If you know me, then you know I’m no beauty aficionado. I haven’t worn foundation in years, I’ve mastered the messy bun for when my hair’s a hot mess, and I’m known to replace showering with scuba diving. So how am I qualified to suggest beauty products I can’t travel without?
Well, dear reader, I am an extremely lazy traveller when it comes to self-care, so the few beauty products I can’t travel without actually work, they’re no fuss, and for the most part are cheap as.
Beauty Products I Can’t Travel Without
1 – Face Wash
After years of treating my face like crap with harsh supermarket face washes, I finally found the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It took me a while to get used to the fact that it doesn’t foam, but I find that it cleans all the grubbies off my face from the day without stripping it of its natural oils.
2 – Body Wash
As you’ll soon see, I have a serious Mario Badescu addiction, and with good reason. Their products are all basic, no-nonsense and cheap as chips. You only need a tiny bit of the Mario Badescu A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap, so this bottle will last you bloody forever.
3 – Shampoo
Ahh, Kevin Murphy, oh how I adore you. This stuff ain’t cheap, but it lasts ages and is 100% worth the investment. I first fell in love with the Kevin Murphy Angel Wash back when I went to the US when I was 18 and was so happy when we could finally get it here in Australia. This shampoo cleans your hair without weighing it down or overdoing it – perfection! These also come in mini sizes if you’re only travelling for a few weeks.
4 – Conditioner
The Angel Wash can’t be without the Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse. I have a lot of very fine hair, so need something that gives my dry-as ends some loving without making my scalp look like I was in an accident with an olive oil transport truck. And this stuff does the trick. The only time it doesn’t completely do the job is when I’m diving 3 times a day, in which case I just chuck some coconut oil in the ends before I get in the water.
5 – Eye Makeup Remover
Another entry from ma main man Mario, and a product I’ve only recently found. The Mario Badescu Eye Make-Up Remover Gel no-nonsense and non-oily makeup remover is gentle on ya eye holes, and you only need a little bit of it. A prime example of my laziness – I don’t even use makeup pads with this. I just use loo paper.
6 – Face Moisturiser
I spent years not moisturising my face. There, I said it. I know that’s pretty much a sin when you’re as close to 30 as I am. But whenever I tried a new moisturiser, regardless of it was crazy expensive of a supermarket brand, I looked like an oily disco ball within minutes. On a whim I got the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream before I moved to Thailand, and boy oh boy, I have not been sorry. Sinks straight in, and makes my face feel as smooth as a baby’s bum.
7 – Eye Cream
I purchased the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream off the back of my obsession with the Hyaluronic Day Cream, and I love it just as much. I’m still a bit suss about why you can’t use a face moisturiser on your eye skin (isn’t that on your face too?!), but I laugh too much to not be genuinely terrified of getting deep crows feet the day I hit 30.
8 – Body Moisturiser
This. Stuff. Is. AWESOME. Frank is an Aussie skincare company that makes their products from natural products like coffee grinds, and it all smells gorgeous. The Frank Body Balm has been a lifesaver for when I’m in the scorching Thai sun everyday diving and makes sure that my legs don’t look like they need a good sandpapering.
9 – Pimple Zapper
The last Mario Badescu product, I swear! I very rarely use this as my awesome skincare regime above means I hardly break out, but when I do get a pimple it’s generally a bloody whopper. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is all sorts of wonderful natural camomile shit. All you need to do is dip an earbud into the bottle, then apply to the Mount Vesuvius that’s appeared on your forehead. If it’s not gone by the next day, you’ve got bigger problems. Hot tip – don’t shake it. It’s meant to separate in the bottle.
10 – Sunscreen
Okay, I’ll admit – I didn’t realise that my old sunscreen was hurting Koh Tao’s coral reefs. I love Mecca’s SPF 50+ waterproof body sunscreen, but since that harsh realisation, I’ve moved onto a new reef safe sunscreen. The Little Urchin Reef Safe Natural Sunscreen is SPF 30, which honestly is plenty. It’s not greasy, and I only need to reapply after I’ve been in the water a fair bit or have been a real sweaty betty.
11 – Deodorant
When you live in constant 30C (86F) degree heat, you quickly become an expert in deodorants. I’ve always been a fan of the Mitchum Unperfumed Roll-On Deodorant, and since moving to Thailand it’s really proved it’s worth. It’s cheap as chips, lasts for ages, and does what it needs to do.
12 – Mascara
This and the eyeliner below are the only 2 makeup products I use and is right at the top of the list of most important beauty products I can’t travel without. You may question the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara not being waterproof considering I’m part mermaid, but I honestly find those way too hard to get off. Considering I spend at least half of the day sweating profusely, this has never run (apart from when I was rugby tackled into the ocean on New Years. Long story.)
13 – Eye Liner
The Kat von D Waterproof Ink Liner is eyeliner is amazeballs. It has a felt tip end bit that means even people as bad at eyeliner as I am nail it every time, and it’s dead easy to get off with the makeup removing gel. Though I must admit I’ve fallen asleep with it on many times and it hasn’t moved an inch overnight, which is a real bonus when you have to do the walk of shame.
14 – Hanging Toiletry Bag
May seem like an odd inclusion, but when you move around as much as I do this hanging toiletry bag is a total godsend. It’s especially awesome for when you’re staying in hostels because you keep everything in it and hang it off the towel rack when you’re in the shower.
So there you have it kids; the 14 beauty products I can’t travel without. I’ve road tested most of these over years and many continents, and am in bloody struggle town when I run out of one when I’m somewhere remote.
What are the beauty products you can’t travel without?