How To Look Like You’ve Spent The Weekend Away


It seems like everyone on my Facebook timeline is currently away sunning themselves on some glorious, Instagram-friendly retreat. Me aside of course. But before getting out the world’s smallest violin to play the world’s saddest song I turned to my beauty stash. If I can’t go away for the weekend that doesn’t mean that I can’t make myself look like I’ve been away, caught some rays, embarked on a load of sleep, all that kind of good R&R stuff, right? Of course my social media feeds are full of cooking, cleaning and errand related tweets kinda give it away but that won’t stop me attempting to look bronzed, relaxed and rested. Here’s what’s in my ‘How to look like you’ve had a weekend away’ kit…

Tanning time. It’s an obvious one, but a layer or two of tan is a sure fire way to that ‘Have you been away?’ question. Though I often wonder if it’s just people masking their bemusement for that fact that yesterday my complexion was more akin to Casper the friendly ghost. Listing my tanning essentials would turn this post into dissertation length so I’ll direct you over to this video, but the takeaway is that I love the Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe and a dusting of Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Blush in Bronze over the cheeks will top that off perfectly.

Water loading. Copious amounts of water = seriously glowing skin, fact. When I’ve slacked on my intake my lips look like shrivelled little prunes and my complexion looks grey. It ain’t good. So put in the prep work on the Sunday, keeping a glass of water nearby and taking frequent sips as you tick off your to-do list. I pop a few slices of lemon in mine to make the constant glugging more bearable.

Blow dry fresh. I can go between two to three days without washing my locks, but nothing beats that first day hair and even by the second day things feel a little bit ‘unfresh’ shall we say? Set the alarm a little earlier than usual, hop in the shower and dunk you hair under to escape feelings of dry shampoo needy-ness during your Monday. My favourite for that ‘so clean it squeaks, but I promise it’s a good thing’ feeling is the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo. Nothing cleans up quite like it. Pop in some the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer (seriously amazeballs, I’ll pop up a review soon), dry away and you’ll be swishing around your hair in an advert like fashion for the rest of the day.

A phwoor lip. There’s something about a bold lip that just says ‘hello I’m here Monday and I’m ready for you and I was unpacking this morning so I just threw on this lipstick and I know I look fab‘. The colour perks you up, the effect makes you look polished and here’s the best thing – although it looks like it took 10 minutes to perfect that morning it actually took one to slap on, pucker up and be done with it. NARS Schiap is a solid favourite, paired with lashings of mascara and a slightly dewy complexion, though a parred back yet still equally eye-catching colour comes in the form of Bourjois’ Velvet Rouge Edition in Olé Flamingo – a shade that seriously looks good on everyone and doesn’t require too much in the balls department to don.


  • Ahh I love this – such a fun idea!

  • Bella

    Lovely edit, fortunately here in the Netherlands we’ve had some rare exceptionally sunny days and we’re having a holiday at home!! (We have to wait till August for the real deal).
    I cannot believe you actually said “amazeballs”, though. It’s been teenage slang for a couple of years and it really bugs me when Simone Gannon (whom I adore) says it every 5 minutes, so please don’t you start too!! Hit up Roget for some other adjectives, please!!!

  • Anna Blush

    I totally hear ya about the Facebook feed- everyone seems to be off galavanting around Europe and I’m stuck here in Winter! Great tips x

  • Roshni Mistry

    You’re so lucky you can go 2 – 3 days without washing your hair! I’m trying to wash mine less but that 2nd day when you feel gross is hard to deal with!

  • Love this post! Laughed so much at the ‘before getting out the world’s smallest violin to play the world’s saddest song’ because this is exactly how I fell too! Everyone is aways at the moment 🙁 I have been drinking more water at the moment, I find it makes a real difference to my skin.
    – C
    Claudine Converses

  • ahahahah ! I am person that loves to look like it has been away for a few days, but I never do and I am also too lazy to go outside and tan, even though I live on a sunny place. but your tips are the best


  • ha i know what you mean . lovely post . hi from west london x

  • This is seriously a genius post. I often tire myself even more on weekends so remember to wind down and treat ourself is a must 🙂 xx

  • lisha

    what a great concept for a post!!

  • Rachel Polansky

    i’ve been wanting to try the bobbi brown bronzer since it came out!

  • They look so beautiful! 🙂

  • Great concept and lovely picks x

  • OK I’ve got to try the Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo now… sounds good!

  • I agree, a little bit of tan can make you look like you’ve been anywhere!


  • Carina Stewart

    Tanning is definitely the best thing! A healthy glow looks like you’ve spent some quality time resting and relaxing somewhere sunny!

    Carina |

  • I love all the Rouge Velvets & this colour is gorgeous! Really want to try Schiap from Nars too x

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • I agree with the lipstick. Whenever I put on a bright colour it just lifts me up and makes me look more put together than I was before 😀

    Ashley |

  • Love these tips, especially the water one! I have oily skim but it actually feels dry if I don’t drink enough!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Beautifully written post Anna. Such a fab concept too! I will definitely look into that lipstick shade! 🙂 Xx

    Helen |

  • I absolutely loved this post! Who says you have to go away to look glowing and refreshed? A bronzed tan and plenty of water is certain to keep you looking sun-drenched, though I really love the idea of a bright lippy!

  • Summer Hanif

    I definitely agree water does help! Clears skin, headaches, makes me feel fresh and more awake!

  • Love the look of your picks, especially the two bright lip colours – gorgeous! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Louise Hunt

    I am obsessed with tanning, now i must try the xen tan as you always talk about it!Xx

  • Awesome tips! I have to agree wholeheartedly with the water thing. Definitely keeps the skin glowing and hydrated.

  • This is a great post. I might have to copy these and tell people that I ‘went to the seaside’ this weekend instead of just chilling on the sofa 🙂

  • I really want to try the Bourjois Velvet’s.. they just sound amazing xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  • What does the rest of your makeup bag say? I’m so curious! The font is so pretty, and I love bags that have a simple design 🙂

  • MyOwnLoves

    The Nars and Bourjois lippies look great 🙂 Looks like I must check it out!

  • Whenever I don’t drink as much water, I can see it in my skin too! It’s so important to me to make sure I drink a lot during the day.

  • Thebeautyspot

    Lol i love reading your blog and your style of writing is amazing, so fun and enjoyable to read:)

  • Hi Anna, loved your post. Tanning makes a huge difference. I have really pale skin, so can’t live without! ♥

  • What a great idea for a post! I find using gradual tan throughout summer after a holiday is key to looking like you’ve just come back!!

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • Haha love the title of this post, you always have the most clever and witty writing Anna! 🙂

  • Lovely tips ! Maybe I should try to start the tanning to look all holiday vibed

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Mary Elizabeth

    Love, love, love this post! 🙂 a bold lip makes me feel like I can conquer the world!

    My Fashion/Beauty Blog:

  • I’ve really been drinking huge amounts of water lately and I’ve actually noticed it on my skin as you mentioned. It makes a huge difference. Now my body can’t work without drinking a lot of water.

  • emily couture

    I really want to try the bumble and bumble sunday shampoo!

    emily xx

  • amanda beautie

    I’m going to try drinking more water, I’ve heard it makes a lot of difference to your skin! Lovely post! Xx

  • Maddy

    Watch that lemon in your water! It’ll strip your enamel as quick as coke!

  • loved this post, you’re so funny! (:


  • Haha you crack me up every time Anna! My grandfather always used to use the worlds smallest violin saying on me. You’re amazing!
    Kris |

  • Megan Lillie

    I’ve upped my water intake massively over the past week and the difference is absolutely amazing!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  • Moa

    Anna, your way of Writing Always makes me smile! 🙂

  • I’ve recently written a review on the Ole Flamingo! lipstick and said exactly the same thing… it’ll honestly look good on everyone! It’s the blue undertones… so, so flattering.


  • Those lip colors are gorgeous! And about water, I REALLY need to push myself to drink more water as I know it just does wonders for skin and body (obvs). Lovely post Anna, as per usual. Big love!

    Annesque xx

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Ole Flamingo, I need to get my hands on Nars Schiap, I’m counting down the days to my holiday so I can get it at duty free!

  • AMS

    uh huh uh huh, orrr just wear leather pants to work, which is what I did plus a new haircut after three weeks holiday. That’ll show them 😉 Love ya x