Coming to America: What I Packed

By | 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”

  • Aphrodite says:

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

  • Jeannie says:

    A couple of dabs of whatever eye cream, eye makeup remover, cleanser and moisturiser I happen to be using at the time, decanted into dinky sizes, and travel sized shampoo, conditioner, deo, FrizzEase and shaving gel. One bottle of nail polish and a few remover wipes are essential, especially when you are likely to be barefoot all day. I use Laura Mercier mineral powder cosmetics which thankfully don’t have to be crammed into the little sandwich bag at security. A 5ml bottle of my favourite perfume, Flower by Kenzo, half a dozen makeup remover wipes (just for travelling, I swear! ye did convert me) and I’m set. Oh, and an extra pair of clean socks and knicks in the carry-on to overcome that travel-grubbiness! My husband is South African so we tend to return to SA on hols; I love to do my pre-landing makeover where I apply sunscreen and makeup, freshen up and await that slam of heat that hits you when you get off the plane.
    I pick up anything else I need while away, and have learned to leave quite a bit of case-space for shopping!

  • sandy says:

    Me too – would love to know where to get the morrocanoil set

  • KellBell says:

    Kirstie – i see you have the Maison Martin Margiela fragrance! What’s it like? It sounds lovely but haven’t been able to get a sniff as nowhere here in Ireland seems to stock it :(

  • Emz says:

    Fiona – you can get a Moroccan oil mini set on for €35.00 :)

    I try to pack lightly but it never works! I dispense shampoo, conditioner, shower gel & body lotion into reusable 100ml containers, take sample size moisturiser, Eve Lom, perfume, lip balm & my makeup which all fits nicely into a Roxy case!

  • Macloon says:

    ha ha. Buddy of mine is in a GBV tribute band :)

    I hadn’t heard they had reformed.

    Have a great time!

  • LuLuBabe says:

    Kirstie, as someone who is back and forth to the States on business a lot, I struggle with not bringing the entire bathroom too, and I think you’re travelling very light indeed. I try to keep the makeup down (invariably I will buy some there anyway) and focus on the skincare, because like you, I find the air travel, lack of sleep and general messedupness puts 10 or 15 years on me, no joke, and there ain’t nothing Beauty Flash can do about it. My must-brings are:
    Moroccan oil shampoo, conditioner, curl enhancer stuff (full sizes, can’t be decanting thick products, no point) and mini oil
    Eve Lom travel size cleanser and cloths
    Normaderm scrub for morning cleansing
    Clinique Laser Repair thingy which I’m still trialling
    Panoxyl for the inevitable spots
    Liz 8 hour for hands – must have on plane
    Evian Spray for plane
    Beauty Flash for plane
    Normaderm day cream
    Strivectin eye cream for when I’m there; Eyeliplex when I’m on the plane (use the night one on planes and it feels so rich and soothing)

    Love the sound of the Caci serum. Must check that out.

  • katie says:

    aww i wish we could still rate comments so i could like the last one there from sweetie1

  • Kirstie says:

    Macloon- heheh, we must have mutual friends, I know EVERYONE in that GBV band (if it’s voided by ponces!?) extremely to passing well excepting the singer.

    Kellebelle – the MMM fragrance is launching here in January – hurrah! It’s extremely sharp and green and very bright and fresh, dries down to a woody base. Very unisex and I really like it. Such an antidote to the vanillay stuff that abounds at the mo. Will write more about it next week I reckin.

    Carrie – I have said mascara, it’s lovely!

    BerG – that’s an inglot blush and as for what to get here, I am on a mission for Sonia Kashuk bits and bobs and rescue beauty lounge polishes. And sure you know, what ever else I see!

    The Moroccanoil kit is fairly new I think and should be at hairdressers stocking it – there are also a few other bits in there too.

  • katie says:

    Kirstie the Sonia Kashuk is readily available at Target, i got a TONNE of her stuff last year in the states and the brushes are great for the money and look SO pretty. her eyeshadows are gorgeous and really blendable too!

  • Kirstie says:

    Katie – cheers missis! I think I may be able to convince himself to go to Brooklyn with me today as it’s the nearest one. Hurrah!

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