Summer Trip – Skin Care / Body Care

Part 2 of my summer trip series!

Since we have covered the Makeup department, lets move over to the skin care. When traveling you want to bring products that would work with your skin. I mean, whats worse then to have a major skin breakout during your holiday right? So trying new products out during a trip is never a good idea. Well.. I pack products that I know would work, BUT I also pack samples that I haven’t had the chance to try yet. I sound super hypocritical right now I know. When traveling, I find it so tempting and convenient to bring all those samples thats just sitting in your drawer. I mean why not? Their light and disposable after use.

SELF RESTRAINT! Find a balance. For the basics such as face wash, toner and moisturizer I would bring my usual products. I would go through my samples and see what additional things I want to try and bring those along as well. Even if your skin starts acting up after first use, you can instantly return to your trusted products.

ImageSkin care – Regular Products:

Dior Hydra Life Eye Cream

BioDerma (in the clear bottle)

Clean&Clear Acetone (shiseido bottle)

King Olive Acne Serum (Green Roller Ball)

Queene Helene Mint Julep mask & Dior Hydra Life Moisturizer (in the contact case)

Skin care – Samples to try:

L’Oreal Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting Serum

Miracle Skin Body 20

Holika Holika Water March Moisture Full Cream

Sircuit Skin Molecular Mist


SKIN CARE – Samples To Try: 

Origins Checks and Balances – foams up really nicely and feels all velvety on the skin. Can’t say if I really like it since I haven’t used it enough. Doesn’t break me out though so thats a plus!

Benefit Refined Finish Face Polish

Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash – Its actually very very similar to the Origins Checks and Balance. Same texture when dispensed and same texture after lathering it up.

ImageHAIR CARE – Normally for hair and body care, I just load up on the samples. My skin and hair is rarely sensitive to new products so I am able to gorge myself in these sample heaven!

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar – Love taking my shampoo bar for travel. Less liquids to bring! Cleanses well but it does take a couple use to get the hang of it since it does take some skills to get it up to the lather I want. You do have to bring some conditioner because since this is a clarifying shampoo your hair will need to be reconditioned which is why I bring a bunch of conditioning samples with me.

John Frieda Collection Root Awakening

Her Styler Vitamine E Hair Serum

Etude House Silk Scarf – This was mehh. Nothing too impressive.

Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Hair Mask – This was really nice. Used this after spending the whole day at the beach in the ocean and it just turned my hair from a knotted mess to silky smooth.

CHI Silk Infusion (in the Creative sensation bottle for travel use)

Dove Go Fresh Raspberry and Lime – Not really a hair care product but this was my shower gel sample that I got in HK last summer. It smells DELICIOUS! i wish they have this scent in the states.


BODY CARE: Other than my face sunblock, I can bring whatever I want. My biggest fear is putting regular sunblock on my face and having it clog my pores and cause breakouts.

Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF30 – I actually ended up not using this. This was just more for backup purposes because I much prefer the spray on kind that my friend brought. If you’re going to be out in the sun the whole day, opt for SPF 50+ and reapply throughout the day. Don’t want to be burnt like a tomato now do we?

Nivea Express HydrationKind of small for a lotion to bring, but theres actually quite a lot of product in there thats good for probably 3 full body uses. I don’t use it on my whole body so there was more than enough for the trip.

Shiseido Urban Environment Sunblock SPF35Surprise Surprise that this is the sunblock I would bring for my face. This is probably the only sunblock I would use on my face.

Aloe Vera Soothing Gel If you’re going to be in the sun the whole day, another thing that you must get is some type of after sun lotion that can help cool and soothe your skin. Aloe Vera is probably your best option. It feels soooo nice on the skin. It soothes and moisturizes. Great on sensitive skin types so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin. You will regret it if you don’t bring it.

Etude House Aloe Moistful An aloe vera for your face since I’m paranoid with using body products on the face. I just feel that products that is meant for your body is not as gentle as the ones that are meant for your face.

Bamboo UV+ Color CareA UV protection spray for your hair. Sounds perfect for being outdoors but I forgot to use it.

Episencial Soothing Cream


Everything gets placed in this little pouch. Its not that little but it sure fits a heck of a lot of products in it. One of my old roommates just came into my room and gave it to me one day. It might not be the cutest but it sure is useful. I love it! I’ve seen similar ones at TJ Maxx.


Skin care and body care are separated. Some products that I’m scare will leak or bust open is placed in the Forever 21 baggie.

ImageFolds nicely in half. Not too big not too small but fits an insane amount of stuff.

Summer Trip – Makeup

For the Summer travel series.. lets start with makeup!



I am determined to travel as light as possible on this trip. Mainly because I’m not going for that many days so there is no need to overpack. With makeup, I have placed everything in a clear plastic cosmetic baggie that was a freebie from Shiseido. I chose a clear bag because if I’m going to be sharing a room with other girls, most likely their going to bring their makeup as well. To prevent me from sprawling all my products on the counter I can just leave everything in the bag and not have to take it out because I see everything inside already! Saving space and time from when it comes time to pack and leave.


  • MAC – Style Frost blush (since we’re going to be out in the sun, I wanted a more orangey/coral blush)
  • NYC blushable Creme Stick – Urban Spice (bronzing stick to fake that bronzed look before I get my own natural tan. ahah I’m actually not sure if this was discontinued)
  • Lioele – Beyong the Solution BB Cream (didn’t want to take a foundation with me because I probably won’t want to wear any. But this BB cream will work for day and night because theres no SPF. During the day I will have to put on something with higher SPF anyway so bringing a BB cream/Foundation with SPF in it wouldn’t do much good as to how versatile the product will be.
  • PUR – 4-1 Pressed mineral Makeup – Light (Instead of bringing my regular powder, bringing a mineral powder or powder foundation is great for when you’re on vacation. It gives you the option of being lazy and not have to fuss over your face makeup in the morning. This PUR mineral face makeup gives good enough coverage to cancel out redness and minimize the looks of pores. If you want fuller coverage then simply use a concealer with it and TA-DA light make up for a beach day.
  • NARS – Orgasm Illuminator – (Gorgeous highlighter to use with a sun kissed complexion.)
  • Physicians Formula- Conceal RX – Natural Light (Since both my face makeup is not very high in coverage, of course I need to compensate by bringing a higher coverage concealer for when I want to be more made up … like for dinner or something)











  • Physicians Formula Eye BOOSTER Eyeliner – ( Pretty self explanatory, my fave liquid liner right now so of course it would be my eyeliner of choice to bring on a trip.)
  • Covergirl – Liquilineblast – Black – (For the most dramatic eye look, a pencil liner is a must)
  • Majolica Majorca – Lash Enamel Glamorous Volume On Mascara – Black ( since I’m going somewhere thats going to be hot hot HOT! I am definitely brining a mascara that will stay put)
  • Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Glitter Liner –  (just for fun, might not even use it. BUT if I get the chance to use it on a night out then I definitely will.)
  • Sonia Kashuk – Tongue in Cheek – 15  (used for a more sultry night time look)


  • Too Cool for School – Party Time (I bought this in Korea and I have no idea what the color name is. But I love this for day time and just bring with me for on the go because there is the cream shadow base on the bottom and two shadow colors that I use on a daily basis on top. Its compact so its perfect for traveling.)





  • MAC – Mineralize Eyeshadow – Fresh & Mint – (Fun colors that can be pulled off during vacationing by the beach with a pop of blue/pink on the lower lash line. )



So that concludes the Summer trip makeup that I will be bringing on my trip. What products do you bring? Got any good suggestions? Let me know! Next post will be on Skincare!

❤ Jess

Summer Picks

Since summer is in full swing, let me share with you some summer products that I have been reaching for the most and items in the general category that is a must have for the summer season.

What do I look for in products I use in the summer?

It must be light weight, smudge proof, and long lasting.

FACE: Skin79 Super BB Triple Functions -Whitening


OK, so Summer = Tinted Moisturizer.At least thats what I think. And for me, BB Cream is pretty much a tinted moisturizer but better. (Don’t think I need to go on about what a BB cream is since you can easily google it and you’ll get TONS of information on it.)  This one that I have has higher coverage than usual tinted moisturizer. SPF25 (protects against UVB  – causes sunburn) PA ++ (protects against UVA- causes premature aging, sunspots, skin cancer) Many Asian skin care products have PA protection levels (more + the better) and the Western markets are starting to introduce it. Best to look for products with both SPF and PA protection.  The color straight out of the pump is a bit gray but after you blend it out, it matches my skin tone perfectly. (about Mac NC25-30) Given I am quite pale, so I don’t think that this will work for people who have darker skin tones. This lasts about 7-8 hours before the coverage starts fading but considering that this is a BB cream I find that to be perfectly acceptable. I can’t say that this is great at oil control though. I don’t have the most oiliest skin, but a couple hours in I do see that my face gets a bit shiny, so for my oily friends, you probably will need to use a oil control primer.

EYES: Estee Laudeer Double Wear Stay-in Place Shadow Creme




I absolutely love cream shadows. The Estee Laudeer ones are one of my favorites. I have a couple of these andtheir all quite the same across the board. Creamy and blendable. Does not dry out as fast as the MAC Paint Pots. actually none of the ones I own has ever driedout.  I mostly use these as a primer. But for the summer, I also use these just as shadows. After blending this out, it comes out quite sheer but the color is still there. I love shimmery champagne colors and this Golden Sands is a nice eye brightening color for a natural look.

EYES: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner- Twilight Night Shimmer Ink




Compared to the Physicians Formula Liquid Liner

Pairing with the Golden Sands, is this Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. This color isn’t jet black so its softer and more natural. I love gel liner because it creates a softer look than a liquid liner. There is no smudging, smearing, melting, or any of it with this liner. I’ve had it on for about 12 hours and it still looks the same as when it was first applied in the morning. There is a bit of shimmer and its really pretty after applied. Its not too overly glittery, its very subtle. The shimmer doesn’t fall out and make your face look like a disco ball or anything.

EYES: Majolica Majorca Lash Enamel Glamour Volume On


BEST Mascara ever! Not a mascara that I would use everyday though. Why? Because it doesn’t budge. Isn’t that suppose to be a good thing? Well it is, until when it comes time to remove your makeup. It takes double the time to remove my eye makeup than usual if I have this on. Proving, that if your looking for a mascara that holds a curl, adds volumes, and lengthen then this is your go to mascara! I have worn it for 24 hrs before, unintentionally! And my lashes looked the same as when I first applied it. This is probably the ONLY mascara that will hold my curls and not have it droop one bit. Not even a little. Amazing (: (Majolica Majorca is the drugstore line of Shiseido.. no wonder right?)

CHEEKS: Gilly Hicks – Hydrangea



The ultimate goal of most people during the summer is getting tanned. For those that don’t go out very much, will try and fake that tan. A blush that is a bit darker can give the illusion of tanner, more golden skin. Hydrangea has that more tanner blush color. This blush is my first and only Gilly Hicks beauty product. I remember just picking it up to try during one of their crazy sales. For those that don’t know, Gilly Hicks is the lingerie store of Abercrombie & Fitch. This isn’t super pigmented so it makes it really easy to use (meaning you won’t overdo it) Blendable and buildable .

LIPS: Maybelline – Baby Lips

We all know that sunscreen is needed whenever we go out in the sun. We all apply it on our face and body but a lot of time we forget to protect our lips. Lip balm doesnt’ just help with preventing our lips from getting chapped, but it can also protect it from the sun. Getting a sunburn on our back or arm hurts already, imagine getting your lips burned! Definitely something we don’t want. So when buying a lip balm, make sure to get one with some type of SPF. Baby Lips by Maybelline is a great one. It has SPF 20 and its inexpensive! About $3-4. They have so many different colors and “flavors”? The one that I have is the Melon Mania and oh goodness, it smells delicious! I’m not even a fruity scent girl, but this one really does make you want to slather more on. It also gives you a little bit of color payoff with a bit of glossiness to it.