Little & Large: Skincare Staples

This weekend, I’m off to the beach for a little trip away ahead of my 21st Birthday, which I’m really looking forward to. Whilst I was packing my bag I started searching through my huge box of travel mini’s and realised that there were a few mini’s that matched exactly what I use in my skincare routine normally, so I wouldn’t have to decant some of my products. I absolutely love travel sized products, minis or samples – they come in so handy and aren’t they the cutest?!

Little Large Skincare Staples Minis Travel Size emilyloula

Little Large Skincare Staples Minis Travel Size emilyloula

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + > £15.50

I’ve spoken about La Roche Posay quite a few times on my blog recently, but that’s because they are one of my favourite skincare brands at the moment. I’m sure a lot of you will be aware of their Effaclar Duo + but if not it’s honestly a magic formula that is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, control shine, refine the skin’s texture and unclog blocked pores. I had been using this for a while when I saw on Facebook LRP were offering out free samples to everyone, you just had to enter your details. I wasn’t expecting a massive sample to arrive, but I thought it would be perfect to keep for travelling, and I was right. I got two of the little 3ml tubes you can see in the picture and I think they’d do two uses a tube. I absolutely love a good freebie – especially when the product is as good as Effaclar Duo.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Cream > £18.00

I first tried out this lovely cream when I received it in a Latest in Beauty box before Christmas. I probably used the sample about 3 or 4 times, and by then I already knew I had to pick up the full sized version as I absolutely loved it. Since then I’ve been using a full sized pot, and this little sample has been moved to my travel mini bag. I have the light version which is perfect for my oily skin, it’s not greasy at all and sinks in quickly leaving my skin feeling super soft. At 15ml the it’s a great size sample to have and to take away with me for a trip away like this weekend.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream > £25.50

Another product that I first tried in a beauty box in fell in love with is Benefit’s It’s Potent Eye Cream. I received this little glass gar in my September Birchbox last year, and I haven’t actually used another eye cream since. I luckily got the full sized version for Christmas, just as the sample ran out and now this one is on it’s last legs too so a repurchase is needed. It’s has a fairly thick consistency but it isn’t greasy in the slightest and actually sinks in fairly quickly. This eye cream has definitely helped immensely with my dark circles and the general appearance of my under eye area. The only thing I would say about this, is not to get it in your eye, as it seriously stings! Since running out of the sample, I’ve repotted some from the full sized version into the adorable little pot, as I always take it with me when I travel, it’s just perfect.

Little Large Skincare Staples Minis Travel Size emilyloula

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water > £4.99

Micellar water is a definite essential for me usually, but even more so when I’m travelling. It’s not only perfect for removing your makeup, a first cleanse and correcting any eyeliner mishaps, but just to freshen your face up it’s great. Garnier’s micellar water is said to be a great dupe for Bioderma, but I’ve never actually tried that so I can’t compare. The sample of this little and large pair is the biggest from this post at 125ml and this size is available to purchase for £1.99. I actually got my hands on this one from another subscription box, in the My Little Road Trip Box and have been kept it for travelling since as it’s the perfect size!

PIXI Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner > £18.00

I think PIXI’s Glow Tonic get’s mentioned here on emilyloula every time the topic is skincare, I just really can’t get enough of this stuff. I got this tiny 15ml sample in the Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Box and it may actually have been the main reason I bought the box (oops). I’ve done a whole review on PIXI’s Glow Tonic here if you fancy a read, but just know it’s serious holy grail status for me as it’s done such amazing things for my skin. I read that PIXI are actually releasing a bigger travel sized bottle of Glow Tonic, so I’ll most likely get one of those when this little sample has ran out. Previously when travelling I had been decanting some of this toner into little bottles, so this mini sample will save me the hassle weekend and will definitely be coming along with me.

So that’s it for my roundup of the little mini’s I have that match up to the full sized products I use everyday in my skincare routine. Aren’t they cute?! If you fancy reading more about my skincare, you can catch an in depth post about my full  evening skincare routine here.

What do you think about travel mini’s? Do you think they’re as handy and as adorable as I do? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and thanks for reading!

emily x

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