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Summer Holiday 2016 Skin Care Plans!

Holiday 2016 Skin Care Packing


This year my boyfriend and myself have been very diligent and have booked our summer holiday a whole 5 months in advance! A shocker since I am uncharacteristically laid back when it comes to booking holidays- a self confessed avid booker! Anyway what I CANNOT leave to the last minute is planning my skincare. With luggage space at a premium I am loathed to have to scale down my usual over packing of primers, cleansers and moisturisers. However I have whittled it down to my must-have cannot leave the country without skin care. We are going to Chania, Crete which is Greek island so the weather is bound to be sunny and glorious. I am looking forward to a holiday which is both relaxing and educating. I have always wanted to visit an island city where its architectural remains highlight the different periods of rule. And what better way to learn history than to see it in person.

The current weather situation is a cloudy and rainy 4 degrees Celsius. Bring on the heat!!


Neals Yard Facial Wipes £5.50


These are a must have for me as perfect for refreshing after a long day in the sun. I would pack the facial mist however it is in a glass bottle and would be a breakage hazard! These are perfect for the plane and I will be throwing these in my beach bag!

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Sun Lotion/SPF


Ultra Sun Extreme (top) £20 Lip Balm (bottom) £6 and Face (middle) £20


I have to say skimping on sun lotion is not something I am okay with. Investing in a high quality long lasting SPF is going to protect from both short term and long term damage from the sun. Anti-aging starts from a good SPF!

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Liz Earle Travel Set £25


I am a Liz Earle advocate and have been for many years. Cleanse and Polish has transformed my skin. I also continue my skincare routine when going away as my skin does not take too kindly to change. The soothing Chamomile and Cocoa Butter will help with any of the after effects of the warmer climate.



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What are your skin care must-haves? Have you ever visited Crete?


Emily x


Surprise Loccitane Gift

There is nothing quite like being gifted a beauty product. My best friend turned up to my door today to hand back a DVD (Friends with Kids, great film) and also gave me this L’occitane Verbena Discovery Kit ! Totally what I need after a stressful few weeks of non stop revising and panicking over this exam! The Verbena line at L’occitane is definitely a fragrance for some people. As soon as your lift the top off a bottle you are hit with a wonderful sherbet and lemon scent. Perfect for summer and I will be using this the morning of my exam to kick start my day. Thank you to my wonderful friend for always being there and remembering my absolute love affair with L’occitane!

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré


I have been wanting to try out this highly recommended moisturiser for a little while now. All the top YouTube vloggers like Tanya Burr and the beauty team that is Pixiwoo use it frequently in the new DailyMix channel.

So what is it?

A French skin care brand which began it’s life in Paris during the 1950s and has spread like wildfire more recently across Europe and internationally. This moisturiser is often regarded as one of the secrets of make-up artists. Models like Ruth Crilly swear by it! It is an effective moisturiser which has high tolerance, an important characteristic for most skin types! It sinks into the skin beautifully and is the perfect combination of highly moisturising and non greasy.

Priced at £16.50 you can purchase it either online or visit what I believe is the only place in London which stocks it and as of writing this has plenty in stock- ScreenFace in Covent Garden.

I love this moisturiser, it will forever remain in my beauty regime because it makes a huge difference in such a short amount of time.

Take A Break?

As it is now the summer and for those with families the children have broken up from school for the year and it is now the summer holidays. Deciding what to do in these months of (fingers crossed) sun we can chose to do many different things. For me personally it is a time to let go of stress and focus on myself. As a history student I have been opened up to a whole new world of studying and one of these new studies has been social history. I have been fascinated with how holidays and time off began and what people of the first ‘summer holiday’ thought to do in this time off. For England, the nineteenth century was one of change and development of the Industrial Revolution beginning in the late eighteenth century. Working hours increased but there was a general understanding that an emphasis on the nuclear family was necessary for England and therefore more children went to school and the weekend, bank holidays took on a new meaning.

So what does this all have to do with beauty? Well by the early 20th Century the world saw the rise of fashion brands such as Chanel (1909)  and Dior (1946). Now these brands were and still are high end brands, names which probably never left the lips of an average family in Industrial Britain. Women of the eighteenth to nineteenth century would rely on natural products and home made beauty recipes. Some interesting ones I have found including face whitening creams including milk, lemon juice and white brandy!!

I love how the women of England and indeed throughout Europe had their own ways of re-creating a cheaper version of the expensive lotions and potions sold to the upper classes. It makes it all very real when walking into a department store now and be able to think of the journey these amazing high fashion brands have gone and how they have inspired others to join in the world of beauty!

Summer Shea Butter?

I adore Shea Butter but when it comes to deep moisturising in the summer I get somewhat stuck.  But thankfully L’occitane have a formula of making Shea Butter sink into the skin without making your skin overly greasy. Both of these products are must haves both beside your shower and in your handbag.


I feel I should look deeper into Shea Butter and how and where it comes from. Through simple research, L’occitane source their Shea butter  from  Burkina Faso, Africa which has been a staple beauty secret for generations. I love how this simple product has transformed the beauty industry into what really works. But its uses have spread wider in history and have even been used as a protective layer for sacred sculptures along with, erm blood! The Ancient Mali Empire which expanded over the 13th to the 17th Century was a West African Empire and it is fascinating that even as early as 1200 they recognised the protective properties of Shea Butter.

L’occitane Mousse De Roses Shower Gel Review

As you can tell from the bottle which I have owned for a little over a month now I am absolutely in love with this shower gel. This expertly created Rose scented piece of shower heaven comes from a favourite beauty brand of mine which is L’occitane. The French company are famous for producing high quality soaps, perfumes, creams and other bathing beauties which are backed up by three main commitments: Authenticity, Sensoriality and Respect. I love how far this shower gel goes even living in a hard water area I get a good lather out of it. I also love how it lasts as a sent on my body for a good few hours so this is definitely my summer favourite shower gel. Read the rest of this entry »