As Christmas is quickly approaching, I’m preparing to head home to visit family over the festive period. For anyone who’s traveled for any length of time, you have likely experienced the inconvenience of trying to haul your home skincare routine with you in a suitcase, and that sometimes it’s just not worth it. Many of my skincare products at the moment fall into this category as they are just not travel friendly for a number of reasons. Some are just in large packaging, are likely to break during travel, or just too fragile. So I took some time this afternoon to dig through my box of samples to prepare a make-shift routine for my Christmas trip home. Some of my routine contains my normal routine, but most of it has samples that I want to write first impressions on to share after the new year.
This is going to be a really long post, so grab a cup of tea, a snack or a blanket – because I plan to break this down into individual sections.
I plan to take two cleansers back with me, the first a tube I plan to use the most, and the other I want to write a one-time/first impression on. The first is The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleansing Gel, which I’ve referred to in my sample stash series, here. The next is a sachet of the Tony Moly Nutra Energy Foam Cleanser which I’m curious to see how it reacts with my skin, or if it can even foam up at all from being contained in a sachet.
I’m not sure how often I’ll need to exfoliate my skin, but I’m taking my go-to and the only sachet I have. I reviewed this product very recently here, but I’m bringing my Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It facial scrub back with, and as you can probably tell, it’s battered and bruised with use. The sachet I’m bringing back with my is the Ioma Gentle Exfoliating Emulsion, which I’ve decided to try as part of my exfoliating step right before a toner or emulsion.
I have a similar approach for toners as well, with one bottle and one sachet. I have my tiny sample bottle of the Holika Holika Black Snail Toner, which I’m expecting to be interesting to use during the dry wintry period. I also wanted to take my sachet of the Skinfood Broccoli Toner, since these are the only toner samples I have left, and I wanted to take the chance to give this little sample a go. I will write up a first impression for this sample too, so expect a post on that after the new year.
Combining this into one section, I plan to use only sachets for this step in my routine, as I have a large abundance of samples. I have two sachets of the Skinfood Blanc Pearl Caviar Emulsion, which I’m curious whether this will feel as luxurious on the skin as the name makes it sound. Next is the Tony Moly Prestige Jeju Snail Essence, which I’m mostly curious about because the snail trend may have passed, but to me it’s still a little bit intriguing. The next sachet is the Missha MISA Geum Sul First Essence Booster, as well as the Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum. All of the sachets I’ve mentioned in this paragraph I referred to in my sample stash post, here. Lastly, is the COSRX BHA Skin Returning Emulsion, which honestly I’m just so intrigued by this brand. I have their acne patches and the AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner, and so far really like their products, so it’ll be interesting to see if this emulsion is a potential purchase.
I plan to use a tube and sachet during my trip home. The tube I’m planning to try out is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, and I’m curious to see how a higher end brand will work with my skin. The sachet I’m packing is the Rizette Magic Whitening Glow Serum Cream, which is a brand I’m completely unfamiliar with.
I didn’t pack a night time specific product, as I’m using the next couple of nights to judge my skin’s needs on what type of moisturiser I may need, or to just layer up my serums instead.
I only have one sample for this area of my routine, so I have my current sunscreen which is the EGLIPS Multi Unique Sun Block, and my sachet of the Skinfood Aloe Watery Sun Daily Sunscreen. Both of these products are SPF 50+ and PA +++ so I’m curious what the different textures are like. I’ve been meaning to review the EGLIPS sunscreen for a while, but I don’t go out very often so I use it infrequently, but I will write my thoughts soon and review it.
I plan to bring my eye creams from my skincare routine, but I know my day time eye cream is close to running out, so I’m packing a few samples to pick from should I run out. My day time eye cream at the moment is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream, which I’ve reviewed, here. My night time eye cream which is also starting to get low, is the Simple Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm. Moving right, I have three sachets that I may end up trying out. In order they are the Missha MISA Geum Sul Vitalising Eye Cream, the Skinfood Blanc Pearl Caviar Eye Cream, and the Ioma Flash Youth Eye Contour Concentrate, which I think will work well as a night time sort of eye cream.
Along the bottom, I have my last pair of Dermactin-TS Collagen Gel Under Eye Patches which I reviewed a while ago, here. I want to pack these just in case I’m having a phase where my eyes just need some extra love, and I just want an excuse to remember these exist. That’s what I get for leaving them in the bedroom, instead of in my desk. One eye product that does normally live in my desk though, is my The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cube, which I want to bring with me for those moments when my eye area needs a freshen up, but an eye cream is just a bit too much. I reviewed this product as well, which you can read here.
I want to group these two categories together, since I only have one treatment product on the go right now, and I plan to bring it back with me. My acne treatment I’ve been using lately is The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, which I have in the older packaging. I use this on my acne to prevent and treat, and so far haven’t found this to be too intense for my skin, so I plan to bring it home with me. I was initially nervous to pack it, but as I load the products into my clear makeup bag, it’s really nicely cushioned so I feel okay packing it.
Two sachets I’m taking back are the Tony Moly Intense Dual Effect Sleeping Pack, which will work as a night cream and sleeping pack in one if I find my skin needs it. So I may write a first impression on it if I do use them.
Lastly for this area, I have two masks/treatments from The Body Shop, which are samples of the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, and the Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel. The assistant at the store in my home town gave me around 4-6 samples of their masks a while ago, and since they don’t appear to have gone off, I decided to take these two back with me to try. I’m a little nervous about the liquid peel, but my gut instinct tells me to give it a go.
Edit: Since using this product after publishing this post, I discovered that the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask that was described on the bottom of the sample tub was actually the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask. I apologise for the misinformation, I hope you understand that it wasn’t intentional. I haven’t edited this out to avoid confusion, but want to highlight this error nonetheless.
I initially planned to leave this section out, but I’m packing a sample back-up for just in case, so I want to talk about my current lip balm with it. I passed on the Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm very recently because the scent was too much for me, and in my rush to replace it, I picked out my Boots Lipsalve in the strawberry flavour, and have been working through it very quickly. I don’t feel the need to write a review on it, but basically if you find yourself in need of a lip balm in a rush, say yours got ruined, or you ran out and you’re panicking to find one that will work, this is a lip balm you can depend on for frequent daily use. It’s not a lip treatment like I got from my E.L.F. Soothing Lip Balm, but for general use it’s great.
Because I am working through my lip balm so quickly though, I decided to pack my sample of The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm just in case I do run out while I’m visiting family.
This is more of a back-up section, as I have a hand cream I keep in my bag at all times. Just in case I use it up though, I am packing my two sample sachets of the Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream. I accidentally added the day cream (on the left) sachet in here as well, but I’m honestly relieved I made the mistake since I may end up using it. Sneaky Tony Moly though for making their sachets so extremely similar, hehe.
This is what all of these products look like bundled up in my makeup bag. I’m a little surprised they all fit, but there’s actually a little room for a serum or small moisturiser to sneak in there if I decide I need it, so I’m quite happy with how this worked out. I plan to sort out my makeup bag of products I’ll bring back with me, so I’ll aim to write a separate post to either post tomorrow or over the weekend, depending on how my schedule works out.
I have a little note book I plan to pack to take home, and I’ll write notes of my experiences with all of these products, so expect a some first impression posts after the new year. I may take notes of my makeup bag choices too, but I will have to see what I pick out first.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, honestly, well done for sticking it out. It ended up being a really long post, so truly, thank you for your patience. I hope you are happy and healthy, and the festive period is positive, happy and safe for you. Actually, I wish this all year round, but that hopefully goes without saying.