My Holiday Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I don't know about you, but when it comes to packing for my holidays I always find it hard to select just a few beauty products to bring with me. I always end up bringing way too much! I'd bring the kitchen sink if I could ;-) Narrowing it down is just so hard - I have too many nice products! But in the end I did manage to pick a few essentials (it only took me a few hours! Ha ha!) that I just HAD to bring along with me. And I thought I'd show you all what I brought.....


For hair products I tried to keep it to the bare minimum as I always tend to bring lots of oils, styling sprays etc. and I just never use them all. So the only two styling products that I ended up bringing were Batiste blush floral and flirty dry shampoo and Toni & Guy casual sea salt texturising spray. I bought both of these in the mini sizes as they're handy for saving space/weight in my case. When I'm on holidays I don't really like to spend too much time styling my hair so the Toni & Guy spray was perfect for styling my hair in just a few minutes. It adds a lovely texture to the hair without leaving it feeling sticky and it's also nice for creating 'beachy' looking waves when sprayed on damp hair. I sprayed the dry shampoo in my hair every evening just to make my hair feel/look a bit nicer after lying in the sun/heat all day. For shampoo and conditioner, I just brought the ones that I'm currently using which are the Aussie mega shampoo and mega instant conditioner. You can read my thoughts on both of those in my April beauty favourites blog post


I brought my basic everyday skincare products with me. I didn't bother with masks, exfoliators or anything like that because we only went for a week so it would have been pointless to bring all that stuff because I would have only used them 1/2 times. The current cleanser and toner that I'm using are Sanctuary Spa fresh-faced purifying wash and the pore refining toner. They are both from their deep cleanse facial range which I absolutely love! They're gentle on the skin and they don't break me out. With the cleanser, I also feel like I'm getting a much deeper cleanse than other cleansers I've used.  

The next product that made it into my case was my Garnier micellar cleansing water. This was a recent addition to my skincare routine and so far I'm loving it! I use it before my sanctuary cleanser to remove my makeup - it doesn't make my skin feel tight and it removes my makeup quickly and easily. I might do a review on it after I've used it for a bit longer? Another new purchase was the Avene hydrance optimale light hydrating cream. I always pick up a lighter moisturiser before I go on holidays because I hate wearing heavy moisturiser in hot countries. I wanted to buy the UV version as it has an SPF 20 but they didn't have it in stock (typical!! Haha!) when I went to boots. This is definitely the best moisturiser that I've used to date - It sinks into the skin really well and it smells nice too. It's a little bit more expensive with it being €22 but it's definitely worth it in my opinion. 


Moving on to the body care products..... I brought my favourite shower gel which is the Radox nourish shower cream. It's not the best 'holiday scent' but I love that it's moisturising so it's a nice product to use after being in the sun all day. Another nice product to use after sunbathing is Dove purely pampering body cream. I actually got slightly burnt on my legs and this was very soothing for it. It's such a great body butter - it drys rather quickly and it smells divine! I also packed my Dove beauty finish deodorant and the Boots Soltan protect & tan sun care lotion

Hands & nails

Hand cream is always a travel must-have for me. The plane always dries out my skin terribly so this Boots hand & nail cream intensive for dry skin was an absolute gem to have in my carry on bag. I talked about it in my April beauty favourites if you want to read more about it. The nail polish that I wore throughout the holiday was Rimmel 60 seconds Rita Ora nail polish in 'breakfast in bed'. This is a beautiful mint green colour which is just a perfect pastel shade for the summer. 


You'll probably think this next product is a bit weird but I love it and it's my summer must-have product every year! It's my Avon foot works lavender deodorising & refreshing foot spray. I have a weird thing about feet - I just hate them! Haha! I'm always worried that my feet won't smell nice so this ensures that they smell of lavender all the time! I never wear sandal or ballet pumps without spraying a few spritzes of this bad boy! I also love anything that smells of lavender so I couldn't resist buying it ;-) And last but not least I brought my holy grail scent - Soap & Glory mist you madly body spray

That's it for my holiday beauty essentials!

What are your favourite products to bring on holidays? Let me know in the comments so I can buy them for my next holiday ;-)

Cliona xx


  1. I love the Soap and Glory Mist You Madly, I have two bottles of this because I use it so much!

    1. It's amazing, isn't it?! I really want to try the glam-a-lot version too :-) xx

  2. I should try the Mist You Madly as you said it's your HG scent :D


  3. Hi there :) I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my 'May Monthly Favourites' for Favourite blog, I hope you don't mind! I've left a link to your blog there. :)

    1. Thank you so much! That's so kind of you! I can't wait to read it xx


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