Edwina Ings-Chambers: The best holiday beauty products

Jetting off this summer? From budge-proof mascara to miracle oils, here are the holiday beauty products worth packing…

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Deck of Scarlet Threeway Solid Lip Oil in Natural Nectar, £25, deckofscarlet.com. This three-inone lip colour combines the sheen of a gloss, the colour of a lipstick and the care of a balm. A glamorous and handy little space-saver for holiday packing. Available in a range of shades.

Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions Mascara, £29, hourglasscosmetics.co.uk. Yes, we know this is pricey as mascaras go, but in our defence we have found this to be properly waterproof even when combining swimming pools and general summer sweat (sorry, ‘skin dew’). It’s a bestseller for a reason.

RMS Beauty Eyelights Cream Eyeshadow, £25, spacenk.com. This eyeshadow offers long wear and no creasing. It also adds a shimmering metallic finish to eyes with just one swipe and instantly dresses up a look, but can be layered to add more drama. Comes in an aluminium tube and with a key so you can twist out even the very last drop.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Reflect Highlighter Stick, £36, victoriabeckhambeauty.com. Even if you’re not a regular highlighter user, it is a must for holidays as the sunlight will really catch it and help to illuminate and play up cheekbones. This, from Mrs B, is a good ’un and comes in sleek gold packaging.

Under a tenner

Barry M Fresh Face Cheek & Lip Tint in Summer Rose, £4.99, boots.com. A simple way to add a sheer (but buildable) dash of colour to lips and cheeks – and feel free to apply it to eyelids too. All in a portable squeezy tube. Other shades available.


Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Joyful, £15, nailberry.co.uk. A cheery spicyorange red in a vegan formula.

Leighton Denny in Crazy For You, £12.50, leightondenny.com. This glittery lemon can be used as a top coat to pep up another shade or worn alone for a hit of glitz.

Manucurist Natural Nail Colour in Light Blue, £14, manucurist.com. Blue is a top polish shade this year and we love this pastel option from the new vegan brand.

Under a tenner

Max Factor Miracle Pure Nail Polish in Coconut Milk, £6.99, boots.com. White is now a summer classic and adds an extra pop against sun-glowy skin.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Isle See You Later, £7.99, essie.co.uk. A vibrant magenta pink that sums up happy holiday vibes.


Emma Lewisham Illuminating Body Oil, £52, emmalewisham.co.uk. A two-in-one product, this delivers a lovely dose of hydration while also adding a shimmering touch of bronze to skin and really comes to life in summer climes. Refills are available.

Andrea Garland Lemon Balm Body Gloss – Roaring Twenties Edition, £24, andreagarland.co.uk. For an invisible sheen to limbs, try this gorgeous offering from natural lip balm queen Andrea Garland. It’s really moisturising and has a fresh fragrance of lemon and geranium that doubles up as natural bug deterrent.

Spots & Stripes Awesome Arnica Balm, £16, spots-and-stripes.com. A useful on-the-go product, this cream can help reduce the look of bruises, calm irritated skin and ease aching muscles. Very upbeat packaging too.

Lancaster Sun Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion, £24, cultbeauty.co.uk. Another holiday classic, this not only soothes and hydrates after you’ve been out in the sun but also helps to extend your tan. Use it during and after your holiday to keep the glow going.

Under a tenner

Garnier Ambre Solaire Invisible Protect Sun Mist Spray SPF30, £7, boots.com. This isn’t new but my goodness it is good and really lives up to its name – it sinks in well and works for all skin tones. Protects against UVA and UBB rays. Dries quickly.


Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £19.50, philipkingsley.co.uk. This hydrates, nourishes, adds shine, bounce and generally gives hair major TLC. you can also use it (or any hair mask) to protect hair from holiday sun.

JVN Hair Complete Nourishing Shine Drops, £19, spacenk.com. From one of the hottest brands around, we love this oil for adding shine but also giving dry hair lightweight moisture.

Aveda Suncare Hair and Body Cleanser, £21.50, aveda.co.uk. Another two-in-one, this is great for removing salt and chlorine from hair as well as being a wonderful body wash.

Dock & Bay Quick Dry Hair Towel, £14, uk.dockandbay.com. A very handy towel that soaks up water and dries hair fast. I never travel without one. Comes in a variety of colours and patterns.

Under a tenner

Charles Worthington Sunshine Protect Takeways, £2.99 each, boots.com. These travel-size versions of the brand’s Sunshine Protect shampoo, conditioner, styling salt spray and UV protection leave-in spray help prevent colour fade and dullness.