Since moving to Australia four years ago, I have been back-and-forth between Brisbane and Auckland frequently to visit friends, family and my boyfriend. This means that I have become really, really good at narrowing down exactly what I need and exactly what I don’t – I used to be a ‘take it all but the kitchen sink’ kinda gal. But no matter how cautious I am about over-packing, I usually end up bringing way more than I need when it comes to the beauty department.
This is particularly unusual because in my day-to-day life I have a pretty low maintenance beauty routine: a bit of BB cream, a swipe of mascara and I’m usually out the door. But when I pack to go away, I become this insane beauty hoarder: but what if I want to do a red lip one night? What if I absolutely need this purple eyeliner and I’m without it? My life depends on these five blushes!
I’m going away next week for a short trip to the Gold Coast, and my challenge to myself was to only pack the essentials plus a few extra items that I absolutely cannot be three days without.
Here are my top picks for life-dependent travel beauty items:
1. Soap and Glory’s The Righteous Body Butter and Clean on Me Shower Gel
I was very excited to find these mini versions at Mecca Cosmetica. The full sizes of these products take up way too much space in my make up bag, so these are cute and fit perfectly. In combination, these products keep my skin hydrated and soft, even in the middle of winter.
2. Estée Lauder’s Take It Away make up remover
Another mini, I love the easy yet effective way this creamy balm removes all traces of make up at the end of the day. Just massage it into your dry skin and it gets rid of all the smokey eye make up, but try not to get it in your eyeballs because it burns like a mother effer.
3. Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
There’s a reason Lancome makes the best mascaras. Jet-black, tapered wand, and va-va-voom lashes – what else could you want from a mascara? I will say, though, it does tend to get smudgy throughout the day, but that’s why I always pack my next pick to keep the smudginess at bay.
4. Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly
The absolute best base for any eye make up, or I even wear it alone for a natural effect. There’s a reason this cream shadow is a cult fave, and I love how it keeps my eyelids super matte and therefore prevents even my smudgiest mascara from smudging.
5. Dior Addict perfume
I have a teeny tiny bottle that is easy to dab on and throw in my bag. It’s a versatile scent that can be worn both during the day and at night.
6. Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob
Retractable, long-wearing, pigmented. Goes with any lip colour and can be worn alone. Need I say more?
7. John Freida’s Frizz Ease Balm
The best for a blow dry, just run a small amount of this product through the lengths of your hair and blow dry as per usual. Creates a nice smooth canvas, especially if you’re going to straighten or curl afterwards. I even like to pop some of this in my hair and let it air dry if I really can’t be bothered, and it still kinda looks like you made an effort.
8. Smashbox’s Double Exposure Palette
I’m a palette lover/addict. This one is the best for travel because it has a mixture of matte neutrals and shimmery metallic shades. The idea is that you can wet the brush and transform the shadows into super-pigmented intense shadows, or leave the brush dry for a softer look. So versatile, and it comes with a double-ended brush. I also love my Real Techniques shading brush to pack colour on the eyelid, and I never travel without it.
This is about as ruthless as I’ll ever be with my beauty products.