09 June 2011

5 Holiday Make-Up Essentials: "We're all going on a summer holiday"...

I’m flying out to Italy tomorrow and the only part of packing I can tolerate is playing with all my lovely new holiday makeup. Pared back, protective and waterproof are the order of the day; here’s what’s coming with me in my suitcase:
Nails Inc polish in Orange Candy
This bright and juicy shade is the perfect summer colour and I love it all the more for being free with this month’s InStyle magazine. (There are lots of other great freebies on offer at the moment too – Karen has the lowdown.)  Orange Candy looks ever so slightly muted in the bottle but goes on vibrant and glossy; will look fab with a bit of a tan.
The Body Shop Big & Curvy Waterproof Mascara, €16.50
Big & Curvy has gone waterproof for summer and promises up to four times more volume, thanks to its sculpting, fibre-twist brush. Ophthalmologist tested, this claims to be waterproof, tear-proof and smudge-proof – I’ll be wearing it at a friend’s wedding in Italy, so I’m sure I’ll test out all three claims!
NYC Liquid Lip Shine in Fashion Avenue Fuchsia, €2.29
NYC is relatively new to Ireland and has seriously impressed the beauty blogosphere by providing big results at teeny tiny prices. These Liquid Lip Shines are a snip at €2.29 and a slick of this glossy, super pigmented pink will hopefully deliver the perfect poolside pout.
Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturiser SPF 20, €48
This product is suitable for all skin types and provides lightweight coverage, absorbing oil while also hydrating to prevent dryness. With this price tag it had better be good,  but I’ve only heard great things; in her column for The Guardian, Sali Hughes wrote: “I don’t know what to say except, buy it”. And so I did.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30, €17
The first SPF 30 product from The Body Shop, this lightweight, easily-absorbed daily moisturiser offers UVA/UVB protection and contains camu camu berry and moisturising Community Trade brazil nut oil. Promises to revitalise the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and radiant.
So there you have it. Along with the requisite sun-creams and bug repellent (those pesky little blighters in Italy feckin’ LOVE me), I’ll also be bringing those lovely Kiehls and Clarins lip balms I told you about recently, a nice bright cream blusher and a cooling facial spritz. And that’s about all I’ll need for the trip...but I’ll still chuck half of the bathroom into my suitcase right before I leave, and not use any of it while I’m away. Look, that’s just how I roll.
I’ll report back on all these products when I’m back in two weeks’ time.
Laters, lovelies!

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