Holiday Beauty Multitasking




I am in holiday mode. Oh, it’s blissful! We had a city mini break in Auckland, with amazing views of the NYE fireworks. The second stage is a week in a gorgeous bach overlooking Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. Our last stop is a few fun-filled adventurous days in Rotorua.

You might think my beauty regime would have taken a backseat because I’m on holiday, but actually it is the perfect time to indulge myself a little. It’s all about time! Time to laze on the beach, time to laze on a sun lounger, time to take leisurely showers and apply treatment products because we don’t have to be anywhere by any time to do anything.

However, as I am attempting to travel very lightly, I haven’t brought all my products with me – there is a one bag limit after all. I somehow managed four pairs of shoes though.

Here are some of the ways I’m multitasking my holiday beauty regime.

Moisturiser as Shave Cream

Every time I go through duty free, I pick myself up a bottle of the cult classic Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. Oh, it really is fab. It also doubles beautifully as a shave cream to keep my legs smooth. Just rub the excess in post-shave for even silkier legs.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil FTW! I’m a big fan of this gorgeous stuff and my favourite is Trilogy Antioxidant Plus. So far this holiday I’ve used it as an emergency hair defrizzer, cuticle oil, eye makeup remover and as a night serum.

Multiple Products

I’ve packed smarter this year, with a few products that are designed for multitasking. My Stila Kitten Shimmer Duo has been used as an eyeshadow, highlighter and bronzer. My BECCA Beach Tints and Lip & Cheek Creme are beauty bag staples that are perfect for holidays.

Sand as an Exfoliator

I have the smoothest skin and feet and elbows at the moment, all thanks to good old beach sand. We’re lucky to have the gorgeous Hot Water Beach seconds from our bach. Boyo and I gave each other spa treatments yesterday with steaming hot volcanic sand, as we lounged in our “spa pool”. It is so magical – at low tide, you dig a hole on the beach and it fills with thermal-activity heated water. However, any sand will work as a skin exfoliator – even the kids’ sandpit! I’m not a big beach fan, and I loathe sand in my togs, but I love what it does for my skin!

Kitchen Scrubbers as Manicure Tools

I adore beautifully polished nails but I simply run out of time during normal life to keep them maintained. However, one of the joys of holiday time is exactly that – time! I packed the bare essentials to give myself a mani but my cuticles needed a little tidying after I’d trimmed them. You will be pleased to know that I’ve done the hard work for you and tested that a pot scrubber doubles very well as a nail brush! You can thank me later.

Have you tried some of these ideas when you’ve been on holiday? I’d love to know your tips and tricks!


  • B - 14 January 2013 - 3.02 pm

    Oh I love this!

    I love what sand does to my skin, but I have to remember to moisturise A LOT otherwise those baby soft feet get all out of control too quick…

    I love what the extra sleep on holidays and the break from make-up does for my skin too!ReplyCancel

  • Sami - 7 January 2013 - 10.51 am

    Four pairs of shoes! Love it! I am going to buy some rose hip oil after reading your blog. Thanks xReplyCancel

  • Shabby Sisters - 6 January 2013 - 5.08 pm

    I too love Rosehip Oil. I can only use it once or twice a week though as I have such oily skin. I haven’t used it in the hair though, might give the ends a treat this week!ReplyCancel

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