Tickets – check, Visa – check, Stay – check, Guide books – check! The time has come for me to officially let you all know that WE ARE GOING TO SPAIN in another two weeks! I have been dropping hints and clues (not exactly!) on the blog for our upcoming trip but now that everything is done, the fun part (read packing) remains! 😀 I thought ill share with you our itinerary, how we planned, what we booked, where we are going, what I am packing and get inputs from you over what to eat/see/buy when in Spain! I know a lot of people cringe at the thought of packing but I really enjoy it! I tend to over pack at times but this time I am going to be a light traveler! We’ll see! 😛
Planning & Booking | This was a trip we had wanted to make as part of our “honeymoon” but didn’t because Paris was calling! So we took a trip to Paris for 5 days followed by another 6 days in Italy. We decided to visit Spain later in the year around the Tomatina Festival.. but sadly this woman couldn’t wait that long! 😛 We booked our tickets in May from Lufthansa for a multi city trip. We will be going to Barcelona, then to Granada, Seville and end up in Madrid from where we fly back. We are spending around 5 days in Barcelona and another 5 days over at the other cities. We booked an apartment right at the Barceloneta Beach (!!!) courtsey airbnb. We have hotels booked in Granada, Seville and Madrid for 2 nights, 1 night and 2 nights respectively. It goes without saying that there will be a huge photo dump on the blog for each day as it happens!
Packing | This post is about my Skincare essentials which I am taking with me. I pretty much travel with the same lot on all trips except if there is an extreme weather awaiting us. What you see here is mostly my skincare at the moment except for a few things which I don’t deem essential for travelling. I will be doing a detailed post on my current skin care and everyday makeup routine in the coming posts so stay tuned!
For cleansing, I have small travel size bottles from Shu Uemura, of their popular cleansing oil, which not just cleans makeup off really well, also purifies the skin and nourishes it. I also have the Bioderma Sensibio decanted into a small bottle and a travel size bottle of the AMAZING Clarins Instant Eye Makeup remover.
My exfoliator of choice is the Clarins Gentle Refiner. This is a very creamy but effective exfoliator with microbeads, and really good on blackheads. This again is a small travel size tube.
For moisturiser, I will be carrying the Avene Rebalancing Soothing Emulsion, which is perfect for summer. Its very hydrating, non-greasy and works well under sunscreen and/or makeup. The La Roche Posay Anthelios Xl Cream Gel is really good for hot and humid weather. It is gel based, non-greasy and high in spf. I love it for summer as it does not make my face greasy and does not break me out.
I always carry a small bottle of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair when I travel. It keeps any skin problem at bay and is THE serum for me. A detailed review is on its way! The Beauty Flash Balm is a really good hydrator for dehydrated and sun-burnt skin so that comes along.
I have been loving the Kiehl’s Avocado eye cream a lot recently. The tiny pot may not be the most hygienic, but is small enough for travel. I am not fussy about hair products so will carry a lot of samples for shampoos/conditioners/oils/etc with me. They save space and can be thrown after use. I have a small bottle of the L’occitaine 4 Rose shower gel which is coming along, Bath and Body sorted!
This makeup bag is from MAC called the Soft Sac Large, which was part of a collection in 2012. Its extremely spacious and hold all sizes of bottles and pots! I think it is still available online in black, but I haven’t noticed it in stores.
Let me know if I need to carry anything else for the trip which I haven’t thought of!
I will be posting about my makeup, clothing and in-flight bag in another post, next week.
The weekend is upon us and we are going out of town with my parents. What are your plans?