Saturday, 17 July 2010

My Holiday Essentials :)

Hi Ladies!

I'm back! I had a super lovely holiday, the hotel we stayed in was amazing - It was right on the seafront with its own stretch of beach, and a lovely pool and gardens. I feel completely chilled out and relaxed now, I didn't want to come home!

So I thought I'd show you the products/makeup which I used the most on holiday, as I thought it might be helpful for anyone who is about to go on their holidays (lucky you!). I tried to take literally the essentials (to keep the luggage weight down and to stop my boyfriend from freaking out - he wasn't pleased when he saw the 8 different nail polishes I decided to take with me after nearly forgetting all of my holiday money - whoops!).

My hair care routine is normally pretty extensive and although I did take a couple more products on holiday the two I was really pleased to have packed in my suitcase were Mark Hill's heat protection spray and Chi's Silk Infusion. I bought the mini chi silk infusion from ebay after hearing so many good things about it. I didn't want to splash out and buy the full size as it is a little pricy and I am pretty picky when it comes to haircare. I used this a few times before I went on holiday and wasn't overly impressed, but decided to take it on holiday and give it a proper try seen as it was perfect travel size and now I love it! It really made a difference to the texture of my hair which was pretty dry from the sun, sea and sand and daily washing! I applied a tiny bit to the ends of my hair before blow drying for super silky locks :) The Mark hill heat protection does exactly what it says on the tin - its not overly scented like some heat protectants I have previously used, and it works well on dry and wet hair :)

I used Blistex Intense Moisturiser morning and night, as my lips get really dry on holiday. This works perfectly I can still feel it on my lips in the morning and it has an added spf which is always a plus - Although I did use a sunblock for my lips during the day too :)

I didn't want to take a full bottle of eye makeup remover so I took these tesco sensitive skin eye makeup remover wipes and they worked a treat! gentle and effective - even on waterproof mascara!

During the day I was completely makeup free, and tried to keep it pretty simple on an evening too. I picked up MAC's Stereo Rose MSF the day before I went on holiday and I'm so glad I did, it looked perfect with a little bit of a tan, and gave me lovely glowing pinky coral cheeks. I also took a MSF natural + shimmer which I picked up at a CCO instead of my usual MSF natural, so that I could use the shimmer as a highlighter and avoid taking unnecessary extra makeup! As it happens the lovely glow from my shiney new stereo rose meant a highlight wasn't really necessary but I did use the MSF natural on my T zone to get rid of any shininess and to help keep my makeup in place :) Benefit Hoola is my holy grail bronzer, which got just as much use on holiday as it does at home! and my mascara of choice was Rimmels Lash Max in brown which my sister picked me up for my birthday (thanks Liv!). This is a comb mascara which I'm not usually too keen on, but its not clumpy at all and applies perfectly. Also as its a brown mascara, it helped keep my makeup a little more subtle and natural. I'm not usually a fan of number 7 products but their eye base is fantastic and kept my eyeshadow in place perfectly.

For eyeshadow, I mainly used my Stila Marrakesh palette. This is a great size for travelling and has for lovely warm colours in it. I particularly like the dusty pink in the top left corner, I don't normally wear pink eyeshadow but this one looks really natural and pretty as an all over lid colour. MAC's Corduroy and Naked Lunch are two of my all time favourites, Corduroy is the perfect matt brown and looks great in the outer corner blended with pretty much any eyeshadow! Smashboxes champagne is a new favourite, the perfect light gold - lovely as an all over lid colour, I also used it blended with Corduroy in the outer corner for a little extra definition.
and finally, a couple of hair accessories! I am obsessed with hair bows, and these black satin ones from H&M were perfect for clipping back my fringe in the heat. I picked up the plaited floral headband in primark for £1.00 and wore it most days to keep my hair off my face whilst swimming and lounging around on the beach :)

and thats everything! I hope this was helpful, I have quite a few OOTD's from my holidays coming up, I think I might pop them all together in one post so watch out for that coming soon. Let me know what your holiday essentials are and have a lovely holiday if you're going soon :)


  1. Nice post! Its always interesting to see what other people use! I bought some Mark Hill minis to take on holiday - its nice to see someone else thinks its good! :) x

  2. love these posts :) i've always wanted corduroy but never taken the plunge, maybe i will next time i pass a mac store!


  3. Great post, glad you enjoyed your holiday. Would love to see what the marrakesh palette looks like with some FOTD's! xx

  4. Great post!
    I love seeing what people take on holiday, and yours are all great basic things :)
    Hope you had fun!

  5. @Daisy loves I've definitely been impressed with the mark hill heat protectant, I might buy some mini's next time I go away! :)

    @geisharocks I love corduroy, and I ummed and ahhed over it for ages because I thought it looked a bit boring but its a lovely colour and I have used it so much and not even hit pan!

    @Jo I think i'm definitely going to be using the marrakesh palette more this summer, i can't believe i neglected it so much - I love my stila shadows!

    @Lauren thankyou! I had an amazing time :)


  6. how is the chi? ive recently bought a andrew collinge serum and it sucks!! x

  7. @cowbiscuits when I first used it back at home I was pretty underwhelmed by it, but on holiday my hair was much drier than usual and I felt like it did make a difference to the ends. I think if you're hair is quite dry and damaged this is probably worth a try, but if its in pretty good condition I'd save the pennies! x

  8. Wope you had a great time on holiday! What is the No 7 shade of eyeshadow you have? I love light pink eyeshadows instead of skin coloured ones as a base for my eyelids before I apply the actual colour I'll use x

  9. @Anastacia Thankyou! I had a lovely time :) I think its actually called their soothing and cooling eye base (or something like that the name has rubbed off the bottom of mine!) I have a feeling it is in white packaging now, its a really lovely pearly pink :)


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