It may almost be spring, but the weather outside is still quite chilly! With airline prices being generally quite reasonable at this time of year, why not book a short winter holiday in the sun? Today I'll be sharing my essentials when packing for a sunny weekend away!
Now is a great time to escape the cold and dull winter weather, and enjoy a weekend of sun - you know, that bright yellow thing in the sky that hasn't made an appearance in a while! Flight and hotel prices are generally quite reasonable at this time of year, especially if you plan on visiting Europe. And because the school Easter holidays will be starting quite late this year, there's still some time left before prices shoot up again - woohoo! So what are my packing essentials?
Ted Baker Bikini from Simply Beach
What's a winter break in the sun without a trip to the beach and a new bikini!? I recently came across this absolutely gorgeous Ted Baker Persian Blue Bikini from Simply Beach, which I am head over heels in love with! Ted Baker is one of my all-time favourite designer brands, and the Simply Beach website has an amazing range of swimwear items from the brand, as well as other designer brands including Seafolly, Stella McCartney and Freya. As I have quite pale skin, I find that dark or patterned swimwear looks better than pale or pastel shades, so this bikini is perfect. I just love the persian print! The bikini top is a bandeau style, which is not something that I normally go for as I've got slightly bigger boobs. However, as this comes with removable halter straps it looks very flattering and gives great support. I'd highly recommend checking out the Simply Beach website as they've got lots of super pretty swimwear!
Whether it's sunny or not I've always got a pair of sunglasses in my handbag, so they are essential for me when visiting a sunny place. My favourite pair of winter sunglasses are the Ray-Ban 4184 'Light Havana' sunglasses, which I'd featured in a full post here. These sunglasses have a tortoise shell frame and are a slightly rounder alternative to the Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. They're also quite large on my (rather small) face so they're great for going out sans makeup! You can see what these look like on me here.
I almost never bothered wearing SPF on my face up until a few years ago when I discovered just how bad this is for your skin! I was always under the impression that facial SPFs would cause my skin to break out so I avoided them for a really long time. However, I've been using the Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Face Cream in SPF 50 for just under a couple of years now and I would highly recommend it. Not only does it not cause my skin to break out, but it also makes a great base for makeup and it's really affordable too at just £6! Read my full review here. I also generally love the Nivea Sun range and always use their sunscreen lotion for my body too.
Carmex Cherry Moisturising Lip Balm with SPF 15
Having burnt lips on holiday isn't fun! I have recently become obsessed with Carmex, and as it contains SPF 15 this is absolutely perfect for taking away with you on holiday to protect your lips. Although there hasn't been a flavour that I haven't liked, the cherry flavoured lip balm is one of my favourites as it smells just like sweets! It also contains menthol which feels slightly tingly on your lips (not as scary as it sounds, it actually feels really nice). Lip balm is also essential for preventing your lips from becoming dry when you're on a plane, so this is a definite must-have when going on holiday!