Although I never accounted for everything I packed for Vienna, I will say that I did not pack enough… if that’s even possible. The biggest problem was moisture—the only “daytime” moisturizer I brought was Moisture Surge, as I always use Vintner’s Daughter at night, post-P50. Two weeks in, my skin was dehydrated. Whether it was my schedule, more time in the sun (probably a mix of both), who knows. However, I knew that while in Paris, I needed to make a purchase. I ended up grabbing Alpha-H’s Essential Hydration Cream from "Oh my Cream!" and was not disappointed. It worked perfectly (a pea sized amount is all it takes) on top of the Youth Dew, restoring the suppleness, hydration, and nutrition that my skin had been lacking during the day. I never would have envisioned myself using a cream during the summer, but it’s actually a piece of my skincare wardrobe that seems to be seasonless. I can see myself using this year-round when necessary. At that point (mid July), I was just thankful to have found something that didn’t clog pores, cause excess spots, etc.
So what did I use in Vienna?
My AM routine / Cleanse: either Tata Purifying or Tatcha oil. Depending on what my skin needed that day. Acid: Pixi glow tonic (more often than not, I skipped AM acid). Spritz: Caudalie grape water (which I lasted less than 48 hours without in Paris). Serum: May Lindstrom Youth Dew. Moisture: Clinique Moisture Surge or Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream.
PM Routine / Cleanse: May Lindstrom Honey Mud. Acid: Biologique Recherche P50. Serum/moisture: Vintner’s.
Side note: I did not bring my full-sized Blue Cocoon with me, but I really wish I had. I packed my baby size in my plane quart-sized bag, and it had multiple uses throughout my stay--including clearing up a weird rash I got on the backs of my legs. I brought a few other travel sized things (and a hydrating mask), but my routines were pretty consistent, as I was super, super stingy about trying to keep the weight of my luggage down. Never doing that again :)
That update being said, I have so much new product happening right now. Not complaining in any sense of the word, but here's the thing: I'm not one to receive something, take a picture of it immediately, and say how much I am loving it. There is a lot to go through. We have to go on a few dates, and I have to genuinely like it. Something I have learned about myself is that just because a brand puts a new product out on the market, doesn't mean I need to have it (unless it's May Lindstrom, let's be honest here). I generally have a good sense of what I'll like and what I won't.
What's currently on rotation in the mornings: Darphin cleansing balm, this new-to-me deep pore cleanser, Tata Purifying, and this new-to-me-redness-reducing enzyme powder. I've been more in love with enzyme powders lately, especially in the mornings. You get a baby smooth face and exfoliation without having to use acids and double up on your SPF. Tatcha's Indigo powder is underrated in my opinion. Many try the original powder and are not as impressed (as compared to their cleansing oil). The indigo contains colloidal oatmeal like the rest of their indigo line, and it dramatically keeps my redness in check. Following cleansing, I've been using this rose quartz + colloidal silver and gold enhanced tonic. It's an AM spritz the way Jasmine Garden is a "PM" spritz for me. The ingredients are divine - definitely expect an Instagram review soon. Following cleansing and toning, I usually use a few drops of serum/oil (this or this) and either a) stop or b) top with Dennis Gross's firming peptide milk. The humidity of my current weather situation has left me not wanting anything else.
And my evening routine has remained the same, although I'll sometimes switch up the cleanser if I'm in a rush. I really enjoy taking my time with honey mud. Routine: Honey mud + P50 1970 + Vintner's.
Current spot treatment by Odacité. Current splurge spa treatment byDarphin.