Reviewing Travel beauty

I was out-of town this weekend and decided to share what my wash bag contained. Unlike others, I often try out new products particularly if they come in handy sizes. I travel light on short trips as I don’t particularly want to haul unnecessary bits and bobs unless they are presents 🙂

So, a Clinique cosmetics bag I got years ago, served the purpose and fits all I needed besides a mini toothbrush and toothpaste which were in another cosmetics bag I carry around daily.

So from the top left
Caudalie Vinosource moisturising cream – despite trying a myriad of products, I always make sure I always have it on hand.

Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien – one of the best scents I’ve tried in a while. One whiff and I bought the large sized bottle and the sample means I never have to travel without the scent.

Origins modern friction – the journey can sometimes make my skin feel yucky and this exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough for daily use.

Sisley All day all year cream – a face product I’m trying out. It provides some sun protection which doesn’t hurt. I didn’t get to wear it (I reached for Caudalie both times). I guess I’ll have to try it out some other time.

Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk – Part of my foray into more organic brands I’ve heard much about. Also, it was a handy size and was excellent in removing the mascara I wore and felt lovely. I might buy a full size sometime.

The Body Shop Shea whip body lotion – light and wonderful and a staple in my bodycare. In fact, the entire range is one of my favourites from the body Shop.

L’Occitane Shea lip balm – one of the best ones I’ve tried; excellent protection, no chapping and smells lovely but not an overpowering.

Clinique high impact mascara – only makeup item I use on occasion. It works well enough and small enough to fit in the bag. Otherwise, it was no mascara for the weekend 😉

Sisley bath and shower gel – Another product I’m testing out. It’s a bit similar to Lush’s Grass but this one is less intense and has a bit more of a luxurious feel. This size was enough for two showers and was simply delightful. Sisley is rather expensive but I’ll probably repurchase on occasion.

L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo – In case my hair needed a wash; which it didn’t then. I’ve only ever needed a shampoo once, when away but it never hurts to have. Besides, it can double as a detergent for delicates if needed.

Cotton wipes, cotton buds and a hair tie to keep my hair off my face.

What do you take with you I wonder…


The humble muslin


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Muslin to me was a dress fabric and for medical dressing but, is now also a staple in my face cleansing routine.
I was first introduced to this cotton fabric as a cleansing tool when I received it with my Decléor’s Hydra-Radiance Smoothing & Cleansing Mousse. Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish has also reinforced my use of it and I constantly stock up now from Liz Earle. I am told it’s also available at retailers like Mothercare and Pai also provide muslin cloths to be used with their cleanser.

Muslin cloths
– enable a more effective cleansing routine even with “okay” cleansers,
– reduce the need for more gritty and intense exfoliants since it provides gentle exfoliation,
– are easy to clean. I boil mine in hot water every week and they dry easily too
– and are not terribly expensive.

I prefer to use the cloth with a creamy cleanser or a cleansing milk and do so three to four times a week.

Give it a try if you haven’t already. You may never wish for a clarisonic again 😉