When you're off on holiday (or to a festival), the last thing you want to be worrying about is your nails chipping or your leg hair growing a bit too long. You want to spend your time relaxing and having fun and there truely is nothing worse than getting there (potentially in the burning heat) and realising you haven't shaved your legs. Ergo, a trip to the bathroom, and probably a quick fix speedy job and while sitting by the pool, you notice a patch of hair. Blooming nightmare.
For my legs, I'm all about epilation. If you're a waxing kinda gal, then go for that. But for me, epilation is easy, and after a a few goes, not all that painful at all. I've gone through a few epilators in my time, but my go-to for pre-prepping has to be the Braun Silk-epil 9 SkinSpa Wet and Dry Epilator & Exfoliator*, £119.99. This one does it all and is perfect for your pamper session. It has a selection of heads, I use the exfoliation heads in the shower before hand, sometimes with an exfoliator for a more abrasive scrub but if I'm after something a little more gentle then I'll just opt for the shower gel I'm currently using. I know it seems like a lot, but trust me, if you know you're going to use it, it's well worth investing in a great epilator as it will save you time, save you money in the long run and it will also make the whole experience a whole lot more bareable as you'll actually use it. For topping up when I'm travelling, my favourite is the Phillips Satinelle Wet and Dry Epilator with 9 attachments*, £200. It's more of a slick model, and fits better into my travel beauty bag. The model is just as good and it works in the same way, so I'd highly recommend this one too. Honestly, I chop and change which one I use depending on which is charged as they are both as great as each other. You can pick up some great deals, so do keep your eyes peeled for these.
If you're not up for getting on the epilation bandwagon, and you're all for shaving (I still do this everywhere else) then I'd recommend giving the Philips SatinShave Prestige Ladyshave Wet and Dry*, £70 a go. This electric razor is perfect for using all over the body, my go-to for the hair removal on the bikini line. It leaves a really close shave and that's something you really want when you're off on holiday. I then make sure I've got my Gilette Venus Swirl Flexiball Razor*, £11.99 for when I'm away for any touch ups.
If you are however looking to invest in an epilator, both of the favourites I mentioned above also come with a razor head that give the same effect as the Philips electric razor, so no need to pick up both unless you're looking for an added extra.
If I'm heading away, I swear by getting gel nails done. I've been abroad before with a normal mani, and the nail polish would just peel off and I'd reapply, but the same would happen. The Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit*, £90 allows you to get this at home without having to make time to book in a trip to the salon. The price seems a lot, but when you really think about it, it's really only a couple of trips to the salon and you've made your money up. The Red Carpet range comes with a huge range of shades, but my top picks this summer are from the 'Escape to Paradise' range. These are super bright neon shades, and they look incredible with a tan. If you're heading to a festival however, non-chipped beautiful coloured nails will be a god-send and if it's a Glastonbury-esque festival, then you'll be thankful you can't see the dirt under your nails...
After a couple of goes using the range, I got the hang of it and now I'm hooked on having these longer lasting nails.
Before I head away, I always try and give my skin a bit of a pamper. This usually consists of a cleanser, an exfoliator, a few masks and some under eye masks, finishing with my usual serums/oils/moisturisers. This is such an essential part of holiday prepping for me, as it is just the beginning of the relaxation. I won't talk specifics, but you'll know what products work for you when you have a pamper - so crack those out and you'll thank me.
What do you do to prep for a holiday or a festival?