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Holidays San Francisco

I had hoped to write this post before I went away, but it was just too hectic and I didn’t have a minute. I even had to do an all nighter before going away, so I was wrecked to say the very least and very much in need of the holiday! I had wedding trials, tv show to design, blog posts for a new blog I write for as well as some editorial for a magazine! I ended up packing at 3am and I had to be in the airport for 6.30am 🙂

So I have seen on other blogs that people showed what products they bring away with them. I love these posts and I found it really helpful when trying to plan what to bring. So here is what I brought myself. It is more skincare heavy than make-up, because I knew I was going to buy loads of make-up while away…which has turned out to be true, more on that next time.

Skincare for Holidays


Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute – Light – This is a beautifully scented moisturiser that is not to heavy and is great for the hot weather. It is perfect for my combination skin, keeping my oily nose at bay as well as keeping the rest of my skin nourished.

Kiehl’s Lip Blam #1 – This is hands down the best lip hydrater on the planet. It soothes dry parched lips and gives them a plump feeling. When I was younger always get cold sores on holidays, because no matter what I used on my lips, they would get dry and damaged and then the blasted viral infection would attack. Well not anymore, this is my no.1 defense!

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus – I apply this before I get onto the plane to really shield my skin and keep it hydrated throughout the flight. I find the air conditioning on long haul flights can take it out of your skin. Then while on holidays I like to apply this to wet skin just after the shower.

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster – Throughout the flight I will regularly apply this on my skin, it is so refreshing and has ultra-soothing botanicals that help calm and hydrate sensitized skin.

La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale Spring Water – A fantastic pick me up on a hot day, love spritzing this over my face and on my pulse points to cool me down.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil – I use this to remove mascara and heavy eye make-up, I then use a flannel and lukewarm water to clean my face. I will always try and get samples of products to bring away so that you aren’t carrying too much weight.

The Body Shop Mango Scrub – I always use a scrub to get rid of any dry skin as I find that it helps to make my tan last longer.


Sun Protection:

Avene Very High Protection Spray and Face Cream SPF50 – I never scrimp on your sun factor, it is just not worth getting burnt! I love Avenes products because they are not too thick, rub in really easily while still giving great protection.

Ambre Solaire Medium Protection & Aftersun – Normally will use this when I know I won’t be in the sun for long. Usually bring aftersun, just incase I get burnt, but rarely use it.



The Body Shop Mango Body Butter – I am a huge fan of layering scents. So I would usually use a number of products that compliment each other. At the moment I use quite the cocktail of fragrances. I apply this after I have a shower.

Bath and Bodyworks Midnight Pomegranate Body Spray – I spray this all over my body after the body butter.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – I love the fresh youthful sweetness of this perfume and it works perfectly in hot weather as it is not too heavy.

Mitchum Deodorant – I have been using this deodorant for years and it is fantastic for keeping you cool even during the hottest weather.


Head and Shoulders – I recently changed my hair care products and had quite a terrible reaction. I ended up with a rash and dry flaky scalp, so have been using this good old favourite to clear it up.

L’oreal Professional Mythic Oil – Instead of using a conditioner on holidays, I will opt for a leave in hair oil. The avocado and grape seed oil in this product help to counter act the drying effects of the sun, sea and sand!


I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did, be sure to check out the follow up to this: Holiday Makeup which is coming soon. What are your favorite products to bring on holidays? Do let me know as I love hearing from people.


Lots of love,



PS Be sure to check out what the other beauty Gurus have to say about beauty & holidays:

1.) Viva Adonis do a great post about what’s in their Holiday Make-up Bag: Summer Lovin Holiday Make-up Bag

2.) Lisa Eldridge shares her Long Haul Skincare Routine

3.) Fluff and Flipperies share some fantastic  Holiday Space Savers

Competition Time: Win Some Trilogy Products

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Trilogy SkincareIt has been a while since my last post, but I have just been really busy the last few weeks. I love this time of year when the make-up industry really starts to pick up. I have been busy with weddings, photoshoots, a television show and I also helped out with a 3 ad which had some members of the Irish Football Team in it, which was a great bit of fun.

I was pretty astounded by the response to my last competition, so I have decided to run another one to help lift your spirits and to celebrate it nearly being the weekend again already! Aren’t bank holidays great?

To enter:

Make sure that you are a fan of the Emma Farrell Makeup Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/emmafarrellmakeupartist

Then you can enter by:

Leaving a comment saying “I love Trilogy”  on this post http://www.emmafarrellmakeup.com/10-beautiful-years-of-trilogy/

and either sharing on facebook or twitter by posting this:

I just entered the Trilogy product giveaway by @makeup_emma. Check it out: http://wp.me/pLofS-Q3 

*Competition will close  April 19th and the winner will be announced on Twitter and Facebook, so keep an eye out.

10 Beautiful Years of Trilogy

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I first encountered Trilogy products when I lived in Australia. I absolutely love their Rosehip Oil. It is like a miracle oil that is great for hydrating dry spots or I sometimes use it as a moisturising mask by piling on loads of it before going to bed.

Recently I tried their Rosehip Oil Lip Balm. Lately my lips have been so dry, I mean cracked, peeling and sore! Nothing I tried would heal them, that was until I tried this lip balm. It is different from other salves as it actually sinks into the skin and hydrates rather than just sitting on top of them.

Trilogy Orang-utan

I love Trilogy because not only are the products amazing, but at the heart of their ethos is environmental, cultural and ethical sustainability. Also quite importantly they do not test on animals. 2012 marks their 10year anniversary, they launched their first product range in 2002. To celebrate this special milestone, they’ve launched a limited edition Helping Hand Wash. All profits from the sale of Helping Hand Wash will be donated to Child’s i Foundation.

If you would like to get your hands on some yourself, you can get it at:
Alchemist Earth http://www.naturalskincare.ie
Sam McCauleys http://www.buy4now.ie/sammccauley