Thursday, 28 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! 


  1. Going to Ibiza in 5 weeks and so this is perfect timing! I'm desperate to try TH products.. Thank you xxx

  2. My products are different, of course (different skin!), but my process is really similar, especially the 3 and under vs 4+ days rules. A long weekend with decants? Fine. Anything more? The whole kit and caboodle is coming with me!

    I will have to check out those Muji travel cases. I knew about the acrylic storage, but I didn't realise they also had rigid-sided cases. Something like that would be ideal for long trips.

  3. Great, thanks for making this post. And yeah, that my dilemma too - when on longer trips/ summer holiday you need too much product to decant by you don't want to carry too much... Sigh... First world problems, obvs...

    I'm sooo jealous now that I saw you still have the Clarins cleanser!!!!!!! Just finished mine this week. Devastated... And those tubes were so handy for summer traveling...

  4. I must get my paws on some of these exfoliating pad things, they seem a great idea for travel too. I tend to grab all my sample sizes too so it's kind of a free for all/experiment on my face! I always go coconut/fruity frangipani in hot climes (I'm a cliche I know). The Zelens stuff sounds great, look forward to your review :-)

  5. Great post Caroline, I also like to have all my stuff with me! Well most of it, I do try not to take every single jar/bottle/tube but I like to be able to change it up each day accordingly. I will pack less make-up to make room for my skin-care products. I hope you're having a fabulous trip!!!

  6. Are you in LA? Is there a place where your loyal followers can see you???? What a treat that would be,

  7. Yup. I have the same issue last month. 2 week trip and I ended with my skincare kit eating up half my lugage space. 3 days with decants I can stomach; more than that, I'm bringing on the whole entourage.

    A question if you dont mind; no spf products?

    Thank you

  8. I *love* the SKII masks for travel. Before kid I used to use them on planes if I was travelling alone so no-one would talk to me. Helps prevent airplane face too.

  9. I rarely decant, I feel like there is always product going to waste if I do so.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  10. That's a fab travel stash. :-) I love the case...I will be checking that out! :-)

  11. Oooh this defos gives me some ideas for products to buy! I fancy trying the Clarins cleasing cream and of course, the pixi glow tonic that you love! x
    alicekatex ♥

  12. Can you also pls review the original Zelens serum (youth something or other). Please!

  13. Caroline, I notice that in your travel kit there is an extra comfort cleanser from Clarins - I am told by Clarins sales associates they don't make this anymore - do you have a secret stash or are they still selling it somewhere where I can buy it. Please let me know.
    ove the blog

  14. Hi Caroline, you have Clarins extra comfort cleanser in your essential travel items. It is one of mine as well, but Clarins counters tell me they no longer make it. Do you have a secret stash or is it being sold somewhere where I can buy it still. Please help! If it isn't available anymore can you recommend something similar based on that particular cleanser!! Loving the blog! Thanks Dex

  15. Where are those Muji cases available? Need!

  16. "Pixi Glow Tonic Travel Size - not available yet - but I obviously stole one." Possibly my favorite line from any of your posts in recently!! I love Pixi Glow Tonic! After hearing you bang on about it, I tried it & fell in love!