My Beauty Travel Essentials

Hey Lovelies,

With summer teasing us here in the UK, I’ve booked my next holiday to Dubai!

As a semi-seasoned jet setter (lol I wish!) I’ve teamed up with my blogger babe – Lani Rae all the way from New Zealand to bring you a fashion and beauty series to help you prepare for your summer travels – so make sure you head over to her blog for the fashion segment!

As I have just come back from Thailand, I thought I’d let you in on my top holiday beauty essentials, as I’m sure all you girlies can appreciate how hard it is to decide what beauty faves we should pop in our suitcase, while taking into account that we may get a tan – I mean, do we really need a brand new powder from duty free 3 shades darker? Yes, I hold my hands up, I am guilty of this – never again!

I love the countdown to a holiday for two reasons; it’s a chance for me to escape to an idyllic location, away from the hustle and bustle of London and the stresses of work so I can relax, but, also because I know it’s a great chance to treat my skin to plenty of Vitamin D as well as calm down on the makeup so my skin can breathe and repair itself.

It’s good to note that while on the plane, it’s wise to take off any makeup. Air con on the plane is a MF and completely dries out the skin. So pack makeup wipes and a great moisturiser – I quite like Nuit Polaire, although a night cream, it’s very moisturising without being heavy, and really sinks into the skin – great for a long haul flight.

For the most part of any holiday I go on, I rarely wear much makeup, however, I do have a few beauty essentials I need to let you all in on, so keep reading!

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Now I always over pack, no matter where I am going – is this just me?

An absolute essential for me is sun protection. Many people think that black people don’t need sun protection but everyone should protect themselves against UV rays, which is why I love Ultrasun.

Ultrasun have a massive range of sun protection – which I get for the face as well as the body. The formulas are not too heavy either, which is great as no one wants to feel like a grease ball in the sun.

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Next up is a CC Cream. Before I went to Thailand I was on a mission to achieve golden shimmery sun kissed skin. It didn’t really work out as planned but on my hunt, I did manage to bag The Body Shop’s new Instaglow CC cream.

I’m surprised at how much I actually loved using this as I’ve never believed in CC creams. However, I found it worked well to give me a more even skin tone, while looking quite natural, perfect for when you plan on lounging around the pool, but don’t want to go completely commando on the face.

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In the evening, I mixed the the CC cream with a dot of my usual foundation for fuller coverage, and set with my Bare Minerals powder.

When on holiday a highlight needed to accentuate your sun kissed glow! And it’s easily achieved with the perfect products and the right brush.

I hadn’t found the perfect highlight, before going to Thailand so I used a bunch of products to give me a nice shimmery glow anyway, which became my go to beauty finish.

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Fan brush and Makeup Bag gifted by Spectrum Brushes

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Just look at that highlight! I used a combination of Lush’s Feeling Younger Golden Highlight on my cheekbones, followed by Bobbi Browns golden shimmery eyeshadows.

My next beauty essential has to be a brow pencil. I was talking to one of my blogger compadres, Shannon Kara, and we both agreed that while foundation isn’t a must on holiday, having well-groomed fleeky eyebrows and a nice lip colour is an absolute must. While I was using my MAC eyebrow pencil, during my next getaway I will definitely be packing my magical Benefit brow productshave you read my review?

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I normally tidy up my eyebrows with my foundation, instead of concealer as it makes for less packing and I hate the halo effect round eyebrows.

As I previously said, I like to keep my makeup to minimum and being away in a hot country is the perfect opportunity to show you skin some TLC, so cleansing and moisturising products are much needed essentials. I always pack a charcoal face scrub by Garnier, as the fine exfoliants really get every inch of dirt off my face. I then moisturise my face with a light moisturiser – Drops of Youth from The Body Shop so my skin has a clean base for any products to go on if I choose to put on any makeup.

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When on holiday there’s no doubt you’ll probably go out on the town at least once, which is why a nice lippie and an eye shadow palette suitable for every occasion should be part of your beauty essentials. Keep things simple as no one has time to sweat off their whole face  – it’s really not a good look, but make it effective. I love packing my Ruby Woo as it screams sophistication and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a red lip?

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So there you have it – my holiday essentials. Simple yet effective. What are you beauty essentials? Leave a comment and let me know x

Don’t forget to check my girl – Lani Rae’s collab post all about fashion essentials too!

Spring: My Favourite Lippies

Hey honeybuns, this month has been a really bad month in terms of how much money I’ve spent and how much beauty I’ve accumulated, but the sadder thing is, is that most of the things I’ve bought haven’t even been delivered yet – sad times 😦

As it’s finally spring, and the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping (earlier and earlier -_-) and the days are becoming longer -yipee! I thought let you in on all the lippies I’ve been rocking this month… well, just because!

I’m a simple kinda gal, so I always stick to similar colours that suit my skin tone and that I feel confident wearing. As I’ve had a couple of days off work, I’ve been getting out and dressing up a little more than usual, so take a look at what I’ve been using on my lips, maybe you’ll try these out for yourself…

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So first up – it obviously has to be a lip balm – a staple product in my makeup bag and if you read my Beauty Blogger Tag, I’m sure you know what it is. Last week I visited Lush and  I was actually in need of a new lip balm as my old faithful – Carmex -had run out. I chose Honey Trap as it’s quite thick and instantly moisturising, and it smells like honey – can it get any better? The only downside is that it’s £6 for a small tub, but if you’re obsessed with lip balms like I am, take the plunge it’s a beaut!

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Next up is my NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss. This is a very recent buy for me, but I’m loving this gloss. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of NYX products but this gloss is perfect for me, it gives a great pink finish that’s not too offensive and ideal for wearing to work. The applicator is a great size too as well as the consistency – if like me and you get annoyed with really sticky formulas that are horrible to apply, this is a pleasant buy.

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I’m a diva at heart, so when I saw this beautiful MAC lip liner and looked at the name I knew it was meant to be lol. Ms Diva is a beautiful wine colour that looks great as a lip liner to add a deeper tone to a pink gloss or just great you want to use all over your lip. It has great lasting power too.

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I love, love, love this lippie, it’s one of my all time favourite and it’s a great colour for all year round. I bought this Urban Decay lipstick in Shame last year while in Barcelona and the packaging is so lush. I think its great for making an instant and easy statement, especially if the rest of your makeup is quite natural. The consistency of this lipstick is really creamy and not at all drying, which is what keeps me coming back!

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I’m always on the hunt for a good nude, but its so hard to find a great shade that compliments me #blackgirlproblems. On one of my last trips to Mac I found this lipstick which took forever to find – there’s just so much choice! Polished Up is a beautiful brownish pink shade that gives my lips a nice flush of colour. I often grab this one on work days or when I don’t want anything too noticeable on my lips. Again it’s really creamy, lending itself to natural makeup looks.

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Last but not least is an unexpected find – Barry M’s Cor Balmy in Rose Lea! It smells like marshmallows and gives me an iridescent pink hue on my lip, which I love for spring. This is my go-to lippie for every day, it’s so effortless and complements any makeup look I do.

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So what lip products are you loving for spring? Let me know hunnies! x

MINI Lush Haul

Like many other beauty bloggers I’m a huge fan of Lush. I don’t often take baths – I’m more of a shower kind of girl, but when I do a gorgeous bath bomb is what I like to reach for, and Lush caters for just that, however, during my recent trip I picked up some goodies!

A few days ago, I headed into my local shopping centre for a little treat, I just felt that I needed some TLC and some ME time.

After a bit of aimless roaming, I passed Lush and the sweet scents caught me, I had to turn back.

I ended up spending a good hour and a half in store, with the loveliest Customer Assistant. It was her last day in store, but she made it so memorable for me. She spent so much time answering my questions, demonstrating new products on my skin, she was brilliant – I just love when I have a lovely in store experience, it really does make me wana SPEND!

When I entered, I knew I was in need of some hand cream. This time of year really tends to cause havoc for my skin,  not juts my face, but my hands and I hate having dry hands – its the absolute worst. I go through about 2 hand creams a month which is quite ridiculous, so I thought I’d see what lush had to offer. I began trying different creams and instantly knew I needed Helping Hand. This cream quickly sinks in and caters to hands that are always in sinks – even though my hands aren’t always in water, they feel like they are, so I felt like it was an obvious choice for me.

Packed with almond oil, cocoa butter and camomile, this cream really tackles the dry crusty areas, you know the bits in between the fingers and aims to soothe them, really moisturising, without leaving my hands oily or greasy – Instant Buy.

After trying it myself the lady in Lush came over, so I explained my dry hand woes and she took me over to the sink to really demonstrate how it worked.

She handed me this Blue salt scrub aka Rub Rub Rub, which I rubbed all over my hands. As I started to wash off the scrub under the tap, I could instantly feel the difference. My hands felt like butter! My hands have never felt like butter!

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Another item added to the basket… sorry, but not really that sorry.

The lady then advised me to dab the excess water off my hand, so my hands retained a good amount of moisture, without too much excess. On one hand she gave me the Helping Hand hand cream, which felt oh soooo good. She left the other hand dry while she went to get another product.

Now, you may think I’m exaggerating, but if I leave my hands a second without creaming them after they’ve been in water my skin gets ashy and uncomfortably tight almost instantly, but after using Rub Rub Rub I genuinely felt moisturised.

When she returned, she came back with a body conditioner – Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. This is heaven scent -like the play on words? Ha. It smells beautiful. Like roses and honey. She advised to put this on while in the shower and wash off, so it doesn’t leave a greasy residue – perfect when I’m running late to work.

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After bagging 3 items I continued to roam around their cosmetics section, which I never knew they had, did you?

I was drawn to all their facial cleansers, but my purse was crying at this point but the lady was kind enough to give me a sample of Ultra Bland a gentle yet thorough cleanser which she recommended after I raved about Body Shop’s Camomile cleanser – and to be completely honest this works just as well and smells amazing, so i’ll definitely have to purchase next time.

We began just talking about makeup products… as you do, and I told her I use MAC’s strobe cream. After a little search she came back with Feeling Younger – what I feel is a more pigmented highlighter for darker skin tones – read my review.

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After bagging a more than a few new items, I just knew I couldn’t leave without a bath treat, so I picked up their new Flowering Tea – a jasmine scented bath dunk… to subside my tea craving I was having by this point. I haven’t used it yet, but it looked great after a demonstration and it has glitter… how could I say no?

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This was one of the best Lush experiences I’ve ever had, and really cannot wait to go back.

What Lush products have you been enjoying, or are there any you recommend? I would love to know x