To avoid my suitcase tipping well over the weight limit, I was begrudgingly very selective about what beauty products I took with me on a recent trip to sunny Fiji.
High on the list were skincare products that promised to protect my skin and hair from the harsh effects of summer weather, while my make-up bag was whittled down to just a few of my favourite products to achieve a natural, beach-holiday look.
True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF 30 Untinted Cream
This moisturising sunscreen is light and creamy in texture and contains ingredients that help prevent sunspots, RRP $50.
Neutrogena Age Shield Face SPF 70
Specially designed for the face, this sunscreen isn’t at all oily and even better, it features a powerful blend of antioxidants that help combat free radical damage and signs of accelerated aging, RRP $23.
Le Tan Sport SPF 30
Perfect for the beach, sports or other activities, this sunscreen is a spray-on transparent gel that dries quickly and leaves no sticky residue. It offers both UVA and UVB protection, as well as two hours water resistance. RRP $26.
Lancome Soleil Flash Bronzer Tinted Self Tanning Face Cream
Instead of exposing your face to harmful UV rays, apply this creamy self-tan to the face and neck for an instant, natural looking glow, RRP $52.
Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion
With cooling menthol, this moisturising lotion feels great after a day in the sun and helps relieve dry, itchy skin, keeping it hydrated for up to 24 hours, RRP $23.
Redken UV Rescue After-Sun Shampoo
After a swim in the pool or sea (a hard day at the office), use this shampoo to deeply cleanse the hair and to remove any mineral, chlorine or salt-deposits as well as restoring any lost moisture, RRP $29.
Matrix Biolage Sunsorials Sun Repair Treatment
Used in replace of a normal conditioner, this 3-minute treatment is specifically designed to help mend hair exposed to the harmful effects of sun, chlorine and seawater. Your hair will feel soft and luscious afterwards, RRP $29.
LEAVE-IN HAIR TREATMENT
Kerastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur
This non-greasy spray should be applied before and during exposure to the sun so to protect the colour and condition of your hair, while maintaining its shine, RRP $36.
VO5 Frizz Relief Elixir Miracle Mist
Great for curly hair that is prone to frizzing, this lightweight leave-in conditioning spray, infused with Satin Silk extract, is perfect for detangling locks that are knotty from swimming in the sea or the pool. It also helps protect against heat styling, locking in vital moisture so that the hair is left feeling soft and looking shiny. RRP $7.
Clarins Super Restorative Tinted Cream SPF 20
For use instead of moisturiser and foundation, this tinted cream has radiance-boosting pigments that brighten the complexion, giving the skin a subtle golden glow without looking like you are wearing make-up, RRP $110.
Elizabeth Arden Double Density Mascara
Great in the hot and humid weather, this smudge-proof mascara thickens and separates lashes, RRP $44.
Revlon Bronzing Face Powder
The three shades in this compact can be used individually to highlight, define and sculpt the contours of your face or used together for an all-over sunkissed glow, RRP $27.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
This pretty pink gloss has moisturising ingredients that condition the lips and help ease dryness and chapping. With SPF 15 in it, your lips can shine during the day without burning, RRP $36.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Mod-ern Girl
This season’s hottest colour for well-manicured nails, coral is the perfect accompaniment to tanned feet and pretty sandals, RRP $22.95