The Sun Holiday Makeup Face

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Apologies for no posts on Monday and Wednesday, although I got home from holidays on Thursday I actually didn’t get home until Tuesday. And since then the house has been upside down because we’re getting work done. Anyway, after spending two weeks in 27 degrees heat, I developed somewhat a makeup routine for dinner and drinks in the evening. I went bare faced mostly during the day, but had to make the most of my makeup bag weighing nearly one kilo (oops) at night time.

Lanzarote is actually quite cool at night time, so I didn’t have too many SULA alerts while chowing down my spag-bol. But humidity was high, so I had to make sure my makeup was long-lasting and wouldn’t slide off my face before I could say ‘A Cosmopolitan, por favor.’ 

I started off with Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfecter as my primer, which held everything in place and created a really smooth base, I am in love with this stuff. There wasn’t really any other contender but NARS Sheer Glow as my foundation. It’s light, dewy and gives great coverage – what more could you want? NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer was on hand to conceal blemishes and redness. Although I brought more eyeshadows than I’d like to admit, Urban Decay’s Naked Palette had all the shades I needed. Brown, bronze, neutral, gold, smoky – every eye look is in this palette. Trusty Anastasia Brow Wiz and Collection clear gel were used to tame and fill in my brows. I honestly can’t see myself using another brow product for a very long time. I mostly did a very thin line of liquid liner along my lashes to add some thickness, I just couldn’t face the task of doing a cat-eye every night. A few layers of Maybelline The Falsies waterproof mascara and my eye makeup was done.

Bronzer was my favourite product on holiday. Reapplying factor 30 every half an hour equalled to no tanning for me, but bronzer gave a lovely sunny glow that didn’t require lying in the sun for five hours straight. MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Give Me Sun! did exactly as the name says. It’s a sun-kissed glow and tan in powder form. I picked up Maybelline Dream Sun while I was over there, and safe to say I’m in love with it as a blush and bronzer. I used this as my bronzing ‘base’ and then applied MSF on top. I used MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle as a highlight. I really don’t think there’s a nicer highlight around, it’s the perfect balance of shimmery and glowy without looking like a disco ball. MAC MSF (can you tell that I love this product?) in Light was my go-to powder for keeping unwanted shine at bay. Dewiness  = good. Extreme sweaty-shiniess = bad. I ran out of this over there and plan to pick up a new one as soon as possible. Revlon Colour Burst Lacquer Balm in Demure is my favourite nude at the minute, and despite bringing about six other lipsticks, this is the one I used most. 

I’m getting major P.H.D. (post holiday depression) writing this – is anything better than sitting by the beach having dinner with great company and no worries? I think not. But hey, that’s what makes holidays so good, right?

Currently Obsessed | Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

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I read about Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector online a few months ago, and ever since it’s been on my mind to get it. I visited the Kiehl’s counter in town more times than I’d like to admit to see if it was in stock. I went so many times that the women at the counter began to recognise me – I’m not ashamed. Eventually it came in store, and after trying two samples of it I couldn’t wait to finally own the full size bottle.

This product impressed me from the very first use. It comes out a nude colour, but disappears into the skin once it’s rubbed in. It smooths over the skin and gives the most beautiful satin, almost velvet feel. I’ve had to stop myself from stroking my face way too many times. The skin around my chin has been quite uneven because of breakouts, but using this before applying foundation gives the perfect base. I even like using this when I’ve no makeup on as it improves its appearance and gives an even base. Using it under makeup also keeps shine at bay and gives longevity to makeup. The ingredients actually are formulated to improve the skin’s appearance over time, which is amazing and encourages me to use it even more every day!

If you’re looking for a new base product or want to improve the appearance of your skin, I’d definitely recommend picking this up! I haven’t stopped using this since I got it, and can’t see myself stopping anytime soon!

The Sun Holiday Toiletry Checklist

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I consider myself pretty low-maintenance when it comes to skin and hair care, but after putting all of my products together for going on holiday, I realised that I’m not. Although I don’t use half as many products as some beauty bloggers, beauty products took up more space (and weight) in my suitcase than I had expected.

I thought I’d compile a quick checklist of products for any of you who are going away so you don’t forget anything – but chances are I have forgotten something too! :’)

Tan, exfoliator, moisturiser

Razor

Cotton pads

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Hairbrush

Face cloths

Sun cream

Shampoo

Conditioner

Mosquito bite cream

Hair mask

Dry shampoo

Micellar water

Aftersun

Hairspray

Heat protectant

Hair oil

Shower gel

Deodrant

Perfume

Makeup wipes (for quick makeup removal after nights out!)

Eye makeup remover

Cleanser

Face moisturiser

I hope this helps anyone who’s going away! Leave a comment below if I’ve forgotten anything!

 

The Perfect Summer Base | NARS Tinted Moisturiser

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I was lusting after NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for a very long time. That is, until my best friend bought it for me for my birthday and I nearly died of happiness.

It’s lightweight, has great coverage for a tinted moisturiser and is long lasting. As it’s a moisturiser, it doesn’t cling to dry patches, plus it contains SPF 30. It’s three products in one! I usually like to wear bases that have full coverage, but this is enough on its own to cover the majority of my blemishes and scarring. I just add a little bit of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer where I need it and I’m good to go. The finish is dewy without being shiny – it’s summer skin in a bottle. I never thought I’d be comfortable wearing tinted moisturiser on a day to day basis, but I am. It’s great for warm days, cold days and everything in between.

I can’t wait to wear this on holiday as it’ll give much needed moisture to my skin after spending time in the sun, while still giving great coverage.

 

Things I Always Forget To Pack

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A bit of a random post today, but seeming as it’s summer and a lot of people are heading off on holiday, I thought I’d share with you a few things that I always forget when I’m going away.

Adapters are essential if you’re travelling to a country that doesn’t use the same power supply as you. You can pick them up in €2 shops nowadays, which saves you spending €10 on them in the airport. Nail varnish remover is another one I always forget. I paint my nails before going, then get there to realise that I have nothing to take the polish off with when they start to chip! Little tubs like this one are especially handy as they take up little space and have a sponge inside so you don’t need to remember cotton pads. A nail scissors and tweezers will be lifesavers when you’re away, you don’t realise how much you use them until you don’t have them! A portable weighing scales for your suitcase saves you the stress of unpacking your suitcase in the airport if it’s overweight, and you can tell how much room you have left for purchases while you’re over there ;) Eyelash glue and eyelashes go hand in hand, yet I always forget the glue. Eyelash curlers are another under rated beauty tool that I truly miss when I don’t bring it with me.

What products do you always forget on holiday?

What’s In My Holiday Makeup Bag?

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As I said before, going on holiday really tests your love for products. If it’s good enough to carry across the ocean, it’s definitely a reliable, essential product in your makeup stash. I know this amount of makeup seems quite excessive, but I’m going for two weeks and making decisions has never been my strong point. Ultimately, I’m squeezing everything I possibly can into my makeup bag. All in the name of beauty, right?

Ruby & Millie eyelash curlers /DUO glue / Ardell wispie lashes / MAC MSF in Give Me Sun! / MAC Studio Fix foundation / Collection clear mascara

NARS Sheer Glow foundation / MAC Woodwinked eyeshadow / MAC Hush cream highlight / MAC MSF in Light /NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer / MAC Red lipstick / MAC Prolongwear concealer / Revlon ColourBurst in Elusive, Demure, Coquette, Whimsical

MAC PressedPigment in Warming Heart / MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow / Maybelline The Falsies mascara / MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle

Revlon Colourburst lipgloss in Peony / Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Pinkissimo / NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection / MAC Hue lipstick / MAC Naked Lunch eyeshadow / MAC Shy Girl lipstick / MAC Coral Bliss lipstick

MAC Creme Cup lipstick / MAC Clear Water lipgloss / L’Oreal Super Slim liner / Tanya Burr Afternoon Tea lipgloss / Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation

No 7 Pop & Glow cheek colour / Anastasia Brow Wiz / MAC Coffee eyeliner / Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie / Topshop lipstick in Alibi

NAKED 1, 3, & Flushed Palette / Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfecter

 

 

 

 

 

What’s In My Carry On Bag?

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Going on holiday really tests how you feel about certain products. When you only have a 10kg bag to carry on the plane, and when all liquids must be less than 100ml, we really see which products we love the most. When you’re going on a 4 hour flight you want to make sure that you have everything you need to last you in the airport, on the flight and after. So, when I’m hundreds of thousands of miles in the air and depending on the contents of my handbag, which products do I bring with me?

I’m not one to have a total skincare routine on the plane, I think it’s too much fuss and usually leave makeup removal until I get off the plane. Carrying around loads of little bottles, although they’re only 100ml, doesn’t really float my boat. I’m more the kind of person who uses the time on the plane to get things done that I don’t usually have time to fully indulge in when I’m at home –  writing down ideas, catching up on YouTube videos (of course), reading a good book, flicking through magazines… you get my drift.

My bag is a recent purchase from Cari’s Closet, and I’m totally in love with it. All of my handbags are black, so I thought I’d switch it up and go for tan this time. It has a long detachable strap which is great for when things get a bit heavy, and is really roomy so I can fit everything I need inside.

Of course, my phone is a necessity. I make lists, listen to music and will be more than likely taking photos of my boyfriend while he’s asleep – what else is there to do on a phone with no internet, right? Earphones go hand in hand with my phone, for some reason extra cheesy music is my music of choice while flying – Westlife and Taylor Swift all the way. My iPad is my true saviour on long flights, though. I download YouTube videos on iTube in the coming days to the flight, so I usually have at least two hours to catch up on. Watching hauls while 50,000 feet in the air is never a good idea though, by the time I come home I have a list as long as my arm of must-buys. My purse and passport are a given. Cosy socks are necessary for keeping my toes from freezing off with the air-conditioning.

Magazines. Fresh, new magazines on a long flight make me more excited than they should. I picked up a trait from my mam where my magazines need to be straight and can’t get bent in my bag – strange but oddly satisfying. I used to be a total book worm when I was younger, but blogs and magazines have recently taken over. It’s usually only when I go on holidays that I get fully absorbed in a book. I think I’ll buy one in the airport and put two in my suitcase, just in case. Mints, water and every sweet available in duty free take up a huge majority of my carry-on bag. Haribo, soft mints, Werther’s Originals… *drools*

I also bring a notebook, for yet more lists. Tissues, hand sanitiser and painkillers are always on hand. I’m the one person on holiday who brings something for every emergency, including a needle and thread. Sunglasses are thrown in there too for good measure. It’s necessary to wear them on one’s head while stepping off the plane and into a warmer climate.

I’m sure there’s something I’ve forgotten, but fear not as I have written this post one week before we leave, so I’ve time to make sure everything I need is there – typical Gemini.

That reminds me – lipgloss and concealer will be in there too. Oops. As well as a few spur-of-the-moment MAC purchases. Sure, it would be rude not to.

 

Haulidays Part 3 – Missguided

So, a bit of shopping may of happened in the past few weeks. And by a bit, I mean a lot. I’m going on holidays for two weeks *hoot hoot* so it was inevitable that I’d pick up a few new pieces. I did a bit of shopping online and in store, and thought I’d share my purchases here, so Haulidays was born. There will be three haul posts on the blog this week, so stick around and catch up if you’re looking for things to buy for your own holidays or just want to have a nose at what I got!

My final instalment of Haulidays is Missguided, and boy what a way to end a week of haulin’. Missguided is usually my first port-of-call if I need something nice to wear. The delivery is great, the prices are great and the clothes are amazing. After making numerous lists and updating my basket online more times that I’d like to admit, I bit the bullet when I saw they were having 15% student discount for a limited time. I was really going for the typical holiday look when I bought these. I wouldn’t usually wear a lot of bright colours at home but I know I’ll definitely get the wear out of these while I’m away!

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Rafaela 90s Style Floral Print Mini Dress / Basinah Tropical Print Bodycon Mini Dress / Picara Mini Dress In Neon Palm Print

Emmelie Crepe Bralet In Cream / Tala Crossover Back Bralet In Floral Print / Lennia Wrap Over Mini Skirt In Cream

Hansa Neon Pink Scuba Mini Skirt / Corinne Crossover Split Mini Skirt In Mint / Candace Coral Scuba Midi Skirt

Haulidays Part 2 – ASOS, River Island, Topshop

So, a bit of shopping may of happened in the past few weeks. And by a bit, I mean a lot. I’m going on holidays for two weeks *hoot hoot* so it was inevitable that I’d pick up a few new pieces. I did a bit of shopping online and in store, and thought I’d share my purchases here, so Haulidays was born. There will be three haul posts on the blog this week, so stick around and catch up if you’re looking for things to buy for your own holidays or just want to have a nose at what I got!

What did we all do before online shopping? How else would I spend my free time than looking at the ‘New In’ section of my favourite websites? Who knows, but I’d probably have a lot more money, that’s for sure. I was really impressed with the selection of clothes available in ASOS, River Island and Topshop while browsing for clothes I could wear on holiday and at home. I hadn’t shopped in River Island for nearly a year (say what?!) but can definitely see myself making more orders in the future. As for ASOS and Topshop, I knew I wouldn’t be let down.

After receiving these orders (and another one that’s in Friday’s blog post) I have formed quite a regular relationship with my postman, who now jokes that he’s going to start throwing my parcels over the wall. I better not tell him about the two I have planned for when I get back…

ASOS

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ASOS Crop Top with Crew Neck in Rib 2 Pack  / ASOS Cami Top With Button Detail / ASOS Bandeau Peplum Top

River Island 

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White Shorts / Black  Cami / Black Crop Top

Topshop 

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MOTO Bleach Ripped Mom Shorts

Feel Unique 

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser / Tanya Burr Lipgloss Afternoon Tea

Haulidays Part 1 – Penneys

So, a bit of shopping may of happened in the past few weeks. And by a bit, I mean a lot. I’m going on holidays for two weeks *hoot hoot* so it was inevitable that I’d pick up a few new pieces. I did a bit of shopping online and in store, and thought I’d share my purchases here, so Haulidays was born. There will be three haul posts on the blog this week, so stick around and catch up if you’re looking for things to buy for your own holidays or just want to have a nose at what I got!

Oh Penneys – the queen of the high-street. It’s a known fact that one cannot walk into Penneys and just buy a pair of socks. One must buy two tops, a cardigan, a pair of pyjamas and a necklace at least. Well, maybe it isn’t a fact but it’s true for any shopaholic. Penneys is the first store I hit every time I go to town, and I am never disappointed. Penneys trumped every other shop on the highstreet on a last-minute panic trip to town last week when I realised I was missing some not-so-essential-essentials for my holiday. I started picking up pieces for the holiday in Penneys about six weeks ago, so I wouldn’t have to do one giant shop. These are the most recent pieces I got so they should be still available if you’re looking for some summer clothes!

Shout-out to my fabulous assistant Bella who wanted to model and part-take in the shoot, she’s a natural at posing.

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