For the final part of my Ski-centuals series I thought I’d show you what I took with me on our recent ski trip.
When you’re out in the elements it’s essential to keep your skin both protected and hydrated. Which is exactly what these products are great at doing.
Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Wipes – £1.50 or 3 for £3.00
These are my fail safe cleansing wipes whilst travelling as I love the fresh scent and cooling feel of the cucumber. They are great for removing every scrap of make up on the move or just freshening up mid-journey and are purse-friendly too.
As someone who often travels long-haul, I knew I had to buy this as soon as it became available. Thankfully I managed to nab one just before we headed off on our 16 hour coach journey which gave me the perfect chance to put the mask through its paces.
I’ve become somewhat of a pro at removing every scrap of make-up during long journeys and have even been known to purchase face wipes after some of the more tipsier nights out in London to ensure I can stumble into bed as soon as I’m home. Once cleansed I just slathered on some of the Clinique Moisture Surge Mask and got on with watching movies on the iPad safe in the knowledge that my skin was being cared for.
Once we arrived at our hotel I was pleased to see that my skin hadn’t broken out and felt lovely and hydrated. I’m going to keep using this mask before I write up a full review but expect to see one in the near future.
I featured this in the High SPF Sunscreen feature and for good reason, as this is the ideal sunscreen to be donning when you hit the slopes. As with all SPFs it’s vital to ensure you cleanse your skin thoroughly after use to ensure you don’t suffer from any breakouts, though I’ve never had any issues when using this product. It’s scentless too so perfect for the man in your life, I mean who really wants to be lugging around several sunscreens on a ski trip?
This is a staple product in my long-haul skincare routine so it was a no-brainer to take this with me. Personally this would be far too rich to use as a daily moisturiser but is great for replenishing moisture after travel or a day in the elements and leaves my skin looking plump and full of life. I only have a sample of this at the moment but will no doubt replace it when it eventually runs out.
Polaar Hydraprotect UV+ Moisturiser – £25.90
The kind folks at Niven & Joshua sent us a few Polaar Male Skincare products to review whilst we were away and Mike has been using this ever since. The full review will be up later on this week, but he found this great for keeping his skin hydrated whilst on the slopes, and the added UV protection meant I didn’t have to constantly nag him over skin protection, win/win in my opinion.
I just can’t get enough of these lip balms and am well on my way to owning one in every flavour. These feel more waxy than usual lip balms and left my lips without a hint of chapping despite spending hours out in the cold. Oh and they taste great too!
I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a full review on the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner after I managed to nab a set during their recent shampoo trade-in but figured so many other bloggers would be doing write ups that it was hardly worth doing one, plus, if I’m totally honest, my first impression of the Damage Reverse range was pretty meh. That said, I packed them into my suitcase anyway as I’m on a bit of a haircare spending ban and they had the most product left in them. I have to say after a full week of using both the shampoo and conditioner I could see a marked improvement in the vitality of my hair and could see a lovely shine that my hair doesn’t usually have. I’m going to continue using both the shampoo and conditioner and will write a full review once I’ve used them both up.
When I’m skiing I don’t tend to wear anything but sunscreen on my face, but come the evening I like to feel like I’ve made a bit of an effort, so I reach for my go-to BB Cream by Skin79. This evens my skin out like nothing else without leaving me looking made up, and the SPF 25 is quite handy too. If you want to know why this is my favourite BB Cream you can check out my review here.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF) in Stereo Rose – £21.50 Sold out online but should be available in-store still
I’ve used this daily since purchasing as I feel it adds the perfect lit-from-within glow without being over the top. This is the perfect blush/highlighter for travel as it means you don’t have to take two separate products. Ideal when you’re looking to downsize your make up for a trip away. You can find swatches of Stereo Rose here.
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara – $6.19
I generally hate purchasing mascara as it’s not the sort of product you can try before you by, but I fell for the advertising of this mascara whilst I was in the states and am so glad I did as it’s been my go-to mascara ever since. This mascara is completely clump-free and stays in place no matter the weather which makes it perfect for a stay in the mountains. I’ll be writing a full review of this soon.
I like to wear quite a natural look when away skiing. This tinted lip balm is perfect for giving you the my-lips-but-better look without leaving you too made up.
A full review of this product will be up tomorrow, but it’s safe to say this was an absolute saviour for me whilst I was away.
Natural Hero Hot Ginger Muscle Rub* – £9.99
This muscle rub kept me on the slopes when every muscle in my body was begging me to stop. Again, I will be reviewing this fully tomorrow.
Bioderma Cicabio Arnica+ – €6.95
I was somewhat shocked when I discovered that Bioderma wasn’t that much cheaper in the French pharmacies, but that didn’t mean I left empty-handed. Instead I snapped up the Cicabio Arnica+ which soothes and heals bruises, knocks and bumps. Ideal for any ski bunny!
If you’re heading off to the slopes soon I’d love to hear what you’ll be packing.