Friday, November 2, 2012

What's In My Skincare Bag - To Go

For the last six days or so I've been at my boyfriend's place to get away from the storm, and I thought it would be a nice opportunity for a what's-in-my-bag post with a little bit about each product. Of course I didn't bring everything, just a few of the "essentials".

What's in my skincare bag

  • No. 7 Quick Thinking Wipes - These trusty wipes are fragrance free and effectively removes all my make up- even eye make up! 30 wipes/package. These are available at Boots, Ulta, and I think Target
  • TRESemme Split Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner - These samples were sent to me a few weeks ago to try, I've only used it twice so I can't really comment, but so far it's just a regular shampoo/conditioner. It does the job. 
  • Simple Revitalizing Eye Roller - vitamins and nutrients for your under eye area. I haven't seen a difference using this product, but the application feels great.
  • Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion - an old favorite. I've been using this since i was about 15. Moisturizing, and smells great, and super cheap too! 2 fl oz/ $1.50
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Grapefruit Acne Wash - 2% salicylic acid to clear breakouts.
  • Q tips.
  • Lush Happy Hippy - citrusy, refreshing shower gel. Size is perfect for travel! $10.
The Body Shop
  • Tea Tree Oil- Not that exciting, but a great staple! I use it on blemishes. Never drying. $9/The Body Shop. Or any health food store really. 
  • The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream - for combination/ oily skin. I have combination skin, and I use this every morning (sometimes at night too), and it's great. Moisturizing enough, but never oily, even when I pile it on. It absorbs readily too. 1.7 oz/$16.50
Sephora/ High(er) end
  • Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator - Great exfoliator! Small exfoliants so it isn't abrasive.
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir - A refreshing spray for the face, I use this in the morning and before bed, and anytime throughout the day. A must have! 1 fl oz/$18. 
    • I purchased these two in a set that includes both, a hand cream, and a foaming face cleanser. The total for all four products is the same as just the exfoliator! Caudalie Favorites set.
  • Bliss High Intensity hand cream - with macadamia oil and grapeseed extract. It's not my favorite hand moisturizer, but it does the job. It smells a tad bit like some of the Caudalie products- probably because of the grape component of the ingredients. 1 fl oz/$8 at Ulta and Sephora.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads - I use one pad every night after cleansing and right before moisturizing. It has 10% glycolic acid, and 2% salicylic acid to combat breakouts. The box says that it's anti aging and pore minimizing as well. I recently purchased the PTR Gentle Correction Pads, with less salicylic acid in it (0.5%), and didn't see much of a difference, so I'm trying out this one. It's my attempt to find a cheaper alternative for my all time favorite Cane & Austin Acne pads ($60/60 pads). These PTR Max Complexion pads are $36/60 pads, available at Sephora and Ulta.
  • Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne - This has 0.5% salicylic acid and is a gentle exfoliator for the face. Skin feels great after using it. Suggested use 1-2 times per week, since it can be drying. I got this in a kit, but the original sizing is a bit larger. Available at Nordstrom & Sephora.
  • Bag was a gift with purchase from Clinique a few years ago.
  • SAI-SEI Mineral Invigorate Body Scrub - Fantastic body scrub, smells just like a spa. A very refreshing smell- almost like Bath and Body Works' cucumber melon, but much better and a little lighter. The exfoliants are rather fine, so it's not super abrasive. This Japanese skincare line is great. I purchased this in a pack that came with a shower gel and body creme, 2.5-3.3fl oz each, for $35. Great value! Available at SpaceNK.


  1. I really love Happy Hippy and the Beauty Elixir :)

    I purchased my Clarisonic back in March I think? I got it at Sephora when I had my 10% VIB coupon, so I got a bit of a discount :) I think it's worth the investment. And if you get it at Sephora and end up not liking it, their return policy is amazing!

  2. Oh! I'll look out for my next VIB coupon, thank you!

  3. Great post :) you've got so many things lol, i havent actually tried any of these. N oh, im ur 50th follower xx