Whats in my travel skincare bag?

If you are a regular reader of Linda.Libra.Loca, you will know about two things:
My slight obsession with skincare and my seven weeks road trip to New Zealand.

Maybe you have already asked yourself how these two are going to work out, and if I am actually dragging four creams, three toners, two cleansers, a diversity of face masks and other stuff around the globe.

Yes, I will add toothbrush and deodorant before I actually leave.

The answer is: No.
Thanks to travel sizes, samples and nights of pondering, I managed to fit everything I need into my toilet bag.

1. Makeup Remover:
Bioderma Sensibio Eau Micellaire, removes everything except waterproof eye makeup (and Benefit´s They´re Real mascara. Nothing except scissors removes that one!) without stinging my eyes.

2. Cleanser:
As much as I love my Balm Cleansers, I decided to take Sunday Rileys Ceramic Slip Cleanser (review here). We are flying into summer, and during this time of the year I benefit from it the most.

Bioderma Eau Sensibio Micellaire Water, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser

3. Toner:
Of course I went for Acid Toners, and yes, I take all three. Clarins Doux Exfoliant (review here) for the mornings, a sample size of Alpha-H Liquid Gold (review here) and my Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads, as they are perfect to take on the plane (review here).

Clarins Doux Exfoliant, Clearasil Refreshing Pads, Alpha-H Liquid Gold

4. Eye Cream:
A new one I am excited to try: Sunday Riley´s Start Over Active Eye Cream in a (generous) sample size.

5. Serum:
Just one, I´ll skip the serum in the mornings. It can be a bit too much for my skin if it is warm outside and I wear sunscreen. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (review here) it is, and I will pick up the big bottle at the airport.

6. Day Cream:
Another (very generous) sample, this time Alpha-H XXX. It has been sitting in my cupboard for months now, so I figured it would be the perfect time to give it a go. Of course, it is risky, because it may give me horrible breakouts, but during summertime moisturizer is a step I can skip if I have to. And if everything fails, I bet you can buy cosmetics in New Zealand, too.

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturizer SPF 50

7. Night Cream:
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +. Yes, this is a spot treatment, not a moisturizer, technically. But I don’t care. I have used it this way for ages, and it works very well for me during the summer months.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +, Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream, Duac Acne Gel

8. Extras:
A small pot of my Duac Acne Gel to treat breakouts, and a sample of Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask and Sunday Riley´s Good Genes Treatment.

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Sunday Riley Good Genes

I know what you are about to ask: No regular face masks?
No. We will be traveling with a Camper van, so I will spend most of my nights sitting outside on my chair, reading or watching the stars (or so I figure). Neither do I plan on walking round with my face covered in a grayish-brown substance outside the comfort of my own home, nor do I like to spend 20 minutes hanging around in a public bathroom to let a facemark do it´s magic. If I really feel the need for thorough cleansing, two uses of Omorovicza will provide me with that.

It´s your turn now:
What would you pack for a seven weeks trip?
Or would you rather never leave home than forego your face masks?

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  • I loved reading this! I usually go away for shorter trips and rely on samples or products near their end, so I'd be totally lost for such a long trip! Maybe a condensed version of my routine of cleanser, toner, eye cream and moisturizer would work! 😉 xx
    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

    • It took a lot of planning. Samples are my go-to item for shorter trips, too.
      Which toner do you use?

  • It looks like you thought that through really well and you took everything you could need! I would probably pack way more knowing I'd be gone for 7 weeks! I am having a hard time deciding what to take to Vegas with me so I don't take too much!

    Ohh and Effaclar Duo- after doing some research it turns out the formulation of this cream in the US and in Europe is different. Maybe that's why it didn't work for me at all!

    • I would have taken way more If we had stayed in a hotel…
      The great thing was: Everything was running out during the last days, so I had every excuse to go shopping!

      Same name, different formulation? Now that is confusing. Thanks for letting me know.
      Is the american version more potent or are there different ingredients?

  • Beautiful 🙂 Wanna follow each other?


  • You are really well equipped and I see I can learn from you 🙂
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. You have beautiful blog and now I wonder if you are interested in following each other?
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    • This is only a third of the things I slather in my face when at home…
      I don't do follow for follow, but feel free to stop by again If you enjoyed reading, as I will on your blog.

  • deciding what to take and what to leave becomes so difficult sometimes…


    • Yes! And now that the trip is coming to an end, I miss the things I left behind very much…
      What is the one thing you couldnt do without?

  • Gotta love dem samples! Ido the same thing when im travelling – for my last one I took a Shiseio skin refining cream , an amore pacific one ( that smells nasty but feels SO divine on!) and my daytime sunscreen. An eye cream always comes along as well!

    • I would be lost without samples!
      Which Amore Pacific one? I have heard some rave about their products recently and am contemplating trying some.

  • Wow seven weeks! Wow. You sure need stuff with you then. The most important things for me would be proper cleansers and moisturizers! The one by Bioderma would do the trick (with cleansing) and I really like Maracuja Oil by Tarte Cosmetics! Just a couple of drops before night time.. and my face feels less dry 🙂

    I rarely use face masks.. so your last question really isn't an issue haha

    • Ah, that oil is on my wishlist! But I bought the Antipodes one first, given it is a NZ brand…

  • Wow so many cute minis! But for a 7 week trip I think you've taken a good variety of things.
    But aside from that, have you used any other acid toners? I'm just trying to gather more info on which ones to use.

    • No, so far these are the only acid toners I have tried. Non-Toners, but containing acids would be the REN Glycolactic face Mask and above mentioned Good Genes serum, which I both like very much. Even though the Good Genes smells horrible…

  • Bioderma, Clarins and Laroche Posay are great brands ! 😉 Nice post ! http://valeriesdays.blogspot.fr/

    • Yes, I love them, too. Great ingredients and affordable, at least compared to some other things out there.
      What would you pack for traveling?

  • Great collection of products, I love travel size and sample product! I'm never over my luggage allowance anymore thanks to them. Backpacking in New Zealand sounds incredible, i'm very jealous!


    • We had a Campervan, so it wasn't exactly backpacking the purest way, but you have to adjust when traveling with a baby…
      What would you bring?

  • A 7-week trip?! Wow, sounds like a lot of fun! I wouldn't know what to bring if I were to be gone for 7 weeks. LOL it's already so hard to pack for a weekend trip, let alone 7 weeks! 😀

    I tried a sample of the Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream and I loved it! That Estee Lauder ANR is A MUST!

    • Thinking about it, I pack about as much If I go for a weekend…
      Sadly, I didn't get on with the eyecream as well as I hoped. The effect is great, but it stung my eyes in the evenings. Did you experience that, too?

  • Oooo! What a brilliant list of products and there are so many that has been sitting in my wish list. I've never been away that long before, the longest I've been away was two weeks and I carry mostly samples. I'm lucky as I almost never suffer breakouts (I swear I have cowhide as skin) so I'm never fussy about skincare.

    I hope you do a detailed review on the Alpha – H XXX, really am curious about it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Gosh, I forgot to put the full name in the text… Embarassing!
      But yes, there will be a review of the Alpha-H moisturizer up on the blog soon.
      What do you use at the moment?

  • I was actually going to ask you at some point what you are using on the road! Glad to see you share your picks 🙂 I'd probably pack light and try to include as many sample-sized products as well. I don't think I can do a 7-week trip tho. I like city trips, but longer than a few days I get cranky because I guess a large part of me likes to stay put in an environment that I know!

    • Agata said something similar a few weeks back, about prefering to stay in a well-known enviroment.
      It is funny that the both of you share that feeling and though have left the country you were born in and moved to a totally different place!
      I love traveling, the longer the better, but still live within two hours of my parents place.

  • Great items, I really need a new skin care routine.


    • I change my routine up every season at least.
      What do you do at the moment?

  • Great picks! Although I've been also enjoying drugstore cleansers like the Garnier one, Bioderma is still the best micellar water in my eyes. I also love the Clarins exfolating toner and can't live without my Estee Lauder ANR serum. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • Most drugstore Cleansers I tried were way to stripping, but Garnier has a new oil cleanser I might give a go soon.
      What recommendations could you give?

    • Ohh… haven't seen the oil cleanser from Garnier yet. Will keep an eye out, as I love cleansing oils. But to be honest… I don't like drugstore cleansers most of the time… If you want something cheap-ish, I'd say Chamomile Cleansing Oil from the Body Shop. Have you tried it? It's so good! And they always have promotions. I never get stuff there full price. Also Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is great and affordable. 😀 x

    • I had the Chamomile Oil on my birthday wishlist and am pretty sure my mother got it for me, so I will be trying it in the near future and let you know what I thought. I am loving their waterproof eye makeup remover. Have you tried it?

  • Thinking of seven-weeks trip makes me freak out already! I suck at packing and traveling lol I love your skincare bag though, from the looks of it, it's roomy and you can hang it everywhere. I think I need that in my life.

    Where are you now in the globe? Enjoy, Linda! 😀

  • That bag is awesome. You can get it a outdoor stores. Not having to put your bag on a dirty floor is a lifesaver sometimes.

    We returned home last Friday, after five days in Singapore to soften the blow of finishing our New Zealand adventure. It was a great experience.