16 September 2013

Holiday Essentials: What I Packed For A Week In Italy

Travel Beauty Essentials

We were in Italy for one glorious week which meant one thing: a checked in suitcase, filled to the brim with all sorts of liquidy loveliness! There was no skimping or editing required (unlike my very minimalist Parisian beauty bag) and along with my makeup bag I brought along a fair pile of other cosmetic, er, essentials, all of which were put to very good use. Fancy a peek? 
Korres Holiday In Greece kit


With two shower gels, two body lotions and a mini shampoo (all 40ml), The Korres Holiday In Greece kit was the perfect travel companion.  This all-natural Greek brand is a favourite of mine and one quick sniff of their products will tell you why. Deliciously scented and deeply moisturising, I especially love their shower gels and lip products.

Normally €23, if you're quick you'll find this kit on beautyboutique.ie for just €14.95I'd like to see a conditioner in there too but otherwise it's pretty damned perfect - I bought a bottle of Dove when we landed, and left it behind at the end of the trip. 

L'Oreal, Kerastase and Batiste hair products


My hair is dry enough without adding the glorious Italian sunshine into the mix. A spritz or two of the KERASTASE Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur (€24.30) shielded it from UV rays, while the mineral oils kept my frizz under control.                                                      

I love the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary oils and the latest offering (€14.99) comes with a handy nozzle  - I spritzed this on every morning after my shower,  and my bleached and thirsty ends just drank it up.   

A can of Batiste came too for freshening up limp locks come night time. 

Water Wipes and Clarisonic


Along with my Clarisonic and a mini Shiseido skincare kit (which I'll tell you about separately) I brought along these very clever Water Wipes. With all of the convenience but none of the chemicals of a regular face wipe, these made quick work of taking off my makeup before washing my face of an evening.

I also used them to clean my hands after applying sun cream or to generally freshen up throughout our trip. These were sent for review but you'll find them in supermarkets and chemists for €2.99 for 60; they're suitable for all skintypes including sensitive, and the fact that they're made here in Ireland is just the icing on the cake. 

I  fell in love with Origins No Puffery eye gel, €32, too; it now comes with a cooling roller ball, which is especially refreshing in the heat. There's all sorts of loveliness in there, like mushroom extract for fighting redness, and aloe vera and cucumber to soothe and hydrate - and it sinks right into the skin, in the nicest way. 

Violife Sonic Slim toothbrush


I left my electric toothbrush in Paris but I wasn't mourning for long because this slim and stylish Sonic Slim arrived from Violife, just before we headed off for Lake Garda. Its light weight and clever lid make it perfect for travelling, the sonic action (22,000 brushstrokes per minute!) leave teeth feeling incredibly clean and smooth, while the pretty pattern makes it easy on the eye. 

This will be €29.99 but if you're quick you could still snap it up for the introductory rate of €19.99 in your local chemist. 

Diptyque Roses Travel Candle

It's a complete indulgence but I love to bring a fancy travel candle away with me on holiday, especially if I'll have a balcony to sit out on in the evenings. Diptyque is a longstanding favourite but it's pricey as hell, so I'm happy to see the surge in quality, affordable alternatives - I have a post on this in the pipeline. 

So that's what I packed; have you tried anything here, or do you fancy giving anything a go?  


Beauty Balm said...

Korres Guava is one of my favourites and perfect for holidays! I too love taking a luxe travel candle with me x

♥ vendy ♥ said...

fabolous...you stay in italy...my place...love clarisonic...

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Anonymous said...

I've been humming and hawing about the L'Oreal oil. Could splurge another tenner and get a fancy pants oil but would love if this worked as well.

Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Love Italy - hope you had an amazing time and excellent product to bring to :o). Xx


Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

Love Italy - hope you had an amazing time and excellent product to bring to :o). Xx


The Dainty Dolls House said...

This looks great doll :)) The Korres items look interesting, will check out those. And bringing a candle with you is quite a good idea. I hope you have a gorgeous Monday xx

Roxy said...

Wipes are so handy but they do wreck my skin if I use them regularly - these sound like a great alternative!

Adele said...

What a fabulous toothbrush!! I love Diptyque candles!
Have a wonderful week Emma xoxo

Pink Elephant Blog said...

Looking forward to your post on candles! I love Diptique candles, they don't have that chemical, fake smell but would be great to get some lovely but cheaper alternatives ;)


Gemma Turner said...

Your photo's look amazing Emma.. I hope you had a fabulous time. I really want to try the new L'Oreal oil, it looks like a great little product xx

Gem │ ♥ │ Miss Makeup Magpie

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Oh how lovely! I'm intrigued by the Korres items and hope you show a trip recap soon!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Zoe said...

I have the extraordinaryoil its really good, the spray seems like a good idea though as mine is the pump one. Was looking at dyptiqe candles the other day I want to try one they are just so pricey :( xx

Johanna said...

Loved this post, Emma! Isn't that dry shampoo the best? I just love it! And I love that you travel with candles. I buy the small ones for the same reason!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Those Water Wipes sound amazing! I love bringing along a s small candle when I travel as well to have scent to remind me of home.

Rowena @ rolala loves

mysteppingstonemedia said...

I really want to try out some Korres products!

Kim Alston said...

you packed some awesome things Emma! I need to try Korres.

Emma said...

I'm drooling over that Korres set, been trying to try their body stuff ever since I fell in love with the lip butters! Love that L'oreal Elvive hair oil too, totally agree about it being great for dry ends.

Your view looks unbelievable, I'm dreaming about going to Italy next year so might have to pick your brains about recommendations!

Emma x

P said...

I can't believe I'm about to say that about a toothbrush, but that is the most gorgeous toothbrush I have ever seen!

MissGreenEyes said...

I love that you brought a fancy candle, that's a brilliant idea! Also never thought I'd get excited about a toothbrush, but that's a serious looking bit of kit, bargain at the introductory rate too! Those water wipes are brilliant, been using them non-stop x