I’m currently soaking up the last of the summer sun in Barcelona. In the weeks leading up to my trip, I’ve been collecting inspiration on my Pinterest boards:
On holiday I rarely wear make-up. In the heat, I hate the feeling of anything on my skin so I leave it at home. But when I’m off to work in the summer heat, I like to wear some, even if only a little. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve honed my ability to do summer make-up.
The base is the heaviest part I find, so I either use a light dusting of bronzer or I mix a little foundation with an SPF moisturiser.
I usually leave the eye shadow at home and instead throw on a little colourful eyeliner – green is my current favourite.
And finally I good coat of blackest black mascara. Currently I’m using Boots 17’s newest mascara: Back Lash. Which is great for adding volume and colour for wow eyes!
I’m using my Boots No7 BB lip balm to add a little colour and keep my lips moisturised.
What make-up do you wear in the summer heat?
I’m not hugely great with lipsticks. I love to wear them but I forget to reapply them and end up bare lipped by the end of the day. Likewise, I usually forget to put lip balm on and end up with dry and cracked lips. So it’s something of a surprise that I’ve been using Boots No7’s BB Lip Balm religiously now for the past few weeks. I had seen it a few times and then decided to use my £3 voucher to treat myself. I bought the ballerina shade as it’s the most natural and it wouldn’t notice so much when I forgot to reapply!
It’s lovely and moisturising and the hint of colour is a nice addition. The added bonus of an SPF means that it will be perfect for holidays and sunnier days too. It’s almost like a lip-gloss but a little less sticky in consistency.
It comes in a wide selection of shades, with pinks, corals and reds. I’d recommend the nude ballerina shade for everyday use but a lovely bright shade for your summer holiday make-up bag. And right now, if you spend £5 in Boots, you’ll get a £3 off voucher. And, it’s also currently buy 1 get a 2nd half price on Boots No7 make-up – which you can take advantage of with your voucher. So you can get both a nude and a bright shade, or one for your handbag and one for your night stand!
Have you tried the Boots No7 Lips Beauty Balm yet?
If you’re fed up with the current absence of summer in the UK, you might be thinking about snagging a bargain flight to somewhere warmer. The costs can quickly add up once you start adding in baggage fares and so packing your hand baggage wisely will help to save the pennies.
I’ve picked out 10 pieces that are all you need to pack for four days away:
- Sunglasses: the bigger, the better – either for hiding the signs of the night before or keeping your peepers protected
- Playsuit: perfect for day-to-night
- Roxy bikini: cos it’s not a holiday without one!
- Jumper by Vero Moda: if the temperature drops a little in the evening you’ll need something to throw on – the mesh effect of this jumper also makes it ideal for throwing over a bikini at the pool
- Kaftan: can be worn by the pool or add wedges and statement earrings for an evening at a beach-side bar
- Earrings: update your daytime look for night time glamour with a sparkly pair of statement earrings
- Wedges: for night time, add a little height with wedge heels
- Vest: make it oversized and a vest can either be worn alone as a mini dress or with your shorts for daytime activities
- Shorts: what’s a holiday in the sun without a pair of shorts?
- Flip flops: for daytime activities and on the beach, keep your shoes flat and functional – but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!
What do you pack for a weekend away?
These espadrilles – along with my other Havaianas - will be coming on holiday with me next week. There are so many reasons why these shoes are perfect for lots of walking and sight seeing in a dusty city like Marrakech, but I’ll go with just six:
When packing for my holidays, shoes are often the first thing I select to put into my suitcase. My holiday shoes have to work hard for a place in my luggage as I am fairly demanding in what I expect from them. They need to work with everything I am packing. There’s no such thing as a “day shoe” or a “night shoe” for my holidays, they are all adaptable.
On holiday, I always end up walking more than I expect, even if I am expecting to walk a lot! So I generally only take flat shoes with me. In the past couple of years, I have found plastic sandals to be the most useful of all of the shoes that I pack. They are not only comfortable and flat but ideal in the city, as much as on the beach. Plus, if you get a neutral enough shade, they go with everything! My Havaianas have lasted well and there is always room for them in my suitcase.