By the time this post goes up, flight timeliness permitting, I will be many, many miles above you all, en route to Marbella for a week of sun, sea, and sand. Hopefully not too much sand, I’ll be very honest – and please, do spare me the TOWIE jokes. I am fully loaded on carbohydrates, have not touched a drop of fake tan, and, well, I like to think I’m a little better spoken than those of their ilk. With this excitement, of course, comes the stress of packing. I know, on a scale of one to ten where one is a smudged fingernail and ten is, say, running a country, packing to go away is maybe 1.5. Do you really think that I wouldn’t take this opportunity to overthink, though? Do you know who I am? More importantly, do you know what I’m like?
And so, onto my packing list! Specifically, the part that is most likely to send me hurtling over the baggage weight limit, if my clothing choices didn’t put paid to abiding by it long ago. COSMETICS.
- In this heat wave, hair care is essential. Even and especially when it’s so hot and humid that all you really want to do is throw your mop into a bun atop your head and call it good. I’m so looking forward to breaking this set out for the perfect beachy hair-do. By perfect, I mean “one that does NOT resemble Monica in Barbados” – fingers crossed…*
- New, gorgeous nail polishes for a sunshine-friendly mani/pedi, and a topcoat to keep it stunning.
- Last minute “essential” type purchases. The kind of emergency purchases you make when you notice a crack in the handle of your mascara, your hair won’t do anything you tell it to, and it looks like it’s about to give up a very tenuous hold on life. Poor baby.
- There’s no point taking care of the above if you can’t put a flawless face on it. I chose Caudalie, scientifically enough, because it’s made with wine grapes, and I’ve never, ever known wine steer me wrong. This kit features cleansing water, Divine Oil (anyone…? Bueller…?), moisturising sorbet (so, er, moisturiser), and shower gel. I’ll also pack a heavier-duty cleanser and eye cream alongside this.
Those are just the highlights, unfortunately for my suitcase. Somewhere amidst the lotions and potions will be a metric ton of clothing, shoes for every possible eventuality, and enough technology to power the city. Fear not, you won’t be getting rid of me that easily! As for my inflight cosmetics pouch, glamorous as those things are not, I’ve stockpiled lip balm, hand cream, and teeny tiny sample sizes of makeup to offset the absolute horror of 7am check in, germy aeroplanes, and having to get my Spanish skills out. Pity me, and all who will have to listen to me. More importantly, ¡adios y hasta luego!