Anytime I’m jetting off somewhere, I always find myself in the same predicament - what am I going to pack in my beauty bag? I’ve compiled a list below of some products that I’ve been trying out and have made the cut into my carry-on. 

1.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette, €54 in Brown Thomas
If you’re not already familiar with the brand, Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of the top go-to’s for any beauty junkie out there. Famous for their cult status brow products, contour palettes and liquid lips to name a few, this brand consistently delivers high-quality products.

The Riviera Palette is similar in design to its older sister the ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette but what differentiates the Riviera is not only the adorable packaging which has a slight canvas/beach bag texture that instantly makes you think of white sandy beaches but also it's colour story.

The palette boasts 14 shades with textures varying from ultra-matte, metallic, pressed pigments and duo-chromes all varying jewel tones with some bright pops of colour (my eye was instantly drawn to the neon pink ‘Bahamas’ colour). While the palette is more colourful than others it still has a very wearable selection of transition shades such as ‘Cabana’ and ‘Estate’ and had a beautiful deeper warm-tone brown called ‘Palm’ which would be a go to for anyone who loves a smokey eye.

Their loose highlighter in ‘So Hollywood’ is also the perfect cherry on top to complement any eye look created with the palette, my favourite way to apply this is using a fan brush to dust the highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones, collarbones and shoulders if you really want to achieve that JLo glow!

2.  Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation 30ml, €36 in Debenhams
This was the first Urban Decay foundation that I’ve tried and I’m very happy to say that I was really impressed. The foundation is as the name suggest, quite light in texture with a more liquid consistency that I was initially expecting.

The formula has a demi-matte finish, with a medium-full coverage depending on the application and feels weightless on the skin. It’s oil and paraben free which is a major plus coming into the hotter months where everyone fears the dreaded makeup-meltdown but I was impressed with the longevity of this foundation as I was able to wear it all day with no touch-ups and skin still looked flawless. The foundation is formulated with anti-aging matrixyl 3000 and anti-oxidising green tea which makes it suitable to most skin types.

The ‘Naked Skin’ range also has a complementary concealer which is perfectly paired with this foundation and is a must have for beauty Youtuber Jaclyn Hill. My favourite way to apply this foundation is with a damp Real Techniques sponge (€7.99) or if you want more coverage a synthetic duo fibre brush will also apply this beautifully.

Top Tip: As the product is thinner in consistency I found giving the bottle a quick shake before application ensures the product glides on seamlessly. 

3.  Garnier Organic Fresh Lemongrass Daily Moisturiser 50ml, €7.33 in Boots
In recent years the emphases on natural and ethically sourced ingredients have been a point of focus for consumers. Garnier have spent ten years creating their new range of natural, sustainable and affordable Organic range which is centred around 6 key ingredients (Lavandin, Argan, Thyme, Lemongrass, Cornflower and Konjac) with products ranging from moisturisers, oils, toners and much more.

The Lemongrass daily moisturiser has quickly become one that I have been reaching for constantly not only because of its divine citrus scent but also because it leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy. Formulated for normal to combination skin, it's packed with organic lemongrass, barley stem water and a new ingredient for me - carrageenan which is extracted from seaweed which retains moisture.

I find the 50ml size is ideal for travel also. The entire range costs between €8.99- €16.99 so a great option if you’re looking for an organic range without breaking the bank. 

4.  L’Occitane Shea Butter Intensive Foot Balm €26
While normally a foot cream might not be a top priority in your beauty regime as it is a more recent addition to mine, our feet are hard workers and deserve some pampering too-especially considering it’s nearly sandal-season.

This cream is formulated with 25% shea butter and has a luxuriously thick creamy texture. Ideal for drier winter months or even after a day walking on a warm sandy beach it leaves your feet feeling silky smooth and hydrated. I see the best results when I apply this cream before heading to back and popping a pair of socks on to seal in the hydrating shea butter and in the morning your feet will be like new. 

5.  La Roche-Posay Anthelios Fresh Invisible Mist F50 75ml, €14.00 in MacCabes Pharmacy
It goes without saying that SPF is an extremely important step in anyone’s skincare routine as despite the weather we should be protecting our skin. This one from La Roche Possay has become a staple for me and not only do I never go on holidays without it but it’s also part of my day to day routine.

The fuss-free aerosol spray provides a light mist of protection which can be worn both under and over makeup. What really keeps me re-purchasing this product is that it doesn’t leave my skin greasy or clog pores, which I’ve had issues with when using other products especially as my skin does tend to be on the oilier side. This is a life saver as I know my skin’s protected without making my makeup slide. 

Pam Connell is a trained make up artist and self-proclaimed beauty and skincare junkie. Follow her on Instagram at @pam_connell or get in touch at