Thursday, 28 May 2015

The first Ulta body/hair smash'n'grab

So just a quick one for today as I'm silly busy in LA but want to keep daily postings going (YAY ME!). ;)

We popped into an Ulta briefly - I'll hit it properly before I come home - and I did what I always do and grabbed all the Pacifica I could get my hands on. Yes, you can get it in the UK but it's not everywhere, they don't always have enough stock and it's twice the price. I haven't used the Hand & Body Lotion Wipes before so thought I'd give them a go as we're coming into warmer weather (at least I hope we are) and fancy having them to play with.
Tahitian Gardenia is my first choice and the Indian Coconut Nectar, Ruby Guava and Vanilla are all on my must-grab list, so I'll get those before I head home.

The Shea Moisture products were affordable and so I thought I'd give them a whirl also - the scent is Tahitian Noni & Monoi with cherry and pink grapefruit. Yes please.

Then the Big Sexy Hair large size was on a 2 for 1. Literally BOGOF so I pounced. Sulfate-free Volumising Conditioner that is really light and really lovely.

Not bad going for a ten minute lunch grab. ;)

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

My Travel Skincare Kit

Plenty of room for more! ;)
So keeping with the travel theme, this is what I brought with me to L.A. this time around.

I don't travel lightly, you may choose to, but I don't.! ;) I use these Muji Travel Cases because they're huge, but packable, they clean up nicely from any spillages and most importantly, they're rigid. A lot of my skincare is in glass and no-one wants that breakage to deal with. This is the smaller size, my body and hair are in the big one. I guess that's tomorrow's post.... 

Back row, left to right:


  • Zelens Z Pure Cleansing Balm - this was a production sample that I picked up from Dr Lens pre-launch and as it turns out, it's perfect for travel. The gel texture is great for the weather over here.
  • Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream - small size. So this I bring with me for when I want a cream second cleanse and I keep it specifically for travel now as it is no longer made. How rude of Clarins.
  • Emma Hardie Travel Size. Obvs.
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist - light, airy and hydrating.
  • Pixi Glow Tonic Travel Size - not available yet - but I obviously stole one. 
  • P50 1970 Formula decanted into Muji travel bottles. Don't leave home without it.
  • Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads, Alpha Beta Glow Pads for face and body and Medi-Spa Peel - big ones. Easy for travel. No brainer.
  • Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads - these were in a goodie bag and they ziplock so again, no brainer. Travel sizes for the win!
  • Dennis Gross MD Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution - small sample size - perfect for travel. 
  • Zelens Intense Defense - massive antioxidant shot - perfect for the plane and working in an inner city environment.
  • Zelens Z Luminous - gorgeous brightening serum - available June - I previewed this a while ago and will review fully when I get back and bring back the serum reviews - nowhere near finished with those.
  • Kate Somerville - Deep Tissue Repair decanted into Muji pots. This is light enough to be used as a moisturiser - especially in L.A.

  • Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturiser - this is Tata's moisturiser for oily/combination skin which is not my skin type, but this moisturiser is so light and hydrating that it's perfect for under makeup.
  • Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturiser - I brought this because I was concerned about being really hot and sweaty. Sod's Law it's overcast and cool for L.A. so I haven't used it yet - but it's supposed to be 90 degrees at the weekend so no doubt this will make an appearance then.
  • Clinique All About Lips - hydrates and firms but doesn't make a greasy base for under makeup.
  • SKII Facial Treatment Mask - for the one night I get time. Hasn't happened yet. But it will. 
  • Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask and Deep Hydration Revitalising Eye Mask. (behind the products) See above. Haven't used, but will. I save all of these types of pre-packed masks for travel. Just the perfect trick for making your skin act like it actually is moisturised.
  • A second atomiser with Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Too heavy for this climate to be honest. I don't want to knock everyone out. I do maybe a teeny spritz in the evening in the hotel just because the smell reminds me of home.

That's it for the face. It looks like a lot, but this is an 8 day trip. That's at least 16 cleanses, possibly more if I refresh for the evening. 20 or so cleanses is not, to my mind, decantable.
For 3 days or less, I decant everything or only bring travel sizes. For four or more days, I don't. Way too many weather/skin/allergy situations that may possibly need to be dealt with.

See you tomorrow! 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

My long-haul flight kit

I tend to keep back all of my trial sizes that I collect from GWPs and brands in a dedicated drawer so that I can pick from them as and when I need them for travelling.

This is a fairly typical selection from me and left to right includes:

  • Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths - If I have to use a wipe, I pretty much always use Ole's
  • Radical Eye Revive Creme - never used this before - it was in a GWP. Not sure for long-term use but fine for an airplane.
  • La Mer Soft Cream - for layering with the oils and sprays
  • Chantecaille Jasmin and Lily Healing Mask - didn't use on the way out, but usually carry it just in case
  • Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Pads - always use these when travelling - the packaging just makes them indispensable
  • Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - a must-have
  • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - this is the best travel size spritz purely for its spray action. It may be small but it sprays like a big player.
  • Perfume Travel Spritz filled with Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee 
  • Roger & Gallet Fig Hand Cream - purely for the smell and lack of tackiness after use
  • Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil - I used this the most - lots of layers...
  • SKII Facial Treatment Mask - for scaring fellow passengers :)
  • Mavala Nailactan Hand and Nail Cream
  • Zelens 3T Complex - the perfect airplane size of one of my favourite moisturisers
  • Tata Harper Be Fierce Free Radical Resistance Lip Treatment - this is beautiful - airplane or no airplane
  • Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme CC Cream so that I don't scare immigration!
That's it. Going home will be different - mainly because PHARMACY AND TARGET AND KATE SOMERVILLE AND AND AND *head explodes*

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Pre long-haul flight prep

I'm off to LA tomorrow so this week's Sunday Facial had to have a little more 'oomph' than usual - I thought the rest of me also deserved a little more TLC.*

Flying is one of the most dehydrating things I do to my body. I prep like I'm trying to blow up a raisin with moisture.
I cleansed as normal then went straight in with Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, a really easy and gentle way to resurface if you have particularly sensitive skin - it goes on like jelly and hardens like egg white. I then applied Chantecaille's Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Masks to work while the Tata was on. I left both for 15-20 then removed the eye masks and washed off the Tata with warm water and flannel as per usual.
The next is easy and simple. Straight on with Kate Somerville Age Arrest, let that absorb for a few minutes then apply Sebagh Hydrating Mask on top.
That's my skincare for the day. I don't take them off, I just apply more as and when they're absorbed.

Post-showering and leg shaving (no time for waxing over here) I went straight in with Rahua Body Lotion on the upper body followed by Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion. I save my expensive body lotions for traveling/extra treats - I use mostly budget normally.
After that, it's self-tanner time - and in this case Michael Kors is my go-to. I just like it and it suits my skin.
Body done, hair then gets some Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum which I just apply all across the top of my hairline and in the front of my parting. Years of blow-drying take their toll so I try and just give my hair some help when I have time. I've been using Phyto 7 (and 9) ever since I was first trained in it nearly 20 years ago in SpaceNK. It's a leave-in treatment so whenever I know I don't have to blow dry, I try and apply this as an apology to my hair for the bleach and blowdrying! My hair then stays in a loose bun all day, with occasional shakeouts and reapplication.
Finish off with a little lip treatment from Clinique All About Lips and that's me hydrated to the max.
If you hug me you'll probably slide off. ;)

Tomorrow: What's in my long haul beauty travel kit?

*basically means I shaved my legs

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Instagram catch-up

T-shirt of the month

Bobbi Brown was brilliant

This is shocking enough until you see Bobbi is standing on her tip toes. #bigbird

Sunday Mask Session

Trialling lots of newness

Cursing Marc Jacobs for discontinuing this

Yes. :)


The amazing Joy Williams at Islington Assembly Hall

Clinique PA in Central London - my face everywhere. Never not odd!

A little dayglo orange because why not?

A brilliant blow-dry from Blow Ltd's at home service. Highly recommend.

And Ava with Tyler Oakley and Sam Chapman doing the best photobomb ever. :)

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