As some of you may know, Harry and I recently moved to the UK from Australia – and when I say recently, I mean about 4 months ago now. As of January 2018, I hadn’t travelled long distance on a plane for quite a few years (basically since I was a child) and I was so stressed about what to take with me as carry on. I have always loved flying and travelling in general, but I quickly realised it’s very different as a grown woman to fly long distance, with the dry air from the plane affecting my skin and my beauty routine being thrown out the window for basically two days straight.
I did a lot of research on both magazines and online, and read a bunch of useless articles on what you should take on board with you, such as a lip balm and a sleeping mask (DUH!), so decided it was up to me to figure it out on my own.
What were my skin concerns? What problem areas did I want to address?
I have oily skin, and if I don’t make sure my face is clean every night, I break out the next day. It does tend to get even more oily if I don’t moisturise regularly, so I needed to make sure I had that covered as well. And I get bags under my eyes and dry patches, so that needed to be taken care of too.
I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to carry everything on the plane due to liquid restrictions, so I went to my local Myer (kind of like Harrods or John Lewis) and as I was stocking up on my faves, I decided to ask if they wouldn’t mind giving me travel sized products as well. Some of them were kind enough to give them out for free, others I purchased as a set.
These are the products I ACTUALLY took, and how they helped during the trip.
GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT
This little baby I actually got from Sephora, and it was such great value. It cost £12 for the 15g tub and I still have some of it left. I used it once on the second plane to get rid of all the pollution and germs from my skin. Carrying it around was incredibly easy as it’s so tiny, but there is enough product in there to las a few uses. Just carry a small brush with you and you’re set!
I bought this one as a set of 3 (The Clinique Smart Night cream, Smart SPF 15 and Smart Custom Repair Serum) and I was given the Take the Day Off cleansing balm and the Moisture Surge Concentrate minis for free as I purchased the full size products as well (as a top up).
I used the Cleansing Balm on the first plane to take off my makeup, the Night cream before bed, together with the Smart Custom Repair Serum and the Smart SPF 15 as soon as I woke, followed by the Moisture Surge Concentrate, to hydrate my skin from the dry air on the plane.
BOBBI BROWN SOOTHING CLEANSING OIL
So many women think that because they have oily skin, they can’t use oil based products, but that’s not true at all. Actually, if you have oily skin, products containing oils will often work better for you, or at least, that’s what I’ve discovered over the years. I use the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil when I haven’t worn any makeup but still need to clean my skin. It’s really gentle and feels lovely. I was also given this one for free at the counter because I topped up and bought the full size. I don’t think they sell these separately (I might be wrong!) so you could always ask your local Bobbi Brown counter if you could have the small bottle to try out. Trust me, you’ll go back and buy the full sized-real deal!
LANCOME TONIQUE CONFORT
I have used Lancome products ever since I can remember. When I was younger I thought they were designed for the more mature lady, but how wrong I was! I absolutely love Lancome, and their skin products are all wonderful. My favourite is the Tonique Confort (Rehydrating comforting toner). I just splash some on my hands and dab it on my face directly, and it feels incredibly refreshing. I bought this one for £10, as it was the smaller bottle, because my full size bottle was actually too big to go past security! It rehydrates the skin and makes you feel like you’ve woken up on the right side of the bed.
CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY EYE GEL
My under eyes have been a problem area for me since my early teens. The get really quite dark and dry, so makeup doesn’t apply well unless I put on some really good quality eye gel beforehand. This is where the Chanel Hydra Beauty eye gel comes in. This was the very first Chanel product I ever bought, and I’ve never looked back. It works wonders and is perfect for those dreary bags! A little goes a long way, so it will last you a long time.
CLARINS BEAUTY FLASH BALM
I would go to the top of the highest mountain and scream at the top of my lungs ‘I LOVE CLARINS!’ for the entire world to hear, if it meant everyone would then buy it. Clarins is my favourite ever brand – EVER EVER EVER- and I can’t recommend it enough. I will do a separate blog post about it soon, but for now, let me just say this: if you haven’t tried the brand before, you HAVE to. The products all do what they say they will do and more, and they are just so damn wonderful. I realise I am totally waffling on, but ohmygoooooodness.
Ok, so – the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. I have the full size bottle, and can guarantee you’ll love it. It smells divine, and is a subtle pinky colour with a creamy consistency. As soon as you put it on, it makes your skin look like it’s glowing from the inside. 100% recommend!
DIOR LIP MAXIMIZER
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be a travel beauty bag without some Lip Gloss, and the Dior Lip Maximizer is the very best. It’s plumping, hydrating and feels lovely on the lips. It doesn’t leave that super sticky feeling either, and makes your lips look super juicy. This was obviously the full size product, and it’s completely worth the price tag.