Summer Favourites Sydney Style

My latest favourites are a summer fun bag compiled for you direct from Sydney. I have been holidaying here for the past few weeks and it only took me about 2 seconds to get in the swing of being back in the world of heat and humidity.

So here are the products I have been reaching for, pretty much on a daily basis due to packing restrictions.


La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Sunscreen - I picked this up on my Paris trip last month. It is described as being 'extreme fluid for sensitive skin' and I have been wearing it on my face and chest, over my daily moisturiser every day since I arrived. It is a little creamier than the last sunscreen I was using, but it does what it states and is easy to rub in.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser - I normally use the Ultra Facial Moisturising Cream which is heavier and more suitable for the northern hemisphere but I swapped to this lighter version for my trip. It is a good basic, fragrance-free option and I had a teeny tiny bottle which is great for travelling. 


Bourjois Bronzing Primer - I love this for providing a little bronzed pick-me-up for under my normal makeup. The colour is fairly subtle, enough to give you a lovely glow without making you look like an orange fake-tan user.

L'Oreal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash in 101 Lolita - Another Paris purchase, this is a gloss which acts like a stain. Unlike most stains, it is packed with moisture so you get the long lasting benefits without the side effect of dry lips. Lolita is a very natural shade which you can pull off even when wearing your swimmers.  I also love the packaging which is nicer than your average drug store product.


I have just notices that a lot of these products are not yet available in Australia (boo-hiss!). I have linked to the UK sites in my post and I guess we can only wait and hope for Australian releases in 2014.


Come Fly With Me - My Realistic Long Haul Flying Routine

Throughout the year I do my fair share of flying, but it is usually short hops within Europe with the odd trip to NYC thrown in. However, once a year I fly home to Sydney and that flight puts the LONG into long haul. For those British readers who are unaware, to get to Sydney you must endure two flights, each of which are between 8-12 hours. Your entire body is confused, your stomach wants a steak at 6am and no amount of coffee or alcohol can make you feel better. This joyful experience is happening to me and my family next week and the only way I can cope with the thought is by planning a few little in-flight skin treats to look forward to.


Once you have taken off and got your little ones settled, slip into the bathroom and do a quick cleanse of your face. I think this is one of the only times that Caroline Hirons supports the use of facial wipes, so go for it. They are easy to transport and cost effective. Take off all your makeup as if you are going to bed. Then it is time for some moisturising action. If you can't get to the bathroom, you can even do this step in your seat.

I picked up these masks in Boots recently on a 3 for 2 offer. The Moisture Boosting Mask is the one i'm going to use on-board. Once my face is cleansed, smooth this on and like it states on the back - 'leave on overnight for an extra moisture injection'. Apply some really good lip balm, I am using the Malin + Goetz Mojito one which you can read about here, and I will continue to reapply this incessantly throughout the flight. Now sit back and relax.

Face masks by The Sanctuary Spa, available at Boots

Face masks by The Sanctuary Spa, available at Boots

Before you land, slip back in to the bathroom and wash off the mask with water. Apply a layer of Hydraluron (you can read more about this wonder product here), then apply a generous layer of moisturiser. For this purpose, i'm using my Keihls Ultra Facial cream (details here).  

If you want to take it one step further, I recommend a quick application of tinted moisturiser and concealer before you disembark to pep you up. Slide on some lip gloss and you are good to go. As a good friend once advised me - 'you've got to touch up before you touch down' !! 

I'm also slipping this little multi-purpose balm 'Coiffette' by Jao into my carry-on, the makes of the fabulous Goe Oil. It moisturises cuticles, hair and skin and smells lovely.


L'Oreal Beauty Advent Calendar

OK, the thought of this just knocked my socks off. L'Oreal in collaboration with Selfridges have just released their Beauty Advent Calendar. I think this is a ongoing offering each year in the UK, but having relocated here this year, this is the first time I have come across it.

On sale here for £84.00, this includes 24 mini-sized treat to enjoy. What a gorgeous way to spend each morning in December while waiting for Santa to arrive!


The full list of what is inside below:

  • Lancôme Hypnose Classic mascara 2ml
  • Armani Code Femme eau de parfum 3ml
  • Lancôme Hypnose Star mascara 2ml
  • Flowerbomb miniature 7ml
  • Maison Martin Margiela Untitled 7ml
  • Lancôme Tresor Mini 7.5ml
  • Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 4ml
  • Lancôme Bi-facil 30ml
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium 7.5ml
  • Lancôme Galatéis Doucheur cleansing fluid 50ml
  • Lancôme Absolu Nu lipstick in 302
  • Kiehl's Creme de Corps deluxe sample 30ml
  • Kiehl's Ultimate Strength hand salve deluxe sample
  • Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil  
  • Lancôme Renergie day cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Hydrazen Neurocalm moisturising cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Advanced Genefique 7ml
  • Lancôme mini Juicy Tube in 17
  • Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate deluxe sample
  • Lancôme Visionnaire serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 7ml in 385
  • Absolue Precious Cells Yeux deluxe sample