In the bag

Ala Hojat


Ala Hojat’s Hong Kong Travel Essentials

Make up artist Ala Hojat recently returned from six weeks in Hong Kong (read all about it here). These are the beauty products she packed to beat the city’s heat, humidity and notorious pollution.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
This is just an excellent, basic exfoliator for the face, in a small size that I can take anywhere. It gets rid of all the dead cells. It’s good when you travel to somewhere that has as much pollution as Hong Kong, because you really need deep cleaning.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
I die for this. It clears up anything.

Inglot Freedom System Palette
Inglot is a Polish brand. I like this palette because these look like glosses but they’re so pigmented. And I can take this anywhere – I’ve got the pink, I’ve got the red, the orangey red, the peach pink and the baby pink. So I’m sorted.

Mac Lustre Drops
I use these as my highlighter. I don’t like powder highlighters, I think it kind of defeats the point. I mix it with my foundation or I just dab it on my cheekbones, brow bones, top of the nose, in the cupid’s bow and sometimes a tiny bit on the chin. If I’m on holiday and I have a tan, I’ll put on my tinted moisturizer, get a foundation brush, and just brush some of this in, then a bit of a bronzer and a strong lippy. No mascara.

Victoria’s Secret Perfect Lipstick ‘Scrumptious’
This is my beloved nude lippy. I’m obsessed with it but you can’t get I here so when I was in LA I bought five of them. I love this shade, especially with a tan. You don’t need much else.

Kiko Full Coverage Concealer
If I’m not away I’ll use Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage but this one is really cheap, small and light. And good!

Lancome Hydra Zen NeuroCalm Day Cream
I use this in the evening - it quenches your skin after a long day in the sun.

Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder
This is a bit like dry shampoo. It just lifts your hair – you know when you blowdry your hair and the front is all flat? This just makes it go ‘ping!’

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