Wednesday, 12 September 2012

holiday products and reviews

When I went on holiday I took a lot of products with me but most of them were small. I had either used the product before or I was using my holiday to trial the product so here's my thoughts on some products I took on holiday.

PS. There's a mixed lot here...nail, hair, scent and skin products...

Sure Long Lasting Protection, Clear Pure Crystal (£1.63, Superdrug)
Before I went on holiday I was running out of deodorant and obviously everyone needs an anti-perspirant on holiday. My Garnier one wasn’t cutting it anymore so I asked my friends what they used and my friend Lydia recommended this Sure one. I’m glad I got this because it’s a very good anti-perspirant. It doesn’t last 48 hours like it claims but do any of them? This is on offer at the moment in most places so get your hand on some.
Superdrug Nail Polish Remover (mini, 79p)
I actually got this is my stocking last Christmas and I found it in my products box just before going away. It was the perfect size to take with me on holiday and it’s a decent remover. So cheap so worth a holiday buy.
Rimmel 5 in 1 Nail Treat Base & Top Coat, Total Action Care (£4.59)
This is my go-to nail product. It’s a five in one which means you only need to take one polish rather than a base and a coat. I have used this for years and it’s well worth the money. It lasts a pretty long time considering and it prevents chips extremely well. My nails are never discoloured or brittle either.
Models Own Hedkandi, Hedonist (£5, 10% student discount/free delivery at ASOS, offers on Models Own)
Staying with nail products this was the only nail polish I wore/took on holiday. I only had to reapply once and that was mainly due to me biting. My toe nails were completely in place despite wearing flip flops and sandles all week and in the sand and sea most days. I was really impressed with how Hedonist managed in the conditions and it’s an amazing holiday shade, especially with a tan!
Soap & Glory, The Righteous Butter (mini, £2.50)
So I bought some Soap & Glory minis for my holiday because they were on offer and I’d never owned Soap & Glory products before. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the Righteous Butter unfortunately. Compared to my cheapish body moisturiser, I found this really sticky after application. I’m not sure whether I applied it right or used too much but I wasn’t entirely convinced by its moisturising abilities. Its such a shame I didn’t get on well with it though because the smell is amazing!
Soap & Glory, Hand Food (£2.50, Boots)
Now this however, I love! It smells gorgeous and it feels really moisturising without being sticky. I can’t pick any holes out of the Soap & Glory packaging; it’s amazing and probably my favourite out of most skincare. This is definitely worth a purchase for your hand bag!
Tresemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray (mini)
I use the bigger version of this every day so I knew I had to take this in some form because of the heat my hair would endure all week. I found this adorable mini version in Boots so grabbed it with the others. This is definitely a must for me; my hair never feels great on a holiday what with swimming in the sea and pool, sand and using heat tools. This is so cheap and small it’s definitely a worthwhile purchase for a holiday. It really is amazing at taming your hair and keeping the split ends away.
Lee Stafford Hairspray (mini)
I needed to take a hairspray with me to help hold my curls. This was the only really mini hairspray I could find. It’s a firm hold so it means you get really awful crispy hair if you spray too much. It smells really strong and not nice at all. I wouldn’t ever buy this in big form. The only good thing about this is the cute pink bottle.
Nivea Pearl & Beauty Anti-Perspirant (mini)
I wanted to take a really mini anti-perspirant with me so I could take it in my beach bag when I went out for the day. I have to be honest and say that I never really needed this thanks to the Sure Anti-Perspirant!
Impulse, Romantic Spark (£1.99)
I’ve spoken about this scent before but I knew I had to take one of these on holiday with me to quickly spray over me whenever (instead of wasting my perfume). Although I always used to see Impulse as a teenager thing, I’ve started really liking some of the scents. This one is my favourite and it doesn’t smell cheap at all. If anything this is a dupe for Marc Jacobs Daisy. I’ve also recently purchased the new scent, Sweet Smile as it was on offer and it is surprisingly very nice. It is very sweet but I like that.
Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream x2, Fairy Cake & Cotton Candy, (£2.99)
So I’ve shared my love for these before on my blog but I’m loving them all over again. I decided to take them on holiday with me because they’re light and cheap which meant I wouldn’t have been too upset if I lost them. They were so great to quickly apply for the day or night and I find them pretty long lasting so they were definitely my go-to lip products for my holiday. I love that I brought a pink and a coral shade which meant I had two different variations.

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