Wednesday, 21 August 2013

My Summer Holiday Makeup Essentials

Good morning ladies! I really hope your week is going wonderful so far! I am on my final preparations for my holiday, on which I’m going on Friday and I decided that it would be fun to guide you through some of my beauty makeup essentials that I’ll be taking away with me. I am not a light-packing person and I always have too many bits and bobs with me (I hardly ever use half of them though) but this year I decided to challenge myself and try to minimize the content of my makeup bag and take only the things I’m sure I’m going to use. We’ll see how that goes tomorrow but for now I feel determined! HA! As I don’t tend to wear too much makeup when I go to the seaside, I would try and keep it as simple as possible. Here are some of the beauty bits that are sure to make the cut tomorrow! Hope you’ll enjoy! :)

Going to the seaside, I will definitely have to get my favorite sunscreen and it is the (1) La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Melt-In Cream. I love this because it has SPF 50+, which is really important for me because I go crazy with my UV protection and 50+ is a good start! :) This product is great for any skin types so if you have sensitive skin this may be a one to look for. It has never broken me out and I like that it feels relatively lightweight and looks good under foundation as well. Speaking of foundation, I will be packing with me my all time favorite (2) Chanel Vita Lumire Aqua Foundation. I’ve raved about it enough already but I have to mention that this stuff not only has a very decent coverage but it blends seamlessly into the skin and feels really light. Definitely a winner for the summertime, if you ask me! To get a flawless-looking skin recently I’ve been loving (3) Benefit Boi-ing concealer. It is really creamy and covers any unwanted scars / hyperpigmentation or dark circles we may have! Definitely check this out if you haven’t already, it really is a great concealer! Moving on to powder, my favorite one for the summertime has been (4) TooFaced Primed & Poreless. It really is the best translucent powder I’ve tried and I love it. It is super lightweight but at the same time it sets my makeup and keeps the oils at bay. It minimizes the appearance of pores and doesn’t give you the typical ‘powdery’ finish, which is great. Last but not least for my base, I adore using the (5) Avene Thermal Spring Water (review here). It is my newest obsession and I use it for SO many different things but it is exceptionally good for setting my makeup and it helps it stay in place all day. It’s definitely my top essential for this trip because it also cools me down and refreshes my skin amazingly!

For the rest of my makeup, I decided to take with me my (6) Urban Decay Naked, because you get 12 colors in just one palette and this would be more than enough for my entire eye makeup when I’ll be away. I will probably also pack my favorite (7) MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (review here) to serve as a base. As far as blush goes, it would be rude not to take my two current favorites – (8) Dior Rosy Glow and (9) Sleek Rose Gold. They are both super pretty and I am obsessed with them. The Dior one is a true light pink shade, whereas the Sleek one is a gorgeous peachy pink shade, so you get kind of the best of both worlds, I guess. You’ve gotta have some bronzer on when you’re as pale as me and when you’re surrounded by so many tanned people and you’re on a summer holiday. So packing my favorite (10) Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (review here) is in order. This has definitely been my best friend during Summer 2013 and I love it because it is completely matte and it looks very natural. It is not orange or muddy at all and just gives this lovely ‘sun kissed’ effect we all know and love, without making us look fake and overdone. For lips, I can honestly say that I still don’t know what I’ll bring and I will definitely get at least ten products but the two I will most definitely take away with me are the (11) MAC LipConditioner in Petting Pink and (12) Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop. The MAC lip balm is definitely a must-have for me because it not only makes my lips super soft and smooth, but also protects them from burning with its SPF 15. It also gives a nice hint of color to the lips, which is fab. As for the Revlon’s Lip Butter in Lollipop, the only thing I can say is that it is the most gorgeous bright fuchsia pink I’ve seen and I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past month! It’s love and if you’re into such shades I cannot recommend it enough. It is also super creamy and moisturizing and crazy pigmented as well! :) Last but not least, I decided to include a nail polish into this post because no beauty essentials are complete without one. If you’ve been a loyal reader to my blog then I’m sure you all know which polish will steal the show! Yes, it is (13) EssieCute as a Button (review here) - my absolute favorite nail polish for this season, which was making me feel cuter than a button throughout those hot months. Its charming pinkish orange-y coral shade is so perfect that I even bought two pairs of matching bikini so that I can wear it non-stop during my holiday! Keen much haha? :)

So beauties, these are my top products that I’ll be taking away with me. I’m sure I’ll end up getting some more stuff but these are definitely the things I won’t leave the house without! Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you again very soon! <3

Lots of love,


  1. Cute as a button is such a lovely shade, no wonder it's turned into a modern classic. Great post!

  2. Ahh I love Avene's Thermal Water... I love how your photographed this lovely!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  3. I've been using the Naked palette and Lollipop lip butter like crazy and they were my must have on holiday as well. Great picks :)

  4. I still really wanna try the Aqua Vitalumière foundation :) seems like an excellent foundation! Cute as a Button is such a lovely nail polish!

    X Valérie
    I'm giving away TWO custom blogger designs! :)

  5. Суперски продукти! Весело изкарване на морето и ще чакаме нови постове след това :)

  6. Some fab products there - the Chanel foundation is on my wishlist right now!

    Also quick question, I love your photo and always try to emulate similar styles but find no matter whether in natural day light etc I get shadows - any tips for me?!


  7. I'm torn between buying the sleek blush, or the Dior one! Both looks so lovely x

  8. I am totally on board with the boi-ing from benefit and Sleek's blusher in Rose Gold - they are both staples in my make up arsenal.

    I must admit, I don't have the Urban Decay palette but do have theBalm's alternative (Nude 'tude) and couldn't live without that.

    I love the Dior blusher but I think Sleek is a little more in my price range, and I have just got theBalm's blush in Swiss Dot so that would be going a little OTT!

    Absolutely perfect amount for going away, and so versatile too. Perfect pics>

    Fi xoxox

  9. I always back far too much too! I set myself a challenge to create 3 completely different looks from make-up I could hold in 2 hands (here) and was surprised by how little I really need!! I still don't have the Naked palette but won't go anywhere without my Naked 2 palette, even though it's not the easiest thing to carry around x

    Jodie Marie | à la Jode

  10. so fantastic !!! maybe we can follow each other?let me know <3

  11. I'm still using that Naked palette since it came out! I never get bored with using it. I've two!lol one for myself and another one for my makeup kit:)

  12. I've also been loving the Naked palette this summer! It's amazing, great shades! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  13. Some amazing stuff! The color of that Dior blush is gorgeous!

    -Maddy @

  14. great picks really want to try the chanel foundation and the revlon lip butter is a summer staple for me as well! thanks for sharing this great and useful post! xx. gigi.

  15. Have a lovely time, I just picked up the Dior blush and it's absolutely beautiful!

  16. I love Revlon lip butter!


  17. keeping it simple with some solids picks lady. i really need to get on that naked palette train. it seems like i have so many just...not that one lol

    A Beautiful Zen

  18. Great products!
    I have been lusting for that Dior blush for ages... maybe it's time to purchase?
    Anyways, have a great vacation!

  19. So many lovely choices! That Dior blush looks amazing!

    Eyeshadow Addicts Anonymous

  20. You are definitely a pink girl!

    I love all your picks x

  21. I really want to try a Sleek blush any of the NAKED palettes (but esp. the basics palette), and the sample I tried of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation was so incredibly amazing, but sadly it's so expensive. :(

  22. I love the Urban Decay Naked Palette and your Essie nail polish looks lovely! These products are all so pink and girly! :)


  23. The chanel vitalumiere is one of my favourite foundation too ! It feels very light on my skin xx

  24. lovely, lovely post :)

    xx, rebecca

  25. I love your blog! I am so happy i found it. I have a lot of the same products, one of my favorite is the MAC paint pot in Bare Study.
    Une Jolie Vie

  26. The Revlon Lip Butters are so perfect for summer, I love them !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  27. Love this post! And I love how you photographed your makeup all laid out, it looks so pretty!

  28. I love your essentials <3. Specially the ones from Sleek, Urban Decay and Too Faced (:

    Greetings from Shirayuki's Beauty.

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  30. Nice group of products. I also love the Naked Palette. I still just stick with the original Naked Palette and use it on a daily basis. =)

    Feel free to check out my blog if you have some extra time =)

  31. Great post! Here are mine summer picks if you want to check it out!
    Girl's Temptations | Summer Essentials: Make-up


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