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I’ve got 89 days until I go Greek Island hopping… Yes, I’m counting.
I was excited to be asked to put together my very own Travel Supermarket #BeautyandtheBeach2 holiday look. It’s the perfect opportunity to share my excitement for sun, sea, sand and simple summer beauty staples with all you lovely people.
Last year, JMG and I spent two weeks on the beautiful island of Skiathos. It was the perfect opportunity to let our hair down, eat delicious food, and enjoy Greek Island life at its very best.
Of course, your holiday hair, nails and makeup
should look like itrequires little to no effort. Here are a few of my favourite hair and beauty essentials to keep you looking your most beach-goddess-y fabulous-est! (I know that isn’t even a word or phrase, I just needed something that would describe the images I’ve pulled from Pinterest…)
I’m never a poker-straight hair kind of girl.
I adore tumbly, tousled, slightly bedraggled looking, wavy holiday hair. If you take just a few little items with in your suitcase make sure it’s a decent conditioner, a pack of hair grips - to create a multitude of styles including this cute pulled-back plaited long-hair-and-a-pony creation above and some sort of surf hair spray - this Bumble + Bumble one gets fab reviews and adds a bit of texture to ‘just-washed’ hair to create a sexy wavy look.
If you fancy learning how to create tousled beach hair at home check out my blog post.
How many times have we tried to recreate that ‘I’ve just been on holiday look’ at home in the drizzly UK? A good bronzer is one of my make-up day-to-night staples and can really help give your face not only a youthful glow but also some definition - we’re not all born with cut-glass cheekbones…
I like to cut-back on the amount of products I take away with me. After packing a decent moisturiser, cleanser, toner, etc - I insist of a selection of bronze/gold eyeshadows, mascara, a kohl pencil and my liquid eyeliner and also a light dab of bronzer to make my face look at bit more polished. The Avon Multi Stylo has been around for YEARS but it is very very good. I think my Mum and Nan first introduced me to it years back. It’s very affordable too and will last you ages. Finish off with a slick of natural pink lipgloss - it’ll do wonders for your sun-kissed pout.
Whether you’re indulging yourself with a spa treatment - a much-needed mani/pedi combination or you’ve decided to save your pennies for cocktails and are going to work DIY wonders on your mits and tootsies, having pretty nails can be a perfect pick-me-up.
I opted for a DIY ocean blue with crackle effect to replicate the cerulean hues often associated with Greece. I can dream…
If you fancy creating your own Travel Supermarket Beauty and the Beach 2 hair, makeup and nails look and being in with the chance of winning upto £1500 to spend on your next holiday, you can enter the competition here.
No this was… @marcosdot here! #nails
SS13 pastel nail colour options @OPINAILS @avon_uk @nailsinc @essie @BarryMCosmetics. Sugary sweet shades include: French manicure cream, sumner place yellow, better together pale pink, peach melba, bright pink, mint green, borrowed and blue. #nails #pastel #girl #spring #summer #bbloggers #nailpolish #colour #whattowear
I received a little package in the post this morning but it doesn’t say who from? @elleuk it was full of #Bourgois goodies, was this my magazine subscription free gift?? Or just a kind little anonymous pressie?? I love the #RougeEdition 08 Rose Studio pink lipstick. Going for a neon look this weekend! #lfw #beauty #bestoftheday #girl #nails
Queuing up for @krystofstrozyna #AW13 #LFW. #freemasonshall #london #fashion #invite #show #designer #neon #nails #photo #bestoftheday
My olive @OPINAILS + sparkly @topshop glitter polish matches my @ybdfashion @sophie_hulme tote bag!
Lips & nails. Going dark and vampy this evening to add a nice bit of contrast to my pretty crochet collar blouse.
Monday night nail painting. Base = @NailsInc #PorchesterSquare & Glitter = #modelsown #discoinferno. #Fashion #style #blogger #whattowear #inspiration #photo #me #girl #beauty #hair #print #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #instapic #nails #whatiwore #igdaily #london #fashiondiaries #aw12 #instafashion
I had a really great evening, last night, at The Trafalgar Hotel, London. The rain may have been pouring down outside, but inside… the urban hits were flowing as were the glasses of Christmas sparkly fizz, twinkly Leighton Denny Nail Polishes and buffed mini-mani’d hands, courtesy of the lovely people at Urban Retreat Beautique at Home. I’d never heard of the Urban Retreat at Home strand before, and it turns out it’s right up my street! Move over Avon.
I also bumped into a couple of my favourite Fashion & Style Bloggers, the first time I’ve done so since moving to London at the beginning of October. Say hello to Sarah of Style on the Couch and Anna of South Molton Street Style, and Mr Reindeer. It is great to finally meet them in person and say hello, I’d love to meet you both again soon and not be running around like a whirling dervish.
I tried and tested (it wasn’t too much of a hardship, I can assure you) the Pure Lochside complimentary hand massage, which was demonstrated using the delicious smelling Organic Sugar Body Scrub, £23 and their Calm and Soothe Luxury Balm, £37. I just wish I could’ve slipped into full-on Spa mode and had an all-over Body Scrub/ Massage, but alas! that was not to be.
Post hand massage I sat down ready for my free mini manicure. I opted to have my nails painted in Leighton Denny, ‘Man Eater’ Black. A hard shade to wear, just because it is so damn difficult to apply… on your own. A little file and polish, by someone else, goes a long way. I think my friend Emily, with her gold sparkly nails, opted for Leighton Denny’s ‘Starlet’ shade, perfect for her office Christmas party!
It was a pretty varied night really, you had the likes of R&B recording artist Lemar saunter in to meet his pal, Beverley Knight. Then you had, up-and-coming Fashion Illustrators such as Juliet Jackman, from whom I bought a lovely hand-drawn Christmas card and Zarina Liew, who drew me my very own fashion illustration style portrait and then Thorntons throwing truffles at people! Ok, so they weren’t really throwing them, they were giving them away nicely and just happened to fall down mine and Roz Beautique’s throats and land in our tummy’s.
I also tried Cake Pops by Pop Kakery, which came in rather tasty Red Velvet and Carrot Cake versions, to name but a few. Mmm. It looks like people might be moving on from cupcakes?
Photography © Lucie Kerley (iPhone 5)
I’ve gone for a @BootsNo7 @BeautyAtBoots #PearlyPink shade polish on my toes. (A pretty colour, not so pretty feet…) #Fashion #style #blogger #whattowear #inspiration #photo #me #girl #redhead #hair #print #fblogger #clothes #ootd #wiwt #instapic #outfit #whatiwore #igdaily #london #fashiondiaries #aw12 #instafashion #nails #nailart
Festive glittery nail polishes! @butterLONDON #lovelyjubbly @modelsown #discoinferno @topshop #gypsynight @ORLYBeautyUK #Glowstick <—- reserved for next summer. #Fashion #style #blogger #whattowear #inspiration #photo #me #girl #beauty #glitter #fblogger #nails #instapic #outfit #whatiwore #igdaily #london #fashiondiaries #aw12 #bblogger #triedandtested
Lunch time nail-painting @kewgardens!
Wearing @URBeautique @OPINAILS #VodkaandCaviar shade of red & a clear topcoat. Love it!
Check out the nail colours available at Urban Retreat’s Beautique.
Nice! Love it! @barrymcosmetics ( My @katestansfield birthday nail gift) #Denim #325 #bestoftheday #beauty #triedandtested #whattowear #style #nails #inspiration #photo #girly #blue #me #makeup #polish (Taken with Instagram)
About to paint my nails with @barrymcosmetics denim blue, #325 Nail Paint.
Thanks @katestansfield. PamperTime.
My lovely pressies from @katestansfield #SpoilAFriendMakeHerDay Love you! Xx