When I go away for a short period of time I try to take only the bare essentials of my skincare routine. I leave my exfoliating toners, masks, eye makeup removers and facial brushes for when I am at home as it saves me having to carry them (and means I can take more makeup!)

Most importantly for me is a good cleanser, it’s the perfect relaxing end to the day and I expect it to remove all my makeup. Luckily I have a travel friendly of my favourite, the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, it removes all my makeup easily meaning I save space by not needing to take eye makeup remover.

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is one item which I never travel without, wether I’m going on a 5 hour flight or simply for a night away this always come. I find it to be very soothing and although it may not make a huge difference to my skin its one which I love to use and that doesn’t take up much time. I often use it over my makeup too, as a setting spray or just to freshen up my makeup a little.

The Estee Lauder Advance Night repair face and eye serum are my favourite duo, as although they I use them in the evening I can also use them in the morning for a little extra TLC. They both sink in easily but leave my skin looking glowy and hydrated, it’s my favourite step after cleansing as I find my skin really loves it.

Finally a cream which I use both day and night is the Embroyolisse Lait-Creme, I love the size of this one and I sometime use it on my body, meaning that it does three jobs in one!

What products do you always travel with?

I like to start the new year with two main think; 1. a clean room 2. freshly pampered and since it is the last Sunday of the year today seems like the perfect year to achieve at least the latter.

The Body Shop Body Butter here*// Xen Tan Exfoliator here* // Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair here // Bleach London Mask here// Moroccan Oil Treatment here // Clarins Brightening Toner here // Aromatherapy Associates Minis here

The reason I start this task a few days in advance is to remove all of my fake tan which I have only half heartedly removed throughout the year. This for me always required a few soaks in the bath and a good exfoliating session so takes at least two days. I start with a nice long relaxing bath, in which I exfoliate with a glove and also my favourite scrub plus I also take the time to shave as I find it helps with the tan removal.  After the bath I like to use thick body butters for an intensive moisturise.

For my hair I give it a nice long mask which I actually put in 30 minutes before getting in the bath and wrap it in a towel. Once I’ve washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo in my roots I follow it with Moroccan oil to leave it extra shiny.

Of course my skin also needs lots of TLC especially in this cold weather. I go for a good cleanse, face mask, exfoliator, face oil and moisturiser to keep my skin healthy and hydrated.

I’ll start my fake tanning again in the next few days so I can have a nice deep tan by the start of 2014!

What do you do before the start of a new year? 
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Sadly, we have come to the end of my guest bloggers for this round but we have a great post to finish it off! I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria from In The Frow at an event a few months back and have been reading her blog ever since. Not only does she post about great beauty products but she has the most incredible hair and style! She is also lucky enough to be trekking around the US for the next few months so have a look at her social media and blog to keep up with her travels. As today is the official start of summer I thought it would be great to get a glimpse into Victoria’s summer must haves….

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Whether at home or away, we all flock to the smallest glimpse of sunlight. The summer holiday is usually everyone’s favourite time in the year and the thing they remember that year by. Yet, although it may be everyone’s favourite time, so many people seem to forget to how to look after themselves when the sun starts shining. It is seen as a hassle to coat yourself in sun saving products, although it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many products out there that are perfect for saving your skin but also amazing and special to apply. Being in the sunshine no longer needs to be an issue for your skin but a time to break out some of your favourite products. Here are just a few that I love that you may like to add to your sunshine collection.
The best tinted moisturiser I have ever tried with amazing coverage and a high factor 30. Perfect for every day in the sunshine to make you look radiant whilst also saving your skin.
A beautiful and light product to apply over moisturiser and before foundation that contains a super high SPF50. A saviour for those with super pale skin and a layer you wont even feel on your skin whilst it works its magic. 
An amazing salt spray that creates gorgeous beach waves even when you’re miles away from the sea. A few spritz of the spray into dry hair will separate sections of the hair into waves without the dry, crispy texture. 
Nivea Sun Protect and Bronze SPF20 – £8.49
Probably the most important sun essential is sun protection. This product is brilliant as it contains bronzing ingredients that help the skin to prepare for the sunshine whilst protecting it from the harmful rays. 
When the sun comes out, so do the flip flops and tiny sandals which means that blister will probably be an issue at some point. These are literally the best thing for blisters you will ever use and within a few days they can be removed to reveal healed skin. 
This is amazing to keep by your side whenever you go to the beach or the pool on holiday, or even just in the sunsine at home. You spray it onto your dry hair or even after washing, to add a further conditioning product that can be left in. This will begin to protect and repair your hair, especially from the sunlight and you will find that beachy hair will feel much easier to work with after a spritz of the nourishing oil. 
Having a hair bobble handy for any time you get out of the pool or need to tie your hair up out of the wind is something we all wish we had sometimes. These from Goody, sold in Boots and most other drugstores are Ouchless as they do not include a silver fixture in the centre of the band. Instead, the bobble is elastic all the way round so that you do not end up pulling your hair out. 
This is easily the best after sun I have used and includes a tan maintainer which works its magic overnight to help you build up a beautiful tan. As I am so pale, I like to use this more than actually trying to tan in the sun, as the tan I get from this is better than the lobster red I would usually turn. 
These are from Topshop, but any sunglasses with UV protection are absolutely essential at any time you go out in the sunshine. Your eyes are so sensitive, as is the skin around them, so protecting them at all times is essential. 
The only top and bottom coat I ever use and the product that turned by nails around from broken to super strong. I apply this before and after nail colours and the difference in my nails is amazing. In the sunshine and on holiday, going in and out of the water and the pool can leave the nails weak and broken so a repair coat is the best thing to keep on the nails throughout a summer holiday.
I hope this maybe helped to give you some ideas of what to pack this summer or even what to pick up in the stores when a heat wave hits. Either way, I really hope you enjoy your summer!
Victoria, In the Frow x

What are you looking forward to using this summer?
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 Estee Lauder Dilettante is another new colour part of the Spring 2012 Heavy Petal Collection which we first saw here. Dilettante is a really pretty light blue, aqua creme. It is a little streaky so need a few coats but the final result is a beautiful colour!

What have you been wearing this week?
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 Not everyone loves green nail polishes but I think it makes a change from boring red and pinks. This Estee Lauder green caught my eye straight away, it is part of the Spring 2013 Heavy Petals Collection. It’s called Absinthe* and is a real avocado true yellow based green.

After the first layer I thought I wouldn’t really like the nail polish, it applied sheerly at first but with just two coats I actually got the opaque look achieved in the photo and it was completely streak free! In the official pictures it looks a little lighter and I must admit I would have preferred it that way as it looks a little more summery. I’m very excited to use this in the summer with more of a tan as I think it doesn’t look as amazing as possible against my current winter skin colour.

The packaging on all the Estee Lauder nail polishes is truly beautiful and classic, not that I would expect any less from EL. There are four other shades which all look beautiful and I can not wait to try a few more!

What do you think of green nail polish? Do you have a favourite green polish?
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