My make up bag for Fiji

My make up bag for Fiji

God haven’t times changed. Packing my make up and toiletries bags used to be one of my favourite parts of going on holiday. Seriously. I’d map out the outfits that I was going to wear and then work through my (ridiculously extensive) make up collection and pick out the various eyeshadow palettes, bronzer and cheek options and a multi-coloured lip wardrobe to suit every mood. It was serious business.

Now however..not so much. As a mum of 2 smallish boys (5 and a half and 10) by the time I’ve planned, packed and checked (and rechecked..!) my anal lists a few hundred times to cover off everything for them and hubbie dearest..he’s only 44, he clearly can’t pack his own stuff..I’m over it when I get to me. And as I’ve gotten older, and become a mum, holidays are all about the boys, chilling out around the pool and playing Uno over let’s be honest, it’s natural make up for me all the way when I’m on my hols these days.

But let’s got get carried away..I haven’t had a lobotomy, I’m still me, I still adore make up, wear it every day and brought a few choice bits and bobs with me to Fiji. Not least because I LOVE getting ready in the luxury of a sexy double bathroom with all my products artfully arranged around me. Because that’s about as Instagram friendly as my chaotic life gets and it makes me happy!

So what did I take to Fiji to make a little bit of effort without taking the cosmetic kitchen sink?

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

This was my only make-up misstep.  I should have gone with my tried and tested IT Cosmetics BB Cream – my base ‘go to’ for every situation really  – but decided to try out one of my newer finds and I was disappointed.  It was too light a coverage and a little patchy in the heat but hey ho, you’ve got to try things out haven’t you?! Next time it will be the IT BB cream all the way; it’s medium to full coverage that evens out any redhead blotchiness caused by the heat and even better it works like a dream with fingers so no brush is required which is a real plus on holiday as who can be arsed?!

Hourglass Sheer Illume trio

Yes this is a pricey purchase -Hourglass is a luxe brand – but well worth it in my book. I’ve been using this bad boy (admittedly not every day) for a fair few months now and haven’t hit pan. It’s a 3 in 1 cream bronzer, blush and highlighter palette which blends like a dream and you can get great results with your fingers. Another lazy but super effective choice. Result!

Tarteiste Pro to Go eye palette

A new purchase bought for this trip and I love it. I’d read about it online and seen a few of my favourite Youtubers have a play with it and I wasn’t disappointed. I used it every night – we were here for 10 days – and challenged myself to do a different look every night which I could easily do with this well curated palette. The four mattes built and blended beautifully and I’d recommend you using your finger to get the best pay off with the two shimmers. They’re beautiful!

Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curlers + Mac Extended Play mascara

I had my eyelashes tinted before my hols – always helpful when you have albinoesque stubs like me – and a good old couple of pumps of eyelash curler coupled with the pretty, natural, Extended Play worked a treat.

Dior Addict Lip Glow

The jury’s still out for me on this one – as it sometimes looks a bit too bluey pink – but I’m glad I took it as we all need a balmy lip colour that we can throw in our bag and put on without a mirror. This is that my friend and I’d had high hopes after seeing Lindsey Kelk (fab author and co presenter of beauty podcast Full Coverage) evangelise about it online -as she’s a fellow paley – and I kind of love it some days but then other days – particularly if I build the layers – it just looks a bit pink for me. Definitely prefer when paired with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lip liner as it dials it down a bit.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk 

Well I couldn’t have the lip liner and not bring this could I? This should be the perfect nude for me but I’ve found that it’s not an easy throw on colour for me with my colouring. It requires a bit of work and a fuller face of makeup. But it did work really well with the warmer shades in the Tarteiste eye palette to balance out the look.

Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace

I love this when my skin has warmed up a bit (read sprouted a bazillion freckles not tanned) as it’s a pretty pop of colour that looks great with a flush of cream blush and simple eye.

Mac Crosswires

And to complement the nude and pinks, I had to take a coral with me and this is my current go to, not least because it’s a cremesheen which is my absolutely fave finish from Mac.


And that’s it. What are your favourite picks for holiday make up?








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