Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's In My Holiday Washbag?

Beauty blogger I am not, but I thought I'd have another sharing session in between the Holiday Reads- hope you loved Bee's post as much I did.


The Bag- Cath Kidston. This is the bag my 21st birthday present from my parents came in ♥
I do love my wash bag. Not only does it remind me of the gorgeous necklace my parents gave me for my 21st, but it's exactly the size for a washbag so that it fits everything without having to be stingy. Oh... and it's pretty.



Top Row L-R

Boots Strawberry Lipsalve, Miniature Insolence by Guerlain perfume, Nail Kit
Contact Lens solution
MD Facewash and MD Serum
Bodyshop Neroli Jasmine shower gel (decanted into Superdrug travel bottle)
Morrisons Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Wipes, Soap (stolen from the timeshare my mum and dad go to because my mum knows I love it), Toothpaste
Simple Anti-Blemish Moisturiser, Horrible Tasting Iron supplement
Superdrug Totalcare Mouthwash

Bottom Row L-R

Bare Minerals Factor 30 Sun Screen, Bic Razor
Assorted Primark hair ties
Mitchums Deodorant/Antiperspirant
Scrub Your Nose In It face scrub, Cotton Buds
TRESemme Deep cleansing Shampoo and TRESemme Salon Silk condition (decanted into Superdrug travel bottles)
Plasters, Hair Comb
Toothbrush, Exfoliating Sponge
Contact lenses and case

It always surprises me how much of it all that there is, because I consider myself to be fairly low maintenance, maybe I'm not as good at keeping it simple, as I thought?!


I try and make sure that as many of my products as possible are either decanted into bottles that are smaller than their own packaging- 900ml bottles of shampoo are so not good for the weight allowance! And if they're not easily decanted or they can't be decanted into quantities that will last a whole trip (like my contact lens solution or toothpaste for example) I try and take half full bottles, so they can be used up or very nearly used up and thrown away before coming home. Please tell me I'm not the only one obsessed enough to think this hard about what they take on holiday?


A slightly better picture, all products as above

Top Row L-R

Boots Strawberry Lipsalve, Miniature Insolence by Guerlain perfume, Nail Kit
Contact Lens solution
MD Facewash and MD Serum
Bodyshop Neroli Jasmine shower gel (decanted into Superdrug travel bottle)
Morrisons Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Wipes, Soap (stolen from the timeshare my mum and dad go to because my mum knows I love it), Toothpaste
Simple Anti-Blemish Moisturiser, Horrible Tasting Iron supplement
Superdrug Totalcare Mouthwash

Bottom Row L-R

Bare Minerals Factor 30 Sun Screen, Bic Razor
Assorted Primark hair ties
Mitchums Deodorant/Antiperspirant
Scrub Your Nose In It face scrub, Cotton Buds
TRESemme Deep cleansing Shampoo and TRESemme Salon Silk condition (decanted into Superdrug travel bottles)
Plasters, Hair Comb
Toothbrush, Exfoliating Sponge
Contact lenses and case

There isn't really anything different I take on a sunshine holiday like this one, as opposed to an overnight or few days elsewhere. The only real difference is volume. I do have a couple of rave-about products though...

Morrisons Cocoa Butter Moisturiser- Cocoa Butter seems to have become particularly popular since Palmer's became a bit more readily available. I've used Palmer's, and it's good, don't get me wrong, but for a more basic moisturiser, I begrudge paying over £5 when there are so many cheaper alternative. I stumbled across the Morrisons and Tesco own versions when I was looking for a general body lotion for my legs and body, but didn't want to pay brand prices. And I love them. They come in at around £2 for those large bottles and they smell nice and they do the job. What more could I ask for?

Bodyshop Neroli Jasmine shower gel- I have super sensitive skin and for as long as I can remember, I've been unable to use soap or shower gel that has any hint of colour, perfume or anything else in it. They seem to make my skin oily, itchy and break-out. When a friend gave me a set including a travel size of this shower gel, I shoved it into a washbag for the (then rare) occasions I went swimming, and when it became a more regular occurrence and the bottle became steadily more empty, it was a pleasant surprise to realise that the shower gel was not affecting my skin. Oh, and it smells divine- warm and fiery without being overpowering. It's pretty pricey at almost £10 (December 2010 ish) for 200ml, so I don't use it all the time, but trips like these are all about enjoying the sun, swimming pools and treating myself, so I get to erase the smell of chlorine and treat myself to my favourite Jasmine scented shower gel all at the same time. And although price, 500ml does go a long way as it only needs to be used sparingly, particularly if you have a shower puff-thing.

Boots Lipsalve- This basic costs a mere £1 per tube and is a Boots own special. It comes in a plain, mint and strawberry flavour (maybe others, but those are the ones I can remember) and I almost always go for the strawberry as it's a favourite. Quite simply, this does what it says on the tin. Soothes and moisturises. It's also in a stick, so no sticky fingers or exploding tubes. I have five or six on the go at any one time, and at least one in every handbag/washbag/make-up bag.

And lastly, Bare Minerals Sun Screen- As mentioned, super sensitive skin is an issue for me and Sun Cream is a complete nightmare. The sun really helps to dry out my skin and all the nasties that seem to take root. My back benefits in particular and this has lead to me rejecting sun cream, which reverses and good deeds the sun does, and clogging my pores, giving my huge outbreaks and me being miserable. That's not to say I'm not careful, I've taken to restricting the amount of time I spent in the sun and covering up, but it's a pain. And I'd prefer to use sun screen if I could. This is where the Bare Minerals come in. I already use the make-up and when I saw their sun screen, I knew it was for me. It's in a powder format, and comes in a self contained brush, that you twist to release the product through a brush. It comes in three shades, and seem to be designed for use as Factor 30 make-up. Personally I'd rather they did a colourless shade too, as I don't want it as make-up, but it's the closest I've come in 10 years of searching, to a perfect solution to sun protection. You can find the Bare Minerals Sun Screen on QVC here and I'll be doing a more in depth review of it once I get home, if you're interested?
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