Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: July 2011

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 July 2011

Pink, It Was Love At First Sight

Every girl needs a pink handbag. Originally I had my sights set on the pink Miu Miu bow bag, but when I took a look at it in person, it was more on the lilac side than I had imagined. I thought it would be better to spend that amount of money on a more neutral colour so I left the shop disappointed.

Then whilst browsing TK Maxx online, I spotted a beauty. It was a beautiful shade of pink leather with complementing silver hardware, not too dissimilar to the Miu Miu bag in shape and style and best of all it was on sale for £129, with an RRP of £299. It didn't take much convincing to pop it in my virtual shopping basket and head to checkout.

When it arrived I was delighted. It smells amazing. It looks wonderful. It's an incredible colour. At first I did wonder if it was a little on the large side, but with the paper stuffing removed I decided (with some help from the girls on Twitter!) that it was in fact an ideal size. Being 5'9 I also thought I could cope with a bigger bag and not be drowned by it.

The bag is sectioned in two with a middle zip compartment and features a phone pocket and zipped side pocket, so it comfortably fits all the things I deem necessary to cart about with me when I venture out. My Filofax, sunglasses, purse, perfume, mini hairspray and makeup bag now have a roomy home. What I especially like is that it isn't just a big black hole where you have to rummage through a heaped pile to find something, everything can be nicely organised. I also love the light interior fabric outlined with flashes of pink leather. I don't think I could have found a more perfect bag to suit my taste! 


And to finish, a fuzzy mirror shot to give you an idea of the size...