This is more or less what I packed the last time I went travelling, plus or minus a few things. It’s quite hot and humid in Europe around this time of the year (a big difference to the disgustingly windy weather in Sydney now) so I tend to prefer not to wear a lot of product – it just all ends up running/sweating/generally being gross. Super hot.
I like to be quite low maintenance. Well, last time I was forced to because I was travelling with four boys – I didn’t really have the option to spend five minutes applying mascara. I’d just whack on some Revlon BB cream, quickly curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura and apply a coat or two of mascara and then out the door I went. This took about two minutes. I know – I won the travelling award for ‘most punctual’. (Yeah … we voted for about 20 ‘awards’ when we got back to Sydney …)
This time I’ll be using one of two YSL mascaras: the Volume Effet Faux Cils or the Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking. The former probably would’ve been enough as you can apply more coats to intensify the look, but since the latter came in such a convenient tiny tube, I thought I might as well bring it. The Shocking will work better at night too – adding more volume than the original formula. That combined with the Colour Riche Couleur de Crayon (which can be used as either an eyeshadow or liner) should do.
As you know I adore a red lip so of course I’m going to bring a selection: sheer, matte, glossy, cherry, rosey. It just brings a whole look together, I think, and because I don’t like to wear accessories (see above sentence about it being super hot and sweaty), it works a charm.
Speaking of being sweaty and shiny (so attractive), the only product I’m going to carry around day-to-day, besides a lip colour, will be my Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Makeup.
Additional items include my MAC concealer, Nars blush in Liberté and Benefit Brow Zings. (If I have the time and want to/need to look presentable.
Then Bioderma Crealine to take it all off. Note to self: I know you can now buy these in Australia but it’s so much cheaper in European pharmacies. Stock up.
I normally use Dermalogica anyway so it makes sense to take the travel kit with me during my travels. Duh. I’m using the Dermalogica Normal/Dry Skin Kit, which comprises of the Special Cleansing Gel (a godsend), Multi-Active Toner, Skin Smoothing Cream, Gentle Cream Exfoliant (going to use it on my many plane rides and scare whoever has the misfortune of sitting next to me) and Intensive Eye Repair (because me no be sleeping in Europe).
As I have previously written: “I cannot begin to explain how useful and life-changing hydrating mists and sprays” are. Seriously. Pop it in the fridge and then take it out when you become like Dora and explore – it’s the best feeling when you feel like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and a mosh pit. I usually like to rotate a few around – including Caudalíe’s Eau de Beaute.
On the last trip one of my friends was really surprised and shocked to learn that I did not moisturise my body. So I’ve made it a habit since then to just slather on some kind of cream.
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is not just “some kind of cream” – it’s the shiz. So so good. One of the things I’m looking most forward to on this trip is going to a French pharmacy and buying 10 tubes. I’m not even kidding. I told my friend that him bringing this back for me last time was the best thing anyone’s ever done.
Just two weeks to go!