29 May 2013

Travel Beauty: Summer Weekend Essentials

For me, easy summer beauty is all about the five minute face: glowing, radiant skin, teamed with a pop of colour on the lips and cheeks. And that was reflected in the pared back beauty bag I brought away with me to Galway this weekend.  

Fancy a closer look at what I packed?
Travel Beauty: Summer Weekend Essentials

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream
Lasting moisture, glowy, radiant skin and a little bit of coverage, too – this stuff was made for relaxing weekends away.  Corrects a whole host of skintone concerns, from ashiness to redness and dark circles. It’s €35 but it’s one of the good ‘uns.
Benefit Fake Up
Benefit’s newbie is a hydrating hero product for those who hate cakiness or creasing under the eyes. With a concealing core surrounded by a moisturising ring of Vitamin E and apple-seed extract, this gives a pretty dewy and radiant effect. It's €26.50.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This is a brilliant multi-tasker and comes in a huge range of shades to cater for all skintones and ethnicities - it’s as effective on blemishes as it is dark circles. Longlasting too; it’s €26.

Travel Beauty: Summer Weekend Essentials
L-R: Fake Up (light); NARS swatches; Armani Blushing Fabric in High Density Orange
Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush

One of my favourite blushers ever. The colours are incredible and the silicone based formula blends beautifully, meaning it’s so easy to use. I brought two:  High Density Orange and Translucent Strawberry (I bought one and was given the other).
Chanel Les Beiges
This product has been a total game-changer. I use shade #30 as a bronzer and it’s perfection – check out my full review.

Travel Beauty: Summer Weekend Essentials
Taking over the hotel room!

NARS Satin Lip Pencils
I love these creamy, lightweight lip crayons from NARS – they’re non-drying, easy to wear and the colours are so pretty. These two are my favourites - Lodhi is a creamy coral and Luxembourg a pinkish red; they’re €25.
Soap and Glory Smooch Operator Lip Balm
I’ve already shared my thoughts on this rich and buttery balm and yep, I’m still a fan!

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon Rock
Part of Chanel’s summer collection – launching this Friday, y’all! – this cream shadow stick is just divine. The taupey/platinum shade will work for pretty much everyone, and they couldn’t be easier to use – just twist up, apply to your eyelids, blend with your finger and you’re done!
Chanel Le Volume Mascara
My new mascara favourite, and for good reason – it does it all, in seconds! We’re talking length, volume and definition, and we’re talking one stroke. Read more here.

Travel Beauty: Summer Weekend Essentials
Five Minute Face: Wearing Lodhi on the lips and Translucent Strawberry on the cheeks
Hourglass Arch Sculpting Brow Pencil
I was sent a few Hourglass products to trial and this was my pick of the pack. It’s pricey (€29) but good – with a twist up triangle shaped crayon at one end and a brush at the other, it’s easy and convenient to use. 

My Travalo is filled with Beige from the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection. Stunning scents, but  the bottles are huge – making  decanters like this a must.

Hmm. Maybe this wasn’t quite so pared back, after all…Do you like to travel light, and would your packing put mine to shame?
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