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.)

  1. Just wanted to say thank you for shouting the praises of the Botanics Eye Make-up remover. The only one that’s ever worked for me without stinging me into tears is £12.99 a pop so I finally went and bought the Boots one for £1.93 (special offer on right now) and my waterproof mascara came off in about 10 seconds flat and my eyes didn’t even tingle!
    I’m officially in love right now and will never dabble with other eye make-up removers again. Ever. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome – I’m really glad you liked it! I also used to always have to use an expensive one (Lancome) but Botanics is every bit as good, and so inexpensive. If they ever discontinue it, I’ll cry!

  2. Just wanted to let you know that the Glaze is also available without colour pigment to just give gloss, perfect if you already have colour in your hair or if you’re a little timid! Gives a lovely gloss!
    L x

  3. Have you thought about using a eyelash conditioner?? I use Revitalash for my lashes and have seen amazing results. I have tried every lash thickener under the sun and none worked as well as Revitalash!! Plus a doctor created it so I feel very safe using it.

  4. I don’t know if they carry it in the UK, but in the States, Neutrogena has a sunscreen line out that is amazing. They’re oil free so they’re really good for your skin and there are several different varieties. They also go up to (I think) SPF 100! I use these because I’m really pale and I burn extremely easily. They won’t run in your eyes when you sweat and they claim to be waterproof but I always have to reapply it after an hour or two. My favorite varieties are the Ultra Sheer Dry-touch (which is in a tube and you rub it on), and the Fresh Cooling Body Mist. The mist is always cold when you spray it on no matter how long it’s been in the sun! I highly recommend this line, and I think you should check it out 🙂

  5. Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids Rapido Non-stop Spray SPF50 might be a good UK replacement for the Coppertone spray.

    It does come out white, not clear, but a quick swipe over your skin and it’s vanished – the laziest quick rub in and it’s invisible, and it’s not greasy.

    I’m a natural redhead and I burn in ten minutes in April without sunscreen, this kept me burn-free even spending days on end on the beach, in mid-August, which makes it a miracle product. The one day I used a different sunscreen, still factor 50 but a traditional gloop on a tube type one, I fried.

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