What I'm Packing For My 4-Day Trip To London

The answer: a lot. As you’re reading this, I’m currently either 1) on my way to the airport, 2) arrived, passed security and ordering a double-shot black Americano to wake me up or 3) been trekking around duty free to find MAC’s Waterweight Foundation (impossible to get hands on in NL). Before you start oh-ing and ah-ing, this trip is not all going to be pleasure. I’m here for Social Media Week, a 4 day conference about social media for social media specialists. That being said, I’ve left Friday empty, so I’ll have time to venture into the shops. Hence, I tried packing with the mindset of bringing more back with me, as I’m not quite sure when I’ll be back in London again. I’ve tried my best putting together a mini emergency skincare kit, as it’s going to be a hectic few days, and some makeup essentials that should stay on my face for at least 10 hours. May the force be with me…

First off, makeup. I had a hard time deciding on which foundation I was going to bring. Something long-lasting and capable of keeping oil at bay. Something ‘skin-like’ with a subtle glow. Something medium coverage without looking cakey. In the end I settled with NARS’ All Day Luminous Foundation in Fiji, which ticks all the boxes —albeit being slightly matte. This is easily fixed by using Bare Escentuals’ Complexion Rescue in Buttercream 03, which leaves the skin radiant and mutes down the redness on my skin. For some extra glow, I’ve packed RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer, which is my go-to when I want to look glowing, but in a subtle way. I’ve been breaking out as of recently – triggered by trying too many different skincare products at the same time – and a concealer is a must. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Concealer in 03 has been a life saviour and has covered up all my blemishes and hyper pigmentation effortlessly, without slipping away throughout the day. I still use MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 for my under eye area. As I like my options, I thought it’d be a good time to take NARS’ Virtual Domination Palette, which includes four blushes, one bronzer and highlighter. Ever since I started using finishing powders, I don’t go out without them. I’m currently trying Und Gretel’s, which is a pressed powder, as opposed to loose powder, making it more travel friendly. It’s also housed in this super cool (but heavy) case. I’m also taking a pack of nail files, By Terry’s black eye kohl (amazing, as its waterproof), Und Gretel’s Sprusse Eyebrow Pencil, Anastasia BH’s Clear Browgel and a bright red lip that stays.

As for skin and body care, that’s where the majority of products go to. I’ve packed Bioderma and DHC’s Cleansing Oil for makeup removal and Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser as a second/morning cleanse. L’Occitane’s Creme Precieuse and Honest’s Balance Oil for hydration and Evologie’s E-system for emergency blemish treatments. I also packed Melvita’s Rose Toner as it helps calming the skin. I’ve also packed a mini This Works Deep Sleep and a handful of L’Occitane body products that I’d hanging around. Finding a mini shampoo was surprisingly difficult back home, so I had to settle with Guhl’s strengthening shampoo that contains beer. I also picked up AXE’s BLACK deodorant. Yes I know it’s for men, but I just loved the scent, OK?

As for emergency fixes, these are some staples that have joined my skincare army. I’ve mentioned COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch in a favourites post before and I still love it as much. It just WORKS. Klairs’ Soothing Sheet Mask is a new staple, but a keeper. Whilst it soothes my skin (it’s literally less red and angry after I take the mask off), it also plumps my skin and makes applying the next step so much easier. Be it skincare or makeup. I packed 4 of these, as I’ll be slapping one on every eve. And as for the acne patches, I’m so prone to spots, I figured I’d better be safe than sorry.


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