Skincare On-the-Go

Hello Beauties! It took me longer than expected to finish the new post. Between starting a new job (great changes always seem to come at the end of the year for me) and Christmas shopping (yes, I am on it!), I didn’t have much time to talk about any of the products I’m currently using. Plus, I want my reviews to incorporate as much useful information as possible, which means that more time is required when pulling research on ingredients. Now I am back and ready to share more reviews and tips on how to take proper care of your skin when travelling. And I am hopeful that you will find all the extra links useful!

Today’s post includes a review of the Belif travel kit (courtesy of the FaceShop Canada, Edmonton, Kingsway Mall location) and some tips on combining skin care with traveling.

Let’s get packing! My favourite travel kit fits even into a small purse and contains everything I need!

Last long weekend, I took my Hubby to Jasper, AB for his birthday, and no trip of mine (however short) happens without carefully selected skin care products. This time I packed a few things that we both could enjoy (because you know, no passion of wife’s should leave her husband unaffected).

I don’t know about you, folks, but I love winter trips. There is something magical about quiet, sometimes almost deserted mountain towns. And if you are like me and don’t really mind the dry Alberta cold, you can definitely appreciate winter hikes and nature’s white beauty. As long as you remember that on trips like this your skin requires extra attention! So what did I bring with me this time around?

  1. Belif Travel Kit

Travel pillows are important, but so is your skin care!

Even though I purchased a travel toiletry bag from Victoria’s Secret a few years ago, it seemed a bit too bulky for a weekend getaway. That’s why I could really appreciate the tiny transparent pouch the Belif kit comes in. It can easily fit in a backpack or even purse. All containers are slightly larger than samples, and are enough to keep your skin healthy and hydrated away from home.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside…

The CAD$ 15.00 kit includes:

  • Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist

Contents: Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Nepeta Cataria Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officianalis Flower Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Benincasa Centera Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Saponaria Officianalis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Powder, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyquaternium-7, 1,2 – Hexanediol, Trisodium EDTA, Perfume, Citronellol, Limoene.

While such ingredients as Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, and Tocopheryl Acetate enhance the product’s moisturizing effect and overall performance of other ingredients, one must be aware of possible irritation that might be caused by these additives, especially if your skin is sensitive and/or has cuts, burns. I have never had any issues with the products containing either of these, but we are all different, and it’s always better to be cautious. More so, if you are trying new products for the first time.

Another ingredient to watch out for is Glycol Distearate. It is generally considered safe and hasn’t been deemed a common irritant; however, people may be allergic to it. Interestingly enough, one of my favourite things about this cleansing foam is its pearly golden appearance achieved by adding the very glycol distearate. The ingredient makes the moist very foamy as well, so you won’t need much of it for a thorough cleanse.

On a good note, the foam is packed with various plant extracts, each benefiting skin’s overall appearance (don’t forget to check out all the extra info on the listed ingredients!).

  • Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner

Contents: Water, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Glycerin*, Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol*, 1,2-Hexanediol*, Betaine, Corchorus Olitorius Leaf Extract, Salvia Officialis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Glycereth-26, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crossspolymer, Octyldodeceth-16, Methylpropanediol, Polyglutamic Acid, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA*, Parfum, Citronellol*, Limonene*.

*See details in the previous section of this post.

I am obsessed with this toner! Its formula instantly absorbs  and immediately gives my skin hydrated sensation. I love its fresh smell and the fact that the smell doesn’t linger after application. I tend to use it with other skin care products as well.

Having said that, I should mention that the product doesn’t score all that high on the ingredients. For starters, Alcohol Denat. is listed No.4. If you have oily skin you might be tempted by the instant matte finish products containing alcohol denat. provide. But you should keep in mind that most alcohols dry out skin regardless of its type. In this formula,  it seems that the drying effect is balanced out by Betaine and Biosaccharide Gum-1, both known as anti-irritants and humectants. I would also suggest to exercise caution around BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Esther Dimethyl Silane and Phenyl Trimethicone, both silicone derivatives. If you are not sure about any of these ingredients, it may be safer to look for a more natural toner that comes in travel size.

  • Hungarian Water Essence

Contents: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin*, 1,2-Hexanediol*, Portulaca Oleracea Extract*, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract*, Rosmarinus Officials (Rosemary) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Salvia Officials (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Achemilla Vulgaris Extract, Rose Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officials Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Ideas (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate*, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethylhexanoin, Tromethamine*, Sclerotium Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Cosspolymer*, Trisodium EDTA*, Parfum, Citronellol*, Limonene*.

*See details in the previous section of this post.

This essence is slightly thicker than the toner, but is also light-weight and quick to absorb. It doesn’t leave skin sticky nor oily. Using these products in succession provides perfect layering that will lock the much needed moisture in and protect your skin from cold and frost.

I love how many natural ingredients are used in its formula, with the best being Centella Asiatica (also known as Gotu Kola, Pennywort, Wild Violet, and my personal favourite – “herb of longevity”!) True to its name, the extract is said to improve blood circulation and enhance natural collagen synthesis. This adds amazing anti-aging properties to the product.

My second favourite is Lemon Balm (aka Melissa Officinalis), which is used here in order to protect your beautiful skin against environmental stressors. Now this is an ingredient to look for in all your winter skin care products!

And the last in the top three is Symphytum Officiale Leaf Extract. This miracle worker promotes new skin cells growth, speeds up healing and generally rejuvenates skin. Is this a great package or what?

  • Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

Contents: Water, Butylene Glycol*, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene*, PEG-75, Methyl Trimethicone, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane*, 1,2-Hexanediol*, Biosaccharide Gum-1*, Cyclopentasiloxane*, Ceteary Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer*, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/ Alcohol*, Portulaca Oleracea Extract*, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Jojoba Esters, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Palmitic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Beta-Glucan*, Methylpropanediol*, Polyglutamic Acid, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Betaine, PEG-40 Stearate*, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Panthenol, Silica, Tromethamine*, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract*, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Friut Extract, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract, Trisodium EDTA*, Fragrance, Citronnellol*, Limonene*.

*See details in the previous section of this post.

Throughout the years, I’ve used several eye creams along with eye patches. Neither of those left the skin around my eyes this smooth and silky! After several weeks of continuous use, I found that the redness around my eyes caused by the weather change disappeared! What else can a woman want 😉 Digging deeper into the contents of the luxurious feel of the cream, I fond out that the palpable silkiness and velvety softness are achieved by using Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (an ingredient technically derived from coconut oil), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate and the “super-moisturizer” – Cupuacu Butter (aka Theobroma Butter) among other ingredients.

And it’s only logical that the cream will contain Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, which is commonly known as Eyebright. Daah! The extract works miracles in eliminating puffiness and dark circles.

  • The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb

Contents: Water, Glycerin*, Cyclohexasiloxane*, Hydrogenated Polydecene*, Dipropylene Glycol*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, 1,2-Hexanediol*, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane*, Triethylhexanoin*, Stearyl Alcohol*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG-40 Stearate*, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Cetearyl Olivate*, Sorbitan Olivate*, Hydrogenated Lecithin*, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid*, PEG-100 Stearate*, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer*, Poncirus Trifoliata Fruit Extract, Panthenol*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Viola Tricolor Extract*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract*, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract*, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract*, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chelidonium Majus Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer*, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA*, Tromethamine*, Fragrance, Citronnellol*, Limonene*. 

*See details in the previous section of this post.

The cream seems to be packed with multiple plant extracts aimed at protecting, soothing and hydrating your skin. Personally, I’m a huge fan of its formula – super light and more on the watery side. I find it amazing, and am seriously considering buying the 50 ml jar soon. In case you haven’t heard, these products are now on sale as a holiday gift set for CAD $47.00.

Now, what else fit into my magic mini-pouch? Below are a few suggestions on how to pack light yet keep your skin happy away from home.

2. Travel Tips, or That’s What Samples Are For

The Nail Pack and Oil Blotting Paper came in the FaceShop Halloween Gift Package. Both found their application on the trip 🙂
  • Trips are great to use up your free samples and give those new products a try. Tiny packages of hand cream, BB cream, lip masks and other cute mini-products won’t take up space, but will improve your skin care routine. For our romantic getaway, I packed two samples of everything, so I could share the skin care love with the Hubby.
  • Make your trip fun with these adorable (silly, and yet amazing) animalistic masks. My husband and I both enjoy them, and nothing says “memorable romantic couple getaway” like funny pictures of each other taken while treating your skin to some mask goodness.fullsizeoutput_534
  • Add a konjac sponge into your travel kit for gentle, yet very effective exfoliation. When wet the sponge expands and softens. It is air light and won’t take up much space. I find it a great alternative to an electric face brush, i.e. Mia Sonic. Use it by itself or along with your favourite cleanser for a better cleanse. And last but not least….

    Your lips will smooth and plump with these little masks.
  • Give your lips extra love with these nothing-but-goodness-packed lip masks. Apply them either in the morning prior to that day of skiing, or in the evening to sooth your lips after exposure to cold and wind. The one above is thinner and lighter than the other brands I’ve tried, so it fully sticks to the lips and doesn’t fall off. Lip masks are indispensable in winter. And if you love your bright red lipstick like I do, treat your lips to a mask prior to applying the lipstick for perfectly smooth coverage.

That’s it for now! Enjoy your winter getaways, stay warm and keep your skin pampered!


Yours truly,



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