You might be noticing a bit of a pattern going on in my little corner of the internet this week and that is that I'm well and truly in the holiday mood! By the time you read this I should hopefully be very relaxed, full of cocktails and have a nice tan developing but I'm currently in the midst of packing and between making sure I stick to my 15kg luggage limit and that I have enough clean pants I've been thinking about what I'm going to be chucking in my beach bag and here are my essentials.
My eyes are in bad enough shape as it is so protecting what's left of my eyesight is top priority and from a more vain point of view when I'm by the pool or at the beach I am as make up free as the day I was born so the bigger the sunnies, and the more they cover my face the better!
I get a bit obsessive with applying sun cream when I'm away, I've been burnt before and it's enough to ruin a couple of days of your holiday which is not what you want! Your poor skin doesn't know what's hit it when it goes from the temperamental English summer to the heat of another country and it's so important to keep it protected, I always start with a factor 30 so my pale skin can get adjusted and then drop to a 20 for the last couple of days.
Bobbles and Grips
I need my hair out of my face when it's warm, there is nothing I hate more than sweaty hair that's flat, limp and stuck to the back of your neck so I always make sure that I have spare bobbles and grips just in case one decides to snap or more often than not my grips go walk about.
A Good Book
I'm one of those people that just read and read on holiday, there's nothing more relaxing to me than sitting in the sun with a book on the go. I don't want to read anything too serious on holiday, I need something I can pick up and put down between dips in the pool and trips to the bar!
As much as I always want it to be cocktail o'clock I always make sure I've got a bottle of water to hand to keep me hydrated.
My lips tend to get really sore in the sun so I try to have something to put on them and my Bourjois Colour Boost lip pencil has made the cut this holiday, it contains SPF 15 as well as adding a bit of colour to my otherwise naked face.
Caudalie Beauty Elixer
If you don't need refreshing when it's 30 degrees then I don't know when you do! This is going to be perfect to spray on my face when I need a refresher and cooling down and the fact this also does wonders for my skin and gives me a lovely glow is just a bonus!