Holiday Heroes

My Holiday Reading List

Okay so it's November and I'm still talking about my holiday...however, I thought I should write this post as I know a lot of people will be getting a good chunk of time off for the Christmas break, so if you're a reader then there are some great books here that I've been working my way through.  Calling them my "holiday reads" is a bit of a stretch, as it was my first holiday with Teddy, so whilst on previous holidays I could get through at leas[...]

Rita Hazan New York Lock + Block Protective Spray

I was absolutely kicking myself when I realised that I hadn't packed my Rita Hazan New York Lock + Block Protective Spray for my recent holiday, as that would've been the absolute perfect time to not only fully put the product through its paces, but also actually make full use of it to protect my hair from all the elements that it definitely wasn't used to - my hair is still struggling to return to its original condition now, as it still feels dr[...]

Claire Louise Crimson Set (Holiday Heroes)

I was really fortunate to be sent some fantastic bits and bobs to take away on my recent holiday, which included a great mix of decadent beauty alongside handy and practical items, with a few products that straddled both, such as this duo from Claire Louise.  The Crimson set - which consists of a large beach towel and a matching Wash Bag - is an extremely attractive design consisting of bright and beautiful pinky red flowers on a sea blue backgro[...]

What I Took On Holiday – Sun Care (Holiday Heroes)

I took quite a bit of sun care away with me, as you can see, with the entirely reasonable justification that it was to cover all eventualities for all three of us.  Therefore I took lots of SPF for mum, Teddy and I, as well as some decent hair protectors (none of which got used) and some after sun products too, just in case. Big shock, I took a full bottle of NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection and that's pretty much all I used on my face.[...]

What I Took On Holiday – Hair and Body (Holiday Heroes)

I've shared the (rather excessive) makeup I took away with me here, as well as the considerably more refined skincare here, now it's the hair and body products, which again were a lot more carefully selected than the abomination of makeup I selected. I'll also be sharing the sun care I took away, since I did quite a few features on sun care before I went, so I thought it might be of interest to see which bits made the cut. How cute are thes[...]

What I Took on Holiday – Makeup (Holiday Heroes)

You may have read my recent post on the skincare I took with me and thought how streamlined and carefully edited it was.  The exact opposite is the case here, I don't know why I felt the need to take so much makeup on holiday with me, but I did.  I think it's just because I have so many lovely products that I thought would be especially well-suited to holiday makeup looks, but really, there is no excuse for such excess. I took three palet[...]

What I Took On Holiday – Skincare (Holiday Heroes)

I went on holiday with the very best intentions, promising to maintain a solid skincare routine, do lots of treatments and masks, wear a high, daily SPF and return with skin glowing from TLC rather than excessive sun.  Other than wearing the daily SPF (Neostrata for life *bumps chest with fist*), my skincare routing was positively rubbish.  I did not one single mask, I barely cleansed (it was all very micellar-y) and I just about managed moistur[...]

Sun Care Finishing Touches

I've written quite a bit about sun care and SPF as part of my Holiday Heroes series, with this post looking at some of the finishing touches that can enhance the other products that fall under the sun care umbrella.  When I return from holiday, I'll do an overview of all the products that actually got used whilst I was away. I think hair can easily be neglected in the sun, but I try really hard to keep a close eye on mine, especially as it[...]

SPF Primers (Holiday Heroes)

I WILL help you find your perfect facial SPF.  As someone who finally cracked it this year, finding an array of SPFs that suit my varying news, I'm putting out lots of SPF-led content to help you find your new SPF love.  I've written a lovely big post on facial SPFs here, so if you're not sure where to start then there's a good spot, but if you know what you like and it's a SPF that'll double as a primer, thus saving a few precious minutes on yo[...]

Holiday Ready Feet with Margaret Dabbs and Sanctuary Spa (Holiday Heroes)

I forgot how much maintenance was necessary to get my woefully neglected body ready to be paraded around in a bikini - it almost doesn't seem worth it...almost.  I've got my waxing booked for tomorrow (it's been a while since I've had a wax, it's like being licked by puppies, right?), my lashes will be sorted at the weekend and today I made a start on my hands and feet with a gel manicure and pedicure.  My very kind therapist agreed to use some[...]

Sun Care Innovations (Holiday Heroes)

Just when you thought I had said all I needed to say about SPF and sun were wrong, I still have loads, starting with a look at these five great innovations in the sun care field: I've mentioned my love for Garnier Ambre Solaire in previous posts, so I'm excited to try their new UV Water Clear Sun Cream Spray SPF30, which sounds like it's designed to remove all the off-putting elements of sunscreen application, such as greasiness,[...]