I always like to stay in theme when packing for a trip, so naturally, I always pack some of my favourite French beauty staples.
There's something about the way the French do beauty, that inspires you to master the "effortless, nonchalant, chic look".
From Dior, Chanel, Lancôme, to Caudalie, Nuxe, Bioderma, Clarins, and L'Occitane, here are the items I always include in my makeup bag.
Truth be told, Chanel's Palette Essentielle in Beige Intense has been following me around wherever I go. It is the ultimate staple for creating a luminous, fresh-faced look on the go. This versatile, touch-up-friendly palette can be used as a concealer, blush, highlight, eyeshadow, and lip colour. I usually use it with the Blender/Concealer brush and my fingers depending on the desired effect. Chanel's Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate #99 has been one of my all-time favourite lipsticks for years, and what's more French than a red lip? As for skin care, I love bringing Le Jour, La Nuit and Le Weekend de Chanel when I travel because it keeps my skin nourished and in check.
Dior's Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Météore is my go-to for an easy neutral eye. This light-reflecting, shimmering, golden eyeshadow creates a multidimensional look in one quick step. I use Dior Pump'N'Volume Mascara for instant volume on my upper and lower lashes, and add Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in 001 as my finishing touch on the cheek bones and inner corners of the eyes.
Caudalie Grape Water
This organic formula increases hydration and reduces sensitivity with its anti-inflammatory properties. This versatile mist can be used as a toner, as a setting spray before applying makeup, to sooth rosacea, to refresh and hydrate the skin throughout the day. A must have for an in-flight spa session!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
A staple in every French pharmacy and makeup artist's kit, this makeup removing water cleans while respecting the fragility of sensitive skin. While travelling, our skin can sometimes act up, so I always bring a soothing cleanser, just in case.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
It instantly, moisturizes, energizes, brightens, smooths and tightens the skin’s surface to help eliminate signs of fatigue and stress in a flash. Use it to prepare the skin for a long-lasting makeup application. You can also use it as a 10 minute pick-me-up mask to invigorate the skin.
Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Illuminating & Purifying Exfoliating Mask
I always bring an exfoliator and a mask for a relaxing treatment at the end of the day, but ideally, I try to bring an exfoliating mask to save space (and time). It hydrates while exfoliating in as little as five minutes for purified and smooth skin.
L'Occitane Hand Cream
During flights, my skin tends to become dry and dehydrated, so I always make sure to have this quick-absorbing hand cream in my carry-on. Enriched with nourishing shea butter to lock in moisture, this cream ensures silky-smooth hands.
Nuxe's Rêve de Miel Lip Balm is one of my favourites because it is super nourishing and matte (which is rare for a lip balm). Perfect for the person who doesn't necessarily want glossy lips but needs the moisture. Huile Prodigieuse, another staple from the brand, nourishes, softens and illuminates skin and hair while leaving a captivating fragrance. I have curly hair, so I use oil daily... which makes this product the perfect 2-in-1 for travel.
It is very hard to pick one between these two, so I usually bring both! There’s no better complement to an outfit than your signature scent. Fresh, vibrant, floral and delicate while being bold, free, sensual and feminine; Chanel‘s Coco Mademoiselle (Twist and Spray) is the olfactory reflection of a woman who daringly writes her own destiny and breaks the rules (the perfect scent for a work day in France).
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum is my scent of choice for a playful day out or a chic dinner in Paris. Warm and Floral, with notes of Bergamot, Grasse Rose and Rosewood, Miss Dior is described by François Demachy (Dior Perfumer-Creator) to reflect the feeling of falling head over heels, like a declaration of love, to love. Sounds like a perfect sent to wear in the City of Love!