Weekend Skincare Wardrobe || Travel Haul

I will not lie to you, I have packed an obscene amount of skincare for five days away, and definitely not enough clothes. I have more moisturisers than pairs of shorts and t-shirts combined. Almost. Absolutely obscene.

However, I will have beautifully moisturised and plump and glowing skin, so I mean - who is the real winner here? Me. I am.

Anyway. Must crack on with explaining what I brought and trying to justify why, because there's so much stuff we'll be here all day otherwise. I think I'll break it down into loose categories so that you can easily scroll through if there's something in particular you're looking for, or have a leisurely cruise with a cuppa in hand if that's more your style. Something for everyone!


First things firstly: I found it exceedingly hard to find decent travel or sample sizes on the great British high street. I went out one lunchtime in the hopes of finding a good second/AM cleanser (I already had the balm cleanser to hand), but couldn't find anything that didn't contain SLS. Tell a lie, M&S supposedly had a Murad mini for sale, but it wasn't in stock. So I went back to the office with the hump and jumped straight on ASOS instead (gotta make use of premier delivery), and luckily they have plenty of mini's. At least, Clinique sold via ASOS do, and I was happy enough to settle for Clinique.

So this haul is very Clinique and REN orientated, but that's because I already had a gift from REN containing several minis (the offer is still on in M&S - buy two REN products, get a little bag containing some minis free), and Clinique was all I could be bothered to look for on ASOS. Disclaimer over, on with the show.


Don't need much explanation, I've brought three away with me for ~choice~. Two that are good for a first PM cleanse to take makeup, SPF, and general grime off, one that works as a second PM or AM cleanse. Nice.

  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (£10 for 15ml, M&S) - More of a luxurious skin treat for if my skin is feeling a little unhappier, first PM cleanse. Once tried, always addicted.
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (£7 for 15ml, ASOS) - Does what it says on the tin. Takes the day off. Excellent for removing stubborn mascara, absolutely no frills, bells, or whistles. I will be purchasing the full size when I go home. First PM cleanse.
  • Clinique Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam (£20 for a 3 step kit, 45ml, ASOS) - I usually steer clear of foaming but did what I could to research the ingredients in this one. Uses Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLES) instead of SLS as the surfactant so is a lot gentler and not stripping, contains no fragrance, pretty good for what it is. If you have dry skin, go for something more moisturising. Second PM cleanse/AM cleanse. 


  • REN Ready, Steady, Glow Daily AHA Tonic (Got the mini size in a gift, £25 for 250ml, M&S) - My current favourite acid toner wrapped up in a handy little travel size bottle. Contains lactic acid, does a really good gentle job at exfoliating my skin. If you'd like to find out more about acids, I wrote an entire resource post here.
  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 (£20 for the 3 Step Kit, 100ml) - A good daily salicylic acid, I tend to use this in the morning because I feel like it preps my skin nicely for products and prepares it for the day. Job is a good'n.
  • Superdrug Calm Skin De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz (£2.99, 100ml) - A very long name for a very cheap product. Lovely refreshing during the day or end of the day spritz, contains soothing chamomile, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and generally good for your skin niacinamide.
  • La Roche Posay Serozinc Face Mist (currently £7.49, 150ml) - Good for skin that tends to be oily, I use this in the morning as a toner on it's own, or as a toner after an acid.


  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1% (£5.00 for 30ml) - I would not be without this stuff anymore. It's a dream for regulating sebum production, and is a great all round treatment for oily and congested skin. Absolutely lush stuff.
  • Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (currently £18.69 for 30ml) - contains thermal spa water and hyaluronic acid, an absolute dream for hydrating and soothing. Wet feeling, and lovely to use.
  • Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum (£6.74 for 25ml) - Just a really nice brightening serum for the morning, cheap as chips and easy to use.
  • Clinique Mini Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£7 for 15ml) - Beautifully hydrating, I packed this to use after a long day at the beach when sea and sand and sun have wreaked havoc on my face.
  • REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial - I had a small sample of this in a GWP (gift with purchase), and decided to throw it in my bag to see what it was like. So far, not a massive fan. Will persevere and see what happens.
  • REN Wake Wonderful Nighttime Facial - Again, I got a sachet of this in a GWP. I haven't tried it yet, I was loathe to put it on my poor, damaged skin, but it looks like it contains some great ingredients including lactic acid.


  • Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser (£25 for 50ml) - My holy grail moisturiser. The one thing you will have to prise out of my cold, dead hands because I will never give this stuff up. Lightweight, oil-free, and beautiful. 
  • Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator (£24 for 30ml) - This stuff is a gorgeous, multitasking, beautiful gel. I got it in the recent Clinique X ASOS box (which, at £15, was a complete steal but is now sold out). I put it in for my poor skin after being battered by the elements, but it's also fab for cuticles, hydrating the ends of your hair, so many things - if it needs intense hydrating, shove this stuff on it.
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly (£31 for 125ml) - Clinique's newest launch, but a lovely, hydrating, lightweight jelly that is perfect for a hydrating AM moisturiser.
  • REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream - This was also in a GWP (although I do also own the full size version), and it's just a lovely, comfortable day cream.
  • NUXE Refreshing After-Sun Lotion (£16 for 200ml) - After burning my legs, tits, and arms yesterday in quite a spectacular fashion, I slathered this all over my hot body and was instantly refreshed. It smells gorgeous, sinks in really nicely, and definitely took the edge off. It claims to be a tan pro-longer, but as I do not tan, I cannot verify these claims.


And that, would you Adam and Eve it, is everything I brought with me. Completely excessive, could totally be cut down into one or two products from each category, but I just couldn't do that to myself. And in fairness, every product does have it's place in my skincare wardrobe.

What do you like to take away on holiday with you?

Love, Cordelia