Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Before Barcelona | Skincare and Make Up

My boyfriend and I will be going to Barcelona! This trip was suppose to be a Christmas gift from my boyfriend to us, but he has cheekily add on Valentine's day and our Anniversary on top so it's just a gift for all occasions... he probably would have thrown in birthday if my birthday had been in recent months! He does generally spoil me with affection and other little gifts so I'm not really disappointed. Anyway, I have booked two weeks of work and have some spare time to myself to wind down and relax so thought why not do a few posts on how I prep for a holiday.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish | epoch mud mask | MAC volcanic ash exfoliator | WELEDA Hydrating Masque
 This is my weekly skincare routine, and I also do this the day before any big occasion just to give my skin that extra boost! I start off by cleansing my face with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, getting rid of any grease and dirt. Then move on to my mud mask by nu skin, this will help draw out any impurities that's been building up over the week. Exfoliate to get rid of any dead skin. I like to finish with a moisturising mask cause it makes my skin feel extra soft and locks in all the juicy moisture after all the scrubbing it's been through!

Liz Earle toner | Plant Stem Cell moisturiser
I put some Liz Earle Toner into a spray bottle because I feel like this uses less product and sprays all over the face, which means I will have less spreading to do, which benefits my skin. I'd normally use my Liz Earle moisturiser but since I wanted something light, I went for this instead. I still don't know how to describe it but it's sort of like a gel/serum that works as a moisturising product. My Aunty's Brother gave her some gifts from Korea and this was one of them, and since it's 'Sebum Control', which is better for more youthful skin (i.e. me haha), she gave it to me to try out. I do like it but it isn't good enough to use on a daily basis.

I've already done this routine once (on Sunday) and will probably do it once (on Wednesday) more before I leave.

Travel size Liz Earle Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturise | Pot of MAC volcanis ash exfoliator
This is what I will be bringing with me skincare wise. I won't need a lot since I'm only there for 5 nights, this amongst other products will be going in my 'see-through' bag as we only have carry on bags. I'm kinda freaking out a bit because I am used to having a big check in bag with a lot of unnecessary stuff in it.

make up
I'd love to have a different look for each different day, BUT I am going with my boyfriend and he has made it clear that it will be an exploring holiday, not one of those lounging ones, so I have packed the bare minimum. I'd love to lounge but I heard it isn't going to be that warm out there, so maybe we'll plan something more chilled in the summer. Quick and Easy so I don't have to think and he doesn't have to wait long while I get ready.  

Sorry ladies, but I've realised that I've forgotten to photograph a few products here. Don't worry, I will talk you through it.

For my face I will be using Smashbox primer (after moisturising). Then my Liz Earle Signature Foundation in '02 Ivory' and '04 Almond', which are both warm tone based foundations. I tend to mix 2 parts '04 Almond' and 1 part '02 Ivory' to achieve my colour, this varies from day to day. I will be using my Beauty Blender to apply foundation as it is so quick and the finish is flawless every time. To seal everything in, I will be using Bourjois healthy balance finishing powder in the shade '53 Beige Clair' with my '106 powder' brush by Zoeva.

Lastly, a bit of light contouring underneath the cheekbone area with my very old but very trusty bronzer, Rimmel Sun Shimmer in the sade 'Medium Shimmer'. I will be using my '127 Luxe Sheer Cheek' Zoeva brush for this. And that is the face done!

For my eyes, I'm keeping it neutral and natural, much like the face. I will be using my '231 luxe petit crease' Zoeva brush to apply my Bourjois Little Round Pot Intense Eyeshadow in 'Brun Sienne T8' to apply in my crease, paired with my L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim Intense in black, and finish with my Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in '261 noir' and Smashbox full exposure mascara for a day time look.

For my night time look, I will just be adding on top on my day time look. I will probably take another eye brush with me to apply the shade bourjois 'Noir Fusain T10' over the Brun Sienne shade. When these two colours mix, they create a lovely dark smokey black/brown colour, so I can add a little or a lot to add drama to the eye. The Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eyeliner Pencil is a lot darker, and a lot more intense than the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner, which would be perfect for the night. Touch up here and there, another coat of mascara and I am ready!

My brows will be filled in with Smashbox brow tech trio in the shade 'Brunette', using the brush number '12' by Smashbox. My lips will be going all natural, so just a lip balm or gloss will do, I will be doing a lot of kissing after all so there really isn't any point for lipstick now is there? TMI?


I will be doing individual posts on some of the products mentioned, with pictures of my face and everything in the near future.

This probably isn't my best post but I wanted to do something a little different and relevant to my holiday, definitely room for improvement but hope you enjoyed it anyway! Times like this I'd think a YouTube video would be more entertaining but I am just not ready for the YouTube world... Will speak to you tomorrow with more holiday preparations!



  1. You seem to love the Liz Earle brand! Is it worth looking into getting their products?
    x noirbeanie.blogspot.com.au

    1. Yes I am in love with their products, Liz Earle is just all kinds of goodness! If you are going to try anything, you must try their Cleanse and Polish, everyone I've recommended it to has been loving it! Let me know how you get on with it :)

      Grace x