Wave your passport in the air if you’d rather be jetting off elsewhere. From Monaco to Mykonos and São Paulo to Seychelles, flights are being booked and holidays are being taken so you know what that means? Suitcases need to be packed. No, no, not with clothes or shoes but with our can’t-travel-without beauty essentials and summertime staples of course! Alright, perhaps you can sneak in an outfit or two…

Sunnies — check. Beach hat — check. A sun-soaked glow like no other? Ch-ch-check! First things first, is your suitcase anywhere near complete without the {Isle of Paradise} {Self-Tanning Drops}? Our answer is no. Gone are the days of tanning faux pas and streak galore, instead customise your own glow with this totally vegan formula that’s powered by organic tanning actives such as avocado, chia seed and coconut oil. Every drop delivers a surge of hydration and transports your skin to a palm tree paradise where all tans are evenly colour-corrected, free from that tangy scent and orange residue. Go light, medium or dark and bask in this foolproof formula that’ll no doubt leave your skin reeling for more. Perhaps one or 12 more drops won’t hurt, eh?

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is it to resist {Dr. Barbara Sturm}’s {Sun Drops}? We’d say 11. Wherever you are in the world, you need an SPF and what better way to stay protected than with a vitamin-rich sun serum? Harnessing the nourishing power of beta-glucan and cassia extract, replenish and regenerate stronger skin cells that can bear the ay calor weather of a far away island. 

There’s nothing worse than watching airport security throw away your favourite serums and creams because you forgot to pack travel sizes. Here comes {Dr. Jart+} to the rescue with the {Ceramidin Travel Kit} — a divine trinity of ceramide-rich household names that won’t put your delicate moisture barrier at risk while you whisk away to a different time zone. These travel-appropriate heroes work together to seal in the ‘good stuff’ and keep harmful aggressors out of reach. It’s safe to say that these bottled miracle workers support your skin with a reparative shield that promotes a plump, luminous glow even before the sun has kissed you!

Up next, unlock the silkiest (and we mean silkiest) skin-smoothing elixir that’ll rescue dry, sun-starved skin from the brink of dryness. Enter the beach bag essential: {Costa Brazil} {Kaya Jungle Firming Body Oil}. Made with a proprietary blend enriched by vitamin E, murumuru, brazil nut, patua and pequi seeds, this moisturising medley penetrates your skin to reveal a reflective, all-over radiance like never before. A non-greasy oil that looks just as good in the bottle as it does on your skin is what everyone needs for their vacay. Want to take things to the next, look-at-me level? Mix a few drops with your favourite highlighter to create your very own body shimmer oil which might have supermodels everywhere asking for your secret.

Speaking of secrets — our worst kept secret that we have no choice but to scream from the rooftops about is {Makeup By Mario}’s {Master Secret Glow}. We’ve sung praises about many a-highlighter but none have beamed quite like this. Compact and cute, this iridescent balm slots right into your make up bag and when worn, there’s nothing mysterious about the glass-like finish you’ll achieve. Beautifully translucent, this is the key to supple, dewy-looking skin that reflects the sun. Sitting at the high points of your cheeks, décolletage and lids, master the lit-from-within holiday glow that everyone craves…

A winter must-have is no doubt still a summer staple — keep your pout (and any dry patch) kissable and soft with your {Lanolips} {101 Ointment}. Brimming from the nozzle with an intensely nourishing blend of pure lanolin, your overnight bag is nowhere near complete without this cult-classic. Ciao chapped lips and flaky skin!

And there you have it! Your suitcase is ready to go and the next destination is holiday radiance

Precious Sodimu

Precious Sodimu

Junior Copywriter

Precious Sodimu is a Junior Copywriter at Cult Beauty as well as a self-proclaimed beauty fanatic. Sticking her teeth into all things make up and skin care, Precious is always on the hunt for the best products that work perfectly together. She loves learning about the benefits of new ingredients and formulas and the wonders it could do for her. Like most, if not, all beauty devotees, Precious doesn’t go a day without her trusted SPF 50 and niacinamide serums. Away from the vanity mirror, Precious loves to sit down with a good book (probably by her favourite author, Toni Morrison), or go out and try new cuisine.