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When this post goes up, I'll be away from home, spending some time in Devon. A holiday abroad in the current climate seemed a bit too much of an uncertain and stressful prospect, and I honestly think that time out from work should be relaxing, not cause undue anxiety! Therefore, I'm sticking to the staycation this year (unless anything drastically changes) and here is a selection of the beauty products coming along with me...
In terms of skincare, I'm trying to strike a balance between not using a bunch of new products or minis that are going to disrupt my current routine and products that are easy to travel with. Little pods of product are really handy, so I'm taking the Bolt Filthy Clean Capsules* | £35. I have used this cleanser before and really liked it, the reason it's also a great is because it's a sort of balm-to-oil-to-emulsion formula. This means it's great for a moisturising morning cleanse for thirsty skin like mine (it's also packed full of antioxidants). It potentially could remove light makeup too, but as I hadn't tested it for this before I left, I did also pack a separate balm cleanser. The material of the pods themselves is biodegradable (they contain the perfect amount of product for a single application, too) and I have a little set of stackable jars I'll use to transport them.
In terms of treatments, sticking to the capsule theme, I have the Oskia Super C Smart Nutrient Beauty Capsules | £62 (15% off with code JASMINETALKS_LF ). This was the next product on the list to test on my quest to find the best Vitamin C serums on the market and I'd already been using it since the start of this month, so I knew it agreed with my skin. This serum is formulated with Vitamin C, so the capsules are also great for keeping the ingredients stable, as they're opaque and enclosed. It contains squalane, so is more oil-based and suitable for dry skin types. It's also formulated with Vitamin E, which is a lovely moisturising ingredient, as well as increasing the potency of both ingredients. It's early days with this one, but so far; it's giving my skin moisture and glow. Be sure to join me when my Vitamin C post eventually goes up to hear my final thoughts. I've been really into gentle acids lately as part of my evening routine so I'm thinking I'll pack the Ordinary's Mandelic Acid 10% + HA | £5.75. You might have seen my post on Instagram a couple of weeks back on acids where I discussed that in recent months I've been leaning more towards exfoliators like mandelic acid, so as not to overwhelm my skin with lots of strong actives, and because I really don't think that my skin regularly needs something strong (though, sometimes I won't use an acid at all in my daily routine and just go for Vitamin C in the morning and retinol in the evening, take one night off a week from them and use an intense acid peel). For a everyday or every other day treatment the slow-absorbing large-molecule-d mandelic acid works perfectly. It's incredibly gentle but still gives my skin that smooth feeling by morning. I also really enjoy this formula because it's super-hydrating and gives my skin a lot of moisture and a dewy finish.
As a day cream, I think I'll take my Omorovicza Elemental Emulsion* | £90 | because it's a nice, lightweight moisturiser for summer, this is a deluxe mini (so I can attempt to pack light) and it needs using up, to be honest! It's an oil-free formula but still does enough for my dehydrated skin by packing in water-attracting ingredients. We're hoping for some good weather down there, so a light formula like this should give me what I need during the day and I'll probably just slather on my usual Kate Somerville in the evening. And sunscreen is obviously essential! If the forecast stays as is (in the early 20s); I'll probably be good with my Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30 | £30 | full review. This is personally my favourite sunscreen because it's totally transparent so I never even have to think about the dreaded white cast. It also gives my skin a fresh, dewy glow, alongside broad spectrum SPF 30.
I think my go-to base is probably going to be the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 30 (Matira) | £43 | full review. This is more like a tinted sunscreen, though obviously it's not going to increase my sun protection beyond SPF 30 on days when I'm using this, it can increase the coverage if I accidentally missed any spots and help ensure I'm wearing enough product to get the full SPF 30 benefits as I'm effectively applying another layer. What I love about this is that it's a lightweight, long-lasting, dewy-look complexion product. It evens out the skin's tone and makes it look fresh and healthy without being a heavy layer of makeup.
I'm all about cream cheek products, and I think on days when I wear makeup, or if I just want to put some on in the evening; it's all going to be about doing things quickly and easily, which creams are perfect for. The first thing I'm definitely bringing along is the Kosas Colour + Light Creme in Helios | £27 | full review. This cream duo has a gorgeous emollient formula that's easy to dab on with your fingers and get an even finish with, as well as being long-lasting. I love the fresh look this gives on the skin and the colour combination is perfect for me: a warm reddish-orange blusher (that's enough to add a pop of something to lift my complexion but not so bright and pigmented that you're terrified of going in too hard and looking like a clown) and a warm pearly light gold highlight. For bronzer, I'm taking the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Bronzer (Hunnie Glaze) | £28 | full review. This formula is honestly the best! I love how it's not too dewy but not too matte and nice and warming but not orange. It just really meshes in with my complexion makeup to give a natural bronze that looks like it comes from the skin. It's super easy to apply with a dense synthetic brush (I kind of press it in using a stippling motion) and lasts extremely well on my skin.
All the eyeshadow palettes that are sat in my drawer, yet 90% of the time since the start of lockdown, I've been super lazy with eyeshadow! I don't see that changing whilst I'm away, so the only definites coming with me are the Nudestix Magnetic Luminous Eye Colour in Copper Foil | £20 | and the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Camel | £20 (15% off with code JASMINETALKS_LF ). This Bobbi Brown eyeshadow was a @themakeupmaestro-inspired purchase and I've barely put it down since I got it! It's just a good, easy-to-blend, long-lasting matte eyeshadow, in a tan, camel warm brown colour that works really well with pretty much all my usual makeup looks.
For lips, I may pack a couple of extra options, but the main bases I want to cover are a light, glossy, sheer daytime lip and a more pulled-together matte option. So, I chose the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Spice | £19.50 | and the Sunnies Face Lip Dip in Terracotta | $16.95. The Fresh option offers a moisturising, light wash of warm rosy-nude colour with SPF 15 to protect the lips as you top up your colour throughout the day. The Sunnie Face Lip Dip is a sort of comfortable matte lip cream that's long-wearing and doesn't flake or go patchy throughout the day. It's a beautiful warm (terracotta!) brown with a slightly yellow undertone.
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My current favourite body sunscreen is the Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 30* | £32. You might wonder why it's necessary to splash out a little on a body sunscreen (Bondi Sands do a great option if you really can't splurge on this), however having this in my life made me realise it is for me! I've always been a bit naughty when it comes to wearing sunscreen on my body, because I know I don't burn, I have fewer ageing concerns there and I'm more likely to just forget. The thick creams that often leave a silvery-blue tint and take a while to rub in (if they have more than an SPF 15) also don't help, and make reapplying seem like a faff. I'm a firm believer in: if something is easy, you're 10x more likely to do it, and this product makes sun care easy! You mist it on your body, it has a non-sticky, water-light texture and it's totally transparent. It also feels cool and refreshing when you're out in the sun. Packing this was a no-brainer! As a general body moisturiser, I plan packing my mini Liha Beauty Idan Oil | £25 (for the set). It's super-moisturising and leaves my skin feeling so soft after use. It's formulated with coconut oil and tuberose, so you can imagine how divine it smells! My only slight negative is that it can solidify, so you have to run it under a warm tap or leave it in the sun for a minute to get it back to a liquid.
Finally, I won't be leaving home without my beloved Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm | £19.50. It's on the pricier side for a lip balm, but you only need such a tiny dot of product that I see this tube lasting me a good long while. It's so incredibly moisturising and keeps my lips soft and in overall great condition. I also love the light vanilla scent this has.
Have you got any travel plans (whether within your country or further afield) this summer? Which beauty products are you taking with you?