Thursday, 28 July 2011

Holiday Essentials!

I thought I'd do a little post on my holiday Essentials. This bunch of products have been brilliant and if nothing else then this post will be a reminder to myself for next year if i'm undecided about what to pack or use pre hols.

My Must Haves!

Badger SPF 30+ Baby Sunscreen: This stuff is amazing and it kept Rocco totally protected all holiday and the temperature was in the 90's most of the time. I will definitely be buying this again next time we go away.

Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash: This was meant for Rocco but all the family ended up using it hence the empty bottle! It feels so gentle on the skin and its multipurpose for hair washing means it saves space when packing too. Again a re buy is in need.

The Pre Holiday Essentials!

 Liz Earle Energising Body Lotion: This not only feels invigorating and smells gorgeous but it makes skin feel smoother and firmer. I used this for weeks before on my tummy area and tops of my arms.

Xen Tan Mist Intense: I used this 2 days before i went away to give me a nice bronze glow. I hate looking pale on those first few days and so this makes me feel a lot better about stripping off.

Fushi Really Good anti cellulite oil: Again i used this for a few weeks before i went away and i feel it really did make a difference. I only used it on my bum, legs and hips but i have started using it again now i am back as i love it so much.

Cooler than your average!

Estee Lauder Idealist cooling Eye Illuminator: Brilliant product which i reviewed before i went away. The ceramic tip is constantly cold and sooths and brightens the eyes instantly. Love this stuff.

Liz Earle Botanical After sun Gel: I took plenty of after sun with me but this is the only one we used. All the family loved it as it feels so cooling on the skin and smells fresh and minty. Again a re buy is needed.

Liz Earle Eyebright lotion: A perfect product for cooling the eyes, reducing puffiness and great for my 10 year old who gets hay fever a lot. Again i think we all used this lotion at some point over the holiday. I kept it in the fridge and just soaked some cotton pads and placed over the eyes for a few minutes and it did the trick every time.

Softly does it!

Tommyguns Leave me in Conditioner and styling Creme: This two in one product was all i used everyday after shampooing my hair. It smells amazing, citrus and ginger which left me sniffing my hair afterwards. It left my hair feeling soft and without the need for extra styling products.

Dirty Works Soak it up Body Moisturising Spray: The thing i love about this is pretty much everything. The spray makes it quick and easy to use, the smell is amazing and lingers for hours. The oil leaves a sexy sheen which looks perfect with a tan. I am still using this and loving it and it's a bargain price too at just £4.99.

Key Colours!
Leighton Denny Inside Scoop: A beautiful mint green
Essie Haute as Hello: My favourite peachy coral ever
Mac Ever Hip: My latest Mac Lippy and i wore it so much on holiday my other colours didn't get much of a look in. Such a pretty colour.

Back to Bases!
Bareminerals foundation: I got this as a sample which was too dark and so threw it in my holiday bag. It's the perfect match now and i love how natural and flawless it makes my skin look. I tried bareminerals before and thought it was OK nothing special but i have fallen in love with it this time round.

Other mentions:
I couldn't fail to mention 2 other products that i couldn't of done without this holiday.
1. Liz Earle Sheer Pink Lip Shimmer. I can't find this to photograph but have a sneaky feeling my friend might have it still. This kept my lips soft and smooth all holiday. My friend actually burned her lips so bad that they blistered (poor thing) This is the only thing that soothed them and after a few days of using it her lips were healing well. (MUST HAVE PRODUCT)

2. Benefit U Rebel Tinted moisturiser: I used this on days i didn't use my bare minerals foundation and it gives a lovely glowy look to the skin. The colour just blends brilliantly with a tan so no matter how dark you get this will work. ( Nothing worse than too light foundation )

Do you have any must have products that u can recommend?


  1. I lIove Ever Hip too!!! That and Costa Chic for those braver days are my summer favs :))

    Hope you had a fab holiday!!!

    Maria xxx

  2. I love reading other peoples holiday essentials. It can be so hard to find new things to adapt to the hot weather so this was great for a few tips :) xx
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  3. Great products Nicoletta! thanks for sharing :D
    The Mac lippie looks great!

  4. Loving that mint nail polish :D

  5. Ahh I love the look of Everhip and the coral essie! I always take batiste on my hols because it can get a bit flat when you putting it up then taking it down etc :) xxx

  6. Oh I am interested to try the anti cellulite stuff! So rare you find something that works!

  7. Welcome back! :) I have to get that Essie polish... I've been looking for a new coral shade & that looks perfect x I always take lots of things with me and end up using only a select few :) Great holiday essentials - I'm inspired to try some of them even though I'm not going away this year! x

  8. I'll have to get that sunscreen! Great products :)

  9. hi there, love reading your blog and have tried a few things you mention......curious to know what sunscreen you used on your hols ?

  10. Thanks so much for all your comments ladies.

    maria: I love costa chic too such a great summer colour xx

    Amy: I did take my batise with me but didnt end up using it. Probably because i had my hair tied up most of the time. Def worth taking though just in case i agree xx

    Rachel: I've tried quite a few anti cellulite products and this is in my top 3 and smells gorgeous xx

    Catherine: Thanks lovely, the essie polish has been my favourite coral for the past few years. People always comment on it xx

    Anonymous: Hello there and thanks for your lovely comment about my little blog :)

    I used Liz Earle factor 30 for the first 4 days on my body and then when i had a good base tan i used Piz Buin factor 15 after that.

    On my face i used Boots No7 Factor25 which is specifically for the face for the whole time.
    I'm always careful what to use on my face as i get outbreaks really easily.
    Hope this helps xx

  11. Will have to get that dirty works moisturizer! :) x

  12. you wear the mint polish beautifully. i have a love and hate relationship with mint. i find it horrible on me, as in too turquoisy and not enough green, but on you: it looks s t u n n i n g

    liloo/@tsunimee xx


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