While I was away on holiday last week, I took the opportunity to test out some new products – as well as whipping out a few bits and bobs that were gathering some dust all the way at the back of my beauty supply – and I came across a few corkers that I wanted to share with y’all.
Starting off with some new found favourites, we have the Bumble and Bumble Surf Travel Set (£18) and the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Travel Set (£19). I originally picked up the handy travel-sized Surf pouch up purely because I wanted something miniature that would be easy to travel with – but after a bit of careful consideration (all three seconds of it) decided to throw in the Invisible Oil selection too as I’d been eager to test out the range for a while and thought the travel set would be the perfect opportunity to test out a few of the products. Happily, both ranges get a big ole thumbs up from me; while the Surf selection offers a bit of body, bounce and texture (particularly the Surf Spray), the Invisible Oil smooths and softens the hair, while offering a handy bit of UV protection courtesy of the Primer. Both pouches come in a fair bit cheaper than your average B&B product, so if you’re eager to test out either of these ranges without committing to the full price, I can’t recommend these products more.
The other new product I popped into my last-minute Boots basket was a packet of the Soap & Glory Off Your Face Wipes (£4.50). Now I’m not normally a big fan of using face wipes but when it comes to a bit of low maintenance holiday skincare, I’m happy to make an exception. And I have to say I was pretty impressed with these wipes. They took off all manner of holiday dirt (SPF, sweat, sand – the whole shebang) without making my face feel at all dry or tight. They smell wonderful (just like the Ole Henriksen wipes) but won’t break the bank. All in all, a pretty sweet deal.
Then we move on to some old favourites that have for some reason gone a bit unloved of late. The Aussie Miracle Recharge Take The Heat Leave-In Conditioner (£4.49) has long been a favourite holiday staple but doesn’t tend to see a whole heap of action in my normal day-to-day routine – until now. This stuff left my hair feeling so smooth and nourished, even after a day in a chlorine-filled pool and 35 degree heat, and I doubt my locks would have made it through the week without it. Definitely one to bring out more frequently now I’m home, that’s for sure. Similarly, I bring out my Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara (£18) once every now and then but it just doesn’t get the regular recognition that it deserves; curling, volumising and lengthening, it does all kinds of great stuff to my lashes – and ensured they didn’t wilt in the heat, which was a huge bonus!
Last up, another eye product – the Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells (£2.99). Now as I”m sure you are all well aware by now, I have a lot of neutral eye palettes in my shadow stash and I’m not quite sure what it was about this one that captured my attention while packing my holiday beauty supply. But boy am I glad it ended up included in the mix because I’m pretty sure it ended up being the only thing that I wore on my eyes the entire time. The pinky-toned trio is just perfect for a subtle smokey eye and it worked really well both on my pale and pasty face at the start of the week and on my slightly tanned complexion later on. A real winner this one and oh-so travel friendly to boot.
So that’s my holiday all done and dusted – sob. Time to get back to the real world I guess…