Days in Devon

I’m currently writing this post stuffed into a seat on a train along with all my luggage – scarfs, muddy wellies and wooly clothing galore packed in – on my way back to the big smoke after a quick jaunt to the countryside. I walked, swam and bodyboarded (in the English channel – yes I’m a nutter) my way round Devon but now it’s time for me to retire my dirty boots and spend my evening scrubbing myself back into an appeasing state. Of course with any trip, no matter how low-key it may be one of my favourite activities is packing my makeup, so here’s what I hauled along with me.

Base-wise I thought I’d test out my new purchase of By Terry’s Sheer Expert in 5. This stuff does exactly what is says on the tin – provides the skin with a light veil of coverage, evening out the skintone and adding a touch of glow. Perfect for ‘no makeup, makeup’ days. A bit of By Terry’s Touche Veloutรƒยฉe in 3 under the eyes and across the cheekbones for a sheen and a dash of Hourglass Illume Cream to Powder Duo in Bronze Light – the illuminator side – over the top points of the face, finish off the base. I threw in the Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium incase I fancied a pop of colour on the lips or cheeks, but didn’t end up reaching for it. I kept the brows simple, just giving them a groom with a spoolie and my mascara of choice for the holiday was my other new purchase, Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara. I love how easy it is to get off, but it just doesn’t hold a curl as much as my other favourites. Dayum! For lips I applied the By Terry Baume de Rose and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream religiously, but for evenings out the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 2 added a nude tint and a little somethin’ somethin’.

So in due course I will be reunited with my stash, and after favouring the natural look all week I think it might be tome to crack out something a little more daring, and yes it’s a coincidence that it’s Halloween tonight…


  • Kelly

    I adore Devon, such a great place. Glad you had fun.
    BTSE sounds great, I prefer going minimal this time of year unless I’m going out.

    • Aw thank you – I had a wicked time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Guest

    yaayy i hope devon treated you well! i’m from teignmouth (near exeter ish) but on placement year in cambridge at the moment and I miss the hills and sea sooo much so I’m very jealous! Loving the sound of this makeup combo, pay day today so may have to make some cheeky purchases!

    love the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It did indeed – such a beautiful place. Passed through Exeter on my way there! x

  • Fernanda

    Great choices. I love going through my stash and selecting thing for vacation too! What’s the secret pleasure in ding that?! lol xx

    • Sometimes I think that’s the best bit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lulu

    I love this selection! By Terry seems to be a very nice brand.

    • It is! Always been impressed by everything I’ve tried from them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Natalia

    Excited to see what you go for for Halloween tonight!

    • Ah keep an eye out for Saturday’s Instagram round up to see what I dressed as before ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Emily

    Yesss, I’m in Devon right now, feeling famous ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely photo!

    • Haha – honey you are! Devon is a wicked place! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tabitha at Scaredtoast

    Love the photos you take, Anna! x

    • Thank you! Considering I took this very, very early in the morning and it took me ages to line everything up – that means a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dawn

    I have the clarins lip perfector and love it – best lipgloss i swear! x

    • I agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marie

    The Hourglass Illume Cream to Powder Duo seems really nice, might have to try it!!

    • It is – I find the bronzer side a little dark for this time of year, but you just can’t beat the highlighter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thebeautyheroes

    love the way you pick your makeup ! definitely want to get a stila convertible blusher ! xx

    • Aw thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Luxe.

    That Stila blush is so pretty x

    • I love – the packaging, the formula the colour! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sounds like you had a great trip! I love “no makeup, makeup” days!! xx

    • Me too – they’re my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

  • On The Dressing Table

    That is so restrained! i normally end up lugging half of my bathroom with me and use about 5% of it! I will try harder next time i go away ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha after lugging my stuff to and throw across the country to see my boyfriend for the last few years, I got packing down to a fine art ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • katherine.parkes

    you have such beautiful taste in makeup! x

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margaret
  • Katie Fawcett

    I wish I could be a minimal make up queen like yourself! you always look so effortless ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katie xo

  • Sofia,!