When it comes to packing product for my holiday, I tend to go a little on the mad side and take EVERYTHING, just in case I might use that bright neon eyeshadow this year or that tangerine lipstick looks ok with a mahogany tan, but there are always the products I can’t do without, here’s my feature favourites for August.
1. Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Skin Tint 01 £28.50 – Ok so I’m only in my 20’s and it’s not that I need to dramatically reduce any signs of ageing in my face, yet, but this tinted moisturiser is an absolute gem for making my face glow with most amazing radiance and a light amount of coverage, perfect for holiday nights. This particular range is aimed at the thirty something market, but is for great for all skin types and if you’re not 30 and you’re still lacking in the glow department, this could be for you. Try it out on the counter and see what you think!
2. Chanel – Soleil Tan de Chanel £31.00 – My holy grail of face products. If I had a desert island product, this would be it. I first discovered it in the Airport, whilst looking for a nice bronzer one day many years ago. For me, it’s non-fuss and can be used all over the face when you have a bit of a tan or need a little bit of help. It can be applied with finger tips (good for the nose and the blending of the cheekbones), a foundation brush for the face and/or a blusher brush for buffing. It has a velvety finish for a matte look with a hint of radiance. TIP – I use a light pop of pink blusher just over the tops of the cheekbones and above the eyebrows for extra definition.
3. MAC – Lovelorn £15.00 – I’m going to keep this one nice and simple, it’s a pink that works with everything, not too shiny, not too matte, always flattering and suits nearly all skin tones, Hurrah!
4. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray £21.50 (full size 250ml bottle) – I actually got this free with Elle Magazine at the airport and I’m a complete sucker for a freeby with a glossy. Lucky I did, because it turns out it was just what I needed!!! Spray into your damp hair post shower, in the roots and along the parting, not too much just a few squirts then comb it or rub it through. Blow dry your hair upside down, brushing as you go and et voila, I had more volume and my locks looked in good condition. It contains proteins and honey extracts to repair split ends too. My hair is normal, long and can lack the volume on top and often product weighs it down, but this was super and had my hair bouncy, thicker and set for a night out. The next day my hair is not greasy, as I find with lots of other mousses etc, it’s still got some bounce and it looks like I won’t be needed to wash again, yay.
This was recommended to me by a French pharmacist when I broke out in prickly heat. It soothes sensitive skin and the tingling sensation. It’s still a white cream, but a little thicker in consistency and can be used on the face with no problems. It contains lipids which are similar to what’s in your skin structure, to help repair any damage and soothe the burn. I try not to ever burn my skin, but the prickly heat seems to be calmed and it’s cooled my skin from a long day in the sun. Because of the specialised nature of this product, I concentrate the application to the problem areas, as opposed to using as a full body cream. If you love this and want a full cream, they sell a similar product for all over! Another thing to add, the tube is 100ml so you can take it as hand luggage, in case you need something to apply mid journey!
– Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control.
– Paraben free
– Enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water
6. Mavala Kohl-Kajal Crayon Eye Lite in Or – I bought this pencil in the chemist on holiday, as it was just the right bright gold shade of eyeliner I was looking for to bring out some sparkle in my eyes. These pencils are extra-mild and suitable for people with very sensitive eyes, which is great for the summer months when so many of us struggle with the summer allergies of hayfever, watery, stingy eyes. I use this in the corners and along the lash line over another colour, which really brings out the eye colour and the tan (gold’s great for this) and is smudgable if you want to blend it a little. I’ll be recommending this less well-known brand to anyone who suffers with allergies to makeup or the weather. Don’t be put off by the packaging which is a bit 1980’s, these products are great and brought to you by the same classic nail varnish people!
7. Tend Skin Roll On £16.50 – I was offered this product several times, when I used to go for a wax. To be honest, I thought it was a bit gimmicky and at £16.50, it was a little expensive for a product I wasn’t sure if I even needed. One day, I gave in the to the pressures of the sales woman PAH and bought my first little roll on. It’s a product designed to reduce those nasty bumps and lumps caused by hair removal. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, spots etc than this is the toxic formula which might just sort you out! You need to use it everyday if you are particularly bumpy, but NOT if you are going to be exposing the area!! On holiday, use it at night and make sure you shower if off before sun bathing commences. It’s strong, so once you’ve rolled it on, my suggestion is to move out of the current spot which you are standing, so not as to inhale! It really works, ingrown hairs are significantly reduced and bumps are no more!
Let me know what you’ve tried or what looks good to you!