Friday, 14 October 2016
My Holiday Beauty Essentials
Well the holiday blues have well and truly set in for me as this time last week I was in sunny Orlando, Florida, albeit preparing for Hurricane Matthew, so it technically wasn't as sunny as it was when I took these photographs.
But let's not dwell on that. Here are the beauty products that I used over the three weeks, some of which I brought with me, the rest I bought whilst I was there;
Dove Original Clean; This is my deodorant of choice, so much so that I was always bulk buy it and bring as many as I possibly can home with me. Not only is it about double the size of the Dove stick deodorants that we get here but it's also half the price, which just blows my mind every single time I take a stroll down the deodorant aisle. Like seriously, why are so many beauty products ridiculously cheaper in the States compared to the UK?
Suave Essentials Mango Mandarin Body Wash; On our first full day in Orlando we headed to our nearest Wal-Mart to pick up some essentials and as this was just $1.88 or something crazy like that, it came home with me. It really did smell beautiful and lathered up well, especially when you consider the price of it. I was a little tempted to bring a few of these back with me in my suitcase but the fear of unzipping my case back in Glasgow to find that this had exploded was just too much to.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant*; If you saw my in-depth review of this particular product a couple of weeks ago you will know exactly why this came with me. After the nine hour flight my skin certainly looked worse for wear and a whole constellation of spots of blemishes popped up from nowhere. This immediately got to work at dealing with them, as well as covering them and as I was going sans makeup over the three weeks, this instantly made me feel a lot better about my skin.
Mini Wet Brush; I've declared my undying love for the Wet Brush before on here so of course I had to take a travel friendly version of my favourite hairbrush with me on holiday. Even when my hair was a knotted mess after day after day of being in the pool, this still glided through to untangle it without as much as one wince.
Garnier Ambre Solaire UV Sport Dry Mist SPF 50; As an incredibly pale, freckly redhead sun protection is very high on my list of priorities, especially in the Floridian sunshine and I am so glad that I picked up this specific bottle before I left. Not only did it protect me from the blazing sun but it also continued to work in the pool and any torrential rain showers I got caught in. The fact that it was a mist also made it incredibly easy to apply, even to those hard to reach areas.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion; The Righteous Butter is one of my favourite body lotions, of all-time might I add and this little travel size of it makes it so easy to use and apply. I was planning on taking a mini tub of it with but I am so glad that I opted for the tube instead. To hear me rave about it, as I have done quite a few times in the past, be sure to check out my Product Directory for all previous mentions of it.
Victoria's Secret Scandalous EDP Rollerball; I actually brought two of these rollerballs back with me from my last trip to Orlando two years ago and anytime I smell this perfume it instantly transports me right back to my happy place. If you haven't smelt this scent from Victoria's Secret, I would definitely recommend tracking it down for a sniff the next time you're in-store.
Alberto VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries & Cream Moisturizing Shampoo; Not one to break with tradition, I picked up the one shampoo that I've always used whilst staying in the US. It's also just $0.98! Like how crazy is that? It also smells just like strawberries and cream, which is a seriously dreamy thing, if I don't say so myself.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Texturising Sea Spray*; Since I was letting my hair air dry (in a matter of minutes, might I add), whilst I was there, I knew that I would need something to give my naturally curly/wavy hair a bit of style. This did exactly that. It also didn't make my hair feel crunchy or gritty like other sea salt sprays have done in the past.
Solait Moisturising After Sun Spray; There was only one day, when popping down to our local shopping area, that I forgot to apply sun protection to my shoulders. Between walking from Target to Best Buy I caught the sun. Thankfully it was only a little bit and this soothed any redness straight away.
What are your holiday beauty essentials? Have you tried any of the products in today's post? If so, what do you think of them? And who else would like to join me on a plane back to somewhere hot and sunny?
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