I find it so difficult to prepare myself to pack when I go on holiday,I know what I need to bring but I pack everything by memory. For my upcoming Dubai trip I’ve decided to change my ways and organise. I’m taking it real old school and writing lists. I wouldn’t dare to forget some of my holiday beauty essentials and contrary my days in the sun wouldn’t be complete without these picks by my side. From protecting my skin to having the perfect highlight. These are my beach bag beauty favs.
I’m all about using sun screen to protect my skin from the UV rays, but as a woman of colour one of my biggest pet peeves is sun screen that is thick and looks like I’ve just covered my skin in white paint. I am always on the lookout for a high factor sun screen, that is invisible and one I can use especially on my face that will not cause me to break out. This Kiehls ultra-light daily UV defence comes in factor 50 which is great as this will keep your skin in safe hands, but is also lightweight to glide into the skin and moisturise.
That little extra coverage
On holiday your skin always looks 100 times better, you’re relaxed with no worries and not to mention that glorious vitamin D that makes your skin amazing. Sometimes for the evenings all you want is a little extra coverage to bring your make-up look together. Why not try a tinted moisturiser or a foundation that offers low coverage with a dewy glow. The Nars Pure radiant hydrating tinted moisturiser offers and effortless but buildable dewy glow all day, every day.
pool or ocean?
I’m not someone who wears mascara everyday for one reason and one reason only, I hate having to take it off. If there was mascara that came off in one wipe then I would be the first person to make that purchase. I wear mascara as I love the way that it makes my eyes look, you instantly look awake. This holiday I will definitely be making sure to purchase the Too Faced Better than sex waterproof mascara, I’ve heard it’s amazing and what could be better than mascara that won’t make any decision harder than pool or ocean?
On holiday you want to look glowing, and quite frankly resemble a golden goddess. When venturing out in the evening I love to put on a gorgeous dress on and do myself up. This Sleek highlighter palette is great as it has a range of shades to suit every skin tone and is incredibly pigmented, which creates an incredible look when added to high points of your face and body. I will also be taking along with me the MAC strobe body lotion , which I love as it honestly makes your body look like it has been dipped in gold. I have also yet to have the chance to snap up a Prep set and glow spray from Iconic London as it is currently out off stock, but I can’t wait to get my hands on one as its essentially a highlighter mist. You can never have too much highlight!
Generally I don’t wear a lipstick or a gloss daily, as I am more likely to just use Carmex or a Nivea lip balm. These are essentials that I will be taking along with me on my holiday. A nude lip will be a go to for the evenings, a peachy nude lip is a great way to create the perfect plumped pout to achieve the golden goddess look. My favourite nude lipsticks are Hug me and Doe from MAC.
On holiday being in the sun constantly can cause my skin to get quite dry especially around my T-zone area, I always tell myself to try and not neglect my skincare routine but this can be so difficult. What I love using at home and will be packing in my suitcase is Loreal Paris pure clay face mask . My favourite one is the detox mask, as it’s great for releasing all your impurities. What’s great about these masks is that you can use them to multi mask and apply to the areas of concern. If you are looking to multi mask don’t worry this won’t cost you the earth these come in small travel sizes which makes multi masking way more affordable.
Who doesn’t love smelling luxurious, no matter where you are. My go to fragrance is the YSL Black opium, I wear this the majority of the time and will be taking this along with me on holiday. The fragrance has potent scents of seductive white floral and vanilla to add that sweet touch. If you’re someone who prefers a lighter scent the fragrance also comes in the Black Opium The glow eau de toilette, which is a perfect holiday fragrance.