Coming to America: What I Packed

By Beaut.ie | November 5 2010 | 36 Comments

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One good thing about super-strict baggage restrictions has been the fact that I now *have* to reign myself in with regards to what I can take on holliers with me. Before, I’d have been a six pairs of shoes and every perfume I owned kinda gal; now? Not so much.

I’m in New York at the mo gallivanting, shopping and seeing bands (we’re mostly here out of a long-seated desire by my other half to see the recently re-formed Guided By Voices. Who much to his sickenment, I *of course* saw first time round the block, ha!) and above is pretty much everything I took in the cosmetics department, barring most of my makeup, of which I limited myself to – shock horreur – ONE SMALL BAG.

I’m pretty proud of self, I must say. I’ve packed mini sizes of Moroccanoil, plus the matching shampoo and conditioner, one nail polish (but am hoping to get them done over here, hopefully at Rescue Beauty Lounge), one perfume – the forthcoming Maison Martin Margiela scent which is green and gorgeous, right up my street – some recently-purchased and as yet-unused Inglot goodies I need to give a whirl, plus skincare, which actually forms the bulk of what I packed.

Airplane pressurisation shags up my skin; winter cold shags up my skin; nights on the booze and hotel air conditioning shag up my skin – intensive goodies are needed. I’ve brought a fabulous peptide-packed serum I’ve been using from Caci, Origins Make a Difference moisturiser, which is a real winter skin saver, as well as that new StriVectin cream I’m gonna try. I supplemented those with a microdermabrasion-effect scrub to help combat flakes, a sample size of Make Up For Ever’s oil cleanser for makeup removal and my trusty Trilogy Rosehip oil which I use at night.

And that girls, is pretty much it. Sounds like a lot – but I think I’ve packed pretty lightly, thus ensuring, of course, I have room to take some newbies home. Ah, see, I had an agenda! What can’t you live without on holidays?

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36 Replies to "Coming to America: What I Packed"

  • Karen says:

    Looks like you packed very sensibly! If I’m going to NY I usually bring nothing and buy it all over there hehe But going to Spain or somewhere closer, I’ll bring one of the Lush Solid Shampoo Bars, they weigh practically nothing and you can bring on the plane. I don’t usually bring nail varnishes but always pick one up abroad.

    Same with perfumes, that way when I spray it, I’m always reminded of that particular trip :) That’s my fave thing about buyin a new perfume abroad. :) Have a ball and buy lots!

  • Carrie says:

    Kirstie, you HAVE to buy the Make Up Forever Smoky Eye mascara in Sephora. I bought it during the summer and it is amaaaaaaaaazing!!! One coat is lenghtens and volumes nicely, but 3 coats and OMG!!!

  • katie says:

    haha, am i the only one who looked at that and went “packing light?!! what?!!”
    i pack as absolute little as possible for going on holiday – a few nail colours (maybe 3 at most), concealer, foundation, mascara, day cream, J&J face scrub and aloe moisuriser. that’s it! everything else i need i’ll get there :)

  • katie says:

    sorry, i forgot that i also take my trusty rose vaseline and a small bottle of perfume – maybe i don’t pack as light as i first thought!!

  • Glamazon says:

    I love my BB vanity type case – bottom compartment holds skincare and the top compartment holds make-up and brushes – its brill because it really stops me bringing half of the bathroom and it’s so neat that it fits in the case rather than having to carry it separately.

  • fiona says:

    kirstie did u get the morrocanoil shampoo,conditioner & oil in a set?if so where?!!

  • BerG says:

    Kirstie: Top marks on the packing. What are you planning on getting while in NY.

  • BerG says:

    Kirstie: Whats the blusher MAC type thingy on the left, looks like a nice peachy colour. Just curious.

  • sweetie1 says:

    Good job!
    But I’m more looking forward to the post “Coming home from America: What I hauled”

  • Aisling Aphrodite says:

    I saw the morrocanoil sets on one of the An Post websites – spent about an hour browsing iloveshopping.ie last night

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