I am facing into the impossible task of trying to choose what products to bring with me on holidays to Portugal. I’m not a hand luggage only kinda gal and since I am going for ten days, I’ll need adequate supplies. We are staying in a five star (save your “ooh, no recession round here” because we got a good deal on when we booked way back in January) so I expect the toiletries in the room will be decent but I still prefer to have my products with me. You never know how you might react to something when you factor in the extra heat of a sun holiday. So what’s making the cut?

Facial Skincare:

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Cleanser: La Roche Posey Physiological Foam Water, I reviewed the gel version of this here, I liked it so much I went to repurchase it but was tempted to try the foaming version for a change.
Serum & Moisturiser: L’Oreal Skin Perfection, I’ve only started using these so I will do a full review when I’ve given them a full trial, but initial impressions are very good.
Eye Cream: Sample size of Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Hair and Body:


Body Wash: Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising range
Deodorant: Dove Invisible Dry Compressed


Sun Screens: Piz Buin Tan Accelerator, SPF 15 & 6, believe it or not I can tan

Obviously I wouldn’t go to a warm country without adequate primers:


MAC Prep & Prime for under foundation
MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream for occasional day use instead of foundation
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyelid primer

The old reliables for a perfect base:


Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown – under eyes
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep

Now the fun stuff, eyes:


MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows in Fireside, Twilight Falls, and Summer Haze
MAC Eyeshadows in Omega (for Brows) Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, and Nylon (to use as a highlighter)

Liners: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze & Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Blush & Lips:


MAC Powder Blush in Peaches (my all-time favourite)
Dior Addict in Jet Set
Clarins Joli Rouge in Sweet Plum

I know it seems like a lot but I am sure I am forgetting something (I might leave out some of the eyeshadows). Any other suggestions, anything important that I am leaving out?


Dove Go Fresh Body Wash with Blue Fig & Orange Blossom

I’ll be honest here, if I am splashing out on an expensive beauty product, nine times out of 10 it will be a product for my face. I don’t have any particular concerns with the skin on my body like eczema, sensitivity or dryness, so I don’t feel the need to shell out lots of money when I can get an excellent quality product that does what I need it to do for less than a fiver. Dove’s new Go Fresh Restore Body Wash with Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent is €4.06 for 250ml and the truth is that if I wasn’t sent this to try, I would have bought it anyway. You see I have been a big fan of Dove for years. The only deodorant I use is Dove Invisible Dry and I don’t know when I last used a body wash that wasn’t Dove Silk Glow.
I was excited to receive this new body wash from Dove because, well it’s new, and the Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent sounded intriguing. Fig has been popping up everywhere in terms of scented products lately. There have been a lot of fig scented perfumes, body lotions, and even reed diffusers hitting the market this summer and I haven’t gotten around to trying any of them until now. This Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent is only gorgeous. It’s light and delicate, fresh and clean, with a hint of sweetness but not in a sickly way. It’s a lovely summer scent but it is subtle enough be the type of scent that gives you a little lift (instead of being just annoying) when it’s colder and darker in the winter.
Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash with Blue Fig and Orange Blossom does exactly what you want a body wash to do; it leaves you feeling fresh and clean and your skin kissed with a delicately delicious scent. More importantly, thanks to Dove’s “NutriumMoisture technology” it doesn’t dry out the skin, which is why I am such a devoted fan of Dove’s body washes. “NutrimMoisture” “(in case you were wondering)” “contains a blend of skin-natural moisturisers and mild cleansers which helps address lipid damage which can be caused by regular shower gels, leaving skin with deep down nourishment.” Basically this leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. All that at a smidge over €4 makes me very happy.