As you may or may not know, after finishing university in 2014, I went off travelling around the world for 11 months with two of my best friends. This was the most amazing experience, I made close friends for life and met a very special person who changed my life forever. I saw incredible places, ate the most delicious food and even got a wave from the Pope! If you have the opportunity to travel, in any capacity, I would implore you to take it. Not everyone has 11 months to spend travelling, and I know how lucky I am to have had this experience. But, if you are getting ready to spend an extended amount of time living out of a very small bag, and want to feel your best, read on.
Choosing what to take with you on a long trip can be very intimidating. If you would like me to do another post on packing tips for clothes and other items, please let me know. But for today, I am going to focus on the main thing that I was concerned about when I went away; the makeup bag.
The main thing to consider is your destination. If you are visiting places like South and South East Asia, the climate is very hot, sticky, and the attitude to makeup is fairly relaxed, particularly amongst travellers. I found myself wearing makeup very sparingly, and this also meant that even if I just wore some tinted moisturiser and a mascara, I felt quite dressed up. When we went to South America it was freezing, and so for the most part I was so miserable about this I just wanted to get into my five thousand layers, hat and scarf and get on the road. However, if you do want to wear makeup on your trip, here is what I brought, or wish I had brought. I have focused on products that can be applied using your fingers, as who has time to wash brushes when they’re off seeing the world? I have also included some options at different price points, because, lets face it, you want your pennies to spend on snacks while you’re out there!
1 & 2 : Maybelline BB Cream and Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser
I took the Nars Tinted Moisturiser with me. It gives such a beautiful finish, with light coverage, to help even out skin tone and make you feel a little more put together. It has SPF30 built in, but I would recommend wearing a sunscreen underneath to make sure you are protected. I have used the Maybelline one in the UK and love how it leaves my skin. A great alternative.
3 & 4 : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light and Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Pretty obvious, this one. Great for finishing makeup to help keep you a little more matte in the sweaty humidity, or wearing alone to give some sheer coverage.
5 & 6 : MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
The Maybelline Concealer is often heralded as a dupe for Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I love MAC Pro Longwear, it’s one of my Holy Grail products, great to cover any under eye circles or blemishes, and lasts all day.
7 & 8 : Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks and No 7 Pop and Glow
I didn’t take either of these products with me, I wish I had. They are so easy and quick to apply, as they don’t require a brush. Great for a pop of colour to the cheeks when you’ve been to one too many Full Moon Parties.
9 & 10 : MAC Extended Play Mascara and Benefit Gimme Brow
My go-to waterproof mascara, and a great little product to keep those eyebrows on fleek in one easy step.
11 & 12 : Bourjois Cream Blush and Benefit Dallas
Dallas is a great option as it can multitask as both a blusher and a bronzer. All of us ended up using it as it is so flattering for so many skin tones, and it comes with a little brush and a mirror in the box. Handy.
13 : Mooncup
Now, this may be a little TMI, but a menstrual cup is something every woman needs while travelling, particularly for a long time. Not everywhere sells tampons, and the pads that are available most closely resemble something made by Pampers. If you do want to top up your supply while you’re away, I found this article invaluable, on lipglossandabackpack.com. It’s regularly updated, and got me through a couple of tricky situations!
You can get the cup online at Boots, but I wasn’t organised enough for that and so ended up buying one in Cambodia, of all places, thanks to the article.
14. Tinted Lip Balm
Backpacker bars, jungle treks and hiking Machu Picchu aren’t really the place for a bold red lip. Tinted lip balms are a great way to keep your lips moisturised, and give them some colour. I particularly like this one by Burts Bees.
15. Travel Mirror by Kathmandu and Tweezers by Tweezerman
Having a small, magnified mirror with a light was honestly the best decision I ever made. And these tweezers are the bombdotcom.
So there you have it. My top products to take with you on a long adventure. Now, obviously, you don’t actually have to take any of these with you at all. The main focus of your trip should be seeing places and making priceless memories. But a little bit of mascara never hurt anyone, right?