What beauty products to pack for your holiday

Think carefully about the make-up products you need to take in your holiday bag. Too few people are aware of travel-friendly products that take up much less space, allowing you to bring more products along. So before you head to your luxurious holiday destination, do not forget to pack these essentials in your case.

Looking fresh

Only pack bottles and pots that are 50ml or less, otherwise your beauty products will be banished to your check-in luggage and you will have no access to them until you reach the other end.

Find beauty kits that contain everything you need on holiday, for example body wash, hydramist, moisturizer, shampoo and face wash. Make sure all the products are fresh and have good nourishing qualities. For babies, find a baby kit with baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion, baby moisturizer and a baby massage oil.

Hair removal

No matter how much you treat yourself before you leave, your hair will keep on growing while you are away. It is difficult to find a reliable beauty therapist while you are in a different country, so it’s better to pack a Ladyshave so you can remove hair yourself, in any situation.

Avoid multi-tasking and take a good sunscreen

Would you waste time standing in front of a mirror when there are stunning places to explore outside? Definitely not! So do not get into multi-tasking by trying to enjoy the place you’re staying in at the same time as working on your beauty regime. Take a skin-care cream which also protects you from the sun, evens out your complexion, reduces your skin imperfections and gives you a healthy glow. One product offering multiple uses will take much less time to apply and you can get out and about much quicker.

Know your limits

It is not a good idea to experiment with new products and make up while you are on holiday. It’s far better to go with what you know and limit the products you pack as much as you can.

For eyes, lips and cheeks, choose a loose power eye-shadow for daytime that also comes with a metallic cream eye shadow for the night. Then simply add some waterproof mascara and a good two-in-one cheek and lip tint.

Take care of your hair

You might already use a hair dryer, hair straightener and curly tongs on a daily basis, but you don’t have to go to all that trouble on holiday. Taking so many hair care devices  is a waste of suitcase space . So go for the mini version of your straightening irons instead, which can be used for both straightening and curling hair . These mini versions also come in dual voltage so you can use them anywhere in the world. Don’t forget, too, that many hotels provide guests with hair dryers in their room.

How to find the perfect wedding shoes

Finding your dream shoes for your big day is not an easy job.

So consider the following tips to help you get exactly what you want.

Window shopping

Start by visiting lots of different shoe shops to see the latest bridal fashions. Take photos, if allowed, and shortlist a few designs to visit again. If you still can’t choose between your final shortlist, then consider coming up with your own personalized design and having it made up for you. Shops which offer such a service normally ask you to select your shoe shape, length of heel and material. Alternatively, you can get shoes dyed if you do not like the colours on offer in the shop.

Get the timing right

It’s better to buy wedding shoes after you have bought the dress. Buying shoes first is definitely not recommended. Decide what kind of shoe you want after checking the length of your gown. Many brides do not mind what kind of shoes they wear at the wedding because of the length of their gown fully hiding their feet. However, shoe choice becomes more critical when the wedding dress reveals your ankles and guests can see more easily what you are wearing on your feet. In this instance, you will need to choose more carefully so that you feel a true princess from head to toe.

Ideally, both items should be bought or ordered at the same time. For example, you might like to order your dress, but tell your designer that you will confirm the full length once you decide on your shoes. You can then select your shoes to match your dress design and then go back to the designer with the exact height of your shoes to allow the final fitting for your wedding dress.

Wear your shoes before the wedding day

It’s not a good idea to wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. So make sure you wear them a few times in the weeks leading up to the wedding day, simply walking around the house. This will help them fit perfectly and ease up.

Match your venue

Go for flats or wedges if the wedding is to take place in a hilly area. Or wear heel protectors. Also check with your venue, as some ban heels to prevent damage to their wooden floors.

Check the weather

If your wedding is happening in winter, then you might like to have a pair of special Wellington Boots on hand so that you can easily walk through any snow.

Statement shoes

Your shoes should be a statement of your personality and style. You might like to check what your friends are wearing before committing to a design. The colour or style of your shoes must be unique and not resemble that of your bridesmaids or mother of the bride/groom. Your shoes must tell the same story that your dress is telling for the perfect co-ordinated bridal look.

How to choose the right sunscreen

Sunscreens are an effective way of protecting the skin from harmful rays when out and about. Sunsceens are always good to apply while on a holiday in a hottest country or a wedding at the beach. More and more options are becoming available in the market to suit varying lifestyles.

Here are some basic things to consider when choosing sunscreen.

Sun Exposure

Each one of us has different levels of exposure to the sun. Think about how much you are exposed to the sun on a daily basis. If you only stay in the sun a short while then you should use a combination of a light sunscreen and moisturiser. You could also choose cosmetics with sunscreen in it, such as foundation.

If you are exposed to the sun more in your daily routine, for instance if you  like playing sport or exercising outdoors, then go for a harder-working sunscreen that offers maximum protection.

If you live near a beach or you enjoy summer vocations in a sandy or hot location, then go for a water resistant sunscreen, which can be easily applied and reapplied.

Physical or Chemical Sunscreens

Sunscreens come in two categories: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They work by reflecting UV rays away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens function by absorbing UV rays. If you are using a chemical sunscreen, then make sure you apply it before moisturisers and makeup. If you are using a physical sunscreen then do it the other way round; applying moisturiser first and then the sunscreen. Sunscreens can also be catagorised as both types.

Consult a dermatologist if itching starts after applying sunscreen. Some people’s skin reacts to zinc oxide after prolonged use of the physical sunscreen. It’s best to speak to your dermatologist when choosing your sunscreen so that you can be sure of buying the right kind for your skin and levels of sun exposure.

Fake tan users

If you are using fake tan, then do not assume it will also offer adequate protection against UV rays. Use a separate sunscreen as well. Or find a fake tan lotion which has sunscreen in it. However, bear in mind that the length of protection varies for standard sunscreen and tanning products. Sunscreens provide, on average, protection of about two hours, whereas protection provided by tanning sunscreen may not last as long.