One of the things I struggle with on holiday, is getting the right makeup to suit your tan.

How are you to know what colour your skin will be and how do you colour match the unknown.

The best thing to do is to take bronzer with you, this was my saving grace on holiday. I am naturally pale, I do not have a foundation that suits my skin for when I am tanned, I am completely unprepared for that.

I know a lot of people use BB creams etc. but I wouldn’t know how to colour match for my tan prior to going on holiday. I have heard of ones that adjust to your skin colour, I bought one from The Body Shop last year…this didn’t work, it made me a lot darker than what my skin colour was.

When I was on holiday and I started to get my tan on, the products I used for my base was Olay Complete BB Cream SPF15 Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturiser. This was to give myself an even skin tone, it was quite light, but I just needed some additional coverage and evening out.

Over the top of this, I just set it with some translucent powder, as the tinted moisturiser was quite tacky and I wouldn’t of been able to blend products over the top of it. To match my face with the rest of my tan, I just whacked a load of bronzer on, to coincide with the tan on my chest to blend nicely with my face.

The reason I don’t like using my normal full coverage foundation on holiday, is because my skin is always in it’s best condition when I am in a hot country, my tan really brings out my skin and stop blemishes and my dark circles. I do not require a foundation when abroad, which is amazing, also allows my skin to breath with the heat.

I pretty much just keep my makeup quite simple when I am holiday, nothing heavy, don’t want to be clogging up those sweaty pores, causing a breakout.

After getting my base done, I did my eye makeup using the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow stick and blending it out, just to add a pop of colour without having to make too much of an effort. Applied some mascara and I just whacked on some eyebrows which I think just finishes a look.

I think the simplest of looks is the best on holiday, something that’s effortless but highlights your tan. Who wants to spend hours putting makeup on that will probably end up sweating off.

One of my favourite things about being on holiday, which may sound a little sad, but it’s how good my skin feels. Because I’m applying sun lotion throughout the day and then after sun at night, my skin feels so soft, I absolutely love it.

While I was away, I did get slightly sunburnt on back. My own fault, was being too cocky on the first day and started with a factor 30 and for my pale skin, that wasn’t the best choice.

The first few days it was fine, I decided to but some factor 50 for the places I had burnt, but because I was being cheap, I didn’t buy a good quality brand and looking back on it I think this is why I continued to burn. A couple of days in, I just went into the pool like we would usually do, not very long, just for a cool down. Laura noticed that the skin on my back had broken out in blisters, I completely freaked out thinking the worst. It turned out they were just water blisters, of course still not great, but at least they weren’t sun blisters.

Laura really helped me out trying to get the blisters to go away, making sure they were clean and moisturised. By the next morning they had gone and I just re-applied the sun cream and got on with our day as normal. By the afternoon, the blisters had appeared again, I think my keeping my back out of the sun, sweating against my towel, they came back to the surface. It was frustrating as it was only a couple of days until the end of the holiday and now I had to keep parts of my body out of the sun.

The only thing I could do, was to keep it clean and apply aloe vera to it, thank god for Laura bringing that cream on holiday!

When I got home, that is when the peeling really started, I had to buy some cream to make sure I could stop the peeling and to make sure I was keeping the tan.

I purchased the cream Laura bought on holiday with her, the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe, aloe vera is great for sunburn and cooling to stop the itching. Then I wanted to keep my tan as long as possible, so I purchased the Piz Buin After Sun Tan Intensifying Moisturising Lotion.

The holiday really taught me a lesson when it came to skincare, I will definitely make sure that I prepare next time, with different factors of sun cream and aloe vera just in case.

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