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Thursday 5 August 2010

Strategic holiday prep

Getting ready for a holiday? I made a special post on holiday packing a while back (see May 31st  ) so today I'm concentrating on the beauty side of a holiday preparation, especially a Summer one! Here are a few of my pre holiday beauty parlour musts:

Manicure and Pedicure
Eye brow shaping
Eyelash tint
Body Scrub
Hair Mask

I actually save on this one and do it myself and perhaps get an upgrade on my pedi that always needs more work..
I love Cowshed pedicurere's. The therapists are meticulous and accurate and the products they use excellent. They have an extensive selection of my favorite polish (Essie), use Seche Vite top coat and an amazing mint foot scrub from Cowhed's own product line. They also get rid of dead skin with an elctric file that leaves your feet baby soft. At £45 it's pricey but absolutely worth it and I bet it will last me a month (with a little help from Seche Vite top coat).

The therapist removing dead skin
The extensive selection of Essie polish
Cowshed minty foot scrub leaves feet baby sofy
... and after!

Painful as it is, it's the only thing that will last more than two days. I always bring with me my electric depilator, but a pit stop for full leg and bikini is always a must. I love Benefit's salons for a good wax, the therapists are very well trained and Adriana at the Spiatafield's branch is an absolute hair removal whizzard. 

The perfectly pink Benefit store (treatment rooms available
only in some stores)

Adriana also waxes my eyebrows to arch-perfection for a tidy look and  in the summer,  I always get an eyelash tint in "blue-black" as I don't like wearing make up. The result is great and lasts 2 months!

Eye lash tint

To prepare my skin for the sun I like to scrub every other day for the body and a few times in the week  a week before going away . Clinique's Sparkle Skin body scrub is one of my favorites because it comes in small granules that don't slide away from the body. For the face I love Dermalogica's Multivitamin therofoliant scrub because it's not too aggressive.

It's always good to give your hair  a good injection of moisture before a holiday in the sun- I love Shu Uemura's Moisture Velver hair range (the hair masque is amazing). What comes with me though, is Kerastase's solar range- shampoo and conditioner have the smell of summer to me!


Finally it's time to pack- same rules apply as my previous post of May 31st but this time, because I am going to several different locations I needed a little help from my "Pack This" notepad (genious). I imagined a line down my bed and lay out clothes for the different holiday destinations: one more fun and colorful the other more nautical and grown up.

Stripes, navy, denim and a touch of neutral for the first part of my brake...
..brights and prints for the last part!
Pack This! note pad from Conran shop


CiCi said...

Oh my goodness, where do you get pencils with your own name on? I want!

Anonymous said...

I want your ckeck list!!!!!


Style At Every Age said...

Where do I get one of those lists? I am a buggar for stationery, totally addicted to it, always have been. Don't leave it too long for the tips, I go away soon!

Meera said...

Laura what are you wearing today? Please post a pic - I have a massive headache and need to be cheered up with a fashion fix! Looking forward to the packing tips xx

Popsy said...

Hi Laura

What do you do tanning wise? Do you fake it and if so what products do you use?

I love your list thing too!


Anonymous said...

yes - where did you get the pencils??? We need to know!

Amy said...

Hi Laura,

I’ve just booked flights for my holiday in September – this post is great and I’m going to revisit the May one too for some packing inspiration – I’m only taking hand luggage for a week! Help!!

Love your posts x

Amy said...

I’ve just booked flights for my holiday in September – this post is great and I’m going to revisit the May one too for some packing inspiration – I’m only taking hand luggage for a week! Help!!

Love your posts x

Anonymous said...

Love this post! Desperate for that check-list! x x

Unknown said...

Oooh that checklist looks handy, where did you buy it from?

Also, which Essie polish do you have on your toes?? It looks gorgeous! I have a sneaky feeling I may own it, but just wanna make sure!! LOL

Anonymous said...

assolutamente ILLUMINANTE come un trattato di filosofia!!!! eccezionale, voglio il notes,le matite,tutti gli smalti ecc.....

petro said...

Can't wait to see you in them all you're holiday packing is amaze!

WIT said...

Ciao girls! sorry for the late reply I was flying yesterday and between one delay and another I got home at 4 am!! Here are the answers to all your questions:
- Essie Colour is Bermuda Shorts by Essie £9.50
- Pencils you can get from letterbox.com and they are super cute + come in lots of different colours. The make a great present.
- the note pad I got from the Conran Shop but for all of you outside london I've seen that by googling "Pack This note pad" you can also find it on the interent.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm and I look forward to showing you the effect of my strategic packing ;-)

Anonymous said...

Just bought my notepads on http://www.presentsformen.co.uk/product-PFM-Pack-List-Notepad-5246/


Anonymous said...

simply F A V O L O S O!!!! Miss T

Style At Every Age said...

Thanks Anon, I'm gonna buy one now!

Becky said...

Great post. Love the nail polish and I need those pack this lists in my life!

Anonymous said...

Hey Laura - my tips to add to this are:
A good scrub using the sugar scrub at Spa at Bluebird...
Pedicure, again Spa at Bluebird...
Hair stuff - Philip Kingsly..
Brazillian (beacause it's the only way), Shelly at Sunrise in Marlow - can talk the hind leg off a donkey so you don't even notice (take painkillers first though)!! And then buy all of Laura Fantacci's style! Love Lizzie x

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