My desert island/camping beauty must haves!


Two weekends ago we ended up camping at a friend’s farm. It was all a little last minute as although it had been planned for weeks, the weather had turned (surprise surprise) and so we decided we would go for the day time fun but not stay overnight as we had all four children with us and thought it would be a little too much to contend with.


We did take our swingball with us and in this photo you can see Vanessa, my friend and our QVC Studio Manager playing with poncho and cup of wine in hand… this pretty much summed up the weekend and it didn’t take too long before we decided we did actually want to stay overnight!

My lovely husband Brian offered to pop home and packed the car with overnight “stuff” for everyone… tents, sleeping bags, pillows etc (an easy trip!!) but then was faced with our bathroom products and had no idea what I use regularly versus what I may use occasionally. He grabbed a few bottles and hoped for the best., sufficed to say none of which removed make up so it was a good job my Laura Geller mascara  didn’t budge as I would have looked a fright in the morning!

After the weekend was over, we decided a short SOS list for just such an occasion would be a great idea and seeing as its beauty month I thought I’d share it….

So in order of preference my overnight/next morning SOS skin care would be:

Beauty collage

  1. Sarah Chapman Cleansing Balm and Mitt… takes off make up, soothing on the skin and no matter what mascara I am wearing, never fails!
  2. Elemis Apricot Soothing Toner, I always always put this on after I’ve washed my face, it soothes and calms perfectly.
  3. Decleor Hydra Floral …I would usually use an aromessence but with the oils in the cleansing balm, I’d be happy to just apply my moisturiser in such an SOS occasion, I’d use this both day and night too, it can also cheat around the eyes occasionally as is so light, I wouldn’t usually do that though.
  4. Dr Perricone No Foundation Foundation Serum… for the morning when you’ve slept terribly and want to cheat just a bit!
  5. Eyebrow pencil… because I always do!

Beauty collage

Happy camping!!

P x



  1. Veronica Dennany June 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa thanks for the hit list of make up etc as I am heading off on my first camping expedition at the age of 53 !! Wish me luck Motor bikes at the heart of the trip x☺

    • Pipa Gordon July 8, 2016 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Veronica, good on you, there is something very special about camping, we absolutely love it! Are you taking all the gear by bike? That’s very adventurous!!!! Let me know how you get on xx

  2. Jill June 20, 2016 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time camping. I was in Spain recently, had a flight delay and a late evening getting home at 2.30 am! Never done it before but went to bed in my eyemakeup, Al hail Laura Geller!!! fab highlighter and eyeliner in navy, masscara all perfectly in place the next morning. Easily removed the next day. Good to know i have used Laura’s products for years now and love the Ballance n brighten. Others on holliday were having great difficulty in applying their foundation in 37 degrees!. I had no issues with any of my make up and i was ready in half the time too. Please let Laura know if you see her at QVC Towers.
    Take care pippa have a great week. XX

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