Packing for a week away…

*some of the products in this post were sent for review purposes*

…when I went to Korea in September.

You see, I hadn’t flown since my last trip to Korea in 2010. So it was important to me to get the necessities, while ensuring I didn’t have too much bulk. I opted to take a 22 inch bag, as I had plans that would make it difficult to maneuver bags that were too large. After coming back home, I regretted not taking something a little bigger…but we will get to that later.

So, what did I end up packing in terms of makeup and other stuff??

To Korea I Go!

To Korea I Go!
Was feeling a little sick, so I packed night time cold medication. Packed the Motrin because of potential headaches that could happen. You see the black ring near the lid? I actually put hair elastics around it. From stalking Instagram, I knew that it was still warm enough to wear shorts and dresses, so I packed the Venus Snap Razor* and the Satin Care Shaving Cream*.

To Korea I Go!
Mirror is always needed. Tweezers for stray hairs. Skin Food Eyebrow brush, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brows. The fact that it is waterproof is important as I figured I would be sweating a bunch. I took the Revlon lipstick, the EDM Flat Top Kabuki, and the Annabelle CC Compact. I use it heavily over my sunscreen, so it covers enough. I got a 7 day sample of Ole Henriksen from Sephora (one of their promos), and took that for my daily and nightly regimen. It was nice, because it was a decent amount of product, and I could toss out the packages once I was done. The Vichy Sleep Masque was used for the plane, to try and ensure that I was properly hydrated. The Biore Cleanser was for the days I needed an extra boost. I got three uses out of it. Lastly, MUFE Full Cover Concealer, to cover up the little things on my face. Good thing I took it, because the flight to Korea totally messed up my face -____-

To Korea I Go!
I actually ended up repacking this, because I had missed the X3 Clean Sanitizer (which ended up being a HUGE help on the plane and in Korea while out and about). I also needed to pack in the other liquid stuff that I wanted to keep with me, just in case my luggage was lost.

To Korea I Go!

  • floss picks
  • Fresh Soy Cleanser (not my favourite, but needed to use up the sample)
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Spray
  • Aquafresh tooth paste
  • Bioderm moisturizer sample
  • I decanted a bit of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery into the little dropper container
  • Glamglow sample for a masque while I was there
  • Oil blotting film
  • Urban Decay Deslick
  • CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous*
  • Olay moisturizer
  • Shiseido Sunscreen
  • Carmex
  • Perfume sample vials (I had three that I put in a little ziplock baggie, but two popper on the way over -__-)
  • Visine for my eyes
  • B brand highlighter, tint, primer
  • Tarte Lip Surgence
  • The Body Shop Tint
  • MAC Cremesheen gloss
  • MUFE sephora birthday sample lipstick
  • Hourglass primer sample
  • MUFE Aqua Cream (for all over eye colour/lining my lower lash line)
  • I also took mascara, but not in the picture

To Korea I Go!
I thought I would be perming my hair in Korea, so I packed the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo. I didn’t want to buy it in Korea, as it was expected to be a little pricey. Besides, this was about $2.50 when Walmart Canada has its rollback. I packed extra glasses to wear. I bought the men’s watch from Aldo. I wanted something that didn’t matter if I scuffed up…but I came to really REALLY like it over the travel. It is now a daily staple :P Best part was that it was only $10 on sale. Mini brush is needed for my crazy hair. I also packed various chargers and such in the black glass case. I picked up the Monopod online for about $6. I took my old digicam to take a few videos if needed. Then there is music, and then a pencil case for makeup pencils and pens to write.

To Korea I Go!
I packed UD liners, Annabelle Brow Pencil*, MUFE Shadow Pencil, and the black Marcelle Eyeliner. That was it for my pencils.

You will notice you don’t see a tooth brush. Or body wash…yeah…I totally forgot them -___- I ended up having to buy them from a 711 lol.

Anyway, I tried to keep things simple, and yet, it was pretty over packed. I mean I didn’t need so many lip products, seeing I was only there for a week. I also ended up not using the liners because I just used the MUFE Aqua Cream every day instead. I did, however, moisture like a nut on the plane…but unfortunately once I got off, my face was still a mess. It was breaking out like MAD. I had so many comments from my cousin about it…almost drove me insane lol.

So, that was the stuff I ended up taking over with me. Since I got that out of the way, I can start releasing the posts from the time I was there. Hopefully get the first one, about the flight over, in a few days.


Is there anything you end up forgetting when you pack?


On a side note, it is my brothers birthday today. Another year he gets older…reminds me of how far we have come from being the fighting little brats.

Last week on Instagram…

Oh pancakes. So, my mom wasn’t a huge fan of pancakes/making them, so we didn’t have them much as a kid. It doesn’t help that I like it mixed with milk, and I can’t have milk in the mornings. Anyway, I had a HUGE craving for them…so I picked up a box along with Ed Smith Syrup :D Basically, pancakes = happy time lol

Delayed post. I had uploaded it before, and for some reason it decided to post last week :T Oh well…

Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum is BACK! I went last year HERE. It started last week, and will go on to the end of November. If you haven’t been, getting tickets a few weeks in advance is always good. Otherwise you end up waiting outside, lining up in the cold. Not fun. Anyway, I actually went to check out the ROM with my friend J, since she hadn’t gone in ages, and she had tickets.

Anyway folks, hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving :)

Eating at Gabardine

The Gabardine
372 Bay Street, Toronto | 647 352-3211 | website

Monthly dinner with the girls needed to happen, and C picked for us to eat at The Gabardine this month. Then it turned out I went to Gabardine again on Nuit Blanche Saturday…lol goodtimes.

Eating at the Gabardine

Eating at the Gabardine
With a semi-open kitchen, there is a finishing area at the back. You can peer through to see what they are cooking up inside.

Eating at the Gabardine
few of the drinks we ordered. Couldn’t get the other end of the table

Eating at the Gabardine
When I went with the gals, I ended up ordering the Po’boy. Fried fish in a sweet sauce sandwich. If you don’t like your foods tasting sweet, I would stay clear of this. Or, ask for some hot sauce. If it didn’t have the sauce (as a sweet food disliker…), I would have enjoyed it a lot. It was however, still yummy in its own way with the sauce. The fries have an herb sprinkled on them. Unique.

Eating at the Gabardine

Eating at the Gabardine
It was suggested to us, by C who picked the place, to check out the Mac & Cheese. I didn’t, but boy…was it good. This is with the ham, which is VERY generous.

I liked the bite I took of hers so much, that I ordered it when I went back during Nuit Blanche.

Eating at the Gabardine
It is crunchy on the top, which makes it have a great texture to the cheese contrast. However, be warned that it is VERY rich. You will need something other than water to help get you through this entire plate. In my case, beer, Ketchup, and Hot sauce are what helped me get through the last few bites. It also helps to split with a friend, so you guys can enjoy the dish to the happy peak. In anycase, despite that, I don’t regret a thing. Still would order it again, and I totally get why it was on the list of best mac&cheese in the city

That night, I also got the Nutella Pie with my friend. Very Mousse-y, but delicious to the last bite :)

They aren’t open on the weekends, and only take reservations for the evening. That might be a pain for some, but worth it to squeeze it into your weekday eats.

The Daily Stash…

My daily stash


My daily stash
So then…what is in the bag?
This bag is from one of our awesome Beauty United boxes from Christmas. Such a great size to stash all this stuff in, and easily spotted in the bag.

My daily stash
Generally this is what I try to carry.

Yes, it looks like a lot. But…here’s why.

I have become quite lazy when it comes to my daily face. My friends and I are going to be hitting milestones soon, and well, as my friend put it, “I don’t need to impress others”. Not to say that we do makeup to impress others, but it just got to the point it wasn’t super necessary for me to spend precious time doing my face…when I preferred to get a bit more sleep. So, lately, there are days when I don’t do very much. I mean, I didn’t do much in Korea as well, and BOY did my cousin keep telling me I should.

In any case, there are times I don’t go out with makeup, but then need to spruce up in the evening for drinks with friends. That is why I started carrying mini’s of some things that will help me on my way.

  • Oil Blotters
  • Marcelle BB Cream (from the trio they put out in the summer)
  • Urban Decay Eyeliner (double as an all over lid colour)
  • Mouthwash
  • Olay Hand Cream (nothing scented heavily)
  • Kiehl’s Lip balm
  • NYC Applelicious tinted lip balm (to add colour to my lips)
  • Buxom Mascara sample
  • The Skin Food LIp & Cheek Duo for cheek colour
  • X3 Clean Hand Sanitizer (again nothing scented, for emergencies)
  • The Body Shop Mini Brush (to brush out the tangles)
  • and then the miscellaneous…

My daily stash
I depotted the shadows in the MAC Devoted Poppy palette. I mean, it was annoying to use, cause I only really wanted access to two colours. One of which I still use nearly every single day. It has a great mirror, and deep enough to stash a few extra things inside.

  • Bandaids (just in case I get blisters from shoes)
  • perfume sample ( purchases are awesome for this)
  • Bobby Pins on a fridge magnet
  • Hair ties
  • Hair screws (I keep the good Goody Screws on my dresser, so the cheaper ones are for on the fly events)

So there it is. All the randoms that I have in my bag. Some things really don’t change, but others do.

Is there anything you carry that you have to have in your every day essentials bag?

I guess I should throw in a pad in there, just in case of emergencies…I keep forgetting.