Personal | Packing My Bags

I’m currently packing my bags for my holiday trip to the sunny beaches of Gran Canaria, a small island off of the coast of Africa. I’ll be looking for some sun, and hopefully bring it back home with me. I haven’t been on a summer trip in probably 2 years, so I’m really excited! I absolutely hate the packing part though. I can hardly decide what I’m going to wear for one day, let alone I’d pick out my outfits for 8! I always pack waaay more than I could possibly wear because my inner Rachel Zoe is screaming: you gotta have options, OPTIONS! in my ear.

The same goes for beauty products really. I start out with the products from my daily routine, second I add those I need on a holiday, and ultimately I add a couple of options thinking; oh what if I want to wear that colour of lipstick, and oh, what if that tube runs out and I can’t buy it there? Check out the products that made the cut below! Hmm, by the looks of it I think I might need another suitcase…


La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC spf 30 water-resistant sunscreen for sun-sensitive skin
Bioderma Photoderm spf 30 sun water-resistant  spray for combination/oily skin
Clarins Sun Care smoothing cream-gel low (spf 10) and moderate (spf 20) protection (sample)
Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control eye contour care high protection (spf 30) (sample)
Corine de Farme Monoï de Tahiti protecting dry oil spf 30
Corine de Farme Monoï de Tahiti tan accelerator
Corine de Farme Monoï de Tahiti aftersun

First of all, the most important part of the whole beauty bunch: sun protection! The sun screen products by La Roche-Posay and Bioderma are specifically designed for the face. Normal products like the dry oil from Corine de Farme would simply be too greasy for my combination skin. While the big bottles are for those relaxing days by the pool/beach, the samples from Clarins are small and light, and therefore daytrip-proof.


Redken Color Extend Sun Waterwear water-resistant treatment for sun-exposed hair
Redken Color Extend Sun after-sun shampoo
Redken Color Extend Sun after-sun mask
Redken Color Extend Sun take cover spf 25 sunscreen for scalp & protection for hair
Wella Professionnals Ocean Spritz beach spray
L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil colour glow oil
Fekkai Marine Summer hair smooth-sailing anti-frizz cream
Novocrin Extrait Dora charming blond spray

Not only the skin, but also the hair can suffer severe damage from being exposed to the blazing sun for too long. For that, I’m bringing some waterproof protection for during exposure and some hydrating treatments for after. Then the beach spray for some styling and the Extrait Dora (when combined with sun) creates some dazzling blonde strands of hair.


Evian Brumisateur facial spray
Qiriness Fresh Micellar Water
ROC Sublime Energy Anti-Age primer
Lancôme Visionnaire advanced skin corrector
Olaz Total Effects Cleansers anti-ageing milk
Olaz Total Effects Cleansers anti-ageing tonic
Olaz Total Effects day cream spf 15
Oral B 3D White Luxe toothpaste
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
Lush Bubblegum lip scrub
L’Occitane Verveine Sorbet cooling gloss
Boots °7 Protect & Perfect day cream spf 15 (sample)
Philosophy Hope in a Jar high-performance moisturizer (sample)

This involves the stuff I use on a daily basis. I can’t bring myself to leave this at home, especially since most of it involves cleansing and hydration.


Rituals Mei Dao rich nourishing body cream
Rituals Wai Wang exfoliating body scrub
Rituals Qi Dong 24h anti-persipirant spray
REN Moroccan Rose Otto bath oil
REN Moroccan Rose  Otto body wash
REN Damask Rose body cream
Le Petit Marseillais milk shower cream
Louis Widmer deo cream
Givenchy Mister Radiant Body body glow
Bio-Oil with Purcellin oil
Gemey Maybelline Express Manicure Dissolvant
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or multi-usage dry oil
L’Occitane Verveine cooling hand cream gel

More hydrating products (creams and oils) for zhe boday. And deodorant, because I’m going to be in a 30°+ area after all.


Nail polishes: Rimmel Pro Lycra °420 Aqua Cool, Rimmel I love Lasting Finish °045 Misty Jade, Kiko °281,
Rimmel 60 Seconds °450 Sunny Days and Rimmel 60 Seconds °440 Sun Downer
Max Factor Lash Extension Effect washable waterproof mascara
MAC Skinsheen Bronzer Stick in Gilty Bronze
Bobbi Brown skin foundation spf 15 in °2 sand
Dior Airflash foundation spray in °300
Clinique anti-blemish solutions liquid makeup foundation in 03 fresh neutral
L’Oréal Glam Bronze Sun Radiance Trio in °201 Blondes
Hema Illuminating Blush
Givenchy Luminescent Cream Eyeshadow in °2 Pearly Nude
Erborian BB cream with ginseng spf 25 in light
Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect in Bronze Haze
Maybeline Master Precise liquid eyeliner
Lipsticks: MAC Viva Glam Lady Gaga Lustre, Catrice Ultimate Colour °100 Lobster Love,
MAC Sheen Supreme Full Speed, L’Oréal Intense °373 magnetic coral and
Catrice Ultimate Shine in °110 Shy Flamingo

Ah makeup, this is where the options-part comes in. I had the biggest trouble to choose lipsticks and nail polishes. I ended up with 5 different colors (still way to much). Luckily I don’t have any flashy eye shadows or that would’ve been a problem as well. I’m thinking about picking some up when I’m there, since there are a lot of beauty shops. And clothing stores as well. Damnit, I think I’ll have to go and throw out a couple of pieces before I leave!

Oh, and I’m leaving my laptop behind (too much weight), so no blog posts for a week but I hope to come back with great pics and tips in case you were to visit the island.  Hasta la vista baby! See you in a week

1st pic by 4wardthinking-terry


  1. July 18, 2012 / 9:25 am

    Wooohoow, ik hoop dat jij geen overgewicht zult hebben met al je producten! 🙂 In ieder geval een heel fijne vakantie toegewenst, geniet er van!

    • Sté
      July 18, 2012 / 9:55 am

      Nope, heb zelfs nog 1 kg over 😉 Thanks!

  2. July 19, 2012 / 7:54 am

    Ik vind dat het nog wel meevalt 🙂 het zijn wel HEEL verschillende producten dus allemaal te verantwoorden, behalve de nagellakjes en de lipsticks natuurlijk maar dat zal het verschil nu ook niet maken! Have fun, gebruik wat samples op en in with the new 😀
    Kijk al uit naar je photo diary, weet eigenlijk echt niet veel over dat eiland.

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