Yes, I know, it’s been a few days since I’ve updated my blog… but I have been relaxing in the fantastic and charming Portugal! I always try to avoid packing a heavy beauty-bag for my holiday, but some stuff is always necessary! Even when staying in the middle of nowhere, in between vineyards and green, sparsely inhabited mountains, as we did in Portugal…
First of all, I took a sublime sun protection cream with me: the ‘Rituals Sun protection Face Cream SPF 30′. It smells heavenly (Organic White Tea & Ginkgo Biloba), contains a UVA ànd UVB filter, vitamine E, it works as an anti-age-cream, ànd it’s waterproof… perfection!
On my nails, I put a thin layer of Yves Rocher’s ‘Base for strong nails’, a translucent nail polish that protects your nails and makes them shine. I did this the day before I left on holiday, and for the whole 10 days I needn’t to do anything else to my nails! You can also use this nail polish as a base underneath a bright summery colour, of course!
When I swim and sunbathe all day long, my hair becomes even drier as hay. I then need something to nourish my hair, so that I can at least comb it after washing it… I took the ‘Wella Enrich Hydrating Mask’ with me this holiday, and it worked like a charm! I used it together with the Wella Enrich shampoo and conditioner. I’m so hooked to this range of haircare-products, I think I’m going to get me the Wella Enrich Elixir as well!
As for make-up, I only took a few basics with me.
I brought the new Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion mascara with me, a mascara that gives length ànd volume to the lashes: ideal for a little glam when going out for dinner and cocktails at night.
(Max Factor is available in Belgium at the Kruidvat-stores)
To enhance the soft glow on tanned skin, it’s always nice to use a bronzer. I am especially a fan of liquid or cream-formula-bronzers, such as the MAC Surf Baby Skin Sheen Bronzer Stick. They are easier to blend (and thus easier to correct if you put too much in the wrong place :-P). The colour ‘Tan Tint’ is a perfect multi-purpose product by the way. As I didn’t bring a lot of make-up with me, I also used this MAC Bronzer Stick to contour under my cheekbones, to give depth to the crease of my eyes (in a natural way), and I even used it (with a small brush) to define my eyebrows! (Although I would only advise this if you have a copper-brownish haircolour, like me). If you want it, you have to be quick though, because the MAC ‘Surf Baby’ collection is a Limited Edition!
Finally: my lip-routine!
First, I applied the New York Color Lip Stain, a fan-tas-tic product if you want a long-lasting lipcolour-result. It kinda looks like a pink magic marker, but it works: the lips absorb the colour pigments. After a few minutes, I usually took the remaining product off again with a tissue, for a subtle effect.
As the lip stain only applies colour, not shine or care, I used a gloss afterwards.
I took my ‘DuWop Lip Venom’ with me, the famous, very first lip plumper on the market. It tingles and makes the lips swell a little bit, as well as moisturising them. In Belgium, you can find this product in the ‘Cosmeticary’-shops, in Brussels or Antwerp.
That was it, my holiday-beauty-routine… And now, back to work, I’ve got some busy weeks ahead!