09 June 2014

Suzy Goes Home! Part II: Skincare, hair care, body care

When you read this I will be in a cold and rainy Cape Town (well the cold weather odds are high, aren't they?), probably drinking coffee with my mom and reluctantly starting to repack my bag to return to Johannesburg tonight. On Thursday I gave you a sneak peek into my travel makeup bag, and today we'll be looking at what I packed for skincare, hair care, and body care.

I'm hesitant to just randomly try out new things on my face, but for my body and hair it's fine. I don't know about you, but I have hundreds of sample packets and sample bottles lying around and this is the only time I really get to use them!


This ended up being much more than I expected. Do I really put this many products on my face in a given day?! As you can see, I love Clarins. And I love Clarins even more because they regularly give away travel size products as a GWP. (I just wish they'd learn from Clinique about giving away cute makeup bags as well, I'm really running out of places to put my ugly gold and beige shopper bags...)

For morning cleansing I packed my Clarins Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream. It's actually for dry and sensitised skin, but it's so gentle that anyone can use it. For nighttime cleansing I packed a small tub of Lush Ultrabland. I packed the Clarins Gentle Exfoliater Brightening Toner and decanted my The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner into a spray bottle. I also have a lovely anti-aging serum from Woolworths which is unfortunately in a seriously non-travel bottle. Since taking this photo I have found a little tub to decant the serum into, so I'm saving a bit of space there.

I also packed in a Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector eye cream, and a Clarins day cream and night cream. To remove my eye makeup I decanted a bit of Bioderma Micellar Water into an empty Kiehl's toner bottle.

I also packed the Korres pomegranate mask and the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I know I'm only going away for four days, but I normally use my masks during the weekend, and this trip falls over the weekend.

Other packed essentials are earbuds, face cloths for my hot cloth cleansing, and cotton rounds. I found this cute round container at Dischem and it's amazing how many cotton rounds you can fit into it!

Hair care

This is where I like to experiment with the travel sizes. I always seem to accumulate shampoo and conditioner travel sizes and samples, and never really get to use them. For this trip I've packed my Schwarzkopf Gliss Marakesh Oil shampoo and conditioner samples (and for some reason they are upside down, my apologies!). I also packed in a Kérastase Elixir Ultime shampoo and conditioner which I am very excited to try out. Most of you will think that this is a lot of shampoo and conditioner for four days, but I wash my hair every day and I have long hair.

I also packed my travel size L'Oreal Mythic Oil which I apply to my hair after roughly blow drying it with my fingers. I also packed a travel size Lee Stafford Dehumidifier spray (my hair does not like Cape Town's moist air), and a travel size Batiste dry shampoo in "Blush".

Body care

I'm going to be quite boring here and only pack two things: a shower gel and a body butter. Scratching around in my sample drawer (yes, I have such a drawer), I came across this grapefruit liquid body cleanser from Kiehl's. I also packed in my travel size Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter body butter.

Phew, and that's the whole skincare, hair care, body care bag done! I hope you all survived this lengthy post. Let me know in the comments section what your must-haves are when you pack.

Until next time!



  1. Shamefully I have to admit that this is my first time visiting your blog. I love looking at your beauty finds on Instagram and now I'm crazy about your blog. I love this travel post. Hope you had a wonderful time in Cape Town!

    Arum Lilea

    1. I am so glad you're enjoying my blog! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and for leaving such a beautiful comment, it made my day!!! Cape Town was lovely (as always), although a bit cold. :) xxx