HOLIDAY PACKING: THE BEAUTY EDIT

I am heading away to the sun for 10 days and as much as I would like to pretend that I can pack lightly the truth is I want everything with me. I have tried to whittle it down as much as possible and pick up smaller sizes of the products I want to bring with me where possible. I don’t like to decant things into travel size bottles because (1) I don’t want to contaminate products I put on my face with any more germs and bacteria than I have probably already got in there and (2) we all know I would just make a mess. Let’s face it, even if there were all travel size I would probably still have too much to put in a zip lock bag, so it will need to go into my checked in bag anyway. I usually put all liquids and lotions in a plastic bag and tie a knot in the bag before I put them into toiletry bags. The plastic bags contain any leaks while the toiletry bags keep things together in a shape that is easier to squeeze in besides clothes and offers a little more cushioning and protection to prevent leaks. So here are the products:

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Skin Care:
Cleanser: La Roche Posay Physiological Gel
Eye Cream: Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Swirl – this is the same bottle I told you about in this post, lasting ages so really good value
Serum: L’Oreal Revita Lift Laser Renew
Moisturiser: L’Oreal Revita Lift Magic Blur – this and the serum are new and I will tell you how I got on with them in a few weeks. I choose these because (1) they were on offer and (2) they are aimed at a slightly older age bracket but I figured this could help minimise the damage of spending so much time in the sun during the days and drinking most nights.

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Hair and Body:
Shampoo and Conditioner: Pantene Youth Protect 7
Body wash and lotion: Body Shop Moringa Collection – I’ve had this little set for a while and forgot about it until I spotted it recently and figured it would be perfect for travelling.
Sun Cream: Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Intensifying Sun Lotion SPF 15 and SPF 6 I do actually tan but I always use my husband’s SPF 30 on my face and feet, you definitely don’t want sunburn on your feet.

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Makeup – The Basics:
Primer: MAC Prep & Prime
Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour
Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Bronzer: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep
Brows: MAC Omega
Blush: MAC Peaches

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Makeup: Eyes
Mascara: L’Oreal 4D
Eyeliner: Kiko Sportproof in Metallic Taupe and Smashbox Limitless in Black Violet
Primers: Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows in Rose Brown, Light Taupe and Golden Beige, these can be uses as primers and eye shadows on their own
Powder Eye shadows: MAC – Satin Taupe, Beluga, Fireside, Summer Haze and Twilight Falls
Highlighter: Nars Orgasm
So there you have, I know its loads but mostly essentials, really.

LÒreal Hair Expertise Ever Sleek Review

The Hair Expertise range from LÒreal is relatively new to Irish shores. The selling point of this range is that it doesn’t contain sulphates. Finding products with less chemicals may be a major concern from some of you more natural beauties but unfortunately I will lash anything onto myself in search of beauty in a bottle.

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Last summer I wanted to try the range out because it was new, the packaging was shiny and other reviews were looking good. I brought Ever Pure with me on holiday, and that was what I was looking to buy again recently, but they only had the Ever Sleek in the shop and I was too lazy to go somewhere else. Ever Pure is for colour treated hair, whereas Ever Sleek is for frizzy hair, which is not really me but hay ho I gave it a go anyway, coz I’m a rebel. I loved how silky Ever Pure made my hair when on holiday and I wanted it again now because my hair is a bit frazzled lately. My hair is colour treated and usually poker straight. I’ve been growing it out from a bob over the last year or more and have been dying for it to be long enough to curl it, without ending up looking like Shirley Temple. Now that it is long enough I have become BFFs with my hair wand and have been curling my hair loads, a la exhibits A, B, & C below.

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Lately when I wash my hair it is actually wavy when wet and an absolute nightmare to comb through, even though I use loads of conditioner. I’m also noticing lots of broken and split ends. Hence I went looking for something to sort it out. Enter LÒreal Hair Expertise Ever Sleek.

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I have been using this for about a week now but the results were noticeable from the first use. After washing, my hair is back to being straight when wet and the comb practically falls through it, no mangled tangles. When blow dried, my hair is silky, straight and shiny. It feels so lovely that I just keep running my hands through my hair, and I’m probably starting to look like a bit of a bimbo, swishing my hair all over the place.

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I highly recommend trying these for yourself, they are great products. They retail at €8.99 but I’ve seen them on offer. Have you already or will you now be tempted to try any of the range?