Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: Holiday Essentials

14 July 2011

Holiday Essentials

Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25
I don't wear makeup during the day on holiday so this is the perfect product to even out skin tone and protect my skin. It has the same amount of coverage and colour as a tinted moisturiser so I don't feel completely barefaced.

Clinique SPF 35 Protection Stick
This is a great little product to carry around on holiday for quick applications to the ears, nose and lips. I love the happy yellow packaging which is perfect for a summer holiday.

Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
I moisturise daily on holiday to prolong my tan and keep my skin soft and supple. Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion has a really light, easily absorbed formula which gives my skin the hydration I need. It smells as good as it sounds too!

Liz Earle Botanical Aftersun Gel
This is my absolute favourite holiday product. We went to Turkey last year, where temperatures reached over 40'C. However thorough I thought I was being with my factor 50, I still turned a little pink and this Aftersun Gel was an absolute saviour. With lavender, cucumber, aloe vera and vitamin E the gel rehydrates and nourishes skin by replacing lost moisture. We kept it in the fridge and it was so soothing and cooling on hot skin after sun exposure - it really refreshes and calms sore skin. I love the gel formulation, it's not at all greasy, absorbs quickly and it smells good. I can't fault it. Don't go on holiday without this gem!

Bare Minerals Foundation
When it's hot and humid I want to avoid putting anything heavy on my face so this foundation is perfect for holiday. It's so lightweight it feels as though I'm not wearing anything, it looks natural and evens out skin tone for a beautiful finish.

Arbonne FC5 Cooling Foot Creme
I fight a constant battle with my dry feet. I can't sleep if I have dry feet and after a day of sun, sea and sand they are much worse than usual so I always apply foot cream before bed. Arbonne Cooling Foot Creme contains kiwi cells, avocado oil and Shea butter so instantly hydrates and cools my feet. The peppermint scent is suitably summery and my feet stay soft and supple all night.

VO5 Miracle Concentrate
My hair gets a bit frazzled in the sun and sea. I'm a big fan of Moroccanoil (dramatic results can be seen in my Moroccanoil review) but the bottle is not at all travel friendly so instead I'll be taking the VO5 Miracle Concentrate which is essentially the same product. The Argan Oil tames frizz and leaves hair nourished, smooth and shiny.

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser
The sun, sea and sand also result in chapped, dry lips so I like to carry a lip balm with me. Blistex Intensive Moisturiser gives an instant boost of long lasting, soothing moisture to lips and the tube style packaging means there won't be any melt downs or sand finding it's way in the product. 

Mosquito Repellant
My fiancĂ© and I's first holiday together four years ago was tainted by the fact my legs and feet were bitten to death by mosquitoes. The itching and swelling was so painful and unbearable I barely got any sleep. Nights involved me crying from the pain and Matt hurrying to wrap ice in soaked towels to soothe my hugely swollen feet. What a way to start a relationship! Now I never travel without super strength insect repellant. A quick spray on my legs and feet before we go out in the evening and not a bite in sight!

What are your holiday essentials?


  1. I love my Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25, it makes me feel like I have make up on when I dont :-)

  2. i heard good things about city block, must try it!

  3. The Liz Earle aftersun sounds amazing and I really want to try the VO5 Miracle Concentrate!!

    Gem x

  4. oooh that is good stuff to take with you! I am definitely going to try the Burt's Bees lotion and the city sunblock from clinique as the UV index has been so so high here in Canada. I take a big bottle of Aloe vera gel with me on all holidays since I burn like a tomato and the gel really soothes my skin and won't let it get too irritated. A hat is a must for me too to protect my face!
    Thanks for sharing and have a nice day :) xx

  5. i love burts bees products x

  6. Great picks of what is needed. Love it, I always take cooling spay too, for those very hot days on a sun lounger.

  7. These look like some great holiday essentials. The Bare Minerals foundation is good too because it had SPF 15


  8. I love Clinique products, yet I've never actually tried their sunblock! Thanks for reminding me to do so!

    Why not check out my new beauty blog, The Glossy Guide?

  9. ooh I love the Elizabeth Arden Protection stick! I have the one with spf50 =)

  10. I find it really interesting to see what other people consider 'essentials' on holiday, the idea of keeping aftersun in the fridge is something that stupidly never occurred to me, but sounds like bliss! xx


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