My Holiday Make-Up Bag

Hi ladies,

This is all I took on my recent beach holidays.
I took a lot of skin care products and a few make-up items.
However, as it happens I used probably half of what I took.
I made a mental note not to repeat this again. I am an experienced make-up user and I should know better by now, right?

Skin and hair products

-The Body Shop Body Butter. This was really good for after the beach moments when you really need to hydrate your skin. I took the Passion fruit one. It smells lovely! The only bad thing is that this cream/butter is so thick and it takes ages to absorb. Be prepared to be slippery for some hours. And be careful with the mosquitoes. They love it too!

-Clarins Daily Energizer Lotion. I cannot express enough how much I adore this cream. I got it for a bargain price at a blog sale. It smells incredible, it absorbs almost instantly and it truly energises the skin. Ideal for under foundation. I am definitely repurchasing this. It has some SPF too.

-Burt's Bees Hand Cream. This cream made it into my beach bag and it came with me every day. I used it on my hands, feet and on my face. Yes, don't believe that hand cream is JUST for hands. It's cream with no SPF basically. I used the tinniest amount though on my face. It's very thick and it takes some time to absorb completely but once it does your skin will feel much better. I wouldn't recommend it for under make-up. Too thick. The smell (banana and honey) mmm not too sure about it to be honest. It's too much and it smells a bit artificial. I heard some people using this cream for their hair too. I need to try that!

-N7 Anti-dark spot facial sun protection 50+. I used this sun protection on my face. I have a lot of dark spots and hyper pigmentation from years of sun abuse (I wish I could go back in time and slap me in the face for sunbathing with nothing on for years!) so I'm trying to protect my skin as much as I can now in hope they will disappear. I was very happy with this cream. It absorbs into the skin very quickly too. I got it a bit cheaper because I used a N7 Boots voucher. 

-N7 facial wipes. Nothing special here! Not impressed at all. I got them again with a N7 Boots voucher. Not doing that again.

-VO5 Miracle concentrate. Who doesn't have this? Everyone I know purchased this. It's a hair oil that you apply to wet or dry hair. Yep, it's good. Wouldn't say it's a "miracle" product but yes I'm happy with it.

-Pleasures by Estee Lauder. This has been my main perfume for yearssss! I love this fragrance and I think it suits me so much. Every time I use it people ask me what perfume it is. Love it! If you know what I smell like when I go out..have a sniff at this perfume. 


This was wayyy too much for just a week! What was I thinking? Anyway.

-3 foundations? Well the reason being is that the Nars Sheer Glow and the the Helena Rubinstein Sensual Clone ones are the darkest one in my personal collection. I tan very easily and I go dark very quickly so I though I would be able to use them. I couldn't be bothered really! It was so hot that the idea of having a heavy foundation on made me feel ill. I used the Vitazing by Origins a bit more. On extremely lazy days I would only use my Mac Mineralize Skin Finish. Some days I wouldn't use anything. My beloved husband always tell me that he loves when I go natural (which does not happen very often of course) so I pleased him thanks to my laziness.

-Eyeshadows. I took two The Body Shop cubes and 4 Mac eyeshadows. I think if I remember correctly I used e/s only twice in the week. 

-Cheeks. I took the Famous Shimmer brick Shade 1 which I'm obsessed about. My favourite product recently. I have all of them! They give you such a glow to the face and can lift your look instantly. It's a cheap (very cheap at £3 ATM in Superdrug) version of the bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks. The other cheek product is Mac cream blush in Something Special. I also used it quite a bit. The bronzer is a very nice one by Accessorize. I think I used it once. 

-Concealer. I took my Collection 2000 in shade 4. I didn't use it that much but it was very handy. 

-Lips. Barry M lip gloss and Mac Cut a Caper. I used both of them all the time! 

-Mascara: SuperShock by Avon. Used it every day. I still love this mascara. 

-Primers: I just took Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I prefer it to the UDPP.

-Extras: RealTechniques and other random brushes.

Yes, I know...too much!

I hope you enjoyed this post about my holiday make-up bag.



Do you alo get over exited when you go on holiday and over pack and the use half of it? Or is it just me?

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  1. Lauren Baker

    Lauren Baker on 09/24/2011 2:52 p.m. #

    I adore the Clarins Energizing line as well. I'm usually pretty good with the makeup I take on a trip. I only allow myself one eyeshadow palette, but if it was a longer trip I'd probably take more, so I can't blame you! xx

  2. Kelly

    Kelly on 09/24/2011 4:50 p.m. #

    these are my favorite posts to read! Where you bring lots of foundation, I bring lots of eye shadows! For some reason that's the one area I can't seem to downsize!

  3. G A B Y

    G A B Y on 09/24/2011 6:35 p.m. #

    I'm still unsure how I feel toward Burt's Bees Hand Cream. The smell is strange but interesting but I think it takes way too much time to be absorbed into the skin ):

  4. sparkley_gem

    sparkley_gem on 09/24/2011 6:36 p.m. #

    Hi, I found this post very useful as I am jetting off to some hot weather myself soon :)I bought the Clarins energising range in a travel pack to use on hols so I'm pleased the moisturiser gets a thumbs up!!

  5. The Peach

    The Peach on 09/24/2011 8:50 p.m. #

    Thats so funny cause I always take way too much makeup too! And another Avon mascara fan! I love their mascaras, but don't see many other bloggers using them! I saw your posts on The Body Shop Cubes. Love the looks of them! Looks like you took some good stuff with you!

  6. lebeautygroup

    lebeautygroup on 09/25/2011 7:04 p.m. #

    Hi! Just found your blog and really like it! :)<br /><br />I&#39;m following you and I can&#39;t wait to read more beauty posts here!<br /><br />I also have the Collection 2000 concealer and I really like it.<br /><br />You can check out my blog here if you wish:<br /><br />:) <br />xx

  7. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 09/25/2011 10:43 p.m. #

    @Lauren Baker: 1 e/s palette. That&#39;s very good! Well done. X<br /><br />@Kelly: Good to know I&#39;m not the only one :) X<br /><br />@G A B Y : I agree completely. I would normally use a tiny bit. And yes, the smell is strange! X<br /><br />@sparkley_gem: Yes, it&#39;s my favourite so far. And the smell is soooo nice! X<br /><br />@The Peach: the funny thing is that they gave me that mascara when I bought something else! As a test to try. I loveee it!!! X<br /><br />@lebeautygroup: Thanks!

  8. Cherry

    Cherry on 09/26/2011 4:40 p.m. #

    Absolutely love The Body Shop butter, I bet your one smells gorgeous!

  9. Sara Ibanez

    Sara Ibanez on 06/19/2012 6:14 p.m. #

    What brushes did you take coz they look really good

  10. Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up on 06/19/2012 9:20 p.m. #

    Hi Sara! They are the Real Technique ones and some N7 and an Eco Tools far as I can see and remember :). You can get them all at Boots here in the UK. Hope that helps? :)

  11. Sara Ibanez

    Sara Ibanez on 06/29/2012 6:38 p.m. #

    Thank you Mercedes It really does :)

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