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?

hair careI’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about my hair and hair care, it’s often something that’s a little neglected here on ALO as I don’t have the greatest hair but since you’ve got to work with what you’ve got I thought I would share the bits I have been loving.

Shampoo is something that just doesn’t excite me, their either average or bad but rarely do I fall in love but the Davines Prep shampoo and conditioner really took me by surprise. The packaging is pretty which is great as it looks nice on the bathroom shelf but more than that my hair loved this shampoo! The Davines Prep Shampoo is for ‘all hair types’ and the Prep Mild Cream Conditioner is for ‘fine to medium’ so since I have fine hair I wasn’t sure if it was going to do a lot for my hair but I found that it was great for rebalancing my hair. I usually have quite dry ends and greasy roots but I found that this kept my ends hydrated and my roots cleared for longer than any other shampoo. Day two hair is rare for me as my hair is usually super greasy by then, but with this I didn’t even need dry shampoo day two. It is quite expensive but I think really worth the money as I had to spend less time washing my hair! I’m currently trailing a different shampoo but will probably be putting in a little Cult Beauty order for some more Davines products soon!

I was also recently send the Kardashian Beauty hair range which I thought might be a bit gimmicky but I actually have fallen in love with the Volume Foam in particular, it isn’t too heavy or sticky but still adds a great amount of volume and hold to the hair. I have been using the Blow Dry Cream too, which adds a bit of shine to the hair and more importantly has heat protection.

In terms of tools theres nothing new really; I love my ghd blow dryer which is definitely worth the investment, I use to go for a blow dryer every few months but this one has lasted ages and dries my hair quickly. I rarely straighten my hair but I do always have a ghd styler too just in case, I currently have the new one from the Azores collection which is beautiful. I curl my hair quite often and for that I love the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waves, I find it to be the perfect size and my curls last all day with it too.

I also just wanted to mention that I did used Olaplex last time I had my hair coloured and I think that it helped my hair massively. I don’t know too much about Olaplex but the next time I get my hair coloured I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.

What hair products have you been loving?

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fudge shampoo fudge pro oilI like to start the new year off the way I would like to go on, so typically I have a clear out (as I want to be more organised), fake tan (because I would love to be tanned all year round) and sort out my hair as I would love nice hair in 2016.

This year Fudge Professional was nice enough to help and hooked me up with a bit of a hair refresh as my hair was really in need of some TLC. They didn’t change too much but my hair was starting to look dry and unloved as it hadn’t been coloured in quite a while and the colour that was still in it had faded. The colourist added some high and low-lights, to add an expensive, sunkissed look to my hair which I love and which fits perfectly with the current blonde/brunette (bronde) trend which is about and I love it! I did get a little bit of a trim too, as my hair is so fine that any unnecessary ends can really make it look flat and lifeless.

Since the cut and colour I’ve been using some of the Fudge Professional range and loving it! I’ve used quite a lot from the Fudge Urban range before but this is the first time using the professional products and I love them just as much as love the Urban. The Colour Lock shampoo and conditioner are not only keeping my hair colour looking great but my hair feels amazing too but my favourite hair product of the month has to be Light Hed-ed Hair oil. It adds moisture and hydrates my hair without weighing it down and I must admit I am pretty addicted to this stuff already!

Not predicting a huge hair change in 2016, probably just more of the same…

I’ve been using Herbal Essences for a while now but decided to switch over to Dazzling Shine Shampoo and Conditioner over the last week, as it’s now autumn and I want to keep my hair as shiny as possible. I typically use a few styling products after the shower too to help with shine but I love that this shampoo leaves my hair shiny and smooth with very little effort, I can just wash, dry and go.

The Dazzling Shine Moisturising Shampoo cleanses hair and the conditioner is serum-infused meaning it leaves my hair with a silky shine that lasts the whole day.

Although it’s a great shampoo and conditioner the scent is probably my favourite thing about it! It has a really refreshing and awakening citrus scent which not only smells amazing in the shower but also throughout the day, the citrus scent leaves me awake and ready to tackle the day in the morning and adds a little bit of confidence throughout my day. In fact, Herbal Essences surveyed 1000 women and 52% of women felt more prepared for their day and 43% felt more happy- which is pretty impressive! 

I’m not sure my hair has ever smelt so good!

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