Holiday beauty: Skincare

So normally, when it comes to a chilling by the pool holiday I am pretty minimal – but for this one I wanted to take a few extra pampering goodies as I’d have the time to enjoy them and it would mean I wouldn’t end up with parched sun-dried skin when I returned home.


For me, all the skincare for this holiday was about moisture, moisture and more moisture. So I took a few of my favourite moisture essentials…

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask*

Yep, starting off the moisture theme with this baby – I LOVE this mask, despite it’s silly name. It really is an amazing mask or overnight intense treatment. I personally prefer it as an overnight treatment, and have been using this every couple of nights whilst away.

REN Tonic Moisture Mist

This is an in flight wonder – quick spritz on the way there and I didn’t feel quite like I got up at 4am… also loved this as a cool refreshing spritz to cool off when chilling in the sun. Downside is that it’s a glass bottle, so not ideal for tight weight limit travelling.

Balance Me Rose Otto Intensive Lip Balm

Love, love, love this lip balm that I got free with a magazine a little while ago. Absorbs so well and just leaves lips feeling happy. When I come back from holiday my lips are usually bone-dry, but this time I’ve come back and they feel good. So – woo hoo for Balance Me Rose Otto Intensive Lip Balm!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream

An airport purchase, it’s a great moisture boost but don’t find it has lasted all that well. So good for a quick fix for my uber-dry hands after they have been facing sun ward, holding a kindle all day… but then by the next morning they didn’t feel as good as they did at night. But definitely a lovely product.


Clarins Skin Smoothing Eye Mask* 

On first use I knew this was going to be a major love for me. Seriously, if you have fine lines around your eyes or have dehydrated skin around your eyes at all – you need this. It’s amazing.


As with the above, this is seriously amazing stuff. The combination of these two is pretty much my new ultimate hydration boosting combo – they have their own dedicated post coming with more info. But if you want a pure, no fuss moisture boost then this is the stuff you want.

Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment*

You can read my review of this here, but I needed to bring it with me as I’ve been loving it so much.

Origins Starting Over Age-erasing Moisturiser*

I have to be honest, this was mostly brought with me as the size was travel friendly – but on using for just over a week I am really loving it. It’s quite thick, but soaks in quickly and leaves skin happy and moisturised – and it smells good too, which doesn’t hurt.


Elemis Fresh Skin masks (deep clean and magical moisture)*

Just for a bit of extra pampering – I actually only ended up using the deep cleansing one whilst I was away, but I have tried another of the moisturising ones before. I like the little set of these that gives you options to use/combine depending on your skin condition at the time. Plus, travel friendly!


Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum*

This was an in flight essential – it’s really light but amazing for moisturising. Soaks straight in and leaves skin feeling nicely hydrated. I like how this doesn’t feel heavy – as when I’m putting more lotions and potions on my skin than normal (repeated SPF applications etc) it can feel like it’s going to get a bit clogged.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser*

I don’t really wear much make-up when I’m on holiday (it’s nice to give my skin a break) so just want a nice simple cleanser to get rid of any SPF residue etc. This Kiehl’s one is a nice little gel and the perfect travel size.

*=PR sample.


1 Comment

  1. September 10, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    I got the lip balm in a beauty box a couple of months ago, and I love it! I’m going to be really sad when I run out, I might have to invest in some!

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