keep meaning to pick some up from Holland and Barrett to massage onto Tin Box Baby.

Ashleigh Lawrence-Rye

Monday 17th of August 2015

With a new baby at the moment my "regime" I pretty rubbish! I don't use any products tested on animals so the only thing I'd be able to use on your list is the face wipes :( to cut down on "stuff" though I share the baby's WaterWipes, I love the Boots Botanicals Hibiscus range for a cleanse, tone and moisturise programme though, its also pretty cheap. I'm like you for hating chapped, dry lips, I love Lush Popcorn lip scrub and Body Shop lip balms or just some coconut oil if I'm at home and passing the kitchen. #MaternityMondays


Friday 1st of May 2015

Oh I'm going to try that Tresemme, I've got fine limp hair too - the glamour!! Thanks for linking up to #Thelist, great tips! xx

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