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?

WWI am super excited to be working with Weight Watchers as their beauty and fashion expert for their My #WomanKind project. If you haven’t seen their video then click here as it’s a must see and really got me thinking about how mean we can often be to ourselves. It’s heartbreaking to think we call ourselves names that we wouldn’t dream of calling other people and concentrate on being nice to others but forget to be nice to ourselves. Since developing a better relationship with ourselves needs to start both inside and out, today I am sharing my skincare tips for anyone who is struggling with the winter weather, I’m suffering with the winter blues myself.

1.Watch what you eat and drink
A little boring I know, but what you eat and drink can really affect your skin. Avoid too much sugar, alcohol and salt but make sure you are drinking lots of water. Swap a cup of coffee for a cup of lemon water to really help your skin.

2) Avoid overly hot water
Since it is cold it’s very tempting to stand under a hot shower for longer than is necessary but this really adds to dehydrating the skin so it’s best to avoid it. I’m not suggesting you have cold showers but warm is better than boiling hot.

3) Avoid over cleansing
In summer when skin can often be very oily double cleansing is great but in winter I like to take a less is more approach and use an oil and balm cleanser as these are often less stripping and more hydrating on the skin. You still want to make sure you are removing all your makeup but you want to do this without also removing all the moisture from the skin. My personal favourite cleanser is the Omorovicza Thermal cleansing balm.

4) Swap to hydrating face masks
Most people use clay face masks in the hope that they will help decongest/oily the skin but in winter when skin is already dehydrated it’s much better to swap over to a more hydrating one such as the Clarins Hydra Quench Mask.

5) Add oils and Serums
More than at any other time of the year serums and oils can really help the skin, my favourite is the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil or the Oskia Get up & Glow Serum.

6) Don’t forget the moisturiser
Just because you are adding oils and serum it doesn’t mean you can skip moisturiser, instead layer it on top to really inject moisture and life back into your skin

7) Lip Balm
Since your lips don’t have oil glands you should really be taking care of them all year round. Avoid licking your lips and instead use a lip balm like By Terry Baume De Rose or Nuxe Reve De Miel.

I’d love to hear all your tips in the comments below and check out my interview with WeightWatchers here.

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.