A French Beauty Expert Reveals What’s In Her Hand Luggage
A French Beauty Expert Reveals What’s In Her Hand Luggage

A French Beauty Expert Reveals What’s In Her Hand Luggage

If you’re curious to know what a beauty pro packs in their hand luggage, we have the answer. From unusual tools to can’t-be-without make-up, we asked Mathilde Lacombe – co-founder of French skincare brand Aime – to share her essentials.
By Rebecca Hull

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Rice Probiotics Sunscreen, £15.95 | Beauty of Joseon & UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF, $41 | EltaMD

“I have rosacea and very sensitive skin, so when it comes to sunscreen for my face, I always choose my products wisely. These are the two I rotate between – they never irritate my skin, they don’t make my eyes weep and they work well with under make-up.”

Available at Amazon.co.uk and  EltaMD.com 

Bronz Impulse Face & Body Spray, £50 | Institut Esthederm

“For body protection, I always pack this. The brand has been a go-to for as long as I can remember – the formulas are unrivalled and feel so good on the skin. The Bronz Impulse is designed to prepare your skin – though I rarely expose myself to the sun – and then I follow up with the Lait Adaptsun which offers high levels of protection against UVA and UVB.”

Available at SpaceNK.com

Nutritive Bain Satin Shampoo & Conditioner, £49.51 (was £58.25) | Kérastase

“After trying lots of different hair products, I recently went back to some old faithfuls from Kérastase. I love this duo, both of which hydrate without weighing my hair down. I’ll either take sachet samples of them on holiday – I often take some after my hair appointment – or I put them into clear containers I buy from Sephora.”

Available at LookFantastic.com

N.04 The Essential Soft Petite Brush, €95 | Aime x La Bonne Brosse

“Speaking of hair, I can’t be without this. It’s handmade in France and delivers a great scalp massage. It also detangles your hair wet or dry – it’s gentle enough to use on my daughter, too. The size is ideal for squeezing into your hand luggage.”

Available at Aime.co

Fragrance Parfum de Peau, €80 | Aime & Le Jardin De Monsieur Li Eau de Toilette, £106 | Hermès

“I rotate these fragrances on holiday. All year long I wear our signature Fragrance Parfum de Peau. Because it’s a rollerball oil, it’s convenient for travel. If I want to layer up, I love this one from Hermès to add a bit of depth. I also love taking samples on holiday to try – a few I’ve used recently include Swim by Louis Vuitton and Dior’s Un été à Portofino – I’d recommend them all.”

Available at Aime.co and LookFantastic.com

017 Lip Balm, £12 | L:A Bruket

“I have four tubes of this. One in my purse, one on my desk, one in my bag and on my bathroom shelf – they are everywhere because it’s the best. Use this big tube to moisturise other areas of your skin if you need to. It’s so practical and delivers immediate softening benefits.” 

Available at LibertyLondon.com

Fond De Teint Poudre Soin SPF, €39 | Aime

“Powder SPF is a no-brainer on holiday as it doesn’t count as a liquid in your hand luggage. This one is easy to use and offers seriously glow-y coverage. We sold out in a month – the product really is phenomenal. I apply it where needed, then use ILIA’s True Beauty Skin Concealer under my eyes to hide any darkness.”

Available at Aime.co

Huile Prodigieuse, £32 | Nuxe

“This is one of my summer favourites – it’s a staple and I always take it on holiday, not just for the amazing scent, but also for the healthy sheen it gives your skin.”

Available at Nuxe.com

Long Lasting Kohl Pencil, £6.75 (was £7.99) | Sephora & Smoky Eye Brick, £54 | Victoria Beckham Beauty

“I love this pencil as it opens up my eyes and gives them a fresher, wide-awake look. When I want a bit more emphasis on the eye, I turn to Victoria Beckham’s palette which is very small, so you can easily take it with you on-the-go. The shades are easy to work with too. I love my Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash curlers, as well.”

Available at Sephora.co.uk & VictoriaBeckhamBeauty.com

Lash Care Tubing Mascara, £26 | Aime

“This tubing formula has the same staying power as a waterproof mascara, but the removal process is more seamless – you just need a bit of warm water. It’s gentle and takes care of your lashes, helping them to grow better and become less brittle. I also love that it’s a black/brown shade, so it’s not too dramatic – ideal for the summer when you want to look as if you’ve just had a subtle tint.”

Available at NicheBeauty.com

Body Elixir, €38 | Aime & Happy Feet Tool, €35 | Reverence De Bastien

“Finally, these are two products I’m loving right now. We just launched our Body Elixir in a travel-size because our customers asked us to. It helps with water retention, lymphatic drainage, you name it – it’s the best. You can put one dose into your water bottle with ice and it’s like a lovely iced tea. I’m also enjoying Bastien Gonzales’s Happy Feet Tool. He’s a wonderful chiropodist and told me to use this throughout the summer as sandals can be so harsh on our feet. I put it on at night when I’m reading in bed – it’s like fitness for your feet, helping to release the muscles and boost better blood flow and circulation.”

Available at Aime.co and ReverencedeSebastien.fr

For more inspiration follow @MathildeLacombe on Instagram.

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