It’s finally August, the month that most of us have been waiting for, we are at the heart of the summer and if you are not currently on holidays then you are definitely counting down the days. The holiday planning is almost done and what is left now is to decide what you will pack and bring with you. Even though I have been travelling from a very young age, packing will always stress me that tiny bit.
Today, I am going to suggest a few beauty essentials that I am bringing along to my holidays and I hope that you find them useful too. If you are travelling by plane and you have limitation on your liquids and creams don’t forget to get your clear 100ml containers by Penny’s or e-bay.
- Klorane – Shampoo, Conditioner & Dry shampoo
This brand may not be very well known in Ireland but in continental Europe and especially France it is a hair care brand that many trust. I have been using Krolane’s light water based shampoo for the last few weeks and I have been very happy with it. When it comes to the shampoo only a small quantity is enough and don’t be surprised if you don’t get much foam out of it. This is only normal. During your summer holidays and especially if you swim at the sea or pool every day, your hair is the first to feel the damage of the sun and the sea. Even though we all love the sun kissed look it gets, we have to give back the healthy glow it deserves with a good shampoo and conditioner.
When it comes to dry shampoo Klorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk has never let me down. Spray it on the roots of your hair from a 20 cm distance and then shake it to give some volume. It is the perfect and easiest way to freshen it up without having to wash it.
- Vita Liberata – Luxury Self Tan
Since discovering self-tan and spray tan (you can read more about it here and here) I realised that spending time under the hot sun trying to get the much desired golden bronze colour is not worth it. For this holiday I wouldn’t be the white one out, so I made sure to apply my Vita Liberata luxury tan a day before my holidays to Greece. The good thing is that it lasts for a week and by the time it fades you have already started tanning naturally under the sun. If you can, bring it with you and to top it up once every 4 or 5 days. Best time to top it up is in the evenings before you head out for dinner or drinks. It will hide away any redness and will give an even colour.
I have been using Vita Liberata for the last month and I have been surprised on how natural it looks, the fact that it glides on the skin so smoothly and that it fades away evenly. If you take it easy with the showers and you don’t scrub yourself, it can last up to five days. Vita Liberata is a luxury tan so the price difference can be a little bit higher than you average fake tan, so you can always go for a brand that is suited to your budget. However, if you do have some money to spare give it a go.
- Avene Limited Edition water spray
The Avene Limited Edition water spray is extremely gentle on the skin and it should be in everyone’s beach bag to freshen you up from the heat and calm the skin down from the sun.
This face cream suitable for sensitive and irritated skin is good to have as a precaution. During the summer holidays and after the sun exposure the skin could get irritated and might need that extra attention to recover. I have also used this face cream to calm my skin down when it was irritated from face creams that did not suit me.
- Emma Hardie – Face Mask
This is taking holiday care a step further but if you are skin care addict as I am then you will also pack it. If you are away for two weeks make sure you use it once per week to nourish and moisturise your skin. If you feel that a face mask has no place in your holidays, then make sure to use it when you are back home.
You can use the Emma Hardie mask as an overnight treatment or you can leave it for 10-15 min and then wash it off with water. For a nice cooling sensation store it in the fridge a few hours before the application.