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…


Grapes are not just for Wine

Caudalie; I was somewhat recently introduced to by Ruth’s post on A Model Recommends. The active ingredients from this French brand’s products are from grapes so I guess wine is not the only commodity from viticulture.

The Cleansing water is a star product in my opinion and fantastic for cleansing the skin without the need for rinsing with water. Wetting a cotton pad with it and a few swipes later, I feel clean, awake and there is no uncomfortable tight feeling. It is quite effective in taking off light make-up but might need more than one cotton pad to get everything off. It is also perfect for travelling or when in a rush to get ready.

The cleanser is essentially oil droplets in micelles dissolved in water hence you don’t see the characteristic oil-water phases. The oils are able to dissolve dirt, oil and makeup on contact with the skin.

It does not contain mineral oils, artificial colouring or common surfactants (e.g. SLS) that can irritate the skin. It does contain fragrance but is said to be for all skin types and I would be willing to bet that most sensitive skins will not complain about this.