Monday, September 9, 2013

What's in my Holiday Beauty Bags!

I know you're all in autumn, tights and boots, hats and scarves kinda mode now that we're well into September, but hang on a sec, I still have to go on my summer holidays! As this post publishes, I'll be on my way to Spain for a long awaited week of sun, spa and cocktails in Marbella. Want to see what beauty bits I'm bringing with me? I've tried to learn the lessons of last year but I think I've still probably over packed. But you have to be prepared, right? 

Apart from the boring bits and bobs like toothpaste and razors, here's what's in my body and skincare bag. 
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Invisible Nutritive Oil SPF50+* - I stupidly burned myself horrendously last year using SPF15 so there'll be none of that this year, SPF50 all the way. I had the opportunity to try this out here during the good weather and it is gorgeous. Miles away from the white-caste, take-an-age-to-rub-in SPF creams I've used in the past, this oil makes sun protection feel like a treat rather than a chore. 
  • For protecting my face I have Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50+. I was all set to buy a similar product from Clarins, but once I smelled this I had to get it, it's divine! It also sinks in easily and doesn't feel at all greasy. 
  • My shower gel is two Voya minis which I robbed from a stay in the K Club earlier this year :)
  • I prefer aloe vera gel type aftersun and this Soltan one is very nice indeed - again it absorbs into skin quickly with no stickiness. 
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo is an essential and I got this mini one in my favourite of their scents, cherry.
  • Compressed deodorants are so handy for travel and this Dove Go Fresh in the cucumber and green tea scent is so refreshing.
  • La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume* comes to the aid of all skin ailments and is a handbag as well as a holiday essential. 
  • My eye cream which you can barely see (sorry about the rubbishy photo) is a Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum* sample which I haven't tried yet but is the perfect size for a week away. 
  • I really debated whether or not I should bring The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil* because it is in such a heavy-ass glass bottle and, I discovered, is next to impossible to decant. But... it  is such a gorgeous product that looks stunning on tanned skin that I decided I would pack it. It smells amazing too!

  • I'm a fan of decanting my favourite products rather than buying loads of minis - For my hair I'm bringing my regular Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner as well as John Freida Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner*. The John Freida conditioner is BRILLIANT for keeping frizz at bay (I don't need to use my hair straighteners when I use it) but I do find that it makes my hair get greasy quicker than usual so I don't use it everyday. 
  • For cleansers, I have The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel which is a gel to oil cleanser which I reviewed here and in that little Clinique bottle is actually Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover which I have just repurchased. Expensive but brilliant. 

Make Up wise, I think I've done really well in narrowing down my stash for the week. Having said that, I do intend on buying a couple of things in Duty Free and in Kiko :) 
  • Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream* - I'm not a fan of BB creams in general as they don't give me enough coverage. This one, however is an exception - light but still giving me decent enough coverage and it has SPF 50 included. 
  • Vichy Compact Solaire SPF30* is a cream compact foundation with UVA & UVB protection. I used something similar from Avène last year and it was brilliant. Simple and hassle free which is just what you want on your hols. 
  • For my cheeks, I have an old Estée Lauder Bronzing Powder and my Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelée blush in Tease which I basically don't go anywhere without. I'll have to start rationing it soon :) 
  • I have three concealers as I've a bit of a problem with concealers to be honest - my three favourites at the moment are Clarins Instant Concealer*, Bare Minerals Stroke of Light and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection. 
  • For eyes, I'm keeping it really simple with my trusty Mac Teddy eyeliner, Maybelline Color Tattoo in On-and-On Bronze, and the waterproof version of the brilliant Max Factor Clump Defy mascara
  • For day time lips I'm bringing No 7's High Shine Gloss in Smile which has SPF15 and feels quite moisturising and for night time, I have Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore. Hot pink lips are very uncharacteristic for me, but sure... I'll be on my holidays :) 

Phew, that's the lot, providing I don't start panicking and throwing random stuff into my hand luggage, which I can't guarantee I won't do :) Do you too struggle with whittling down your beauty booty for travel? 

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