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What’s In My Travel Bag – Hong Kong and Singapore Version

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts. I went on a whirlwind trip to Singapore and Hong Kong for 10 days and didn’t have time to schedule posts! But now I’m back :)

I love seeing what skincare, beauty, cosmetic products people take with them on their holidays. This was what I brought with me:

In my carry-on:


Lanolips – couldn’t find my 101 Ointment in time for this trip, so I opted for the lip balm to prevent my lips from drying out.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – this is a super intensive hand cream that’s great to combat the dryness that comes with the recycled airplane air. It gets absorbed quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy mess behind.
Sheet Mask – we all know how drying the air can be on the plane so a face mask always helps to keep my face hydrated. I like to travel with a sheet mask (or two if it’s a long haul flight) and put it on once I get settled in.
Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum – once I remove the sheet mask, I apply some eye cream and moisturise and off to sleep I go! Right before landing, I’ll apply a bit more to brighten up my eyes.
Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist – whenever my skin is feeling a bit dry and tight, I’ll spray this mist. It’s refreshing and brightens up my skin instantly.
Eyedrops – the dry air irritates my eyes so eye drops are an essential!
Hand sanitiser – cos germs everywhere.

What I actually packed for 10 days in locations with high humidity. On holidays, I tend to wear as little makeup as possible as I like to use that time to go exploring!

Cleanser – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel. I’ve used this before and I know it works well with my skin so packed a sample size one on the trip to use it up!
Exfoliator – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is my HG exfoliator. It’s so gentle but works effectively.
Toner – Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist. Multi-tasking :)
Moisturiser – Nivea Q10 Day Cream. My favourite everyday moisturiser which works well as a base as well.
Makeup remover – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution*. Again, another HG. My go-to makeup remover! Feels like water but removes EVERY trace of makeup.
Night cream – Nivea Q10 Night Cream. Not greasy, and wake up with soft and hydrated skin. Winning.
Eye cream – Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum*. Gentle and keeps the eye area moisturised.
Serum – Hydraluron*. The different climate caused havoc with my skin for a bit and Hydraluron helped keep it moisturised and soft.

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream* – I’ve used this so much and can’t believe I haven’t written a review on it yet. It’s one of my HG products because it provides medium coverage yet feels so light on the skin.
Australis ACONTOUR* – All about that contour game!
NARS Luster blush and theBalm Frat Boy – I opted for a dusty rose and peachy blush as they seem to be the most flattering on my skintone.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Again, another HG. Perfect brows that stay put in the humid!
NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer – Lack of sleep meant heavy eye bags and I knew that this NARS concealer had its work cut out. Did not disappoint!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner – Didn’t pack any eyeshadows with me so for some definition, I packed this. Long-lasting and does not smudge.
Benefit They’re Real mascara – Knowing that it was the Summer in Hong Kong and Singapore, I knew I had to pack some waterproof, hard to remove with water products to make it through the trip. This Benefit mascara is one of my favourites. It holds a curl well and even has its own remover.
Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Night Romance, Bite Beauty Sucre matte cream lip crayon and NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dragon Girl – opted for one everyday, one for night and one which can multitask for any occasion.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – ok, so technically not a makeup product but a beauty product nonetheless and one I cannot live without!


The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Lust Have It! November 2013

Lust Have It! November 2013

Lust Have It! November 2013

November’s Lust Have It! box was jampacked with lots of goodies, with my favourite beign the Benefit They’re Real mascara (my HG!).

Moving on from my excitement .. November’s Lust Have It! contained…

Lust Have It! November 2013

Lust Have It! November 2013

Exclusive offers – Hello Fresh $30 gift card, free Davroe Rebuilder Protein Reconstructor 50ml ($14.95) when purchasing a Davroe Luxe Leave In Masque 200g and a complimentary eye and brow make-upper.

As for the actual samples, we’ve got…

Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil in Soft Black $17/1.13g

This is in Soft Black but it seems more like a dark brown to me. The name aside, the colour is a nice match and I am still on the hunt for the perfect brow shade and product so looking forward to trying this out.

Lust Have It! November 2013

Lust Have It! November 2013 – Mary Kay Brow Definer Pencil $17/1.13g

Mary Kay Soothing Foot Balm (~$9.50/85g)

This is actually part of a Mary Kay Pedicure Set (limited edition) that retails for $38. With 4 products in the set, it makes each product $9.50 which is cheap! I apply this before bed and then wear socks (unless it’s a ridiculously hot night) and next morning, I wake up with soft feet :) It has a slightly natural scent but nothing too offensive.

Mary Kay Thinking of You EDP  sample towelettes

It smells heavily of florals and just too strong for me..

Benefit They’re Real! mascara ($38/8.5ml = ~$13.41/3ml sample)

As mentioned above, this is my HG mascara. This sample size is great for taking on overnight/weekend trips. It makes my lashes long and luscious, holds a curl and my lashes aren’t crunchy. Win, win, win!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($9.99/150ml = ~$1/15ml sample)

Great size for travel. I’ll probably chuck this into my ‘travel samples’ stash haha

Aveda Hydrating Creme ($89.95/50ml) and Purifying Gel Cleanser ($54.95/150ml) = ~$15.15 for 2 x 7ml samples

Same as above; good size for travel. Have never used Aveda products so it’s a good size to try and see if I like it.

Lonvitalite C3 Red Wine Mask ($32/5 pack = $6.40)

Have never tried this brand of face masks before so will report back. I am addicted to face masks!

Davroe Colour Senses Ends Repair ($9.95/50ml)

I’ve never heard of Davroe but wow, cheap hair products here I come. Promises to seal split ends and especially formulated for colour treated hair – words that suck me right in!

With a total of $72.41, this month’s box contained a wide variety of samples in both full size and sample sizes.

Lust Have It is a monthly beauty subscription box costing $19.95/month.

For more information about Lust Have It! subscription boxes, make your way here.

PS Makes for a great Christmas present!

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.


Christmas Gift Guide – Part 2

This is part 2 of the Christmas Gift Guide {For part 1, click here}

Can you believe Christmas is nearly here??

For some last minute hectic dash to the shops for some gifts, how about some of the following …

BENEFIT (available at selected Myer stores nationally and at the Benefit Boutique in Paddington, NSW)

This year, Benefit’s Christmas offerings has a travel theme. Combine that with Benefit’s retro packaging and you get cute packaging overload.

She’s So Jetset kit $89AUD*

Benefit She's So Jetset $89AUD

This is a nine-piece makeup set that’s ideal for the travelling makeup addict looking to consolidate a number of makeup products into one palette. Comes with: four eyeshadows (7g) (Champagne Please, Gold Card, Pretty in Mink, Elegant Espresso), The POREfessional (7.5ml), They’re Real! mascara (4g), Life on the A-List lipgloss (5.2ml), First-Class Face Powder with own brush (3g) and a dual-ended sponge-tipped applicator.

Benefit She's So Jetset $89AUD

While the colours are not unique or exciting by any stretch of the imagination, they are neutral and ‘safe’ and have the ability to be used in both a daytime and night time look. The products are great at helping you achieve a great ‘bright eyed’ look even after flying long haul. I like that all products are travel size and can be carried onto a plane without risking confiscation – definitely perfect for flight attendants or travelling business professionals etc

BURT’S BEES (available at David Jones, Harrisons Pharmacies, Kleins Perfumery, Terry White Chemists and selected retail outlets. Also available online at

Bee Good $29.95AUD*

Burt's Bees Bee Good $29.95AUD

Everything a girl needs to keep her skin in tip-top shape and well moisturised. Burt’s Bees Bee Good gift set comes with a cocoa and cupuacu butter body lotion (170g), shea hand cream (50g), lemon butter cuticle cream (17g) and a mango lip balm (4.25g). They’re all full-size products so it’s definitely value for money. The products have a lovely refreshing citrus honey scent which I find really welcoming especially in Summer.

DERMALOGICA (available at salons nationwide. For your nearest salon, check the Dermalogica website here to locate one)

I class Dermalogica as a ‘treat’ for my skin. It’s one of those brands where when I can afford it, I purchase. My skin loves it! This Christmas, Dermalogica has released three value-for-money packs whereby you pay for one full-size product and you receive two free gifts in the sets:

Special Cleansing Gel Set $53AUD

You get the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and receive the Skin Prep Scrub (22ml) and PreCleanse (30ml) for free.

Multivitamin Thermafoliant Set $90AUD

This set includes the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermofoliant and receive the Antioxidant Hydramist (30ml) and Skin Resurfacing Cleanser (30ml) for free.

Daily Microfoliant Set $83.50AUD

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the Daily Microfoliant. So much so that when they were offering it for free with a magazine, I grabbed two copies!

So this set is going on my Christmas wishlist! You get the Dermaolgica Daily Microfoliant (75g) and receive the Gentle Cream Exfoliant (10ml) and PreCleanse (30ml) for free.

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.