The Essentials Guide: How to Pack for a Girls Weekend
by Beauty by the B
A weekend away can be exciting and the perfect mini-break, and this is especially true when that weekend includes a girlfriend or two and a lot of spa action. Throw in some shopping, dinners and a theatre night-out and your weekend is bound to be amazing!
As fun and exciting as travelling is, the first question most ask when they’ve booked even a weekend getaway is - what should I pack? A marvelous weekend away won’t be quite complete without a few must-brings, including some essential beauty products to enhance your wardrobe and fashion choices.
Packing can be overwhelming and stressful, so our first piece of advice is to be strategic and to really keep things as simple as possible. When it comes to clothes, bring pieces that are versatile and that you can mix and match into various combinations - the key to your success.
Now that it’s chilly outside, always bring a fabulous coat that can go from day to night. This is best accomplished with a piece that has clean lines and a singular shade that can work with a variety of outfit combinations. The deep plum shade that we recommend can be worn during the day with a pair of jeans, and then topped over a sexy dress or skirt outfit for the evening.
When it comes time to grab dinner at a hot spot in YYC, we love going dark and mysterious. A trendy and sexy leather skirt is a piece that you can wear at any time of day, so you can rock this skirt for dinner, and then the next day for brunch put together in a more causal way.
Pair the leather skirt with a chiffon blouse - most colours will suffice, although we love a cream or white option - and you can wear it either tucked in or flowing over top the leather. Since our weather can be unpredictable during Fall and Winter, always bring layering pieces. Keep these simple and once again versatile, such as a black cardigan, blazer or a kimono shaped sweater.
A pair of black ankle booties can be incorporated into a variety of outfits, making them a great weekend shoe option, along with some stand-out accessory pieces. Throw in a patterned scarf, such as a leopard option, to punch up your look, and finish off with a sexy and sleek clutch.
Since the spa is the main destination for your weekend away, keep your makeup bag and toiletries simple as well, just as with your wardrobe.
BAG: Sephora Collection - The Vacationer $50
Picking the right size of makeup bag is important for a weekend getaway. You want a bag that is compact enough to fit all your beauty essentials, something that is not too big or too small. The Sephora vacationer bag is the perfect square shape with a convenient zipper that includes labeled compartments for ideal storage and packing.
SKINCARE: First Aid Beauty- Fab Faves To Go Kit $35
A trio of travel size products from First Aid Beauty for cleansing, toning and moisturizing is absolutely perfect for travel.
The kit includes the FAB facial cleanser in a 2oz bottle, 28 facial radiance pads, and the ultra repair cream in a 2oz container. The cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities while leaving your skin nourished. Follow the cleanser with the facial radiance cleansing pads that will tone and exfoliate your skin in one easy step.
The last and final step for your skincare routine is to moisturize your skin with the ultra repair cream, which has a beautiful whipped texture that immediately hydrates and absorbs quickly into the skin. What makes this ideal, aside from the compact nature, is that the kit is perfect for all skin types.
Clarins BB Cream $43
Choose a multi-purpose product for the face like a BB cream that will act as your moisture, primer, foundation and sunblock all-in-one. The Clarins BB cream is silky, very lightweight and glides on beautifully, while giving you the ability to manipulate your coverage depending on how much you choose to apply. But do remember, a little goes a long way with this Clarins miracle product.
MAC Cosmetics Sheer Pressed Powder $30
A sheer pressed powder is a key product to have with you for touch ups throughout the weekend, no matter where you go in the world. The MAC sheer pressed powder is silky and it sets your makeup beautifully.
Loreal Voluminous Mascara Waterproof $9.99
Mascara is a must-have item in every makeup bag and THE ultimate makeup product. Use a waterproof formula to ensure there will be no smudging or running throughout the day.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $26
A liquid eyeliner is a great makeup product to bring along for a weekend, as it can transform your eye makeup instantly. The Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner has a waterproof formula that will not budge or smudge. When you’re ready to hit the town after your spa treatments, adding a little or a lot of black liquid liner will help you transform into an evening-ready look.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick $26
A bold lipstick is appropriate for most occasions, as far as we’re concerned. It’s an easy way to spice up your look for the evening without having to spend a lot of time to achieve said transformation, and is also a nice and simple option to take your look to the next level of glamorous.
We highly recommend the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks as it has a creamy formula that glides onto your lips smoothly and beautifully. Aside from this creamy texture, the lipstick's pigmentation is intense, with the added bonus of extended wear thrown into the mix. Choose a light shade for day and a bold tone for night.
HAIR: Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract $16
Don’t forget about your locks when you’re leaving town. A dry shampoo is practical, quick, easy and a great way to freshen up your hair without having to wash it every day. The Klorane dry shampoo contains highly absorbent agents that quickly transform and soak up dirt while adding volume to the hair.
So what are you waiting for? Start packing and get ready for a relaxing and luxurious spa weekend away.
Coat: H&M Wool Blend $79.95
Leather Skirt: H&M $129
White Chiffon Blouse: H&M $29.95
Ankle Booties: Aldo $90
Cloche Hat: $25
Clutch: Aldo $29
Watch: Michael Kors $225
Bracelet: BCBGeneration $18
Long Necklace: Forever 21 $9.80
Black Necklace: Zara $35.90
AldonaB & KateB are sisters who are obsessed and in love with all things beauty, from makeup and hair, to clothes and personal style, they believe in having fun with their looks and being able to express who they are through fashion and beauty. From makeup school to street style hunting, the ladies have a range of experience that they have brought together to form Beauty by the B.