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Embarking on a Fitter Journey + Why


I initially wanted to call this ‘Embarking on a Fitness Journey’ but I felt that it wasn’t quite technically correct so instead, I’ve slightly altered it to being a fitter journey. There are a couple of reasons for this which will tie in with today’s overall topic: lifestyle and fitness, and why I’ve decided to make the changes I want to make or why I’m even deciding to write about it now.

As a side note too, it’s possible that in the next few months, I will not be posting as many beauty-related posts, but instead, swapping them for posts like this since I want to start making fitness my priority. This blog is after all, an embodiment of my current lifestyles, happenings and likes. 🙂

So…what inspired me to embark on a fitter journey? Keep reading!

I had an epiphany.

That’s really it. I had an epiphany a few weeks ago, during and after my trip to Hong Kong at which point I thought, I really needed to take my fitness seriously. Both diet and lifestyle. I can no longer continue this inconsistency in my life especially as a fully-grown adult – I need to be better. I should be better to myself. Whilst I am spending time on my beauty and skincare, it’s ironic that I don’t look after my fitness more, isn’t it? Those were the questions that started popping into my head. Probably a bit vain but leaves something to think about.

When I went to visit family (and a lot of family it was), I noticed two of the guys in particular lost weight and looked a lot healthier than before. They must have lost about 20-30 pounds, mostly from their stomach – baring in mind that they are in their 30s and 40s. I didn’t know why yet but it quietly gave me a lot of encouragement and thought. It wasn’t until I saw a couple of photos during my vacation that I realised something. It really showed and I wasn’t happy.

I’ve gained weight.

I can’t believe I’ve actually written those few words as a heading, but I want to be real about it so that I know it’s happening and know why I’m deciding to make a change. When I say I’ve gained weight, I don’t mean a few pounds but quite a substantial amount over probably the course of the last year or so. I think in my head, I knew of this a couple of months ago, but decided to ignore it and not face it/do something about it. Now that I think about it, it was incredibly stupid but hey, it happens – for certain things, you might live in a bubble and then it pops. I just need to remember that I can still do something about it now…it is not the end. It is never the end.

I feel like I’ve been fighting the issue of weight almost all my life. (I’ll leave the details for another post.) It’s truly ironic because I’m not helping myself either so of course I’m gaining weight! I’ve been mostly off the fitness bandwagon…not just as of late, but probably most of last year. I let my diet slide a bit too. I, in a way, didn’t consciously know of it at the time but now that I look back, it started deteriorating and how should I say it…I slowly let myself go?

Those few words are probably not good for my self-esteem right now, but if anything, I like to think that I represent a number of people, and how, if you don’t work for it, your lifestyle can just become a slump, and then it becomes a habit. Similarly, I want to represent those same people who decided to make a change and turn it all around!

I won’t go into any full-on history or diet/fitness profiling today since I want to leave it just as it is…a real blog post (as in a glimpse into my diary if I had one). However, I am sure as the weeks go by, I’ll be more open in how this whole journey pans out. If anything, I realised that being open and sharing the words “I want to make a change” is so empowering and motivating, that I wished I’d done this sooner, and not hid for so long. Well, it’s time.

A bit of a heart-to-heart post today. 💕 It’s not quite there yet but I believe that this will develop into a series. I have yet to work out the order of things but I will definitely have a Developing a Good Morning Routine post and a Developing a Good Evening post since those are two things that I am currently working on. Of course, I still have my Hong Kong travel posts to upload…again, still in organisation. All in all, I have lots of upcoming plans for the blog so watch out!

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Hong Kong Super Beauty Haul

Hello friends!

I’m sure some of you have been waiting for this post for quite some time since Hong Kong’s shopping scenery is vast – from the affordable to the luxury, you are really spoilt for choice. I always want to buy the whole shop but one only has so much they can take back with them and not to mention, practicality was quite strongly taken into account.

To be honest, and I know this may sound ridiculous – but I was worried that I wouldn’t have a lot to show you since I didn’t officially shop until the last few days of my vacation. This shouldn’t be a problem surely, because I should buy items that I’m interested in trying for the benefit of me (i.e. shopping) and not so much for the blog. It is not a quantity contest after all so next time, I will remember to relax more. 😛

In the end, it turned out that I actually hauled more than I thought, when I finally laid all the products on my floor! (Basically, I worried for nothing. What an idiot.) 🙈😅

It’s a super long post so grab a drink.


So here goes!:

MINISO Eyelash Clip
MINISO 2in1 Liquid and Solid Eyebrow Pen
MINISO 3 Way Eyebrow Pencil

SANA Soy Milk Moisture Cleansing Wash
1000 Billion Jeju Snow Green Tea Mask (5pc)
1000 Billion Icy Snail Regeneration Moisturizing Mask (5pc)
Unknown brand – Deep Sea Water Glow Mask x2 (5pc ea.)
Watsons Whitening Facial Mask x2 (5pc ea.) (free with 

Mediheal LINE FRIENDS N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask (10pc)
Rosy Rosa Slide Cheek Brush
Sasatinnie Eyebrow Tweezer x2
Shiseido Eyelash Curler (#213)
Hada Labo AHA+BHA Foaming Wash (Exfoliating)
Heroine Make Volume and Curler Mascara Super Waterproof in ’01 Black’
Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner in ’01 Black’
Cyber Colors Real Lasting Smudgeproof Gel Liner in ’03 Espresso’
Okamoto Smiling Face Heat Pad for Menstrual Cramp Relief (free with purchase) 

Jade Roller
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer in ‘Sand’

Suyeonna Whitening Toner
Suyeonna Moisture Essence
Suyeonna Moisture Cream
Ddunmee Micro Mystic Pack (Horse Oil X Fucoidan)

Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream SPF 35 (No Sebum)
Clinique Cheek Pop in ’15 Pansy Pop’
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% (8-Pack)*
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel AND Moisturizing Lotion+ (Value Jumbo Duo Pack)
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief x2 (free with purchase)

*Linked is the 4-pack but what I purchased is an 8-pack. I can’t seem to find the 8-pack online.

Side note: Am so sorry for the lack of links! The websites for Watson’s and Sasa in particular, had rubbish search functions – absolutely useless!


Sales assistants in Hong Kong are persistent and are really at an arm’s reach for help. You are almost immediately greeted whenever you enter any store (I think this was not the case when I entered Zara and Uniqlo although to be honest, I don’t think these stores need it). Aside from the greetings, you will definitely be asked if you need any help, especially in a beauty store. Sometimes it does get a bit much though but I usually politely say I’m just looking and will ask for their help when I need it.

At one point, in a small Laneige store, I got greeted/asked by 3 different sales assistants – one of which greeting me with “Morning” (in English because I must not have looked native at all 😝) even though it was 6pm… Well, it’s the thought that counts, right?



I wanted to buy the whole shop! Unfortunately, I had limited cash on me at the time (the MINISO I went to was in China whilst I was visiting my mum’s side of the family however there are stores in Hong Kong) so my auntie paid and I didn’t want to come across as rude and privileged.

I have never seen this store before, but certainly, the logo reminds me a little of Muji and Uniqlo though of course, with its differences. It is actually a Chinese-Japanese low-cost retailer, selling fashionable but practical lifestyle goods. You will find perfume, make-up, skincare, accessories and some small homeware goods.

I am a sucker for stores like these but the difference being, these really are good-quality, practical items. Not the poor quality that you paid for understandably with a dollar. No, these items look more expensive than they’re priced!

I purchased two eyebrow products and an eyelash curler:


I rather enjoy Japanese products so I look forward to opening these!


Out of all the stores, I wish I took my time in this one a bit more! I think I am a person who is quite easy to sell to so I need to stand my ground and realise it’s okay to not buy what a sales assistant sells to me. However, who knows? Maybe there is a gem or two amongst these products from Watson’s. 😅

Really, I wanted to buy Hada Labo sheet masks but the SA recommended me some others (I guess I will just order from YesStyle then). Obviously they were more expensive but it was under quite a good offer – buy 4 for 3 and you get another free pack of sheet masks for free at the counter! (I ended up with another free pack because my brother bought some pharmaceutical items.)


The SANA Soy Milk Moisture Cleansing Wash is a super favourite of mine (I have previously finished 2 tubes) but all the other products are virtually unknown to me – both product and brand. I found very little information too when I googled after so they are either really new or just not established. It will be interesting to see if these were worth the purchase or not, especially as I have nothing to go by. However, looking at the ingredients list quickly, they look promising!


You cannot miss Sasa when you are in Hong Kong! There is always a store nearby. The currency is weak and will be for a long while but I still think a lot of items are worth buying in-store if you can, since it is cheaper than online.


To round off my purchase of masks, let’s start with the Mediheal LINE FRIENDS N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask (10pc). I saw this in the queue so I took a look at the box and just put it in my basket last minute! 😝 I remember seeing this product on a YouTuber’s k-beauty masks video and believe she talked positively of it.


Next, let’s talk accessories shall we? I always like to update on this part whenever I’m in Hong Kong because I find that the UK market is really limited in this area (unless you shop online) and in general, I find Asian accessories suit me better, rightly so. I grabbed the Sasatinnie Eyebrow Tweezer twice, one for me and one for a friend since mine was getting quite old and tacky. Mind you, I never see these type of tweezers in the UK – only the ones that look like tongs.

I bought another eyelash curler. (As an extra question, how many do you own?) The Shiseido Eyelash Curler (#213) has been on my wishlist since forever on YesStyle but I never got round to buying it. It’s actually more cheaper in-store. I’ve used once so far and like it better than my Koji one.

The Rosy Rosa Slide Cheek Brush is a bit of a gamble buy but not without a reason! I have been looking for a retractable brush for over a year now and I like none of the ones I’ve seen in-store and online! I did buy the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush but the plastic lid is rubbish – cracked in less than a week in my bag. The bristles are also a bit too dense and not the soft application that I want. This new purchase however, ticks a lot of boxes. For starters, I know the casing won’t break and the bristles themselves are so soft! Also – the product itself is super mini and cute.

Hada Labo is another brand I love. I have not been disappointed by their products so far but had yet to try their cleansers. I chose the Hada Labo AHA+BHA Foaming Wash (Exfoliating) since this was in someone’s Instagram post and they really raved about it. Have you tried it?

Perhaps I was not daring enough in this time’s haul since I decided to stick with a few brands I know and love. Heroine Make make some of the best mascaras! I know not everyone will agree with this because of how truly super waterproof and potent the formula is but I personally love it. I picked up the Heroine Make Volume and Curler Mascara Super Waterproof in ’01 Black’ (I’ve only tried the Long and Curl one) and Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner in ’01 Black’. Unfortunately, I picked up the wrong liner! I wanted to get the liquid liner that everyone raves about but somehow ended up with this… I’ve done a few swatch tests and sad to say, I don’t like it! 😭

If there was something to be learnt from this haul, it’s that I shouldn’t buy gel liners. I randomly picked up the Cyber Colors Real Lasting Smudgeproof Gel Liner in ’03 Espresso’. Yes, it is smudge-proof but the colour payoff is not strong at all and it’s possible to rub the pigment off even though it doesn’t smudge!

As a free gift, I got the Okamoto Smiling Face Heat Pad for Menstrual Cramp Relief. To be honest, this is quite useless for me since I don’t get bad cramps anymore like in my teens, but I guess I can always keep this for backup. 😛



I have two odd purchases that don’t fit into any of the other categories here. The first being a jade roller. I wanted to purchase one for a long while however I was skeptical of the quality if I randomly bought one online. Also, I thought it’s best that I waited for this trip to get one because I knew it’d be cheaper. This one cost roughly 25RMB (purchased in China in an authentic gift shop) which works out to be about £2.80. On Amazon, jade rollers are at least double that price. I’ve used it twice so far and it’s so cooling on the skin. 🙂

The other random purchase was the Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer in ‘Sand’. I had some time to kill before I went off to meet my cousin and her friends for dinner. If you didn’t know already, I LOVE Bobbi Brown products. I was especially spotty that week – it was one of my worst breakouts in a long time and I still have no idea what caused it. I think it was the stuffy climate. Anyways, I didn’t really have a concealer for blemishes, but I remembered this product recommendation so I went in to get colour-matched and came out with a new product!


My auntie was incredibly generous as she gave me 4 skincare products as gifts. I have very little information but essentially she and my cousin have set up a skincare shop/office based on mostly this one brand – Suyeonna. I tried doing a Google search and it’s mostly Ebay pages that pop up so I believe it is a legit brand – just one that is concentrated on online sales and distribution thus far but is looking to expand on the beauty map. (The beauty industry is so, so competitive like no joke.)

It’s super helpful too that I received a booklet, explaining the brand’s concept and product portfolio so perhaps I will make a post on all this? It could be refreshing.

The booklet even includes evidence of certification and some information on the key ingredients they use.


I received the Suyeonna Whitening Toner, Suyeonna Moisture Essence, Suyeonna Moisture Cream and Ddunmee Micro Mystic Pack (Horse Oil X Fucoidan).

For more info, visit:
(However, it’s all in Korean)


We are almost there!

If you didn’t know, Hong Kong International Airport is one of the best airports in the world. I think it has even won multiple awards for it. Shopping seriously doesn’t end until you fly off! 😛

I wouldn’t say I always shop at duty-free because I clearly didn’t when I went to Rome and Berlin last year – the prices were not that much different compared to here. However, in Hong Kong, I always grab the chance because you can generally save here and there. Some prices do however remain the same though so do your research!


I couldn’t pass up on a chance to stock up on Clinique goods. Everyone knows I live on that brand. There was one non-Clinique product I bought though so I’ll start with that first. It’s the Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream SPF 35 (No Sebum). I’m currently running a bit low on my sun protection goods so I picked this one up. They have different versions but this one felt the nicest to me.

As a side note for those of you who are Innisfree fans, I saw that they sold packs of 5 for their cleansers, serums and some other goods, so this could be helpful if you want to gift skincare!

Now, I try to avoid the Clinique counter as much as I can because I’m guaranteed to step out with products. (Notice the plural s.) But I told myself it was okay this time since I had not entered their shop in months. I was especially delighted to see Clinique Cheek Pop in ’15 Pansy Pop’ on shelf. I love this blush formula but hell, this particular shade is non-existent in the UK I swear! I’d describe it as a lavender pink which is actually hard to come across hence why this was on my wishlist for so long. ✅


Clinique Cheek Pop in ’15 Pansy Pop’

A product I haven’t yet tried is the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% (8-Pack)This stuff is expensive! I worked out that I saved about £30 buying it at duty-free. Realistically, I wouldn’t have bought this non-duty-free but being a Clinique fan, I’ve been curious, plus vitamin C is always a very sellable skincare ingredient. Despite saving, this is still a splurge so I hope it’s good!

Right. Down to my repurchases! I’ve been using drugstore moisturiser lately and honestly, it’s just not the same. Every other day, I am missing a Clinique moisturiser like no kidding. I stocked up on the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel AND Moisturizing Lotion+ which came together as a VALUE JUMBO PACK. They also had duo packs where you get the same of one version but since I love both versions, I got this instead. Super good deal – each product is 200ml compared to their standard 125ml size. I did the math and I roughly saved…

What I’ve not mentioned yet are the discounts and free gifts. When I purchased a second Clinique item, I automatically got 10% off on those purchases (on top of the savings that I’ve already worked out). The Clinique Vitamin C product in particular, got me eligible for 2 pots of the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief! (FYI – 2 pots costs £72!) I was made aware of this eligibility hence the many Clinique products… What can I say? Clinique really know the way to my heart. ❤ I am entirely sure that these moisturisers will last me up until end of next year!

This post turned out so much longer than I originally thought. 😲 Still, I hope this was an enjoyable post, especially for those of you who were patiently waiting! Let me know what some of your Asian product recommendations are? I focused so much on sheet masks (which are actually heavy to carry…), that I think I didn’t allow myself to look at makeup so much. Well, next time! (or the odd online-shop…who knows. 😝)

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10 Rules: Long-Haul Flights and Traveling

For those of you who don’t know or are new to my blog, I recently went on a 3-week-long vacation to Hong Kong to visit a lot of family, and to in turn, celebrate Chinese New Year. It is not my first time going – I have been countless of times but I am still not perfect in what I pack as much as I have gotten used to long-haul flying and the 3-hour coach journey to and from Heathrow Airport. But this time round, I was happy in a couple of new steps that I took because trust me – I have made so many mistakes before. So here’s me, letting you in on the 10 rules that can help define a comfortable (but not unfashionable) long-haul journey, not just on the plane but when you’re at your far-away destination too.


Leggings will be your best friend

I know. Such an easy one. But I’m that idiot who prior to this trip, had never worn leggings or athleisure-wear on a plane. From London Heathrow to Hong Kong, it is roughly a 12-13 hour long journey so I don’t know how it has taken me so long to process this simple rule. But now I’m here to tell you that leggings are the absolute best thing.

Spending literally half-a-day on a plane is not fun. There is limited leg room and movement, and you are mostly stuck in the same position for hours, probably tossing and turning because you can’t quite get comfortable. Leggings are warm, light and breathable. As much as space is limited, you won’t feel as restricted in your movement with a pair of leggings. Want to know something else? I have worn skinny jeans before on said-journey and it’s one of the worst decisions of my life. What was I thinking?  I guess that’s when I knew that I needed to be serious about what I wear on a plane.

If you’re a guy, then by all means wear your athleisure/lounge wear!

Wide-legged pants are the best invention

Last summer, I bought a pair of black high-waisted wide-legged pants from Zara in the sale. It has now become a staple in my wardrobe and probably one of the best fashion purchases I’ve ever made! I’m so glad that I bought them despite my mum giving me some funny looks. (I think she knows that they look good now, haha.)

When worn, it hits my ankles at the right spot, and there is some elastic at the waist for easy wearing. There’s also two long ties at the front that you’re supposed to tie into a bow. There are now so many variations on the market but mine is of a nice, flowy material that looks initially like a long, black skirt until I start walking – that’s when you see that they are in fact, trousers.

These are still in-trend, and particularly in Hong Kong – I saw a lot of young people sport the look – all different cuts and variations but nonetheless, wide-legged and comfortable. They are flattering on any body type and best of all, they are versatile whatever the weather, because they don’t stick to your skin but there’s enough material to not freeze your legs either.

Mask the night before you leave and the night you arrive

I’m not one of those people who sheet-mask on a plane. I can’t bring myself to do so despite it being some advice that beauty gurus tell you to do when it comes to flight beauty. To counter this, I guess it’s better to bring along a sleeping mask with you if you want to be discreet about it. Otherwise, what I do is apply a sheet-mask the night before and then try to get as much sleep possible. (The latter never happens.) I then sheet-mask on my first night of arrival to make up for the moisture loss.

The air-conditioning can dry out your skin so it’s pretty important to keep your skin in its best condition any way that you can. My skin in particular, gets super oily on-flight so I normally bring along some cotton pads, micellar water and blotting sheets with me on board the plane as well as some moisturiser for good measure.

When combatting flight sickness…

By all means, skip over this point if it doesn’t apply to you. If it does, then stick around.

I don’t deal with flight sickness anymore, but it used to be a reoccurring factor whenever I traveled to Hong Kong. (I say Hong Kong because it’s the only real long-haul journey I’ve made all throughout the years.) Believe me when I say that I’ve had it bad before, and have had some horrific experiences. I’m so glad that I’m rid of this now since 14/15 years old. But what exactly is it that I did or changed?

  • Avoid fizzy drinks. The airiness will stay in your system for a while and make your stomach feel quite uneasy.
  • Avoid any juice drinks, especially orange juice. For me particularly, it makes me queasy on the plane, probably because of the sour-sweetness and acidity.
  • Drink water only, and keep to it whenever it’s available. Request hot water if you feel that cold water doesn’t sit right in your stomach.
  • Consume easy foods such as bread (see below)
  • Keep warm and comfortable. Sometimes the plane might be too air-conditioned and if you’re sensitive to temperature like my mum, you might start feeling a bit cold and ill.
  • Some chewing gum, mints or lozenges might be a good idea now and again to help you relax and breathe.

If plane food is not your thing

Is plane food even anyone’s thing? Well, I know that my eldest brother seems to demolish his plane meal. My mum and my second brother refuse to eat anything on a plane because they don’t like the smell or taste and fear flight sickness. I’m actually a bit more open to it now – I eat half of it? Even if you’re doing nothing on a plane, it’s important to keep your energy levels up.

My trick is to choose the easy foods, and if you can/want, don’t bother with any meat. For me personally, I don’t like the meat in plane meals – they are either tasteless or have a smell that I’m extra sensitive to on a plane. On my most recent trip, I picked the vegetarian meal: a mushroom omelette, something I found easy to consume.

Secondly, if you really can’t have any of the main meals, then at least have the sides such as the fruit or salad or the desserts. Bread is an extremely good option because it’s easy on the stomach and keeps you going for a while.

If all else fails and you find that you really can’t have anything, then make sure you have a fulfilling (but not super full) meal before you board the plane, and that you keep your water levels up, on the plane.

Trainers all the way

Or sneakers, if that is your used and preferred term.

I don’t know about you, but I always forget and underestimate how much walking you have to do before you board the plane, especially at international airports. So it’s super important that you have the right footwear for this to keep your feet happy and comfortable, not just on the plane, but off the plane. I have actually seen people wear boots and flats on a plane and I honestly don’t know how they do it. Like why?

Oh, and if you can, choose a trainer that’s a little roomy because if like me, your feet might swell up a bit by half-a-size towards the end of your flight.

Take your shoes off! (And make sure you have socks too)

Taking your shoes off makes your plane journey 100% more comfortable and enjoyable. It’s so important to let loose as much as possible because a 12-13 hour long journey (or however long yours might be) is no joke – it’s a very long time! So relax and try to feel a bit more at-home.

Some people like to take an extra pair of socks with them, which I think is quite a smart idea. Personally, I don’t do this, but I always make sure I’ve got a good pair of socks on because cold feet on the plane is quite unpleasant (been there, done that). I know Virgin Atlantic used to offer socks behind every passenger seat but it seems to not be the case anymore so decide what’s best for you.

Remember to online check-in

I know what you’re thinking. Like this is so obvious. But unfortunately, there are a few of us who are just about in-line with today’s new technologies, and a few others who are lagging a bit behind and need to be informed. I am probably the former – not behind but not super up-to-date either. (I don’t like technology taking over too much of my life but that’s a whole other topic in itself.)

3 years ago, when we traveled to Hong Kong as a family of 5, we didn’t online check-in which had we done so, would’ve saved a lot of time and we could’ve chosen seats (to sit together). Instead, we more or less got the last seats available and 2 of us had to sit on our own. We also got to the airport a bit late due to a delayed coach, so everything was just a huge rush – fast-walking and more fast-walking. Never again.

So take advantage of online checking-in since it does you a lot of good, and means you only have to baggage-drop when you get to the airport. You might even print your boarding pass beforehand (they have QR codes nowadays), otherwise, you can pick them up at the airport in usual fashion.

Print all the documents you need weeks in advance

I have a ridiculous amount of emails in my inbox. I’m not one of those people who delete emails on a daily or weekly basis, so it means that I normally have to search my inbox before I find the document of importance.

It’s all straightforward. You type in a keyword and should find what you’re looking for, but it still takes some time and probably something you don’t want to do the night before, especially if you’re prone to last-minute packing like me, and also need to online check-in.

Bring a coat but make sure it’s light-weight

The trend for quilted jackets won’t be going anytime soon. It’s still cold here and I can imagine that next winter, it will still be in-fashion because of its versatility and best of all, light-weightedness. I cannot do heavy coats anymore. How many times have you discovered that it’s cold enough to wear it outside but too hot to wear it inside? Or worst, it’s not practical and doesn’t keep you warm enough?

Last year, I invested in a quilted jacket from TK Maxx for about £40 which I am still wearing today. These days, you can get one for a reasonable price – some even cheaper than what I paid for – whereas before, they were very expensive and up-market items. What I particularly love is that I can fold it and place it in my backpack or luggage with ease since it weighs hardly anything! After all, the last thing you want is to be carrying a whole load with you on-board the plane.

So those are my 10 rules for happy and comfortable traveling! What other advice do you have to offer for other fellow travellers?

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Pack With Me | Beauty & Skincare Pt.2 ft. What’s In My Makeup Bag?

This segment will cover the preparation and makeup aspects of my travel beauty to Hong Kong. I want to be thorough and informative on why I have chosen these particular products to take with me. If you haven’t yet, you can catch up with the first segment here which explains the skincare aspect and how I intend to look after my skin whilst I’m away.

Otherwise, let’s get on with what I’m bringing makeup-wise!

Note: To make it easier, I’ll split this segment into two parts – one being more of a What’s In My Makeup Bag and the other being My Base Makeup, Brushes and Tools.


Featured in this post:

Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in ‘Light’
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact
Real Techniques Contour Brush (as part of Core Collection Set)
LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm
Eyebrow Tweezer (Unsure of brand)
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Expresso’
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo in ‘#1 Dark Brown’
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (sample)
Dior Addict Lipstick in ‘871 Power’
MAC Lipstick in ‘See Sheer’ (Lustre Finish)

Kiko Skin Tone Corrector Primer (discont.)
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush (as part of Core Collection Set)
H&M Precision Sponge
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in ‘Vanilla’
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in ‘Ivory’ (sample)*
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Beauty Glow)
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in ‘2 Medium’
EcoTools Powder/Blush Brush (as part of Six Piece Starter Collection)
Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (as part of Core Collection Set)
Koji Curving Eyelash Curler

*There is Even Better and Even Better Glow…I am unsure as to which version the SA gave me to sample!

What’s In My Makeup Bag?


My makeup bag stands the same as what I normally take with me on-the-go in my everyday life so I didn’t need to make any changes at all. The only thing I added was the mascara primer and mascara which would ordinarily be on my desk but since I’m traveling, it’s in a new home for now! Do note however that I have placed my eyelash curler with my brushes and base makeup, and not in my makeup bag.

One of the key aspects of the way I comprise my makeup bag is whether I can still create a great look even if I’m running late or had no time to do a full makeup look. The makeup bag should also be helpful for when you want to touch-up on your makeup throughout the day. Think of the things you would need to fix. Is it shine? Your concealer? Brows? Lip colour?

I have typically long chosen products that are easy to use and give that effortless, model-esque look – clean, pretty skin, natural brows, defined and lengthened eyelashes and a pink, healthy lip. I guess you can say my makeup bag is equal to a No-Makeup Makeup Look, however if I substitute some products with the other bases [See next section], I can still achieve my Everyday Makeup Look. It’s all about versatility and smart-planning!

Sun Protection & Easy Base


  • I have two choices for sun protection and what’s even better is that both products double over as a great base and moisturiser underneath makeup or even just on its own.
  • The Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Protective Face Base is newish in my kit but already a firm favourite. The smell is quite planty and organic – I really love it! It’s really pulled me through winter and has given my skin some extra loving. Oh, and it’s non-greasy which is great for my combo/oily skin. Instead, my skin looks clean and prepped.
  • The Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 is a repurchased product. It gives sheer-light coverage which is perfect for those No-Makeup Makeup days. Joyce recently told me that this is a product from the 90s… 😝 which is probably why no one talks about it? Anyways, I love it! It evens my skin and covers my minimal redness. It also makes my skin look really pretty. 🙂
  • No matter what look I’m going for, my concealer has been the same for the last few months: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in ‘Light’. I find it so easy to blend with a sponge – it brightens and never creases! To set, I use Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact with a Real Techniques Contour Brush. Perfect finish!

Brows & Eyes


  • I always carry a tweezer with me – does anyone else do this?! My brow growth is quite rich so I always have some stray hairs that I need to tweeze. 🙈
  • For brows, I have two choices. The first being the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Expresso’. To be honest, this isn’t a must-have for me – it’s average so most likely won’t repurchase. I find that the outer edges fade after a couple of hours. However, I like the brush head for grooming my brows!
  • Now, the Etude House Drawing Eye Brow Duo in ‘#1 Dark Brown’ has got to be my most-favourite brow product! It gives me full, yet soft and natural brows! The angled pencil makes it so effortless to draw and fill my brows in.
  • Perhaps the newest product in the whole post is this: the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer For Perfect Lash. It’s already a firm favourite though, providing a strong and lifted eyelash base for my mascara to glide on top of!
  • To complete the combination, I use the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (sample). A part of me doesn’t want to like this because I don’t believe in spending $$$ on mascaras but oh boy, I really like this! It thickens and lengthens my lashes, giving me a rich lash-game which I didn’t think was possible. With the mascara primer, it’s a perfect combo for me. 😍



Dior Addict Lipstick in ‘871 Power’ (left) and MAC Lipstick in ‘See Sheer’ (right) | Although the two colours look very different, when swatched, they are quite similar but with tonal and textural differences.

  • My lips were so dry earlier in the month but with continued use of the LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm, they look (and feel) so much better. I normally apply this before I do any makeup so that by the time I apply my lip product, my lips are nourished. 🙂
  • Honestly, I’m not a person that changes the lipstick in my bag all the time – it is generally the same most of the year!!
  • The Dior Addict Lipstick in ‘871 Power’ is a sheer colour of grapefruit pink. It’s not very long-lasting to be honest, but I still really like it. It’s very pretty and needless to say – the packaging is stunning with a magnetic closing mechanism.
  • I didn’t realise but 871 Power and MAC Lipstick in ‘See Sheer’ (Lustre Finish) could potentially be sisters although the latter can be built up better whereas the former still stays quite sheer (ironic really). See Sheer is probably my most-favourite, most-used lip product ever. It’s a pretty, grapefruit pink colour and is such a pick-me-up!

My Base Makeup, Brushes & Tools

Choosing my base makeup wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. Perhaps because I had learnt from my past mistakes where I overpacked on makeup that I didn’t even come to use. This time round, I just wanted to consider my Everyday Makeup Look. I think sometimes – just because you’re traveling, there’s a tendency to look almost fancier but truth is, I’m not a glamorous person. Needless to say, the first few days I will be very jet-lagged so I think the idea of ‘glamorous’ will go out the window. My methods are all about being easy and effortless so that’s what I want to teach and share to my readers!

In particular, I considered the packaging of the following products and knew that they’d be travel-friendly. Any glass bottles are automatically out-of-question which is fine as we could do without the extra weight anyway!

Let’s look at my final choices, shall we?


  • I’m on the last bit of my Kiko Skin Tone Corrector Primer so thought I could empty it whilst away. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued so no link but I’m hoping to find something similar in-store since I love this a lot! It’s a hydrating primer that evens out my skin.
  • The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in ‘Vanilla’ is such a no-brainer choice. It’s probably my most-favourite, fail-safe, everyday foundation. I especially love it for this time of year since it gives my skin some life and glow, even when it’s feeling dehydrated or unbalanced.
  • To apply, I either use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, or a damp sponge such as the one from H&M. All achieve natural, light-medium buildable coverage with airbrushed effect.
  • I said I’m not a glamorous person but I didn’t say I didn’t like choices… 👀 I couldn’t bring myself to only bring one foundation! As such, I’m taking samples with me!
  • I recently sampled the Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 in ‘Ivory’ and really like the finish! Pretty. Oil-control is so-so however with powder, it’s fixable and not a big deal in this climate.
  • The star product 🌟 in this whole post is actually the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Beauty Glow). It is what it says and makes me look so healthy and lit-from-within! [See: Review]
  • As an alternate powder choice, I’m taking the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in ‘2 Medium’ with me too. I haven’t tried too much of it so far so at this moment, I have no real opinion on it.

Perhaps I should explain the other brushes that I am bringing along with me?:


The Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Beauty Glow) which I currently like to use with two brushes: The EcoTools Powder/Blush Brush (left) and the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush (right)

  • The EcoTools Powder/Blush Brush is what I will use to apply the CT palette with. I’ve been using it recently as such and find it to be such  versatile brush since you can dab and blend to your liking just by turning the brush to the side.
  • The Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush was at first a redundant brush but I’ve been using it for two causes in the past few months. One, for highlighter (à la the CT palette) and two, for concealer.
  • Mascara is useless for me if I don’t bring an eyelash curler since I have such flat, short and straight lashes! The Koji Curving Eyelash Curler is one I purposefully bought a few years ago in Hong Kong since I thought it’s best to buy a product better suited for Asian eyes. It’s done me good all throughout these years so it’s one to stay!

This specific eyelash curler comes with its own designated case! This is perfect for travel for both hygiene and protection reasons, and the main reason for me buying this item.


It’s a perfect fit – not too tight or snug and the plastic is of a good quality. Although I don’t necessarily use it a lot (the case), the plastic has not shown any signs of cracking.

I’m back from my 3-week vacation to Hong Kong! In a perfect world, this post should have been up before I went away but the photos never happened even though the writing part was finished. Anyhow, it’s here: a guide that I’d still reference to in the future. Got to make life easier for yourself, right? 😉

I’ll be preparing my Hong Kong beauty haul post for next week – that one should be exciting so I can’t wait to share! See you soon. 🙂

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Sentiments of Traveling to a ‘Second Home’ – My Family Roots


Today is a Monday. I’ve just come back from Hong Kong yesterday morning, the plane arriving at 4.40am. By the time we went through customs, got all our luggage and headed out to the Central Bus Station, we got some coffee at a Caffe Nero and sat down. At this point, we had about an hour and a half before we could board the 7.10am coach back home, which we had booked beforehand.

By the time we arrived, it was about 11am! Or a little earlier than that actually. A few days ago, it had snowed quite heavily so as a result, there was a lot of snow remaining meaning that we had to drag our luggage across much of it (not fun!) before we could locate our car and drive back home.

I want to write about this experience whilst it is still fresh in my mind and still adjusting to UK everyday life again. I have been to Hong Kong many times, seeing as some of my family roots lie there – but this experience led me to discover some new feelings and I can only amount it to two things. One being as a result of growing up and another being that the city (and country – because I went to Mainland China too, to visit my mum’s side of the family) is vastly changing and developing as we speak. There is always something new every time I go back and I’m sure next time there will be another new building or development in progress.

I am happy to visit my family roots as much as I have done so far in my lifetime although I don’t know if it will ever be enough because each occasion always seems so short. It is bittersweet, and I feel bittersweet as I write about it. I know some who have never done so (visit their family roots that is), others who have on a much rarer level than I have but still, a special moment – each one different through the ages.

Hong Kong, and much of East Asia you may argue, is predominantly different to UK living. It’s fast-paced, crowded but it is almost the strength of the population that welcomes you – the noise of the people which the Chinese describe as being warm, an expression that doesn’t really exist in English or at least not to my understanding. This is the first thing I notice when I arrive in Hong Kong, and the first thing I miss when I leave Hong Kong. The first sentiment.

I have been to Hong Kong enough times to know ‘the feeling’ when I’m in Hong Kong as soon as I’m off the plane. Even a certain smell that I recognise as being Hong Kong which is funny because Hong Kong literally means ‘fragrant port’. I cannot describe it but it’s an authentic scent that I can only link to Hong Kong and no other. This is the second sentiment. Sometimes when I travel back and open my luggage, there is a scent of Hong Kong inside. I am not even kidding. 😝

Some of you may know that one particular reason I visited this time of year was for Chinese New Year. I have never celebrated Chinese New Year really and my mum had not been back home for CNY for about 30 years (!!) so it was a good opportunity to go. I’ve received red pockets before of course but it’s just not the same when you’re abroad. Strength of the population I’m telling you. Warmth of the noise. It was at this point that I recognised how infinitely everyone is considered family. I’d get red pockets from ‘strangers’ (my cousins’ friends for example or a neighbour) and it was the most bizarre but welcoming thing. I like this about Asian culture. Everyone is family. This is the third sentiment.

Growing up, I used to visit Hong Kong every year during the summer holidays. I am quite thankful that I don’t visit in the summer anymore since it gets mighty humid but of course, I miss the length of the vacation which was at least double the amount. Now, I only visit every 2-3 years and as it happens, everyone in the family is getting older. Busier. With jobs or kids, the things that take up your time as you begin ‘adulting’. As such, it gets harder to sometimes see family because understandably there are new priorities and you cannot be one of them. But for a day or two, you can and it is here that I understand how occasions like this where everyone – especially us coming back from abroad – can come together but it is ever so short-lived. Life itself is short so don’t waste time and see the people you need to see. Get off at the stop even if just for a moment. You have the responsibility to just do that, as much as you have the responsibility to return to your ordinary life and job.

The other day I asked my mum roughly how old a family member was. (Not in a bad way, just generally asking.) When you start thinking about age, that is when you know how quick time is going because it didn’t take long before I said that fifty is not far off (again, not in a bad way). You can say that it was just yesterday when I was a teenager and I saw my cousins in their 20s and 30s. But things stand different now and time is getting more scarce. Being based abroad compared to everyone else, time is even scarcer. I never even used to think about these things as a kid which is normal but now that I do, Hong Kong brings a new sentiment. Time will not stop for anyone so cherish the occasion whilst you’re experiencing it. There is a saying in Chinese, ‘No one knows tomorrow’s business’ and it could not ring truer.

Finally, the last sentiment that I feel – and always feel, is bittersweet. This sentiment normally kicks in after I have already left Hong Kong and have arrived back home. But you can bet that I can always look forward to the next time that I can finally visit again. It is the ‘looking forward’ part that cheers me up a bit from the tinge of sadness. Each moment in life is short-lived because we all have a responsibility to our individual lives and career…this is just the truth that you will discover when you grow up.

As a bonus, I will share with you a song that I have been listening to non-stop:

I discovered it by chance on a Spotify K-pop playlist and it couldn’t be more perfect to listen to towards the end of a journey or in reminiscing. It’s a song that understands me the best at this moment. I only just saw the English translation which is extremely fitting to the way I feel when I listen to it. 🙂

Time passes like water flows
I’m building a dam called memories
There are memories that I couldn’t hold onto
It’s the reason why I look beyond the horizon again today

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Are your family roots abroad too? If so, where? What did you discover?

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