5 travel beauty essentials you must always pack

Fri, 9 September 2011 4:07PM

You can tell a lot about a person by their luggage. Up until recently, I’d always been an over-packer, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels of late, it’s that a) I tend to wear the same clothes – especially the one pair of jeans and converses pretty much the entire time and b) apart from the odd lipstick and lip gloss change, I tend to keep my makeup pretty simple: lip gloss, concealer and mascara for during the day and a smoky eye at night.

So, after visiting Brisbane and Melbourne last week and jetting back to Brisbane again today for our in-store David Jones Look Book event, I thought I’d give you a little run down on the beauty essentials that one must pack regardless of whether you’re going interstate for the day, or  on an extended european vacation.


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1. Dry Shampoo. It’s up there with your wallet and passport. I don’t trust those greasy headrests on plane seats. I also don’t trust hotel showers because most of the time, the water pressure isn’t powerful enough to rinse the shampoo and conditioner out of my hair. Enter a few spritz of this stuff after blow-drying and hey presto! Instant volume and texture.

2. Face Serum: Flying wrecks havoc on skin, even if it’s only a short flight, and combine that with an air conditioned hotel room and you’ve got a recipe for dermal disaster. For an extra boost, pack a face serum that you can layer with your day cream at night for an added hit of hydration.

3. Highlighter/concealer:  The easiest way to fake a well-rested glow is with a hint of illuminisor on the high points of the face. For added convenience, leave your powder highlighter at home and use a liquid formula that you can apply with your ring finger on the go.

I swear by POP Beauty No Show Concealer, $45.95, from Kit Cosmetics. Not only does the pen-like applicator free up precious space in your makeup bag, but the real beauty of this double ended wand lies in it’s versatility: at one end, you’ll find a solid concealer that’s great for covering up spots and dark circles and at the other, a creamy, caviar-packed highlighter that helps bounce light off the skin.

4. Face cleansing oil: For two reasons: firstly, it won’t irritate or dry out already-stressed-out skin and secondly, it doubles as the ultimate eye makeup remover. I dampen a cotton pad with a hint of water before adding a few drops of the oil and use it to gently wipe away impossible-to-budge-eye liner and mascara.

5. 1x Dark Eye Shadow:  Now, this is my favourite tip of them all. If you’re looking for an easy way to take your makeup from day to night, a dark navy, gun-metal or charcoal eye shadow is where the magic is at. For subtle definition, I like to apply a super fine line of colour in at the roots of the top lash line, using a dampened angled eye liner brush. Or, for a more dramatic look in the evening, all you need to do is smudge the shadow across the entire eyelid, building the colour so that it’s deepest as you reach the outer corners.

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TIP: Amethyst, emerald green and sapphire blue also look equally as great on the eyes for a sophistocated pop of colour. My vote goes to the Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colours, which will set you back around $35 each, followed by the fool-proof mousse-like formula that is Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Illusoire (83), $48, which you can see and read all about over here.

Another Top Tip: If you’re travelling for a special event (like our Look Book events for instance) and you plan on getting a mani or pedi beforehand, always opt for a neutral colour, like caramel or grey. That way, it won’t clash or overpower your outfit and unlike a bold red, or coral, it’s much easier to hide nuisance chips.

Over to you now, Primpettes… 

How much beauty loot do you pack for a weekend away?

What are your travel essentials?

Are you a light packer or do you take everything but the kitchen sink? 

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  • Posted by: xKMS Master Fan // Fri, 9 September 2011 05:58pm

    great recommendations!! I went to Shanghai/Hong Kong a couple of months ago and decided I wouldnt need dry shampoo – worst mistake ever! especially in the heat of HK where i needed to wash my hair everyday i was kicking myself for not bringing it!! and i couldnt find it anywhere.. not good.at.all. lol

  • Posted by: sprinkles37 Master Fan // Fri, 9 September 2011 06:32pm

    Its hard to take some things on flights like dry shampoo :(

    I always bring the essentials like rosehip oil, shampoo and conditioner, tinted moisturiser, mascara and lip gloss. Most things you can buy when you’re there if you cant live without it.

    The best thing to do is get things that are multi use items like lip/check tints, triology’s everything balm

  • Posted by: Bridals // Fri, 9 September 2011 08:33pm

    What facial oils do suggest?

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Fri, 9 September 2011 08:57pm

    I always overpack… often 1/2 my bag is devoted to beauty products.

  • Posted by: StayC Enthusiast // Fri, 9 September 2011 10:30pm

    I soooo overpack even when I try not too, multitasking products are the answer to that dilemma but I’m going to Sydney for a mini five-day holiday and to go to IMATS so I must pack tonnes of makeup and skincare products as it’s the one time I can get away with going a little crazy with my look, afterall I’ll still look tame next to so many other makeup addicts.

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Sat, 10 September 2011 01:05am

    i over pack too, i bring so much stuff that i dont need! conealer is a must a hydrating face cream! good idea for the dry shampoo :)

  • Posted by: bree90 Devotee // Sat, 10 September 2011 07:14am

    Dry shampoo is definitely a travel must have for me, along with a bottle of perfume (Daisy by Marc Jacobs) and my makeup essentials – foundation, blush, concealer, a few lippies/eye colours. Palettes are good too as you can port a few around at a time. Oh, and highlighter- Benefits High Beam.

    I’m quite terrible with packing, but have doing some travel lately so I’ve been able to actually see what I use and what I don’t, so next time I travel I don’t have the added extras.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Sat, 10 September 2011 12:05pm

    Definately agree with the dry shampoo, its a must for any getaway longer than two days!

    and that Bobbi Brown cleansing oil from the DJ goody bag is perfect for travelling! cleansing oil is fantastic!

    I have a cute travel sized version of pretty much all my regular size prodz -soap and glory have a pack that is awesome to take, and they’re so cute when you line them up in your hotel room! :)

    whatever i end up packing (and it’s always waaaay too much) i have to pack sure they are properly sealed.. especially nail polish remover or other nasty liquids that wreak havoc on my packed clothes!

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Sat, 10 September 2011 07:03pm

    im surprised at how cheap the dry shampoo is, defiantly thinking of giving it a go

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 12:07pm

    Dry shampoo is in a new travel friendly shaker bottle so that it passes the travel restriction guidelines!
    SO much easier!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 02:43pm

    fabulous products there eliza! i love the sound of the pop beauty no show concealer, sounds like a total must have for me and not just for travelling either. id pack rose hip oil, paw paw ointment and a creamy face mask, too

  • Posted by: beautybabe111 Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 06:22pm

    Some great recommendations Eliza! Airport restrictions are so annoying though! Bastise has come out with a new one in a shaker bottle which is travel friendly and it can double up as a regular hair powder to! :) And nailpolish pens are really travel friendly to so small and they don’t break or leek, some of my faves!

    I used to be a constant over packer but now I am starting to down size :)

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 07:29pm

    How clever is the Pop concealer/Highlighter duo! I need all the make-up bag real estate I can get. I always save my mini bottles for travelling- GWPs are great for that! I love that Shu Umera Cleansing OIl too- I have the pink one which smells like baby lotion!!

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 08:21pm

    thanks Eliza, this is great!!

  • Posted by: sumaya Master Fan // Mon, 12 September 2011 09:20am

    I don’t even remember the last time i went on holiday because it has been so long. I love the five essentials products and if i am ever lucky enough to go on holiday i will definitely remember this list, thanks :)

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Mon, 12 September 2011 10:33am

    I noticed your pic had a nice nude nail polish too. I got that from an old issue of Grazia too. I am never without my dry shampoo, such a life saver! For a weekend away, i usually travel quite light and don’t take much make up or skin care unless they are trial size. Saves way more space.

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Mon, 12 September 2011 06:49pm

    As I have dry hair, I cannot use dry shampoos.

    I have so many essentials that I would take the whole lot.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Mon, 12 September 2011 07:01pm

    I am a very light packer when it comes to makeup and travelling, and hardly ever use the stuff that I do take as I am so excited at where I can go and what I can see that I just don’t think about makeup.

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Tue, 13 September 2011 06:12pm

    Dry shampoo is a definite MUST! They smell beautiful and they are sooo convenient.

  • Posted by: MissMel Enthusiast // Tue, 13 September 2011 07:10pm

    Great tips! I have a trip planned for the end of this week, and MUST pack lighter than my last adventure!

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 10:30pm

    Items 1,2 and 3 are a must everyday! Can’t imagine living without them. So yup, they are beauty essentials I pack with me when I go travelling.

  • Posted by: emilylauren Devotee // Tue, 8 November 2011 03:58pm

    Ooooh great tips!

    I have to admit that I too am guilty of taking the kitchen sink even though I always tend to wear the same clothes!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 27 November 2013 07:44pm

    These all look good to me, great suggestions.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 30 June 2014 03:18pm

    I take as much beauty products as my make-up bag will allow. I like choice, I am a sucker.


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