Travelling Light

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



  1. 5th May 2013 / 11:08 PM

    I came back from Marrakech 2 weeks ago and I shouldn’t have bothered bringing any makeup. With the 40 degree heat and hayfever the only thing I could bear to wear was concealer. Not really a hidden gem but you must must must get orange juice from djemaa al fna square at every opportunity. Best OJ I’ve ever had and a glass is only 3 dirham (30p). The Mr and I had about 4 a day. All the stalls are practically the same but the Number 13 stall was always nice and cold 🙂 I didn’t go to a hammam but I read only good things about les bains de marrakech xx

  2. Sheenie
    5th May 2013 / 11:17 PM

    A friend of mine told me about the orange juice for 30p! I will definitely take advantage of that and remember stall 13! I’m staying about 5 minutes away from the square by cab. Sorry that your hayfever gave you grief. It may well be that I don’t end up using anything but sunscreen on the face. I’m much more confident now to go bare-faced as I do here. Thanks, Tass! xx

  3. 6th May 2013 / 9:13 AM

    You are taking so many of my favourites! I just tried the Maybelline Rocket this week and I LOVE it! Its my new fave!
    I also like the GOSH BB cream, its one of the best I have tried.
    I always take way too much stuff away with me, I dont end up using 3/4 of what I take so I have to be strict with myself when I go to Iran in June.
    I hope you have a fab holiday lovely 🙂


  4. Hayley Sellick
    6th May 2013 / 12:04 PM

    Yeah, I didn’t really that much when I was out there either. Just some lipstick and a touch of mascara really. I would say avoid the Jewish Mellah near the Badi Palais. Someone said he would direct us to a museum we were looking for (which was actually quite easy to find in the end) but took us by a ‘short cut’ (wasn’t short, was longer) which conveniently took us to a tea shop, in which the man said no pressure to buy anything, but after giving us so many samples, we felt obliged to, which was probably his plan. Then another member of this group said he would finally take us to the museum, but via a Jewish synagogue (closed) and cemetery (closed). We only walked with him for about two minutes. Eventually we got back near the main road, then stopped us and demanded we give him 20 EUROS for taking us to a load of places that were shut and we didn’t want to go to. We were like ‘no way’ and offered him 2 euros, which is probably about right, and he started getting angry and shouting about how even 5 euros was nothing to him (when you can actually buy a whole meal in Marrakesh for 5 euros), but he eventually took the 2 euros and stormed off. It was all a bit ridiculous, so I would avoid that if I were you! :/

  5. Hayley Sellick
    6th May 2013 / 12:06 PM

    But other than that, it was great! I loved Morocco, would definitely go back 🙂 Also, if you’re uncomfortable with haggling (like me), there is a set price supermarket, away from the souks, near the Saadian Tombs, which for the most part is very reasonable. Nice hammam place round there as well, but I have forgotten what it was called. Think it was only 150DH as well for the hammam, so not bad at all! 🙂

  6. Sheenie
    7th May 2013 / 10:11 AM

    Thanks, Hayley! I’ve been to Tangiers and been accosted there, as well as some Middle Eastern countries so will do my best to bitch-slap any stalkers who try to rip me off. I’ve heard the government controlled shops are a good (and often reasonable) place to buy things because the prices are fixed or to travel out of Marrakech to other lesser known towns. Should be fun!

  7. Sheenie
    7th May 2013 / 10:13 AM

    Thanks, gorgeous! I don’t know why I felt the need to pack so much – when your make-up bag weighs more than your clothes, that’s when you’ve got to question your sanity. GOSH BB cream is a fantastic match and such good value for money. I tried Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser but it was too pink and greasy.

  8. 15th May 2013 / 1:27 AM

    oh I’ve been meaning to do an updated post on my travel essentials but never get round to it!
    I’d defo recommend the evian or avene sprays; they are AH-mazing to use if you’re getting your tan on, you don’t feel the burn after you spray yourself with these!
    BB creams is a good choice but I’d recommend a powder (even if just translucent) more so than anything else; i’ve taken pictures without powder and my goshhhh I look like I’ve just ran a marathon =S

    don’t forget to stick some vaseline up your nose on the plane, you don’t wanna get ill before you’ve got there =S xx

  9. Sheenie
    15th May 2013 / 11:19 AM

    Thanks for the vaseline tip, Safiyah. Good point about the translucent powder. I normally don’t wear any here as I like the dewy look and powder often gives me that dried, caked on appearance but I will take some just in case. xx

  10. 12th June 2013 / 11:18 PM


    Where did you get those fab and groovy leopard trim sunglasses?
    Absolutely love them


  11. Sheenie
    13th June 2013 / 12:23 AM

    They’re by Miu Miu, Wendy – thank you! I bought them last year.

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