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I’ve just spent two weeks in Skiathos, just one of the many very beautiful islands that Greece has to offer. Here are a few of the items that came with me in my Holiday Toiletry Bag…
and here’s what I thought of them:
Benefit Cha Cha tint, 12.5ml, £22.05 - John Lewis, Highcross.
I’m a BIG Benefit make-up fan and have been for years now. My favourite products include:
- Bad Gal Lash Mascara
- Hoola Bronzer
- Sugarbomb Blusher
- Hi-Beam highlighter
So when I was given the chance to add their new Cha Cha Tint - Mango Cheek and Lip Stain to my holiday make-up look, I was rather excited. It actually turns out quite vibrant on the lip and looks fab blended into tanned skin, giving it a real glow!
Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF15 PA++, 50ml, £17.55, John Lewis, Highcross
I found the Benefit Facial Emulsion packaging absolutely delightful! With its rather Alice in Wonderful ‘Magic Potion’ glass bottle design, I just hoped that its contents would work wonders on my parched, sun-exposed skin. It hydrates, protects and comforts the skin in one fail swoop! Giving my skin the perfect finish for applying my evening make-up.
Clarins Face Treatment Oil - Blue Orchid, 30ml £26.10 John Lewis, Highcross
Every night after getting back from a day at the beach/ by the pool, I would treat my clean post-shower skin to a 5 pence sized drop, rubbed between palms until warm and then press it into my skin. This beautifully scented and ever-so-light Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil is divine! It was heavenly! So much so that I looked forward each evening to applying it to my skin. It worked wonders for my complexion, in terms of both evening out skin tone and plumping it up a bit.
Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream With Microbeads, 50ml £22.05, John Lewis, Highcross
Exfoliation when on holiday is key to getting an even tan. By sloughing away dead skin cells your newly tanned skin will looked buffed and pampered! I used the Clarins mask as part my skincare routine twice a week whilst I was away. First, I would gently exfoliate my skin…
Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask, £28.80 John Lewis, Highcross
… and then I would apply a thin layer of the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask. I left it on for around 5-10 minutes, before taking it off with a dampened cottonwood ball. My skin felt soft, silky and plumper.
Clarins HydraQuench Cream, 50ml £30.15, John Lewis, Highcross
After using the exfoliator and mask combination I would, as I did every evening, apply a layer of Clarins HydraQuench Cream to put the moisture back into my thirsty skin.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion - Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin Types £14.85 - £25.20, John Lewis, Highcross
Another GREAT moisturiser is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Again, this is a product that I have been using for YEARS! Having first been bought a Clinique 3-Step kit by my lovely Aunty when I was younger, I was impressed by this light, fresh fragranced moisture drink for my skin. It is perfect for younger people as it is not too heavy and is pretty gentle on the skin.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free
£16.20 - £22.50, John Lewis, Highcross
Another must-have year-round Beauty staple is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream… The original version had a very distinctive smell… some people LOVED it… some people (often boyfriends/ husbands/ ‘other half’s) would HATE it! For example, *picture the scene* once, said Lover/ User of Eight Hour Cream has slathered it onto their skin at bedtime, in a shiny shiny sticky mask type way. The other-half then tries to cuddle up for a goodnight kiss and usually ended up recoiling/ wrinkling their nose in a “WHAT IS THAT SMELL?!” kind of way…
Anyway… this time its FRAGRANCE FREE!! and it is just as good!
It’s such a versatile product, I use it for lots of things and believe me, a little bit goes a LONG LONG way:
- Lip Balm
- Weekly Face Mask
- Soothes Sunburn
- Softens Cuticles
- Can smooth frizzy ends of hair when applied sparingly
- Adds gloss to eyelids
- Keeps lashes/ eyebrows in place
- etc etc etc
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Triple Shield SPF 50, 50ml
£49.50, John Lewis, Highcross
Since turning from Twenty-young to Twenty-old, something has changed in me… Now that I’m 26, I seem to be taking my skincare far more seriously! I’ve always been one to moisture religiously, after heeding many warnings from my Nan telling me horror stories about wrinkly necks and knees…. and more recently actually showing me the effects that Sun Damage can have on your skin. So when I received a few samples of Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Triple Shield SPF 50, I was determined to give it a go! I applied it carefully to my face for the first part of my holiday and then went down to using a SPF 30, just so that I didn’t return home with a Casper-the-friendly-ghost white complexion.
The product was light, non-greasy, easily absorbed into the skin and pleasantly fragranced. I would definitely recommend it.
Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator, £41.40 - £55.80, John Lewis, Highcross
Once my skin had started to tan nicely I would use the Estee Lauder Skintone Illuminator to add a lovely glow to my evening make-up look. It made my skin look fresh and dewy. LOVED IT.
Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, 50ml, £50.40, John Lewis.
This creme has just the kind of deliciously expensive lard-esq consistency that my Nan would be proud of! It feels like velvet on your skin and is super-moisturising, I’d recommend a pot of this to any super-duper moisturiser fans out there!
La Perla Divina Eau de Toilette £40.50 - £49.50, John Lewis, Highcross
I’m always one for trying out new scents… and La Perla’s Divina was lovely, quite a pretty, sweet, sugary yet fruity fragrance. “The fragrance reflects a luxury Italian garden with a fruity floral bouquet. The citrus fruits of the Garden of Hesperides in Calabria adds a burst of wild strawberries, with splash of pear granita over champagne accord.”
Here are a few of my other favourite perfumes… Looking at their ‘Base Notes’ and ‘Top Notes’, etc, I think there may be a theme going… I wonder what my choice in Perfume says about me?
- Dior - Addict, Eau De Parfum, £59.50 - £84.50, John Lewis: Woody “Sumptuous silk tree flower, voluptuous night queen flower, and luscious bourbon vanilla combined with sandalwood and tonka bean”
- Tom Ford - Black Orchid, 30ml £45 or 100ml £85, Boots: Oriental “Black Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Blackcurrant.”
- Victor and Rolf - Flowerbomb, Eau de Toilette 50ml, £55, Boots: Floriental “Freesia, rose centifolia, osmanthus and jasmine sambac, supported by a background of patchouli.”
- Prada - Infusion D’Iris, Eau de Toilette, 100ml £72.50, Debenhams: Floral “Lily of the Valley, powdery Violet, addictive Heliotrope, sophisticated, sensual Cedar and Neroli”
- Dolce and Gabbana - The One, Eau de Parfum 30ml £37.50, 50ml £54, 75ml £68.50, John Lewis: Floriental ”Mandarin and peach that leads into a heart of jasmine and ends with a base of vanilla, amber and musk.”