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

2016 Beauty Favorites – Skin Care & Body Care

I’m going to be doing the second part of my 2016 beauty favorites. As I mentioned in the last one of these I have split them up into the categories makeup, skin care, body care, hair care, nails and fragrance. In the previous one I shared my makeup favorites, in this one I’ll be doing my skin care and body care favorites and I’ll be sharing my favorites from the rest of the categories in the third part in a couple of days. Let me know what some of your beauty favorites have been from 2016 and I really hope you enjoy this.

Skin Care

  • Garnier Skin Active Pure Anti-Blackhead Deep Pore Wash, £3.79 – This was one of the products which I discovered just by chance. I was just looking for an exfoliating face wash containing salicylic acid and this was the first one I came across. It is a blue liquid with tiny blue exfoliating beads in it which do an amazing job of exfoliating my skin – they’re not too harsh but they definitely do enough. The fact that it contains salicylic acid means it’s great for acne prone skin and even though my skin isn’t too bad I think it has made a difference in how fast my sports go away and how bad they look. It is also great for oily/combination skin as it does remove any excess oil from the skin however it doesn’t strip the skin leaving it dehydrated. I use this product daily and I would definitely recommend it to those with acne prone and/or oily/combination skin but it would even work well with normal skin especially in the Summer.

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  • Aloe Pura Organic Aloe Vera Gel with Tea Tree, £5.99 – I only discovered this product recently when I heard Kathleen Lights mention how much she loved using aloe vera on her skin, but I feel I can already confidently say that this product is amazing. You must use an aloe vera plant if you have or can get one but if not (like me) use pure aloe vera gel from somewhere like Holland & Barret that sell natural products. I won’t go into how aloe vera benefits imperfection prone skin but you can read about it if you want. At first when I started using it my skin got worse as it goes right down to the bottom layers of your skin and brings everything out. Even though it doesn’t prevent blemishes, it brings them out quickly and gets rid of them fast and it is also meant to get rid of acne scarring in the long term. I’d recommend this to anyone although it does dry out my skin so much so make sure you have a good moisturiser at hand.
  • Foreo LUNA Mini Skincare Device, £85 – I have been using this since last Christmas so that’s over a year now and I can confidently say that this has improved my skin so much. Essenitally it is a “facial-cleansing device that directs T-Sonic™ pulsations through an ultra-hygienic silicone brush.” I think one of the main reasons that I like it so much is the fact that it is so hygienic as it is all silicone and also it’s completely waterproof. It cleanses really deeply so it gets all of the impurities out but it is so gentle. It has decreased the amount of blackheads that I get and has improved my skins texture too. I would deffinelty recommend this to anyone who needs a cleansing device/brush but especially to people who suffer with textural issues or a lot of blackheads.
  • E45 Dermatological Emollient Wash Cream, £4.35 – I have been using this for around six months now ever since I heard that it was a good product for removing makeup. It is really good at removing eye makeup (even waterproof) and I only need about half a pump for that and then for the rest of my makeup I use one pump diluted a very small amount with water. It literally just melts off my makeup and then I just continue on with the rest of my skincare routine. It is very hydrating and moisturising on the skin and it would work well for all skin types especially dryer skin.

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Original, £1.95 – This is one of my all time favorite lip care products ever (if you want to see the full list click here). It has a fairly thin consistency and is just a little bit thicker than a lip oil. I find that it is a really hydrating and repairing lip balm especially when I have drier lips in Winter. The original one is my personal favorite as it is completely scentless and colourless. Even though the consistency is quite thin you can build it up to be really thick and it acts well as a barrier if you feel like you are going to get a cold sore and I have found I then don’t get them. I always have one of these on hand and I recommend these highly.

Body Care

  • Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Fair to Medium Skin Body Lotion, £6.99 – I decided to give this a try during Summer as I don’t tan at all and also because Anna Saccone uses it and her tan looks so natural. The fact that it is so easy to apply is amazing and it literally takes less than 5 minutes to do my whole body. It doesn’t have that fake tan smell at first, it actually has a scent which I really like but I find that after a good few hours it starts to slightly smell of fake tan but not as badly as most fake tans do. It gives such a lovely and natural sun kissed glow to the skin – when I’m wearing this nobody has asked if I’m wearing fake tan, I’ve only been asked why I have tan and people are shocked to learn it’s fake. This is definitely my favorite fake tan of all time.
  • Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, £6.50 – Is it a bit weird to have a favorite shower gel? Anyway, I just love this shower gel and I use it all the time. The scent is really nice, some people might not like it as it is quite fragranced; it contains natural mandarin peel extract and they describe it as their “Original Pink fragrance.” It leaves my skin feeling really soft and smooth and I also love the fact that the bottle is so big so it lasts such a long time.
  • Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, £16.50/225 g – I never really knew that a body conditioner was a thing up until quite recently and I certainly didn’t think it was something that I would need. Well, now after having used it I have to say I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to not using one. Basically, you use it as you would a hair conditioner, but on your body. It contains lots of oils and butters to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains argan oil which is deeply nourishing and is rich in vitamin e so it has anti-aging properties in it. It also has a very delicate rose scent and it’s a vegan product.

  • Lush Serendipity Soap, £3.50/100g – I never thought I’d be including a soap in any blog post I ever wrote but I truly do love this soap enough to talk about it. If you don’t like lavender you will not like this but I really love it. It’s main ingredients are chamomile blue oil, lavender absolute and French lavender oil. The soap also looks really pretty and looks so nice in my bathroom. This is a vegan product and Lush soaps always last me such a long time.
  • Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb, £4.25 – I  thought I’d finish off this blog post by mentioning one of my favorite Lush products from this year. Intergalactic bath bomb was a new release this year and once it became available outwith the Oxford Street store I had to try it. As the bath bomb is fizzing away it has such pretty colours and contains popping candy but once it’s completely dissolved it leaves the water a very deep blue colour and has very small glitters throughout the water; it also has a mint scent which I love so much. It’s main ingredients are peppermint oil, grapefruit oil, vetivert oil and cedarwood oil. It is a vegan product which is great.

Love Sarah x

My Skincare Favorites of All Time 

First of all, thankyou for 100 followers! It means alot that you guys enjoy reading my blog as it’s something I love doing so much. I appreciate and love all of you!

Something I surprisingly don’t think I’ve ever spoken about (correct me if I’m wrong) is skincare. It is one of the most important parts of my daily routine that I do morning and night, so today I thought I’d share the products I swear by and some tips. Please let me know if you have any more tips or good products because my skin is far from perfect!

So, I would say my skin is combination as my cheeks are dry, my nose and forehead are oily, and my chin is acne prone. My skin is also very dehydrated, so it can be quite difficult to find good products that work for me. It has taken my about three years to find out what I have to do to combat every one of these ‘problems’ with my skin and right now I’m happy with everything.

Foreo Luna Mini, £85 – I’ve been using this for six months now and I can honestly say that it has improved my skins condition so much. I use it for two minutes everyday as part of my evening skin care routine and I love it so much. Here are the benefits I’ve seen specificly on my skin:

  • The amount of blackheads on my face have pretty muched halved. I’ve noticed the biggest difference on my chin.
  • My makeup comes of so much more easily and my skin always feels so much cleaner afterwards.
  • My pores have shrunk quite a bit especialy around my nose area.
  • It is good for all skin types so works well for all parts of my face.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash, £4.19 – I have been using this product now for about two years and I really like it. It has little scrub pieces in it, and it’s a light exfoliating wash which means I don’t additionaly have to use an exfoliater. I use it as my face wash every night (sometimes morning) and it just works really well.

  • It gets rid of excess oils without leaving the skin dehydrated.
  • It works well as an everyday two in one exfoliater and face wash so it saves you having to buy to different products.
  • It is good for oily/combination skin types so it is good for my more oily t-zone.

    Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99 – I’ve only been using this product for around two months but I already couldn’t live without it. I use it to take off my makeup and it just works so well.

    • It takes off all kinds of makeup so well not leaving a trace behind.
    • It doesn’t strip the skin of any natural oils yet it doesn’t leave it excessivly oily.
    • It works well on all skin types.

    Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleanser & Toner, £3.59 – I’ve been using this for a year and it’s one of the best things that happend to my skin and my confidence. Tea tree is a natural blemish healer so using it in your morning and night skincare routine is amazing.

    • It clears up blemishes and imperfections and also seems to prevent them too.
    • It is good for normal to oily skin types so works well on my more acne prone areas.

      E45 Dermatological Cream, £7.09 – I started using this little over a year ago and very unexpectedly fell in love with it. I started using this to clear the sunburn on my face, but soon realised it was clearing the blemishes on my face and helping my dry skin alot. It has become one of my holy grail products and here’s why I love it…

      • It is mainly for dry skin so it is perfect for my cheeks and keeping them moisturised.
      • It is also perfect for my more oily areas as it stops more oil from being produced.
      • It keeps my skin well hydrated all year round.
      • It clears my belmishes up.

      Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30, £4.99 – I discovered this product over two years ago after deciding I needed a good moisturiser with a high SPF in it. I find this one to be protecting of my skin, and also non greasy.

      • It protects my skin from the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays – SPF is very important!
      • It is perfect for any skin type.
      • It is non greasy or oily so it is also suitable for oily skin.
      • Is a lightweight formula and also perfect under makeup.

      Love Sarah x