Sunday, March 7, 2010

My beauty travel kit

I was recently discussing my beauty travel kit with Halifax, who's curiosity sparked a blog post idea in my mind.  She said she'd like to see what my beauty travel kit contained.  And here we are!  It's important to know that this is my "maintenance" kit and does not contain my colour cosmetics - which I am definitely saving for an upcoming post.

While I was refilling my bottles, I realized that:
1-my bag is OLD (1998) and awful;
2-the content of my bag is a real SHAM.  Most of the containers contain a product which differs from what's written on the packaging!
I do, however; love the fact that this bag is transparent.  I lift it up and find what I am looking for quite easily.

So what is the exact content?
Left to right:
  • a small box containing a few Band-Aids and cotton pad halves.  Yes, HALVES.  Even at home, I only use halves.  I'm not sure if it's my anal side or my ecological conscience, but I have always separated those.  I use half to remove my eye make-up and another half to apply my tonifying lotion.
  • small container with silver cap that reads "Marcelle Mousse Blush" (LE) = false advertising.  It actually contains Dr. Reckeweg R30 Universal Ointment. Great on mosquito bites, but also around my sensitive mouth.  I tend to react to industrial-strength dishwasher soap (things which only happen to MissIPP).  It chaps the corners of my mouth and regular lip balm just doesn't cut it - I need medicated stuff, hence this little baby.  I usually need it the morning after going to a restaurant.
  • the yellow stuff in the transparent pot is Rawleigh's Antiseptic Salve - a remedy passed on from generation to generation in my family.
  • a blue box full of Q-Tips. And don't give me the generic brand stuff.
  • nail files
  • the unidentified white tube with the blue cap is... the NEW Marcelle Climatik Protective Lotion!  Been using it for a year now.  My new love for days spent outdoors.
  • the Marcelle Moisture Lotion bottle is a sham.  It is filled with Marcelle Cleansing Milk for combination skin!  I've had this bottle for nearly 10 years now.
  • tiny bottle of Marcelle Aquarelle Tonifying Lotion.. actually filled with Marcelle Hydra-C Tonifying Lotion!  Again, this bottle goes back to March 2000.  I use that in the morning.
  • tiny bottle of Marcelle NEW.AGE Soothing Hydrating Tonifying Lotion.  The real deal!  I pour it in my palm and apply to my face and neck at night, before or without the oil blend (see below).
  • the two small Pantene bottles (shampoo and conditioner) are actually filled with... Garnier Fructis for dry hair.
  • tiny bottle of (unidentified - but miniature version of) Marcelle Essentials Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes is actually full of... Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion!  This bottle is also 10 years old.
  • Marcelle NEW.AGE Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye & Lip Contour Cream for night.
  • Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel-Cream for morning.
  • miniature Marcelle Hydra-C Facial Exfoliating Gel - a MUST after flying anywhere.
  • toothpaste
  • Marcelle Essentials Lip Balm
  • an extra set of contact lenses, in case, claims the perfectionist Virgo.
  • dental floss
  • my comb - very important survival tool as I do not carry a brush.  I have a lot of thick, curly hair and if I brush it, I can look a bit like Tina Turner did back in the 1980's.  I try to avoid and only comb my fully conditioned hair in the shower.
  • a razor.  Makes no sense because I wax, but I always carry a razor.  "In case".
  • an esthetician's best friend: the Precision Glide Needle to remove ingrowns.
  • small bottle of St. Ives Cucumber Melon Shower Gel is another fake.  It's filled with Fruits & Passion Eco-Spa Thalasso Shower Gel.
  • Marcelle Hydra-C 24 H Hydrating Fluid for day-to-day face and neck moisture.
  • the epitome of ultimate sexyness for bedtime moments: my mouth piece.  I tend to clench my jaw when I sleep and it causes teeth damage.  Again: SEXY.  I figured you didn't need to see it in its open case.
  • my now discontinued (sheds a tear) Sunsilk Captivating Curls Leave-In Creme.  It tames my frizzy haid and I'm freaking out because I'm on my last bottle.  I have tried a million things and nothing comes close to this very inexpensive stuff.
  • the ZipLoc pot contains... my body moisturizer.  Marcelle Dermabase blended with water and jojoba oil, for my dry skin.
  • Life brand SPF 50 body lotion. Yeah baby, effective and cheap, SPF 50!  My friends at the airport used to call me Casper in the summertime when they saw my nude legs.  I simply fry when I sit in the sun.  This is what an SPF 15 (I think I did 4 applications and stayed 3 hours in the sun) did to me last year: 

MIA in the pics are 5 precious items:
1-my personal blend of soy and jojoba oil (under the night moisturizer);
2-my night moisturizer;
3-my contact lenses' storage case;
4-my nail polish.  That's always a last-minute decision!  Must always bring the bottle to freshen up pedicured toes;
5-my Dove original Soft Solid antiperspirant. Again, I am freaking out because I can no longer find this baby!

I guess one could say that I am faithful to my brands!  Later this week, I celebrate 10 years at Groupe Marcelle!

1 comment:

  1. Omg, someone travels quite "light", lol. I might just print out this list for next time I have to pack. Look at the Marcelle goodness in her pack :-) I bet the colour kit would be equally awesome.

    Happy 10th anniversary :-)