21 May 2019

Marissa Carter’s Top Beauty Must Haves for the Holidays

With summer holidays just around the corner, we asked Marissa Carter, CEO of Carter Beauty and Cocoa Brown, what her top beauty must haves are when packing for a holiday.

Welcome to my very first blog post for Carter Beauty and Cocoa Brown stockist Hickey’s Pharmacy. To kick things off I’ve opened up my holiday beauty bag. I’m not long back from a trip to Lanzarote with my children, BB and Charlie. Of course, I did my best to pack light as I had two children and all of their luggage but, being the beauty addict I am, I’ll admit the ratio of beauty to clothes was high!

I’m so immersed in the beauty industry as CEO of Carter Beauty and Cocoa Brown that when I’m away I want to spend as little time as possible on my beauty routine and as much time as possible playing with the kids poolside. As I’m sure all the other mums out there can relate to, there’s no time for a full face of make-up when you’ve got armbands and floats to blow up.

That said, the basics are always there. It’ll be of no surprise that I’m not one to top up my tan naturally when abroad. I’m a Cocoa girl through and through. Protecting your skin from harmful rays is so important. The first thing to go into the suitcase for a trip abroad is SPF for both the kids and myself. I’m currently using La Roche Posay in SPF 50 for my face and SPF 30 for my body.

I always pre-apply my trusty Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR tan before leaving for the airport and bake on the plane before washing off on arrival. Once I’ve arrived I’ll keep my tan topped up with Gentle Bronze, our gradual bronzer, which has a moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated – double jobbing is key.

When it comes to daytime beauty, less is definitely more - you won’t find me with much more than a brow - I’m currently hopping between our Brow Out Brow Pencil and a new product which will be revealed very soon. I will, however, make a little more of an effort for dinner. A slick of bright Carter Beauty’s Word of Mouth Matte Lipstick in something bright like JK, a brow, a winged liner using Supreme Gel Liner and one of the pharmacy exclusive Leo lashes is enough to look like you’ve made an effort with 10 minutes to spare.

My last essential? Good skin. I’ve learned the hard way that travelling wreaks havoc on your skin. I’m religious about removing my make-up no matter where I am in the world. I’ll also double cleanse using Pestle and Mortar’s Erase + Renew applied with the Skin Nerd’s Cleanse Off Mitt.

Marissa’s Holiday Beauty Bag Must-Haves

  • La Roche Posay SPF50

  • Cocoa Brown 1HOUR Tan

  • Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze

  • Carter Beauty Brow Out Brow Pencil

  • Carter Beauty Word of Mouth Matte Lipstick

  • Carter Beauty Pharmacy Exclusive Lashes

  • Carter Beauty Supreme Gel Liner

  • Pestle and Mortar’s Erase + Renew

  • Skin Nerd’s Cleanse Off Mitt

The Carter Beauty range is now available in Hickey’s Pharmacy Henry St, Johnstown, Maynooth, Ballincollig & West St. Drogheda.

The Cocoa Brown tan range is available in most Hickey’s Pharmacy stores.