I tend to travel around once a month for my writing and am always on the lookout for streamlined products that add a touch of luxe to my experience, but which are also practical.
My latest find is the Lipault brand. But first, some context! In the 90s, we were all in love with the French bag brand Herve Chapelier – the nylon totes (especially the mini ones) were the must-have arm candy for Saturdays along the Kings’ Road and you could only find them in a few places – such as Fenwicks on Bond Street (maybe I’m showing my age now!). Then, knocking it off its spot of ‘most coveted’ bags, was Longchamp – another brand that just seemed to nail it when it came to practical yet chic accessories, which are eminently practical (my all-black Le Pliage is my staple carry-on bag).
Now, I’ve fallen for the charms of Lipault. Renowned for its modern, lightweight fabrics, ideal for the modern traveller, the Parisian bag label is a one-stop shop for its colourful carry-ons (I’m in love with the navy nylon Original Plume inflight luggage).
This gorgeous Beauty Case, £15, is the ideal matching accessory. Deep plum in colour, it is stylish and practical (wiping clean in a swipe) and perfect for storing all the essentials that I need inflight.
Talking of which, my go-tos include two gems from Bioderma. The first thing I do once we’re in the air is quickly clean my skin – it allows it to breathe, keeps you feeling fresh and prevents break-outs.
Bioderma’s mini bottle of Hydrabio H20 Micellar Water, £5.10, (the Hydrabio blue-emblazoned range is aimed at sensitive skins) is just 100ml (so perfect for taking on board) and moisturises while it cleans. A little goes a long way so the bottle is ample for short trips and holidays. After using, the skin feels supple and radiant, not to mention super-clean.
Also from the kind-to-your-skin brand is the mini version of the Atoderm Ultra Repair Hand & Nail Cream, £5.50. Designed to drench hands with moisture, it is ideal for colder months as it soothes and nourishes chapped skin and also protects. It has a non-sticky formula and leaves skin velvety smooth. I treat hands to a smothering every couple of hours during long-haul flights.
Once you arrive in your destination, a must is sun protection (especially if you are in search of winter sun). My latest find is Green People‘s Sun Lotion and Natural Tan Accelerator, £21, which is not only kind to the skin (it uses organic, natural ingredients), protects agains UV damage, but it also helps you to tan up to 25% faster. Genius.
It contains organic aloe vera, edelweiss, green tea and avocado and sinks in like a dream. Protecting agains UVA and UVB rays, it also promotes collagen products and contains antioxidants to help prevent lines and damage from UV rays. It’s water repellent and does not clog pores – so ideal for sufferers of prickly heat. Smooth it on skin and watch yourself turn sun kissed.
Finally, is this refreshing, pick-me-up from Institut Esthederm – which has become my absolute essential for travel.
Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Energising Spray, £16, mirrors the water found in the skin. This spritz keeps skin looking and feeling radiant and fresh. You can spray it on your face or across the body to refresh as you travel. It is also fantastic under make-up as a skin boost (I use it just after moisturising) or even over make-up to set it or as a spritz to hydrate and freshen up throughout the day.
It is one of those unique beauty products that you never knew you needed until you start using it.