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organised toiletries case

I was lucky enough to get a couple of the big things on my birthday wish list earlier in the year (including the lens and adorable handbag) – hooray! I was still really keen on the Apple & Bee toiletries case and decided to splurge and buy it for myself recently.

organised toiletries case

I had a not very feminine camping-store style case before that. I loved how it had a hook so it could be hung somewhere even in the most cramped hotel bathrooms.

What I didn’t love though, was that it didn’t quite fit everything in it. Even with the bare essentials of makeup items, I would struggle to get the zip closed and would have to pack another pouch for larger items such as hairspray.

I thought about it for months because it wasn’t cheap, but in the end I decided to go for it since it was the only case that met all my criteria after a lot of searching.

The Carry-all Traveller lives up to its name and I can fit EVERYTHING in it – including makeup, hairstyling gear and perfume – and has the nifty hook. As you can imagine it is quite a bulky piece, but I now don’t have to have several different pouches floating around in my suitcase and spread out around a hotel room.

organised toiletries case

Here are my tips for packing a travel toiletries case:

  • Pare back your makeup
    When I’m at home I’ll vary up my eyeshadow colours and such but when travelling I’ll usually only take one of each item (although I admit I stash another couple of lippies in my handbag). Choose more streamlined versions of your regular products, for example I use a stick blusher which doesn’t need a brush (I normally take pressed powder for the same reason but I just ran out so on our last trip I had to pack my bulky loose powder and brush). Non-essential items like bronzer and primer don’t make the cut at all.
  • Streamline your routine
    Similarly, simplify your other products to save space. For example, I take a single lotion for both hands and body, only one moisturiser (instead of one for day and another for night) and a razor instead of my usual epilator. Especially if you’re only going for a short time, you won’t miss the full kit & caboodle.
  • Keep a second set of everything 
    Instead of packing my toiletries case from scratch before each trip, I actually keep a second set of almost everything in there so I’m ready to go and won’t forget things. It sounds extravagant, but most essentials such as shampoo, body wash and toothbrushes, are cheap and longlasting. If you’re anything like me, you may already have a stash of gift-with-purchase samples and other spares.
  • Don’t take more than you need
    If you only need a couple of weeks’ worth of supplies, don’t pack a one-litre body lotion or huge hairspray. I prefer buying travel sized products for convenience but decanting into plain bottles will be cheaper.

What are your tips for packing toiletries?

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DIY steampunk lipgloss

The Man: What did you do today?

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Manicure bag

Whenever I do my nails (which, let’s be honest, isn’t very often these days) I grab whatever I think I’ll need from the bathroom drawer and plop myself on the couch… and invariably remember I’ve forgotten the clippers/buffer/file/lotion and have to go back upstairs to get it.

Then when I’m done, chances are I’m well into a Breaking Bad marathon and putting away all my bits and pieces in their various homes is the last thing I want to do.

So, the other day when my mum gave me a(nother) cute Clinique freebie bag, I knew I could put it to good use. I gathered up my nail polishes… then promptly threw away 80% of them because they had gone all hard and gross. Yes, those three bottles is now the full extent of my polish collection – sadly no Pinterest-worthy ombre glitter chevron designs here.

I collected the other essentials and put them in the bag so I’m ready to go whenever the manicure bug hits. I now have everything together and pack up is as simple as throwing everything back in the bag. My meagre collection takes up very little space in the bag which means there’s plenty of room to grow. It would actually make more sense to store it downstairs since that’s where I do my nails, but with no spare storage down there it remains in the bathroom cabinet.

How do you store your mani pedi gear? And are you low-maintenance in the nail department like me, or do you have every colour of the rainbow at your disposal?

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