Planning your summer holiday can be either exciting or stressful, and most of the time you can't help but forget something important.
We all make the mad dash over to Penneys and Boots mere hours before the flight to try and grab everything for the suitcase, but it's a futile effort. We wanted to treat ourselves on this holiday, but we need a list of recommended beauty items.
This year is different, because we've got the ultimate make-up and skincare list for your trip abroad this year, and you absolutely need to experience them all. They're flawless.
1. KISS imPRESS
We all want to have the most gorgeous nails for our holiday, but how can we make sure they last for the entire trip?
KISS have released a special line of imPRESS nails, for superior, lasting shine with an indestructible top coat rivalling even the best salon gel polish.
imPRESS nails protect the nail and last up to a week, making them perfect for the coming summer months and festival season. Two new designs have been added to the range, and we've never felt more glamorous.
2. iWhite Instant and iWhite Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Get whiter teeth on the go, wherever you go with these travel essentials; iWhite teeth whitening toothpaste and iWhite Instant. Your daily beauty maintenance has never been so easy.
Everyday food and drink can stain your teeth; from coffee, fruit juices and red wine to curry sauces, and indulging on holidays can lead to even more staining on those pearly whites of yours.
These nifty products are small enough to pack, so why not keep your teeth sparkling throughout your time away? Clinically proven to be safe and effective without the use of peroxide, iWhite gives you plenty to smile about.
3. Misslyn 'Beach Please!' Bronzing and Contouring Powder
The heatwave beauty look is oh so easy to achieve with this treat in your suitcase. Misslyn's 'Beach Please!' bronzing and contouring powder will give your skin that glow it's always wanted.
Healthy, sun-kissed skin can be achieved easily with this beautiful, soft-matte texture. We especially love the compact mirror, which makes this the perfect on-the-go top up for your holiday.
4.Payot Peeling Oxygénant Dépolluant
Exfoliating your face is so important for getting rid of all those pesky dead skin cells which haven't naturally shed themselves. When this happens, the leftover dead skin cells can cause dry, flaky patches and clogged pores, which is why exfoliating this summer is imperative for healthy skin.
Payot's crackling foam new skin effect suits every skin type, especially those leaning towards coarseness, and leaves your skin feeling totally brand new. The mask uses triple action- oxygenating, detoxifying, and neutralising pollution- in order to inject new vitality into your skin.
The pink gel will transform into foam which evaporates on the skin, removing impurities and pollution so your natural radiance emerges.
5. Delarom Orange Sugar Body Scrub
What is the perfect product that can help us to keep our glowing summer tans fresh this season? Delarom has the answer.
Their Orange Sugar body scrub contains sweet orange essential oil to gently eliminate dead cells from your body, so you get the most evenly spread tan as possible.
The sugar melts when massaged into the skin, leaving it soft, supple and deliciously scented.
6. Clinique Sun and Body Care Cream SPF 40
Clinique uses 'SolarSmart' technology to stabilise high-level protection against the ageing and burning effects of UVB and UVA rays, but remains suitable for sensitive skin (anyone from Ireland).
We adore their Sun and Body Care Cream, which is oil-free and dermatologist tested as well as water AND sweat-resistant.
Slay queens, without sunburn…
7. Misslyn's Colour Crush lipstick
Statement lips are all the rage for the summer, and red is the perfect colour to make your lips look irresistible.
Misslyn have a new collection of 22 shades, with beautiful creamy texture and rich tones for your make-up bag.
We're loving the unique colours chosen by Misslyn for your summer holidays, you won't be able to pick just one lipstick. They're all too beautiful for your make-up bag to miss this summer.
8. Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow
We can't get enough of Inglot's latest pure pigment eyeshadow collection. With over 30 shades to choose from, the make-up company are allowing you to have the most sparkly eyes in town this summer for a great price.
The pigment is so easy to spread over your eyelids, and can be used as a highlighting powder for your cheekbones, Cupid's bow and as glitter for your lips as well.
With a product this affordable and this versatile, with that many colour options, you've got to make sure it's packed in that case of yours this year. Your holiday won't be the same without it.
9. L'Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub
L’Occitane's new lip collection is infused with fruits, vegetables and herbs from Provence and the Mediterranean Basin, and the scent of these three lip scrubs alone will have you holiday-ready.
Raspberry Crush, Fabulous Fig and Marmalade Kiss; three flavourful scrubs bursting with goodies for your lips this summer. Enriched with Vitamin E, mandarin extract and carrot, pomelo and pomegranate oils, this gentle exfoliator leaves a sweet and delicious taste you won't want to forget.
10. DAFNI Allure hair tool
When you're on your holidays, it can be tricky to keep your hair as styled as you like it. With sun and sea comes frizz and knotting, but the DAFNI Allure straightening brush is one of the best products around for treating your hair kindly on-the-go.
Pop it in your suitcase or handbag for your travels, and you can make sure you won't be spending all of your trip trying to blow try and then straighten your hair, wasting valuable moments.
Instead, take a few minutes with the styling tool to brush your locks and they'll be straightened and looking glossy in no time, no matter the weather.
Enjoy your holibops, gals, and don't forget to treat yourselves. It's self-care, not vanity. (The Fab Five from Queer Eye came up with that line, we can't take credit…)
Remember: Packing doesn't have to be a tense experience, filled with expletives and forgotten essentials.
Winter can be an absolute pain when it comes to your precious lips. We need them for so many things, especially kissing for Valentine's Day, but the bitterly baltic weather does it's best to dry them out.
We were intrigued by the science behind it, so asked Marie Therese, Head of Training with Graham Anthony Distribution, for the 411 on why our lips lose their coveted moisture.
She explained that our lips can become very dry because our lips do not have working sebaceous glands, which would serve the purpose of keeping our lips moist. Harsh conditions and ageing are also key factors.
Cracks can appear as we grow older, and thinning can take place. In the winter, saliva containing amylase and maltase strips away the skin on our lips, leaving them exposed to dry air. (EW)
Basically; take care of ya mouth (Inside and out). We're talkin' dental, we're talkin lip balms, we're talkin' lip moisturising.
We've got you covered for the day of luuuurve; try any of these for February 14 and your lips will thank you for the kissing treatment.
1. Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment
Burt's Bees has been around for a long time, namely because it's one of the best brands around when it comes to lip care.
Their Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment provides long-lasting moisturising properties for soft, smooth and healthy lips. Shield those puckers from dryness while you sleep with 100% natural Ceramide, so you wake up ready to smooch.
Oh, and it's 100% natural and free from parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS's: We heart.
2. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
This gorgeous product comes in seven shades, and honestly we have NEVER smelled anything so good in our lives.
TheInstant Light Lip Oil is the ultimate lip care treatment, and contains three key plant extracts which nourish and comfort.
The non-sticky oil has a melting and lip plumping formula for a boost which will leave you feelin' unreal.
3. AromaWorks Rejuvenate Lip Balm
AromaWorks Lip Balm is jam-packed with only 100% natural ingredients, and is SURE to revive your tired, dry lips.
Using a combination of shea butter and Maringa oil combined with jasmine, rose and neroli, the lip balm is considered pure luxury for your lips.
Uriage have been upping the stakes for lip balms for years, and now the French skincare giant have made the first barrier lip balm to be formulated with Poly-2; an innovative patented complex offering triple action.
The brand is super trustworthy, and the soothing repair balm will be your new bestie.
5. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Lip Quads – The 4 in 1 Lip Liner Pen
All you need to do is click, twist and pout, according to Aimee Connolly. Her infamous 4 in 1 Lip Liner Pen comes in pink and nude editions, and is legit the holy grail of lip liners.
Multi-award winning makeup artist Aimee Connolly is changing the beauty game with long-lasting, non-drying, pout perfecting products. Line your lips to match your mood this Valentine's Day, with rose, bay, blush, peach, buff, pure, bare and rouge tones on offer.
6. Payot Nutricia Baume Lèvres Lip Balm
The Payot Nutricia Lip Balm is a PERFECT for those hunnies with dry skin, who are seeking smoothness this Valentine's Day.
The unreal reparative lip treatment with a slightly pearlescent finish that works to comfort and nourish your lips.
The moisturising formula uses an Oleo-Lipidic complex, sweet almond, raspberry seed and meadowfoam oil to strengthen and restore the hydrolipidic barrier. This is science speak for; You + Payot = Kissability Level 9000.
7. Delarom rich lip balm
Seeking hydration? Dryness prevention? Fuller puckers? Here's your answer.
Delarom's nourishing and absorbing lip care is unreal value, as well as being pure gorgeous when it comes to lip health. Trust us, it's 10/10.
8. Glossier Balm Dotcom
*wells up* We actually can't find a single fault with Glossier's balm dotcom range. Literally. It makes us emotional. It even comes in six flavours; Original, Birthday, Rose, Cherry, Mint, and Coconut.
Their hydrating, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve is packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin.
Yup, you can use it on your lips and any external dry spots. God bless Glossier.
9. Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector Lip Balm
Absolute Lip Perfector is a multi-tasking lip treatment which combines serum and balm, and is infused with gorgeous peppermint, wild mint and honeycomb extract for the ultimate soft lips.
It also works as a powerful night-time anti-ageing treatment, with enhanced moisture which lasts ALL DAY and increased lip volume. Va Va Voom…
10. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry
First introduced in South Korea in 2015, Laneige's master Lip Sleeping Mask has been given awards left, right and centre. But does it live up to the hype? HELLZ YEAH it does.
The gorgeous mask is applied at night, and by the time you awaken like a stunner Sleeping Beauty, you'll have supple, healthy smackers. Yas, it's incredible.
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