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Monday, November 19, 2012

What's in my Travel Bag... Skin Care

This week, I'll be blogging from a new and fabulous location; no, I haven't jetted off to a tropical locale, but I am house/cat sitting. The cat, Emma, isn't the most personable, but she's only hissed at me once (so far) so things seem to be going well.

Since I don't get many opportunities to travel, I thought now would be the perfect chance to give you a peek into my travel bags. First we'll take a peek in my skin care bag, and if you behave, we might even take a gander into my makeup bag a little later on. The boring bits (Clarisonic, toothbrush and paste, etc.) have already been removed. You're welcome. Anyhow, let's take a look...

Muslin cloths, Yves Saint Laurent 'Parisienne' mini, Lush 'Vanilliary', Pacifica 'Indian Coconut Nectar' roll-on, L de Lolita Limpicka sample

Muslin cloths are my new skin care favourite. Not only do they gently exfoliate when used with a cleanser, but I've realized I can use one to reduce the number of cotton rounds I usually use in my makeup removal process I usually use a makeup wipe to remove the bulk of my face makeup and follow that with a few cotton rounds and an eye makeup remover. I've abandoned my cotton rounds for a dampened muslin cloth. I dampen it first, then slosh on a bit of Bioderma and everything melts off. I like to dampen it first to make it a bit softer and therefore more gentle on my eyes. I then was the cloth in a bit of hot water to try and get the bulk of makeup off of it and toss it in the hamper for the wash. The cloth isn't super pretty, as even after washing there are traces of mascara, but muslin cloths are super inexpensive and at least I'm not trashing as many cotton rounds. I bout my muslin cloths here, btw. 

As for fragrance, I didn't really know what I'd feel like wearing so I just grabbed a few favourites. I'll likely end up just using the Pacifica though, since it matches some of my other items.

Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar body wash and body butter

I was initially planning on bringing a Shu Uemura shampooo and conditioner duo, but when I went to double check the lid on the shampoo (I am paranoid that something will leak every time I travel) the lid cracked in half. I was a bit miffed. Luckily I have a hoard of sample type items so I went with the next best thing. I've already used these, and I can't say that they're any better than any other shampoo and conditioner I've used in the past. 

The Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar range is one of my all time favorite scents, and I've been saving these for a trip since they're the perfect size for packing. The coconut scent is ah-maaazingly realistic, without being too sweet or sunscreen-ishly artificial. Yes, those are totally real words...

Bioderma Sensibio Miscelle Solution, Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion, Tilth Beauty A Flawless Serum* and Anti-Aging Moisture Cream*

It was perfect timing that my 500ml Bioderma was almost empty and my backup happened to be the smaller bottle. I like that I can finally buy it locally in store, but I do wish that they had the bigger bottle. Skin care is pretty much all samples. I have a ton thanks to my months subscribing to various subscription programs, so I just picked a few that seemed like good options. Besides my beloved Bioderma, the only other constants from my routine to make the cut were the Tilth beauty items (review) as I was just finishing up testing them and I knew I'd be finishing up my review.

Dr. Brandt Collagen Eye Serum, The Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream, Principessa Bacio Me Lip Balm, Avene Soothing Moisture Mask, Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream, Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

Again, most of these are samples; I knew I'd have some time to 'pamper' a bit so I knew I had to bring a mask of some sort. The Avene moisture mask is a long time favourite, so into the bag it went, along with an exfoliator and some must haves (ie. lip balm and hand cream.)

I'm quite proud that I was able to keep everything down to a manageable amount of products (in one bag too!), but still have my bases covered.  Do you have a hard time packing? What are your must haves when away from home?

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