FLYING HOME FOR EASTER
It's time to pack my bags and go home for the Easter holidays. Tomorrow I'll finally be in the South again and *hopefully* catch some rays of sun. With lots of excursions already planned, I am more than excited to not only relax in my parents' garden, but also pay a visit to Strasbourg and the Black Forest. Of course I have already prepared a list of things I want to buy in France; Sephora and the French pharmacies are a-calling! Other than that I cannot wait to lounge in the bath - it's probably the thing I miss most in my flat.
And since I have completely moved out now, packing a small (and light) beauty bag was crucial - after all I am planning on bringing back a few French additions to my bathroom shelf.
Thanks to Muji decanting your beauty products can be quite enjoyable these days. To me cleansers are the most important step in anyone's beauty routine, so I am taking two; the Pai Camellia & Rose cleanser is sold in various sizes. I bought the 200 ml size a few weeks ago and got the 25 ml one for free - perfect for travelling! For days when I feel my skin needs an extra thorough cleanse, I have decanted some of my Eve Lom cleanser in a small Muji tub. I'm also taking a Muji bottle filled with Bioderma H20 to remove my makeup with. To prep my skin for my moisturiser I have filled some of my Pai Lotus & Orange Blossom toner into a small spray bottle. As you never know what might happen weatherwise, I have packed a few moisturisers with different textures to cater to all my skin's needs: The Pai Chamomile & Rosehip cream (in a Muji tub), the Dr. Hauschka Rose cream and the Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid (with SPF 15) will all come in handy. The latter is my favourite moisturiser during the warmer months; it makes your skin super soft and has a lovely smell. Another product I'm packing is the Pai Roship Oil, which I purchased a few weeks back and is a great new addition to my routine.
Further products in my carry-on include a Helena Rubinstein Nudit deodorant, a miniature Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, a Clinique Even Better concealer and testers of Chanel's Le Volume de Chanel mascara and Vitalumière Aqua in 10.
When it comes to hair care, I had initially planned to take shampoo and conditioner with me. Alas, my sister is just as much a beauty enthusiastic as I am, so I thought it best to save space and bring some styling products instead. Items of the Sachajuan range have been on my wishlist for quite some time, so it came as no surprise when I added the Volume Powder and Ocean Mist to my shopping bag when I saw them in Quartier 206 last week. I'm really happy with the products so far - and aren't their designs incredible?! Due to their size, these will have to go in my suitcase. Along with them I'm also packing a Mason Pearson brush and my Marlies Möller comb, which was passed down to me by my mother.
Last but not least is, of course, makeup. To me going home means eating delicious food, going on long runs in the forest and going for walks in the countryside; therefore makeup doesn't really play a big part. All I need is a few 'enhancers', so I have packed a base and a concealer, my RMS Living Luminizer highlighter, the Mac Brow Duo in Blonde, Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, a Mac Paint Pot in Painterly, the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Émerveillé and Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Béryl, two & Other Stories eye pencils in Bronze Naquet and Linen White and a Clinique powder blush in Aglow.
That does seem like an awful lot, but believe me, it's necessary!
So there you are, my full - and not very light - beauty bag. What do you take with you when you go away? Do you have any tips of how to keep your luggage light?