Beauty: Holiday Highlights


Holidays are always exciting. Sunshine, sea, sangria. That sweet smell of sun-cream. You glow from a day in the sun, and for once you’re actually relaxed.

Packing and planning for holidays? Not so exciting. So, we’ve taken the heat off of figuring out which beauty products to pack this year, as we bring you best of summer beauty.

Skincare Is Sexy…

Sun protection doesn’t have to mean oily skin and clogged pores. Most sufferers of acne-prone skin will be familiar with La Roche-Posay’s much-loved Effaclar Duo, which clears out pores, balances skin and acts on acne scarring and existing imperfections. This year the brand has introduced a new formulation with SPF 30 protection, making it a perfect base for sunny days.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ SPF 30, £16.50. Available at Boots!



Get The Glow!

Relaxing on holiday gives you a certain kinda’ glow that can never be achieved at home. Reflect that feeling on the outside with a gorgeous highlight with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder.

The Ambient Lighting Palette uses ground-breaking Photoluminescent Technology to mimic the flattering effect of three different light sources, each one creating its own multi-dimensional glow. Universally suitable for all skin tones, they cleverly filter out harsh light to conceal pores, imperfections and lines, day or night.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, £59. Available at Selfridges.



Turn Around Bright Eyes

Bright eyes have been all over the runway this SS18, with 80s style make up back in. Bright eyes are a quick and easy way to create a maximum look, with minimal effort. Inglot’s AMC pure pigment is the best way to create big impact as the highly concentrated loose coloured powder ranges from subtle to ultra-intense effects depending on application. The product contains sponge gourd oil and almost 90% pure pigment. Big, bright, bold and beautiful.

AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow Pot, sold by weight, not volume. Get your 80s aesthetic now at Inglot.



Your Lips But Better

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillowtalk is a favourite amongst instagrammers, influencers and beauty gurus alike. And for good reason. It’s the ultimate ‘your lips but better’ look – perfect for your no-make-up make up days on holiday.

The colour enhances the natural hue of your lips, so you can CHEAT a perfect pillow-y pout in seconds. Enriched with soothing orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts, lips appear fuller and wider, with a softer, more youthful feel. Finished with an angled square tip, apply straight from the bullet for the best lips of your life!

Charlotte Tilbury, Pillow Talk Matte Revolution Lipstick, £24. Get your perfect pout from House of Fraser now…



Better Than Sex? No Panda Eyes!

Too-Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara is absolutely key if you plan on a dip in the pool. The formula is absolutely splashproof, so you can achieve a dramatic eye look for the right reason (not a panda eye)…

The iconic hourglass shaped brush unlocks the collagen fuelled formula that thickens, lengthens and curls for extreme volume and dramatic lashes. One coat and lashes are full, defined, and stretched to unbelievable lengths.

Two-Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, £19. Find it in the Debenhams’ Beauty Hall.



Smells Like Summer…

Having a summer scent is perfect when you want to reminisce back over the long summer days. One whiff of that holiday perfume and suddenly you’re transported back. & Other Stories have the perfect holiday check-in bag liquid solution, as well as a series of fantastically remarkable scents. Sicilian Sunrise brings freshly picked lemons tickling sun-warmed wood to new life – captured in every drop of this travel-friendly roll-on perfume oil. Now that sounds like summer.

Sicilian Sunrise Perfume Oil, £12. Available at our Oxford Street & Other Stories‘ store!




Let Your Skin Breathe!

Cult US beauty brand IT Cosmetics is finally available in the UK, and the product you need to try immediately is the stellar Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. Acting as a moisturiser, SPF 50 sunscreen and foundation in one, it provides great coverage as well as protecting against sun damage. A holiday must.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, £30. Available at




Protect Those Beachy-Waves

Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial, but what about your hair? Mist on Philip Kingsley’s Sun Shield whilst poolside to guard against colour fade, sun damage and dryness caused by UV rays, chlorine and salt water.

Philip Kingsley Sun Shield, £22. Available at our John Lewis Flagship Store.




Set Your Tan

The perfect way to build a tan is to exfoliate first! It’s the rules, it works. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel does exactly what it says on the tin; removes all the impurities, pollution and dead skin to reveal a fresh glow. The transforming gel-to-peel technology traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin – creating a perfect base for that summer holiday glow.

Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel, £18. Available at The Body Shop store on Oxford Street!