Holiday nails always excite me and I am 100% convinced that a gel mani is the only way forward for holidays. I chose to get a ridiculous neon orange Jessica GELeration colour before I left and three weeks later it is still completely chip free. Normal polishes fade so quickly when in the pool and sand all day long, so at least with gels you don’t have to worry about touching up whilst away. I did my own pedi though and wore standard polish – O.P.I’s ‘My Chihuahua Bites’ (£11.95) has become my go-to holiday colour since first discovering it in the Bahamas last year.
I always, always try to keep minis, magazine freebies and sachets aside for holiday travels. These REN goodies were the ideal size for my suitcase, with everything from lip balm to shower gel to cleanser in one handy pouch.
I knew I wanted to REALLY protect my face from the sun, so whilst I was using any old factor 20 on my bod, I made sure it was a slightly more swanky SPF50 for my face. I’ve long been on the quest for a good SPF50 facial cream that doesn’t clog pores or leave me feeling generally disgusting – and I’ve finally found it! Sk:n’s SPF50 sunscreen(£18) kept my skin protected and I didn’t get even a tinge of pink on my face. It did feel thick to apply, but that’s because SPF50 is pretty heavy duty stuff. I am so pleased that this cream didn’t leave me spotty. (But I was religious about double cleansing when I returned from the sun, as well as before bed at the end of the night).
One of the things I was most excited about when I moved house recently was upgrading to a bedroom that had space for bedside tables. It sounds trivial, but there was a serious level of anticipation around FINALLY being able to have somewhere to rest a book or, if we were feeling really flash, a bedside lamp.
Ameliorate Body Lotion – £27.50
Do you remember the post I wrote about my dreaded ‘chicken skin’ arms a few weeks ago? Well this brand-new product is set to banish the skin condition that causes that bumpy fugliness – keratosis pilaris. It’s a patent-pending formulation that “combines optimum levels of lactic acid, with a unique multi-active skincare complex of natural ingredients”. These ingredients nurture and condition, encouraging the skin’s natural exfoliation process which, in turn, helps to retexturise rough, dry, bumpy skin. I’ve been using it twice a day for a few weeks now and regardless of the positive results, I love the smell and texture of this cream. If I like using a product I will use it more, so that helps as you’re advised to use this twice a day. My arms are really improving, so it will definitely be repurchased when it runs out.
E45 Nourish & Restore Lotion – £4.85
If you’ve read Poppy’s World for a while then you may remember that at the end of last yearI went on my first cruise. Cruising is usually associated with sunshine and lazing about on deck, but my experience was a snowy one as we set sail to Bruges for the Christmas markets. The Caribbean it was not!
I said back then though that I’d definitely give life on the water a go again, so probably the most polar opposite cruise I could take would be a Nile cruise, right?!