What’s In My Travel Vanity Bag

I came back from a short holiday a couple of weeks ago, and thought I’d show you what I took with me. We spent one week away from home, 5 days in Hong Kong. The weather there was mildly cool, not too dry, not too humid. In other words, it was the perfect weather. I knew we’d be out the whole day and there wouldn’t be time to touch up, so I kept my makeup minimal. We spent 2 whole days in Disneyland and the others just exploring. The next time we go back there, we’d want to visit the Ocean Park instead.

For skincare, I decanted some things into smaller travel sized bottles. I got them at Guardian pharmacy, but you can get them anywhere. They’re just little plastic tubs and bottles and even spray bottles. I decanted the cleanser and moisturizer, but brought the rest with me. As you can see, I brought the absolute minimal. Skipped serums but brought 2 sheet masks (and used just 1). Oh, I also transferred some of my shampoo into a smaller bottle because I can’t stand hotel shampoos. I thought I’d need a dry shampoo as well, and I saw this Percy & Reed 50ml bottle at Sephora. One word – FAIL. I should have just brought my Batiste even though it’s 200ml. This Percy & Reed dry shampoo does absolutely NOTHING to my greasy scalp. A waste of money and it cost more than the 200ml Batiste. Let me say it againĀ do not buy the Percy & Reed dry shampoo. It sucks.





For makeup, I wanted to bring something that’s easy to apply, without having to bring my brushes. I’m lazy like that. I hate to spend too much time in the morning putting on makeup when I want to be out the door and start exploring. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is really good. It does live up to the hype after all. I bought the shade Fair (hoping it wouldn’t be too light on my skin) and I’m glad. Light is a little too pink for me. ‘Fair’ tones down the redness on my skin and while it goes on lighter initially, it sinks into my skin and blends in beautifully. For blush, I’ve been loving this Canmake Cream Cheek. The one I have is a clear pink which goes on the skin translucent, making it look very natural. And of course, brow pencil is a must. I brought a pencil liner as well, but didn’t use it. For the lips, I have Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Color in Desert Rose which I bought at the airport duty free shop. It kept my lips moisturized and looking rosy at the same time. Bonus.





As always, I have the Biore makeup wipes with me because it’s small and compact. AND most importantly, it does its job well. Removes makeup without tugging. There are 10 sheets in this little travel size. I get air sick so I need my Novomin 30 minutes before boarding. I pop 2 pills and I’d be able to enjoy the flight. Otherwise, I’d feel nauseated and cranky and how can I take care of the kids if I couldn’t even take care of myself? Ah, not pictured here is a strip of Zyrtec which I keep in my wallet. My sensitive nose is unpredictable. It’s an antihistamine anyway and the kids can also have it if there’s any allergic reaction. Chloe gets rashes if she accidentally ate some shelled seafood and Ashlyn has a sensitive nose like me.

What about you? What do you pack for holidays? Are you a minimalist like me or do you grab everything?


Also, you guys know I’m a Kdrama addict, don’t you? You didn’t? Well, now you do. If you like it too, you gotta watch Goblin. It made me smile, cry and laugh out loud in one single episode. Now listening to the soundtrack as well.






xoxo Lily