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Pack With Me | Beauty & Skincare Pt.1 What’s My Travel Skincare?

I still haven’t packed for Hong Kong yet, so the idea of me also writing a post about what I’m packing with only a few days to go is quite ambitious isn’t it? Still, I think this will be really helpful and I know that I’m getting better at this. For one, I’m not stressed about what to pack this time – I’ve already worked out in my head what makeup and skincare essentials that I’m bringing. Last time, I actually overpacked on makeup that I didn’t even end up using so I almost know that this time, I will be smarter and more productive with my choices.

I will also take photos of what fashion pieces that I will be packing but chances are, I won’t have time to write about that so I’ll just have to hold onto the photos and write a follow-up another time!

Let’s start shall we?


Note: I have a feeling that this will be a very long post so get comfortable!

Research and Analysis

I typically don’t know Hong Kong weather at this time of year. I have only ever experienced their winter once in my life and that was probably when I was 8 years old. I don’t have any recollection of what winter felt like there but chances are, it’s not too far off from what I’m currently experiencing now in the UK. (Probably a tad warmer to be honest.)

Actually, I’m thankful that I don’t have to experience Hong Kong’s humid weather (the perks of not being a student anymore?) because it really gets me stuck on how/what I should pack, especially makeup-wise for fear of product melt-off. (Oh trust me, it has happened before.)

I have combination/oily skin but my choices will have hydration a lot in mind because my skin could really do with the extra moisture since it’s so easy for my skin to dry out this time of year, especially if not taken care of properly. Not to forget, I will also be in an entirely different country that my skin isn’t so used to so the hydration part is very key from the moment that I’m off the 12-hour flight.

So…what are my choices for skincare?


Freezer bags are the way forward for travel beauty packing! I’m not normally this organised but since using them to pack, it has made packing so much easier because of the transparency. There’s no second-guessing what on earth have I packed, ha!

Featured in my travel skincare this time:

Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover
Garnier Micellar Water (Travel-Size)
Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick
Simple Facial Scrub
Simple Soothing Toner
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Rich)
No7 Youthful Eye Serum

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream
Witch Blemish Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask*
NARUKO Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask
LUSH Dream Cream

*Apparently the one linked is the new version, however I am holding the old version.

I would say at least half this list is my current skincare routine. It’s important that your routine is still quite constant especially because you’re switching to another country and climate – don’t shock your skin too much with too many new/stranger products. I’ve said this before in a previous travel skincare post, but use familiar products.

[See: My Travel Beauty Essentials Kit | Short-Haul Flight]
[See also: Skincare I Took to Berlin]

If the product is new to your routine, then hopefully you will have used it for a week or two before you fly off to decide if it’s at least agreeable with your skin i.e. whether it causes a reaction and/or makes your skin worse off. However, this is clearly a try-at-your-own-risk strategy since let’s face it, no one wants any skincare woes, especially before they travel on a long-haul flight. Perhaps this is not sound advice but all I’m saying is – be mindful. If you’re stuck, consider some of your OG products!



Not mentioned but I’m bringing along a muslin cloth and konjac sponge to enhance my double-cleanse routine! Normally I wouldn’t bother if it were a short-haul flight/short trip but since I’m away for 3 weeks, I’m willing to pack in the extra effort!

  • I’m low on the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover so I thought I could empty it whilst away! It’s a win/win situation since I wouldn’t have to travel back with it. 🙂
  • For morning cleanses, I like to be simple with either a toner or micellar water. The Garnier Micellar Water (Travel-Size) is coming with me.
  • The Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick was a no-brainer choice – I purposefully bought it because I knew it’d come in handy for future traveling purposes. I have only used it a handful of times but I like it enough to bring it with me.
  • The Simple Facial Scrub is the newest in this list however I have been using it lately and all is good! Not a super favourite but again, enough. It’s small size is the main reason I bought this for traveling. The smell could be better but it’s not offensive and I’m starting to like it more now.

Toning and Essence:


Saving space is super key when it comes to travel beauty packing!

  • Another no-brainer choice – the Simple Soothing Toner. If you thought I was going to use otherwise, you were wrong! I dispensed some amount into a fine mist bottle which make for an excellent face refresher too.
  • I’m low on the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Rich) which I am using as both my toner and essence step. I love this stuff as it really hydrates my skin and softens it, making the next few steps so much nicer to apply!
  • Both these products are dispensed into travel size bottles to save some space.



  • No change in my eyecare – same as what I’m currently using. Generally speaking, eye creams are in such a compact size already that it’s easy to travel with. 🙂
  • This is my 3rd tube of the No7 Youthful Eye Serum. Since essentially doubling my eyecare routine, I feel that it’s made such a difference to the skin around my eyes. Everything is just smoother, brighter and more hydrated.
  • I’m trying out the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream at the moment. I like it but I don’t love it enough to repurchase. I do think it makes a great base for concealer to go on top though.



The tube packaging is probably the most travel-friendly packaging that you’ll ever come across. Since the packaging for the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is so clunky and weighty, I felt it necessary to dispense into a spare pot. I’m just using an empty I recently finished!

  • So…I skipped over serums, like what? 😮 I actually ran out of all my The Ordinary serums and glass bottles in general aren’t travel-friendly so I’m substituting that step for lots of sheet masks instead. [See below]
  • My skin has a tendency to get dehydrated and congested when I’m abroad, resulting in spots so I bought the Witch Blemish Gel as a way to combat that. So far, I like it and find it really cools my skin but the ultimate test will be when I’m away!
  • I de-potted some of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer into a small pot. (You’ll recognise it from my most recent empties, ha.) It’s very hydrating and cooling on the skin. Thumbs-up.
  • As an alternative, I decided to bring along my The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA in case I wanted something a bit heavier. I have used it a handful of times and find it handy for the climate now.

Sheet Masks:


  • I’m running very low on sheet masks so I can’t say exactly why I’ve chosen to take these particular ones – they’re really all I have! However, I like them both a lot for similar reasons – hydrating and soothing, which make them travel-worthy.
  • The My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Sheet Mask feels wonderful on the skin. It’s soaked quite generously for a full 30-minute masking session without dripping. Scent is also neutral/little.
  • The NARUKO Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Hydrating Mask is even more generous in the sense that there’s a good few days worth of serum left in the sachet after masking. I did mention smart packing, right? 😉 [See: Review]

Last, but not least…essentials and bodycare!


  • I always pack a generous amount of cotton pads and cotton buds since these are so light to carry, and I normally find myself using more when traveling.
  • Obviously I cannot let my eczema/psoriasis act up! The LUSH Dream Cream is such an essential in my life right now. I think it’s important to have that one product that solves your skincare/bodycare woes and this is it for me. [See: Review]

What’s your travel skincare like?

Happy Chinese New Year!

I’m currently away in Hong Kong to visit family. Unfortunately, I didn’t pre-plan as many posts as I had hoped but a part of me is telling myself to relax! If you wish, you can always find me on Instagram to get more live updates of what I get up to.

The post was getting a bit long so I decided to split this into two. I hope this was helpful in some way, and that you got some inspiration and ideas on how you should pack your skincare for your travels, whether a short-haul or long-haul flight! I’ve left links of my previous travel beauty posts above so feel free to read those to get more ideas~~ 

Join me next time for part 2…thanks for reading! 😝

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  1. I always figure, if I miss packing something, I can always buy something there locally! 😉
    The trick with Hong Kong is to stay indoors during the day (which is pretty easy to do as everything is connected to the subway / malls) and only venture out at night time! I love the night market and shopping in the malls at midnight and beyond there!

    I wholeheartedly agree – do NOT test out new products while travelling. I often hear people bring sample bottles / foil packettes with them for travel, of products they’ve never tried before – huge risk! Plus, whenever I travel, my skin likes to act up for fun…

    My thoughts are similar as yours on the Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream. I’m still planning on trying her Extra Eye Repair Cream – that’s the one I’ve heard raves about.

    I’ve been toying with getting that Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick – for this exact purpose, to bring along for travel!

    Don’t stress about not having a bunch of posts scheduled in your absence – just take a true break! Hope you’re having a grand time in Hong Kong!

    • From what I remember the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream is even more expensive? Who knows – maybe I will try it. 😂 I always feel like I’m levelling up when trying out new products, (from drugstore to luxury, cheap to expensive), wahaha.

      How do you feel about the Su:m 37 cleansing stick? I keep hearing that it’s really hard to get a hold of but luckily for me, it was somehow easy?!

      I actually haven’t had the chance to shop massively yet because the jet lag has been very real and the crowds at the malls really don’t help. (OMG CNY crowds are no joke – because practically everyone is off work, everyone is out!!). But soon… Am actually in China at the moment visiting my mum’s side of the family and then the day after tomorrow, we’re going to some hot spa resort so I understand, so should be nice! 😊😊

      • Yup, the Extra Repair Eye Cream is about $20 more expensive, but of course! 😆

        I think at one point, the Su:m 37 was sold out everywhere due to a lot of online hype. But it looks like the supply is now restocked! I still haven’t tried it yet. My friend in real life was the one who told me about it actually!

        Crowds in HK in general are no joke! I hope you’re eating tons of yummy food! ❤

  2. Unrelated, but adorable headband! I’ve been struggling to find a nice cloth one that does not have ears or a giant, floppy bow. I wash my race with micellar water in the morning as well, probably the best thing I have done to improve my skincare routine.

    • I bought it from TK Maxx which probably doesn’t help since they sell so many different brands but I know what you mean! I have never been into the headband with ears either. They’re cute but I think over time the novelty wears off especially as you get a bit older lol.

      Micellar water in the morning is the best! I like to have a bit more of a laid back, easy morning routine. I don’t see the point of washing my face with a cleansing foam or otherwise when I’ve done a good evening routine the night before. 🙂

  3. I usually take only the most necessary things in a trip. Simply because it is very difficult to collect for the whole family everything you want to take 🙂 So all have to give up something. Have a good trip!

  4. I’m almost spartan with my skincare on holiday because I live in fear of bursting bottles – and most of my suitcse space is dedicated to haircare!xxx

    • Am low maintenance on haircare but I understand that you can’t be with yours since you have curly hair! Ah I know what you mean – that’s why putting things in travel plastic bottles are so handy. 🙂

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  6. Garnier Micellar water is such a must for travel! I need to pick up the small bottle for when I leave on vacation next month.
    I love Hydro Boost but I also find the packaging isn’t very travel friendly! Great post 🙂

  7. I would love to try that neutrogena moisturizer but I am just scared because i don’t know whether it is good for combination skin.

    • I have quite mixed opinions on it now! I have combination/oily skin myself. Overall thoughts is that I think you can get much better with your money. I like applying it on the skin but at the same time, I don’t think it does enough. It’s lovely at first, but over time (at least for me), the effects didn’t last until the next day. The scent is also a bit strong and smells like laundry powder. I personally didn’t mind but this could be off-putting for some.

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  9. I totally missed this post and am over 4 months late, but I would like to comment anyways hahah.
    I feel like I have my travel makeup bag mastered perfectly, but I still struggle with skincare. It only took me until last year to realize that I should be packing current skincare items/holy grails, and NOT bring foil samples/travel sized items of products I have never tried. I always have a massive collection of samples, and thought it was such a great idea to use them for travel, but then my skin would wreak havoc every time I came back from vacation. Plus, the whole liquids thing is an issue. While most makeup are solid products, I always find it tough to fit all my skincare into the designated liquids bag or whatever.

    • Haha no problem! You can post a comment anytime! Yeah I used to think like that whenever I got a new sample but to be honest, I have never been that “wowed” by a sample that I went to go buy it.

      I admit that liquids are indeed a pain! I only carry 2 liquids max. I just need to absolutely make sure that the bottles don’t leak and are screwed on properly!

      Speaking of breaking out though, I was breaking out quite badly over a week ago and now recovering. I think it’s more because of the heatwave we’ve been having though.

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