• Travel beauty routine

    I just got back from holidays and so I thought it would be interesting to share with you the beauty products I brought with me (skincare, bodycare, haircare and makeup).

    Now, this isn’t a minimalist beauty bag but for my defense I was gone for 12 days so I needed options… I will write full reviews about the products mentioned here but I wanted to give you a quick overview beforehand.


    1. Makeup remover – Jordan Samuel skin the aftershow treatment cleanser for sensitive skin. The original version of this cleanser is one of my favorite products. This one has the same general formula except they’ve removed the fruit acids making it even more gentle and especially great when your skin is sensitized.
    2. Cleanser – Andalou naturals creamy cleanser, a gentle cleanser used in the mornings and as a second cleanse at night. I love its thick gel texture and fresh citrus scent. I also brought packets of the Jordan Samuel skin matinée gel cleanser to test it out.
    3. Hydrating mist – Josh Rosebrook hydrating accelerator. The small size is perfect for travels and the juice itself is a potent hydrator.
    4. Serums (hydrating, antioxidant) – I brought my Typology vitamin C and niacinamide serums to continue testing them (so far, I’m liking them). The A.Florence skincare hydration booster was brought as an insurance and because I love its filter like effect (it refines skin texture and evens out the skin tone).
    5. Eye cream – Devita revitalizing eye lift cream. I’m on my second bottle of this. It hydrates the undereye area, plumps fine lines and doesn’t irritate or clog my skin.
    6. Moisturizer/Oil – Weleda skin food light, a hardcore yet light moisturizer used at night when needed and the Jordan Samuel skin soothing facial oil which soothes and nourishes the skin.
    7. Sunscreen – Honua skincare Malu protecting day cream spf 30. This is a true hybrid between a moisturizer and a mineral sunscreen. It protects and nourishes the skin.
    8. Lip balm – Nuxe rêve de miel lip balm, my favorite (reviewed here).
    9. Retinol – A.Florence skincare Intense night repair oil (it’s currently being reformulated but I like this gentle yet effective formula).
    10. SOS treatments – Avène cicalfate; I always bring a tube of this as it’s a multipurpose repairing cream that I love (reviewed here) and the A.Florence skincare Blemish SOS clarifying face oil (reviewed here).


    1. Illuminating primer – Vita Liberata Beauty blur. As I don’t use liquid foundation, I find that this creates a good base to blend my concealer into. Plus, it has a soft-focus effect and gives a gorgeous glow to the skin.
    2. Concealer – Studio 78 Paris off we go concealer for dark circles, and for blemishes, the Laura mercier secret camouflage concealer (both reviewed here).
    3. Foundation – Jane Iredale Purepressed mineral foundation (reviewed here).
    4. Bronzer/Highlighter – Kosas color & light palette (tropic equinox), a beautiful warm cream bronzer and highlighter palette.
    5. Blush – RMS beauty lip2cheek (spell), the perfect neutral pinky brown shade and the Olio e Osso tinted balm in crimson, a sheer pinky red (reviewed here).
    6. Brows – Lavera eyebrow styling gel, a good natural brow gel.
    7. Eyeshadow – Rimmel magnif’Eyes mono (millionaire), my go-to neutral eyeshadow.
    8. Eye pencil/ Eye liner – Pacifica magical multi pencil, Avril eye pencil (terre brûlée) and Kiko super colour eyeliner (103).
    9. Mascara – Ilia limitless mascara, the brush needs some time getting used to but the results you get are amazing.
    10. Lipliner – Arcancil lip liner (bois de rose), a natural shade that enhances my lips.
    11. Lipstick – Kosas lipstick (stardust), my favorite everyday shade and the Lisa Eldridge lipsticks (go lightly and rainbow spill) for some fun colors and impeccable textures.


    1. Moisturizer – Weleda skin food for my hands and any dry areas.
    2. Body sunscreen – Laboratoires de Biarritz face & body sunscreen spray. It has a light texture that’s easy to massage into the skin.
    3. Deodorant – Acorelle deodorant care. I went back to this and it now works again for me (it had stopped working after a while).
    4. Repair cream – La Roche Posay cicaplast balm B5 (reviewed here) for any irritation.


    1. DIY curl mist – I’m testing a recipe I’ve found online which seems to be good so far. I use it on wet and dry hair to enhance my curls.
    2. Curl cream – Less is more tangerine curl balm. I didn’t get on with this at first but it seems to work better now. It does define the curls but I find it a bit drying at the same time.
    3. Conditioner – Tabitha James Kraan organic 4 in 1 conditioner. This is a lightweight but hydrating conditioner. I didn’t love the scent but it didn’t linger on.
    4. Hair oil – Nuxe Huile prodigieuse, a staple for me.
    5. Hair balm – Rahua smoothing hair balm. I brought this to test it on this trip and I’ve found that it helps to nourish and define the ends of my hair.

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