Holiday Essentials – What I Packed

This holiday has flown by! In a couple of days, I will be heading back from Malta to London. It’s been a great holiday so far, a real chill time. I’m sharing here all the items that I would call my essentials that I packed, some a real godsend.

I want to say a huge thank you to all that have messaged to say have a great time. Rest and relax I was told.  Well, I’ve done plenty of that! Honest!


holiday essentials


First up is this Cream (I’m sure it’s White!?)  quilted jacket from M&S It was warm but cloudy the first couple of days and this was perfect to wear in the evenings. Even when it was screwed up in my bag and I popped it out to warm up, not a crease in site, plus it went with everything I packed.

lightweight yet cosy, this textured bomber jacket turned out to be a perfect little winner. It’s also available in Black or Navy.

Holiday beauty essentials



Left to right, first up is my new “can’t get enough scent” 4711 cologne. You may have listened to me talk about this on my Blogger Mail film I love the fresh smell and because it’s so citrus I’m sure it’s kept the nats at bay! I normally suffer from nat bites terribly but they’ve been visiting the other half instead!

Middle – My, I can’t live without Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Great for the lips, I did actually buy my new tube before I flew at the duty-free. I also used this on the other halves burnt shoulders yesterday because it’s also good for sunburn too. I use this morning and night and never have dry lips. I’m sure it’s kept the lip lines at bay too.

Right – The little pot is containing  Estee Lauder DayWear I bought two of these little pots with me and I’ve just started on the second one. This is my favourite all-time hydrating cream! The SPF is a big help, and you may have seen on my stories the little bit of forehead that I missed? Ouch! It just goes to show how a cream and foundation with SPF really works! I love the fresh feel of this too, smelling of Cucumber.


Holiday bags

All three bags are large. The left is a tote. I flew out with this one. Luckily I was able to have a bag and hand luggage flying with British Airways so I took advantage of that. I’ve been laughing at myself, all the people turning up on holiday with their little suitcases, not me! I reckon the hotel reception are wondering if I’m ever going to leave! mine is huge!

The bag in the centre has been my favourite by far. This floppy crochet bag fits so much in, my cameras, my tripod plus all that I’ve needed for a day out. You can see the actual size in the first pick. It’s light and fitted in my suitcase nice and flat. I bought this from Mary’s Living And Giving charity shop but I found a great bag company here that sells loads plus some great on trend wicker bags

The bag to the left is my new wicker bag from Topshop This has worked well with any of my outfits and it’s just so pretty!


holiday bags


Holiday Read..


I’ve been reading this fantastic book written by Tricia Cusden the lady behind the Look Fabulous Forever makeup brand.



Full of makeup tips and fashion advise for us more mature women, it’s a really upbeat read.

“There has never been a better time to be an older woman. We are fitter, healthier and living longer than at any time in history. My intention is to show you how to live your extra bonus years of time as fabulously as possible”



I like the helpful hints about choosing your perfect makeup shades. You can find the Look Fabulous Forever brand here. Well worth a look, the makeup is fantastic


Night time beauty…

I’ve been super impressed with the Caudalie brand. Although it says above that this has been my routine night time beauty care the cleanser and the beauty Elixer I’ve used morning an throughout the day too. What I’m super impressed by is the exfoliator. I’m rarely wowed by exfoliators but this is perfect for me, not harsh yet does the job. I so much prefer the old-fashioned way of exfoliating over the new liquid versions. This makes my skin feel polished and smooth.

I’m also seeing good results from the Premier Cru serum and moisturiser, and had to pack these! However, I will only use these at nighttime because of the lack of SPF even if I’m in the UK. But as I said, good results from using it at night time, the wrinkles are definitely softened.

I will be doing a beauty routine film when I get home, so you will be able to see these items in the flesh so to speak.

Holiday Feet..


Oh, my goodness, I’ve lived in these flipflops since I got here! The Vionic brand has brought out a flipflop range and boy are they comfortable. The sole on these Noosa flip flops still has that little arch that sits perfectly into the arch of your foot and they feel like heaven!


Holiday Makeup..



I didn’t bring that much makeup with me, just the esssentials….



The Joan Collins foundation has to be by far my favourite of the moment. This foundation provides great coverage yet is silky and doesn’t set into your lines.

My Look fabulous Forever Concealer is one of the best-covering concealers I’ve ever tried! I’m on my second palette and couldn’t be without this. It’s stayed well put in the heat when I’ve put my makeup on too.

The Look Fabulous Forever Eyeprime has also been good at keeping my eye makeup in place too. This does what it says it’s meant to do, takes away discolouration plus keeps the makeup in place. Another regular addition to my makeup routine.


A regular nude Lip pencil, this one being Maybelline Color sensational in Velvet Beige. I apply this all over and then apply my lipsticks over the top. Stays on!

Estee Lauder Mascara Sumptuous Extreme for extra Volume, I’ve stuck to this one for years!

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Brow and Eye Pallett – A couple of reasons for taking this. It’s compact, you can use it on your eyes and your brows, but what I really love are the tweezers! The best I’ve ever had and they’re magnetic, so they stay firmly in place in the palette. how cool is that? How many pairs of tweezers have you lost? I’m always losing mine! These are excellent for the shortest of hairs too.



See those tiny tweezers…



Finally, Bronzer. My Look Fabulous Forever Enduring Summer Bronze. The pigment on this is fantastic. No shimmer and it goes on light or you can build the colour up. It blends really well and doesn’t look Cakey

Lipsticks in Joan Collins Divine Lipstick – Suzy Star

Look Fabulous Forever Lustrious Lip Colour – True Coral

Both of these lipsticks are super moisturising and sit lovely on top of the lip pencil. I never have to re-apply and I think it really helps to fill the lips in first with the lip liner. You might like to give this a try. Both are Orange/red tones perfect summertime colours.

So, that’s the beauty lot that I packed. I can’t wait to share what else I had in my suitcase! Speak soon!


Xo Laurie

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  1. June 1, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    That’s quite a packing list! I’d be lucky if I could squeeze any makeup in our suitcases for holiday!
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  2. May 24, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    Lovely outfit and makeup Laurie. I bet you had a lovely relaxing holiday. I really need to get away for a week or 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      It was aazing Claire. Just what I needed xx

  3. May 21, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Love the bags! I have the hardest time picking bags for when i travel!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      Thank you, Lee. I hade some hard decisions to make xx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you Tamar xx

  4. May 21, 2018 / 10:41 am

    You can never have enough holiday essentials, I find it so hard not to pack everything ‘just in case’! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Oh, I know! And then you realise that you just didn’t need it all! xx

  5. May 21, 2018 / 10:11 am

    I am going to follow your lead when I pack for my next holiday #mondaystumbleupon@_karendennis

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:10 pm

      I hope you’ve found some help here Karen? Thanks for stopping by xx

  6. May 20, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I can’t pack light myself! even for an overnight trip. I love your shoes you are wearing with the dress, gorgeous. glad you had a relaxing break sounds like you deserve it! #pocolo

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:12 pm

      Thank you Tracey. I’ve just been to an event with other bloggers and I had the biggest suitcase! xx

  7. May 20, 2018 / 7:47 am

    So glad you rested. We all need a good break sometimes. Gorgeous bags and what an interesting book. Oh and that M&S jacket. Lovely.


    • laurie
      May 28, 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks Anna. I’m so with you on that! I just need to catch up with everything now! xx

  8. May 18, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    I love your selection of bags! The cream jacket and gold wedges are gorgeous too and perfect for holidays! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:18 pm

      Thanks Emma xx

  9. May 17, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful holiday! So much good stuff in this post but those heeled sandals really caught my eye! Fabulous! Thanks for joining the Style Wise link up and if you ever want to guest co-host let me know I would love for you to join us. My email is

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much! I will be in touch xx

  10. May 17, 2018 / 6:11 am

    Great post Laurie – so comprehensive and really informative. There are lots of tips I’ll be following up here. You look fab as ever in that cute white/cream jacket and how versatile it must be. Glad you’ve enjoyed your holiday and thank you for sharing all of your helpful advice.

    Anna x

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you Anna. I’m planning a trip to your little island some time xx

  11. May 16, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    So glad to hear your holiday has been a roaring success. The little white jacket looks a treasure. Those little straw backs just scream out “take me on holiday” eh?! And so interesting that the humble flip flop has been given the Vionics treatment to make them super-comfy sightseeing footwear, I really must check out their summer range.
    Hugs my dearie, happy return home, x.

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:30 pm

      Do check them out Mary! Amazingly comfy! xx

  12. May 16, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I’m totally in love with the M&S jacket! I may have to treat myself to one before I go on holiday in July ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the flip flops. And I’m a big fan of Caudalie Beauty too!

    Louise x

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:33 pm

      Aw, thanks, Louise! We obviously have quite a lot in common! xx

  13. May 16, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I absolutely need that cream jacket. I love the texture so much! #BloggerClubUK

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you. It’s such an easy to wear piece that goes with everything xx

  14. May 15, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I had a good chuckle when I read about your huge suitcase! I cannot travel light either! Even with a huge suitcase, I feel like I’ve only packed essentials ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:37 pm

      Bad eh? I recently went on an overnight stay eent with bloggers and I had the biggest suitcase. I need to sort myself out! xx

  15. May 15, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I love the bags and I am using Caudalie as well! Such a lovely collection. Happy holiday and stay fabulous! Cheers from NYC.

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Thank you! The more items I try from the Caudalie brand, the more I love it xx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      You must look it up Maria! It’s fantastic xx

  16. May 15, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I love the white look combined with the fuchsia, you look wonderful! The jacket is cute and the bag is beautiful.

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:41 pm

      Thank you Josep-Maria xx

  17. May 15, 2018 / 1:57 am

    I think you always wear pants in such a sophisticated way Laurie. Love this pantsuit on you. Beautiful look for Spring in crisp white!

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:42 pm

      Thank you Ada xx

  18. May 14, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    3 bags? Wow! I’m glad you enjoyed yourself!

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Haha! Yep xx

  19. May 14, 2018 / 7:04 pm

    So pleased you are relaxing And not working Laurie!
    Canโ€™t believe what you took with you either 3 bags !!
    Canโ€™t wait to catch up soon
    Enjoy the rest of your vacay girl !
    Ash xx

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:44 pm

      You already know that I did! And that catch up was lovely xx

  20. May 14, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Excellent post Laurie, love your cute little bags, just right for strolling the shops and visiting the beach. Thanks for sharing , enjoy the rest of your holiday. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      May 27, 2018 / 11:44 pm

      Thank you Jacqui. It was great xx

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