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Seven Summer Vacation Beauty Essentials 

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As someone with an eclectic collection of beauty products, I sometimes struggle to limit my selection for travel purposes. For my recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I knew I’d need to consider sun protection. I also selected products that could comfortably withstand the heat. I would undoubtedly recommend any of the following products either for their compatibility with warm climates or ease of travel. If you’re planning a summer vacation then these are worth keeping in mind. 


Not only is this a staple in my daily routine but in my travel makeup case too. A dual-ended tool featuring a waterproof pencil and an ink stain. I tried and tested this to its limits and it endured long haul flights, days sweating in the sun and even long periods of time underwater- snorkelling of course. Although there were times my brows returned to the hotel room mirror not exactly as they had been at the beginning of the day, the general look was always impressively similar. 


Waterproof mascara is an absolute vacation essential. Although I find them a nightmare to remove at the end of the day, the ability to wear without worry throughout hot days is entirely worth it. This one stays completely put. As I don’t wear waterproof mascara too often generally, affordability is key.

Vacation Beauty Mascara
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A cult beauty favourite which I featured in my 2019 New Year Beauty Staples. I’ll grant that it doesn’t have the most appealing scent but boy does it do the job. 


As a proud Skinfluencer, Dermalogica products feature heavily within my skincare routine. What I’ve been most impressed by recently though, are their SPF products. Unlike most of their unscented skincare, their primer has a calm-inducing lavender scent. Boasting SPF 30, I was expecting a dewy finish at best but was very pleasantly surprised to discover a matte finish that blurs fine lines. This is the perfect primer if you’re looking to achieve both effortless sun-care protection and long-lasting makeup. 

Vacation Beauty Dermalogica Products
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Throughout my vacation I switched between this and the above primer, opting for the SPF moisturiser before no makeup days in the sun. Despite 30 degree heat and the scorching sun burning various areas of my body (regardless of spending a small fortune on suncream), my face did nothing more than nicely tan. We all know how important sun protection is, for both health and beauty reasons. As well as health benefits, the moisturiser warrants its luxury price tag by utilising visible light to activate intelligent drone technology which boosts the skin’s natural luminosity. The product also provides all-day hydration, an even skin tone and visibly smooth skin.

Vacation Beauty Leighton Denny Nail Polish
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Leighton Denny is without a doubt one of my top three nail polish brands both for colour range and durability. Their SS19 Wanderlust shade collection is literally designed for vacation. I’ve been wearing peachy shade ‘Private Beach‘ almost consistently for the last few months and am yet to get bored of it. Despite all nail varnish holding up terribly in such powerful heat, I wanted to mention this as the perfect seasonal shade. 

PERCY & REED JET SET GO | £5.00-£8.00

Admittedly, Percy & Reed isn’t a brand I’ve extensively tried. Despite that, I’ve been impressed with what I have, including products from their most recent travel launch. They’re currently offering a free cosmetic travel bag with any purchase of 4+ miniature products. Although I’m someone who isn’t typically eager to waste precious luggage space with shower products, I do like to travel with haircare suited to my own needs. I took a few of their volumising products and despite a constant battle against the humidity, I was impressed.

Vacation Beauty Percy & Reed
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I’m most excited for new beauty products designed for or around the warmer seasons. Brighter colour palettes inspire and fresh-faced looks are often more comfortable and forgiving to the skin. These are all products I highly appreciated over my vacation and which I’ll undoubtedly be using throughout the rest of the summer (if we get one in Britain). Have you tried any of them yet?


*  This post contains PR Samples which have been sent for me to review and give my honest opinion about. I was under no obligation to feature. All words, images and opinions about the suitability of the product are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply what corinne did

    Your photos are amazing! I feel like your vacation beauty essentials are my daily essentials ahah! i do bring nail polish and sunscreen on holiday though!

    June 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Aw thank you! They are basically daily essentials too except I don’t usually opt for waterproof products at home x

      June 13, 2019 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    This post came at the most perfect time for me as I’m going away in two weeks, I love the urban decay all nighter setting spray it really just glued the makeup to your face for hours which is needed in the hot weather. Those dermalogica products sound amazing especially the skin perfect primer, I need that I’m my collection! X

    June 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh have the best holiday! I agree, it does such a great job. SPF is so essential, especially anywhere hot! The Dermalogica ones are amazing x

      June 13, 2019 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh

    Which would you recommend the most between the primer and the moisturiser?

    Looking for a good SPF!

    Ashleigh |

    June 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      If you’re only going for one I’d say the moisturiser- you get a lot more product and it can be used under other primers too so its a little more versatile! x

      June 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Some fab products here! I’ve heard nothing but good things about dermalogica products. Brow products are a must for me – I can probably leave wearing any make up but I feel so much better with my brows done!

    June 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Savannah

    This is a great list! I haven’t tried any of these but I will be sure to add each of them to my beauty wishlist. Thank you very much for sharing!

    June 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They all proved so useful while I was away! I hope you love them as much as I do! x

      June 13, 2019 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply dora

    I need a good waterproof brow pencil for when I travel so I can’t wait to try your suggestion

    June 14, 2019 at 1:47 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I hope you love Brow Blade as much as I do! x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    Ah I loved this post so much! Summer beauty is my favourite (probably because I HATE Summer clothing, haha!) and I’ve added that Urban Decay brow pencil to my shopping list for my holiday… 😍 I love the all nighter spray too, a definite Summer staple! The Leighton Denny nail polish is such a beautiful shade, that may also find it’s way into my holiday beauty bag…

    Such gorgeous photos too, you always nail it with the photography!

    – Gillian x

    June 14, 2019 at 7:15 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you, I’m so glad! The brow pencil is amazing, I use it every day anyway but took it with me just for ease of use and I was so impressed by how well it stood up in the heat! x

      June 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply SundayDahlias

    Definitely need good setting products! I’m all for the waterproof mascara too to give me a good curl all day and last too!

    June 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Absolutely! They’re both essentials aren’t they?! x

      June 16, 2019 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Eena

    This is a great list, Soph! The waterproof mascara is the same one I use and it gives me life, haha. Thanks for sharing this list!

    cabin twenty-four

    June 15, 2019 at 5:05 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thanks Eena! I’m so glad you like it too x

      June 16, 2019 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    This is a really useful post! I always find it so difficult to find good beauty products that will survive the heat and water on holiday! I bought a waterproof mascara before my recent holiday to Florida and it was rubbish! So I’ll definitely give this one a go!

    June 16, 2019 at 11:39 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Oh that’s such a shame, they’re so essential in the heat/ around pools etc aren’t they?! I hope you had a great time in Florida x

      June 16, 2019 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Carly

    Such a good list! It’s hard to find products that will withstand the heat so this is great to know.

    June 16, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I agree- these ones were all brilliant x

      June 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Kristin Harris/Tales From Home

    I always have a hard time figuring out what to take with me make-up wise when we go on vacation! These suggestions make a lot of sense, thanks for the tips!

    June 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I struggle to narrow the selection down to be honest but these are ones I’d always take on future vacations! x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Becca

    These photos are amazing! Definitley adding some of these to my to try list 😂 especially the mascara!

    June 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I hope you love them as much as I do x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I’ve been dying to try the brow blade, I’ve heard so many great things. I find it so hard to choose what I’m packing to take away with me too! Love the sound of the Dermalogica moisturiser X


    June 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s a new favourite for sure! I do as well, I take a lot of my usual routine but wanted to single out these few as being perfect specifically for travel! x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    I’m in definite need of a new mascara so the one you have mentioned here is one I’ll try! xx

    Lucy |

    June 16, 2019 at 9:19 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      This isn’t one I use a lot at home to be honest but its one of my favourite waterproof ones!x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply mercy

    I like Maybelline colossal mascara and I always go back into this after using something else. Percy & Reed packaging looks really cute.

    June 17, 2019 at 5:21 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you like it too! I’m always impressed by Percy & Reed x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Thanks for all the tips! I really need that Urban Decay brow blade especially as it seems to have some staying power.

    June 17, 2019 at 6:12 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      You totally do! It’s an incredible product x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    I love your makeup itinerary for the summer. Big plus that they don’t cost a fortune either. Oooh yes, it is so important to have some SPF protecting your skin. Thanks for sharing all of these skincare and beauty products!

    Nancy ♥

    June 18, 2019 at 5:54 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I definitely agree, SPF is so important x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    I like Urban Decay products and I am interested in trying the Brow Blade. I’ve seen Maybelline’s Go Colossal mascara but haven’t tried it yet. I enjoy finding out from you what products work and don’t work.

    June 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I really couldn’t recommend the Brow Blade more- it’s one of my favourite products now. I’m so glad!x

      June 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Chloe Chats

    Fab list of vacation essentials. I always buy an affordable waterproof mascara for when I go on hols, I’m like you, I don’t tend to wear them unless I’m on holiday.. purely because they are such a pain to get off sometimes haha, but its great when you’re constantly in and out of the sea!

    Chloe xx

    July 1, 2019 at 9:31 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you see where I’m coming from, they’re super handy but only at very specific times! x

      July 2, 2019 at 10:56 am

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