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I am going on holiday to Marrakech soon. It will be 7 days in the (here’s hoping for) scorching north African sun, and I am looking forward to getting my first sun tan in almost 18 months.

One thing I am determined to do is to minimise on my packing with make-up and beauty products for two main reasons: I will be flying by no-frills airline Easyjet who are notoriously difficult with luggage dimensons and weights (total size includes wheels and handles for crying out loud!). Also I want to leave enough room for any potential purchases I will find difficult to resist from the souqs.

I took a heaving bag of make-up on my last getaway and shamefully I didn’t even use two-thirds of the contents. What is it about going away that sends us into a panic that we might need several palettes and lipsticks? It’s a holiday, not a fashion shoot!

So here are the essentials I’ve whittled down to:


  1. Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara – my current favourite mascara (not photographed)
  2. Illamasqua’s Precision Liner in Abyss
  3. Illamasqua’s Skin Base (12)
  4. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NW35)
  5. L’Occitane’s Sublime Beauty Cream – BB Cream in Medium*
  6. GOSH BB Cream in Warm Beige
  7. Bourjois cream blusher in Sweet Cherry (04)*
  8. Nars cream blusher in Maui
  9. Avon Supershock Gel Liner in black
  10. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose and Mightiest Marschino*
  11. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush (005)
  12. Smashbox Megatint in Punch*
  13. Bourjois 3D Effet lip glosses in Brun Exotic and Brun Rosé*
  14. Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon and Empress
  15. Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* – doubles up as a primer
  16. Liz Earle Sheer Gold Shimmer


I have purposely avoided products which need brushes as well as powders, and subsequently I am leaving out the eyeshadows because frankly I can’t be bothered with all that faffing around.

Bourjois’s new collection of cream blushers are not until 15th May but you can read a review and see swatches by Leanne of Do Not Refreeze. Light and slim in packaging, these are perfect for travelling so I’m popping one in the bag.

I am also looking forward to putting L’Occitane’s new BB Cream through its paces and I will be posting a review on it.

All of these fit nicely in my relatively small Bourjois make-up bag*. Honestly my make-up bag before was hand bag size!

Is there anything else I should take? I know I’ve overdone it with the lipwear but the trouble is, I don’t know which ones I will wear (depending on how I feel at the time) so I’m taking a few. Madness. I would love to know if you try to downsize your make-up when you go away or if you take more than what I am packing.

On a separate note, if you’ve been to Marrakech, please let me know your recommendations about what hidden gems I should visit or try. One thing that is an absolute must is a hammam and massage and picking up some argan oil. Can’t wait!

*PR sample



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