Last week, I shared with you a review of the Shepherds Hut at the Bells of Hemscott that I stayed in recently with Mr WLL.
While I was there I decided to take some snaps of the beauty products that I took with me.
When I'm away, I don't like to scrimp on my skincare as it is really important to me to look after my skin. I'm not so bothered about makeup but as we were going out for a nice Sunday lunch the next day, I wanted to take some makeup items away with me to be able to create a minimal makeup look that I thought might give you all some inspiration if you're off camping, glamping or going to a festival this summer.
To create the makeup look here, I used products that are lightweight, easy to apply and that give a fresh faced look.
I started with using a buffing brush to apply the Balance Me BB Natural Perfection that I reviewed in full here. This BB Cream is a great option for when you're glamping because it takes very little effort to blend it into the skin. It has a light weight formula with a little bit of coverage so it smooths out the skin and evens skintone while leaving a dewy finish.
For my dark circles (that are getting darker as I get older!), I used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I applied using a concealer brush. This concealer has been my favourite since I first started using it at the beginning of this year. I have it in the shade Vanilla which is the perfect shade for me as it is a shade or two lighter than my usual foundation so it has a great brightening effect when used under my eyes. This concealer is a little too light to use on blemishes, however I didn't have any spots when we went away so I didn't feel the need to take an extra concealer.
I like to use a fluffy brush and my much loved Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder to set the BB Cream and to mattify my skin a little as I do have very oily skin.
I have been using this finely milled powder for years and years. I wouldn't even like to hazard as a guess as to how many of these I've gone through but its an awful lot! This is a fabulous powder that can be used alone or to set a foundation and it is very buildable. It mattifies the skin and is incredibly long lasting.
I've used the Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder in the past and I would say that this is a very good dupe for it, albeit at a far lower price. I love the new packaging of this pressed powder as it now comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge for touch ups on the go.
To warm up my complexion, I used a MAC Bronzer that was a limited edition many moons ago, on an angled brush and then with a blush brush, I added a pop of colour to my cheeks with the Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks blush in Pink Cloud which is a classic drugstore shade that many people start off their collection with.
For my eyes, I actually ran some of the bronzer through my crease with a MAC 217 brush and added a slick of the Teez Desert Metals Mascara. This is the one that I got in my You Beauty Discovery advent calendar last Christmas and its absolutely fabulous, very volumising and lengthening without making the lashes look clumpy and spider like! For my brows, I used my Laura Mercier Brow Pencil in Soft Brunette which has a waxy texture to it so it seems to help my brows to control my brows slightly as well as adding colour to them.
To complete my look, I added a slick of the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Pink Shock. This is the one and only Baby Lips that I have as when they came out I resisted the urge to buy them, thinking that I really didn't need another lip balm but having used it, I really fancy picking some more up. For a lip balm, this is so pigmented and leaves the lips with a gorgeous pink colour that looks glossy and juicy. It feels very moisturising and hydrating and is quite long lasting. I'm really happy with this lip balm!
I also packed some hair grips (these are the best ones for blondes), a little jaw hair clip, a bow scrunchie and a floral hair band to pop in my hair to create different looks while I was away. The flower garland was what I wore on my first day as you can see in the review of the glamping experience and it felt very boho hippy chic!
When I'm going on nights away, I like to save little perfume samples to take with me. Perfume is very much my guilty pleasure, I have so much of it but I love to smell good! These two are both by Chloe. I already have See By Chloe as a full size perfume but after using Love Story while we were away, I really wanna get that one too.
When it comes to skincare and toiletries, I like to pack the essentials when I go away so that I can feel fresh and fabulous without getting a bad back carrying everything!
To keep my feeling clean and smelling fresh, I packed my favourite deodorant from Soft and Gentle*. I've been using the deodorant sprays from the skin science range for ages now and I love how cool they keep me feeling no matter what I'm doing whether its a belly dancing class or walking in the country side. This is the one in the blue packaging, known as 'Ultra Protect' which is designed to give you 72 hours of protections- great for if you're someone who is on the go often. While I'd never not shower for that amount of time, I love having a deodorant that can protect my underarms for that long because I know it'll keep me feeling cool all day!
It smells lovely, very fresh and clean and not too feminine either which means that my hubby feels comfortable wearing this deodorant too so we dont have to take two bottles away with us. The great thing about this deodorant is that it comes in a compressed can so it holds just as much as a regular sized deodorant but it is in a smaller more travel and handbag friendly size. I love space saving products, especially when they're so affordable at just over £1!
You can purchase this deodorant here.
To keep my hair fresh while I'm away from home, I always take a can of Batiste* with me. This is the Eden scent which is one of my favourites from Batiste because it smells so incredibly beautiful. The scent is authentic, it doesn't smell synthetic or unnatural. It is made up of fruity and floral notes of honeysuckle and sugar melon which are the perfect combination, especially for the summer but for all year round too as it isn't too sweet and it certainly isn't sickly either. It smells feminine and very pretty and I love that the scent is long lasting in the hair too.
Batiste have really upped their game with their dry shampoo scents over the last couple of years and although I do try out other dry shampoos to review, the brand that I repurchase from time and time again is ALWAYS Batiste. Nothing really beats its grease banishing formula, especially when you have such oily hair like I do. I do like my hair but my major bug bare with it is how oily and greasy it gets, even after one day, which means that I wouldn't be able to go away for the night without either washing my hair while I'm away or taking a dry shampoo with me. The latter is a much better option as it saves space in my bag, is a lot lighter and a lot less time consuming than having to wash, dry and style my hair.
With Batiste, I simply spray it into my roots from a distance, rub it in and then brush it through the lengths of my hair to leave it looking and feeling clean, volumised, refreshed and textured. I can't recommend it enough which is why I talk about it so frequently on my blog!
It is available exclusively at Superdrug and I'd highly recommend picking up a can.
To remove my makeup when I'm away from home, I like to stick to a quick and easy micellar water and my favourite cotton pads. This cleanser is from Bioderma and it is basically a cleansing water that you soak a cotton pad with and sweep it across your face. It does remove the vast majority of my makeup, including stubborn eye makeup products, however if you then wash your face with a cream cleanser and a wash cloth or a face brush then you'll see that it hasn't quite got EVERYTHING off but as far as 'dry' methods go, this type of cleansing product is the best I've found.
Bioderma isn't my favourite micellar water though as since trying it, I've used lots of other similar products that I like more (for example, the L'Oreal Micellar Water) but it is good. I've found recently that the Bioderma one has started to sting my eyes a little whereas there are others out there that do just as good a job at removing my makeup but that don't sting my eyes.
This is the 250ml bottle but there is a super travel friendly sized one available here at 100ml.
After removing my makeup, I moved onto using three moisturising products on my face starting with the Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. This is a deluxe sample size that I got from Space NK when they did one of those spend £150, get a bag full of samples offers. The full size of this eye cream is quite pricey and while it is a joy to use, I wouldn't put it above my favourite eye product. It is rich and creamy yet still very light. It doesn't feel too heavy on the skin or make my eye area feel sticky or drenched in product. It is absorbed relatively quickly and looks and feels very hydrating on the eyes.
To moisturise my skin, I used the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I have a few of these deluxe sample sizes lying around after receiving them as gifts with purchase. I am sure you're noticing a trend here with sample sizes of products. Whenever I receive a small sample size, unless it is specifically to review, I put it to one side and take it away with me when I travel so that I can use a high quality product while I'm away without having to compromise on the space in my wash bag. The Elemis Marine Cream is quite heavy on my oily skin but it is very moisturising. This is a fantastic cream to use if my skin is feeling particularly weather beaten. I also took this away with me to Morocco recently and after using it continuously for two weeks, my skin was looking absolutely amazing.
The last product that I use to moisturise my face is the By Terry Baume De Rose lip balm. This is a deluxe sample from Space NK. I have been using it for the last month and it is still going strong. Although this is very expensive to buy, I do think that it might be worth it in terms of how long lasting it is as a little goes a very long way. It is incredibly moisturising and hydrating on the lips and although the full size is expensive, I would recommend it.
When the skin on my body is exposed to the elements, it can get dry very quickly. While I didn't want to take a big bottle of body moisturiser away with me, I did feel it necessary to take an intense moisturiser with me to apply to my driest areas. The Mary Elizabeth Spearmint and Tea Tree Nurture Balm* was perfect for this and since my trip, this product has become a staple in my handbag.
The balm itself is full of nourishing ingredients such as moisturising Shea Butter, vitamin enriched oils and beneficial Spearmint and Tea Tree Essential Oils. It smells incredible and is so good at hydrating, moisturising and softening the skin without making it feel greasy.
The Nurture Balm comes solid in a tin and to use it, you simply unscrew the lid, swirl your finger around it to warm it up and then apply the product to any parts of your skin that you feel need an extra bit of nourishment. That could be your nails and cuticles as it is great for helping to strengthen and grow the nails or on your hands to enrich them and protect them from the elements, on any areas of dry skin to moisturise them, on your lips to smooth and soothe them and for your feet and heels if they're feeling a little dry or are looking cracked! I love that you can use it wherever and whenever you like, it is so handy!
I personally like to use it on my elbows, knuckles and wrist because I have a touch of psoriasis and I really need to keep these areas hydrated. Anyone with a dry skin condition will know that you need to keep your most affected areas moisturised otherwise they can crack and become painful. My psoriasis is aggravated by stress and staying away from home in recent years has started to induce stressful, anxious feelings so applying a balm like this is not only soothing for my skin but comforting too.
I'd highly recommend picking up a tin for yourself here.
At night, I like to smooth some hair oil through my mid lengths and ends and when I'm away, I like to keep this up. That's why I took a sample size of the Ojon Rare Blend Moisture Therapy Oil away with me. This is a three colour oil that you shake up to activate so to speak. I use a few drops to smooth through my hair and find that it does help to smooth my ends, hydrate them and reduce their frizziness!
Before I go to sleep, I like to spray some of the This Works Sleep Plus+ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray onto my pillow and bed linen. This is something that I do while I'm away from home too to relax me and help me to get to sleep at night. This is the best pillow spray that I have found so far as I really find its gorgeous lavender scent relaxing, soothing and comforting, especially when I'm feeling anxious. This is another sample size, I think that I got this one from a beauty advent calendar but again, I put it to one side for my travels!
So thats all of the products that I took away with me glamping recently. It looks like a lot when I've written about it all here but it actually all fit into a standard sized wash bag.
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