Tuesday, 11 March 2014
I thought I'd show you what I'm taking with me in my carry on luggage when I get my flight on Friday morning. Aeroplanes are notorious for reeking havoc on your skin, mainly because it's an incredibly dehydrating environment. I had a sort out through my sample/miniatures stash to see what I could fit in for the flight.
First of all, I won't be wearing make up (hello 4:30am start!) so I won't have to remove makeup. I'll still want to do a quick cleanse though so I'll be using some Sisley Micellar Water with some cotton wool pads to give my skin a quick clean. This is the only time I'd advocate using purely micellar water for cleansing. I'll then follow this up with some of my Aesop B. & Tea Toner which I've decanted into a small travel tube, before spritzing my face with some of Jurlique's Rose Balancing Mist. This isn't ideal as it contains drying alcohol. I'm taking it more to refresh and wake myself up towards the end of the flight and hopefully the nourishing plant oils etc I'm taking should ensure my skin is kept hydrated.
Then it's onto a couple of masks. I have some sachets from Sisley after I purchased something from their Selfridges counter a whilst back. I'll be taking a small sachet of the Express Flower Gel to prep and brighten my skin whilst providing a moisture hit. I've also got a small Sisley Eye Contour Mask to try out too which I'm looking forward to testing out, especially as I'll have had very little sleep the night before.
A sample sachet of Aesop's amazing Fabulous Facial Oil is coming along with me to deliver some nourishment during the flight then just before we land I'll massage in some of Rodial's Bee Venom Moisturiser (which I've not tried before) as it was the only mini/sample size moisturiser I happened to have in my stash.
Finally, lips are one of the places I feel really suffer on flights so I'll be smothering them with my trusty tube of Blistex Relief Cream to make sure they stay hydrated and soft.
So that's everything I'll be taking with me on the flight. I've been really restrictive in terms of what I'm taking in my suitcase as I know I'll probably be buying a hella lotta skincare whilst I'm out there. Do you have a in flight beauty routine when you travel? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
Monday, 10 March 2014
1. Having a huge clear out session over the weekend. Clothes, makeup, skincare etc was all thoroughly sorted through and I wrote a list for things I want/need to replace in New York to make sure I stick to what I need.
2. Getting two free packets of grapes on our Asda shop. We hadn’t ordered them so it was a nice bonus to get them for free! Love it when that happens.
3. Having pancakes for tea on Tuesday. I had three American style pancakes. One was lemon and sugar, one was spread with nutella and the final one smothered in maple syrup – yum!
4. Seeing all the daffodils, snow drops and crocuses pop up in Greenwich park on my walk to work. Spring is well and truly on its way!
5. Watching the latest New Girl episode. I love New Girl – Nick Miller is my hero.
6. Hearing jazz music on my walk home from work on Tuesday and Friday. I have to walk through the music department at Greenwich University to get back to my flat and the students are incredibly talented.
7. Joe putting vases of daffodils all around the flat. It instantly makes me happy when I see them as soon as I walk through the door.
8. Realising I’ve written in my Q&A diary every single night for over three months. Get one for yourself HERE. It's honestly one of the best things I've ever bought for myself and I can't wait to see how my answers change over the years.
9. Changing the last of my spending money into dollars ready for New York. I'm so excited for our trip and can't wait to see my family.
10. Being able to go outside without a coat. I much prefer Spring to summer. I love all the spring flowers that pop up and the perfect, mild temperatures.
Friday, 7 March 2014
I mentioned last week that I think Bourjois do base products really well. I also think that their cream blushers are fantastic and reviewed two of them last summer – they’re total dupes of the Chanel cream blushers and have been one of my most used blush products over the past six months. I spotted their relatively new Blush Exclusif blusher when I had a browse of Boots a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a whirl as I’m always interested in products that claim to adjust to your own skin tone to give a unique finish. The formula uses ‘self-adjusting technology’ which is very similar to that of Smashbox’s O-Glow if you’re looking for a comparison. In its packaging it’s a pale light pink that changes colour and becomes powdery (in a good way) as you touch it and blend it into the skin. It leaves a very pretty pink flush to the cheeks and is very easy to blend to give a natural finish.
I’m really impressed with the latest releases from Bourjois recently. They seem to have upped their game and so far, I’ve liked everything I’ve tried. The Bourjois Blush Exclusif is £7.99 and is available in store and online at Boots.
Have you tried the cream blushers or the Blush Exclusif from Bourjois? Have you tried any of their others products that you’ve been impressed with? Let me know by leaving a comment below.