I feel that the name of this blog post is a little misleading as I didn’t actually finish all of these products but the large majority were finished/close to finishing or I left them in Portugal for next summer as I wouldn’t be needing them in the current weather we’re getting in the UK.

I went through a lot of sunscreen this holiday and quickly found that aerosols are my favourite as they’re really quick and easy to apply. Towards the end of my holiday I was using the Kiko Wet & Dry Sunscreen which I really liked, it applied easily- which meant I applied it regularly- it’s a really easy consistency to blend and a really light weight. I also loved using the Hawaiian Topics Sun Spray Lotion and Lancaster Milky spray, both SPF15 but really kept me protected without a sticky feeling or white cast behind. I’ve said it numerous times but I really do think the best suncream is the Vichy SOS Balm, I didn’t quite finish it this year as the weather was only decent but I’d highly recommend it if you’re going away somewhere hot.

I also almost finished two Clarins Travel sizes; the HydraQuench cream and the eye makeup remover- I loved both of these items this August and used them daily. The eye makeup remover removed every little bit of mascara or eyeliner which I find is particularly important on holiday when I want to jump into a pool. The HydraQuench cream is one I’ve used for year but had put aside but I’ve fallen back in love with it. I have pretty dehydrated skin and it’s just perfect for injecting life and moisture back into it and I think I’ll make it my holiday cream from now on.

Before coming away on holiday I decided to book in for a few pre-holiday treatments, some essentials and some were just little treats.

My first one was at the Clarins counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street, they have a great little section off the shop floor where you can choose from facials and massages, they are each 30 minutes and cost only £25 which I think is excellent value for money and great for anyone that doesn’t have much time. I went for the Get Glowing Facial which was excellent but I am very tempted to go back for a massage once I am back in the UK.

A holiday essential is waxing, I went to Wax in the City which is a walk in salon offering only waxing and based on the Kings Road. I would say it was the least painful Brazilian wax I have ever had and I’m a real baby when it comes to waxing. It’s a great place to go if like me you always forget to book before hand but I also find they’re real experts in waxing and it far less painful.

For my mani/pedi I turned to PRIV an app which allows you to book treatments and beauticians to come straight to your house/office. I’m still not 100% sure if I would want a massage in my own house as I think it may almost take the luxurious and spa like feeling out of it but it’s perfect for a manicure/pedicure, especially in the winter when you want to get your toes painted as you won’t need to put your shoes on to get home after. My mani/pedi was by Anna and she done a really great job, have it at home meant I didn’t have to spend time travelling to and from the salon which was great as I hadn’t finished all my packing. I got shellac on my finger nails and normal polish on my toes, as they are mobile they’re colour selection isn’t enormous but it was enough and I love the colour I chose.

At Heathrow Terminal Two I also made the most of World Duty Free’s free mini treatments which are available to everyone. I had a neck and hand massage from Elizabeth Arden, a skin consultation from Khiels and had my makeup done at Nars, they’re all really great if you have some extra time to kill before your flight and are looking to try some of their brands. I also picked up a few items in World Duty Free but I have a haul coming soon.

Back in the UK tomorrow so hopefully normal blogging will return shortly, sorry about the lack of posts but theres just not good enough internet in the middle of nowhere in Portugal.

It does seem to be cooling down just a little in London but I feel that we can’t complain too much as we have had some glorious days filled with sun and sometimes almost unbearable heat. I must admit that I like that sun. I feel that I shouldn’t but getting a real tan still fills me with joy although i am trying my best to stay sun safe and I should probably point out that I am very lucky that I don’t typically burn.

I am always most careful with my face and really try to avoid having my face in the sun as the thought of wrinkles and age spots scares me. If I am not wearing makeup than I love the Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream for face but otherwise go for the Radical Skin Perfecting Screen as I find it sits perfectly under makeup. When I am sitting out in the sun I always have a hat, I picked up this straw one from New Look recently and I really like it, if I forget my hat or I’m at the beach then I often use a scarf/towel/t-shirt to shield my face as well as always wearing a pair of sunglasses, I am in love with my Quay pair at the moment!

I am slightly less careful with my body and do like to tan a little although I am making an effort to use a higher SPF, recently I have been going for the Clinique SPF 30 Body Cram which isn’t sticky and has protected my skin really well over the last few weeks.

To stay hydrated I think refillable bottles of water are the best, I always have one in my handbag and one in the fridge along with a facial spray to keep me cool throughout the day.

The Vichy Capital Soleil is in my opinion the best aftersun and I always take a bottle on holiday with me for any burns and it has helped some of my family/friends that have really been quite significantly burnt. If there is no sign of redness but I just want to cool the skin a little and keep it hydrated then I reach for Garnier After Sun and the Nivea Sun In Shower Refreshing Aftersun  which is quite a nice summer body wash. I don’t usually keep my aftersun in the fridge but I completely get why people do, might start doing it too.

I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll do another similar post with what sun care products I am loving on holiday.

I’m currently working on something which is making me lose sleep every night (more on that later) so I have been trying hard to make my skin look presentable and more awake.

I always like to start and finish the day with a good cleanser, I’ve spoken about it quite a bit recently but I find that the Omorovicza Thermal Cleanser is my go to when my skin need some TLC. I love it in the evening as I can really use it for a facial massage but in the morning it’s great to really get the bloody flowing and feed the skin too.

I then like Clinique Turnaround Daytime Moisturiser as I find it to be lightweight but also hydrating and luminous which helps create a wide-awake glow. If my skin feels particularly dehydrated and I want light coverage foundation then I have been mixing Sarah Chapman Morning Facial with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua as I find it leaves a beautiful healthy looking dewy finish and light coverage.

Although it’s tempting to pack on the makeup when I’m tried I find that it can quickly look cakey and make me look even more tired. I’m looking to buy a corrector (recommendations below please) but have recently just been covering circles and blemishes with Clarins Instant concealer as I find it’s creamy but also offers nice coverage. I also find that curling my eyelashes and a good lashing of mascara to really help define and open up the eyes.

Hoping my routine holds up over the next few days before I have time to get my beauty sleep…

It’s no secret that I love fake tan but when picking between skincare and fake tan, skincare wins 80% of the time especially as most (face) fake tans aren’t really designed to be applied over moisturiser. Recently I have been saying yes to both skincare and fake tan by simply adding a few drops of the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster to both my face cream and body cream.

The original face one has been around for a while although the body one was only released last week. Clarins do some great tanning products (and sun care too actually!) but the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster  is a real gem. I simply add it to my moisturiser, a few drops will do, everyday as I usually would apply my moisturiser and once I have reached my desired tan I simply apply less drops of tan.

It’s a really subtle and natural looking colour (just add more drops for a darker tan), with no fake-tan-scent but I still like to apply it at night.  The colour is really customisable and I just love that I can still to my usual creams. I don’t actually use a mitt to apply this I wash my hands once I have finished with warm soapy water and have never woken up with orange palms.

It’s also perfect to travel with, as they are quite small bottles but since the product is so concentrated they actually last a long time. I think I’ll be using this all year round, especially on holiday when I want to go bare faced and bare legged but just need a little tan to add a nice subtle glow.

A little less scary than usual fake tan, it’s as easy as applying a moisturiser.