Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Holiday Make-Up 2014: Face, Eye, Lip, Nail And Products + Holiday FOTD

Hi lovelies,

Hope you're all well!

So one of my favourite things to do on holiday is experiment with different make-up looks. I can really relax and take time doing my make-up, which means I reach for products I wouldn't normally use.

Here are the make-up I brought away with me on holiday this year. I have also included some beauty looks at the bottom so you can see how it all came together. Let's get started...

MAC Mineralize Charged Water*
On a day-to-day basis, I don't use a face primer, opting for a facial mist instead. This is lovely and refreshing and makes my skin soft and dewy for make-up application. I like to use it to set my make-up at the end too.

Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer
I use this when I'm wearing make-up in the evening as it makes my skin look 'glowy' and helps my make-up last all evening! I've re-purchased this 3/4 times now - it's definitely Holy Grail for me when it comes to 'night out' make-up.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30
This doesn't have amazing coverage so I like to use it when I'm having a Good Skin Day but just want something that evens out my complexion. It's also nice and lightweight so I'm more likely to use it during the day, applying it with my fingers for a light coverage.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation SPF 15 + Real Techniques Retractable Bronzing Brush*
I use this when my skin isn't looking great and needs more coverage on spots, blemishes, redness, uneven skin tone etc. I would say this is medium/full coverage, but it doesn't feel heavy at all and doesn't tend to slip off my oily skin. I like to use the RT brush as I find it gives an even, flawless finish to make-up.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This is a #bbloggers favourite, and for good reason. It's less than £3 but don't less the price put you off as it's amazing at concealing any spots or blemishes. I also use it under my eyes to conceal dark circles and around my nose to hide redness.

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer
When I've had a monster of a spot appear overnight, this is the product I reach for. It's thick and creamy, perfect for blending over blemishes. I also find it lasts all night so it's perfect for nights out.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural + Avon Powder Brush
After applying foundation and concealer, I sweep a dusting of this over my face in circular motions to ensure my skin doesn't get oily. It doesn't hide my make-up underneath - I still get that dewy glow which I love.


NARS Orgasm/Laguna/Albatross Trio + Cosmopolitan Blush Brush + MAC 129 Brush

I got this as a present a few years ago and it's actually amazing. I start with the bronzer (Laguna - amazing), swirl Orgasm blush around my cheeks and then apply Albatross highlight to my cheekbones.

Benefit High Beam

This pink-ish, lightweight fluid gives a lovely, iredescent glow to skin.

Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator

Yes I brought three highlight products on holiday with me! I've used this since I was like 16 - I'm obsessed with it. It gives me that bronzed, J-Lo glow.


Urban Decay NAKED Palette + Cosmopolitan Base Brush + Real Techniques Blending Brush
OB... SESSED. My life changed after I got this palette! Now it's pretty much all I reach for when I do my eye make-up. I used it to create a bronzed smokey eye on holiday.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
This makes my lashes look like they've been curled without curlers. It's amazing.

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
I swear by this to create cat-eye flicks on the upper lid. Easy... Peasy.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
When I remember, I apply this to my lids to make my eyeshadow last longer. It does work... But I always forget to use it!

Bare Minerals 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadows*
I was really looking forward to these because they're creamy and matte (I hate shimmer) but they were a bit of a nightmare to apply and went all over my lashes... Whoops.


MAC Custom Eyeshadow Palette - Omega / Charcoal Brown + MAC 208 Brush

Omega is brilliant for a daytime, natural look while Charcoal Brown is better for a more defined shape.

Benefit Gimme Brow

I used this when I was feeling lazy or I was running late for dinner and my boyfriend was getting hungry. It takes about 10 secs to use and gives brows a touch of taupe colour.

HD Brows Tweezers*

The best tweezers on the market (in my opinion). They do the job!

MAC Eye Brows in Lingering

I've used this for quite a few years ever since I read that Kim Kardashian uses it. It's fool-proof really - you pretty much just colour in your brows with the pencil. I switch between this and the lighter shade, Fling.

No7 Clear Brow Gel

Just for keeping those power brows in place!


LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub
I always start lip prep with this to make sure all dead skin cells are removed before application.

Sleek Pout Polish in Sugar May
This was perfect for a lovely, natural peachy sheen. It also smells like candy... Mmm.

Avon Sheer Gloss
This just added a glossy sheen to lips and allowed my natural lip colour to come through.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Protectant For Lips
This was by my side pretty much all holiday! It has SPF in it so I kept it by the pool and also used it to prep and prime my lips before applying lipstick.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick
I bought this just before I went on holiday and it was PERFECT for using on my hols. It's a bright tomato red that looked gorgeous with a tan, clean skin and minimal eye make-up. I LOVE it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef
This added a pop of coral to my lips without overdoing it. I love the formulation of these - they're not sticky at all, instead just really soft and smooth on the lips.

Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea*
I used this when I wanted a bright pop of pink in the evenings. The scent is very sweet but I kinda liked it!

Clinique Intense Chubby Stick in Heftiest Hibiscus
This is one of my FAVE lip products. It's a similar colour to Lady Danger (orangey red) but the crayon formulation means it's really easy to apply and the colour is less in-your-face. LOVE.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick
Another one of my Holy Grail lip products, this is super-pigmented and really looks like a punchy pink, fuchsia shade. Would defs recommend.

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Red Lipliner
This was used alongside the red lip products (MAC, Clinique) to frame my lips before lipstick application.

The Body Shop Lip Brush
I prefer not to apply bold lipstick shades straight from the bullet and use this lip brush instead. It really pushes the product into the lips that seals the colour and makes it last longer.

Holiday Beauty Looks...
OPI Original Nail Envy
I use this as a base cost every time I do my nails and it helps to keep the colour on for longer and strengthen nails.

Marc Jacobs Nail Polish in Lola
I picked this up from Sephora in NYC when I went there recently as I knew you couldn't get Marc Jacobs in UK stores. I wore this pretty much every day on hols as the bold shade looked lovely with a tan. And no the brush isn't as big as the lid!

No7 Stay Perfect Top Coat
Products like this prove you don't have to spend a fortune on good-holiday beauty products. I've tried countless top coats but this is up there with one of the best when it comes to longevity! I didn't have any chips for a week after using this.

Holiday Nails...

What make-up did you wear on holiday?

Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@smoir) now!




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