This is all I took on my recent beach holidays.
I took a lot of skin care products and a few make-up items.
However, as it happens I used probably half of what I took.
I made a mental note not to repeat this again. I am an experienced make-up user and I should know better by now, right?
Skin and hair products
-The Body Shop Body Butter. This was really good for after the beach moments when you really need to hydrate your skin. I took the Passion fruit one. It smells lovely! The only bad thing is that this cream/butter is so thick and it takes ages to absorb. Be prepared to be slippery for some hours. And be careful with the mosquitoes. They love it too!
-Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion. I cannot express enough how much I adore this cream. I got it for a bargain price at a blog sale. It smells incredible, it absorbs almost instantly and it truly energises the skin. Ideal for under foundation. I am definitely repurchasing this. It has some SPF too.
-Burt's Bees Hand Cream. This cream made it into my beach bag and it came with me every day. I used it on my hands, feet and on my face. Yes, don't believe that hand cream is JUST for hands. It's cream with no SPF basically. I used the tinniest amount though on my face. It's very thick and it takes some time to absorb completely but once it does your skin will feel much better. I wouldn't recommend it for under make-up. Too thick. The smell (banana and honey) mmm not too sure about it to be honest. It's too much and it smells a bit artificial. I heard some people using this cream for their hair too. I need to try that!
-N7 Anti-dark spot facial sun protection 50+. I used this sun protection on my face. I have a lot of dark spots and hyper pigmentation from years of sun abuse (I wish I could go back in time and slap me in the face for sunbathing with nothing on for years!) so I'm trying to protect my skin as much as I can now in hope they will disappear. I was very happy with this cream. It absorbs into the skin very quickly too. I got it a bit cheaper because I used a N7 Boots voucher.
-N7 facial wipes. Nothing special here! Not impressed at all. I got them again with a N7 Boots voucher. Not doing that again.
-VO5 Miracle concentrate. Who doesn't have this? Everyone I know purchased this. It's a hair oil that you apply to wet or dry hair. Yep, it's good. Wouldn't say it's a "miracle" product but yes I'm happy with it.
-Pleasures by Estee Lauder. This has been my main perfume for yearssss! I love this fragrance and I think it suits me so much. Every time I use it people ask me what perfume it is. Love it! If you know what I smell like when I go out..have a sniff at this perfume.
This was wayyy too much for just a week! What was I thinking? Anyway.
-3 foundations? Well the reason being is that the Nars Sheer Glow and the the Helena Rubinstein Sensual Clone ones are the darkest one in my personal collection. I tan very easily and I go dark very quickly so I though I would be able to use them. I couldn't be bothered really! It was so hot that the idea of having a heavy foundation on made me feel ill. I used the Vitazing by Origins a bit more. On extremely lazy days I would only use my Mac Mineralize Skin Finish. Some days I wouldn't use anything. My beloved husband always tell me that he loves when I go natural (which does not happen very often of course) so I pleased him thanks to my laziness.
-Eyeshadows. I took two The Body Shop cubes and 4 Mac eyeshadows. I think if I remember correctly I used e/s only twice in the week.
-Cheeks. I took the Famous Shimmer brick Shade 1 which I'm obsessed about. My favourite product recently. I have all of them! They give you such a glow to the face and can lift your look instantly. It's a cheap (very cheap at £3 ATM in Superdrug) version of the bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The other cheek product is Mac cream blush in Something Special. I also used it quite a bit. The bronzer is a very nice one by Accessorize. I think I used it once.
-Concealer. I took my Collection 2000 in shade 4. I didn't use it that much but it was very handy.
-Lips. Barry M lip gloss and Mac Cut a Caper. I used both of them all the time!
-Mascara: SuperShock by Avon. Used it every day. I still love this mascara.
-Primers: I just took Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I prefer it to the UDPP.
-Extras: RealTechniques and other random brushes.
Yes, I know...too much!
I hope you enjoyed this post about my holiday make-up bag.
Do you alo get over exited when you go on holiday and over pack and the use half of it? Or is it just me?