Friday, 15 July 2011

Realistic Holiday Glamour

For those of you who are lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere hot this summer, looking your best by the pool or on the beach is likely to be on your mind.
Many magazines suggest getting glammed up with light, melt-proof foundation, waterproof mascara and golden, stay put cream eyeshadows to look gorgeous and polished on your holidays. But I say let your poor skin breathe! It's smothered in make-up all year round so during the daytime on holiday is the perfect time to give it a much needed break.
Lets be honest, how many non-celebs like you and me actually look like we've stepped out of the pages of a magazine when we're on holiday? Less Beach Goddess and more frizzy hair and white bits. You don't want to completely abandon all pride in your appearance but the beach and pool just aren't the type of places for bangles and lipstick. Especially if you do what the magazines often forget about and actually have a dip in the pool or the sea.
For a much more enjoyable, practical holiday that isn't all about posing follow my tips below.

1. I know it's boring but covering your head from the sun's dangerous rays is important unless you want a burnt scalp or sunburn. Trust me, I've been there.
Luckily, hats, turbans and headscarves are very on trend and cheap. If you don't have the time to buy any of these before you go away try the souvenir shops when you get there. I visited Lanzarote in April and the shops were full of straw trilbys and stetsons aswell as headscarves in bright colours and floral prints.

2. You can't go wrong with a pair of shades. There are so many styles to choose from at reasonable prices on the high street; from classic aviators to fashionable round sunglasses. You can look good and protect your eyes at the same time. Plus, no-one will notice your make-up free eyes. Try asos, Topshop, River Island, Urban Outfitters and Dorothy Perkins for this seasons hottest shades.

3. There are so many lip balms and glosses with an inbuilt SPF nowadays so you can protect and plump your pout at the same time.

4. Hair is best left loose or put in a ponytail, bun or plait which is low enough for you to still wear your hat, turban or headscarf. Your head gear should protect most of your hair from the sun but if you plan on going swimming you may want to apply some leave-in conditioner to your hair to protect it from the chlorine and keep it soft.

5. Save jewellery for the holiday drinks after sunset. Too many accessories by the pool look over the top and they are likely to get lost or ruined. I learnt this the hard way when my favourite charm fell off my bracelet and got lost somewhere in the swimming pool. I never found it and was gutted.

6. Last but definitely not least, make sure you slap on the suncream in a decent factor (at least 15) and reapply often.

So, don't worry about looking perfect on the beach or by the pool on your holiday. Only celebs and people who take themselves too seriously sunbathe in a full face of make-up. How are you supposed to get a tan through it anyway? Holidays are for relaxing so ease up a bit, let your hair down and enjoy yourself.

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