Summer Holiday Essentials




Hey everyone! I’m back again with another summer-themed post, seeing as I’m going to be jetting off on holiday in just under 2 weeks, so my brain is just constantly in summer mode, especially given the great weather we’ve been having! With that being said, I’ve decided to share with you some of my essentials for bringing on holiday with me in the summer. These obviously aren’t the bare essentials you need to bring with you, but just some of the things I make sure to bring every year, as they really help make my holiday even better.

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A Nice Pair of Sunnies


Obviously an essential to bring with you if you’re holidaying in a warm and sunny country is a pair of sunglasses. I thought I’d just include these ones because they’re probably my favourite sunnies I’ve ever had, as I love how they’re quite small, meaning they don’t take over my whole face and you can see my eyebrows above them. I don’t know why this is something I like, but to me, I just look so much better when my eyebrows aren’t covered by huge frames. I also adore reflective sunglasses at the minute, as I think they give such a cool look to your overall outfit, so these ones are perfect for me. I picked these up last year in Topshop but I’ve seen them in stores this year (although I can’t find them to link, sorry), so have a look in your local Topshop for these!


Heat Protectant Mist


Heat protectant mists for your hair are always an essential for me all year round, but they’re definitely something I ensure to bring on holiday with me. I wash my hair a lot more often on holiday than I would at home, so it’s super important that my hair is protected from the heat of the hairdryer, straighteners, curlers and all that. Heat protectant sprays or conditioning mists are also great to apply during the day, for example when your hair is damp after just coming out of the pool, as it can help to keep it smooth and soft, as well as protecting it from the sun. I’ve also heard it’s good to apply something like this before you go into the pool or sea, to protect your hair from the chlorine et cetera. This *Multivitamin NourishingSpray from American English is my absolute favourite hear protectant, as it makes my hair sooo smooth and soft.



Mini Perfumes


I love a little spritz of perfume on a daily basis, but I’m not about to bring my huge, fragile bottles of Marc Jacobs with me in my suitcase (lol). For this reason, I’ve resorted to bringing little mini perfumes like rollerball ones or crayons. I’ve included in the above picture my favourites: a rollerball version of Soap and Glory’s Original Pink and Nicki Minaj’s Onika perfume, as well as a fragrance stick from Victoria’s Secret in ‘Tease’. These are easy to just pop in your suitcase and apply before you go out the door for the evening, and they won’t take up all that space in your suitcase.



Setting Spray


Setting spray is an essential for me all year round at home, but it’s particularly useful for me on holiday. I spritz a good load of this on at night after I’ve done my makeup, to ensure my makeup lasts all night in the humid air on holiday. My favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray.




After Sun


We all know what it’s like to get sun burnt on holiday, especially if you’re the colour of a milk bottle like me, and burn super easily. This means that one of my absolute essentials to bring on holiday is After Sun. It helps soothe any painful burns and helps to fade your sunburn a lot quicker. It’s also great to just apply all over your body as a moisturiser after being in the sun all day, to keep your skin lovely and hydrated and to stop your sunburns peeling. The one I’ve been using is this Soothing After Sun from Malibu which works really well.

Cleansing Oil


If you’ve been reading my latest skincare posts then you’ll know that I’ve been absolutely converted to cleansing oils to take off my makeup. They’re just so much more enjoyable to use than swiping a cotton pad with micellar water all over your face, and they make your skin feel so soft and cleansed. I think they’re great to bring on holiday because it means you don’t have to bring a ton of cotton pads or wipes with you. It also helps that they’re super moisturising, because when I’m on holiday I always notice I develop dry patches on my face, so this will hopefully prevent those. My fave cleansing oils are from DHC (you can read my review on this one here) and I would recommend them to anyone! This is a mini version of their Deep Cleansing Oil, which is not only adorable, but is perfect for travel. 


Face Sun Cream


Sun cream is obviously an essential on holiday, but in this post I’m going to be talking about sun cream for your face. I hate the feeling of sun cream on my face, as it just feels so sticky, heavy and gloopy, and it really does not work well with my oily and acne-prone skin. Therefore, I always ensure to use a sun cream which is formulated for the face, as they’re a lot less sticky and are lighter. My fave is this Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration one, which is the perfect travel size and is so easy and quick to apply. It blends into my skin easily, leaving it feeling soft and fresh, but not sticky or oily.




A Cute Passport Cover


I’m going to finish off this post with a random little favourite of mine: this adorable passport cover. I actually got this free in Superdrug last year (I think?) and I absolutely love it. Passport covers are great to take travelling, as it means you can easily tell apart everyone’s passport if you carry them all together. And of course, it’s just stylish and adorable, so why not?

 These are all my summer holiday essentials which just make life a little better on holiday and when travelling. What are your summer holiday essentials?

Thank you for reading! Lots of love,


Andrea x

Comments

  1. I'd be tempted to say that you need more than just one pair of sunny! ahah! but they are an essential! also, sun screen!

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    1. I do always bring 2 pairs of sunnies with me incase one breaks! Xx

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  2. Love this post. I think I take very similar products away with me, but like the above comment, I always take a few pairs of sunnies away with me! I like the idea of the small perfumes, it will come in really handy for hand luggage only trips!

    Aimsy xoxo

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    1. I do take 2 pairs of sunglasses with me incase one breaks, but these are my faves and the other ones are not as cute! Thanks for reading xx

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  3. setting spray is a must!! i love that particular one cause it really holds my foundation in place. really don't wanna your foundation smearing all over the place, not cute!!
    xo, nora

    http://simplymissnora.com/

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    1. I definitely agree, it’s not a good look! Xx

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  4. Love them sunglasses! I really need to get a new pair, especially ones that fit nicely on the face because most of them look huuuge on my face haha. I'm hoping to go on holiday later this year so this is a great list. That passport cover is cute! I've never thought of getting one tbh, but would love to see what other styles are out there!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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    1. I’m the same, sunglasses always look so huge on my face! I’d never thought about a passport cover either until I got this one, there are some super cute ones out there! Xx

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  5. I love buying things for my summer holidays! I'm a sucker for travel sized goodies like perfumes as well!
    This was a great post lovely, I can't wait to hear about your holiday!
    Love, Cally x

    www.lovecally.com

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    1. Aww thank you Cally! I’ll hopefully be doing a blog post all about my holiday when I’m back! Xx

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  6. I love that passport cover! The graphics are so cute! Thanks for sharing all your holiday beauty essentials. I'm terrible at narrowing down what I need when I go overseas. Those sunnies are really nice! For some reason, I always forget my sunglasses when I go away!

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    1. It is such a cute cover isn’t it? Glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading! Xx

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  7. Mini perfumes are great for going on holiday, they are perfect for traveling with. I loved all these products you have shared, they are all great suggestions. I also always take hand sanitiser too as a must. Lovely blog post x

    Steph
    stephhannam.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! Ahh yes I completely forgot about hand sanitiser, I take that everywhere with me! Xx

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  8. I always love a new pair of sunglasses! it is so important to keep your eyes protected from the sun's harmful rays and there's nothing better than a cute pair of sunnies. I didn't know there is a heat protectant mist! I need to go check that out! Mini perfumes are great - you don't need to dedicate to them and it's super portable!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  9. These are great year round, and ESPECIALLY for summer! I use the Hawaiian face sunblock too and I love it! It's the only brand that feels good on my skin and doesn't clog pores! I've been searching for a heat protector For awhile, I'm going to check this out out! Also UD setting spray is Holy Grail status, use it daily. Love it!!

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    1. The Hawaiian Tropic cream is the best isn’t it? Thanks for reading! Xx

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  10. I love that passport cover! I am super low maintenance, so the only thing on the list would be my sunglasses and I only have one pair because they're prescription - sad life. Lovely post and great ideas!

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  11. I'm exactly the same as you, always pack After Sun before we've even travelled as no matter how much factor 50 I plaster on my milk bottle skin I still end up burnt by the end of day one! This was a great post, I've never thought of taking little mini perfumes with me so I'll definitely use that tip next time. My main holiday essential is a few books, there's nothing better than relaxing by the pool/on the beach with a good book! I need to get myself a new Passport cover too, I'd love a Disney one so I'm off to hunt for one now. Great post!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. It’s such a struggle isn’t it? I don’t think I’ve ever not got sunburnt on holiday! There always seems to be a patch where I forget to put suncream as well 😂 yes I completely forgot about books! I’m so excited to read mine by the pool already! Oooh a Disney passport cover sounds like absolute goals! Xx

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  12. Face sun cream!! Ahh I couldn't go anywhere without it, normal suncream always leave my face feeling horrible and i always break out :( I love the No7 one - it's amazing! I'm such a milk bottle, it's unreal haha! These are all such good essentials <3

    Anne // basifpa-and-did.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely! I’m the exact same, literally anything breaks my skin out so I have to avoid normal suncreams like the plague! I’ve never seen the No.7 one but it sounds great, will have to check it out! Xx

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  13. Some great items in here to bring along on a summer trip for sure! I especially love little travel perfumes!

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  14. All of these are 100% my essentials but aftersun is probably top of the list for me, even if im not burnt it's just so soothing!

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    1. Definitely! I love using it after a day in the sun xx

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  15. Mini perfumes are such a brilliant idea for holidays! I found some nice Ted Baker ones for my holiday earlier this year. I’d love a Soap & Glory one too! Your passport case is awesome by the way! Great post Andrea <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. Thank you Bexa! Ooooh I’m sure the Ted Baker ones smell amazing! Xx

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  16. Love all the malibu sun care products they are always in my bag whenever I travel! And iv only taken full size perfumes on holiday the mini ones are such a great ide for travelling! Great post x

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