Holiday Hit & Miss

Finally, I managed to get a card reader, so, “hello!” here I am again! It feels so long ago now (was only a couple of weeks ago but hey, you know how it goes), but when I went to Spain, I decided to travel light, and just take hand luggage. One of the things which made that a whole lot easier was the label.m Mini Airliner set – a set of 50ml bottles of all the hair essentials you will need while you’re on holiday.

The Gentle Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner smelt absolutely amazing with a hint of coconut, and just like a holiday – my hair was left amazingly shiny after using them, which is normally a problem for me while I’m away somewhere hot. There wasn’t enough for my thick hair to last the week, but they were perfect to keep me going for the first few days until we got to a shop.

I used the Protein Spray after washing and before going out in the sun to stop it getting frazzled, and it really helped to keep it in great condition. The Sea Salt Spray claimed to make hair appear ‘thicker with a matt effect’ – I have quite thick hair anyway so didn’t use it until the day before we left, but I wish I’d have used it sooner. It gave fab texture to my hair, kept my waves in place, without feeling big and bushy. I was also wary it would leave my hair in a big matted mess, but that wasn’t the case at all.

The set is £12 from selected label.m salons, and Toni & Guy and essensuals stores – you can choose any shampoo & conditioner, and any two products from the ‘mini create’ range. It comes in a waterproof pouch and you get a free booklet on holiday hair – I’d definitely recommend picking one up if you’re going away.

So, that’s the hit – now for the miss…

As I was going with my mum and my kids I decided I wouldn’t wear make up and would give my skin a bit of a breather. All I needed was a waterproof mascara and I’d be sorted. Ok, so maybe I did sneak in a bit more for the evenings, but I did stick to just mascara during the day.

No I’m not a skank, it’s just a very sticky bottle from the security labels on it!

I am happy with using a non-waterproof mascara at home, so I needed something cheap that would do me for the week – so when I popped in Boots and saw Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara was on special offer, I decided to give it a go. I’ve been impressed with other Max Factor mascaras, and as it said it would give me 300% more volume than bare lashes, I was sold. Fat lashes was what I was after, and it sounded like this would do the trick. Only it didn’t.

So, my lashes were slightly thicker, but definitely not 300% more volumised. You could tell I had mascara on, but it wasn’t anything amazing. It was also really hard to apply – for some reason I ended up with it all over my lids every time I put it on. That’s not the only place it ended up either… by lunchtime I had panda eyes every single day. I wasn’t using an oily suntan lotion so all I can put it down to is the waterproof mascara not being so waterproof! If anyone else has used this mascara I’d be interested to see if they have had the same problems.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara is currently £4.99 from Boots (usual price £7.99). I wish I’d stuck to the L’Oreal Lash Architect I’d used last year.

I’m off again to Majorca for my best friends hen do this month, so please let me know your hits and misses 🙂

Holiday Beauty Hits

Seeing as I’ve just got back from ‘Beefa, I thought it was pretty fitting that I did a holiday hits post – my most favourite things to use while I was away. I could make a list as long as my arm, but I’ve tried my best to cap it at a top 10!

one – Urban Decay Naked Palette (£32 from Beauty Bay)
This was fabulous – every colour I could have needed for my holiday. Creep was used for the nights I wanted to go totally smoky, but mostly Half Baked was given a good run for it’s money. I tended to mix it with NARS Orgasm Illuminator to foil it and make it ultra metallic a la…

two Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion (£5.10 from Boots but currently on offer at £3.40)
After hearing the Dove skin expert at The Only Way is Blogging saying that any moisturiser is good for post-sunned-skin, I decided to use this rather than a general after sun. It has 24 hour moisturisation technology and really left my skin feeling soft and gorgeous, even if I do say so myself! (please note, this was a press sample)

three ES A155 Lashes (£8.25 for 10 pairs from KKcentreHk)
These were a Godsend – despite them being reusable, when we were getting in at ridiculous hours of the morning from a night out, more often than not I ripped the lashes off my face and left them in random places never to be found again, so having a big stash of inexpensive yet effective lashes on hand was ideal! Check out my review of these lashes here. (please note, this was a press sample)

four – EOS Summer Fruits Lip Balm (approx £5 from eBay or available widely in USA)
I loved the look of these ever since first seeing a picture – I just had to have one. I love the quirky shape of it and all my friends adored it too. Perfect for having on hand and giving a bit of moisture to your lips while sunbathing.

five – Sleek Paint Pot in Peach Perfection (£4.30 from Sleek)
This was perfect for adding a slight sheen of colour to your lips poolside – it just gave the impression you had gone to the effort of doing something, without doing anything too much! Check out my review of this here.

six – Compact Mirror (mine is Benefit, but not sure if they’re still in production)
I’d say this is an absolute essential – for checking if any mascara has run, bits in your teeth, all your lotion is rubbed in etc etc

seven – Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask (£3.99 from Superdrug)
This is a hair mask which is designed to be left in for 3-5 minutes then washed out, however this was my rescue hair product in a different way! My hair is very thick, and I have lots of it – so trying to do anything with it after washing it was a complete nightmare. The only way I managed to regain any control was by slathering my hair in this, so I could actually tie it up (normally on the top of my head) and leaving it in until the next time I washed my hair. When I came back to England and gave it it’s first wash, it was in such good condition – something I certainly wasn’t expecting after it being in the sun for so long.

eight – Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 08 (£25 from Illamasqua)
I really don’t have good skin. Not the kind of skin I would want to go baring, with no make up on. I needed to find something that covered up the bad bits without me looking too cakey. I bought this, and Garnier’s BB cream hoping one of them would be the solution to my problem. Unfortunately the Garnier was just too sheer for me, but the Skin Base Foundation was perfect. My friend commented on my make up one day asking how it stayed looking so perfect (score!) however I know it wasn’t exactly perfect – it does get shiny after a while of wearing, particularly in the heat, and as expected, needs reapplying after getting wet. I am wearing it in all of the photos in this post and loving that because there’s no SPF in it I don’t look like a ghost in them! I think if I could find a way of making it last a little longer without getting shiny, it would definitely be my holy grail foundation.

nine – Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment Serum ($19.95 from Exposed Skincare)
I am currently following the Exposed Skincare plan – I have used it for over 30 days now, so expect a full review of that soon. Although I still got spots, the Acne Treatment Serum helped to dry them out a lot faster than usual, so they were there for a lot less time than they would normally be. The last thing anyone wants on holiday is for their skin to get worse, so this was handy when I had a breakout.

ten – L’Oreal Lash Architect Waterproof Mascara (£7.99 from Amazon or in store at Boots)
I’m not saying this is the best waterproof mascara I’ve ever used – but it did the job; the mascara stayed put all day without any smudges or panda eyes. It seperated my lashes nicely, made them look full but not too ott, and basically, just made it look like my eyelashes actually existed!

Although it’s not really a beauty item the Liz Earle Tote Bag was kindly sent to me just in time for my holiday and is the perfect size for a towel, book (I kidded myself every day that I would get more than 2 pages read!) sun tan lotion, water and make up essentials. It has a magnetic fastening, a gorgeous nautical style, and is very robust. If you take advantage of the Liz Earle Suncare Offer before 31st August, you too can have one of these bags in a slightly smaller size. The set includes Mineral Suncream  SPF20 to help reflect UVA and UVB rays, their Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel to cool and rehydrate and two shimmering treats – basically everything you need to keep your skin looking amazing while you’re away!

So, that’s my top 10 folks. What do you think of it? Would you add anything in?