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The holiday makeup wishlist…

There is nothing better than the holiday-hype in the weeks leading up to a holiday.

Booking it. The excitement of collating an itinerary, or not. The nervousness about flying. Buying new summer outfits and searching every shop on the high street to accesorise them! All of this and more…

The most exciting of all, and to me the most important, is deciding on what cosmetics to take and what makeup to buy!


Many take their usual daily makeup and cosmetics on holiday, but ladies… this is an often-overlooked mistake. Complexions and skin can change quite considerably in just a few days whilst overseas – due to weather, sun exposure, daily alcohol consumption and chlorine in the swimming pools. Buying holiday/summer makeup and skin products to suit soon-to-be-tanned skin is so very important, and can really make a difference to how well you look in those dreaded holiday snaps.

On that note, Mad About Makeup have gathered together our top ten holiday makeup favourites which you can add to your wishlist, for when you decide to go on your holiday essentials shopping spree.

1. Cup Cake Mini Strawberry Wet Wipes (Pack of 10)
These tiny wipes are very handy for keeping in your beach bag. They smell lovely and fresh too! (We love the packaging – how cute!) Grab these at In The Fashion for just £1.50.

2. Too Faced Peach Leopard Brightening & Perfecting Bronzer
This gorgeously peachy bronzer has got to be Mad About Makeup’s bronzing product of the year, it transforms the dull in to the dazzling instantaneously. It is lush and available at Debenhams for £22.00.

3. Bare Minerals Mineral High-shine eye colour in Meteorite
High shine eye colour is IN, here to stay (for the summer at least) and looks fabulous on bronzed or dark skin. Two days in to your holiday, when you start to get a healthy sunkissed glow – you will start to notice just how amazing it really is, trust us! What’s great about this product, in meteorite, is that it honestly suits all eye colours – and we do mean all… blue, green, brown, hazel, and every colour in between. Such a great find at only £13.50 from John and Ginger Online!

4. Revlon Custom Creations Foundation with SPF15
Whilst foundation is very important on holiday, it can be difficult to achieve an even complexion after spending the majority of the day in the sun. Revlon have created a custom foundation that allows you to select and mix the colour for a closer match to your natural skin tones, whatever the weather. Obviously, the more you sunbathe – the darker you get, so each day (or two) you are able to select a darker foundation by adjusting the intuitive colour wheel nozzle. Revlon’s Custom Creations Foundation really is perfect for taking away with you. It’s available at most high street stores such as Boots or Superdrug for only £13.99, bargain or what?

5. Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara
Simply the best mascara on the market, period! (In Mad About Makeup’s opinion, of course). A great investment that you will use long after a holiday has ended. Most Debenhams stores stock BADgal Lash Mascara at the majority of their Benefit cosmetics counters for £13.75. Once again, a bargain.

6. Burt’s Bees Soothingly Sensitive Aloe Vera & Buttermilk Body Lotion
Burt’s Bees products really can’t go wrong, this product is perfect for aiding touchably-soft and smooth skin that we all love to retain whilst on holiday. It soothes sunburn due to its naturally-high aloe vera content. The bottle is just the right size too (not to heavy), however ladies, you really won’t be bringing any back with you, that’s a promise! This lovely body lotion is very addictive, especially after being out all day in the sun – it cools skin, morning, afternoon and night. are offering special prices on most Burt’s Bees products, so get buying quickly. Buy Burt’s Bees Soothingly Sensitive Aloe Vera & Buttermilk Body Lotion for only £8.50.

7. NARS Illuminator
NARS are fantastic at creating celebrity-standard cosmetics, and their Illuminator Creams aren’t the exception. They do exactly what they say on the tube, they illuminate. Creating a subtle high-beam, light-reflecting shimmer, their various illuminating tones brighten all complexions considerably. Perfect matches for bronzed or sunkissed skin. Who knows, with these product you might even brave it… without foundation! Buy today at for £21.50.

8. Estée Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge
This summer, less is most definitely more when it comes to applying makeup for the beach. In the heat, wearing makeup and lots of it, is a disaster waiting to happen. Be bold and beautiful – wear nothing but lipstick. Estée Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge is vibrant, yet moist enough to wear all day without drying out. Try it in pink seduction for £20.00. Yes, it’s costly, but is worth it and can be worn throughout the evening too.

9. Balm Balm Lip Balm (or everything balm)
Mad About Makeup are in love with this versatile balm. We’ve used it on lips, elbows, face, and just about any dry skin spot we can think of – whilst holidaying in the sun. It soothes and moisturises in just a few applications. A good affordable and cheaper alternative to Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. Available online from various stores, why not do a Google shopping search to see if you can get a cheap deal?

10. YSL Touche Eclat
A light-reflecting highlighting wand… a classic, a must buy! Buy online at Debenhams for £24.40, you won’t be disappointed!

There are so many cosmetics products to mention, but these ten are what Mad About Makeup feel are essential for achieving the best in holiday looks. We would like to hear your thoughts, so please do let us know if there are any products you feel should be featured here. (We can always create a holiday wishlist – part 2).

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