By the time this post goes live I’ll hopefully be sunning myself in Marbella and I had planned to do a breakdown of all the things I was taking away with me. However, my mum has been in hospital for the past two days with an infection, so the two days I had put aside for getting everything organised were instead spent in the A&E waiting room. Thankfully she’s fine and we’ve been given the go ahead to travel, but I haven’t even had a chance to change my pounds into euros so chances are I’m not going to get a chance to do all the posts I’d planned either 🙁 Therefore I might just do the skincare post and this post and leave the make-up post for when I get back.
The great thing about my holiday is that it’ll give me a chance to try out things that I haven’t previously been able to. I’ve made full use of my ‘holiday mood’ and put together a group of products that I’ve been meaning to try for ages but haven’t got around to yet. I approached my holiday organising with the steely determination that usually ends badly (for me, anyway), and I decided to buy a small trio of cosmetic travel cases and try and limit all my beauty products to what would fit in these three cases. I also bought some travel dispensers, so hopefully that’ll improve the situation somewhat.
Here’s what I’ll be taking, roughly from left to right:
Abees Honey Scrub: this is the pot to the far left of the picture that has all the writing rubbed off. It’s a lovely, oily, gentle scrub that’ll work like a dream on sun parched skin.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer: this is a mask treatment that you use before shampooing. I love this and I’m bringing it because it’s travel friendly and will hopefully maintain the new glossiness I currently have thanks to my colour.
L’Oreal Elnett Diamond Hold Hair Spray : this is purely for my fringe!
Charles Worthington Crackle Wax: this gives fantastic definition and roughs up hair just enough for that laid-back, beach-chic look that I’m always convinced I can achieve but never quite get there…
Umberto Giannini Salon Shine Glossing Mist: I’ve bought the travel-friendly version of this as it’s a light, easy, shine spray that gives great gloss and finishes a ‘done’ style.
Diptyque Mimosa candle: I just love the idea of lulling around in the sun with a gorgeous candle helping to set the scene. I’m so into candles lately and I’m still spending an unhealthy amount on them.
Aldi Miracle Oil: I was sent this to try recently and I’m hoping it’ll be an effective and cheaper alternative to Moroccanoil. I’ll report back.
Astral Original: I take a pot of this with me every holiday as it’s so multi-purpose; it removes make-up, moisturisers and works as a great aftersun. I won’t be using it to remove make-up as I’m all Jan Marini-ed up, but my mum will inevitably steal it as is usually the case.
Sure Maximum Protection: this moisturises and keeps everything dry and clean-smelling, so if it’s as hot as I’m hoping in Spain then hopefully I’ll need this!
Abees Nourishing Shower Gel: This is seriously dinky sized and my mum loves it, so I’m hoping this’ll see me through the entire holiday.
Stylfile Emergency File: I’ll be reviewing the full range soon (if I haven’t already – scheduling so far ahead is tricky!) and I absolutely love the design and travel-friendly take on this; it’s both a buffer and a file housed in a travelling case that takes up virtually no room and can go on a keyring.
iNOA Colour Care: I’m using this religiously – Shampoo, Conditioner and Deep Conditioner – and I’ll be taking it all with me, albeit decanted for travel.
La Roche-Posay SPF30: obviously I’m going to need sun protection and this is the perfect size as it’s not as cumbersome as a lot of other suncreams. It’s also really gentle which my skin needs as I think it’s going to find it shocking enough being faced with actual, real sun!
Oxy Seaweed Deep Calm Balm: this is a weird one as I’ve had to stop using it for its intended reason (now I’m on the Jan Marini routine) but I just love it so much and I’m now using it to take away the look of dry skin on my feet! Odd, yes, but it’s such a lovely balm and works brilliantly for both its original purpose and my new one too.
So as you can see, there’s quite a lot coming with me but I’m hoping that once I’ve got my decant on, it’ll all look miraculously tiny and fit in a match box.
Disclosure: I’ve barely found the time to write this post so forgive me for not going through everything and breaking it down! It’s safe to say it’s a good mix of purchases and samples.