15 April 2015

The Pared Back Holiday Beauty Bag

Summer Holiday Beauty Essentials
Left: Estee Lauder Impassioned; Right: Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange Art Stick

Team a sun holiday with a spa break at a five star resort, throw in a quick city tour and top it all off with the wedding of the century and what do you have? A whale of a time – but a total packing meltdown, that’s what! Fancy frocks and heels, kaftans and sandals, swimsuits and walking shoes all had to be piled in and that’s before Mr Fluff’s kilt attire and accoutrements came into the equation.

All of this meant minimal space for weighty toiletries and cosmetics  but luckily my holiday beauty packing has changed from this to this over the years, as I’ve whittled down the must-haves (SPF, a good CC cream) from the nice-to-haves (turquoise eyeliner, mascara and every shade of hot pink lippie I possess. No joke.)

Summer Holiday Beauty Essentials

These days, I’m all about the quick and easy, two minute holiday face: my skin only better, with a metallic flash on the eye (I brought my Bobbi Brown longwear cream shadow stick, but any of these are great picks) and a bright lip; Bobbi Brown’s Art Stick in Sunset Orange (which I wrote about here) Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Impassioned and MAC’s Good Kisser are all glorious and cheering shades that won't dry out your lips.

My base and brows never varied: Chanel's excellent CC Cream is now available in multiple shades with an increased SPF of 50, giving a lovely, hydrating finish with just the right amount of coverage and glow. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Brow is my go-to warm weather brow pick (check out my other favourites here) because the colour is great and it's sweat-proof, swim-proof, rain-proof, you name it..this stuff does not budge. For ease, convenience, lasting power, all-round cuteness and a pretty, dewy glow, the Clinique Chubby Stick for cheeks in Robust Rhubarb (review here) gets two thumbs up from me.

I also tried and tested some new bits from Elizabeth Arden, discovered an excellent facial SPF and a new-to-me waterproof mascara, which will all be getting their own post very soon.

What are your holiday beauty essentials?

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