…an extremely mixed bag of things. Having just returned from my week in Copenhagen, a little gander at the photos I took at the beginning of the trip revealed what a predictable packer I am. The contents of my Catseye wash bag comprised plenty of wellbeing aids, multitasking make-up and products designed to rebalance the skin and infuse with moisture. Well, if it ain’t broke…
3) BetterYou B12 Energy Spray, £11.95 here. Fluctuating energy levels are a nightmare when you are trying to see a city. This sublingual spray delivers vitamin B12 to help give a much-needed boost when on the go (and this one tastes yummy so I didn’t dread using it).
4) Sisley Flower Gel Mask, £77.50 here. I took the dinky version of this away with me to use before bed. This turned out to be a good shout; travelling on planes and running around a city take it out of my skin. Things I like about this one? It’s a gel, so is instantly refreshing, it’s full of highly nourishing ingredients such as sesame extract and iris extracts, and it is also a mask that you can use as required – the instructions say to leave it on for three minutes (which is ideal if you’re speedily having a shower then heading out the door), but I totally ignored that recommendation and left it on for half an hour nightly while I was getting ready for bed.
5) Green People Scent Free Shampoo & 6) Green People Moisturising Shower Gel, part of the Starter Pack, £16.95 here. There’s nothing better than having a shower after getting off a plane. I get very, very annoyed when my shower experience is hampered by one of those little bottles of shampoo-cum-shower gel-cum-conditioner. I took these little numbers to avoid getting into a lather while getting into a lather. I liked them a LOT and hear they’re just the thing if your skin/scalp is sensitised by travel.
7) Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, part of the age-reform set, £10 here. As those of you who’ve read my exfoliation piece may remember, AHAs and BHAs are extremely adept at keeping pores clear. I took this to use in the morning to help stop the city grime from clogging up my pores. P.s. this kit = good value introduction to the magnificent Murad.
8) H Gillerman Pure Chest Remedy. For a full review, click here.
9) Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence, £18 here. This hasn’t left my side in about three years. I sprinkle a bit on a tissue or, as a last resort, on my wrist when I feel stressed or there’s a less than fragrant smell wafting around a small enclosure. The eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree go to work very quickly to provide a little zen on the go.
10) This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy, £18 here. Yet another one to relax me (I am, as you’ve probably guessed, a very nervous traveller), this rollerball gives a rather firm massage while depositing marjoram, clove and black pepper onto the skin. I always use it on tense shoulders after carrying heavy bags.
12) Catseye Mademoiselle Coin Purse, £5.50 here. I used to love a big wallet. Now I cart around so much in my bag that I recently started using grotty plastic bank bags as a wallet to avoid extra weight. This coin purse came to my rescue – it’s still lightweight but much, much prettier than a plastic bag.
13) Colbert MD Illumino Body Oil, £90 here.
15) Margaret Dabbs Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum, £12 here. My crazy toenails are determined to grow in. I go for many a medi pedi (mainly at Margaret Dabbs) and yet, much to my annoyance, they still curve into my toe. Walking for hours on end only serves to worsen the situation. My solution? To press cotton wool into the groove (as Bastein Golzalez taught me to) and treat with a nail serum nightly to keep everything supple. This little tube is perfect for travel.
16) Pukka Cool Mint Green Tea. As a herbal tea devotee, I try to remember to pack some with me when I travel so I don’t go without. Individually wrapped sachets make this very easy and I like these ones an enormous amount.
17) Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Black & Gold, £12.25 here. Travelling without a hairbrush is not an option with hair as knot-prone as mine. As I always sling mine in my handbag, I like that this brush comes with a ‘lid’ that stops my earphones/scarves from tangling with the bristles.
18) Tweezerman Slant Mini Tweezers, £12.50 here. If you’re a hairy Mary like me going anywhere without your tweezers (even for the shortest break) is foolhardy. These are my favourites – tiny, efficient and pretty to behold.
20) Perricone MD Photo Plasma SPF 30, £57 here. I’m still completely and utterly obsessed with this cream so, despite the glass pot being a little heavy, I still brought it along. For a full review, click here.
21) MAC Sharon Osbourne PatentPolish Pencil in French Kiss, £16 here (though currently sold out). I’m currently researching a My Face On piece in collaboration with MAC and these glossy colour pencils have been a standout of the things I’ve been trying. This colour = v chic.
22) DHC Revitalising Moisture Strips for Eyes and Lips, £9.50 and £7.95 here.
23) Balance Me Cleanse & Polish Face Balm, £20 here. After a little wobble with my skin a couple of weeks ago, I made sure I was cleansing with a good balm nightly. This is one of my favourites – gentle as can be but with a little oaty exfoliating action to keep everything smooth.
24) Karmameju Shine Aromatherapy Wand, available here. Taking Danish products to Denmark gave me a silly thrill. I love that this wand adopts a different scent depending on your individual temperature. By the by Karmameju: a brand you want to watch.
25) Eve Lom Golden Radiance Bronzer, £42 here. A pre-loaded bronzer brush that I could just top up while out and about seemed an obvious choice to take out with me. I love the colour of this bronzer (not shimmery, not too dark) and that the brush doesn’t shed fibres onto my face when using (surprisingly, this is a rarity – tut, tut brush-makers).
26) Busy, Busy, Busy Bee Notebook, Melissa Odabash. I went into the Odabash shop on Westbourne Grove to try on bikinis and emerged with a notepad. Perhaps this says something about my feelings towards donning next to nothing on a beach. It is a very pretty notepad, though, which is currently teeming with notes on Copenhagen. So that’s okay, then.