What’s In My Skincare Travel Pouch? #3

I will be on the way to Miri in another few hours for an overnight trip to meet some friends, visit a traditional clinic, do my hair at Hair Clipperz, collect my online skincare purchases and Artistry products from Ing. So, I’ll be doing another What’s In My Skincare Pouch today. They are pretty much the same like my previous two post on What’s In My Skincare Pouch #1 and #2. Hopefully, you won’t feel bored reading them.

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The first thing which I realized from this picture after extracting it out from my digital camera into my computer was that majority of my skincare products are now from Kose except for a few holy grail products from Shiseido. I know these are not travel sized products. My skin condition hasn’t at tip top condition after using an unknown facial cleansing tissue. It broke out a little on the same evening after usage. There were better now but to be on the safe side, I am switching some of the products back to Kose.

I’ll start from the left to the right. If you had observed carefully, I had arranged the skincare products in order based on how I use them.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution Micellaire: I requested Patrick to get this for me from Guardian Pharmacy, Singapore before I flew to there last May. This is one good cleansing water. It was able to remove all the dirt and grime on my face after a long, tiring and hectic day. I don’t have to worry about clogged pores when I am using this since this is a water based remover and there’s no way that it would clog your pores. I would turn to this product whenever I am feeling lazy.

Price: S$15.90 (100ml) & S$29.90 (250ml)

Kose Sekkisei White Liquid Wash: Got this in a Kose Sekkisei trial pack from Singapore Changi International Airport Duty Free Shop whereby it came with Kose Sekkisei Lotion and Kose Sekkisei Emulsion. It cleanses my skin as well as some of the other facial cleansers which I had used or currently using. But if you have an oily combination skin, I would suggest you cut low on the dosage as this facial cleanser is much recommended for dry to normal skin.

Price: RM124 (East Malaysia) & S$42 (Singapore)

Kose Seikisho Clear Lotion: I had been leaving this product aside for almost two weeks ever since I got myself Laneige Clear-C Effector, which I find to be much more effective compared to the former product. Both works about the same but the latter is more like a skin booster while the former is used to remove the remaining dirt and grime after double cleansing.

Price: S$33 (Sephora) S$28 (Singapore Changi International Airport) RM93 (East Malaysia)

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: This is my favorite toner or lotion nowadays. I used to favor Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Softener. But I loved Kose Sekkisei Lotion more after trying it. I am currently on my second bottle of the said lotion, which is in the size of 500ml.

Price: RM255 (360ml) & RM298 (500ml)

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: This is my holy grail product for dark spots and scar marks. I am currently on my third bottle. Albeit the steep price, I am still sticking with this product after an unfortunate experience with Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.

Price: RM420 (East Malaysia)

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion: This used to be my day and night moisturizer for quite some time. But I am returning back to Laneige Water Bank Essence currently in order to finish the product off. The reason why I am bringing this instead of Laneige Water Bank Essence is that this is more portable and I don’t have to worry about breakage. What I like about this Kose Sekkisei Emulsion is that it’s quite watery and light for my skin to absorb.

Price: RM177 (East Malaysia)

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream: I just bought this cream from like 2 weekends ago and I had only used it once. The texture was neither light nor thick. But I still find it slightly too heavy for my skin for the time being. So, I am bringing it with me this time round to check if it’s still too heavy on my skin when I am sleeping in an air-conditioned room.

Price: B$85

Kose Sekkisei Eye Cream: Got friend to get this for me when he was in Miri for his CPA examination. I was a little bit bored with Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Eyes so I bought one for myself to try since Jennie highly recommended it for being a money saver. But do not even bother to try applying too much on your eye areas lest it will look extremely oily.

Price: RM175

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++: After coming back from Singapore, I sort of realized the importance of sunscreens. But the BA at Elizabeth Arden once told me that we do not need a sunscreen with huge coverage if we won’t be staying outdoor for a long time. The ideal coverage for sunscreen is about SPF30 to SPF35. Unless you will be exposed to sunlight for a long time, then SPF50 would be the most ideal coverage. And since I would be outdoor most of the time on this Miri trip, I brought this instead of Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protector Extra Mild SPF30 PA++.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturing Primer: I bought this more than half a year ago and only started using it religiously for about a month. This product can help you set your makeup in place or prevent bad substances or whatever going into our pores. In short, this product acts like a shield in protecting harmful substances from going into your pores and worsen your skin condition. What I love the most about this product is that it gives a matte finishing with the dose of a red bean and it will be able to cover your whole face.

Price: B$65

I think I am bringing the most skincare products this time round. Hahaha … And hopefully, you haven’t fall asleep by now. LOL!

What’s In My Skincare Travel Pouch? #2

Good morning! It’s finally Friday and I am going Miri for a weekend escapade. Wouldn’t call it an escapade really since there is nothing much you could do in Miri anyways. Sister wanted to go somewhere away from Brunei for a couple of days. We intended to go Kota Kinabalu (KK) at first, but then I just came back from Singapore early of last month and I think it isn’t an appropriate thing to do to keep on taking long leaves. Well, 3 – 4 days isn’t what I would consider long but some do!

As usual, it’s important to pack up some skincare products with you if you are going on a trip. Be it short or long, it is still important. So, I packed up a bit of the necessities to bring for my weekend trip tomorrow and here’s what I would be bringing.

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I’ll start from the top then coming down from the left.

Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam: I don’t use this very regularly as my usual cleansing foam. But I’ll always bring this with me when I am traveling. I liked how rich and foamy the lather could be when you worked it up. And it could cleanse my face very well leaving it smooth and squeaky clean!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Solution MicellaireThis is a mini size version of the famous Bioderma cleansing water. I requested Patrick to get one for me to try first when I traveled to Singapore early of last month. Fell in love with it instantly on my first usage. It was able to remove all traces of dirt on my face without breaking out on me the next day. Price is rather steep though for a small size.

Kose Sekkisei Lotion: Been using this lotion for about two months since I came back from Miri two months ago and it was extremely good. It may reeks of alcohol but it wasn’t harsh on my skin. I even asked Alan to get me another bottle worth 500ml at the price of RM298! It’s a good deal, right?

Kose Sekkisei Emulsion: This is not a full size bottle of the product. I think this was only 70ml. The BA at Changi International Airport T2 Duty Free Shop suggested that I get the trial size just in case if I couldn’t be sure if the product is gonna work out on me. I liked the texture of the product. It wasn’t oily on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized after application.

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: This is one product which I couldn’t live without albeit the steep price. I had tried alternatives but they break out on me quite horribly.

Shiseido Multi-Defense UV Protector SPF50 PA+++: Had been using sunscreen religiously ever since I came back from Singapore and this is one good sunscreen for my oily skin. It doesn’t break out on me and it leaves a smooth finishing after application. And no white cast as well, if you are wondering about that. LOL!

Kose Sekkisei Eye Cream: Had only started using this eye cream for a couple of weeks. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t do much with reducing the appearance of fines lines and dark circles, but it did a great job in keeping the eye areas moisturized and hydrated.

So, that basically summed up what I am bringing on a holiday trip. Do share yours!

What’s In My Skincare Travel Pouch? #1

I am supposed to do this post weeks ago before I was due to fly off to Melbourne, Australia but never gotten round to do them coz the quality of the pictures taken of them were horrible. And I retook them again yesterday evening, and finally they all turned out to be fine. During my previous two holiday trips to China, I brought full size skincare products because I only have limited travel size skincare products. And unfortunately, those limited ones happened to be not the usual skincare products which I had been using. So, I had to bring full size skincare products on my holiday vacation out of no choice.

But on my last holiday trip to Australia, I was lucky enough to get quite a few other travel sized samples of the skincare products which I usually use. Hence, I was able to travel light this time. And it goes the same to the trip to Miri that I am gonna have next weekend!

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This is what I used to store all my travel sample sized skincare products when I am on holiday. It’s a pouch from Biotherm which I got when Patrick and Andrea bought me my belated birthday presents last year. If you are traveling with only hand carry luggage, I would strongly suggest that you store all your 100ml sample sized skincare products in a transparent food carrier bags. If you don’t have any, some of the major international airports provided them for free at the body screening area at the departure lounge after you checked in. And make sure that all your skincare products are not more than 100ml worth of liquid each.

So, I am gonna briefly describe each and every of the skincare products which I am gonna bring on my holiday trips. But of course, I don’t bring the same products all the time. Depending on what I have in hand and the weather of the country that I am visiting.

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Biotherm White D-Tox Detoxifying + Cleansing Oil: I had bought a full size bottle of this product and I love it. At first, it gave me breakouts. So, I stopped for a couple of days and started using it again. And guess what, it worked super fine on my skin leaving my skin all clean, soft and supple after rinsing off the cleansing oil. But it has a strong scent of floral fragrance. Those who doesn’t like strongly scented products may not like this at all.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam: When my purchases exceeded RM350 in total every time when I replenish my skincare products at Shiseido, I would be given a sample size of this product as GWP. As a matter of fact, I had quite a lot of it and I ended up giving most of them to my mom. I don’t like this as much as I love my current cleanser – Kose Seikkisei White Powder Wash, but it’s good enough for my usual cleansing routine.

Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-Nourishing Softener: I got this as a GWP with my purchase of Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen EX SPF50+ PA+++. Haven’t really gotten round to use it. Shall try it soon and gonna put a review on it as well.

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Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+: Super love this product and this is my second bottle. Before I got myself the second bottle, I was using Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. And oh boy, it broke out on my skin very badly and leaving my face looking all shiny throughout the day. In the end, I gave up on the product and got myself a second bottle of Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+. Despite the price is steep, I am sure you’ll get your money worth with the effect that it did to your skin.

Laneige Pore Tight Essence: I knew that my previous review on this product hasn’t been exactly a positive one. I still couldn’t see the results on the shrinkage of my pore sizes but I love how my skin felt after applying on this product. Asked Jia to get me another full size bottle of this from Seoul, Korea but she came back empty handed coz she ran out of budget as she spent most of them with sightseeing. *sigh*

Biotherm Pure.Fect Skin Anti-Imperfection Targeted Solution: I only use this once in a while when I have acne or blemish growing on my skin. So far so good though.

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Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion SPF15: Had been using this product for about two years and I have not finished my first bottle yet. It’s quite economical as you only need a small amount for your face. What’s good about this product is that it came with SPF15. I know it’s not enough with the kind of weather that we have in Brunei, but to me it’s okay since I stayed in an air-conditioned room most of the time. I only use this product in the morning before I go to work.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion: Only started using this last April when my Sister told me that this product works even better than Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Gel. The texture is not thick and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling all sticky. So, this is my night moisturizer most of the time.

Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Eyes: This is a full size product which I am bringing since it doesn’t carry much weight and it’s easy to bring around. Just like your normal lip gloss but taller. Liked this product because it could conceal the dark circles under my eyes. The texture of this product is not very thick. It feels oily but it doesn’t leave your eyes’ areas feeling sticky or greasy as it gets absorbed into the skin very quickly.

Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++: Bought this not long ago before Chinese New Year and I brought it with me on last holiday trip to Australia. Used it when I was in Gold Coast as the weather had been pretty hot. Quite liked this product as it works well with my skin without giving me any breakout. The texture of the sunscreen is runny and it doesn’t leave the skin feeling sticky and oily. Smells quite nice as well. Bought it for B$45 at Hua Ho, Yayasan and it comes with GWP of Shiseido The Skincare range.

So, what do you have in your skincare travel pouch when you travel? Feel free to share with me!