I have been off the beaten track to Strasbourg in France for the past week, and have eaten my way through a ridiculous amount of cheese and drank far too much wine! (When in France!). We drove down the wine route of the Alsace, visited magical castles in the Black Forest, and went to Germany’s ancient spas in Baden-Baden. As well as going to town with the fine food and drink in France, I am obsessed with French Pharmacies so I stocked up on all my favourite products too. This was a tricky task as we didn’t have any check in luggage so I had to buy everything under 100ml. It was a case of bulk buying in minature!
I will be sharing all the details of my French/German getaway soon, plus my edit of the best French beauty buys, so stay tuned!
For now, safe travels! Au revoir x
The beach is a place where we can be free: Free-spirited, stress-free, and make-up free! If you are a beauty junkie who can’t go bare-faced, or simply want to look extra gorgeous on your beach vacation, look no further. I have rounded up my favourite beach-beauty products which won’t budge with sweat and sea-salt, and won’t melt in the heat of the sun. From gorgeous creamy blushes and surfer girl shimmers, to waterproof concealer to cover any flaws. This is your beach make-up, sorted!
Beach make-up edit
Left to right, from top left:
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof Mascara, £21.
Nars illuminator in Orgasm, £23.
Guerlain Terracotta Sun Moisturiser Tan Booster SPF 15, £27.90.
NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer, £5.50.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Tone Perfecting Booster, £58.
Bourjois Aqua Blush 12hr, £8.99.
Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Balm, £16.
Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Eyeshadow Stick in Fresh Water Pearl, £19.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, £15.
Smile, Look Gorgeous, and Enjoy the beach!
Why travel? This is the question I always find myself asking when on one of my self-exploration quests. In these moods it is apparent that I tend to ransack my own life, thread-by-thread, until I can find that single piece of hope; the answer to that one key question: why? Maybe it is because of this feeling that never goes away; the constant need to search, high-and-low, country to country, for the ‘something’ that I feel I need to grab a hold of. This ‘something’ is, I can only describe as, the true essence of life, the meaning of our existence, or quite simply put; myself.
I have always assumed I was a travel lover as it was a means of searching for myself. Through extensive travelling externally, you coincidentally explore internally, and discover more about who you are. Constantly searching to find the place, the people, to where you feel you belong. But as time passes, as it does, I am still in the thick of my exploration and very much still suffering the full feverish symptoms of this travelling ‘bug’ I have always been told I had and yet without any further developments as to this ‘real me’ I have been awaiting to discover. And so I am starting to question the reasons behind my lifestyle choices once again.
It has occurred to me this time, however, that the answer to this question has shifted, and this time it is far less evocative and meditative as my previous answer. This time, I am starting to think that the reason why I travel is a lot more simple, a lot more straight forward, and along much more of a ‘just because’ line of thought. Why travel? To explore the world and its greatness, to grab hold of life, and to spend every second sucking in the earth’s beauty like oxygen. And why? Well, to do the annoying answering a question with a question. Just because: why not?
Life in a bikini: What a dream. But for many of us stripping off isn’t that simple. Winter dryness, pale skin, and wobbly bits can taint this should-be blissful notion of letting all our worries slip away and heading for the beach. Instead of spending hours fretting, prepping and preening, the right products can minimize this and work wonders on all of our body hang-ups. These prep, beach-time, and post-sun basics will help you achieve a beautiful body and leave you much more time to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
Here is my edit of the best beach-body products, just in time for your summer vacation.
Beach Body Essentials
Left to right, from top left.
Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, £37.
Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming Tinted Body Spray, £30.
Molton Brown Pampering Body Polisher, £34.
Hawaiian Tropic Lime Coolade, £20.
Nars Body Glow Oil, £44.
Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Dry Body Mist in Medium, £11.69.
Mio Skincare Natural Body Brush, £15.
Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion, £27.50.
Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Mist Wetskin Applicator Sublime Tan, £13.95
Worry less. Smile More. Life’s a beach!
Pop back soon for my beach beauty edit: face and find out my recommended make-up and skincare products for the sea, sun and sand!