Soltan Protect & Tan Ultra-Light Texture Suncare Lotion SPF30 & SPF15
I first got wind of these products on last year's holiday to Almeria in Spain. I like to tan as safely as possible and never start out wearing a factor lower than 30 - but I like the look of a healthy tan, too. This offers the best of both worlds as it protects my skin from the sun (it has 5* UVA and UVB protection) while enhancing the body's natural tan. I didn't burn once when I used this and I came home with a natural, golden glow. Who said you had to spend a fortune on suncare?
Malibu SPF 20 Clear Hair and Scalp Protector
I've never thought to protect my scalp on holiday before - obviously I wear a hat to protect my face but this ensures my scalp is protected too. It's nothing special but I just spritzed it onto my locks first thing and my scalp didn't burn at all. Not exactly glamorous but you've gotta tell it how it is!
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30*
Another one from my 2013 holiday beauty bag, this is one product I simply could not be without now that I've tried it. I have oily/blemish-prone skin so I need to be really careful with what I put on my face - a bottle of greasy sun cream just doesn't cut it. This on the other hand doesn't break me out, it has a lovely, light texture, it smells of oranges and most importantly, it protects my skin from the sun. It is pretty pricey (£57.00) but it has lasted me ages as you only need the tiniest bit.
Murad Essential-C Cleanser*
As you probably guessed, this also made an appearance in last year's beauty bag. Again, I just love the scent, and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean. Sadly now every time I use this, it just reminds me of holiday - and how much I want to go away again!
Avene Thermal Spring Water
I have a very soft spot for Avene after going to Avene in the south of France last year to learn about how all the products were made. This water spray was a staple in my beach bag oh holiday - I used it to cool down by the pool but I also sprayed it onto a cotton pad and used it as a refreshing toner.
Murad Anti-Aging Moisturiser SPF 20*
I mainly used this because I absolutely loved the other Murad moisturiser and I didn't want to use that up! So I used this as my night time moisturiser when my skin didn't really need a high SPF. It definitely didn't clog up my pores and made my skin feel really soft but not at all greasy.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I switch between using a hot cloth cleanser and a Micellar water to remove my make-up but on holiday, I preferred to use a Micellar water as it was just too hot to use my Cleanse and Polish! This was really light and fresh - but it was annoying having to use like ten cotton pads rather than one washcloth.
Lancôme Bi-Facial Eye Make-Up Remover
Unlike hot cloth cleansing which removes every trace of make-up, I find that Micellar waters leave little bits of make-up around my eye area. I used this as the last step in my facial regime and it left my eyes properly cleansed and soothed. It is quite pricey though so I'm not sure I'd repurchase.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh EDT
I bought this duty-free on the way to Tenerife as I went there without a signature holiday scent. It was a nice addition to my holiday outfits but I wouldn't say the scent is anything special necessarily. It might be because it was Eau De Toilette, but the scent was very light and didn't seem to last all night on me. Still, it was nice to spray it on as I walked out the door and made me feel ready for the night ahead.
What are your holiday beauty bag essentials?
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