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



  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.


Current skincare routine -day

I thought I would run through this week’s products. I’ve settled into a bit of a routine with these recently, adding in treatment oils as and when I feel that I need them, but these are forming the current cornerstones of my daily routine.

current skincare

Garnier Micellar water

First up: Garnier Micellar cleansing water (currently on offer at Boots). This stuff is cheap as chips. It really is, and it’s always on some kind of offer in Boots or Superdrug. I used to use Bioderma, and yes, it is better. But it is also three times the price and I only use it for the initial make-up removing stage, so I’m not going to beat myself up about it. It’s odourless, clear and really does feel just like magic water that takes off your make up. A pad liberally doused in this and held on my eyelids for 30 seconds loosens all the mascara. All of it. I’ve never managed to use an oil for the eye make up removing part of my routine, and this is the best I’ve found that removes without scrubbing. It’s basically Witchcraft. This is primarily an evening make up remover for me, but I give myself a wipe with it in the morning to catch any of those bits that end up under your eyes, no matter how well you cleanse the night before.

Once that’s all off, I go in with Una Brennan’s SuperFacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (and breathe).

Una Brennan cleansing Oil

It’s a superlight, emulsifying oil that has plenty of slip and I can work right into my skin. It comes off with a hot flannel like a dream, unlike some cleansers which I feel I need to go in again and again until it’s all off. Smells a bit too heavily of orange peel for my liking but is a daily go-to when I haven’t been wearing tons of make up or sunscreen (or in the summer).

It really does need to come with a pump dispenser though. I’ve got round this by using a pump that came with a travel bottle from Superdrug which fitted perfectly, but without it, this would go all over the shop. Sort it out Una.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Next up: Pixi Glow Tonic. A massive big up to Mrs Hirons for getting most of Britain’s beauty addicts into the acid cleanse. Once the cleanser is off, I go in with Glow Tonic. I have tried others but nothing really does it for me like this does -to the extent that I ALWAYS have a back up bottle somewhere because I’m paranoid that I will run out and the shops will be shut and my skin will fall off.

Murad Hydrating toner

Sometimes I use a hydrating tone, but not always (more in the summer, paradoxically because I like the freshening aspect). Currently I’m liking Murad’s Hydrating toner which smells peachy (and is currently reduced in M&S), but equally The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist is a third of the price and does the job equally well.

Vichy Aqualia

My go-to serum at the moment (third bottle level, which is I think a record) is Vichy Aqualia. This stuff is amazing for my patchy, sad, lizard like, dehydrated skin. It’s packed full of hyaluronic acid (and works in a way that Hydraluron never did, despite me aching to love it). In fact, all the Vichy products I’ve used since I hit 40 have been amazing. I remember being sorely disappointed with their products when I was in my 20s, but I guess my skin hadn’t got into its stride then. This I use as a day serum, and I switch up to something with a bit more clout in the evening.

Ole Henrickson Nurture Me

Nurture me creme

Finally – Ole Henrickson’s Nurture Me creme. To say I love this moisturising freaking miracle cream would be a touch of an understatement. It’s formulated for sensitive and rosacea prone skin and I think it’s the chamomile element that I react to so well as I’ve noticed this in other creams I’ve enjoyed using. It’s a gel-cream formulation that smells creamy-vanilla-y-bubblegummy. It took some getting used to as it’s not in my normal fragrance comfort zone but now I absolutely love it. After the Aqualia, a layer of this and my skin -however brittle and sore feeling it may be- feels supple and nourished. I can feel the moisture in my skin all day but it’s never greasy. This is another one of those please don’t ever stop making it or I may cry products.

Then that’s me done. Eye cream? Are you kidding me?.

Full disclaimer: All products bought with cold, hard cash.