Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Travel / On-the-go Skincare .

When you're packing for a quick trip, what beauty products do you reach for? To be quite honest, packing my skincare and make up always takes longer than picking out my clothes. I spend most of my time rummaging through my drawers for sample-sized tubes and transferring full sized products into smaller tubs. I'm meticulous about what I pack because there are seriously things I cannot live without. 

But lugging around a beauty bag which is pretty much heavier than what's on your carry-on is not cool.

So here's my cull so far for a summer getaway! Tada! The quantity is so small that I can fit them all one small zip-lock bag!

Avene Thermal Spring Water
I absolutely love this facial spray and I buy this in bulk when I'm in Hong Kong because it's much cheaper! A lot of people say that it's silly to buy water in a can but it really isn't. This is so unbelievably versatile!

For sensitive skin people, this is a must-have product. I've been using it for about two years now and it hasn't healed my eczema/wide-spread dermatitis but when I'm going through an itching fit, this is the only thing that can stop me from scratching. It soothes and softens the skin so that it no longer feels parched, dry and in need of an itch. When I get red splotches on my cheeks and eyelids, this definitely helps to ease the heat and irritability. There are also days where my skin is so sensitive that I can't even put creams on it. On those occassions, I've constantly sprayed my face and let me skin naturally absorb it.

For non-sensitive skin types, this is a great product for sealing make up. Spray a fine mist over your make up and let it dry naturally or gently fan it with your hands for a more moisturised and dewy look. Just a quick hint - don't try to pat the water into your skin because it will only disturb your foundation and make it splotchy. I also use it throughout the day just to refresh my make up so I don't look so haggard. 

It also works quite well as a toner. The water, which is essentially softer than what comes out of our taps, softens the skin and makes it feel a lot more resilient.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Refreshing Eye Gel and Superbalanced Foundation in Beige
I don't think you can get this eye gel in Australia anymore and I'm not confident that this is one of Clinique's best eye creams. Nonetheless, I like to mix the eye gel with Clinique's Superbalanced Foundation on the back of my hand to make my concealer. I've tried a few concealers and found that they mostly emphasised the fine lines under my eye. At least with this mixture, they're not so obvious.

Depending on the condition of my skin, I will vary the amount of gel and foundation. But generally, the amount of gel is slightly smaller than foundation. The mixture is a lighter and diluted version of the original foundation but for me, that's acceptable. 

Clinique Take The Day Off Make Up Remover
I've previously done a review on this product and I continue to think that this is a great job of removing make up. As an oil-based product, it does leave a slightly greasy residue but it's not anything that a quick water cleanse can't handle. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief
I've also done a review on this and keep buying it over and over because, again, it's a basic staple that I just can't seem to live without. On a hot summer day or night, this is really all I seem to need. This gel feels like water on the skin and is so refreshing.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask
If I know I'm going to be staying in a hotel with a nice-looking bath, I will bring a small sample-size tube of Avene's mask. It doesn't matter whether it's summer or winter! I will run a hot bath, spread the entire tube onto my face and dunk myself into the water. The water is generally steaming hot and the heat makes the whole room feel like I'm sitting in a sauna. Hello opened pores and hello greater moisture!

To be honest, you can do this with any cream mask. Give it a go and tell me what you think!

Avene Extremely Gentle Gel Cleanser
Another Avene product! In the winter, I like to use cream or milk cleansers. But in the summer, I'm all for using a gel. This product definitely lives up to its name as being an extremely gentle cleanser. I've used this when I've had irritable skin and it didn't set off a breakout or make my skin worse. 

Very pleasant surprise!

Two Long Salon-Style Hair Clips
I have a fringe that is quite wayward and never stays in place. So I like to bring at least two long hair clips so that I can fix my hair in the morning. 

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown
I used to wear black eyeliner but then it got too intense for daily wear so I switched to brown. Rimmel eyeliner are actually pretty good value. They're inexpensive and get the job done. 

The good thing with a brown eyeliner is that not only can they line your eyes, you can also smudge them out with a lightly wet water cotton bud to make an eye or eyebrow shadow.

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream
I'm actually quite liking this eye cream. It's on the creamier side of things and feels substantial on my skin. I've gone past using gel or liquidy-type eye creams and I'm really liking how rich this feels. 

I use it both day and night as part of my skincare routine. In the morning, my gel eye cream and foundation mixture will go on top after it has been absorbed into my skin. 

YSL Sheer Candy in Succulent Pomegranate
Big fan of Sheer Candy and really wish they'd come out with more colours. I've been wearing this colour a lot lately because it's actually quite close to my natural lip colour. Wearing it does give my face a hint of liveliness and even when it's worn off, the lip stain is still gorgeous. 

I've also used this as a blush by swiping a tiny bit onto the back of my hand, rubbing the colour out and mixing it in with a tiny, tiny bit of Clinique's Moisture Surge. Gently pat it onto your cheeks with clean fingers and you've got yourself a pretty blush!

What's in your beauty bag when you're off for a quick break?

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  1. I love Avene Thermal Spray as well - Chemist Warehouse recently had a 2 for $20 for the 300ml bottle which I snapped up :) It's just so soothing and multifunctional. I really want to try more Avene products - they seem great for sensitive skin. The YSL lipstick is so pretty, I like that it's not too intense. Great tip about the blush! :)

  2. I'm going to try the cleanser and moisture mask by Avene next time. If you've tried other Avene stuff I'd love to hear your thoughts - it's my new favourite brand :D

    I somehow haven't been on a quick break in a while :( But when I do go I rummage for samples as well as putting things into smaller bottles. But sometimes I also can't be bothered and just take the full size stuff haha! For me, it depends!

  3. I envy how little you use, my makeup bag is massive!
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  4. Cool picks for a summer getaway, Valentine!
    Really great how to keep a small amount. Very good way for traveling. :)

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  5. I think I have a small size version of the Avene spray...need to pull it out again as the weather gets hotter! I'm starting to gravitate towards brown liners as well as they're less harsh. hadn't thought about using them as shadows, but will try it out! :D

  6. this is amazing for travelling! I don't really carry alot of skincare when I travel but now that i found out about the Clique products you posted, i am definitely going to try them soon :) thanks alot hun!

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  7. I love clinique brand. Everything is amazing !


  8. wow you pack pretty light! I agree the Avene water spray can is great! It's god-sent for me when I'm doing shoots because it helps to tone/close down the pores and it also help creamy makeup to blend in smoothly!