Summer Holiday Essentials

If you follow my social media accounts you will know from my over sharing of holiday photos that mum and I went to Agios Nikolaos in Crete! We had the best time ever on our first holiday abroad! The packing was great craic, with my mum losing the will to live with my packing skills, she just left me to it in the end including packing her case. I really didn't want to bring too much, I just wanted the bare necessities as I don't wear that much makeup when I'm melting in the sun, my skin just does not like it. Now, I did bring some makeup with me and if you want to see a post on the makeup I brought (other than what's in the post here), just let me know. In this post, I'll be talking about the essentials I'd never leave behind, these are the products that come with me or are part of any trip I make now.

Summer Holiday Essentials

*1. Uriage Eau Thermale Rich Water Cream was popped into the fridge on arrival to our destination along with their Thermale water just to amp up the refreshing feeling of using it nice and cool. We used the thermal water so much we left it behind empty so it's not pictured. The moisturiser was so comfortable to wear and gave my skin radiance. My skin usually shrivels up like a prune in such intense heat but this delivered with moisturiser and left my skin feeling so soft and nourished. At first, I didn't think it was going to do the job as it didn't feel rich or heavy, so it worked out perfectly in the heat.

Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour

Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour

2. Nima Brushes The Girls on Tour starter set of 5 brushes, was the best set of brushes I've ever owned! It includes 7 of their best selling brushes all with shorter handles and comes in its own travel case. The quality is fantastic and the brushes make applying makeup so easy. This was a lovely birthday present I got this year from my in laws, and now I'm dying to try more from the brand. I was able to pop this into my cabin luggage without it taking up much space. It beats bring a bunch of big cumbersome brushes, that also take longer to wash when you just want to enjoy some holiday time. The quality of the bristle, as well as the barrel and handles, are brilliant and the pop of colour makes them stand out.

3. This Works in Transit Camera Close-up was my multi tasker, it moisturises, primes, and can be used in the non-traditional sense like a mask. I have dry skin and would literally lash this on, it doesn't leave a film on the skin and preps my skin for my makeup. I use this mostly as a primer because it locks everything in place and my skin looks unbelievably smooth and my goodness this kept my makeup in place in the intense heat. I also found this to be really soothing on the skin. Perfect for oily skin but also good for drier skin but you will feel like you have to use more of it.

4. Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion was my hair hero while away. I will admit I make very little effort with my hair on holidays, my hair is on the wavy side but for some extra help with my waves, this was brilliant. It is a salt and oil infusion and it is one of the best I've tried, this is pricey which is the kicker! I got my perfect tousled waves that didn't feel dry and it didn't look dull at all which I will put down to the oil.

5. Ziptek (cetirizine), well I got a nasty bite while away and it came close to the EpiPen getting used but the antihistamine did the trick. NEVER EVER will I leave home without them again, I'm still suffering from the bite weeks later.

6. Mitchum Powder Fresh Deodorant Stick, I don't think I really need to explain this one much. I don't like aerosol cans (and to use them as little as possible) so I love a deodorant in solid form and this one has always been a winner for me. Also, it was needed in the extreme heat while away!

Shiseido Sports BB with SPF 50+

*7. Shiseido Sports BB with SPF 50+ was something I popped along with me for mum to try. Mum, however, wouldn't give up her Shiseido synchro glow foundation, but I got a bit of colour and got away with trying the medium shade towards the end of the holiday. I was seriously impressed by the BB, it provided coverage, lasting power and the super important SPF. I have touched on the technology Shiseido use for their WetForce on the blog previously, but just for a little recap..... the sunscreen’s UV protection veil becomes more effective when the applied area is exposed to water or perspiration for 30 minutes. The BB cream is very liquidy when it comes out but you got to move fast to apply and blend it in. Once on you won't have to worry about it, this stuff does not budge. It is ideal for anyone into the gym, watersports, or sweaty sticky sun holidays! You know you have the protection and coverage, it is a genius hybrid of a product. This also contains a contouring powders that makes your skin look sculpted and healthy the stronger the sunlight it is under (it truly did that). When first applied it may look a little heavy but give it a few minutes and it just all settles.

Riemann P20

8. No holiday is complete without Riemann P20. This is the only sun protection I ever use, it's the only one that can keep me from getting burnt and I love the new spray bottle. It's not in the main picture because I used it all up while away. I love how it nourishes my skin and leaves a lovely sheen as well, making me look healthier than I actually am. For me, this is worth the money and I never regret using it.

This post contains PR samples marked by *. This post is not sponsored.


  1. I would love to go back to Crete at some point!

    I hope your bite clears up soon - did you get a rash with it? I only ask because I got Lyme Disease after being bitten on holiday and had no idea what the bullseye rash signified at the time and left it too late to get treated.

    I need to get more Nima brushes. I love the sound of that Shiseido BB cream! xx


    1. Hi Siobhan, I got the rash and bite all checked out and it wasn't a tick bite thank goodness. I'm aware of the bullseye rash and thankfully it was something I kept an eye on. I'm sorry to hear that you got Lyme Disease from your bite and I hope you are doing okay.

      Let me know if you get to try out any of the Nima brushes or the Shiseido BB Cream, I'd love to know what you think as well xx


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