Holiday Essentials


Today I am continuing with the holiday theme, following on from my¬†Travel Make-Up Bag¬†which went up earlier this week, with 5 of the essential things for going on holiday! Sometimes when you’re getting ready to go away it can be a bit overwhelming trying to remember EVERYTHING you’ll need, so these are just a few products that you might have forgotten about and are real staples for me on my own trips. I haven’t included any make-up bits but have gone for a couple of general beauty essentials and some miscellaneous bits… I don’t know if I’ve ever used that word before! ANYWAY, here they are:

  • Lee Stafford Dehumidifier Spray, ¬£5.99:¬†Now I haven’t given this a proper go yet because I go on holiday later in August BUT I have been using in the English ‘summer’ weather which I don’t think counts as a true test. BUT, if it does what it says it does… which is essentially prevent your hair doubling in size due to humidity then it will not just become a holiday essential but a LIFE essential. I have high hopes and will report back, but worth looking into for holiday’s if you are prone to frizzy and uncontrollable hair in the heat.
  • Nail Polish, the one you’re wearing:¬†I decided not to write about nail polish in my travel make-up bag but I do think it’s a holiday essential! Even if you get a gel polish I would definitely suggest taking a polish that is similar to the one you’re wearing incase you get any chips. I hate it when my nails chip on holiday and it makes me want to peel it all off, BUT if I have the original colour I can fix it which always looks 10x prettier than having it all over the place. For holiday nails I would say to go for something with a high shine and staying power such as Barry M’s Gelly Collection or their Coconut Infusion range. I would go for a bright pop of colour, definitely on your toes, like Barry M’s Gelly Polishes in ‘Pink Punch’ or ‘Passionfruit’.
  • Shaving Foam and Body Butter:¬†Lots of people tend to remember their shower gel, shampoo and conditioner but sometimes on holiday our bodies need a bit more care. The constant shaving is a bit inconvenient on holiday but if you can use the right products then it can be done a bit less frequently. I would recommend Lush’s D’Fluff Shaving Soap for ¬£5.95¬†to get a smooth shave that I think lasts a bit longer… I have no idea why? I just have found that, especially under my arms, since using this I have a smoother shave for longer so it is PERFECT for holidays. My favourite body butter is The Body Shop’s Almond Milk and Honey for ¬£6¬†because it is designed for sensitive skin so it really moisturises after shaving, but if you have another favourite I’m sure they all provide similar results. These little extras definitely work well together to help maintain a lovely smooth finish and are now holiday essentials for me!
  • First Aid:¬†This is such an easy one to forget, but can be one of the most crucial things when you’re out there! Obviously you know what kind of tablets or anything you need BUT there is so much more you might need. I’m thinking blister plasters, bite spray and aftersun. ALL the aftersun will be needed if you’re as sunburnt-prone as me. I would say that ‘First Aid’ covers some cleanliness bits too like tissues and hand sanitiser… ALL of these are definitely ESSENTIAL when you’re going on holiday because who know what you’ll encounter!
  • Books:¬†Now depending on your trip, books might not be absolutely crucial like if you’re backpacking or interrailing. If you’re having one of my favourite kinds of holiday though which is very focused on relaxing then you’ll need a book. One of the best things about holidays is the time you have to do the things ¬†you wish you did at home like spending time with your family, walking and reading ACTUAL books not just BuzzFeed articles about the latest bestsellers… which I’m guilty of doing from September through to May. I’ve already posted some¬†YA Summer Reading Recommendations¬†but will be posting a couple more book related posts throughout the month.

I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of my holiday essentials and that you will hopefully remember to include some of these bits in your suitcases! Comment below your number one essential for going on holiday, I’d love to see if you think I’ve missed something important… other than like passports and boarding passes obviously! There will be another holiday related post going live Friday at 10am, so see you then.



Travel Make-Up Bag

This week I’m going to be sharing some holiday related posts to celebrate the start of August and first up is a look into what make-up I take on holiday! When I think of holiday make-up I am looking for natural, light and something to keep the shine to a minimum. I see packing my make-up bag for going on holiday like a summer streamlining challenge as I try to pick a few staple products that will give me some options when I’m away whilst not adding too much weight to my suitcase. So here it goes:


  • Foundation- Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream:¬†That was a bit of a mouthful, wasn’t it?! ANYWAY, this is perfect for holidays because it gives your skin a naturally flawless look but still provides enough coverage to cover any blemishes or redness. I’m going to do a full product review on this one soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!
  • Concealer- Collection Lasting Perfection and¬†Bourjois Radiance Reveal:¬†These will not come as any great surprise. I find these two are a dream team, as together they tackle spots and under eyes! I’ve given a more in-depth view of these two concealers in my¬†Hits and Misses: Concealer Edition
  • Powder- Rimmel Stay Matte:¬†This is a staple for a lot of people, especially if you are really looking to keep shine away all day. This is great to put on before dinner on holiday and I go for one with a slight hint of colour to give a little bit of coverage too.


  • Contour- Rimmel Insta Duo Contour Stick:¬†I recently discovered this and it will definitely be coming with me on holiday this year! It is a compact product and although I’m not crazy for the highlighter- it will definitely be enough for me on holiday. This creamy duo help create a more defining bronzed look which is what I am trying to achieve on a summer holiday!
  • Bronzer- Seventeen Shimmer Brick:¬†I think this has been discontinued- which I cannot get over. I think Revlon and Bobbi Brown do something similar but I haven’t tried them. This is just lovely- the perfect shimmery bronzer that has different shades to allow you to deepen your bronzer with your tan… perfect!
  • Blush- Benefit Dandelion:¬†All the Benefit powders are great for travelling because they’re so small and they have their own brush! This shade is perfect for me because it is the shade I would naturally blush so it adds a nice sheen to go perfectly with the more bronzed look.


Eyes and Brows:

  • Shadow, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze:¬†I’m not big into eye shadows so just a bit of this over the lid for the evenings goes nicely with a tan… if I can actually tan and not burn!
  • Brow Pencil, Soap and Glory Brow Archery:¬†I really like this pencil because it’s a bit waxier than other ones that I have tried. The packaging is sleek with a brush on one end to help give a nice natural shape to your brows.
  • Brow Gel, Rimmel Brow this Way in clear:¬†I love a good brow gel and this one has been my go-to for a while because it doesn’t go crispy or leave white bits in my brows… which is not a good look! If you prefer a coloured gel then maybe you would only need to take that but I tend to go for a pencil and then a clear one instead.


  • Nivea Lip Balm:¬†Bit of an obvious one but I carry my lip balm with me EVERYWHERE on holiday and you can get an SPF one too! They don’t dry out my lips once they’ve worn off and I much prefer the ‘bullet’ applicator to the tins because they just make my hands all greasy!
  • Coloured Balm, Revlon¬†Colourburst Balm Stain in Honey:¬†This product is somewhere between a tinted balm and a moisturising lipstick… or is that the same thing? It gives a pinky-nude sheen to the lips BUT be warned it is very minty which I am not 100% sure on. It will definitely do nicely for the summer holidays though.


  • For brushes I go all for Real Techniques¬†and try to keep it as minimal as possible because they can start to take up a lot of room. I will probably take my Complexion Sponge for the base, Setting Brush for concealer and eyes if need be and then the Powder Brush for all the cheek products. The Benefit Powders come with their own little brush which is handy too!

Hopefully this post has been helpful and has given you some inspiration for your own holiday make-up bags! Let me know your favourite travel beauty products below. I’ll have another holiday related post on Wednesday at 10am, so be sure to stick around!