Got a minute?
I need to do something that I don’t think I’ve ever done before.
I accept that it might be of *slightly* more interest if you’re a female, rather than a male reader…..but with the range of male “grooming” products on the market today, you can never really be sure, can you?
So here we go….
Could you please take a fleeting glance at the array of items on this tray? (This may remind you of a game you might have played as a child….where someone removes one item at a time while you look away. Then you have to remember what’s gone missing.)
The sad thing is…at the moment… with 55 days to go before I pack for a quick whizz round the world, I’m having trouble choosing which item(s) to lose. No, no…this gets worse….
Because…..let’s move on to confession time. If you take a fairly average day (early morning walk, bath, bit of work at home, meeting a friend for coffee, bit more work, shower, change into different outfit, meet friends for a drink…) I *could* use pretty much all of these items IN ONE DAY. Ok…maybe not ALL of the lipsticks, but, you know..different outfit ; different lippie……
Why? Because I love wearing make up. Then, sometime later, I need to take it off again. I love fresh, zingy bath and shower products. And I NEED to look after my highlighted hair, so it stays in good condition. And I WANT my skin to feel smooth and soft, and protected from the sun.
With a small cabin bag and a modest sized bag for the hold, each…this could be the perfect opportunity to dump the lot; apart from the (ahem) bare essentials. I mean…apart from anything, it WEIGHS so much. In all honesty I’m (almost certainly) not going to pull out my ‘Lady Danger’ Mac lipstick while trekking through the remote communities of Sappa in Vietnam. Or while climbing onto a canoe from our junk, for a paddle round Halong Bay. I think ‘less’ will definitely be ‘more’ on the white sandy beaches of Tonga. But a foundation base, a dab of blusher and a slick of ‘Russian Red’ for drinks on the Rocky Mountaineer, or dinner in Vancouver, or cocktails in Hong Kong? Yeh…I just might.
(If you’re rolling your un-mascara’d eyes by now, it’s ok; thanks for getting this far…)
So. Given my beauty requirements and my ‘fessed up love affair with lippie…what would you advise? What kind of products can work two or three ways? What fail-safe miracle workers can stop my hair turning to straw in the near-Equatorial sun? Do I go completely naked (facially….), get converted, and look forward to a life free of expensive products? Or might I scan through the zillions of pics we’re going to take, catch sight of my pasty face and ‘another sleepless night on another plane’ bags under my eyes and wish I’d added a bit of slap? (A pic is for life, after all…not just for ..yeh…)
I’m now going to curl up in a ball over there, and wait for the responses, accusations of vanity, and darts of derision. Or maybe some inspired, informed advice, from beauty bloggers or other travelling females…who just happen to love their lippie too….!
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