The Overnight Edit

As I put the finishing touches to todays post, I’m doing so while waiting to board a Eurostar to Paris. I know – kept that one quiet didn’t I? I have no idea how I managed to avoiding typing out my excitement about it in capital letter littered tweets posted in two hour intervals for the past month. It’s an overnighter courtesy of Clarins to preview what they’ve conjured up for the delight of us beauty buffs over the next few months – I know, pinch me now – and as with any trip, I take an unhealthy amount of enjoyment in the packing process. Lists are made, skincare is counted and verified and there’s been a suitcase with my passport ready and waiting in the corner of my room for the last week. Me? Eager beaver?

As I always mention in these home and away posts, being one half of former long-distance lovers I’ve got the whole beauty on the move thing down. All the usual suspects are already decanted out and the rest streamlined. So my overnight skincare roster reads a little like this. A dinky bottle of Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution to aid makeup removal and Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm scopped into a little pot to do its thing. Remember that Caudalie Beauty Elixir? Yup, that comes along too. Serum duties are being taken care of by Hydraluron, the eye area by Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex* and La Roche Posay Effaclar M Mattifying Moisturiser is sorting moisture injecting activities, minus the grease. Two poured-out products – Alpha H Liquid Gold*, to make my evening routine tonight a little more speedier (makeup remover, cleanser, Liquid Gold, bed), and Clarins Lotus Face Oil* (it’s not a urine sample, promise!), to add an extra layer of hydration at all times – are also bolted on to my routine just so I feel I’ve got options.

Extra additions include two Diptyque samplers in lieu of lugging around a full bottle of fragrance; a spritzer of Philosykos and hard perfume pot of Veloutés should keep me smelling sweet. To make tomorrow mornings shower feel that little more luxe I’ve thrown in Diptyque’s Gel Lavant Revigorant* and Lait Frais* which have been nestling in my ‘save for travel’ drawer for an occasion like this to arrive. I’ve swapped in my heavy duty deodorant for something a little less drying for my pits in Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant. ‘My sleeping stash makes an appearance too; a mini of Aromatherapy Associates Peppermint and Lavender Bath and Shower Oil and This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less, which I’m drawing close to finishing my second roller of. Haircare is whittled down to one product – Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray – because it’s just that good; tousled, no-care locks in a few nonchalant spritzes. Toothbrush, toothpaste, a wrist-full of hairbands and By Terry Baume de Rose are non-negotiable packing priorities.

I said I was good as this whole travelling light business, but I meant I’m just a pro at taking a suitcase 50% full of beauty products and managing to still fit in actual essentials. And of course there’s room for a bumper pack of Bioderma on the journey home. Intrigued as to what’s being hauled over with me makeup-wise? Well you’ll just have to sit tight for tomorrow’s post. Bon voyage.

*PR Samples


  • and kate

    Wow you’re so lucky Vivianna!
    I hope you have an amazing time and I cannot wait for the posts of the products which you were able to try out.
    Much Love,
    Kate xo

  • Oh how exciting Anna! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the new collection. And as ever, my To Buy list has doubled after reading this post… x

  • Zoe Zoella

    Enjoy Anna, Dioderma heaven, eh? Jealous to the max.

  • Maddy Cane

    Have  fun in paris, it will be amazing! xxx

  • Gillian

    Sounds like you really do have travelling beauty essentials down to a fine art. Have a great time!

    Gillian x

  • Sounds like an amazing overnight trip, I look forward to seeing you share some new Clarins news soon then ;P Great edit there, seeing what makeup you’re taking sounds good for tomorrow!

  • Chelsey Westby

    Sounds exactly like myself, check lists and half a suitcase full of lovely products! Looking forward to seeing what make-up has made it with you. Enjoy your trip. xo

  • Sounds great!

  • Gollygloss

    I’m going to Paris in April! I’m so excited to go there in the spring, i’m planning my outfit and makeup already lol! If you get anything from any French Pharmacy or anything that you would recommend I would love to know so I can pick some things up when I am there! xxx

  • The weather is gorgeous here in Paris at the moment!  I just want to be outside all the time!

    It might be difficult as you’re not here for long, but generally I have found that bigger pharmacies  and ones that are a bit ‘off the beaten track’ are cheaper for things like bioderma! A lot of two of the créaline h20 can be anywhere between 13 and 20 euros depending on where you look!! 

    Have lots of fun anyway :) 

  • Anna Blush

    That’s such an exciting trip! I’m so jealous! I hope you have an amazing time, I love Paris. Sounds like you’ve got all your beauty very organised. Enjoy 🙂

  • Pippa Jones

    I love that a few of them are minis, You cant do wrong with a mini product when your away. :) 

    Pipp xx

  • Martine Doiron

    Paris! Have a wonderful time! Enjoy every minute of it! 

    Martine 🙂

  • Procrast1nato2

    Where are those little bottles from?  The ones that hold the clarins oil and the alpha-h.  Thanks in advance, have a wonderful time!  Cannot WAIT to see what you haul back =)

  • Sharon

    Off to London tomorrow for the weekend from Dublin so picking up some packing tips from you!  have a great time and dying to see what you picked up at the pharmacies in Paris & of course your Clarins goodies…  🙂

  • gleepface

    Gosh, you lucky thing! I am sure you will have a lovely time, and it certainly looks like you are prepared. Is there any room in that suitcase for me? I have literally spent the whole day looking up trips to Paris on and sighing longingly at what my easter bank holiday COULD be like if I hadn’t bought half the world this month and bankrupted myself.

  • Sof

    Haha this post was very interesting!! 🙂 cant wait for tomorrow’s one!

  • Paris Grace

    Have a lovely time! Does that mean we’re going to see a Paris Haul video soon? xx

  • Anna OffTheBandwagon

    That’s so exciting!  I can’t wait to hear about your trip… and all the amazing beauty goodies you’ll get to see.

  • anna!!

    i absolutely LOVE your blog! and your videos on youtube! i wish i had the guts to start a youtube channel, but I’m too shy! 
    Can you do outfit of the days more, as i love your style!

    just started my own twitter and blog!
    and of course, instagram, katrinawallacee


  • Rachel Hood

    That’s so exciting! Have a great time xx

  • hahaha sounds like you pack some great skincare products, you got skincare covered

  • katherine.parkes

    have a lovely time! must try the Clarins Oil and the La Roche Posay! x

  • Jennifer Louise

    Another great post! 
    Jennifer xx 
    Please check out my blog at

  • Don’t bother with the caudalie and bioderma, just buy new ones when you get there!! Ahh so jealous, I want to go to Paris so much, I have the biggest list for the pharmacie!!!! Make sure you make lots of unnecessary purchases!! 🙂
    Eleanor x

  • Lovely post..I enjoying reading Anna’s posts so much that I has become like reading newspaper in the morning or you can say evening or anytime of the day…reading this makes me more crazy for french pharmacies. Some day…


  • Georgie D’Souza

    Like PorcelainEleanor said, don;t take things with you just buy more when you are there, an excuse to shop!

  • Holly

    Not the most glamourous of products but could you please review Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant? I’ve been curious about it for a while and wondering if it is at all moisturising? 
    Thanks x