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?
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!
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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