Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions

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Skincare brands started to realise last year that frequent travel can wreak havoc on skin. The first one to act on these findings and launch a product specifically for regular travellers was Biotherm, and now sister company Kiehl’s (also owned by L’Oréal) has entered the fray as well.

Kiehl’s Travel-Tested Solutions is a full range of four products designed for skin affected by travel. All products come in travel sizes (so you can fit them in your onboard bag for liquids and gels) and have been tested on pilots and inflight crew of four Chinese airlines – Air China, Air Hainan, China Eastern, and China Southern – to ensure they work under extreme conditions, and that they continue working on your skin after you return from your trips.

According to the supplier, travelling by air causes skin to be affected by dehydration, jetlag and extra sensitivity. To combat these effects, Kiehl’s Travel-Tested formulas use “calming, soothing and anti-microbial properties to help skin defend immediately against these adverse environmental conditions”.

The products are available individually or as a set (pictured below), which includes a limited-edition luggage tag.  All four are formulated with cactus flower, known to keep skin hydrated under unusually dry conditions; Tibetan ginseng, a mountain plant known to increase skin-cell respiration at high altitudes; and a blend of lavender, geranium and rosemary rejuvenate skin in the air and in the recovery period days after travel. Here’s a full description of each product in the range:

In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist: Helps purify skin irritated by severe inflight cabin conditions.

24/7 Activated Moisturizer: Shields skin from extreme inflight dryness and dullness as onboard humidity levels can drop below 10%, which is equal to or drier than a desert.

First Class Purifying Hand Treatment: This cream-gel is supposed to leave hands feeling soft, smooth, and clean.

Eucalyptus Lip Relief Class: A no-shine lip treatment to soothe parched lips.

The Travel-Tested Solutions  range will be available at airport shops, downtown duty-free shops and on board selected airlines from May.

Kiehl's Travel-Tested Solutions

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March 21st, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Dr Sebagh Travel Kit

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Dr Sebagh Travel KitNot only of traditional mainstream brands live airport duty-free stores. Niche skincare brand Dr Sebagh, which has a cult following due to some of its most popular products (the ones for oily/acne-prone skin are particularly famous), now has its own travel-exclusive set.

The Dr Sebagh Travel Kit comprises a transparent bag containing travel sizes of six products: Suprême Maintenance Youth Serum 5ml, Serum Repair 5ml, Eye Primer Lift 15ml, Foaming Cleanser 50ml, Deep Exfoliating Mask 15ml and Crème Extrême Maintenance 15ml.

I know this set is available in World Duty Free stores in the UK, but am not sure how widely distributed it is – chances are it will be sold at other European locations though. With World Duty Free, the kit retails for £108.30 (roughly $171).

Do you like Dr Sebagh skincare? Is this good value? I don’t really know but would appreciate your comments. :)

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March 19th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Clarins Take-Off Essentials

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As a fan of Clarins skincare, I was very happy when I received this set as a gift. The Clarins Take-Off Essentials set includes six of the brand’s cult and best-selling products in handy travel sizes, all neatly packed in a zipped-up bag that can double-up as your liquids bag for when you’re flying around the world.

The products in the kit are: a 15ml tube of Beauty Flash Balm; a 30ml bottle of Moisture Rich Body Lotion; a 30ml bottle of Hydra Quench Cream; a 50ml tube of Hand & Nail Treatment Cream, fantastic for during flights (when your hand feels extra-dry because of the cabin air); a 100ml bottle of One-Step Facial Cleanser; and a 3ml tube of Eye Contour Gel.

This set retails for £35 (roughly $55) at World Duty Free stores in the UK and €39.90 (about $52.50) in Germany – other locations may have different price points for this as it usually depends on how much the products cost in the local market. As usual, click on the images for larger versions.

Clarins Take-Off Essentials  Clarins Take-Off Essentials
Clarins Take-Off Essentials  Clarins Take-Off Essentials

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March 5th, 2012 at 11:49 am

On location: Chanel pop-up fragrance shop at Heathrow T5

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Chanel pop-up fragrance store at Heathrow T5When passing through London Heathrow airport terminal 5 recently I noticed that the current pop-up shop alongside the main duty-free shop in the terminal is a Chanel perfume showcase. The temporary space is located just beside the confectionery area of the World Duty Free store and offers a chance to experience the Chanel fragrance world, including the limited-distribution range Les Exclusifs de Chanel.

It’s not a large outlet but it seems well-stocked, with a wide selection of fragrances from Chanel’s regular line and a counter/table dedicated to Les Exclusifs, where customers can learn more about the higher-end scent range and find out which ones they would like based on their personal preferences.

I have no details as to how long the pop-up shop will remain at Heathrow T5, but usually these things stick around for at least three months. Keep that in mind if you’re going through the terminal soon!

Click on the images for larger versions.

Chanel pop-up fragrance store at Heathrow T5

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March 4th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio

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Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star TrioJapanese brand Shiseido has been getting better and better since Dick Page joined the company as artistic director in 2007, and one of the winners in their revamped makeup range is the Perfect Rouge lipstick collection.

In duty-free, these are available as a special travel set. The Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio includes three individually-packaged shades from the Perfect Rouge selection: RD305 (Salon), RS306 (Titian) and PK303 (Pink Mesa). All three are flattering colours that should suit different skintones, and the formula is moisturising and long-lasting on me.

The set retails for £44.80 (roughly $70) in World Duty Free stores in the UK – I purchased mine at the Heathrow terminal 5 shop. It’s a great deal considering each of them costs £21.50 in the local UK market, and I love every single one of them. In the US they are cheaper ($25 each) and a bit of internet sleuthing will reveal you can purchase the set cheaper at other travel-retail locations around the world.

As usual, click on the pictures for larger versions. All photos were taken in indirect natural light on a cloudy day in Hamburg.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio  Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio
Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio  Shiseido Perfect Rouge Star Trio

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February 28th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

On location: Artdeco Cosmetics at Hamburg airport

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Artdeco Cosmetics display at Hamburg airportI went to Germany for work last week and on my way out of Hamburg could not resist the chance to look for some Artdeco Cosmetics in the duty-free shop, and my search was rewarded as I found a fully-stocked display of the brand’s excellent makeup products.

I was personally interested in the eyeshadows as I already have quite a few and the quality is great. Artdeco eyeshadows are sold as single magnetic pans and are designed to be used with the brand’s palette system (they are too thick to fit regular freeform palettes – I’ve tried). The German company is also known for its eyeshadow base, an affordable alternative for those unwilling to spend too much on primers.

The display also included some value sets, which could be travel exclusive but I’m not sure as I’m not familiar with the brand’s offering in local markets. These included a waterproof mascara and pencil eyeliner duo (priced at €11.90), a Perfect Definition set including mascara and felt-tip eyeliner (€16.90)  a kit with blush and palette (€13.90) and some mineral cosmetics sets (the most expensive costimg €15.50). I have included pictures of a few of them at the bottom of this post.

Click on the images for larger versions, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Artdeco eyeshadows  Artdeco palettes
Artdeco Perfect Waterproof set  Artdeco blush set  Artdeco Perfect Definition set

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February 26th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves

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Givenchy Le Makeup Must-HavesDespite not being as widely-known as other brands, Givenchy also does travel-retail exclusives, and this is one of them. Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves is a travel palette containing the basic things you might need on the go – blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, eye liner and powder/highlighter.

The eyeshadows belong to the Le Prisme Yeux range and come in four shades: Showy Black (01), New Look Mauve (02), Smart Nude (10) and Designer White (16). The blush quad – Le Prisme Blush – comes with four complimentary shades (peach, baby pink, rosy pink and raspberry) that can be used individually or swirled together for an overall glow. The lip shades belong to the Rouge Interdit formula of sheer, satiny lipsticks, in this case Enchanting Beige (02) and Rose Desire (11). Finally, the powder – Le Prisme Visage (Mat) in Pink Velvet (87) also brings coordinating shades designed to work as one.

This palette comes in a sturdy, luxurious compact and is certainly an interesting addition to a frequent traveller’s repertoire. My only gripe are the lip colours, which are a bit too sheer for my taste. However, if you are a fan of more discreet shades you will certainly find these lipsticks a welcome feature of the palette.

I purchased the Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves compact at London Heathrow airport for £35.25 (roughly $55 in today’s rates), which I think is a pretty decent price. What do you reckon? Click on the pictures for larger versions – all shots were taken in natural light.

Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves  Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves
Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves  Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches
Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches  Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches
Givenchy Le Makeup Must-Haves swatches

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February 21st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage

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High-end French brand Sisley also makes travel-exclusive products, and on my way out of Heathrow last week I spotted this lipstick set at a great price. The Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage comes with a trio of the brand’s Phyto Lip Shine lipsticks in Sheer Rosewood (04), Sheer Raspberry (05) and Sheer Coral (08). As each of these lipsticks usually retail for £27 in the UK and about $50 in the US, the set’s price of £57 is a true duty-free bargain!

I’ve never tried this formula so can’t comment on the quality, although Sisley products are usually excellent – I am more familiar with their skincare range though. The package was also sealed so I couldn’t swatch the lipsticks, but I scrounged some colour swatches so you could have an idea of what they look like.

I spotted this set in the World Duty Free store at London Heathrow airport terminal 5, but I’m sure you could find it at other European travel-retail locations. Click on the two pictures of the set for larger versions.

Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage   Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage
Sisley Phyto Lip Shine Selection Voyage

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February 18th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Extremely YSL for Eyes palette

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Extremely YSL for EyesIn the last couple of years Yves Saint Laurent launched its first travel-exclusive palettes, and in 2012 it is adding to the range with its first duty-free palette exclusively with eye products.

Extremely YSL for Eyes comes in a purple patent-look case with a large mirror and a gold YSL logo on the front. Inside, eight eyeshadow shades described by the supplier as “Extremely Couture” were selected especially by YSL makeup creative director Lloyd Simmons to create complementary looks.

The palette also includes two long applicators (brush and foam) and a travel-sized tube of the brand’s best-selling Mascara Shocking Volume Effet Faux Cils. The insert that carries the products is also removable, so you can use the palette as a fashion accessory if you prefer.

Simmons added:

These exceptional qualities mean you are free to create any number of different looks and style: from casual makeup to a smoky metal look for the evening. Everything goes.

Extremely YSL for Eyes will be available in March at selected airport shops and airlines. I’ll update this post with pricing information once that’s available. Click on the image to see it in all its glory!

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February 17th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch

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After opening its first duty-free counter at Hong Kong International airport, beauty brand Agnès b. has launched a travel-retail set for airlines, which is available exclusively on board Korean Airlines flights.

The Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch is priced at $68 and comes with the brand’s beauty blemish (BB) cream, which carries a SPF20 and PA++ protection; a glossy lipstick (but I don’t know the shade, sorry!); a pink mini-gloss; MonoBlush powder in a peachy shade; a heart-shaped mirror; and a branded makeup pouch.

I haven’t tried Agnès b. makeup products yet – if you have, please share your thoughts!

Agnès b. B. Trendy makeup pouch

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February 16th, 2012 at 4:41 pm