I secretly enjoy a wee bit of packing. Granted, unpacking is a different story and I am trying to ignore that carry-on glaring at me from the floor right now... I like the smug feeling of packing just the right amount of the right thing. This year I was quite strict on what I brought as we were sharing a backpack due to crazy airline charges and also because we knew we had to haul it on and off trains, planes, boats and buses. I wore everything I brought and didn't overdo it on shoes and haircurlers like last year! I am going to show you my favourite bits of suncare, skincare and makeup that I brought that I would recommend.
In My Travel Makeup Bag
L-R: Mac Studio Fix Concealer, Benefit High Beam, Colour Club Nail Lacquer, Jane Iredale BB Sample, Revlon Matte Smoked Peach Lipstick, Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Balm
I adore this little makeup bag I bought last year on holiday in Bosnia and it's a great travel size. It is also being sold in a gift boutique near me for £10 and I got mine for about £1 so it makes me feel thrifty! In addition to this I brought my Urban Decay Naked palette, a sample of the new Chanel mascara (it's brilliant!), Bare Minerals powder, some blusher and an eyeliner. The small sizes of the BB sample and mini high beam etc. meant I didn't have any bulky bottles to pack.
Mac Studio Fix Concealer - They only thing that covers my acne and scars and a great colour in NW15. I only wish the full coverage foundation came in this shade as I go through so many pots of this.
Benefit High Beam - my favourite highlighter for my pale skin. Great travel size as it came in a palette. A bit of shimmer is always required for a summer holiday evening!
Colour Club - this is the brightest coral I have ever found. I received it in my birchbox so it was a perfect small size to bring for touch-ups and if you can't go neon on holiday out of Ireland, when can you!?
Jane Iredale Dreamtime BB Cream, Shade 3 - too dark for me normally but was much better than my paler foundations for when I got some colour. SPF and moisturising qualities made it a useful multiuse product for travelling. Great coverage. I had wanted to try a more natural BB for a while and ordered this sample pot online. It lasted me the full 2 weeks as a little went a long way and the wee pot is tiny so was great to travel with.
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach - adore! I bought this after seeing it on Emma's blog: Ol' Green Eyes as it looked great on her pale skin. I find coral and peach hard to wear although I adore it but this is a great shade. Being matte it looks wonderfully retro but isn't drying at all. For the price of them I am a huge fan of the Revlon lipsticks.
Fresh Tinted Lip Balm - My favourite thing! This helpfully had SPF 15, was very moisturising, tastes lovely and the natural, rosy colour is gorgeous. A tinted lip balm also has the nostalgia factor of reminding you of holidays when you were 14 and the only makeup you brought was a lipsmacker! Also a Birchbox find and lovely, small travel size.
L-R: Taaj Makeup Remover, Caudalíe Eau de Beauté, Elemental Herbology Facial Hydrator, Sudocrem
Taaj Eau Micellaire: Worked as my general makeup remover and eye makeup remover in one. Small bottle that came free with purchase of a bigger one in Paris last year. I love this as much, if not more, than Bioderma.
Caudalíe Eau de Beauté: Mentioned in my last monthly favourites. Refreshing in the heat, while sunbathing, travelling on planes and great after cleansing as toning. It's almost finished :(
Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF 8: Birchbox so great size again! Smells beautiful and wasn't too heavy plus an extra bit of SPF. Doesn't break me out.
Sudocrem: Irish holiday must have! This handy wee tube was great on sunburn and mosquito bites.
I also brought my Eve Lom cleanser which had very little left so I finished it and was able to leave the pot behind leaving room for souvenir purchases...
L-R: Caudalie SPF 20 Sunscreen, Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion, Caudalie SPF 30 Anti-Ageing Face Sunscreen, Caudalie Divine Body Oil
Caudalíe Sunscreens: These were a wonderful find in Debenhams before I went away. The body and face sunscreen were reduced to £7 each as opposed to the £20 and upwards prices in Space NK so I couldn't resist. I would probably have been better with a higher factor on my body as I needed to reapply this a lot so I didn't burn but I got my first light, natural tan ever this year and these were great products that didn't feel sticky or overly scented.
Dove Summer Glow: The 'Fair to Medium Skin' shade is perfect on me. I only brave tanners about two or three times a year on my legs and arms. Most are too dark on me, I am terrified of streaks, I loathe the fake tan smell and I am also fine with being pale and interesting. This didn't have a strong smell though and used a few times gave an even colour I was impressed with having forked out for the St Tropez gradual tanner a few times.
Caudalíé Divine Oil: Just because it was a travel size again and it worked great for nourishing as an after sun and in my hair.
'Instructions For A Heatwave' Maggie O'Farrell: On Kindle! Although this wasn't my absolute favourite from her, I love Maggie O'Farrell and this is a good, easy read. Descriptions of sticky hot days and people's heat affected behaviour was very fitting.
'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' Milan Kundera: Bought as a gift to myself in a bookshop in Prague. After all, one should read some Kafka or Kundera when in the Czech Republic right? Well, if one is a tad pretentious then one definitely should.
'NW' Zadie Smith: I loved Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty' and 'White Teeth'. This is written in a beautiful lyrical, flowing style.
'This House is Haunted' John Boyne: The Irish author of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', this is a gothic, Victorian style ghost story. I was especially charmed because my Mummy got me a signed copy when I was feeling ill and I've never had anything signed for me before!
'Dead and Gone' Charlaine Harris: I am not ashamed that I brought a vampire book on holiday as holidays are a time for guilty pleasures. It's only not photographed because the pages fell out on the beach when the glue binding melted in the sun! I am not hiding it out of shame. Vampire fiction lover and proud...sort of.
I always like to pack a notebook for scrawling down directions and anything else. I endeavour to keep rough journal entries of our trips as I have enjoyed reading them back before. I did well this time and ended up writing on night trains and other weird and wonderful places. This beautiful Florentine notebook I bought in Florence, of course. I got this lovely cotton blue one in Prague for my next adventure, I hope.
Normally, this word strikes fear in my heart but this year I loved my swimwear.
Bikini one: a £5 Primark top. I love monochrome and I love underwiring and structure as I find it more flattering for my shape. I paired this with black ruffled skirt bottoms bought from Asos last year and it had a retro style I loved and gave me a better shape than triangle tops etc.
Bikini two: My indulgence was this 60s print bikini from Floozie by Frost French. It was 20% off and the most I've ever spent on swimwear considering it's normally Asos mix and match £5 seperates. The pattern reminded me of Mad Men...when they go to Hawaii and the underwire and fit was really flattering.
As with all swimwear, a certain amount of devil may care attitude is required to really embrace it!
Let me know what books you have been reading this summer and things you have been loving! Also, let me know if you would like to see more beauty product mini reviews like this in my monthly favourite posts?