Since earlier this week I wrote about my current drugstore makeup favorites, I figured I’d finish out with talking about skincare this time—in particular, travel size skincare.
PIXI GLOW MUD CLEANSER
This is one of those products that I didn’t like at first at all, but upon needing to finish it up, have decided to give it another run.
I think the reason why I didn’t like this initially, was that I expected this to take off my makeup, but this is really better working as a second or morning cleanse. Because I had taken this traveling with me, and tend to pare down my skincare to the absolute essentials, I didn’t have a suitable cleansing / makeup removing routine.
As such, now that I’m using this at home, I’ll switch between this and the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser for the morning. Sometimes I’ll even let it sit on my face for a bit like a mask before washing it off, and with its gentle exfoliating properties, my skin feels clean and fresh in the morning.
Plus, the travel size lasts a super long time!
BELIF AQUA BOMB
If you want something that feels smooth and cooling when you put it on, please add this to your wishlist. I do like this as it makes my skin feel smooth and even a bit plump or supple, as the beauty bloggers say.
However, for the name “aqua bomb”, it doesn’t give as much hydration as I’d expect; then again this is meant for normal to oily skin types I believe. It does have a gel formulation, which means it’s not as rich and hydrating for drier skin types.
There is a slight scent to it that I can’t place, not that it’s good or bad, and doesn’t linger anyways.
DRUNK ELEPHANT B-HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATION GEL
At first I thought this would be closer to a moisturizer, what with the words “hydration” and “gel”, I assumed it would be somewhat similar to belif’s Aqua Bomb. But on the mini bottle it does say it’s for added hydration, and can be used pretty much anywhere on the body, which I would totally agree with.
I don’t think it has enough hydration for a moisturizer (and doesn’t feel as soft or creamy as I’ve experienced with most of my moisturizers). This is great for added moisture, like if you have a stubborn dry patch on your chin and tends to peek through makeup, this is a cute little thing to carry around and add.
Unlike the Aqua Bomb, this feels slightly tacky on the skin for a few moments before it’s fully absorbed into the skin, and has no discernable scent.
SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM
My favorite thing about this? It doesn’t smell like sunscreen!
The interesting thing about it is that it’s marketed as a sunscreen serum, so although it is lightweight, I expected more of a liquid-y consistency. For the most part, it looks (but doesn’t smell) like your normal sunscreens without leaving that icky white cast on your face.
I’ve been using this as my daily sunscreen since a) I really wanted to try it, and b) I actually ran out of my other sunscreen and hadn’t noticed, so I needed something fast for summertime.
It’s only SPF 30 PA+++ but it’s been doing really great job protecting my face especially during some of the hotter days.
BAREMINERALS PRIME TIME FOUNDATION PRIMER
I know this isn’t so much a skincare item, but I have to mention it. I’ve had this travel size for such a long time for only 15 ml. A little goes a long way!
Another thing I like about this, since I have to layer it over my other skincare items for a good makeup base, is that there’s no pilling involved. It goes on smoothly and makes my makeup last.
It does have that silicone feeling, which I used to like but now I prefer a creamier base, like the Glossier Priming Moisturizer. Worth mentioning if you don’t like that!
HONORARY MENTION: SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST WITH ROSEMARY
I say this is an honorary mention because I haven’t used it enough to say that I’m really liking it, although I think it will turn into a favorite of mine.
This setting mist has SPF 50 PA+++ (the PA+++ is supposed to be extra awesome for protecting your face against the sun’s rays) and as so, is a great multipurpose product. Aside from sun protection, it’s also meant to deliver a matte finish upon setting makeup, controls oil, as well as delivering “UV photoaging protection.”
After shaking well and spraying it on my face, it feels cooling and smells very minty and refreshing. The scent doesn’t linger at all, and it did mattify my face. Unfortunately, I can’t say much for oil control because I don’t have a problem with that. Being a mist, this is also a great way to re-apply your sunscreen throughout the day without disturbing makeup.
However, when I was searching this on Sephora to see the price for the full size ($28 for 3.4 oz), the reviews were heavily mixed. So with the 1 oz I have, I want to make sure this is worth it!
What’s worth getting travel sized for you?