Month: March 2016

Long Haul Flight ESSENTIALS

Travel Essentials 1Over in the Instagram world, I’ve been asked time and again, what do I pack for long haul flights. First lets clarify definition of “Long Haul”, it’s flying time in excess of 6-7 hours for me. For flight time less than 6-7 hours, I’d have similar essentials but far more condensed version.

Generally my travel toiletry bags are not touched aka, not introduced to the main stash. It’s a one way road i.e. decanting from main stash to travel bag. Any samples of trusted products will make its way to the travel bag. NO experiments are encouraged in bacteria infested air of the vessel.

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Passport (uhhhh)

Tea – They keep changing all the time.Ginger is recommended for long haul flights.

Headphones – Not inserting or placing those filthy ones they provide….just No.

HYGIENE & HEALTH

Flight Duration Hygiene – Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, Wipes

Dental Hygiene – Wispy Toothbrush and Mints

Bodily Hygiene – Deodorant, Lavanilla or your preferred, Perfume – any travel size of pumped in Travalo. Not too strong just subtle and pleasant.

Health – Pain killer for headaches (airplane pressure), hangovers. Ear buds (I don’t have any because generally airline provides). Tiger Balm or any Muscle relax balm for soothe any muscle soreness.

Travel Essentials 2

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  • Micellar Water (with cotton pads) – Bioderma Micellar Water
  • Decanted cleansing gel or balm – I’ve decanted The Body Shop Nutriganics Cleansing Gel, or Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and take it off with Micellar water soaked cotton.
  • Acid Peel – Dr Dennis Gross peels always travel with me, Dr DG himself may not know but he accompanies me every travel.
  • Sheet Mask – dont hesitate to walk around plane scarring those lil kids! Seriously, skin will thank you when you land. Just try to avoid eating with mask now, its epic fail.
  • Toner or Essence – Keeps changing, although I do like Kiehls In Flight Anti Bacterial Refresher (has alcohol but not drying since I also follow with moisturizer and balm).
  • Eye Cream – not regular with eye cream but try to include Retinol based eye cream like La Roche Posay Redermic R or an all rounder Indeed Labs Eyesilix.
  • Moisturizer – Clarins HydraQuench. Hands down the best. Also love Origins Drink Up Intensive mask (smells pleasant and skin binges away).
  • Face Oil – Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, roller ball oil screams convinience with good skin.
  • Face Balm – Generally decanted, love Mahalo Balm, May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon. Basically any face balm your skin will feel protected.
  • Lip Oil & Lip Balm – Usually carry sticks, no finger dipping in my usual Nuxe Reve de Miel pot.
  • Hand and/or Body Cream – with constant hand sanitizing action, hands will be dry. Need decent hand or body cream.
  • Spot Treatment – THE MOST IMPORTANT. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. Inevitably something would be brewing under surface, need to address before I scare the Immigration officer.

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Basic and Minimal.

One solid trust worthy Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear

Multipurpose product – Lip & Cheek kinda deal – Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge. I prefer cream product because they’re hydrating and easily blendable.

Brow Gel – Essence Make me Brow Gel – prefer to have brow gel and stronger brows rather than mascara. Turbulence in plane may result in eye poke….not allowing that to happen. Although I tend to keep a mascara just in case we are expecting clear skies and smooth landing.

Brushes – small and not too fluffy allowing precision and still multipurpose.

RANDOM THROWS:

The Body Shop Facial Massaging (keep that blood flowing), under eye masks (address major panda eye situation).

Entertainment: I dont carry reading material, hate reading in plane. I’m more of movie marathon kinda girl.

Clothing – Light, loose and breathable. Here’s why? Light because you want to feel comfortable, Loose because inevitably you will feel bloated and breathable because you don’t want to wreak.

Sleep – Always, without fail carry those U shaped travel pillows, the BEST. Ensure you wash and disinfect them after each travel. If you can’t sleep, move around, walk around, stretch, squats, lunge….do what you have to keep the body moving and blood flowing.

Uhhhh if you’re flying Qantas, keep away from Tim Tams and Muesli bars….major addiction.

The products/brands of products themselves keep changing, however the categories remain a constant. What do you carry in your bag? I’d love to peek inside your bags? Am I missing anything?

Feel free to use this as a checklist when you travel. Of course I haven’t covered entertainment needs, pillows, clothes, etc.

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Dr Dennis Gross GIVEAWAY

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A Very Exciting GIVEAWAY open Worldwide

Dr Dennis Gross Icons (valued at USD$370)

Alpha Beta Peels, Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, Ferulic+Retinol Overnight Serum and Eye Serum and lastly Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster

Head over to my Instagram for Entry Rules…..CLICK HERE

#DrDGHHWGiveaway

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Repurchases & Back Ups

As a part of blogging and micro blogging, I’m fortunate to try new products, however there are some products I’ve continually repurchased and restored the “stash” for an apocalypse. This post may come as no surprise to regulars as they would have seen the products time and again.

The post intends to round up most of the repurchases, backups, trusted products in compromised dire situations (dramatic much!).

THE JOY OF MY LIFE: CLEANSERS

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Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm – Simple, effective and now synonymous with Must-Have. Gorgeous smelling buttery balm, that melts in an oil and dissolves all war paint. Take it off with steaming cloth and you’re officially at gateway Heaven.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel – annoyingly discontinued by The Body Shop, so I’ve stocked well considering TBS website is clearing at $7.25! Just as fabulous as Emma Hardie balm at a fraction of a price.

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm – perfect second cleanse or morning cleanse or aromatherapy-esque massage. Slightly waxier in texture but on contact with skin its Lush.

Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm – my beloved travel companion. Only brand (until Sarah Chapman) who did cleansing balm in a pump bottle and ticks all the  requisites of good cleansing balm. Detailed review on Rodial balms….click here.

MY REASON TO LIVE – ACIDS

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Alpha H Liquid Gold – my first ever Acid product, loaded with Glycolic acid, operates at pH level of 2.5 and super effective.

Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Peel Pads – claims to be at 20% but operates at higher pH of 5, very gentle on skin and all round worker (not limited to exfoliation) for days when skin needs a pick me up.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Two words. Travel BFF. I’m willing to leave the Man at home on a holiday, but not these acid pads. Conveniently packaged with a punch of acids and genuinely gives you holiday glow!.

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Bravura London Lactic Acid 10% & Salicylic Acid 2% Peel – peel, serum, spot treatment, acid tone, or part of Triple Mask routine (explained here). This is as Versatile as you’d like it to be. Solid, basic, effective acid – must have in an acid arsenal.

My detailed review on these peels….click here.

ESSENCE OF LIFE – TONERS

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La Roche Posay Serozinc – so simple yet so effective. My review on Serozinc can be found here.

Kama Ayurveda Toning Mists (Rose and Mogra) – I wish I had come across this brand sooner.

The steam distilled face toning mists, not only smell divine but also soothe irritated skin. Always keep least one as a back up and one specifically for travel.

SOUL SEARCHERS – SERUMS

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Sunday Riley Good Genes – Unneutralized Lactic Acid at 40% that gives major light bulb glow the following morning. The key with this product is Use Wisely, not abuse it. This will always remain in my stash when I need glow before an event or need to slap my skin to some form of radiance.

Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic+Retinol Brightening Solution – may it be ‘breakout’ville, or post breakout ‘scar’ville, this serum is plain fabulous for addressing scaring, uneven skintone, irritated or inflamed skin. Also used as a spot treatment on that bastard that left a scar.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – all round, good skin in a bottle. Hydrates, plumps, calms, soothes…..literally Good Skin in a Bottle.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron – essential dose of hydration, my skin just binges on this stuff. Instantly see the difference in skin.

A guide to All Serums….Click Here.

FACIAL OILS THAT GIVE ME BLISSFUL FEELS

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil – Must Have. Calms my angry spotty skin, hydrates, fakes my sleeping pattern. Light texture, immediately absorbs. My detailed review here.

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil – Smells amazing, absorbs instantly, excellent for combo skin. My detailed review here.

Goodness Chia Seed Oil – Cold Pressed Chia Seed Oil (excellent source of fatty acids and omegas), fabulous on its own or mixed with any other oil, mask or cleanser (read, majorly versatile here). Does a fab job with just 2 ingredients : Chia Seed & Meadowfoam Oil.

Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Facial Elixir – Decadent oil with incredible ingredients where I only need  a drop or two, can be mixed with Chia Seed Oil and massage in the skin to glory. My detailed review here.

For a snapshot on ALL facial oils used….Click Here.

CANNOT FUNCTION WITHOUT A LIP BALM

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Nuxe-Rêve de Miel this should come as no surprise, I’m almost married to this balm.

Lucas Papaw Ointment – this is my childhood in a tub and tube and it aint going anywhere at all.

Follow my Lip Balm Trail …..Click Here.

DISASTER RECOVERY PRODUCTS – BREAKOUT HELPERS

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Effaclar Duo, K and AI – with the slightest indication that my skin is going to rise in a battle, I will bring the ‘A’ team out to settle matters.

Duo on spots – always with me (travel, purse, home, side table….every where).

K is for overall calmness and Salicylic acid helps sort the situation.

AI is again for spots specifically when I know that bastard will leave me a scar.

LUSH TREATS – MASK

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Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask – honey is such a fabulous ingredient, although I feel its very underrated for what it offers. This mask is such a stellar product, calms, purifies, hydrates, plumps….this time I will call it Good Skin in a Tube.

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask – in my opinion, the stand out product of Aesop. Used as spot treatment or an overall cleanse, fabulous. The only clay mask where I don’t need a chisel to break through.

I’d love to know what are your backups and repurchased products? What do you rely on in a major situation or an emergency? Who are your fall backs and trusted souls?

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Gel to Oil Cleansers

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Some call them Gel to oil cleansers, some call them Jelly cleansers and some call them  Melting Gels/Cleansers…..call them what you may, they’ve been around for a while. They’re now gradually creeping up at various price points and catering to all budgets. My current faves are Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28.00/$38), The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil ($7.25 discounted on sale) and Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser ($9.99).

Quick snapshot on the ingredient and formulation of these cleansers:

  • Oskia – Vitamin A, B², C & E, Pumpkin fruit ferment extract, Borago Seed oil, Starflower oil, and Magnesium.
  • The Body Shop – Jojoba oil, Babassu oil, Salicylic Acid, Pelargonium graveolens oil, Summer lilac extract, Thyme extract, Mallow flower extract, Fennel oil, Citrus peel oil, Vanilla fruit extract, May Chang fruit oil, and Rose Damascena flower oil.
  • Yes to Coconut – Blended with Virgin Coconut oil and Moringa oil, Noni fruit, Banana fruit extract, Hibiscus flower extract, Guava fruit extract, Orchid flower extract and Kukui seed extract.

Now onto their operation mode, they’re excellent as second cleanse or morning cleanse. Although my preference for makeup removal lies with The Body Shop cleanser to dissolve every trace of that war paint. Upon contact with skin, they almost immediately melt in the skin to a lush oil. The oil emulsifies to a milky goodness when activated with water. The cleansers wash away impurities with it’s milkiness but removing with a hot cloth is much better way (imo).

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Top-Oskia, Middle-The Body Shop, Bottom-Yes to Coconut

Each of them have a distinct scent note, with Oskia cleanser having the mildest scent. Followed by The Body Shop and Yes to Coconuts.

Seems like the cheaper cleansers packaging of choice are tubes, which work fabulously. I love that towards the end I can cut the tube and scoop out every last bit of the goodness. Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of Oskia packaging. Its big, bulky and would never know when I’m close to the end, tad annoying.

In terms of travel, easiest to travel with is The Body Shop cleanser. Yes to Coco needs to be checked in baggage (118ml) and Oskia (as mentioned above) is big, bulky and inconvenient.

They leave the skin soft, supple and properly cleansed. These three musketeers are suited for all skin types, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, blemished skin, dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, mature skin….and any other skin type I may have missed!

To conclude, which one is my all round fave?…..It’s The Body Shop Nutriganics cleanser, runners up Yes to Coconut and Oskia cleanser. Whilst Oskia is lighter and lovely in operation mode, it has its limitations on logistical practicality.

Have you tried any of these cleansers? What are your thoughts and experiences with cleansers in this category, leave in comments below.

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My Thoughts: Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

 

My undying and backed up love for Sunday Riley Good Genes is irreplaceable. I had high hopes for the brand new Sunday Riley launch, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. It claims:

Tidal delivers an intense water drench plus two forms of hyaluronic acid for a more youthful, hydrated look. Papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate, while alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. Tidal significantly increases hydration within minutes and provides up to 24 hours of continuous moisture.

 

The first thing I noticed the ingredients on the packaging was inconsistent with Sephora site. I contacted Sunday Riley team and they advised the ingredient listing on packaging is accurate and Sephora has an incomplete listing. In my comparison of the ingredient listing, I also noticed the order of ingredients is shuffled. As an example, Sodium Hyaluronate is listed as second ingredient on Sephora site, however on the packaging it’s listed as the sixth ingredient.

Additional Info: Free from Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. It’s oil-free, noncomedogenic, cruelty-free, vegan, hypoallergenic, and gluten-free.

Few ingredients listed on Packaging that are not listed on Sephora site – which shows as an incomplete listing

Aqua, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Ethyl Macadamiate, Adipic acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Laurel Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Allatoin, Fragrance, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (and) Titanium Dioxide

Few ingredients listed on Sephora site are not listed on the packaging

Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Farnesol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal.

Sephora needs to get this right, considering its exclusive to them and they need to provide the consumer with accurate information. I went on to Sunday Riley website to verify the ingredient listing there, however website says We’ll be back soon.

Onto the Actual Product and its Performance:

Packaging in a twist open tub, why in this day and age people use jar packaging when tubes and air suction jars (think Kate Somerville Moisturizers) work.

The scent strongly reminds me of Estée Lauder day wear cream which had a cucumbery scent. However, the Sunday Riley version is slightly stronger with an added fragrance. Whilst the existing cucumber scent also is refreshing, I wish SR team retained the “exotic floral scent” that’s my personal preference.

Consistency of gel cream, whipped texture. As the name suggests Water Cream, so it has a gel texture but slightly denser (if that makes any sense).

Absorbs instantly in skin and doesn’t leave a lingering scent. The finish on skin feels dry to touch, doesn’t feel like it nourished the skin like oils would (I’m biased…we all know that….why is that you ask….read here!). Basically, the finish on skin feels like it has absorbed the product instantly (which is a good thing) but left a smooth dry touch silicony effect.

SR claims suitable for all skins however I think dry & mature skins will need more layering. Also sensitive skins might experience slight tingle with enzyme addition in the formula. In my opinion, this would be best for combination, oily, normal to congestion prone skins (no congestion noted with use).

 How have I used it?

  • Under makeup – works fine, doesn’t roll off but my skin looked just average.
  • Layered over Serum (Indeed Labs Hydraluron and Caudalie Vinosource SOS) – now we talking, my skin felt better with this combination. Skin felt plump and supple. It felt like my skin had a glow, but I’m beginning to second guess that and attribute it to inappropriate lighting. Will report back. Without this layering method, I think Tidal would be a Perfect addition to summer skincare.
  • Layered over Serum and under an Oil – I think this combination worked best for me. Sephora site advised if layering with Luna, use Luna first and then the Brightening Enzyme water cream.

In terms of brightening, smoothing, exfoliating, and illuminating complexion, I will need to use longer than a week to determine (will update soon).

Officially launched in Sephora where you can try it, play with it and sample it.

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