Thursday, 27 March 2014

Life in Miniature

Is anyone else slightly obsessed with travel sized beauty products? Maybe I'm alone here, but I often get more excited about the minis than I do the 'real' thing. When I go away, it's almost like a challenge to see how much I can fit in to my clear plastic carry-on-approved baggie. I love miniaturising my beauty regime, something about it is strangely satisfying.

I'm currently in Berlin for 24 hours (you'll hear more about that on the blog tomorrow, but it's exciting so keep an eye out!) and thought I'd share with you which products managed to secure a spot in my suitcase...



Skin
I'm currently road testing a couple of products from Su-Man, the east-meets-west skincare offering from celebrity facialist of the same name. I got a discovery kit from CultBeauty.com and the texture of both the cleanser and serum are wonderful. I'm especially loving the serum, it's unique texture sits beautifully under makeup. I also brought along my Boots Botanics eye cream. My current favourite budget skincare find, along with the Palmer's Cocoa Butter lip balm (the original and the best!) which tastes like chocolate, has SPF 15 and makes your lips feel lovely.

Hair
Hair care minis are probably my most favourite thing, so it's always a struggle to decide which ones to take away with me. As you can tell by the state of my mini Moroccan Oil bottle, that always secures a spot. I'm also loving my Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, and a new discovery, the Charles Worthington dry shampoo too (which I use more for volume and styling rather than dry shampoo - Charles Worthington is on fire at the moment, so many great products!)

Makeup
When travelling I always try and bring as many powder products as I possibly can to save having to check a bag in. I brought my new Benefit 'Big Easy' base with me, which I'm loving. It's not quite foundation, not quite BB cream, with a subtle matte finish that lasts. I also packed my (new-ish) Kevyn Aucoin candlelight highlighter, both because it's brilliant and because it works wonderfully on the eyes as well as the cheeks. My new Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure was my blush of choice for the trip. I really like this but I'm still reserving judgement on whether or not it fully deserves the hype it's currently getting online. I am utterly obsessed with my Sephora oil-slick brushes, so of course they came with me. They were limited edition at Christmas time, but I'm hoping they make them an annual thing because I can't. stop. staring. at them!
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  1. it's almost like a challenge to see how much I can fit in to my clear plastic carry-on-approved baggie.

    This.

    I battle with the clear bag every time we fly cramming all kinds in.. then hit up a pharmacy to buy lots of things I can't get at home as soon as we land!

    xoxo

    https://livelifelaughter.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Fleur.....wowsers....you are minnie crazy!! But in a good and positive way..;))

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  3. I love buying mini products. They just look so cute! My clear airport bag is always over flowing. I will be taking my baby girl on holiday with us for the first time the next time I fly and I'm really not sure how I will manage to take milk for her and beauty essentials! It's going to be a challenge!

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    1. Milk and other liquid babyfood (and liquid medicine) doesn't count, you are allowed to bring that even if the container is bigger than 100 ml :) You might have to taste it when passing throug security (my cousin and I got yelled at for pouring cough syrup in bottles under 100 ml and not keeping it in the original bottle, which we luckily brought with us. Back in 2008 we didn't know about all the rules :P).
      So you wont have any less room for your beauty essentials, and besides, I think she miiiiight be entitled to her own plastic bag :P Not sure about the last one, but babies need essentials as well under travel ;)

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  4. Love buying the minis for holidays! Love the way this post was set out! Wheredo you tend to buy your mini products? I'm usually at the 3 for 2 in Superdrug!

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  5. Love travel minis! Someone gave me Evolu's travel tower for Christmas and I love taking it on my long haul flights. It's great to have 6 products (from eye cream to night cream, and hand cream) in a neat little stack (10ml each). xo Rita

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  6. I love travel sized products. Am deff abit mini obsessed =] Hope you had fun girl xx.

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  7. I looove miniature products too! *w*
    They're so tinitiny!!! And so useful too…
    Love the article :*
    BB

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  8. Yes I love mini products! Soap and Glory hand cream is my favourite!

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  9. Me too! I love travel size & deluxe sample sizes. I actually prefer using the mini toothpaste tubes as opposed to the regular size (even when I'm not traveling)! Have fun in Berlin! xo Kelly http://msdioraddict.blogspot.com/

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  10. I thought you didn't like the Orbee texturizing spray? (your latest video) maybe I'm confused with another Orbee product. Still love the brushes Tati gave you! I hope you enjoy Berlin, it's an amazing city x

    WOMANOUK (beauty & portrait drawings)

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    1. In the video it was the Shampoo and conditioner she didn't like, not the whole line.

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  11. I adore travel size products as well. Any miniature things really - they're just so adorable ^_^

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  12. I love mini products too! Awesome blogpost (:

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  13. Very lovely post! :)

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  14. Samen everytime I'm in Boots I'm drawn to the travel essentials aisle! Mini products are just so cute and tempting. And a great way to try new products without spending too much!

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  15. I'm obsessed with miniatures! If I can buy a full size or a miniature I always opt for the miniature! It might be more expensive in the long run, but they're cute and handy and always a great way to give a product a real go!

    Kat B | Katience

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  16. The miniatures are always so cute; you're definitely not alone there! Those Sephora brushes are amazing!!
    xx

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  17. Oh I adore miniatures! They always look so cute and they're super handy! Mini mascaras are my favourite, sometimes I find it's actually easier to get to your lashes! x
    Lipstickloveheart.blogspot.com

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  18. I love travel sizes, too! There're not enough products, in my opinion... But that's a lot of stuff for 24 hours, I feel minimalistic in comparison with you!

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  19. Haha I'm a fan of 'mini' anything, probably because I'm small too lol
    I have to agree though they are so handy for travel xx

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  20. Ohh my...I need those brushes!
    But yeah I see where you're going with the miniatures! Maybe it's a girl thing.

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  21. Oh I love miniatures too! It's like grown up pick n mix!!
    The only thing I don't really like is travel sized makeup brushes however those Sephora ones are beautiful, I love the oil slick handles.
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  22. I totally understand you! I always think that mini things are so cute and so, I need to buy it haha :p
    Have a good trip in Berlin! :)

    Love,Cami xx

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  23. I really like the holographics brushes!!!!

    kisses

    Tiff
    http://mabulledepensees.blogspot.fr/

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  24. I'm obsessed with minatures too! Sample sizes are just so cute!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

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  25. i love miniature products! x
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  26. I love minis too. Especially for travelling, there is nothing worse than having to pack a WHOLE bottle of hairspray.

    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

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  27. perfect
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  28. I'm in a long distance relationship and have amassed a huggggge collection of travel sizes - they're fab! loving the contact lenses - definitely the most important miniature items ;)

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  29. Love travel sizes cause they don't take up so much space when traveling!! Didn't know there were so many mini products out there. Thanks so much for sharing with us! :)

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  30. I'm SUCH a sucker for minis! I can't even tell you how many times I've been drawn to that minis section at the Sephora checkout (and bought more than I should haha)
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  31. Gosh I'm obsessed with miniature products too and it's nice to see I'm not the only one. They're so tiny and cute!

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  32. I agree the small packaging for minis is adorbs! xo, Steph
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  33. I love mini products too. I have a drawers with mini and also samples and always keep them for travelling. xo Alexandra
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  34. I love miniatures too. My favorites are the travel size make up brushes by Laura Mercier, they are amaaaazing

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  35. This is hilarious! I'm obsessed with mini stuff as well. I think because it's just so stinkin' cute. They are really great to have around if you travel lots and I have noticed lately more and more companies are getting on the mini bandwagon! It used to be a bit hard to find good quality product in miniature size, but those worries are no more! I think all the heavy rules on what can travel on an airplane without checking a bag helped companies expand their mini products!

    That Comfort Girl

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  36. I love miniatures! They're such a great way to try new products too.

    http://ramyun-pie.blogspot.com

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  37. Aaah I wish I was travelling -- currently stuck in school at the moment haha. Can't wait to hear more about your Berlin trip though! And I love mini's too! Except I always get super paranoid that I'll use up all the product and then end up using barely any pfft haha. :)

    i.e.; Jessie

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  38. one of my favourite things to do before I go on holiday must be buying all the miniatures- I end up trying out loads of new products!

    Blankets Of Roses

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  39. I like mini's too! They're a perfect way to try something out!
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  40. Miniatures are the best, I'm always suckered in by how cute they look in dinky size!
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  41. Beautiful picks! I love the mini Oribe hairsprays and I can't wait to try that new BeneFit base. Have a great time in Berlin! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  42. I love mini products! I'm going travelling for a month in summer and have been obsessively purchasing them for my wash bag. We are staying in hostels so it means I need to fit everything in one wash bag so it's easier to take in the shower with me :))

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. Minis are so helpful for overnights and stuff!

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. I have to admit, I love a mini, sometimes I don't even care what is in them, they are just so cute! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don't want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

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  45. Those makeup brushes look lovely.
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  46. Check out my Skincare Saviours post and one quick trick to get your brows and lashes thicker and fuller than ever over on:

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  47. I love mini deluxe samples, especially when I do order on Sephora.com. Sometimes the deluxe samples you get are what intrigues a purchase in the first place! Ahah, I totally feel you on the minis!

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  48. Miniatures are great - what would we do without them!

    Sarah x
    http://missarahlouise.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. You're definitely not alone! The other day I was in the supermarket and I saw the miniature's section and thought 'ohhh do I need any miniatures?'. I'm not going anywhere, so I had to refrain from looking. But miniatures are so cute. : )

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  50. I work for a beauty subscription company, so I have tons of travel sized products everywhere!! They come quite handy though, sometimes you're not sure about buying the full size yet and they're perfect for throwing in my purse!

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

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  51. Miniatures are such a good idea when you're off on your travels! They're also pretty useful for when you're staying out friends houses and with things like dry shampoo and little miniature perfumes, they're great to throw in your handbag and take around with you in case you feel you need a spritz! Lovely post :')

    Beverley xx
    tutusandballetshoes.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. Never seen those Sephora brushes before but now I really want them! They're just so pretty...not a sucker for packaging at all....
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  54. I love mini things. I get so excited in Target or the drugstore when They have those baskets with all of the miniature items. I find that somehow things seem more of a necessity when they are mini. I don't know maybe thats just me!!

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  55. love!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  56. Travek size products are so cute!
    Have an amazing day :)
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  57. I love mini almost everything!! The reason being that I get to sample things before buying the full size..so I'm with ya girl.

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  58. Glad I'm not the only one who loves travel sized products. It's the best!

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  60. I love travel sized things ahaha :) Its the little things :3 xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

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  61. Haha, you have so many travel sized things!! Littlest is always best!! (unless it is cake) H xx

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  62. Literally everything is better in a miniature version. Not even a lie.

    Becky Isobel

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  63. Oh my God yes I just LOVE mini things!

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  64. Hahaha. Those oil slick blushes are quite amazing. I love miniatures too!

    http://thesecretlifeofabeautylover.blogspot.com

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  65. Those brushes scream "Fleur" !! haha :)

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  68. Oh yes, obsessed. I have a whole basket dedicated to my bite size products. peacockbeauty.net

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  69. I love travel-sized products! Just walking down the travel aisle at the drug store makes me excited :)

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  70. I admired your helpful words. Top class contribution. I really hope you’ll write more. I'll continue looking for.is bubblegum casting legitimate

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  71. Is the chanel makeup bag a current thing?x

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  72. Ooo I really want to try the Big Easy by Benefit. Do you think you will do a review?

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  73. The travel size section at my grocery store is my favorite. I love picking up mini items. Some of them are just too cute to pass up. My favorite minis are when you're staying at a nice hotel and they serve you those mini condiment bottles with any room service. Oh my god, they make my little heart melt!!!

    I love those brushes!!

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  74. Contact lenses, cleaner and solution count as medicine and can have their own quart size bag. :) This will free up space for your other bag!!

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  76. Yes, definitely me as well! I like the minis more than the full size, I don't know why. Every time I pass the travel size aisle in the store I stop and take a look :)

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  79. oh great post, i hope to go on vaccations soon :) so some challenge for my make-up bag :D

    Lots of love...

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  80. I love those mini beauty items! BTW I use a lot of extra virgin coconut oil specially when I'm at vacation, so that I purchased a new one recently called Viva Labs Coconut Oil. Interestingly, this coconut oil can be used as skin moisturizer, Hair oil and for cooking and baking though I kept it in my bathroom and I use it by mixing with my regular body lotion. It turned my skin into completely what I wished for. I'm so happy with this 4 in 1 coconut oil :)
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  81. I need to try the Boots Botanics eye cream and the Moroccan Oil , the mimis are sooo cute :)

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  82. i need to get the eye cream .

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  83. Thanks so much for the comment. I try to put together my learning and experiece in terms of blog and feel great if this helps others.
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