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Summer Holiday Beauty Must-Haves

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

As you read this I’ll be sunning myself in Halkidiki. Apparently it’s 30 degrees. Not to make you all jealous or anything.

As most of you probably already know, I’m a sun safety girl. High factor, big sunglasses, even bigger hat. Unfortunately my skin still suffers – prickly heat, increased dry patches (the SPF doesn’t help, neither does the increased use of cleanser/scrubbing to remove it) and I obviously remain pale and decidedly un-interesting.

I have fair eyebrows which I have tinted and waxed every few weeks or so. On holiday they fade uber quickly. I have never found a pencil that didn’t smudge or slide off within the hour in warm climates. That was until my sister recommended Goof Proof. It is exactly that – goof proof. It shapes your brows, fills them in beautifully and doesn’t budge until you choose to remove it. The shade selection is fairly extensive and Light 01 is the best ash/taupe for blondes I’ve found. I also like the fact they offer a mini version which is ideal for travel or if you simply want to try before you commit to the full size.

With regards the (ghostly) pale situation, I have already mentioned my adoration for Elizabeth Arden’s Forever Bronze palette (subtle yet effective) but Benefit’s new Hoola “Lite” is definitely trying to steal it’s thunder. The original Hoola was my favourite bronzer for years – matt and blendable, this “Lite” version is a winner for fair skins all year round, it gives a pretty golden glow rather than a full on bronzed tan.

It was my sister that initially recommended the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight mask for a parched complexion, then a few other of you also sang the praises of this miracle tube of hydration. I love it. It works – flaky patches are gone by breakfast and I find I can even wear a thin layer during the day under make-up. It’s packed in my toiletries case for after-beach replenishment. I’ve also been trialling Bioderma Hydrabio serum after reading all sorts of positive reviews on line. It sinks in quickly and seems to make my skin that little bit fresher looking, it’s scented but doesn’t cause any reaction on my sensitive epidermis. I’m going to try it instead of a moisturising cream whilst away – I’m not a fan of loads of different products in the heat so I’ll update you if this was sufficient as a stand alone hydrator.

Last but not least there’s Chanel. Specifically Chanel nail lacquer in “Sea Whip” – part of the 2017 Cruise Collection. I don’t have another shade quite like it in my beauty arsenal, kind of a nude/coral with a hint of…citrus. It’s beautiful. And as I type my toes are looking ever so polished following a pre-holiday pedi.

What make-up are you packing for sunshine? Do you tend to wear bronzer only in summer? I am still yet to discover a waterproof mascara that doesn’t rip my lashes out whilst trying to remove it so any recommendations would be most welcome.

  • Bioderma Hydrabio Seru
  • Benefit Hoola Lite
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
  • Chanel Sea Whip
  • Benefit Goof Proof
  • Elizabeth Arden Forever Bronze
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7 thoughts on “Summer Holiday Beauty Must-Haves

  1. We are off to Provence this Friday for a week and the forecast is 33 degrees which means I am frantically rethinking what to pack!
    I have about five blonde eyebrow hairs on each eyebrow therefore I have to pencil them in. The benefit goof proof is amazing I was given the mini version to try and I Love it. It takes seconds to apply and stays all day no more weird no eyebrows. I have been using the Victoria beckham Estée Lauder bronzer it’s not too orange and has a very small amount of shimmer perfect to brighten up my pale skin. I also recently purchased from the beauty shop at Bicester the Bobbi brown art stick crayon in the shade hot orange it’s amazing it’s creamy to apply and stays on the colour is perfect for a pop of colour for summer. I am also still searching for the perfect waterproof mascara as my eyes have a tendency to water so I end up with panda eyes a lot.

    1. Stacey I have been coveting the BB art sticks, wish I’d bought one for holidays now. Also the entire VB range for Ester Lauder – I want it all x

  2. I have to confess, I don’t ever pack any make-up to take on holiday. There’d be no point wearing it during the day due to constant poolside fun with 3 kids, and its so blinkin’ hot in the evening I couldn’t bear the thought of putting anything on my face other than a pair of sunglasses. Nail-polish is a must though, and I swear by BarryM Gelly Hi Shine polish in passionfruit or pomegranate for a great pedi that lasts all week (discovered thanks to a recommendation on RMS last summer). Enjoy your hols – I’ve heard Sani is completely amazing 🙂

    1. Ditto Nicola! Charlotte bought each of the Rock My team a bottle of Chanel Le Vernis nail polish for Christmas last year so if I go away this summer that’s what I’ll be wearing on my toes. X

      1. I was also very much tempted by the benefit Dandelion twinkle, but decided against owing to how many highlighters I already own….

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