My Holiday Prep Secrets: Justine Mitchell

Justine Mitchell, owner at Chamomile Sanctuary shares her dream holiday destination, her beauty essentials and admits to having packing issues

Where is your dream summer holiday destination? I’ve always wanted to go to Fiji. I have no idea why but it just seems so idyllic.

Where are you heading for this year and what are the challenges on your to-do list before you go? – I’m off to Nerja in Spain with my boy, Monty. My mum has a house there and we’ve been going for years. My challenges are making sure I’m up to speed with work at the spa so I can go knowing everything is up-to-date and in safe hands while I’m away.

What’s your packing personality – a ‘bung it all in and hope for the best’ type or are you ‘super-organised and edited down to the last tee’ type? – Neither!! I leave it to the day before, pull out everything I like and want to take then spend the next hour trying to reduce the amount of clothes! Sorting out my toiletries are left to last as I hate that. In fact, I think it’s safe to say I do not enjoy packing one little bit!

What beauty essentials do you pack in your suitcase? – All my Guinot products including moisturiser, eye cream and cleansers plus my hair products to protect my hair against the sun. I also can’t forget my Amber Solaire Lip Block plus my sun screen and after sun lotion. Last but not least Vinylux Mambo Beat plus top coat for my feet on holiday to freshen them up.

And what do you keep for your hand luggage? Book, magazines, jewellery, my make-up and contact lenses in case my main bag goes missing. Oh, I also take some Guinot samples in case I get dehydrated en route plus my Rose Lip Baum by By Terry from Space NK, which I swear by!

What is on your beauty treatment must-do list before you go on a summer holiday? Well, I have to make sure my hands and tootsies look the business so a shellac mini manicure plus a Vinylux pedicure, leg and bikini wax and not forgetting an eyebrow shape! St Tropez Spray Tan at Chamomile sanctuaryIf I have time a St Tropez Tan so I don’t look like a milk bottle in that bikini!

Oh and what will you be reading poolside? Anything by Christopher Brookmyre. I absolutely love his books. I also normally take some John Grisham books as they are easy reading on holiday but keep my attention.