Yes, being a beauty editor has its perks. I'm talking lusting over the latest skincare and makeup while the world is still a season behind, never having to join the tussle for coveted collaborations and reviewing spa treatments 'on the job'.
It's not a bad thing — until life outside the beauty box gets the better of you. Packing for a holiday is one of them. When you only have 30kg to take with you on your (gasp!) three week-long holiday, how do you cram your gigantic hoard of the brightest and best skin-saving stars? Plus, that tiny suitcase load has to be shared with clothing.
It might work if you're off to a summer country, but if you're flying into sub-zero temperatures? Good luck. Culling is never easy, but it forces you to be scrupulously harsh. Here goes nothing.
1. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, from $100
There's nothing like a gorgeous scent to unwind your senses and remind you that you're on holiday — and no better fragrance to do that than Jo Malone's fresh, free-spirited yet sensual Wood Sage & Sea Salt. Combining ambrette seeds, sea salt and sage, the aroma will transport you to a rugged cliff where the cool sea air is mixed in with salty spray. Spritz on alone, or layer with the brand's Lime Basil & Mandarin.
2. Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, $68
Promoting instant hydration and radiance, this deliciously lightweight oil is the perfect remedy for parched, patchy and jetlagged skin. At night, warm three drops in the palms of your hand, or mix in with your toner or mask and massage into your face. The soporific combination of hazelnut oil, patchouli essential oil and blue orchid will instantly brighten your face while soothing your senses.
3. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Instant Moisture Glow, $79
When you don't have space for both a moisturiser and a radiance-enhancing primer (which is often), the dual-purpose Instant Moisture Glow is a lifesaver. It boosts moisture on your skin post-flight while its satiny texture blurs out imperfections for a luminous finish. This nifty tube can also be used over foundation for mid-day touchups.
4. Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Brightening Mask, $35 each or $165 for a box of six
This luxurious sheet mask is a miraculous treat for your skin. It is separated into two sections, which means the mask fits snugly on your face, and best of all, its carefully curated ingredients are delivered exactly to where it's needed. Black tea extract and vitamin E target dullness around the eyes, nose and forehead, while the lower portion is infused with apricot nectar and chai hu extracts to ensure your cheeks glow from within. It's almost like double-masking, but in half the time.
5. Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy, $30 and Fresh Sugar Fig Tinted Lip Treatment, $33
Your lips are more prone to chapping and cracking in drier climates, so if you're heading North this holiday season, don't forget to keep them buttery soft. So here's my favourite Fresh duo — we said five things, didn't we? — as a bonus. Fresh's new lip balm, loaded with a refreshing mint flavour and a soft sheen, is a must-have at all times. Smear it under your Sugar Fig Tinted Lip Treatment, which slicks on a pretty burgundy tint. Its blend of grapeseed and blackcurrant seed oils, vitamins C and E and beeswax soften and nourish, while its SPF 15 factor protects your pout come rain or shine.