Carry-on only: how I fit 23 products into a one-litre ziplock

I'm currently in Wellington. One of my very best friends is getting married (sup Jess!) and we've just had a hens' weekend at a farm in W(h)anganui; the wedding is the following weekend. This cheap student is flying budget-styles, so it's carry-on only. 

Carry-on toiletries: what could have been.

Carry-on toiletries: what could have been.

I've tried to minimise the liquid products I've packed, plus save on room, so most things are decanted; that, or I'm taking samples. Where I can, I've opted for the solid or powder version of a product, including shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and volumising hair powder -- I might do a separate post on these, because they're good.

travel tower products

In this travel tower (originally a Moreish set, but I didn't like the products) I've got my Olay Complete Defence SPF 15 for oily skin, Clinique Turnaround night cream (a gift with purchase), YSL Teint Touche Eclat foundation, and Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Oil-free Volumiser. I would have taken my Olay Total Effects Night Cream, something that I've really liked using, but I've just finished up the dregs of it.

carry-on toiletries after

For cleansing, I've packed a sample sized tube of Liz Earle Cleanser and Polish, and I'm also taking a small face cloth. For makeup removal, I've got my sample of Martina Organics Moisturiser oil (very kindly sent to me by Marta of MO when I inquired when the tester kit would be ready -- soon!), which will double as a face oil, obviously. I've also got a couple of sachets of Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser that I've had floating around in my samples bag forever.

samples in carryon

I may have gone overboard serum-wise:

  • A wee sample sachet of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair in the new formula -- I've tried this off and on for the past couple of years with many a tester and luxury sample, but I don't think I'll be buying the full-size version any time soon. I find it moisturising, but that's about it.
  • A bottle of decanted Paula's Choice 2% BHA Fluid, which I've been using for the past month or so, and have learnt to tolerate the initial oily feel because it's been working well.
  • The black bottle is coloured over with Sharpie to protect the contents: Environ Sebu-gel, which contains light-sensitive ingredients. I decanted what was left in the original bottle and have been using it ever since; a little goes a long way.
  • Three samples that came with my Paula's Choice order: the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer, and the Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. I picked products that contain retinol because I've been looking for an affordable retinol product as an alternative to the Environ AVST Moisturiser.
carry-on masks freeman oasis

I've also packed three masks, because I figure that between "vagina-based activities" (actual quote) of the hens' weekend, and the rooming with a couple of girlfriends for the week, we would have a pamper night or two. Farmers had two-for-one on Freeman products, so I've got the Facial Polishing Mask and the Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask. There's also a sample of Oasis Fruit Smoothie (go to their website and request three samples if you're a first timer), which I've heard a lot of good things about from the Beauty Review forum.

Then there's the makeup. My foundation I've packed in the tower mentioned above, plus I've got a sample pot of Estee Lauder Doublewear Light. I'm also bringing along two concealers: the Rimmel Wake Me Up, and Chanel Correcteur Perfection. There's a tester tube of Smashbox Photofinish Oil-free Primer, although I find that my foundation works really well over my day cream and that silicone-based primers just make me oily, so I don't know... we'll see how it works out. Then there's my YSL L'eyeliner Noir (my favourite!), Benefit They're Real mascara sample, and a Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 869 Vie d'Enfer (reviewed here).

Last, but not least, and probably illegal to carry on, is a pot of 100% isopropyl alcohol for quickly cleaning my brushes.

So glam.

So glam.

That's it! More room for my other crap! I actually meant to post this before I left but Friday was such a rush. I've since added a couple of things and taken stuff out, but this is the gist of it.