Friday, June 14, 2013

The Summer Series // Makeup Essentials

Well ladies, here is the last post in my relatively short Summer Series. This is my holiday makeup bag (the clear bags featured in this series are from Superdrug and cost £5.99 for a set of 3 in different sizes), and I'm going to give you a quick run-through of all the products I am taking with me to Gran Canaria on Monday - yes there are quite a lot but I'm a beauty blogger so it's allowed, don't you agree? Let's spit this into face, eyes and lips to make things easier!


I decided to go for mainly highstreet/drugstore products as I'm a little wary of taking expensive things on holiday with me since an incident when I was younger in which my family's case was broken into whilst travelling and our digital camera as well as all my jewellery were stolen! So I'm taking my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation for a not-too-heavy, illuminating base, as well as the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which will be essential for keeping shine at bay on hot evenings. For cheeks I'm taking one powder option - the YSL Blush Radiance 02 and one cream option for a more radiant, dewy finish - the new and already much-loved Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet. Both of these blushes are a gorgeous peachy pink colour which is my favourite shade for cheeks at the minute. I'll also be taking the Nars Laguna Bronzer for evening contouring (although I may skip this step as I haven't been into contouring so much recently), and my new favourite highlighter - Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle - I think this is the perfect Summer evening highlighter, it adds a stunning golden toned shimmer to the cheekbones. And of course, I purchased a new Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 02 Light to cover pesky blemishes and dark circles - and who knows, if I'm having a good skin week, I might skip the foundation and opt for concealer only! (Yeah right, if only...)


I've really been loving cream eyeshadows recently, so I'll be taking my Mac Paint Pot in Bare Study, which is a stunning champagne shadow with shimmer, as well as the highstreet's answer to paint pots, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, which I'm sure you can tell is a bronze/gold shimmery shadow. These are perfect for a fuss-free eye makeup look or as a base for a more detailed powder eyeshadow look. To create the latter, I'm taking this L'Oreal Color Riche Quad in E2 Nude Lingerie which contains four versatile shimmer shades in champagne, gold, pink and taupe. This will save me taking my bulky Urban Decay Naked Palettes and contains enough colours to create at least three different looks should I feel the need for a smoky eye. I'll also be taking a trusty brown eyeliner (still haven't switched back to black kohl girls!), my eyeliner of choice is the Bourjois Kohl & Contour 16h in 78 Brun Design because of it's silky smooth application and the fact it does not budge as well as the Barry M Shimmering Eye and Lip Crayon  in 4 for a pop of colour on my lower lashline. Finally, I'll be taking my all-time favourite mascara YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils (false lash effect) but this time I'm trying out the waterproof version. I'm so excited to see how this compares to my beloved original faux cils and I'm expecting great things from one of my favourite high-end brands!


Ok ok I know this amount of lip products for a week away may seem extensive but I've rediscovered my lipstick obsession recently and I just can't cut out any of these lovely picks! If I was going somewhere in England I would be taking my favourite Mac lipsticks, but since they are notorious for melting and I'm going to be in a very hot country, I didn't want to chance it. So I went searching for a highstreet dupe of my current Mac favourite 'Vegas Volt' and decided on Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 110 which is a stunning coral shade, extrememly pigmented and also rather creamy for a matte finish lipstick. I also wanted a pinky-nude shade so decided on Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish in 03, which is the perfect 'my lips but better' shade for me. For a touch of peach, I chose Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There which I just love as it's a totally opaque true peach colour on my lips which is perfect for brightening up the face. Of course I needed a pink shade and the glossy Topshop Lip Crayon in Wave Goodbye is perfect and finally, for a full-on red pout which I think will look great paired with my cream lace sundress, I'm taking the Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red. And of course I couldn't go without a lip balm, so my Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rosé will be a welcome boost of hydration.

So that's that! I hope you enjoyed this peek inside my holiday suitcase. I'll be sure to post some photos of my trip on the blog when I get home for you all to peruse if you're interested! :) I'll also try and schedule a couple of posts to go up whilst I'm away.

Have a fantastic week girls!

Holly xo

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  1. Great post and products hun! I am absolutely loving the look of this Topshop Lip Crayon, it's like the perfect coral shade! I'll definitely get it asap! :) I am also in love with On and On Bronze; it's gorgeous!

    Andrea | RosyChicc

  2. I always overpack makeup when I go on vacation - usually eye products and lip blams (because I think I have thirteen eyes and five mouths...) Loving all your picks! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate | bloglovin'

  3. Great post, iv just finished drafting a review on the MAC mineralize skinfinish i love it!!
    L x

  4. That MAC Mineralize highlighter is one of my favorites too. Such a perfect product!

  5. I love all of the lipsticks you've picked out! Really want the Kate Moss bright orangey one!
    Loving your blog i've nominated you for the liebster award, if you're interested in participating just check out my blog!
    Jess xo

  6. I love this post, and your blog in general! Following now!

    & I love the Kate Moss lipstick line! I have almost all of them! xx

    Please check out my blog as well, and follow back if you like!

    Have a nice day! X

  7. Great post :) I totally agree with you on soft and gentle, it gives a perfect sheen. I'm a new follower by the way!

  8. I like how you showed us mainly highstreet products ♥ I think there are so many things from the highstreet (at least UK; Germany is alright too!) that are just as good as high end products ♥ I've heard many good things about the rimmel 'wake me up' foundation...maybe I should give it a shot some time :) your blog is lovely ♪

  9. Waaah since when Nivea has
    fruit flavored lipbalm?
    I'd love to try out that
    raspberry one c; Xx


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