Travel Beauty Products you Shouldn’t Go Anywhere Without

When you’re travelling around the world from one country to the next, switching time zones, losing days as well as sleep, it can be a little difficult to maintain a healthy exterior let alone the interior. Many readers ask me how I stay feeling fresh on the road, so here’s a list of some of the travel beauty products I wouldn’t leave home without:

1. Tarte Eyelash Curler & Mascara

The secret to travel makeup is simple: less is more. If there could be only one item of makeup I would be allowed to apply for the rest of my life, it would have to be mascara. Recently I was introduced to eyelash curlers (i know i know, I’m OH SO LATE to the party), and I think this tarte eyelash set is as good as it comes for a buy under $20.

2. Tweezerman

Tweezers. The tool of a traveller who appreciates looking and feeling groomed. I wouldn’t go anywhere without tweezers and neither should you. These ones by tweezerman are the cheapest AND good quality tweezers i have found – in fact, I travel with a back-up just incase.

3. Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab

When it comes to having healthy looking nails on the road, I’ve tried it all. Colours can be fun to play with, but with my disregard for…well… most things when I travel, means that they end up chipped within a day or two, if I’m lucky. Then I tried shellac nail-polish which seemed to me as if it were directly sent from the heavens above – until it absolutely ruined my nails. So the solution? If you don’t want lifeless nails on the road but want to keep it simple, I’d highly recommend this little at home lab. Its super easy, super cheap, and a super breakthrough in the nails department.

4. Real Techniques Travel Essentials

While it doesn’t have to be this particular set, I would highly recommend investing in a better brush kit for your travels. Keeping it simple is best and travel kits offer smaller sized versions for the road.

5. St. Tropezย Mousse Self Tanner

There’s only one way to go about a self-tan: ST TROPEZ. I’ve tried many products on the market, but simply cannot beat this line of products when it comes to fake tanning at home and on the road. A cheaper option for the Aussies is to try the J Bronze range from Jennifer Hawkins – another brand with my tick of approval.

6. Aesop Hydrating Facial Cream

There’s no secret to clear skin aside from consistency. Investing in some better skincare products is one of the surest ways to feel happy and healthy on the road. Cleansing, toning, and moisturising in the mornings and evenings should still be a part of your daily routine, as well as upping the water intake with all that added walking + exercise you’ll be doing.

7. Eve Lom Cleanser

Hands down, my favourite cleanser on the market…ever. This beauty is super soft on your skin but still has a light beaded element, while also providing necessary moisture for your skin. Though a little pricey, this cleanser is worth every. single. penny. Vogue even described it as “probably the best cleanser in the world”. I cannot recommend this enough!

8. Drybar Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is in my eyes the best invention of this millennium. Seriously, where were we without dry shampoo!? Washing our hair daily!? Honestly! How much time I have saved from lasting days and days on dry shampoo alone.

9. Revlon Illuminator

For a long time now, this bargain of a beauty product has been my secret weapon. Simply dab a little under your outer eye area to brighten your entire complexion and make you look WAY fresher than you feel. This is perhaps my favourite beauty product of all time.

10. MAC Concealerย 

The only way to cover up if you ask me! MAC Concealers are a life saver. They’ll hide all the dullness, spots, or puffy eyes. Sure, there are cheaper concealers out there — but none work quite as well as MAC.

11. Clinique All About Eyes

If there’s one issue I’ve faced on the road that I never faced at home, its how to deal with constant jetlag / lack of sleep / and consequential puffy eyes. Though I use a range of different products on my eyes, I’ve chosen to share this product by Clinique because I think their products are really affordable for a decent product catered toward the younger generation.

12. Bioxidea Miracle Face Mask

Getting a little outside of the box here, I have to share my final (and perhaps most underrated) secret — miracle face masks. Whenever my skin gets angry with me (which is a lot considering what I put it through every day), this is my answer. These face masks are a little expensive at just over $2 per mask, but I can assure you, they are totally worth it. I find it best to have them shipped to my home address and only take a few with me on each trip for those ‘quick fix’ rescue me now type days.

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    Enamul Hoq
    November 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    thanks for your nice post . i love most of them from your top 10 list

    Nisha Sen
    October 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Beauty products are one most essential thing to keep in your travel bag when go for travelling. There are many beauty products available that helps to keep your look beautiful during travel.

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    April 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    These all beauty products would be a great to keep with us for taking proper care of our beauty during travel. I bought some great beauty products from & it works really effectively. For the best beauty products deal, you can also try it.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 10, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Dry shampoo is always a must. If you’re wanting to pack everything in a carry-on, Lush also makes a great solid shampoo bar!

    April 8, 2015 at 1:07 am

    For me, eyelash curler is an absolute must. Even if I don’t wear any make up whatsoever, I always curl my eye lashes as I feel that it opens my eyes and freshens my face right away! Eyelash curler is the greatest invention after the dry shampoo! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lovely Sharice
    April 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Definitely agree with the MAC concealer. Sometimes you just need a quick “cover up”

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    April 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I love dry shampoo on long trips. Great tips.

    April 7, 2015 at 3:09 am

    I’m a little confused. You say in your mini-biog at the bottom of each post that you travel full-time and live out of a suitcase. But you mentioned in this post that you get your facemasks delivered to your “home address”. So do you actually have a permanent base after all, then? I assumed you went from place to place but do you actually go home in between each trip? Just curious as different travel bloggers seem to do different things, but those two statements seemed contradictory!

    chelsea @ the new wifestyle
    April 7, 2015 at 2:16 am

    this is so fantastic! i’m gearing up for some serious travel next month and this is really helpful! your skin is always glowing so good to know what you use!

    Sarah Lynn
    April 7, 2015 at 1:29 am

    The dry shampoo is a must!
    I can’t count all the times it has literally saved the day.
    I would have to add Facial Wipes to the list, specifically Simple brand. They are great for when you’re too lazy after a long night to do your whole ‘wash face regime’, or a quick refresh after the beach. I bring them everywhere!

    Jessica @ The Belle Voyage
    April 7, 2015 at 12:35 am

    I second the tweezers – ha! Something so tiny makes such a huge difference. And dry shampoo is a traveling girl’s miracle. I have the dryer one but I was also recently introduced to Amika which I think I may like even more! Oh and I’m glad I’m not the only one who puts a lot of thought into beauty routines while traveling ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jessica Mennie
    April 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Definitely dry shampoo for the unwashed hair and concealer for the tired eyes. Great post!

    Jess X

    April 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Everyone’s been talking about the Antipodes cream so much that I really need to test this out for myself. Got the RT brushes, and the curler – love my Shu U version – but so much more on the list I want to check out!

    Diana xx |

    April 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Love this post! Eyelash curlers are the way forward!
    – Amanda x

    April 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Oh wow, now I want to buy ALL of these products! They all sound so great. Can you believe I’ve never even heard of any of these?! Wrote everything down for my next shopping trip. Thank you for sharing.

    April 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    1, 2, 4, and 8 are literally my holy grails. Didn’t know that anybody else was as in love with the Dry Bar shampoo that I am! The stuff is the best of the best. For concealer I swear by Tarte because it’s so creamy, and for foundation I tend to skip it and go for my NARS Tinted Moisturizer (added bonus, it has SPF). Awesome list, and so helpful (as always :D).


    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    April 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I am such a fan of so many of these products!! Especially ST TROPEZ. Sooo good ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    An essential for me is also some kind of palette, I love the ones with a bronzer a couple of blushes and a bunch of neutral shades include one you can use as a highlight. Makes packaging makeup that much easier.

    April 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Omg yes the St Tropez self tan is amazing! It does wonders for how you look in pictures!
    XO Janina

    April 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I love Real Technique brushes and dry shampoos are great for travelling.

    April 6, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    These are great products, but so many of them! You take great care on the road.

    Leesa & Kate
    April 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Great recommendations! We love the Shu Uemura eyelash curler too but it’s a bit of a luxe splurge!

    xx Leesa & Kate

    Travel inspiration?

    April 6, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I love all Aesop products, not just the moisturiser, they all smell divine!

    Although the best eyelash curlers are from Shu Uemura, this Japanese brand is famous for them ๐Ÿ˜‰

    April 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    ohh yesss I love mascara too. thanks for sharing!