Before I forget to write this, I haven’t kept it a secret that I recently got home from a trip to Canada – Ontario, more specifically, to visit my boyfriend and help him migrate to the UK. So like any overseas trip, I needed to prepare my skincare routine for travelling and for the weather I was going to be adjusting to while I was there.
To give a rough idea of the difference in the weather between the UK and Canada, it’s probably best to say that it is much colder, and there was a lot of snow. The UK hasn’t seen much snow this year, with this winter being the warmest winter we’ve had for a while. In fact, it’s very difficult for me to agree it’s really been ‘winter’ this year, more so an extension of autumn or a transition into an early spring.
So I’m going to show you what I packed, and what I bought, and a brief overview of how they worked out for me while I was there.
What I Initially Packed:
For my hair, I took advantage of Superdrug’s 3 for 2 on their travel minis. So I picked up two Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoos, and the Conditioner from the same line. Why did I pick up two shampoos and not the same for conditioner? Well, for my hair care I use a fair amount of shampoo because my hair is quite thick – I also have layers so the roots and body of my hair needs more product to wash it that my ends. I also don’t condition my roots since the thickness and body of my hair makes it very difficult to reliably wash it all out. It works for me, so I prepared just in case the one bottle of shampoo wouldn’t be enough. In the end I only needed one bottle but I was grateful for the spare.
For my skin itself, I invested in some travel minis as well, since I wasn’t sure my normal skincare routine was going to be quite enough for the significantly colder weather. Simple has been a reliable skincare brand for me, so when the limited choice of minis meant they were pretty much the only brand to choose from, I wasn’t too upset about it. So the two you can see in the photo above are the Hydrating Light Moisturiser and the Soothing Facial Toner.
The moisturiser I picked as I knew the weather was going to be colder and my skin was going to get much drier. I’m normally very oily and the cold Canadian weather dried me out badly. I was getting flakiness I only get when it comes to healing acne. The moisturiser helped a bit to keep my skin hydrated, but it definitely wasn’t enough for my skin. The bottle was also a huge pain to work with since I had to poke my finger inside of the twist cap bottle to get the product out. Not very helpful but I got by.
The toner on the other hand was definitely much needed, especially on days I wore makeup over my drier areas since it helped soften the skin slightly, so the dry patches weren’t as highlighted when I put makeup over them.
Body care wise, I only remembered to pack a body lotion, which honestly, I forgot to even use… *facepalms* Bad Holly, I know. The one I picked is also a travel mini, and is the Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion. Thinking back on how my skin handled the trip, I may as well have used it as a face moisturiser. I will use this sometime and actually be able to review this for you, if anyone is interested. (Leave a comment if you are so I know *smiles*)
What I Bought:
I’m not going to lie and admit that I forgot some things in the madness of getting packed. So when Sully (the nickname my boyfriend goes by) and I stopped into Walmart, I picked up a few things to make up for where my mind went blank.
The first was a cleanser, because geez, what an idiot am I sometimes? This is the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser. The packaging in Canada for this brand looks much different compared to back home. This is a gel based cleanser which is the formulation I normally go for. It cost CAD$9.98 and for Brits, this converted to roughly £5-6 at the time. I’ll write a full review on this product once I use it more consistently again, but for now it’s staying at my boyfriend’s new apartment where I’m integrating a new-ish routine to keep there.
I also needed some kind of shower wash, and I couldn’t for the life of me find a smaller or more conveniently sized bottle, so instead I went crazy. This is the Ivory Original Body Wash, and was amazing to make use of. This cost CAD$3.96 which would be roughly £2.50 at the time in GDP. This is an amazing price for 621ml of product. I’ll review this one properly another time too, but for comparison’s sake: I was much happier using this than the bars of body soap my boyfriend had in his shower. They worked for him, but they didn’t make me feel clean. This on the other hand worked a lot better.
The other purchases I made I plan on including in my next post which is my big haul of everything I splurged on while I was in Canada and America. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, it truly means the world to me. The next post will either be up tomorrow or the end of the weekend, and I hope you’ll consider checking it out.