My holiday make-up bag

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When it comes to holidays, I always over-pack. I am that girl at the Ryanair check-in, holding up the queue with her suitcases open on the floor, desperately trying to re-pack everything to keep it under the weight limits.

I’ve even been that girl who has had her products snatched off her at Customs because the zipper wouldn’t close (some bronzed Customs Officer somewhere is now rocking my confiscated fake tan – sad face).

So this year, I have really, really tried to keep my holiday make-up to the essentials only. Here’s what I’ll be taking away with me this summer.


Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette, limited edition
I love this palette! This is, in fact, my second as I dropped the first one I owned (*weeps). It has everything I could possibly want – neutral, flattering eyeshadows, two blushers, a bronzer and a highlighter. It’s limited edition so if you can still get your hands on it, do!

Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint, SPF 30
This lovely BB/CC cream is sooooooo good (I’ve waxed lyrical about it here before). It gives great coverage, is matte (for oily skin types like myself) and looks like your real skin, only better. It’s also light enough for days at the beach and has SPF 30 for added protection.

Clinique Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops
For days when you can’t be bothered on holidays (so most days, then), these little drops are perfect for adding a little colour to your regular suncream. I generally wear something like this to the beach – I’m definitely not a fan of full make-up in 35 degree heat!


Note Cosmetics Bronzing Powder
I tend to panic pack tanners and bronzers so will definitely be including this gorgeous one from Note. It’s a lovely matte bronzer and super flattering. Plus it smells tropically. Delish.

Catrice Duo Highlighter, limited edition
Again, I tend to panic pack highlighters! I’ve included this gorgeous limited edition Catrice Soleil d’Ete today because I mean, look at it! It’s fab and only €5.50. Available until September 2017.


Catrice Golden Lip Booster, limited edition
Also from the new Catrice Soleil d’Ete range is this golden lip gloss. It tingles on application and can be used alone, or over your favourite lippy. I’m obsessed! Available until September 2017, priced €4.50.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Oil
I’ve used a version of this oil for twenty years now (read my reviews here and here). It’s an all-round multi-tasking dry oil that can be used on the face, hair and body for a subtle summer sheen. I take it away with me every year – it just screams summer!

Catrice Metal Eyelight in shade C01 Sun Kissed Miss, limited edition
I’m a sucker for a gold, sparkly cream eyeshadow. This cute little pot is only €4.50 and totally gorge.


No7 Lash Impact Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown
Waterproof mascaras are essential on hols and this new one from No7 is fab. Fluttery lashes without the panda eyes, guaranteed!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Finally, I always take a bunch of lip balms with me. This fab Clarins one is luxurious, sparkly and nourishing for summer-parched lips. Love.

So ladies, what do you take in your holiday make-up bag?

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