What To Pack: Girls Weekend Away


This past weekend a group of us girls made our way down to Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve to celebrate our darling Natalie’s 25th birthday (sweet man, she’s still so tiny!). It was a weekend filled with good food, great wine, lots of laughing and, of course, elasticated waistbands. For weekends like this, minimal/no make up is the order of the day, but since the whole weekend was being documented and I didn’t want to look like a complete dog, I had to pack a few basics. Here’s what made the cut…

First and foremost, my new obsession: Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer. I applied this all over my face to help neutralise redness and even out the texture of my skin. Next I massaged in some Bobbi Brown EXTRA SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm, followed by some Tinted Eye Brightener under the eyes. Next up: brows. I have had to explore other options because the MAC store in the V&A Waterfront never has stock of Lingering. Jules recommended the Smashbox equivalent, Brow Tech To Go, and I am hooked! The colour is actually a better match for me than Lingering, and it comes with a built-in eyebrow gel which is incredible handy.

I didn’t apply anything on the eyelids really, just a bit of the Bobbi Brown Balm to even out discolouration. I then applied a little bit of MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee (a deep, matte brown) along the top and bottom lash line and blended it in using my fingers. On my lashes I used Clinique Extreme Volume High Impact Mascara on the top and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the bottom. I then took a little of my Stila Covertible Color and, using my fingers, blended it into my cheeks to create a healthy, rosy glow. Last but not least, lashings of Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector to leave my lips looking pretty and pink.

Aaaaand, we’re done! Quick and easy makeup which leaves plenty of time for doing more eating, drinking and laughing with these girls…


Happy happy birthday sweet Natalie! And thank you to all my girls Jules, Emma, Misha, Hannah, Lauren, Jes, Roxanne and Lize for such a fabulous weekend.