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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:

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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!

Skincare:
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.

Cosmetics:
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!

 

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#30blush – Week 1 Recap

Whilst browsing Instagram, I came across a “challenge” that was set by Bloomin Beauty (@bloominbeauty on Instagram) and Techno Cupcake (@technocupcake on Instgram) where for a whole 30 days, you’ll use a different blush each day and then do a recap at the end.

Now, I tend to always opt for the same products everyday. The “you never fail me” products. Yes, we all have them! And I tend to neglect a lot of my other makeup. So when I saw that Emma (@emmabovary on Instagram) and Vita (@makingupvita on Instagram) were taking part, I joined in too. And cos blush fiend.

This is my week 1 recap, complete with swatches!

 

theBalm Frat Boy

theBalm Frat Boy

The Balm Frat Boy – one of my HGs. It gives me the most perfect amount of pink flush with a bit of coral. Just perfect.

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush (limited edition) – A flattering shade of plum/mauve on my olive tanned skin.

Pout Berry Babe blush

Pout Berry Babe

Pout Berry Babe (discontinued) – A bright Barbie hot pink. All that is needed is a light swirl of a stippling brush.

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy – Matte coral blush. Definitely one that is right up my alley. Very flattering on my skintone especially in Summer.

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe – As if you can’t tell already but I love peachy coral blushes and MAC Cantaloupe is no exception.

NARS Luster

NARS Luster

NARS Luster – Yes, continuing on with my favourite shade of blush. NARS Luster is a glowy apricot. Just so glowy.

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut – I don’t own many ‘nude’ blushes. I tend to opt for some colour on my cheeks. But sometimes, you just want some subtle definition and glow.

And some quick and dirty swatches of them all to show you (well, justify to myself) that all my blushes are different. Swatches are in order of listing above :)

#30blush week 1 swatches - theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

#30blush week 1 swatches – theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut