How to survive fashion week?

In the backstage of A.F.Vandevorst during London Fashion Week
In the backstage of A.F.Vandevorst during London Fashion Week

Packing for fashion week has become a habit for me. I always take the same large Eastpak bag, and fill it with on the one side all my clothes, on the other side umbrella, shoes, books or magazines and beauty case.  I don't really travel light, because fashion weeks tend to be quite diverse in terms of daily outfits. Most of the times my day starts quite early, going to a first fashion show at 9.30 am. I may have several shows that day, a couple of presentations, an interview, a lunch, and maybe an important dinner around 9.30 pm. This means walking 15.000 steps a day (I don't have a driver or a car) and still try out the stiletto power at night. Fashion weeks are hard, because I walk in many directions all day long, and there's hardly a moment to relax. Here are the products that I pack in my beauty case. To be honest: they lift me up (also metaphorically speaking) and I couldn't do without them.

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I have been a fan of Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse for a very long time, and I can even say that I am hooked. I put the oil on my body and sometimes in my hair, just before going out at night to a late dinner. I love the scent of it, it absolutely invigorates me after a hard day's work (and a shower).

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I bought this product after getting a massage in Club Med Val Thorens last December, and I use it as a mask before bedtime twice a week. The one thing I love about this product is that you don't need to wash it off. I admit I am sometimes dead tired and I come into my hotelroom and just fall into a coma. 

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I have a special knack for Caudalie, ever since I got a treatment in their spa in the Plaza Hotel in New York. That being a very glamourous moment, I tend to use the products ever since, thinking about the magic time I spent in the Big Apple. The Caudalie Resveratrol Baume Liftant Regard is an eye lifting balm which I put around my eyes in the morning, just before my day cream. My skin can be very dry, also around the eyes, so this one brings me more balance.

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I discovered this product in Florence, where of course the Officina S.M.Novella is an institution. You can buy the original perfume that Catherina de Medici had made for her here, but I always go for the Gel Riposta Gambe, which I use in the morning or in the evening when my legs feel dead tired. During Milano fashion week I had two days with 20.000 steps (so my Fit Bit indicated). The gel came in handy. 


Just before Milano Fashion Week started I received a giftbox of Radial, full of products to test during fashion week. I immediately picked out the masks, because I know that this sort of product immediately makes me feel better after a heavy day. I did try it in Milano and I must say: great stuff!

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I must admit I regularly try out other perfumes, but this one is a regular in my beauty case. I often buy it when I fly to New York Fashion Week (the first fashion week in a row of four) knowing I will enjoy every second of my shower using the gel douche which I normally buy together with the perfume. Hermès perfumes have incredible scents and this one is absolutely the best. 


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Handcreams come in handy, especially when the packaging is not too big, so you can easily slip them in your handbag. I often use this particular handcream when I am on a plane. The & Other Stories range has caught my attention since the start: their scents are heavenly. 


I admit to another addiction: the Moroccan Rose Oil by Ren. A dry oil that absolutely makes my day when I am away from home. Ren has very special products which I got to know better after a special spa treatment at Hotel Julien in Antwerp. I also felt that using this product my summer tan lasted longer.