Exciting news! I’m going on holiday to Tenerife tomorrow. I’ve been really excited to go abroad again as I haven’t been out of the country since 2013 – so sad. As soon as I found out I was going away, I couldn’t stop thinking about what makeup and skincare I was going to take with me. I knew it would be very hot and I would be going swimming quite often, so I was thinking what on earth am I going to take with me? I definitely couldn’t go without any of it, so I started to research waterproof makeup; things I could perhaps go swimming in and wouldn’t sweat off. So, after much thought and planning, here is a list of what I am taking with me and why:
M A K E U P
F A C E
The Body Shop Instablur Primer; £14 – This primer is pretty much magical. It blurs pores, hides blemishes, smooths skin, reduces shine, and extends the longevity of makeup. I feel like even if it’s too hot to wear anything else, this primer will make my skin look better and give me a little boost of confidence on my makeup-free face.
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation; £27; 38, Pink Porcelain – I bought this foundation especially for my holiday because most of the foundations I already own are medium-full coverage and would be too heavy to wear in a hot place. The Face & Body is very lightweight and water-resistant, making it perfect for holiday wear! It is made of 80% water, so it feels so natural on your skin it’s like you’re barely wearing anything at all. I’m planning on wearing this foundation on its own when I’m around the pool during the day, just so my skin looks less red and blotchy – but we’ll see how this works out when I get there.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer; £17.50; Fair – This is a full coverage but lightweight concealer that is so travel friendly and easy to apply. I might not use this in the daytime unless I have a spot to cover, but it would be nice for evenings out to make sure dark circles are properly covered!
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder; £3.99; Transparent – I was considering bringing both this powder and the Laura Mercier loose setting powder, but I decided to just bring this one. Where necessary, I’m trying to bring my cheaper makeup just in case anything happens (god forbid), so if something breaks or gets lost during travel it won’t be too expensive to replace. The Rimmel Stay Matte powder is lightweight and really does the job well, and I will probably only be using it in the evening, so I decided it would be perfect to bring with me. Besides, it’s a lot more compact than the Laura Mercier powder, making it easier to travel with!
Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette; £6; Golden Sugar – This palette is perfect to bring away for my holiday! It’s quite compact, comes with 8 different shades to suit every need; bronzer, blusher, and highlight! Not to mention it’s just £6 and insanely pigmented. If you don’t already own this palette I definitely recommend you go to Superdrug immediately to purchase it! I have nothing but good things to say about this palette.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+; £17.50 – Although I’ve been using the Charged Water more often recently, I only have a quarter of the Fix+ bottle left, so I thought I may as well just take it on holiday and use the rest. There is a more travel friendly version of the Fix+ for £10 on MAC’s website, but really it just makes more sense to bring this one! The Fix+ refreshes and sets makeup and makes powder less powdery. I definitely can’t go without it on my holiday.
B R O W S
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz; £15.50; Taupe – The Brow Wiz is such a handy pencil! It has a spoolie on the end so you don’t need to bring a spoolie brush with you, and it’s so small and thin that it allows you to outline the shape of your brows effortlessly, and draw in fine, natural looking hairs in any sparse areas you may have. Now that I have this pencil I can’t live without it, so I definitely have to bring it away with me wherever I go!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade; £15; Taupe – The big thing about me bringing the Dipbrow is that it is basically indestructible! It doesn’t ever smudge, and it’s waterproof, which means I can go swimming with perfect brows! So it’s an obvious must.
Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel; £18.50; Light/Medium – I have the older version of this, but the new one is basically the same with an added shade to the collection. The Gimme Brow can be worn both alone and on top of other brow products. It holds all the hairs in place and it is yet again another waterproof product, so it’s another no brainer.
E Y E S
Urban Decay Primer Potion; £16; Eden – Although I won’t be wearing any eye makeup during the day while I’m away, I couldn’t go without my eye primer! The Primer Potion keeps eye makeup in place all day and also boosts the pigmentation of eyeshadow. Eden is also nice to wear alone, as it gives you a full coverage matte finish on the eyelids, covering veins and any odd blemishes on the eyelid.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette; £41 – It was so difficult to decide on what eyeshadow palette to bring with me; I was stuck between the Modern Renaissance and the Urban Decay Naked 3. I eventually decided on the ABH palette because although it is slightly more expensive than the Naked 3 to replace if it gets lost or broken (it hurts just thinking about it), this palette really is my ultimate favourite palette EVER right now, and I haven’t used anything else since I bought it. It also gives me the option to go down the street of calm neutrals vs crazy pink summer shades. There’s much versatility in this palette, so that’s why I chose it. I’m definitely going to be wrapping it in layers of bubble wrap though!
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner; £5.29; 03 – I’ve been using this eyeliner for so many years now it’s crazy! I feel like this is an all-round good eyeliner. It’s waterproof (however nowhere near as waterproof as the MAC Liquidlast Liner if you want an eyeliner you can go swimming in – this eyeliner does not budge for anything!) and usually holds up quite well through sweat and tears but it’s not waterproof enough to go swimming in. I would have brought the MAC one instead but mine is quite old and it’s gone clumpy (I should probably throw it out) and I find the Rimmel applicator much easier to use.
Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner; £6; Carbon Black Extreme – I know it seems so extra of me to be bringing 3 eyeliners but they’re all used for different reasons! Although the Supercat is not at all waterproof, its such an easy pen to use for getting super close to the lash line and making a quick fine line over the eye. Don’t ask me why I use the Rimmel eyeliner for a wing and the Supercat for lining my lash line; I JUST DO!
Loreal Super Liner Mat-Matic; £5.99; Ultra Black – I don’t know what the deal with this eyeliner is – I’m not sure if they’ve changed the name of it to Gel-Matic or discontinued it and brought the Gel-Matic out in its place, but I can’t seem to find it online anywhere! So I have linked the Gel-Matic instead because they look and claim to do exactly the same (I’m so confused about the naming business!). I use this eyeliner for lining by top waterline to make my lash line extra intense and black. It doesn’t smudge, it keeps all day, and it’s honestly just a really great product.
Maybelline Lash Sensational; £7.99; Very Black – I currently use the original version of the Lash Sensational which isn’t waterproof, but I might out and buy the waterproof version especially for my holiday. I haven’t quite decided upon writing this! I love the Lash Sensational mascara. It’s got such a good wand for curling, separating, and extending eyelashes – and for the price, I’d say this was well worth purchasing.
L I P S
Lush Lip Scrub; £5.50; Bubblegum – I absolutely need this product to get rid of all the dead skin on my lips after a long day of wearing liquid lipsticks! I use this before I put on any lip product to make sure I have a smooth, even application.
EOS Lip Balm; £5.95; Coconut Milk – Lip balms are so essential. I use them before I put makeup on and also before I go to bed. I only have tiny lips so I want what I have to be in the best condition possible! I also love the fun packaging of the EOS balms, and they smell nice!
MAC Lip Pencil; £13; Soar – This lip pencil is so versatile it will pretty much work with anything, which is why I’ve decided to bring it with me on my travels. I tried to narrow my lip products to the bare minimum, so I have brought my favourite lipsticks that will work with this lip pencil.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick; £26; 01 Nude Beige – This is one of my favourite lipsticks! The packaging is so gorgeous it makes me want to buy the whole collection but they are quite expensive. This shade is a lovely, easy to wear light pink that can be used without a lip pencil so it’s great to bring out and about with you! The formula is so creamy and gives a gorgeous satin finish. A lovely shade for a holiday!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick; $20; Milk Shake – I don’t actually own many liquid lipsticks so I’ve bought my favourite liquid lip combo with me! Milk Shake is a little too light for my taste on its own so I love pairing it with my Gerard Cosmetics liquid lipstick. It creates a gorgeous mauve/lilac shade depending on how much you mix it.
Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick; £9.50; Invasion – I’ve pretty much explained this in the description above, but this lipstick is lovely on its own too! I’m not sure it’s a very summery shade but it is definitely gorgeous.
Well, that’s all for this post! I really hope you enjoyed it. My next post will be part 2 of ‘How To Pack For A Holiday’, and it will be all about SKINCARE! That will be posted at 12pm on WEDNESDAY 27th! See you in the next one ❤
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