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I try to pare down my hair and make up to the absolute bare essentials when I am travelling. I’ve got a separate skin care post coming up, but these are the basic hero products that I’ve been using everyday on my current trip to California. My entire make up routine takes under four minutes now: a heavy look doesn’t work in the sun, and I’m forever slathering sunblock over the top anyway.

The full list with stockist links is at the end of this post.

Lips: oh goodness I love CHANEL’s Rouge Allure lipsticks – they are matt, but super creamy, and the colours are just heaven. This colour  – La Mysterieuse is just brilliant with my dead white skin back in London, but looks even lovelier here in California, with a little bit of a tan, and seems to make my eyes even greener.

Face: My rosacea has been a bit crap of late, so I am using Vichy Dermablend‘s excellent Corrective Stick for dodgy skin (my description, clearly, not theirs) on my cheeks, chin and the triangle between and above my eyebrows. It’s really excellent at covering up flushing all day, and then I either use Lancôme’s City Miracle CC Cream during the day (SPF 50), or blend over CHANEL Perfection Lumiere foundation if I want more coverage (and it has an SPF10).

On my cheeks goes a beige MAC blusher, using a Kiko contoured blush brush. (The last thing I need is more flushing, but the beige has an excellent contouring effect.)

Eyes are super simple: CHANEL’s Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 10 Ébène (a lovely dark grey), Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet and their bloody brilliant Brow Tech in Blonde on my eyebrows, which really adds definition to my face.

My hair tangles the moment that you look at it, so I’ve become a recent convert to the Tangle Teezer, which saves So.Much.Time. I am definitely loving Bumble & Bumble’s new Full Potential line, which promised fuller looking and feeling stronger hair. I’d say it was definitely working on my naturally stick straight hair – it looks super bouncy in that pic above. I just blow dry my hair upside down for a few minutes then attack the ends with a ghd ceramic barrel brush. Five minutes tops. 

Of course good wash and go hair only really works with a great cut and colour, and I can’t speak highly enough of the team at the brilliant dog-friendly Jo Hansford salon in London who see me every three months or so. Evie is a blonde highlights ninja. And she’s properly lovely too.

I do like a red nail varnish on my toes in the summer, and I’ve been using a Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer, which has lasted three weeks without chipping so far.

Fairmont Miramar bathroom

The contents of my bag are as follows:

Vichy Dermablend Stick Concealer
Lancôme City Miracle CC Cream
CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIÈRE Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10
Kiko contoured blush brush
MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don’t Go

CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in 53 La Mystérieuse

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Taupe
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black
CHANEL STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 10 Ebene 

The Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer Collection is now available from Harrods and here. This particularly fab Red Royal colour was from the fall collection and is still available here.

Evie at Jo Hansford. 48 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2QB. Telephone: 020 7495 7774
Bumble & Bumble Full Potential Travel Set (contains Full Potential Hair Preserving Shampoo (60ml) , Conditioner (60ml) and Booster Spray (30ml). Available at LookFantastic here & at Boots here.
ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush, Size 3, 45mm Barrel
Tangle Teezer 

Photographed in a bungalow at The Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica.

Similar terry-towelling lined white waffle robes are available at The White Company here.

All beauty products, bar my hairbrush, were sent for review purposes, and my hair services are provided by Jo Hansford Salon.

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Enjoy the Del and hope you enjoyed some of the very lovely weather we have been having here in LA.


Oof, you’re in my state! Say hi to Bumble if you meet up.

And boy oh boy you are pretty.

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