Pre-Holiday Product Haul


Well, as I’ve mentioned a couple of times (or three, or four…) I’m off to the Canary Islands on Monday, to try to grab a quick bit of sunshine before Christmas! Before I go, though, I thought I’d show you the little product haul I brought home with me today: these are the products I always find myself buying right before a holiday (plus a couple of sunscreens I’ve been meaning to write about for a while), and they are…

1. Dylash 45 Day Mascara by Eyelure

I’ve always thought the word “mascara” in this product’s name was a little bit misleading, because it’s an eyelash dye, not a mascara, so it won’t do any curling, thickening or lengthening. It will turn pale lashes (and brows) dark, though, and when your lashes are as pale as mine, that’s always a good thing! I’ll still be using my trusty mascara, of course, but for those days when I’m just headed to the beach or pool, I’ll be really glad to have dyed my lashes/brows with this!  (My tutorial explaining how to use it is here, in case you’re interested!)

2. Lash Extend Ultra Natural Eyelash Extensions

Can you tell I spend  lot of time thinking about eyelashes? They’re the thing that makes the biggest difference to my appearance, and while most of the year I’m obsessed with mascara, when I’m on holiday I sometimes like to be able to go without sometimes (although not often, it has to be said), so before I go, I’ll normally stick on some of these. They’re individual false eyelashes and they claim to last up to four weeks. I’ve found 5 – 7 days to be more realistic, but at least they get me through an early morning flight without forcing me to get up even earlier and apply makeup! (Tutorial on these here.)

3. Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

Um, yeah. This is the last eye-related product, I promise! I’ve written about this a lot, so all I’ll say is that I never go on holiday without it. Love it.

4. John Frieda Luminous Colour Glaze in Radiant Red

Since I first wrote about this, I’ve re-purchased it several times (and have also got better at applying it, so no more of the streakiness I mentioned in my first review!). I like to use it before vacations, not only because it’s a really excellent conditioner, and always leaves my hair super-soft, but because it makes my hair look really shiny and healthy.

And now for the sunscreens! These aren’t the only ones I’ll be taking with me (I have very fair skin, so I get through a LOT of sunscreen), but the ones I’m currently liking best:

5. Coppertone Kids SPF 50 Continuous Clear Spray

Yeah, it’s for kids. No, I don’t care. I’ve only ever bought this in States, so I’m not sure if it’s available in the UK – I do know I haven’t seen it here, and that most high SPF sunscreens here tend to be of the thick and gloopy variety, which I hate. I love this one because it’s clear, it dries instantly, and the nozzle makes it super-easy to apply. I got through two bottles of this in Florida this summer without a hint of sunburn, and brought this one back with me. Its only disadvantage is that it doesn’t tend to last long – or not on me, anyway (I suspect the spray leads to a lot of wastage), so as a backup, I have….

6. Clinique Sun-Care Body Spray, SPF 30

I first bought this on impulse. I was on my way to a christening and had convinced myself the sunscreen I’d brought with me (Which was of the white, gloopy variety – this was before Coppertone Kids came into my life, obviously!) would stain my dress, and would look too greasy for a formal event. I was probably right, too. Clinique’s was the only clear spray available at the airport, so I bought it, and liked it so much that I’ve re-purchased it a couple of times since. It’s SPF 30, so I use it on duller days, but as with the Coppertone, it goes on easily, dries in quickly and doesn’t stain clothes. It’s also available at almost every airport I’ve ever been to, which is probably why I continue to buy it, despite the fact that I’m sure there are lots of other products that are just as good!

So, there you have it: not all of my holiday products by a long shot, but today’s haul, plus a couple of extras. I’ll be packing tomorrow, so probably won’t have a chance to blog again before I go. Hope everyone has a good couple of weeks, and I’ll see you when I get back! (Well, not literally, of course, but you know what I mean…)

(P.S. Forgot to mention – all of the products above, with the exception of the sunscreens, came from Boots.)