Whilst I add in various new or exciting beauty products to test each time I pack a suitcase for a trip, there are some bathroom cabinet products which I have duped and are kept perma-packed in my big clear plastic toiletries bag.
This is partly because I got fed up with arriving at hotel X and realising I had forgotten my eye make up remover, and partly because these products are so good, it pains me to be without them.
Estée Lauder: Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II
Travelling by ‘plane sucks all the moisture out of the skin, so I like to carry an eye cream to use both in the air and on arrival, to tackle those fine lines that always seem to appear after long haul flights. Whilst the jury is out on whether you need to use a separate eye cream at all, I like this one because it contains essentially the same ingredients as the very effective Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Complex II, along with a more silky gel feel (it contains silicone), and a light-reflecting pearlescence.
La Roche-Posay: Cicaplast Baume B5 Multi-Purpose Soothing Repairing Balm
This is an absolute hero product for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. When I’m having a sore, red-faced flare-up this really does calm and soothe. Suitable for adults, children and babies, it can also be used on all kinds of everyday skin irritations and minor injuries.
Chanel: Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum Intense Replenishing Hydration
My skin always feels super soft the morning after I use this, and it doesn’t cause any reaction on my super-sensitive skin, which feels well-nourished when I use this consistently.
I hate being without scent, but large glass bottles in suitcases and anywhere near a marble hotel bathroom floor are a bad idea, both the breakage and weight issue. This clever little gadget clips on to the top of a perfume bottle and a few pumps sucks up your scent into its sealed, leak-proof and refillable container. I fill mine with Diptyque’s Eau de Sens – a delightful orange-based scent, that works well in both winter and summer.
Thalgo: Source Marine Hydra-Marine 24H Gel-Cream
Quite possibly one of my favourite moisturisers: it has a lovely texture, doesn’t react with my tricky skin, and leaves my face feeling delightfully soft next morning.
Charlotte Tilbury: Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturiser SPF15
I always want an SPF in my daytime moisturiser, regardless of destination. But I’m also always going to want something that packs a bit of a punch in the moisturising department when I’m away – it’s not just the dehydrating effects of the ‘plane, but the constant showering and swimming on beach and sun trips that means my skin needs a bit more help. There are all sorts of goodies for the skin in this cream, from hyaluronic acid to rosehip oil via vitamin E.
Clinique: Take The Day Off Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips
Whips my eye make-up off in seconds – no more early morning panda eyes for me. And, because I always wear orange or bright pink lipstick, this is excellent for making sure I don’t leave lipstick smears on hotel towels. (The image shows the mini travel size: there are some great offers which include it on Clinique’s site here)
Muji: Flip Top Travel Bottle
Lightweight, easy to fill and easy to use – never buy hard plastic refillable bottles for creams as if you can’t squeeze them it’s almost impossible to get the contents out. This one is always filled with a micellar cleansing water. I’m using Bioderma Sensibio H2O at the moment: It’s one of my favourite skin cleansers.
Chanel: Les Beiges Kabuki Brush
A beautifully soft and compact powder brush that retracts into a metal case with a lid, so perfect for travelling. It’s big enough for bronzer, as well as working well for blusher and face powder.
Chanel, Estee Lauder, Charlotte Tilbury and Clinique products were received as press samples.