I’ve been back for NYC a while but haven’t posted too much from it as I’m still a little unsure what/how I want to post about. That said I did take some photos of my beauty products which I want to share and keep an eye out for what’s in my long haul travel case next week. We’re skipping makeup and just concentrating on toiletries as I don’t typically do my makeup in the bathroom but do let me know if that’s something you’d like to see too.

We’ll start with the essential although not terribly exciting- deodorant…

I took two with me, as I hadn’t tried the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness before, and because I typically like to have both a spray and a roll on. I like a roll on as my go-to morning deodorant and the Bioderma Sensibio Freshness Deodorant is great, it’s designed for sensitive skin therefore isn’t too scented which I like. I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s great but if you are particularly sweaty I think it might be best to opt for something different. I bought the Mitchum Aero Advance Deodorant at the airport as it’s a great one for the boyfriend and I to share, as naturally he had forgotten his. Mitchum is a brand I really trust and I find the mini size great to throw in my handbag in case I want to freshen up whilst exploring the city.

Another must is sun cream, I decided recently to start wearing suncream daily (more on that soon) and for New York I opted for Ultrasun SPF 30 Family as I had a small tube, perfect to travel with.  This particular suncream isn’t specifically designed for the face but it is for sensitive skin so I didn’t have any issues with it on my face, especially as I ensure I cleanse properly in the evening. For me it was light weight enough for under my makeup and I had no issues even on days we were out all day. Ultrasun is a brand I trust when it comes to skincare and I might even pick up some more for the summer!

For facial moisturisers I took quite a few as my skin does get a little dehydrated when traveling but I must admit I was missing a oil and serum in this routine. I took with me the Elemis Pro Collagen Cream which is my go-to everyday face cream as it’s hydrating but not too heavy. I took Weleda Skin Food as I like it for very dry patches both on the face and body, and also to highlight my face/limbs. Finally, I grabbed Embryolisse Lait-Creme, it’s a great moisturiser to have as I can use it even if my skin is feeling little more sensitive- although I didn’t end up really needing it.

As my cleanser I took the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm– I love a balm cleanser, especially when I’m traveling and this one is one of my favourites! I find balms do a great job of removing all of my makeup without stripping my skin and I find a balm to be a great luxurious-feeling way to remove my makeup and get ready for bed, especially after a long day. I also have a small version of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Balm which I kept in the shower for my morning cleanse. Oskia is one of my favourite skincare brands but I don’t fully understand the hype around this cleanser, it’s nice but I simply prefer a balm. I did also take a mini Bioderma Micellar water which was great for removing any makeup from my under eyes but which I kept in my makeup bag for makeup removal on the go.

I always like to travel with a few face masks and treatments such as the Oskia Citylife Detox Mask which is great for getting some life back into my skin after days on the subway and in the big smoke. I love how easy this is to travel with, although it’s a little tricky to mix and I also had some other sachet sheet masks beside my bed, perfect to help hydrate my skin. My go-to over night product was the REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, as my skin is quite dry I love the exfoliating nature of this. As it uses AHAs I wake up with a more radiant skin, which is exactly what I look for!

My other overnight product to add a glow would be the James Read Gradual Tan drops. Not everyone loves fake tan on their face but I personally think a few drops in with my moisturiser can make a huge difference and making me feel instantly more confident.

Honestly, I don’t always cream my body (although I am making a special effort and getting much better) but I took the Byredo Body Lotion away with me, I think I brought it home from a hotel a while back but it smells great!

In terms of fragrance I did take the Glossier fragrance but ended up only reaching for Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in Library. This arrived days before I went away which is probably part of the reason I reached for it but I love this fragrance. It’s a unisex fragrance which my boyfriend could wear if he wanted and it just looks so chic. It’s quite easy to wear, quite light with notes of cedar and vanilla which I love.

Final few items in my shower…

Sol De Janeiro Shower Gel, honestly this just smells amazing and makes me happy. In terms of shampoo, conditioner and hair mask I opted for Philip Kingly, a brand I love and trust! The Elasticizer is one of my favourite masks as I colour my hair and my hair is quite fine, it adds life back into my hair without weighing it down. Plus, these three products come in a little Jet Set set which is perfect for a few days away.

What are your must have products when you’re away?

I’ve been struggling a little with blog post ideas this week so I thought that I would share with you some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of days. I love these sort of posts as they’re a nice way to talk about a range of products that I’ve really been loving.

Last week I met with two of the Murad girls, I think sometimes I need to feel someones love and passion for a brand before I too can get into it, especially with a brand that’s more science than luxury. I’ve used items from Murad before but their AHA/BHA Cleanser scared me a little as it sounds quite intense but after hearing the girls talk about it I literally got home removed all my makeup and used this. It’s a little different to most other cleansers I love, it’s an exfoliating cleanser with Jojoba beads, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid so it’s definitely not one to be used to remove eye makeup and instead more of a second cleanse. Since my first use I have been using this every 2/3 days and really fallen it love, it really helps get rid of that dull look my skin gets every so often and leaves it smoother and healthier looking. I’ve also tried using this as a quick face mask and left it on for a couple of minutes, it’s not really what it’s recommended for but works beautifully at waking up the skin. I would say that it may not work for people with sensitive skin but I’ve fallen in love with it quite quickly.

I had a beautiful pale pink gel polish applied about ten days ago but last night I really had the urge to paint them a darker more autumnal colour. I’ve never painted over gels but it worked surprisingly well! I didn’t want the normal burgundy wine autumn shade and therefore was automatically drawn to this Soigne shade in Mysterieuse. I love khaki nails as an alternative to more traditional autumn shades and this one in particular is just perfect as it has a hint of grey.

The Sisley So Intense Eyeliner is one of the most expensive eyeliners I own and I know that it isn’t for anyone but it’s by far the best liner I have tried in years. This is one of the first time Sisley has made liners but they’ve done it so well! It’s a super intense black felt tip, with a sturdy nip and packaging too. Although I think there isn’t often a huge difference between liners there are some awful ones and some great ones with this being the best of the best. It’s easy to apply and lasts all day without any movement which is exactly what I want. If you’re a Tom Ford Eyeliner lover I would highly recommend swapping over to this one as it really outshines the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen.

Another recent discover is black toothpaste, Curaprox makes Black is White toothpaste designed to whiten the teeth which is black in colour. Admittedly it is very strange to brush your teeth with a black paste and almost looks like coal but I’ve actually been really enjoying it. It came with a great toothbrush which has it’s own little lid which I love and I’ve actually found my teeth to be a little whiter, not anything drastic but I haven’t been using it for very long but I will update in a few weeks time.

My current favourite fragrance which was also in my September favourites  is the Jimmy Choo Illicit Fragrance, I’m awful at describing scents but I think it’s a floral/sweet scent which I find really comforting for Autumn/Winter. If you’re looking for a new fragrance than I would recommend checking this one out, I’ve hardly been wearing anything else!

Fashion Week is usually quite a busy one and although I always tell myself I won’t be doing much I always end up saying yes to way more than I should and there just seems to be so many events even if I don’t actually go to that many shows. Add that to the change in season and my body slowly trying to adjust and it usually becomes a very busy and a bit of a stressful time but I have a few bits that I come back to for a little TLC.

My favourite way to end a stressful day is with a hot bath, a good cleanser and some extra skincare bits that I may sometimes miss out. I have been unable to stop using the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing balm, it’s pretty expensive and I’m more than half way through mine but it’s just the most luxurious and relaxing one I have. It’s a great one to use for a facial massage as it’s quite an oily and can be used all over the face and eyes. I like to spend an extra 10 minutes on this and really get my blood flowing around my skin, it’s really relaxing and really helps revitalise my tired skin.

Following that I will take care of my eye area which is always affected by my lack of sleep and I find a good cooling eye cream really helps relax me before bed. I follow that with a nice heavy night cream such as the Monu Extra Rich Night Cream one which I have really been loving this week (and I even wear it during the day!). I find that as soon as my skin gets a little dry my makeup just doesn’t last as long and really looks cakey, a good cream can help combat this and add radiance back to into my skin.

My favourite pre-sleep product however is the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray as I find it to really help me unwind and get a good nights sleep. I have the original and the Sleep Plus version, I choose between them depending on just how tired I am and find that even if I don’t get eight hours sleep, I am always a little more rested when I use this.

A great product for the morning is the Skyn Iceland Cooling Eye Patches, they come in their own little sachet so are perfect for travel and I like to put them on any time that I feel my eyes are a little puffy and I find that they really help cool and de-puff my eyes.

What products get you through a stressful time?

This week I’ve cracked open two new cleansers, which naturally excited me greatly especially as they are from brands I’ve wanted to try from a while. 

If you want to try Sunday Riley but don’t want to spend £85 for Luna than Ceramic Slip Cleanser, £35, is a far more affordable introduction to the brand. It’s one of the few cleansers that I have tried which isn’t at all designed to remove make-up, it’s designed to decongest the skin not to break down makeup, making this a good second or morning cleanser. It is aimed more at normal to oily skins where as I find mine to be normal to dehydrated but I can be quite congested so it’s not my perfect cleanser but I still find it helps with clogged pores. It’s perfect if you have oily or acne prone skin as I find it to be quite calming and used over a prolonged time would decongest the skin, that said I have had a slight break out which I think maybe from this cleanser bringing congestion to the surface but I will update soon as to how my skin feels in a few months. I do always finish off with quite hydrating oils and creams after this cleanser just to insure it doesn’t strip my dehydrated skin too much. 

Along with the Sunday Riley cleanser I have also been alternative with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, £28, which I have heard everyone rave about. I had really high hopes for this cleanser even though I typically only like cleansing balms but this just isn’t as oily as I would like. That said it can still be used for a bit of a facial massage and it leaves no residue behind unlike some balm cleansers. It smells pretty and is filled with Vitamin C and E, pumpkin enzymes for exfoliation and more, it does what I want it to do but I’m yet to be wow’d. 

Whilst away in Glasgow I have been using The Organic Pharmacy Cleanser, £39.95, as I have a mini size which travel with regularly and every time I fall in love with just how dreamy it is, once I get round to buying a full tub I’m sure you will hear lots about it from me. 

I’ll update soon letting you know just how I get on in a few weeks.

I’m not a huge fan of Micellar waters and actually really don’t get on with Bioderma (really dehydrates my skin) but I still think they are useful and like to have on near by. I would never recommend using Micellar water as your evening cleanse but they are great to remove makeup mistakes and even as a pre-cleanse. I’ve tried lots of them from high end to drugstore and my favourite is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water as it removes makeup really well, is a large bottle, does leave residue and most importantly for me, is doesn’t dehydrate or irritate my skin/

When I need remove my makeup quickly and effectively than I always turn to oils although I am careful as some (particularly those with mineral oil) break me out. My go-to at the moment is L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, I use it all over my face even on my eyes and it effortlessly removed everything without leaving an oily film. I do find thought that it works much better with just one pump as sometimes I do over apply and am left with a lot of product, I love the pump as it makes it hygienic and far less messy than having to pour it out.

However the cleanser of all cleansers has to be Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm, this little beauty is pretty expensive and one I’ve started saving for special occasions but it’s my absolute favourite. It’s packed of great ingredients that I find really help calm but also feed my skin, I love most balm cleansers but I find this one makes the biggest difference to my skin and it’s perfect for a facial massage too. If I could have one cleanser for the rest of life this would probably be but it would be quite an expensive routine to upkeep.