Sud­den Wild En­thu­si­asms

No 33 Al­pha- H Travel Kit

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION - MAR­IAN KEYES

Ihave the worst lug­gage luck in the whole world. About 18 years of my life have been wasted stand­ing at lug­gage carousels, star­ing into the plas­tic- flapped Hole of Doom, pray­ing for my suit­case to be spat out and al­ways, al­ways, al­ways be­ing dis­ap­pointed.

The num­ber of times I’ve stood in an eerily empty bag­gage hall, dodg­ing the tum­ble­weed, while ev­ery other pas­sen­ger from the plane has long since smugly wheeled their piled- high trol­ley away, is too many to men­tion.

I’m on first- name terms with the staff at all the lost- lug­gage coun­ters in Dublin Air­port and here are some of the more ex­otic coun­tries where I’ve found my­self with only the clothes I stood up in: Ethiopia, South Africa, Greece, Poland and Thai­land.

Ever the slow learner, it even­tu­ally dawned on me that the uni­verse was giv­ing a mes­sage: Bring your es­sen­tials with you on the plane, you gom!

The es­sen­tials I ad­judged to be my gi­ant sack of anti- mads and my equally gi­ant sack of skin­care. But the 100ml limit on liq­uids in hand lug­gage put a stop to my skin­care gal­lop. So I bought a se­lec­tion of at­trac­tive lit­tle vials and jars, ef­fi­ciently de­canted the con­tents of my full- size prod­ucts into them, then la­belled them neatly and clearly.

Sorry, I’m afraid that that last sen­tence was a com­plete lie. Would that I were so or­gan­ised. The other ver­sion of me, the per­fect one who lives a per­fect life, does that. But my real- life it­er­a­tion makes do with a ragged, ram­shackle, mis­matched as­sort­ment of those small tubes and jars that you get in Free Gifts. And while it’s only a small part of a life that’s messy in ev­ery area, it of­fends me. I would love to feel matchy- matchy and cu­rated.

And now I’ve found some­thing! Al­pha- H do a great lit­tle skin kit with prod­ucts in 30ml bot­tles ( avail­able on Cloud10Beauty). There’s a handy, zippy bag, con­tain­ing five prod­ucts, four of them use­ful. I’m afraid it’s the law that in ev­ery pre- as­sem­bled kit, there will be at least one thing that you will never touch.

So the kit con­tains a cleaner, like a proper one, that even re­moves eye make- up. ( There are few things more dis­ap­point­ing than those dread words “Avoid the sen­si­tive eye area”.) There’s a day cream with an SFP of 50 ( ap­plause!), an­other cream that would do at night, a smooth­ing and per­fect­ing mask and fi­nally the crap prod­uct, a Su­per Scrub.

But shur lookit, four out of five ain’t bad. And at least now, when I ar­rive in La­p­land and my bag doesn’t, I may freeze to death but my skin will be lovely.

l‘ if‘ My real- e it­er­a­tion makes do with a ragged, ram­shackle, mis­matched as­sort­ment of those small tubes and jars that you get in Free Gifts

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