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Travel Well Blog Series Part 6: Your 2 Week Beauty Countdown

Getting your suitcase and wash bag sorted for your holiday is a mammoth task, but you also need to get yourself in top tip fashion ready to lap up those rays!

Follow our 2-week guide to prepping your hair and skin, in time for your trip.

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Holiday Hair Colouring

A couple of weeks before you go away is the perfect time to tackle those tresses. If you plan to be in the pool on holiday, having it dyed a fortnight before is the best option. This gives your hair time to rest before it comes into contact with chlorine.

If you have any re-growth (or pesky greys) then pop to your hairdresser or grab a box of (VG fave) Nice'N Easy Root Touch Up

If you’re short on time or don’t think your roots are that bad (yet) then a brilliant must have is L’Oreal’s retouch instant root concealer spray! The mini bottle is travel friendly, so you can pop in a cosmetic pouch and take with you on your holiday.

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Lorton Cosmetic Pouch - £8

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If you like highlights, then get them a few shades darker than normal because the sun will lighten your hair anyway.

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Spruce Up Those Feet for the Beach!

When sandal season is upon us, it’s time to sort out the feet. Follow our 3-step routine to silky smooth skin.

  1. After a shower when your feet are at their softest, use a pumice stone to scrub away any dead skin cells.
  2. Use a foot scrub (or make your own with granulated sugar and some lemon juice) and rub into trouble areas, such as the heels and balls of the feet. Leave on for a couple of minutes and then wash off.
  3. Massage foot cream into the skin, not forgetting to get in between the toes! Pop some socks on and leave for a few hours for maximum effect. Voila!

Check out our must have beauty buys blog post for our favourite foot cream.

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Hair Removal to Prepare you for the Pool

Getting those pins ready for sunbathing is an important pre-holiday task. Start by exfoliating with a body scrub and mitt to remove dry skin. Now it’s time to de-hair. Whether you are a shaver, waxer or like a hair removal cream, removing hair after exfoliating helps you achieve a smoother finish.

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Body oil is a great product! It moisturises your skin and gives that celeb glow we all want. The Body Shop have a great range that smell good enough to eat.

If you are a fan of fake tan, then now if the time to start building up some colour before you head off on your trip.

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Pretty Holiday Nails

2 or 3 days before your holiday is the optimum time to give your nails a makeover.

There are so many great high street gel nail polishes, there’s no need to head to the salon. Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish is long-lasting and in a range of beautiful glossy and professional looking shades, there’s something for everyone.

Pop your chosen nail polish, a nail file and some hand cream in one of our makeup bags, in case you need to re-touch whilst you’re away.

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Polka Dot Makeup Bag - £6

Now is the time to have a haircut as well. A trim is really important before going away somewhere hot. Sun, sea and chlorine is very drying for our hair, so getting rid of any split ends before you go on holiday helps keep your locks in tip top condition.

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Freshen Up with a Rejuvinating Facial

As well as any last-minute packing and making sure you’ve got the passports ready, the night before your holiday is a great time to give your face some TLC. Cleansing the skin to get rid of any dirt and impurities and boost your hydration is important before spending time in the sun, which dries out our skin. Making sure your moisturisation levels are topped up is creating the blank canvas ready to get that golden glow. 

If you want to really treat yourself and you’ve got some spare time, then get a facial. Find a treatment that is specifically designed to hydrate as well as being deep cleaning.

For a quick and easy fix, there are plenty of brilliant diy face mask recipes. Head over to Marie Claire and find your perfect mask match.  

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You are now ready to jet off! Find your perfect beauty bag and check out our must have products here.

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Why not add your key beauty to do tasks to a calendar so you can stay on top of your holiday prep?

Leave a comment and let us know your top pre-holiday beauty tips.

Love Victoria x

                                                                

You might like to read about our holiday beauty must haves!

Top Tips to Shopping Smarter for Sun Cream

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Travel Well Blog Series Part 5: Find the Perfect Sun Cream

Whether you call it sun cream, sunscreen on sun tan lotion, we all know it is a must have for any summer holiday. There are so many to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one is best.

Well we have done the research for you and rounded up the key facts you need to know when shopping for your sun protection.

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UVs and SPF

There is an abundance of sun cream available on both the high street and online, so what do you need to look for?

  1. UVs: UV radiation reaches us in the form of UVA and UVB rays.

UVA rays cause deep skin damage which leads to brown spots, accelerated ageing and skin cancer. UVB rays are what cause our skin to burn.

Obviously we want to make sure we are protected against both types of UV radiation! Look out for the UVA logo on the bottle. This shows the sun cream meets the EU requirements for how much UVA protection the product gives you.

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Boots have got their own UVA star rating on their own brand ‘Soltan’ products, which makes it even easier to see how much UVA protection each product provides you with (with 5 stars being the highest like normal).

We are protected against UVB rays with the SPF in the sun cream, which we will look at in more detail.

  1. SPF: It stands for Sun Protection Factor and was not introduced until the 1960s. According to a British Skin survey over a third of Brits don’t actually know what SPF means, so what is it?

SPF refers to the amount of UVB protection the cream provides. SPF 30 will block about 97% of these rays and last up to 300 minutes (if applied correctly of course). It is recommended that we use a teaspoon of cream per limb and we need to be re-applying regularly! Slap on the sun cream every couple of hours and of course after swimming.

Does a high SPF mean I am less likely to burn?

Not necessarily, no.There is a misunderstanding about SPF ratings. People assume that SPF 30 provides twice as much sun protection as SPF 15. However, this is not the case.

SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocks about 97%. Anything above SPF 30 only blocks a maximum of 98% of UVB rays so you are not getting much more sun protection for a higher SPF.

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Best Sun Cream for Oily Skin

clinique sun cream

 

Sun cream can feel heavy on your skin, especially your face. This is a problem for those with oily skin and prone to breakouts. Clinique’s face sun cream has a light texture and doesn’t leave you with that greasy residue.

It’s a handy on the go size so you can pop it in a makeup bag to go in your handbag.

Clinique – SPF 30 Anti Wrinkle Face Cream (£18)

 

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Best Sun Cream for Children

boots soltan kids sun cream

 

A spray sun cream is always more fun for the kids! We think the Soltan range at Boots is perfect for the little uns.

The kids’ sensitive cream gets our vote because of the gentle and hypoallergic formula. SPF 50 as we know is not necessarily better protection than SPF 30 but for delicate young skin, parents might prefer the extra 1% of UVB ray protection.

Soltan at Boots – Kids Sensitive Ultra-Light Skincare Spray SPF50+ (£6)

 

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Best Natural and Organic Sun Cream

green people organic sun cream

Green beauty is a major trend and more people are looking for natural and organic products.

Green People are the go to brand for organic skincare and makeup. Try their non-greasy sun cream which is made with nourishing avocado oil and contains 78% organic ingredients!

The perfect choice for people looking for ethical sun protection.

Buy from So Organic – Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30 (£22)

 

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Best Everyday Sun Cream for Holidays

nivea sun cream

 

Nivea is a trusted brand and their sun care range is a favourite with us Brits. The classic ‘protect and moisture’ is a tried and tested cream and with its light weight and non-greasy formula we can see why it is so popular!

The travel sized sun lotions are fab for long weekends away! Tuck them in the small compartment of our Lorton threefold hanging wash bag.

Nivea - Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 Sun Lotion (£7.99)


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Best Sun Cream Applicator

solar buddies sun cream applicator

Do you hate getting sticky and greasy hands when applying sun cream? Maybe your kids hate the whole process as well.

Solar Buddies is the perfect solution! The specially designed bottles are filled with a sun cream of your choice, then the unique roller ball applies the right amount of liquid through its sponge.

The applicator is reusable and you can replace the roller ball heads when they get worn. A great way to make sun cream fun for kids!

Solar Buddies – World’s First Child Friendly Sunscreen Applicator (WAS £8 NOW £6.40)

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Penryn Cosmetic Pouch - £8

A cosmetic pouch is the perfect size to carry your sun cream and other bits and bobs when on the go!

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We hope you have learnt all about the world of sun cream. Have fun in the sun and stay safe!

Have you read about our best holiday beauty buys? Get the full story here.

Love Victoria x

Why Our Hanging Traveller is a Must Have for Your Holiday

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Travel Well Blog Series Part 3: The Hanging Wash Bag is the Perfect All Rounder

Whether you’re going abroad or staying in the UK, our Lorton hanging traveller wash bag aka ‘the mobile bathroom cabinet’ is a must have.    

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You either love it or hate it but packing is something you have to do before a holiday. According to research conducted by Travel Supermarket, 26% of women spend between one and two weeks deciding on what to take.

What about the wash bag? If a quarter of us ladies spend time planning what clothes to take, then what must we be like when it comes to our skincare and makeup?

There are 2 key ways in which the Lorton traveller is the best option for going on holiday:

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  • If you’ve got room in your suitcase, then the whole bag can fit neatly in the corner.
  • If your clothes are bulging out, then the Lorton traveller can lie flat to maximise space.
  • The bag itself is extremely spacious. You can fit full sized bottles in the two main compartments. They can even store four 500ml bottles in one section!
  • The bag has a handy hanging hook which maximises space when you reach your destination. You can simply unzip and hang up, which makes life much easier!

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The three compartments mean you can organise your toiletries more efficiently.

  • Keep all shower and bath bottles in one compartment so all the ‘wet stuff’ is stored together. Each compartment is spill proof so you don’t have to worry about any leakages! The transparent section makes it easy to see what’s inside.
  • Then you can keep your accessories and tools, like cotton wool and hairbands i.e. the ‘dry stuff’, separately.
  • The little transparent zip pocket is perfect for your toothbrush, toothpaste and any smaller items so they don’t get lost.

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  • Sturdy handles that can take the wait of all your beauty essentials
  • Handy hanging hook to save space in the bathroom
  • 2 spacious compartments that you can see through and that fit full sized toiletry bottles in so you don’t need to opt for travel ones
  • Transparent zip pocket bag to keep smaller items safe
  • Durable and waterproof fabric, made to last with zip fastenings on each section to contain any spills!

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