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Biotherm Travel Recharge

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Biotherm Travel RechargeAny frequent traveller knows that flying – short- or long-haul – can wreak havoc on your skin, and only a lot of moisturiser can save it from the effects of cabin dryness, pressure and the recycled air on planes, not to mention jet lag and lack of sleep. With that in mind, skincare expert Biotherm (part of the L’Oréal staple of brands) created a product specifically to address these issues: Biotherm Travel Recharge, a travel-retail exclusive.

According to the company,the formula features Rhodiola rosea to “limit the impact on environmental stresses on the skin”, together with the nourishing capabilities of Himalayan pink salt, soothing mint extract and the brand’s own pure thermal plankton extract. There are two versions, For Her and For Him, but the formula is the same.

The clever thing about this product, for me, is that Biotherm tested it on the people who probably travel the most in the world: airline staff. Over two weeks,132 pilots, stewards and hostesses (72 women and 60 men) used the product daily, clocking a total of 3,000 hours in the air. And the results are impressive: 80% of women and 89% of men testing the product said the product helped the skin more effectively recuperate after a flight – no small feat for someone who spends so much time up in the air.

I had the chance to test the ladies’ version and can confirm it does help maintain the skin moisturised and healthy during and after a flight. The texture is thicker than a lotion but lighter than a cream, making it suitable for people with combination skin like me, and it is easily absorbed by the skin. And the packaging – a sturdy 30ml tube – can be carried in your hand luggage despite current liquid restrictions. All in all, a really useful addition to one’s inflight arsenal, and at £19.90 (about $30) at World Duty Free stores, it’s not too dear on the pocket either.

Biotherm Travel Recharge  Biotherm Travel Recharge

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October 9th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

StriVectin The Great Wrinkle Escape set

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StriVectin The Great Wrinkle EscapeThe first duty-free exclusive from skincare brand StriVectin, The Great Wrinkle Escape set includes three products that are suppose to deliver “clinically-proven results in two to eight weeks”.

The box’s contents, in detail, are:

  • StriVectin-SD Instant Retexturizing Scrub (60ml): Designed as a first step in the routine, this scrub prepared skin for the optimal use of treatment products and will also improve texture with regular use, according to the supplier. It contains NIA-114 (which helps to rebuild skin layers) and Pro-Niasomes (jojoba beads infused with Pro-Niacin, which strengthens the skinbarrier).
  • StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkes (7ml): With 7.5% NIA-114 and peptide actives as main ingredientes, this treatment to fight eye ageing is supposed to visibly diminish lines, creases, dark circles and puffiness.
  • StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles (60ml): With 8% NIA-114 and peptide actives four times more powerful than normal, this concentrate improves the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks and has been hailed by some as a miracle product. I’ve never tried it myself, so can’t confirm or deny! :)

Available on board a number of airlines globally, prices vary: on Air Canada it retails for C$91 ($92 in today’s rates), while KLM sells it for €89 (a much less attractive $126).

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August 12th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Nivea Travel Exclusive collection

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Nivea Cream SetCult German skincare brand Nivea has had travel-retail exclusives for some time now, but at the end of last year they revamped their duty-free range to include several sets for men and women that are available only at airport shops, on board ferries and other similar locations.

The collection is quite extensive but it includes perennial favourites such as the Nivea cream in the blue tin and products from the brand’s anti-ageing lines. Here are some examples:

  • Nivea Cream Set (pictured right): this box comes with no less than six 250ml blue tins of Nivea Cream (five plus one free) – that’s enough to slather yourself for a long time or to make several friends and family members happy! This one costs €18.50 ($26.50)  in Germany.
  • Lift & Contour System: this value pack contains three products from the Expert Lift range (a 50ml tub of Expert Lift Day Cream, a 50ml jar of Expert Lift Night Cream and a 15ml tube of the Expert Lift Eye Cream). This box will set you back €48.50 ($69.50) in Germany.
  • Anti-Wrinkle System (pictured left): Targeted at first signs of ageing, this box comes with three products from the Nivea Q10 range (Q10 Day Cream 50ml jar, a 50ml tub of Q10 Night Cream and a 15ml tube of Q10 Eye Cream) and costs €29.50 ($42.30) in German travel-retail.

Nivea Anti-Wrinkle SystemThe company’s roots in Germany mean that the country’s airports are the best location for you to find any of the travel sets, but I believe their are also available in the Middle East and at other major European airports. Prices of course may vary depending on local currency rates, and the conversions to dollar above uses today’s values.

I haven’t had the chance to check yet, but Nivea used to produce special travel-retail sets for their makeup products too and they might still be available. I am investigating the matter though and will let you know as soon as I manage to find out what happened to them!

If you see any of these or other Nivea sets around the world in your travels, let me know in the comments section and I’ll update this post accordingly. :)

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August 3rd, 2011 at 11:05 am

MAC and Clinique BB creams get extended distribution

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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30/PA+++Right on the heels of the launch of Bobbi Brown’s first beauty balm (BB) cream, parent company Estée Lauder Companies has announced that its corresponding products for the MAC Cosmetics and Clinique ranges (Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 PA+++, pictured) have gained extended distribution in duty-free and travel-retail.

The MAC BB cream (which is already available in some domestic markets too) can now be found at any duty-free shop that sells MAC products, while Clinique’s distribution is still fairly limited: in addition to Asian travel-retail locations, the product can now be purchased at London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt, Munich and Dubai International airports. It’s not a lot, I know, but at least now travellers going through Europe might be able to get their hands on this!

Swatches of both products can be found in this earlier post. Prices may vary according to the location, but the suggested retail price of MAC’s BB cream is $30.

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July 28th, 2011 at 10:32 am

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++

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Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++Following on the footsteps of sister Estée Lauder brands Clinique, EL and MAC, Bobbi Brown has launched earlier this year her own beauty balm (BB) product, which is currently available in travel-retail markets in the Asia/Pacific region. If the other BB cream launches are any indication, a global roll-out should soon follow.

The main difference between the Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 PA+++ and its predecessors is that this one comes in three shades: Extra Light, Light and Fair. Again, given the target market it is no surprise there aren’t darker shades available, but three options is still better than one!

According to the supplier, this product was created for customers who want a product “with serious skincare and makeup benefits”. It is supposed to perfect and smoothe skin’s appearance “instantly and over time”, with a buildable formula and high broad-spectrum sun protection to prevent damage.

Here’s a full list of ingredients and their benefits (from the press release):

  • Light-reflective pearls to brighten dull skin.
  • Emollients to enhance skin’s luminosity and offer long-term moisture.
  • Scutellaria Extract, which helps reduce the appearance of discolorations and dark spots .
  • Natural peptide Argireline to boost natural collagen production, minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles and preventing future signs of aging.
  • Caffeine and Sucrose to prevent redness associated with irritation and blemishes.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate, which attracts moisture to skin.
  • Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract to protect skin from free radical damage.

The price of this product varies according to the country/retailer/airline, but it tends to range between $38 and $43.

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July 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Travel Set

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The new travel-exclusive product by Shu Uemura (and an Asia-exclusive too, I suspect) is a kit containing four small bottles of its popular cleansing oils. The Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Travel Set comes with one 50ml bottle of each of the following products: High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula (the reformulated version of the classic cleanser),White Recovery Ex+ Brightening Cleansing Oil (created specifically for the Asian market), Fresh High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil (for combination/oily skin) and Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O (with antioxidants).

All products use natural extracts such as cherry flower, green tea, prune extract and camellia flower. The set is priced at S$58 (about $47 in today’s exchange rates) on board Singapore Airlines flights.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Travel Set

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July 15th, 2011 at 10:22 am

Jurlique Deep Moisture Indulgence set

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Jurlique Deep Moisture Indulgence setBotanical skincare brand Jurlique has launched a new travel-retail pack this month. The Jurlique Deep Moisture Indulgence set contains a bottle of Rosewater Balancing Mist, a vial of Herbal Recovery Gel and a tube of Balancing Day Care Cream, which the supplier recommends should be used together for best results.

Starting with the Rosewater Balancing Mist to prepare the skin to better absorb the moisturisers to follow, consumers should then use two pumps of Herbal Recovery Gel on the face, neck and décolletage, avoiding the eye area, concluding the process with a small amount of Balancing Day Care Cream warmed between their fingers to the same three areas.

According to Jurlique, each formula “begins with a potent living energy blend extracted from biodynamic herbs that are freshly hand-picked” from its organically-certified farm in Australia.

The set is available at duty-free and travel-retail locations worldwide. Click on the image for a slightly larger version

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March 21st, 2011 at 10:34 am

Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash + Water Lotion set

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Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash + Water Lotion setIf you think the beauty area of duty-free shops is the sole province of women, think again – while the vast majority of products on offer are for the ladies, a growing number of men’s skincare products have been populating the shelves at airport shops of late.

The Lab Series Multi-Action Face Wash + Water Lotion travel-exclusive set is one of these. The box comes with four products from the brand’s range in travel sizes: a 50ml tube of Multi-Action Face Wash, which helps to unclog pores and prep the skin for shaving; a 50ml bottle of Age Rescue Face Lotion, a gel-lotion formula with anti-ageing properties; a 50ml bottle of Water Lotion, a toner/moisturiser; and a 15ml tube of Age Rescue Eye Therapy, a lightweight gel cream for the eyes.

The good: men like travel-sized products for their practicality. The bad: this set is only available in the Asia/Pacific region. And while I don’t know how much this pack retails for, individually the four products would cost more than £100, so I’m sure this is a good deal.

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February 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

On location: La Prairie at Buenos Aires International airport

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La Prairie counter at Buenos Aires International airport

I have cheated a bit in today’s post as I haven’t been to the store myself, but as I hope you all can visit Buenos Aires one day I thought it’d be useful to know what to expect when you shop there!

Luxury brand La Prairie has recently opened its flagship duty-free location at Buenos Aires International airport in Argentina. Covering 18sq m, the space is the largest airport counter for the brand in the Americas. For reference, La Prairie only considers two other airport locations as flagship stores: Zürich International airport in Switzerland and Hong Kong International airport.

The store is decorated in the brand’s white and silver colours with materials including white marble, brushed aluminium and glass. It also offers the full range of La Prairie skincare, foundations and fragrances. It looks gorgeous, but then the whole shop (run by local retailer Interbaires) seems very impressive, particularly on the beauty front.

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January 14th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Molton Brown Escape Travel Set

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UK beauty brand Molton Brown started off as a hair salon in the posh surroundings of South Molton Street in London back in 1973. It now has a full range of products from grooming to skincare and cosmetics for men and women.

Its products haven’t been available in duty-free for long, though. Despite its relative newness to the channel, the brand has created an exclusive set for travel-retail with some of its most popular products in plane-friendly sizes. The Molton Brown Escape Travel Set features 10 miniature beauty therapies: Enlivening Tokyo-Yuzu Body Lotion 50m, Enlivening Tokyo-Yuzu Bath & Shower Gel 50ml, Eye-Rescue Ultracool 10ml, Skinfresh Facial Wash 50ml, Toning Lotion 30ml, Radiant Lili-Pili Hairwash 50ml, Radiant Lili-Pili Hair Conditioner 50ml, Naran Ji Soothing Hand Lotion 15ml, Naran Ji Handwash 50ml and a 7ml Vitamin Lipsaver.

The set retails for £33 (a little over $50 at today’s exchange rates) at World Duty Free stores in the UK. Not a bad deal if you consider that a full-size Eye-Rescue alone costs £25 over here!

Molton Brown Escape Travel Set

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November 23rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm