The Ultimate Holiday Check List

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer is FINALLY here (well, this British weather currently says otherwise) and that can only mean one thing... Holidays!! This weekend I fly off to the beautiful Canary Islands and so whilst I've been planning what to take away with me I thought I would share with you a guys a list of my ultimate summer holiday travel essentials. 

As I've a lot to get through, we'll split this up into categories shall we?! 

When I think of summer beauty, the goal is always to get that sun kissed glow whilst still keeping your makeup regime as minimal as possible. Nobody likes the feeling of three layers of sticky foundation melting off of your face on a hot day. 

And so my first summer makeup essential has to be a good primer. 
The Benefit That Gal with its tinted pink formula preps your skin for foundation due to its core ingredients soothing raspberry and camomile extract; providing a refreshed, brightened and moisturised finish to the skin. If you would rather not use a primer, an alternative I love to use is an illuminator. This can then also be doubled up as a highlighter on top of your foundation for an added glow up. My personal favourite is the NARS Copacabana. When it comes to foundation in the summer I'm more of a BB cream gal. I love a light base that still provides me with some coverage and glow but not too much to the point where my skin feels sticky in the heat. The Maybelline Dream range now comes in 2 types; Dream Bronze and Dream Fresh. Dream Bronze gives the illusion of the most amazing sun kissed tan to the skin (even for pale girls like me!), whereas the Dream Fresh adds a really natural dewy finish to the skin which when paired with the That Gal primer makes ya gal look lit! The Dream range also features an SPF of 25 which is definitely important if you are going to be laying around in the sun all day.

Continuing with the effortless look, as a gal with quite full looking brows naturally on holiday I love just going over them with a brow gel for a natural, feathered look. Benefit have the best brow range with a product to suit practically every possible brow need. For beginners and those looking to create a quick and easy brow look the Goof Poof brow pencil, and as the name suggests it really is 'goof' proof! Use the pencil to gently fill in any sparse areas of your brow following in the direction of your brow hairs for a natural yet fuller looking brow. Perfect for those lazy holiday days. And if a bold brow is more your thing, Ka-Brow is perfect for travelling with its built in brush feature. The formula itself is smooth and creamy, providing application with ease. To finish, use Gimme Brow to ensure those hairs stay in place throughout the entire day. 

Going back to sticky, melted makeup once again; false lashes are definitely not my thing in the heat. When you find a mascara that works for you it really does elevate your makeup to the next level for the day. To ensure that your lashes do not droop in the heat during the day make sure you pack a lash primer, these are the perfect holiday beauty essential as they can be worn alone on days when you aren't feeling in the mood for makeup but still want to look like you somewhat made an effort. 
When it comes to bronzer, as much as I love my matte powders; in the summer I'm actually all for more of a liquid formula to further enhance that dewy, glowy look that I'm aiming for. My favourite bronzing range is definitely the Benefit Hoola, I'm dying to get my hands on the quickie contour stick! Have you tried this? Or is there a cream contour that you just cannot live without? Let me know your recommendations in the comments below! Or you can message me on my social channels (@clarkecouture on both Instagram and Twitter) - Holla!

*Disclaimer: This is not sponsored by Benefit Cosmetics (I wish!), I just love everything that they do!

My final beauty essentials have got to be a setting spray; after spending all that time applying your makeup, you want to make sure that it lasts all day. The Urban Decay All Nighter is my personal favourite and it's available for just £10 in a travel friendly size, perfect your next summer holiday. Another must have to prevent your makeup sliding off in the heat are blotting sheets, these work wonders for my oily t-zone in the sun. Simply dab (not literally, please) onto your skin and voila - Shine be gone! And last but not certainly not least a good moisturising lip balm. My lips are extremely prone to dryness, not so bad in the summer as it is in the winter but nonetheless I cannot be anywhere without a lip balm in my pocket. My personal favourites are the Lush Honey Trap and Malin&Goetz, everyone raves about the Sugar Fresh lip treatments but I am still yet to try them - Are they worth the hype? Let me know in the comments below!

  • Cleanser/Face wash
  • Hand cream
  • Moisturiser - Face/Body
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Deodorants
  • Female Hygiene
  • Sun screen/after sun
  • Blotting sheets
  • Shower gel
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Hair products - Shampoo/Conditioner etc
  • Lip scrub/balm
  • Hair brush/ties
  • Makeup products = *TOP TIP - Go through your makeup routine step by step in order, this will help you to ensure you don't forget anything in a rush on the day. 
  • Plasters
  • Hair dryer (if you're apartment doesn't have one)
  • Hair straighteners 

Easy, breezy, comfy yet cute. That's how I would describe my holiday style in just 3 words. We British are quite funny when it comes to our holiday habits. We spend weeks prior to jetting off being ever so concerned about our diets, putting in that extra bit of exercise in an attempt to gain that 'beach ready' bikini body. But when we've finally landed we seem to spend most of our holiday consuming our weight in our both food and cocktails. And that's why my favourite holiday fashion essential hands down has to be the playsuit. It can be dressed both up or down making it the perfect transitional piece from day to night, from the lunch table to the dance floor. When it comes to playsuits I usually like to buy a size up for that added bit of comfort when I'm eating out; gotta make room for bloating right?! 

Easy outfit option number 2 - The dress. Just like the playsuit it's one and done and what makes this even better than the playsuit is the endless styles and choices that you have to browse from. There's the slip dress, the skater dress, the body con... The list is endless. I've been in love with the bardot/frill style recently and have just purchased the prettiest little number from H&M which I can't wait to share with you. Make sure you're following me on Instagram to check out the full extent of my holiday wardrobe @clarkecouture 

And if you aren't one for having your legs on display then the jogging trouser is the option for you. With a drawstring waistband for ensured comfort when eating out yet with a tailored fit, this is the fashionable 'sweatpant yet not quite a sweatpant' which you need in your life. Add sandals and a cute crop tee and you are good to go! I also do not know what it is but bikinis are 10x more comfortable than wearing a bra, so pack plenty! 

*TOP PACKING TIP! Roll your clothing rather than folding it to make more room in your suitcase!!

  • Swimwear
  • Nightwear
  • Underwear - Bring spare sets!
  • Socks - Bring spare!
  • Bras/bralettes
  • Bed socks/slippers
  • Playsuits
  • Trousers/Pants
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Tops - Shirts/crop tees/vests
  • Sandals
  • Trainers
  • Small heels 
  • Cardigan/Light jacket
  • Day bag
  • Beach towel
  • Accessories = Watch/rings/necklaces/earrings etc

Plane Essentials
I have only ever been on a plane twice in my life. A trip to and from Barcelona in September last year, and you can read all about that experience here. In all honesty, as much as I love the end destination; I hate planes. I find the entire experience makes me feel both anxious and nauseous from the nerves. And so to make the experience as relaxing as possible for me, these are my ultimate must haves to help survive the journey:
  • Sweets. God damn I experience the most painful popping of the ears due to the cabin pressure. If you're like me then I'd definitely recommend having a bag of hard boiled sweets with you to suck on, yawning helps too. 
  • Snacks in general. Food is good, yanno. 
  • A travel pillow. If you're flying long haul or during the early hours and you're able to fall asleep on public transport (which will ultimately make the journey seem 10x faster) then I'd highly recommend a travel pillow, after all you don't want to be suffering with a neck strain!
  • Entertainment. Whether you're a book/magazine reader, a gamer or a music lover; make sure you have some form of entertainment with you to help the time pass by. I definitely need to get cracking on with my plane playlist. 
  • A portable charger is a MUST if you like to play apps/listen to music to pass the time.
  • Sunglasses.. Well all the celebs do it. If you land during the daytime these will help to protect your eyes from the sun upon arrival. What's your #airportstyle?! For me it has to be joggers, a crop tee, flat shoes and a baseball cap. Share your typical travel attire in the comments below! (Or tweet me @clarkecouture with #airportstyle) 

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass/flight tickets
  • Phone
  • Lip balm
  • Sweets/snacks
  • Chewing Gum
  • Water
  • Purse - Cash/credit cards etc
  • Portable charger
  • Compact camera - Incase you want to vlog!
  • Memory card for camera
  • Reading material
  • Earphones
  • Comfy hoody
  • Tissues
  • Prescribed medication

  • Camera charger
  • Camera batteries
  • Phone charger
  • Memory card
  • Polaroid camera (+film)
  • Pool drinks holder
  • Plug adaptors 
  • Umbrella - Because you just never know!
  • Keys for home 

And so I think that covers just about everything! Did I miss anything out? Let me know your holiday must haves in the comments below. Until next time,

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