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// Holiday Favourites



It's been a while since I've done this, what with being away, so I've decided to do something a little different this Monday. I thought i'd mention a few products that I have enjoyed using during my holiday.

MAC Paint in Bare canvas


This has been the best base for my eye shadow over my holiday, It was so hot and humid in Florida and I really found using this paint really kept my eyeshadow in place all day. I love this product so much, I think they often get forgotten about as a lot of people use paint pots. I much prefer the consistency of the paint, its creamier and is a real great base for e/s especially the brighter colours it really emphasises the colours and adds hours on to your e/s wear.

Bio Oil


What a godsend! I always rave about this, seriously I could not have lived without this the last two weeks. My skin was so badly dehydrated, from too many late nights, not enough sleep and generally because my body was dehydrated. As soon as I washed my face wether it be evening or morning I applied a generous amount if bio oil and really let it absorb in to my skin and it definitely helped. My skin is still not 100% but I guarantee it would have been a lot worse had I not used this.

Elemental Herbology flower harmonising mist


Again a real godsend for this holiday I used this right before the application of my make up and I took it out with me most days. It really refreshed and revived my skin. It was pretty much a handbag essential, you can read my full review on this product


Inglot lip paint in 66


My girlfriend Tali had given me this and wow I love it. I haven't tried much from Inglot. I get a bit funny with stores like Inglot I go in and end up getting totally confused because there's too much to look at! This is, however gorgeous, it's just a perfect pink. The idea is similar to NARS' lip lacquer although what I really like about this is that it is no way as sticky as the NARS'. It glides on to the lips effortlessly, smells amazing and gives just the right amount of colour. I used this during the day and on a few nights out. It looks great on it's own and over lipstick.

MAC e/s in Graphology and Contrast


This holiday I have really enjoyed going for a dark/deep blue smokey eye. I think in some ways it's more intense and less flat than a black smokey eye. These two eyeshadows are my absolute favourite for creating that look. Graphology is a matte navy that is so dark it can often look like it's black. Contrast on the other hand is just as dark and has a dark blue shimmer shot through it.. It used to be the only colour I'd use for a smokey eye. I created this navy blue smokey look a few times when I was away, I teamed it with a bronzed face mainly using NARS Casino to contour and Peachtwist on the apples of the cheeks. I went for a nude-ish lip using NARS Chelsea Girls lip lacquer.

Nuxe Shimmer oil


WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW I can't even explain how much I love this!!!!!! I was so lazy to moisturise my body when away and this just did everything for me.. it was a moisturiser, a glow, a shimmer.. everything. This oil is high in Vitamin E so you feel that it is moisturising when you spritz it on to your body. It can be applied everywhere/anywhere. It just has the most beautiful level of shimmer and really emphasises a tan. I wore this every night out and my body just seemed to glow. What's great is that despite the shimmer it doesn't transfer on to your clothing. One thing that was slightly annoying was that my pump seems to be a bit dodgy so mine tends to spritz this all over the place haha..The hotel floor ended up super shimmery! The texture is so beautiful I urge you to try this, it's a holiday essential. It is so light on the skin and considering it's an oil it really doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy/oily.

Shu Uemura lipstick in BG 954M


I may have found my current favourite muted brown lipstick, absolutley love this and wore it so much when I was away! It actually replaced Half N Half which I didn't use as much as I thought I would. I love the consistency of Shu Uemura lipsticks.. the only negative thing is that I don't feel like they last as long on the lips..However this shade totally compensates for that.


Shu Uemura blush in P Gold 93D


I used this as a highlighter and although looking at it, it is sorta scary because it's so YELLOW! It is honestly BEAUTIFUL on the skin.. the perfect GOLDEN highlighter and it really worked well with most of the blushers I used on holiday. The shimmer is so fine, that you don't end up looking too glittery/sparkly and I really like that. Obviously my swatch doesn't do it justice as its swiped with my finger, but applied with a brush.. its AMAZING. (P.S this picture came out a little dark!)


So there you have it my holiday favourites! Have any of you tired any of these products? If so which? and what do you think? Is there anything I have mentioned that you would like to try?

I Thought I'd add this tag in my MouldyFruit Monday.. I thought it's a fun way to start the week.. I tag you all in this one! Thank you Tali for creating this..

Would You Rather..

Never use mascara again or bronzer again?

I'd rather never use bronzer, to be honest I don't use bronzer THAT much..I would die without mascara I feel so naked without wearing it! I can deal without bronzer as there's always a bronze toned blush to compensate.

Only be able to buy high end make-up or drugstore make-up again?

High End, I only really buy drugstore mascara, because I like to try the latest..But there's no way I could give up my MAC or NARS.

Be In Love or Be Loved?

HMM.. Tricky one.. being in love is the best feeling ever, BUT I'd want to be loved too! lol..

Go out with chipped nail varnish or unshaven legs?

Depends I'm fussy with my nails.. If I had leggings/tights/trousers on I guess no one would know if my legs were unshaven lol!

Go out with messy hair or no make-up?

Messy Hair.. that sort of happens when I step outside anyway.. come on people its London rain and wind = Messy hair!

Leave the house with an orange tan or peroxide-gone-wrong ginger hair?

Orange tan.. Orange is the way! Loves it..

It were Winter forever or Summer forever?

Summer.. I love the way sunshine makes me feel! Everyone is generally happier in the summer too! I love being able to wear summery clothes and sandals..and have long evenings out and about!

Leave the house with dried toothpaste drool or crusty yellow sleep eyes?

Sleep in my eyes.. Like Tali.. I'd bring out the sunnies lol!

Give up all MAC or Illamasqua products?

I'd have to give up Illamasqua, Sorry.. but MAC has my heart! lol

Lots of Love.. Happy Monday..



  1. it's funny you mention contrast and graphology - I find these colors so pretty but I hardly ever use them because I just don't know how to apply them on me without looking like a freak :) is there any way you could explain/show it to me? thank you sooo much! xx emma

  2. The nuxe shimmer oil sounds fantastic! glad you enjoyed your holiday =) xoxo

  3. great holiday favorites! you are so right about the paints! i use them too instead of paint pots! i sould try that nuxe shimmer oil!

  4. I would love if you could review the NARS Lip Lacquer (assuming you have one) If not no worries but if you do i would appreciate it greatly. I love your reviews and I dont want to fork out that much money until Ive heard the pros & cons. (Im 14 so I dont want to spead that much if its bad)

    thanks a lot

    xoxo stay fabulous

  5. The Inglot lip paint looks pretty! If you can, please can you do a FOTD with it? :)

  6. The colour of the Shu Uemura lipstick looks really nice... a bit like MAC Faux?

    I'm really loving nude pinky browns right now too... they're a good alternative to nudes, which look a bit OTT on my Asian skin!

    Sami xx

    PS - it looks like you had an amazing time in Miami & Orlando... I am tres jealous!

  7. I also love the Nuxe shiimer oil!! Perfect for summer, the glow, the everything!!!

  8. @ Particuliere.. I know what u mean about the colours being a little scary i just blend blend blend til they aren't as strong! I am hoping to do more indepth posts on make up application soon so look out for that hun!

    @ Amelia.. Sure I have a long list of things people have requested to review.. so I will add this to it!

    @ Shortie.. I think may have some fotd from holiday with it on.. I shall have a look! if not i will upload one soon!

    @ Sami.. the Shu lipstick isn't really like faux at all its defo more brown.. i think the hand swatches can be misleading!

  9. I honestly thought that I was the only one that still uses MAC paints!! I got one recently and the salesperson told me that she hasn't sold one in months!

    Anyway, your holiday looked like so much looks amazing!

  10. Hi zara!
    OMG the shu umura gold hadnt been dsicontinued?? I searched hi and low at all stores, they said it had been discontinued.Not sure in Paris, will check out later.Isit similar to MAC Trace Gold?
    Which paintpot do u recommemend? Painterly or Bare canvaz? Im NC43, but my lids are bit darker than the rest of my face.Most of the eyeshadow colours wont show off unless I pack on them like mad hehe!
    I love Inglot!I already bought few stuffs in Dubai few yrs back.During my visit to London earlier this yr, I saw Inglot store at Westfield, was excited once again!
    U really look like Kim K!:D

  11. The shimmer oil looks lovely! And the harmonising mist sounds wonderful. Does it give any sensation to the skin?

  12. Hiya Zara! New follower here :) hope your well. absolutely love your blog and reviews, find them soo helpful and interesting so thankyou. Wow looks like you had an incredible holiday, and you met drake! you lucky thing :) I love how people abroad love the british accent, I always end up speaking alot posher than normal and end up sounding like the queen! lol! that shimmer oil looks gorguz! where can I get that from?? oh and FYI...lloyds pharmacy have currently got bio oil on for half price! i've bought mine! ;)

    Aysha xoxox


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