Beauty, Lifestyle

My pre-holiday beauty prep

20th February, 2021

When I go on holiday I like to keep it as low key as possible when it comes to beauty maintenance. Whether it’s overseas or somewhere closer to home I prefer to just focus on getting out and about and making the most of each day as opposed to having to spend time grooming my eyebrows or doing my nails. To ensure this happens, I focus on my pre-holiday beauty prep and make sure I get all the beauty maintenance I need scheduled in before I depart.

I’m sure a lot of you have a similar checklist give or take a few steps but these are the key things I always get done before I even pack my bags

Get a spray tan

A spray tan is always a must for me before I go away on a trip. My favourite place to go is Bronzalicious in Sydney’s Neutral Bay as they always get the colour spot on. I find when you’re bronzed you don’t need to wear much makeup plus you just generally feel more confident with a little bit of a glow, especially if it’s a beach holiday and you’re in swimwear a lot.

To help with maintenance while I’m on holiday I’ll take an exfoliator to get rid of excess colour from my spray tan and a bronzing mousse for top-ups.

Get a mani/pedi

I like neat, tidy nails when I’m on vacation so I make sure to squeeze in a manicure and pedicure as part of my pre-holiday beauty prep routine. I usually go sans polish on my fingernails because I hate chipped nails and don’t want to have to worry about getting them done when I’m away from home. On my toes I will get Shellac so it lasts a couple of weeks and will usually either get a light shade such as OPI’s Bubble Bath or a deep burgundy such as OPI’s Malaga Wine.

Have my eyebrows shaped and lashes tinted

A visit to Amy Jean Eye Couture in Sydney’s CBD is a must. I get my eyebrows shaped and eyelashes tinted and curled. I always curl my eyelashes so this way I don’t have to worry about it and I’m set for the day. If my brows and lashes are looking good then I find that I can get away with minimal makeup as it helps me looked polished.

Refresh my hair

I’m usually very good at having a regular cut and colour so I always make a point of booking a session at Valonz in Sydney’s Paddington right before a trip. I get my hair recoloured and cut so it looks fresh for my trip. It’s a bit of running around getting all my beauty prep done before going away but it’s all worth it in the end as I can just focus on enjoying myself and not have to worry about a thing.

What are your pre-holiday beauty prep essentials?


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  • Reply Stefania 21st August, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Leaving tomorrow for Italy for a month … Rome is my home away from home it’s where I have a lot of family and friends …. hair coloured and cut, lashes lifted (I agree an absolute must) but mani pedi got left to the side have run out of time …. have a friend who has a beauty salon in my town so will have that taken care of after landing ….. this afternoon cooking some meals for my hubby and 17yo old son who aren’t coming along …. just me …. nerves r on fire lol catching up with family and friends and spending 10 days in Sicily with my Italian friends in Lampedusa and San Vito Lo Capo will fix it all! Lol

  • Reply Juliet 21st August, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I thought I was the only one who had a million appointments pre holiday, so I’m glad I’m not alone. So worth it!

  • Reply Elizabeth 20th February, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Kate,
    Where do you have your mani/pedi done?

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