When I go on holiday my skin and hair seem to go one of two ways, either HORRIFIC or glowing and natural and there doesn’t seem to be anything in between (sadly the latter is rare). I went away for 10 days this Summer and before I went my skin decided to be the worst it has been in about a year, I was planning on not wearing any make-up however it wasn’t an option due to my lack of self-confidence when I got out there. I have been reading “My Perfect Skin” by Alexandra Soveral leant to me by a lovely client for a while and I thought I would read up on her take on SPF. I am very careful with mine and make sure I wear factor 50 during the day or 30 at night and nothing less! I did realise this is probably not going to help with my skin as SPF is so heavy whether it is natural based or not. I use Vita Liberata which is natural based however in this book Alexandra does explain that as soon as you are inside and away from the sun your SPF should come off to let the skin breath. I did give this a go but it was actually quite hard to remember to do so, especially so chilled out it!
Long story short my skin did not play ball this Summer and luckily Faro, Portugal had a Sephora so I headed there to help find something to help and also just spoil myself a bit! So here is what I brought with me/what I bought there…. I haven’t added links because you can get all of these from different places.
Odette, Vita Liberata Trystal Bronzer (£33)
I think I have mentioned this in every single blog post I have done and that is because it is amazing! You wouldn’t normally need foundation on when using this when away but I needed a bit more coverage. It is matte so looks super natural and also tans the skin when wearing it so it is amazing and a holiday essential in my books.
ASOS, Ouai Ombre Spray (£20)
I bought this on ASOS before I went away because I FELL FOR THE HYPE! But I honestly don’t regret it and I have been using it since I got home as well. Not sure if it actually did make my hair lighter or if it was just the usual sun but it definitely stopped my hair going that yellowey sunny colour! It really did give my hair a nice beachy wave which made it more manageable and like I had made an effort with my hair which was good!
Oozoo Bear Radiance Mask, Premium Black Shot & Hydro Lift (£8-£12)
I am going to admit that I am not a big fan of masks…I know controversial but they are so fussy and annoying that most of the time I have to gear myself up to do one. But these ones are super cool! Two come with syringe’s to fill up the mask with product and the bear one you have to pop a bubble in the top to release the product. So as much as I enjoyed the packaging I did have much hope for the actual mask but they were actually really nice. I haven’t tired the Premium Black Shot one because I am waiting for a special occasion to give that a go but the other two were lovely. The Bear one I used on holiday because I needed a glow more than anything but it didn’t leave my skin oily which was nice and the Hydro-Lift when I got back as I needed a serious hydration boost. The most fiddly bits of all of this was the packaging but it was also quite fun, but the masks themselves were great! Not too sticky or messy and stay on without you having to lie down like you’re in a coma. All in all really good and not that expensive considering how much brands are trying to charge nowadays!
Sephora Own Brand Lychee Eye Masks (£4)
This one was cooling and smelt nice. I am a sucker for an eye mask that is literally the only reason I bought it. I had to much sleep on holiday didn’t even really need it but it did the job.
Sephora Own Brand Detoxifying Foam Cleanser (£9)
I desperately needed this when away! I stupidly only bought a Caudalie Miceller Water which didn’t remove all of my SPF most of the time and blocked my skin. I rarely buy a mouse anyway let alone an OWN brand one but I needed to strip my skin of everything and detox it badly. This was actually really nice it had charcoal (do not use if you have sensitive skin) and didn’t leave my skin felling THAT dry but it did feel clean and like a good canvas to put on my serum, eye cream and tinted moisturiser. So it did help and at only £9 roughly it really did the job.
TonyMoly Egg Pore, Blackhead Steam Balm (£12 roughly)
Korean beauty is such a big thing now and when you go into any Sephora they dedicate a whole area to it and the stuff is really cool! It is all so different and colourful and in no way trying to be cool or “informative” or edgy like some skincare brands. It is making skincare fun and I am all for it! This balm was amazing especially if you like a hot shower it steams while you’re in there, two birds one stone and all that! It also looks really cute in your bathroom.
Around the nose and chin area it was perfect for me and gave me a good cleanse after a day in the sun, pool beach etc. I am still using it three times a week since I have got home and it still works well and smells lovely!
They had loads of different ones so if you are near a Sephora go and have a look it’s really cute.
I have added photos at the bottom to show you how bad my skin was and how it looked after, no filters used! It is really difficult when you suffer with bad skin to find a middle ground of letting the skin breath but still wear something. My next blog post will be about breakouts/acne, so many women come into the shop and talk about it and I feel like it’s something that needs to be addressed more! If there are any direct questions you want answered about skin or what I have tried/not tried let me know in the comments!
(The tan helped!)