Well, it’s pouring with rain and the skies are thick with grey cloud here in London. Yes, it must be the ‘summer’ holidays! Thankfully, we’re both jetting off to sunnier climes in a few days – V with her family and M with hers. We don’t do everything together…although unbeknown to our husbands, we’re plotting a Verymakeupmad get together in the beauty mecca that is Sephora, given that we’re both going to be in Florida. Ssshhhh!

So we’ve been busy packing all day and wanted to share with you our individual summer holiday, beauty must haves. The products that we’d never risk leaving the country without. So here goes…




V’s must-haves (clockwise from above): Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £15, V will be slathering this cult cream onto her hair daily, to protect against damage from chlorine, saltwater and UV rays; Vichy Ideal Soleil BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF50, £14, this hydrating, tinted sunscreen melts into the skin and creates a flawless complexion; Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner, £23.50, & Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil, £31, V’s popping these handy mini versions of her favourite cleanser & toner into her washbag; Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, £17, another mini, this sublime dry oil is one of V’s holiday nighttime favourites – it gives limbs a gorgeous sheen & is also great for nourishing hair; The Ordinary “Buffet“, £12.70, V can’t be without this anti-ageing serum which she’s been using daily, under her moisturiser, for several weeks. She’s noticed a big difference in her skin; Elemis Liquid Layer, £32 this ultra light sunscreen, with SPF30, is great worn under make-up as it’s not sticky or tacky; Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, £32, a beautiful golden highlighter that looks amazing on summer skin. V dabs onto her cheekbones, browbones, down her nose & along her collarbone. Plus the coconut scent is totally tropical; Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, £19, with its water-resistant, non-smudge formula, V will be sure to wear this on the days her kids – and hubbie! – drag her to a water park; Estee Lauder Essential Face Palette, £45, this has all you need for a summer look – beautiful eye and cheek shades and a great bronzer. No need to pack anything else!; Nars Laguna Bronzing Powder, £29, OK, V wasn’t lying when she said the Estee Lauder Palette has all she needs, but she can’t resist packing this best-selling shimmering bronzer either!; Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Topper in St Tropez, £13.50, this pale, beigey pink lip topper can be worn alone or over lipstick for a dazzling, high-shine finish.




M’s must-haves (above): Clinique Chubby In The Nude, £24, perfect for touch-ups, this handy foundation stick is oil-free, so great to use in the heat; Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, £18, M loves this raspberry shade of lip balm which delivers maximum moisture and a fabulous, summery colour; Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc, £33, this powder gives the most gorgeous glow and M uses it as blusher, eyeshadow & highlighter; PS Bronze Liquid Bronzer, £3, M spied this product recently in Primark, and at less than the cost of her daily latte, she just had to snap it up. She’ll report back after her hols!; Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, in the Vintage Vamp, £39, this eyeshadow quad looks great on sunkissed skin; Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation, £32, this is a staple in M’s holiday make-up bag – a compact foundation with SPF30, that she swears by; YSL Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Lumieres Majorelle, £43, when better to wear these vibrant turquoise, green and yellow eyeshadows than in the summer heat? They look incredible on and suit all eye colours; NYX Doll Eye Mascara Waterproof, £8, another waterproof formula, M loves this mascara which really curls and lengthens lashes; Tom Ford Lip Lacquer, £29, gives the most luxurious, pearly sheen and smells yummy too; Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Lychee Parfait, £22, this gorgeous nude shade conditions the lips with vitamin E & olive oil and M reckons it looks great with a tan; Nars The Multiple in Malibu, £29, M always packs this iconic, multi-purpose stick to use on her cheeks, eyelids & lips for a flattering hint of colour; Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm, £18, this is the first time that M has bought this balm, but she has high hopes as it’s had 5 star reviews; Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion, £20, we all know a fake tan is safer than a real one, and this lotion is foolproof; Nars Orgasm Illuminator, £23, M loves dabbing this on as a highlighter or sometimes goes crazy and applies all over the face!; Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, £15, this is the perfect balm to soothe irritated, dry, cracked skin. M never travels without it; Tom Ford Sheer Highlighting Duo, £58, because you can never pack too many highlighters, and Tom Ford’s is the Rolls Royce of them!

So that’s it. Our holiday make-up bag edits! And if we bag some beauty bargains in the States, you’ll be the first to know! We’ll be back with a vengeance in early September…

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Love & safe travels,

We’re hoping to look as bronzed as this on our return! And we promise to tan safely…




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