Saturday, 14 July 2012

Summer Holiday Essentials: Beauty.

Here's the second installment of the Summer Holiday Essentials series - I always find it really difficult choosing exactly which lotions and potions to take with me without compromising how I look (if you're anything like me, you want to look better on holiday than at home!) so I'll be telling you the beauty products you must pack before you jet off to sunnier climates...

1. Nars Blush
I've tried several of the Nars blush shades, but Liberté (described as "burnished apricot") is my absolute favourite. Although it has been described by Nars as a blush, I'd say it's a more like a cross between blush and bronzer. If you do end up purchasing this product, don't be alarmed by the bright orange colour in the compact... I promise it does not look like this when on the cheeks! It's a truly universal shade, and suits virtually all skin tones. It is a real multi-tasker, giving a gorgeous holiday glow to not only the cheeks, but also the décolletage with just the lightest of dustings.

2. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy
Sun, sea and sand wreak havoc on hair... replenish lost moisture by taking a deep conditioning treatment along with you. I love Aussie hair products, and this mask is no exception!
To save you lugging a huge bottle of product across the globe, they've even brought out suitcase friendly sachets - I'd recommend taking at least 3 of them if you are planning on spending a lot of time on the beach.
For the ultimate, nourishing treat for your stressed out hair, slather on the mask in the morning and scoop hair under a fabulous sun hat - leave it all on while you're out sunbathing at the beach and your hair will be super shiny and soft by the time you wash it out!

3. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is one of nature's wonders and has a million different uses when utilised as a beauty product, as it's packed with essential vitamins and amino acids. This gel can be smeared onto sun burn for instant, cooling (and healing) relief, can alleviate skin irritations (like spots and razor burns) and, if you're short on suitcase space, can be used in place of your facial moisturiser. These are just a couple of uses for this stuff (for more, click here), so try and take some with you on your jollies!

4. MaxFactor Lasting Lip Tint
It is wise to stick to a relatively natural, everyday make up look when on holiday, but sometimes a natural look just doesn't cut it when you want a night-out on the tiles!
A fun, coloured lip is a way of injecting some va-va-voom into your look - but lipsticks and glosses aren't a wise choice for this when it comes to summer climates, as they tend to melt.
I discovered MaxFactor Lip Tint pens about a year ago and am officially obsessed with them - they come in 10 different shades, so it really depends on your preferences as to what shade you plump for - but I'd highly recommend Coral Crush for summery, statement lips.
The great thing about these pens is that they lightly 'stain' the lips with colour, rather than just coating them, and the tint stays on for hours without having to be re-applied. Apply once for a slight hint of colour, or two or three times to give an amazing pop of colour.
Make sure your lips are flake-free before you apply this tint by buffing with a toothbrush and rubbing in a small amount of lip balm.

5.  Batiste Dry Shampoo
A beauty icon - and now it's available in miniature travel size, yay! Simply spray into the roots between washes and brush out for an instantly refreshed style... it's also my secret to styling clean hair, which can be impossible to tame into 'do's when all its natural oils have just been washed away - just use it as you would normally for texture and volume at the roots.

I haven't included sun cream on this list as it's a given you'll take it (I hope!). 
Holidays are not an excuse to get lazy with your skin care routine (read about an amazing one here) - but it can be an absolute pain to lug around loads of enormous bottles. Marks and Spencer have a great Mini Bottle Set containing a range of space-saving bottles (small enough to take in your hand luggage in a resealable bag) that you can decant your choice of products into. 
And I've seen a great Refillable Atomizer Bottle for perfumes, so you don't have to take a huge glass bottle in your luggage - this atomizer is really easy to use, and again, is hand-luggage friendly. If you're still searching for the perfect summer perfume, I have a few recommendations here.

If you have any requests regarding blog posts you'd like in the future, either leave a comment on this post or drop me a line at - these Summer Essentials specials were done after I'd been asked especially, so don't hesitate to get in touch!


  1. It's an essential info on beauty needs for summer which are very useful for keeping the good presence of beauty as per the present Life Style, Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the feedback Sai - hope you find some of my other posts as informative as this one :-)
      Ambi x


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