Summer was a bummer. Even though it’s over, you would think us Brits would be used to the wet and this horrid rain by now but every year without fail we get a washout of a Summer and take to social media to play who can turn the heating on the earliest. I won, BTW. With the current washout my partner and I were desperate to feel the sun on our skin one last time and booked a last minute trip to the gorgeous sandy beaches of Alanya, Turkey. I found the deal on Teletext Holidays and as always, I checked TripAdvisor and it all seems to be looking pretty sweet. I thoroughly recommend checking your hotel/resort/beaches/local area etc. on TripAdvisor before heading ANYWHERE as you can be sold a thousand dreams with decent photographs and some slick, well written blurbs. We got a pretty good deal, full board including transfers and baggage etc. for just £340 each! I’ve been to Istanbul a few times as I have some Turkish family members but hadn’t been to a beach resort yet so was keen to see what Alanya had to offer when we jetted off on the 28th September. Unfortunately we didn’t have the best time, we found it dirty and unsafe, especially at night! The beach was beautiful and the weather was amazing but the general vibe of the place didn’t leave us feeling like we would ever come back.
Trying to keep costs low we only took 1 suitcase so that meant having to downsize my usual 10 tonne luggage to just essentials and things I will actually wear/use and not just take for the sake of it (which I have a really bad habit of doing…) so whilst it’s not really a desert island, Turkey has sand and I was limited in what I could take so it’s the same thing, innit.
Superdrug Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes For Combination Skin. The moistest face wipes in the world! Well, next to the uber moist MAC ones which you need to take out a mortgage to keep yourself in regular supply of. These bargain face wipes take off EVERYTHING, including waterproof mascara and the crap load of base I wear. I’ve been re-purchasing these over and over, I can’t recommend them highly enough!
99p for 25 wipes.
Sudocrem. A really good multi-use product that can be used for sunburn, spots, bug bites and erm… a sore butt. I don’t go anywhere without this, I usually travel with the small tube but duty free didn’t have it in stock so I had to buy another pot which is no bad thing as it will definitely get used up. Good if you get pesky shaving bumps around your lady parts too…
£5.99 for a 400g tub
Dove compressed Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. I absolutely LOVE the smell of this! Really fresh and uplifting, perfect if you know you’re going to be getting hot and sweaty as it keeps you dry, smelling sweet and doesn’t irritate as some heavily perfumed deodorants can. The 75ml compressed version is perfect for popping in your hand luggage too if you’re going away.
£2.99 for 75ml
Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Hydrating Lip Cream SPF10. I carry this about with me everywhere I go, it’s the only lip balm that really soothes and moisturises my lips especially when left on overnight. I also love the fact it has SPF10 to keep my lips from getting burnt. Haev you ever had sunburnt lips? It’s not fun! It’s creamy enough to wear under a matte lipstick too, I’ve re-purchased this more times than I can remember and keep one at my desk, at my partner’s and in my bag.
£2.63 for a 5g tube
Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Oil Treatment Mask. Possibly the best hair mask on the high street, my hair is naturally a dry, frizzy unmanageable mess and this really helps to tame it and keep me from looking like Worzel Gummidge in lipstick. I use this in place of a regular conditioner as my hair is so dry and I also use it to tie my hair back if we were going in the sea/pool to help protect it a bit from all the chemicals and salt water. When I rinsed it out at the end of the day my hair was soft and shiny, for the price you really can’t complain and I’ve repurchased it twice since.
£6.99 for a 200ml tub
L’Occitane Repairing Oil. In honesty I took this as I was trying to use it up and didn’t care how much I was using as I tend to get through my beloved Morrocconoil at lightening speed and that stuff costs a pretty penny! The repairing oil doesn’t do as good a job as Morrocconoil in my opinion as my hair is pretty hard to manage and for the price tag, and being L’Occitane I was expecting to love it as there’s not much from the brand I dislike. It’s OK for a basic serum but there are definitely a lot better out there for a lot less money! Oh, and it smells like bad breath.
£20.00 for 100ml
The Vintage Cosmetic Company tweezers. I couldn’t go anywhere without tweezers, you never know when you need to pluck out a stray moustache hair! My hair grows SUPER fast, and not just the hair on my head, my legs, eyebrows etc. miraculously sprout a wild bush overnight and I have to pluck something at least once a day to avoid looking like a woolly mammoth. Fun times. These look pretty and they do a damn good job of getting those tiny hairs that feel like spikes when you run your finger over them.
Bach Rescue Pastilles. So let me tell you a funny story, I freaked out when I realised we were going to be just 400 miles from the Syrian border and was terrified our plane was going to be hijacked and I was going to get my head cut off by Jihadi John. I never usually have a problem flying but I felt quite unsettled at the airport and grabbed these in duty free. I think they’re more of a placebo as I didn’t physically feel any different but I got through the flight without causing a scene and they taste pretty good. Not sure I’d buy them again, I just won’t be going back to Turkey any time soon…
£4.69 for a 50g tin
Garnier Ambre Solaire BB Sun Face Protection SPF30. I really like BB creams, even though it took me quite a while to fully get into them I don’t think I could go back to using just a foundation again. This one is OK, it’s not the best as the coverage isn’t great and it can get a bit greasy but for a week in the sun it’s all you need. I’m fair skinned and burn easily so I like to smother my face in sun protection, I also like the Clinique City Block but it’s quite pricey and I feel the Ambre Solaire one is fairly similar in terms of coverage.
£16 for 30ml
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. I have a serious love/hate for this product as it really does deliver on it’s claims to give your lashes length and volume whilst not looking like false lashes but definitely giving them real definition. I love the packaging, the wand and the formula and bonus points as it lasted all day even though I went in the sea with it on like a doughnut and several waves went over my head! It didn’t smudge, flake or irritate my eyes but came off easily with a face wipe, basically everything you could want in a mascara… BUT it’s very expensive, I wear make up every day and get through quite a bit of mascara and forking out £19.50 a time really doesn’t sit well with me. Not to mention a tube only lasts around a month as it dries out so quick! I’m not loving Benefit as a brand at the moment either due to the disappointing beauty calendar. Hmmm.
£19.50, YES £19 bloody 50 for 8.5g
Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace. I LOVE Sleek blushers, for the price they’re amazing. Really highly pigmented, smooth and in a range of flattering shades that are dupes of more expensive brands. I’ve had this one for ages and I’ve hit pan on the coral as you can see by the pic, for my fair skin it gives me a ‘just in from the cold’ flush that I wear most days. The middle shade is a lot like NARS Orgasm and the orange shade also looks great on the apples of my cheeks when I’ve applied an all over matte bronzer. I had a bit of beef with Sleek when they first came on the scene over something on Facebook, I can’t quite remember what I think it was their servers not being able to handle a 50% off sale? I remember their social media staff being a bit pants and that did put me off… Brand image is SO important to me but I do love their blushers.
£9.99 for 20g