My Travel Essentials

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been posting recently, I’m actually working on a product review but a lot of research needs to be done so I’m totally not rushing it, you understand right? I knew you would, you’re cool, you.

Today I’m going to talk about my travel essentials. We’re going to Singapore and KL, again! Yay! I don’t really carry much in my carry on and usually put most of my skincare and hair products in my check in luggage, though I do try to minimize the amount of things I take so I don’t feel bad about goin HAMMMMM at the malls.

Don't judge me.
Don’t judge me.

I’m going to start off by saying that hairspray is a must. When I’m on vacay, I see super fab people everywhere, and being the super drab human that I am, I like to overcompensate with my hair, and I need an 80s amount of hairspray on my puny, thinning hair. Whew, now that I’m a little more calm, let’s move on to the rest of this post.

I’m going to have to take my basic skincare routine, but prioritizing is key. If I’m going to a super humid country, maybe I won’t take a heavy occlusive with me and I’ll maybe bring along some sheet masks or a hydrating essence or two. But if I were going to a place with cold weather, I’d bring a heavy cream along with the hydrating essences because you’re never too prepared. There’s also an issue of whether some products are available in some areas, so you might not be able to buy one if you need and will have to drag one along with you.

So with me, I have a decant of my Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner in my gift bottle of the ‘freshner’ that I received as a gift from Etude House when went HAMMMM on one of their Singapore outlets. Trés convenient! I also have the gift size of the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore lotion which came with the Jeju Volcanic Pore solution kit which was also a freebie from Innisfree when I bought their clay mousse mask. I know, Korean companies are great.

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I’m also bringing along a sample size of the Innisfree The Green Tea Seed serum, again, gift. This time, it was because I became a member for free! They pay you with mini skincare things if you become a member! THEY PAY YOU WOW!

I’ve also got a decant of the Laneige Brightening Sparkling Water Capsule mist with me. Lush Cosmetics’ Popcorn lip scrub is amazing always. I sort of have no choice but to use the Garnier PureActive foam cleanser which I got as a gift from Watson’s during the New Year. The Laneige Sparkling Water Pop Essence is coming with me wherever I go, and so is the Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean lip balm. Decants of the Etude House 92% Aloe Vera gel which has been spiked with 15% tea tree oil and the Mizon All in One Repair Snail Cream, Mentholatum’s Sunplay sunscreen spray SPF80 PA++ for my body and the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA++++ so UVA and UVB rays don’t Avada Kadevra my skin.

I don’t want to bring the full sizes of my Cure Natural Aqua gel and Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse mask, so instead I’m taking two sachets of the Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener and two sachets of the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, which is a clay mask. Hurray samples!

I’ll need The Body Shop’s Mango hand cream on the plane which will suck all moisture out of my hands, dementor style. I’ve also got a nail clipper and the Etude House 6 way nail buffer to rescue my nails when they need rescuing. I really want to take my TFS Clear Away Spot, but I don’t want to add another glass bottle to my travel bag, so I’m taking the Etude House Pink Powder spot patches with me. I will also INDEFINITELY need oil blotters, currently I’m using the Oxy oil blotters. My priorities also include nice smelling hands and clean hands, and Bath and Body Works’ Hey Honeybun hand sanitizer which smells like a cinnamon-y dream.

I hope you appreciated the Harry Potter references.

Once my hair started falling like crazy and started thinning, I went out on a hunt for a super mild shampoo, free of sulfates and other mean things, and I came across the Lush Seanik solid shampoo bar, which is a godsend. You wouldn’t believe that an organic shampoo in a freaking bar could lather so well, clean your hair and give it volume that lasts! It does, unbelievably, it does. It also smells great and lasts insanely long for a $12 product. This is amazing to travel with, takes up such a tiny amount of space.

I can’t remember what my life was life before I met dry shampoo. Oh wait, I do, it was oily, greasy, flat, disgusting and simply just no. The Batiste Dry Shampoo in Strength & Shine is amazing for when you want your hair to look unwiry and ungross. The white powder also somehow completely fades away, even on my black hair, leaving it clean, bouncy and voluminous. This is also so useful when traveling when you can’t always wash your hair, especially when second day hair can look so amazing.

To push back the sides of my hair, I use the American Crew Fiber and the Bad Lab Like A Boss Mattifying Clay alternatively, so I bring along both.

When I need an extra oomph, say if I’m going to a fancy mall and/or I am feeling fancy that day, I will use my Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel which makes my hair all nice and poofy and use the Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay to spray in between my locks and all around to seal the volume completely.

Lastly, I have my Hugo Boss deodorant which lasted me 4 months of use in a HUMID COUNTRY and smells amazing, and my YSL L’Homme Sport EDT which I picked up from the Singapore airport duty free the last time I was there. It smells like fresh and citrusy with a hint of spice and a tinge of woodiness. And the bottle omg I can’t.

And that’s that! That’s all I bring with me when I travel, not forgetting my toothbrush and, if needed, some toothpaste, though most hotels do provide it. I might not always bring all of this stuff, and sometimes I take even more! #rebel

What are your travel essentials?

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