Holiday washbag (Part 2)

This is where the majority of my super sneaky downsizing has come in handy:

The skincare section

The skincare section

First up is the gorgeous Stephanie Johnson case I’m taking it all in. I got it in the Space NK sale at Christmas (I was the person logging on on Christmas day like a madwoman to get all the bargains.) I have to say, lovely as it is, it’s more a weekend case than a week-away case, but no matter. It’s beautiful and that’s enough for me.

Taking up a lot of room: Cotton wool pads/washcloths: because you can’t bank on there being ones you would actually use at your destination.

Going top L-R

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  1. Sisley face mask samples (enough for a couple of applications, I reckon)
  2. Fish Oil capsules
  3. Crest Whitestripes professional effects 30 minute teeth whitening strips. I think they’re basically outlawed in the UK, but they work incredibly well.
  4. Samples of Aesop Fabulous Face oil (reviewed here) -enough for a week.
  5. Samples of Aesop Parsley seed eye cream and eye serum. Bit of an unknown quantity as this will be the first time I’ve used them, but if my face falls off as a result, at least I’ll be abroad.
  6. Needle and Cotton/nail scissors. Because I’m turning into my mother. (Note to self: remember some safety pins…)
  7. OGX shampoo miniatures. I’m a complete slut random shopper when it comes to hair products -I don’t use the same ones twice as I can never really see a difference. But these smell gorgeous so they will do. Plus the bottles are so cute.
  8. OGX weightless hair oil. Heh, right. see above.
  9. Cowshed Gorgeous cow mini bath and shower gel. (Reviewed here.) Because although we are going to a perfectly beautiful hotel, my experience of Mediterranean hotels means that the complimentary toiletries will be one step up from Fairy Liquid.
  10. Garnier mini Micellar water, decanted Pixi Glow tonic, a tiny Murad hydrating toner spray (thank you Ebay!), a tiny Emma Hardie Moringa cleanser, a tiny Ole Henrickson truth serum collagen booster, some Espa moisturisers, Ole Henrickson’s Nurture me moisturiser because I have a panic attack if I’m separated from it, Superdrug’s Naturally radiant 2-in-1 serum and moisturiser which is seriously good and under a fiver, a little REN beauty flash sample (I think I may be going a bit OTT on the radiance side of things), sudocrem, deoderant and anti-bac gel.

I think I’ve got just about everything covered. What do you think? Anything I’ve missed out?

Disclaimer: All purchases.

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Cowshed Gorgeous Cow

I’ll not lie to you -I’ve always been a bit ‘meh’ about Cowshed. They are absolutely above reproach when it comes to not using ingredients that give some people cause to worry (sulphates, parabens, animal ingredients etc) for which I doff my cap to them. But when I’ve been looking for a quick bathroom hit, I’ve always been put off by the price (£16+ for shower gels), and the fact that as much as I love ‘spa’-like scents, there has never been anything in their range that has made me go ‘ooo!’ enough to reach for my purse.

I understand that using high quality ingredients is going to elicit a higher price point, but I’m also someone who stockpiles Radox from the 99p store and am perfectly happy with that for my bathtime needs. The idea of paying upwards of £15 for bath fluff when there are lipsticks out there that need investigating seems anathema to me.

Then, wandering through Selfridges with nary a care in the world, I spotted the Cowshed concession and without even thinking about it, started sniffing the testers. (I always do this -even when I know I don’t like something.)

Bam. Floral heaven. How had I not smelt this one before? It looked familiar (further checking shows it’s been out since the middle of 2013 -I’m nothing if not a late adopter) but I’m sure I would have remembered this one. Apparently not. Ylang-ylang and Rose are tempered magically by the high, lemongrassy  scent of Palmarosa, so what could have just been a blousy floral scent is now wonderfully, alchemically transformed into a fragrance that has both height and depth. There’s lavender in there too but for some reason I don’t pick up on that.

Reader: I bought the lot.

Pretty much the whole Gorgeous Cow range

Pretty much the whole Gorgeous Cow range

The shower gel is silky on the skin and foams softly. The body lotion -which for me, is the star of the show- is absorbed quickly leaving no greasy residue and smells exactly the same on the skin as it does in the bottle, with the fragrance lasting for a few hours without dying down. Really, it’s as good as a perfume. The candle has so far filled a whole room with scent without even being lit, and is so pretty that I’m loathe to.

The one product that I have not been enamoured of has been the perfume oil. I was hoping for the same amount of fragrance payoff that I get from the body lotion, but instead the scent seems reedy, thin and dies down to a slightly powdery nothingy smell, with none of the wham! of the palmarosa. There is always the possibility that my skin isn’t reacting well with the oils, but I’ve tried it on bare skin and on skin with the body lotion underneath and neither makes a difference. Such a shame, as I was looking forward to being able to tote the tiny rollerball around with me in place of my current bottle of JPG perfume.

No matter -for an all round sensory experience, the Gorgeous Cow range has knocked me sideways, and the body lotion (I normally LOATHE body lotions!) is definitely on the repurchase list.

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Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard cash