Holiday Beauty Checklist


Since my long-awaited holiday is finally here, (5 days...but considering I've been counting down since February I think it's OK for me to start celebrating a little early, right?) I decided to throw together a checklist with all of my beauty essentials I like to take on holiday.

Brushes (via eBay). I am forever forgetting to bring make-up brushes on holiday, probably since I don't actually take any sort of foundation, but nevertheless a little bronzer and highlighter never goes amiss on holiday, so make sure you take one for each. 

MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Undress Me Too. This palette by MUA is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked palettes, and at an absolute steal of the price of only £4! (Say whaaaaaat?!?)They're super pigmented and the shimmery tones are great for holiday when you have a tan. 100% recommend! (I've had mine a year and after daily use it still has this much left... did I hear you say bargain?)

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. Like this one even needs a description. If you need a way to make sure your make-up stays put rather than sliding here, there and everywhere in the heat, then this is your guy.
Topshop Lipstick - Ditsy. This is a great summer lipstick. Topshop lipsticks are the same quality as MAC and at almost half the price. 'Ditsy' is a personal favourite of mine - a real nice creamy, moisturising finish that can also be matte-ified (is that even a word?) by patting with a tissue and applying a lipstick-sealer.  It's a pink-orange coral colour and with a tan, wowzer.

Primark False Nails. Ok, so not exactly an essential, but personally I cannot stand painting my own nails for holiday just to have them chip after one dip in the pool, resulting in re-applying it every five minutes just to have it smudge/chip again the next day. Nooooo thank you. Primark nails are such a good alternative and this bumble bee print was just too cute to resist!

Benefit Fine One One Blush. When I'm on holiday, I like to steer clear of powder blushes as they don't really stay-put as well. So, on my last holiday after spending a little too much time at the Benefit counter in duty free, I bagged myself this cream-stick blusher. I cleverly managed to crop out the actual blush itself, (bravo Tasmine, bravo) but it consists of three strips of colour: nude, hot pink and orange. It works by applying a strip on your cheekbones (where you would normally apply your blush), with the nude colour at the top, and the orange at the bottom. Then, blend either with a brush or your fingers, whatever tickles your fancy and voila! Not only do you have a pop of colour that will actually stay put in the hot weather, but also a little contouring all in one. Pretty cool, ammirite?

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Light. This is a great foundation alternative for holiday. Blend with a damp beauty-blender and you're good to go. I'd say it's light-medium coverage but by applying another layer this will obviously cover more if you wish.

Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream in Natural. After running out of both moisturiser and the above BB Cream, I decided to go for a 2-in-1 (mostly due to only having £5 in my purse, but we'll just pretend I was being creative, shall we?). I haven't actually tested this yet, but it looks amazing and I've read great reviews of it, and I'm so excited to try it out on holiday!

Benefit Sun Beam & THE BODY SHOP Tinted Glow Enhancer. You can never go wrong with a bit of bronzer in summer. Benefit's Sun Beam is an absolute favourite for adding a bit of a glow to my face. Whereas The Body Shop 'Glow Enhancer' is what I tend to use on my body when I feel I need a bit of colour. I simply but a line down the centre of my legs and blend with my fingers, and it instantly gives you that sun-kissed glow whilst also making your legs look a little slimmer. FABULOUS.

Do you have any beauty favourites for holiday? Let me know in the comments below as I'd love to try them out.

1 comment

  1. Loved reading this and I definitely now have a few products I want to test out! x


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