The Beauty Products I'm Taking On Holiday

Sunday 16 July 2017

In just a few days time I'm off to sunny Las Vegas/ San Francisco for two weeks, and by this point I'm just so excited to have a little break away from the stresses of London life! I've decided that I will be a little better organised this year, since I'll be gone for such a long time, so I thought I would talk you through the makeup and skincare items I'm taking with me as I pack them into my already bulging suitcase.


Holiday skincare is always a struggle for me, since my usually very dry/troublesome skin tends to be better behaved in warmer climates (and Vegas is going to be very warm - 46 degrees of warmth, to be exact!) My first priority was to find a good facial SPF, since every one I've tried so far has broken me out, including the Kiehl's one which is supposedly breakout proof. This year I've decided to give the Origins A Perfect World Day Cream with SPF 40 a try. Origins products are always crammed full of lovely ingredients, and this moisturiser with White Tea is no different. I'll update you in a couple of weeks with a whole review on how my skin reacts.   

Carrying on with the accidental tea theme, my next holiday skincare pick is the Green Tea Leaves Moisturiser* from Garnier. When I first saw "mattify" in the description I thought I was going to hate this one, but it's actually very hydrating for a cream which is so light, and even I suffer from a few oily patches in hot climates so this could come in handy!


I hate wearing makeup on holiday, but unfortunately my skin is still going through it's stroppy teenager phase, so I don't have to confidence not to wear it. I've chosen my makeup options based on how comfortable they are to wear, and how low maintenance they are likely to be in the sweltering heat. 

My first makeup choices are both from a brand that I've just discovered, Pixi by Petra. I'll admit that the Sheer Cheek Gels* look a little scary in the packaging, but they are actually incredibly subtle on the skin, adding just a pop of colour to my usually pasty face. I like to apply them underneath a light foundation for a "lit from within" healthy look. Once on they almost act as a stain, making them completely budge proof in the tepid London weather (I'll definitely be testing their lasting power in Las Vegas!)

My second Pixi picks are the GelTint & SilkGlosses*, aka the most comfortable lip products known to man. I've been getting a lot of wear out of these recently because once applied, I forget I'm wearing them! The double ended design includes a stain on one end (this is the budge proof bit) and a gloss on the other end (which adds a punch of hydration). I honestly believe Pixi are on to a winner with these, and luckily I have all three shades, so I won't have to look at another lip product whilst I'm away! 

I like to make sure I have my base options covered for just incase I get a tan (ha!) So I've purchased my all time favourite drugstore foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix, in two shades, one which is a few shades darker than my usual choice so that I can create the shade that I need. Healthy Mix is the only drugstore foundation I've tried that can be built up to be full-coverage without looking super cakey. In England I tend to favour my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, because I really need the 12+ hour lasting power, but on holiday I'm unlikely to be out an about for such long amounts of time, so I can touch it up where I need to.  

Another new product to my collection is the contour stick from Tanya Burr's Makeup line. I decided to pick this up because I adore her stick blushes, so if the formula is at all similar then I know I'll love this too. I hate wearing too many powdery layers on my skin in the summer months, because I want my makeup to look undetectable, so I'll be trialling this one next week. 

Last up is another new product to my collection, and this one is a purchase that I'm feeling more than a little guilty about. I've been eyeing up YSL's Touch Eclat Blur Perfector for so long now that when I saw it in the Feel Unique sale I didn't hesitate to snap it up, despite the fact that I've read really mixed reviews about it. The packaging is absolutely beautiful, which I'll admit played a heavy part in my need to own this compact, but I was also really interested by the concept of an "invisible foundation". I'm planning to wear this as a finishing powder, and I'll have a full review ready for you on my return. 

So those are the products I'll be taking away with me next week! Let me know what's in your essential holiday kit in the comments. 


*PR sample, my review expresses my own honest opinions 

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