Well, by the time you read this I should be back home from London but let’s not dwell on such technicalities! As I write this I am packing for a few days in London town because we got tickets to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, and of course I had to turn it into a 3 night trip…It’s what I do: I call it a gift, my husband probably wouldn’t but I digress! I thought I’d give you a quick look at some bits and pieces I’m taking with me.
Out and About
A practical bag is very high on my “what to bring”-list for a city trip. You want to be able to put away your wallet, your phone, maybe some sunglasses. And all that without having to drag round a huge tote. If I plan on doing any shopping (who am I kidding: always, another gift of mine) during a city trip, having my hands free for shopping bags is also an important issue!
I guess that only leaves a small cross body bag or a backpack. Those of you who know me well know that a backpack is out of the question (it reminds me too much of high school, I just can’t except for road trips etc) so it’s a small cross body bag for me!
I recently got the perfect bag for the occasion: O My Bag‘s Dashing Daisy in Midnight Black. You can adjust the straps, or just use the wrist strap or get rid of the straps altogether and use it as a clutch: great versatility. It comes in a cool “Not Your Ordinary Bag”-tote and with a dust bag.
O My Bag is a very interesting brand from Amsterdam that makes wonderful, simple, leather products. As you know, “simple” is one of the biggest compliments you can get over here on Beautywander. Simple doesn’t mean boring or underwhelming to me, it means classic, timeless, minimalist and stylish. That describes their products beautifully.
That’s not all: they work with eco-leather, but what does that mean? It doesn’t just mean the leather doesn’t get treated with heavy chemicals, it also means they work with a tannery in India where workers work in a safe environment and get paid a fair wage. That’s right, it’s leather from Indian cows! As you know, cows are sacred animals in India, so unless they die of natural causes (or for the Muslim community: find out more on their website, it’s all very interesting) their leather isn’t ending up in an O My Bag.
The production of these bags is an example of how it should be done: minimal impact on the environment, fair conditions for the workers, access to a big market for the tannery,… I think it’s a truly inspiring story and method. It takes guts to have a vision and make it a reality so I take my hat off to Paulien Wesselink and her team. I can only imagine how hard it must be at times to stay on track and not give in to the dollar signs.
That also explains the price point of these bags. They’re not bargains but in my opinion not high end either and for a brand that gives back to the planet and the people working for them I’ll happily pay some more. You can get a Dashing Daisy for €159,00.
You can find O My Bag at several locations in Belgium like Juttu in Antwerp or Ampersand in Ghent. Use the Store Locator on the website!
Dashing Daisy is quite small, I wouldn’t be able to fit a camera and a Lonely Planet in there with all the rest, but for this trip it’s perfect! My extra battery will probably take up way too much space but I plan on taking lots of pictures with my phone, annoying everyone on social media, etc and don’t want to find myself without any power.
A smaller bag also means a smaller wallet for me, my regular one just takes up too much place… I bought this Mulberry French Purse in at the Mulberry Outlet in Roermond a few years ago. It’s perfect for travel, has lots of compartments for bills, coins and cards.
I need space for cards because as I said I plan on doing some shopping, so I need my Oyster Card, my credit card and some loyalty cards. I got my Boots Advantage Card, my Liberty Loyalty Card (oh hey, Maria Tash!) and even though I don’t plan on heading to Knightsbridge I always take my Harrods Reward Card because it’s just too pretty and so very London.
Always handy on the go: a little mirror. I got this cutie with my most recent Luxedy order and into the bag it goes!
For fragrance, I could rummage through my perfume samples but I think I’ll give my Reload* a try! You’ve probably seen these before: customisable, refillable, travel friendly sprays for a wide range of scents. I opted for the white case and Kenzo Jeu d’Amour. I’ve never tried Kenzo scents before and it’s not love at first try, but I’ll take it with me and see how we get on.
I do think the size of these Reload Sprays is perfect. A sample is usually about 1 or 1,5 ml which is nothing really, for a trip. But 5 ml is ideal for a few days.
The Beauty Bits
My make up bag should be quite modest. We only have 2 full days: one of which will start with an appointment to get my make up done at a certain brand’s Boutique (or should I say Boudoir?) so no need for make up then and the next day is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child day and since I’ll probably/definitely cry my eyes out I should keep it low-key as well.
So what made the cut into my little Sisley bag?
My Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer travel size is almost empty so it will do for this trip, I don’t think I’ll repurchase. It’s not bad at all, but not the best either.
After that it’s BE Creative Make Up’s Feather Finish Matte Foundation. Not only because that tube was made for travel but it’s just my favourite foundation at the moment, simple as that. (more on this foundation here)
As you know, I’m a 2 concealer-girl so I’m packing the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for blemishes and Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles (what is that name though) in Brightener for the under eye-situation which unfortunately is not available here (correct me if I’m wrong, please!). I got 2 in the US and need to stock up soon.
My trusty Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder was a no-brainer but the choice for blush was more difficult.
In order to keep the number of products to a minimum I decided it had to be a palette with blush, highlight and bronzer all in 1 and that left me with 2 choices. I love Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette in Strip but decided to go with a more recent purchase: Sleek’s Face Form palette in Fair 372.
For eyes I’m taking a sample of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion that came with my Naked 3 palette: it’s a given, no doubts here, but I don’t have to take the whole tube now: wonderful. (more about this cult product here)
To avoid having to take too many brushes I’m throwing in 2 cream eyeshadow sticks: Sisley’s Phyto Eye Twist in Copper (more info here) and BE Creative Make Up’s Wink & Go in Lush* (more Wink & Go’s here). Cream eyeshadow sticks are perfect for travel (if the caps stay on, yes, I’m looking at you, Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon…) and these 2 both look great on their own and work beautifully together so depending on the mood of the day I have options!
When it comes to mascara, I tend to take samples on trips. Le Volume de Chanel isn’t new, but it always delivers (I’ve raved about it here). If I want a more natural look I’ll use Couvrance’s High Tolerance Mascara*.
For brows it has to be Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil, a great budget alternative for Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz if you can find the right shade: it only comes in 3 shades. I have Brownie Points. Not always necessary but I’ll take it just in case: BE Creative Make Up’s Perfect Brows Styling Gel*.
And then the part where I always overdo it… Lips! I am limiting myself to 3 products: Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro Lip Gloss in The Red as a bold option (read about this cute mini here), Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Naked for a neutral look and Guerlain’s KissKiss in Rouge Kiss as an inbetweener: a balmy pop of colour.
In addition to those I’m also taking MAC’s Prep + Prime for lips which I have used ever since I got into lipsticks. I think I’ll need to repurchase soon, any suggestions for alternatives?
I won’t bother you with my skin care choices because it’s just a mish mash of random samples and mini’s…
Et voilà: ready to go!