Pocket-sized: The travel minis

Travel Minis: Clarisonic, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Bioderma Review

I like to leave all my sample-sized products build up so that I can specifically bring them on holidays. Not only are they great to get through airport security in the clear bags but it also gives me reason to step away from my usual beauty arsenal and try something new.

Here’s just a few pieces that were put through their paces on a recent weekend home to Ireland.

Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser:

This came free with my Clarisonic almost a year ago so it was about time I tried it out in tandem with my Clarisonic (because I can’t seem to be without it at all, it even comes on weekends away). As far as cleansers go, there wasn’t anything particularly wow about this one. It does exactly what is said on the pack – cleansed and refreshed but with the price tag for the full-sized bottle being £21 I might save my pennies for something else.

Bioderma Atoderm PP Baume:

This I loved! I was having some really dry patches around my eyes and cheeks and this little tester-sized bottle sorted it out! I only wish I had known before my trip to Paris so I could have picked up one but I’ve managed to find it on Escentual.com for £14.50 for 200ml. And in the basket it goes…

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant:

Ok, this is slightly cheating because I have already used and fallen in love with this product (review here!). I am running low though so another airport purchase might be in order sometime soon as that’s the only place I’ve been able to find it. Never too early to start preparing for cold winter weather right?

Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for lids, lashes and lips:

I’m already a huge fan of the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (and review here!) so I had high hopes for this little pot. It did work at removing any stubborn mascara I had on but I did feel a little greasy residue after using it. It’s definitely not as good as Bioderma in terms of getting everything off in one swipe. And with the full-sized 125ml bottle costing £17 I think you get a lot more for your money with Bioderma or my favourite drug store eye makeup remover Garnier’s Simply Essential 2-in-1 Makeup Remover (review here!) will only set you back £2.17 (and for more product!) – I can’t warrant that splurge on this one.

Oh and the clear Biotherm bag I think I got free with a purchase a few years ago and has served me well on long and short haul flights since!

What are your pocket-sized beauty favourites? Let me know in the comments box below of any travel-friendly sized beauty bits you can’t leave the country without!

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