It suddenly dawned on me that none of my lip balms contain SPF. Not a single one. Actually that’s a lie – the only sun protecting one I have is my treasured Dior Creme de Rose and there’s no way I was even considering putting sandy hands in that little pot of happiness. Obviously I just had to buy a new one.

Many sunscreens and chap stick brands make general SPF lip balms but since I’m going to be using this for a whole week, I wanted to get something that I knew would be nourishing and healthy for my lips.

Off I went to Mecca Maxima to pick up the Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15. This lip balm not only protects against UVA and UVB, but also helps to heal dry and chapped lips, and shields from the weather. I love the Kiehl’s range of skin care so I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes!

Whilst I was in the store, I discovered the sale section… I found an adorable Stila Christmas palette on sale for $12 (reduced from $25)! It has six eyeshadows (2 shimmer, 4 matte) and a convertible colour for lips/cheeks.

At the moment Mecca has a free gift with purchase when you spend over $85 (with the help of my boyfriend buying some Kiehl’s for himself I reached this). What made this incredibly exciting was that it was a beach themed gift! The adorable beachy Clinique pouch (definitely putting this in my beach bag) was filled with a couple of sachets of Clinique products, Kit makeup removing wipes, and a sample of the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate which is something I’ve always wanted to try!

Confetti Avenue by Charlotte Hartwell: Beach Holiday: Shopping