What’s In My Travel Wash Bag?

As you’re reading this, I’m on holiday (I’ll share where I am in the next post when I’m home – just in case!) and this is the first of the five travel posts you’ll be seeing from me over the next few weeks. I thought for the first one I’d share with you what’s in my travel wash bag, probably something you don’t see too often. I just find this kind of thing really helpful for when I’m travelling to make sure I’m packing all of the right things and also just because I like to see what other people like to use and travel with. I’m not going to include every single thing in my wash bag because we all know I’ll be taking a toothbrush and I’m sure you don’t want to know what toothbrush I have! I really hope you enjoy this and let me know if you’re going anywhere soon.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF50+, £16.50 – It is extremely important to protect your skin from the sun and it’s also extremely important to have a different SPF particularly for your face. I actually did a post last Summer talking about the importance of sun protection. I am quite pale and burn quite easily so using a high SPF is very important for me.
  • Soltan Kids Hypoallergenic Suncare Lotion SPF50+, £9 – For the rest of my body I also got an SPF 50. I have a kids one just because it’s harder to find very high SPFs that aren’t for kids. It’s also hypoallergenic and very water resistant which is helpful.
  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion, £7.79 – I am definitely not going to get a tan as I’m using such high SPFs so I’m taking a gradual fake tan. I really like this tan a lot as it gives such a pretty, natural and sun kissed glow.
  • Mitchum Advanced Women Powder Fresh Deodorant, £2.99 – I needed to take a deodorant with me and this was just the first one I saw.
  • Chanel No5 Eau De Toilette Handbag Size, £75.50 – This is one of my favourite perfumes ever and it is a 20ml bottle in the handbag/travel friendly black plastic packaging.
  • Yes To Cucumbers 30 Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes, £3.99 – I needed to bring some face wipes with me and to me, a face wipe is a face wipe, they’re all the same. These were just the first ones I saw.
  • St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub, £4.19 – This is the face scrub I’ve brought with me. I’m currently just trying it out and I’m quite happy with it so far. It contains salicylic acid which I personally find really benefits my skin. I’ll give you my full opinions soon.
  • Foreo Luna Mini Skincare Device, £85 – This is the skincare device that I use. I love it and I could not last a day without it therefore it just had to come with me. It deeply cleanses my skin yet it’s so gentle.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Mini, £1.99 – This is my favourite micellar water and I always travel with the mini version. It just gets all of the makeup off of my face so quickly and it’s so travel friendly.
  • Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – This is the product which has just totally changed my skin (see how in my review!) so I had to bring it on holiday with me. It is also supposed to be amazing for sunburn so if by chance I do get sunburnt, then this should help.
  • E45 Cream, £2.35 – This is what I use as my night time moisturiser so I obviously had to bring it with me.
  • Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear, £3.69 – Burt’s Bees do my favourite lip balms ever. This is the one that I’m currently using and I always need to have a lip balm with me.
  • Piz Buin in Sun Lipstick SPF30, £5 – I also need a lip balm for wearing during the day with an SPF in it and this was the highest one I could find. A lot of SPF lip balms feel horrible on the lips but this is really nice.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Shampoo, £2.89 – This is one of my favourite shampoos and it makes sense to share a shampoo with my Mum and we both really like this one.
  • L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air Conditioner, £2.89 – Again, this is a really nice conditioner which I really like. As the word ‘air’ would suggest, it’s really lightweight which is great.
  • Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, £5.99 – My nails are awful at the minute to the point where I can’t even paint them so I’m using this to try and help them as it has all natural ingredients.

Love Sarah x

Update: My Skincare Favorites of All Time

Today I’m going to be doing an updated ‘My Skincare Favorites of All Time’ as I realised it was one of my most popular posts in 2016. Since I posted the original post back in July, I realised a lot has changed – I have some new products to share and the products which I’ll be mentioning again, I want to go into a lot more detail about. I want to state right now that I have oily/combination skin, have frequent but minor breakouts and have dehydrated skin. I’ve had a lot of trial and error with skincare and these are my five favorite products that I’ve ever tried. I’d recommend that you check out my original skincare favorites post from last year as those are amazing products but I now favour different ones. I really hope you enjoy this and find it helpful and please let me know what you’re skincare favorites are.

E45 Wash Cream, £4.35 – I’ve been using this for about seven months since I heard Saffron Barker saying that she used it and she has amazing skin. I initially really liked the fact that it is soap free, non foaming and non drying because even though I have oily skin, it’s dehydrated and the last thing I want to do is dehydrate it further which would lead to excess oil production and more blemishes. This is intended to be used to treat dry skin conditions which I don’t have; I don’t even have dry skin at all. I use this to remove my eye makeup, remove my base makeup and for the first cleanse of my skin. I use about half a pump to remove my eye makeup which it does so efficiently and then I use a pump with a little bit of water to remove my base makeup and cleanse my skin. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and this will work so well for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I’d highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a good quality yet affordable cleanser.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99/400ml – I have been using this for around ten months now after everyone was using it and recommending it. As it was so affordable I decided I had to try it. Firstly, it is better than every other micellar water I’ve tried so if your looking for one, get this one. I use this to remove any makeup left on my face after I’ve cleansed my it and it does a significantly good job – a lot better than you get from others of that price. This is perfect for all skin types but there are a few different formulations specifically for different skin types which I am yet to try. I just soak a large cotton pad in this and it gets every last bit of makeup off. I highly recommend this to everyone as I’ve found it’s better than products four times the price of it. It’s a great skincare product to have.

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Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Wash, £3.79 – I’ve been using this amazing product since last Summer when I needed a new exfoliating face wash. Not only did it work well as an exfoliating wash, it reduced the amount of breakouts I had and became one of my all time favorite skincare products (hence why I’m mentioning it in this post). I had heard that the pure active range from Garnier was great for oily/imperfection prone skin due to it’s salicylic acid content but I didn’t think it would actually control oil production without drying out my skin, reduce the amount of breakouts I had and get rid of blackheads. I use this daily and I’m still on my first bottle so it lasts ages too which is great. This isn’t too harsh on the skin but it’s harsh enough that it actually exfoliates properly. If you have dry or sensitive skin I’d steer clear of this but if you have oily/combination and/or acne or blackhead prone skin, I’d highly recommend that you give this a go.

Foreo LUNA Mini Skincare Device, £85 – I got this product for Christmas in 2015 and after having used it for over a year I can tell you with confidence that it has completely changed my skin. I was struggling with blackheads, uneven texture and breakouts. I was fully prepared for this not to work but it really did. I almost immediately noticed a difference and a year later my skin has never looked better (it’s still not great). It removes breakout-causing impurities and excess oil and it has dramatically reduced the amount of blackheads I have and the texture of my skin is a lot more even. It uses T-Sonic pulsations and it is amazing because its really hygienic due to the fact that it’s silicone and also waterproof. I would highly recommend those struggling with any kind of skin issues to seriously consider investing in one of these – it changed my skin and was the answer to my problems, it could be the answer to yours too.

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Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel, £5.99 – I have just recently written a full review on this product which I would recommend that you read as I won’t go into as much detail here. Anyway, I’ve been using this for about three months now after I heard Kathleen Lights talking about how it completely cleared her skin. I figured it would be worth trying as it claimed when I read about it online to reduce breakouts and clear acne scarring. When I first started using it my skin broke out quite badly but that’s normal and I talk about why in the review I did. When that breakout cleared, my whole face looked so much healthier and I’ve noticed my breakouts have been less frequent and less severe. I had very minimal but still noticeable acne scarring which has slightly reduced and become less noticeable but it can take up to two years to fully go away. I’d highly recommend that anyone with any kind of skin issue looks into buying this – it’s a skin saviour.

Love Sarah x

Aloe Vera Gel Review – How It’s Changed My Skin

I want to talk to you about a skincare product that I started using at the very end of last year and give you a full review on it. I think some of you might find it helpful, well I hope you do anyway. You may not have heard about using aloe vera gel on the skin and neither had I until I heard Kathleen Lights talking about it but I’m going to be telling you all about it and what it’s done for me. So as I said, I hope you find this helpful and I hope you enjoy. If you have tried aloe vera gel let me know your thoughts and opinions on it and if you have any skincare tips or product recommendations, let me know!

So I think firstly I’ll mention what aloe vera gel I use. I use the Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel which I got from Holland & Barrett. If you can, buy an actual aloe vera plant and use the gel straight out of that as it’s the most natural and fresh form, but if like me, you can’t then using the most natural one you can is important. The specific one that I use is made using only the inner gel from plump and ripe organic aloe vera leaves. It claims to be ideal for dry, damaged skin and for using on stretch marks, scars, chapped skin, minor burns and after sun exposure. The reviews are also great and are 4.9 stars. I should also mention it costs £5.99 and it’s a 200ml bottle. As I said I’ve now been using it for about two months every single day and I have used about half of the bottle so it should last for about four months.

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So, personally I started using the aloe vera in hope that it would clear up my mild acne and help fade scarring. I researched it lots and came to the conclusion that it would be worth a try. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly drying it was on my skin (I have combination skin – oily and very dehydrated) but it wasn’t a massive issue as I just apply my moisturiser a couple of minutes after anyway. The first week or so of using it I found my skin looked so much worse and my understanding of why is that it goes right to the bottom layers of your skin and brings everything up to the surface layer. When the blemish/imperfection is visible on your face it treats it and it goes away fast without scarring your face. After a week or two this calmed down and overall I’ve noticed my skin is clearer, although not 100% clear because I’m a teenager, and the scarring that I did have as slightly faded (I read somewhere it takes up to two years to fully fade them). I also have found that as it does dry my skin out slightly, it controls the oil production and therefor I have less blemishes. I feel like it has benefited my skin and I can personally highly recommend that people with acne, however mild or severe try this and also that people with acne scarring try this. I’d also say that people with any other skin conditions previously mentioned should try this out.

Love Sarah x