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Old Jul 17th, 2004, 04:20 PM
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I have to have my neutrogena face moisturizer, a wooden comb, and neutrogena lip balm. I also take the disposable ponds face scrubs (the dry kind that lathers with water) and use them in place of washcloths.
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Old Jul 17th, 2004, 04:48 PM
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I am pretty sure that the ceramic round brush has a ceramic center so when it is hit with a hot blow dryer, it warms up , stays warm and 'sets' the hair..a little better than an ordinary round brush.

A while back, I bought something in a store and received a nice bag that has compartments in it that hangs on the back of the bathroom door..memory lapse here for the name of such a bag~
I packed it with cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, deoderants, etc..right down to battery electric toothbrush and paste and it stays packed and in the suitcase..so at a moments notice, I can skip the country or at least the town.~
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Old Jul 17th, 2004, 06:22 PM
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I'm an enthusiast of Caudelie Instant Foaming Cleanser - the travel size is available for $10 at Sephora shops or www.sephora.com.

This product is perfect to take on the road - not just because of the convenient size and portability of the "travel" version, but because its self-foaming nature allows it to work equally well with extremely hard or soft water, and everything in between. I actually found this a bit more drying on my combination skin than I would like, but that's nothing that normal moisturising can't counteract. I don't use this at home, but it's become my staple for travel - the 50 ml lightweight plastic bottle (which is about five inches tall and one inch in diameter) is ample for a three week trip, assuming you use it approx. 2X per day.
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Old Jul 17th, 2004, 10:02 PM
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For hair: to adjust for water hardness, 1oz travel pump bottle of either Thermasilk Heat Treatment or Infusium and a terry turban, cuts down on dryer time.

A tube of liquid foot powder. I don't know what kind Jody uses, but Body Shop makes a great peppermint foot lotion- what a greaat idea for travel. At home, I use it after their anise foot pumice scrub and lip balm.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 01:46 AM
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I always take something simialar to wet ones, it`s so nice to fresh up if you can not get back to your hotel during the day. I also take my Jo Malone skincare in the small plastic containers (I will never take glas containers for travelling again) and a nice and fresh smelling body butter like Laura Merciers Clementine body butter. I love to go shopping for make up and always try to test new things in other countries, so I bring just what I really need and nearly empty things and try to find new things there-if I can not find something I like, I simply buy the things I knew or wait until home. And I always take a good handcreme-but I always end up buying one where I am staying as I like it so much to remember the trip when I use it back home.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 03:59 AM
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Perfect timing. Today is to be the major packing day for our 2 week trip to Germany. We leave Friday! I am sitting here making notes, and as I do a question arises. Do europeans wear alot of makeup? I am one to try to wear the least amount I can get away with. IE Lipstick, base, eyeliner and a bit of mascara. That's it on most days. Will I look out of place in Germany & Switzerland? Thanks as always!
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 04:48 AM
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I'm a light packer (go for two weeks with one carry-on rolling suitcase and a small backpack-style purse), but I cannot leave home without my curling iron... I've got one with automatic dual voltage (got it at Target for $12), so you don't need a converter, just the plug adaptor. And I take Bedhead manipulator, also for my hair.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 05:09 AM
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I always take my UK styling brush (doubles as hair dryer and curling iron), Ponds facial cleanser clothes (the wet ones), a washcloth, Handi-wipes, wash-n-dri packets for my purse, Pears soap.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 09:52 AM
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Phieaglefan,I am a german living in Germany, and you will look perfectly in place! I am normally wearing base, bronzer, mascara and lipstick-not more as I do not want to lokk too made up! Have a nice time and I hope you will visit bavaria on your trip!
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 10:02 AM
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phieaglefan - yes, you'll be just right on the makeup. Maybe bring a good face powder for humidity relief! Enjoy.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 10:40 AM
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I always bring a French terry sleeveless shift. Fabulous to wear between shower and dressing, while doing your hair and makeup. Better than running around the room in a towel or your underwear.

A "Gotta Go" bag is magnificent. You can pack ALL your toiletries in a nifty bag that's smaller than a box of tissues. See http://www.ballbeauty.com/gotta_go_travel_valet.htm

Extra/additional bottles are offered at www.thecontainerstore.com are cheap and come in all sorts of styles (I like the small pump bottles with locking pumps). Also terrific at the Container Store are the En Vogue make-up bags, which are beautiful and hold your brushes and makeup in one bag. They also offer a nice array of pocket pill boxes. Great for carrying a small assortment of Motrin, Altoids, those nifty new Robitussin cough gell capsules (for cities full of exhaust fumes) in your pocket.

Aquafor is a magnificent product for lips, cuticles, etc. Just the other day, I found a tiny travel size at the drugstore.

I love the Trish McEvoy cosmetic line. Colors are soft, sheer, subtle. Amazing foundation products. And, her "kits", "pages" and "chargers" hold a LOT of products in very compact containers. You can see these at Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, online.

The Diamancel smoothers/buffers are positively astonishing for completely removing calluses! I have the #10 which is always returned to my bag so I never forget to pack it. These files are pricey, but worth every penny for taking care of your feet while traveling. I got mine for about half the online prices at Blissworld, Drugstore.com, etc. at the duty free shop coming home from Montreal a few years ago (and it still works just fine after constant use).

And, don't forget the suncreen! I finally found one that doesn't smell awful by Bobbi Brown that comes in a nifty pump bottle. There's an even smaller size in the limited edition travel kit.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 10:45 AM
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janeg, Scarlett is spot on ;-) about the creamic brush thingy. The creamic also makes your hair smoother(something about the ions) and shinier. I use all ceramic styling tools including curling iron and elecrtic brush when I need to use them. Scarlett: I do the exact same thing with duplicate make up bags, makes everything much simpler.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 12:00 PM
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Judy, I like to think that I am this Jetsetter, ready to dash out the door with my bag already packed ~

Is BedHead good on stick straight hair?

Remember that sometimes your favorite products can be the result of forgetting or not taking everything that you use at home..I have found some of the best products while browsing pharmacies in Europe~
So leave room for bringing home something new ( my last one was Roc lip balm, less $ than the US and fantastic!)
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 06:18 PM
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Mubamese, if I may ask, what brand of tanning lotion do you use? I've tried a couple, but they turned me yellow. I know there must be some good brands out there, I just don't know what they are.
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 06:22 PM
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Thanks Holly & Nina,
I was hoping that was the answer! Got most of my packing done today. So in two weeks, perhaps I'll have an 'essential' to add to the discussion!
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ps I threw in a tiny eyeshadow, just in case!
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Old Jul 18th, 2004, 06:26 PM
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I found that Swiss ladies wear too much makeup and jewelry. The French vary, I can't tell sometimes. Just bring blush, lipstick, your favorite mascara, and, if you think by what you see(I doubt it) buy the stuff there. Great memories.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 05:24 AM
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djkbooks, I will look for diamincil smoothers, sounds like just the thing for me. I do need some pocket pill boxes for my huge pile of vitamins and supplements that I normally put in zip loc bags,,,thanks for the tips.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 08:15 AM
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............here I am adding my two
cents worth of info!

Scarlett - yes, Bedhead is great for
straight hair. You'll have to go and
read a few of their labels - they've
got so many products! Since they're
a London company the selection there
must be stupendous!

Dallas - the L'Oreal tinted get self-
tanner is excellent - very 'natural'
and almost (!) foolproof - and I AM
a fool!

Facecloths - in the hypermarchés in
France (and I'm sure everywhere else)
you can get facecloth sized terry soap
gloves - they come in a multi pack.

I love trying out cosmetics by asking
for échallions (sp?) in other words -
'freebies'.
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Old Jul 19th, 2004, 09:59 AM
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Believe it or not, the best sunless tanner I've found is "No-Ad" brand, found at Wal-Mart or K-Mart. I think I've experimented with every product out there, and they all either streaked or turned me orange.

Also, people have mentioned taking washcloths - I always take a pack of disposable dishcloths - the most familiar brand is HandiWipes. They are usually pastel and white striped. Wash your face at night and the cloth will be dry in the morning. Spill something on the train, and you've got a dishcloth that you can toss. Find yourself in a dodgy hotel room (like in Guatemala!) - use one to make a clean spot.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2005, 10:20 AM
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Must always have dental flossers, shower cap and carmex lip balm.
 

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