Travelling Light

Travelling around South East Asia means you need to travel light! Whilst having all of your beauty essentials of course 😜

As you can see in the photos below – here are a few of my travelling essentials. Sun protection is a must. We need it to help protect against skin cancer, pigmentation and premature ageing. You will still tan even if you use a high factor. I promise. Burning is not an option and no one wants to look like a dried prune by the age of 40. As I am fair skinned I have been wearing Avene factor 50 suncream mainly on my face. It’s pretty light on the skin and water resistant – however I would always reapply after a couple of dips in the pool/sea.

My next must is something a lot of us forget about and that’s sun protection for your hair. My hair has been treated and it can get very dry in the sun and repeated exposure to salt, chlorine and humidity. I have also been using the Phytoplage shampoo and hair oil for extra protection as well as Aussie Miracle Moist conditioner. The Phytoplage shampoo also doubles up as a body wash which is handy. These products keep my hair hydrated and stop it from breaking too much.

After a day at the beach there’s nothing better than scrubbing off the day with a light body scrub – this one from Diptyque smells gorgeous and isn’t scratchy or oily which I find irritating with some scrubs. To moisturise I have been using Clarins After sun to rehydrate my skin. For evening I’ll use something with a little more perfume, like this Diptyque body lotion to save me travelling with lots of different scents.There just isn’t enough room in my bag so anything that doubles up is perfect!!

For my face I have been using an Origins moisturiser from their ‘A Perfect World’ collection with an SPF of 25 (I would use factor 50 on the beach). This is an anti ageing moisturiser and it smells amazing. I always keep it in my handbag as constant exposure air con always makes my skin dry so I make sure I have it on hand! Origins Modern Friction is a great face scrub and again not to scratchy. It feels like exfoliating fibres. Be careful to rinse off well because it really stings if you get it in your eyes! 😲

Your world beauty blogger…FRAN 💋




My holiday make-up essential – Chantecaille Just Skin

I have a slight obsession with tinted moisturisers so I thought it was about time I tried this one from Chantecaille. I’d heard it had good coverage, similar to that of the make-up artist favourite, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturisers, so I was excited to try it.

What I love about Chantecaille is that they spend time creating different formulations in their base products that feel natural on the skin. All of their products contain no animal or mineral derivatives and are free of synthetic colours and fragrances, which essentially means they’re nicer to your skin and won’t make you break out.

I much prefer wearing tinted moisturisers and BB creams as opposed to foundations, especially in the daytime as I like my skin to feel like skin and look natural. That said, I still need a product with good coverage.

What I immediately liked about this product was the texture, it felt creamy but lightweight and it blended well onto my skin (I tried two colours, Glow and Wheat). I would wear Glow in the winter but Wheat warmed my skin tone and that’s exactly what I was looking for. The texture is lightweight enough that you can go a little warmer with this product if you choose to.

I’ve found that with my skin type (combination) I can wear this tinted moisturiser on its own and still feel like my skin is hydrated, I’ve found that with some other tinted moisturisers you still need to wear moisturiser underneath. It also has a key ingredient, sodium hyaluronate, that helps to seal in the skin’s moisture.

It’s easy to apply and blends well onto the skin, I found the best way to apply was to use my fingers or a stippling brush. The coverage is good, it really evens out the skin tone.

OK, so it’s not cheap at £57 (for 50g). However, it didn’t take me that long to justify this purchase as I’d been looking for a tinted moisturiser with good coverage that would also give me a bit of colour (I blame the lack of British summer we’ve had this year!) As you can see from the photo below, it does give me a bit of warmth and that’s exactly what I was after whilst evening out my skintone.

This is a staple item in my holiday make-up bag. It has an SPF15 so I can wear it on the beach and perfect for those hot days where I still need protection but don’t want my skin to feel greasy with a heavy suncream. I don’t get an oily t-zone with this product as I’ve encountered that with some other tinted moisturisers, it just suits my skin perfectly. I will buy it again, despite the price tag because it’s one of the those products that’s really impressive and worth the money.


Want to keep your skin looking young? Use a high SPF.

Summer is back, maybe only for a few days but isn’t it nice?! The rays inspired me to write this post about some of my favourite sunscreens. I took this photo whilst on holiday in Spain earlier this year.

Remember, it’s really important to protect your skin from the harmful rays to minimise your risk of developing skin cancer. If we protect our skin from a young age it can stop premature ageing.

Green People SPF 15 Sun Lotion is a nice non sticky suncream that doesn’t irritate your skin as it has no fragrance. My skin can get quite sensitive in the sun so this is a good option for anyone with sensitive skin.

La Roche Posay SPF 50 Tinted Fluid is a tinted lotion with high protection. This is great as it doubles up as a tinted moisturiser and instantly absorbs into the skin. It’s a fluid texture so it’s not heavy on your skin and you can wear make-up over the top. They also do a non tinted version.

Lancaster Sport SPF 30 Stick is good to use on smaller areas where we sometimes forget to apply sunscreen – lips, ears, back of neck. It’s a cream and a stick so a good multipurpose product.