Travel make up (Guest post)

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I have been reading Megan’s blog since the first time she cracked a dry joke on twitter. She is hilarious and truly a great writer. In January she started a 365 day challenge (crazy right) called #365BEAUTYTIPS and I have been hooked since day one.

I travel often. More importantly I fly often sometimes as much as twice a month. I know the flight schedules off by heart. Very often I have to catch the earliest flight, 6:45am. This means I get up at 4am. Shower because I am not one of those people who feel clean when they shower at night. I need to start my day wet. (well that escalated quickly) Hair and make up at 5am DOES NOT LAST TILL YOUR 5PM MEETING. By 4:30pm it looks like my face has melted off and I haven’t slept since last Tuesday. (I work on farms. This require me to run up and down from vines to cellar to meetings.)

So this led to me flying without make up on (I do this on all international flights. Always. But locally I go from airport to work and that requires me to look alive and fresh. the undead-look doesn’t work well in meetings)

I asked Megan’s advice. She has suggested the perfect set op products that I need for my travel bag. This way I don’t have to carry my big make up bag with me. These products are travel sized and great for I-just-got-off-a-plane-face.

Here’s what she recommended (Yes, I have gone out and bought them all)


Lydia mentioned that she struggles finding travel friendly makeup and with a list of products in mind, she hoped that I could point her in the right direction for budget conscious products that will fit in her already full bag. Challenge accepted.

So here is the list.

  1. Moisturizer – It needs to be small and light/non greasy

(1) Celltone Travel

Instead of recommending just a moisturizer, I thought that Celltone’s travel kit would be more appropriate. The brand really took the time to design a skincare range that is gentle on your skin while being sure to include every step of your routine. Celltone products are formulated to not only include the beneficial snail extract but also contains ingredients to ensure the products work at a much faster rate and deliver results. The range targets all skin types and ages and replaces synthetic ingredients for organic and natural ingredients wherever possible.

The Celltone Pamper Pack allows you to take your skincare in travel approved sizes, making it the ideal companion, especially for cabin luggage. The handy pack comes with the full face care range which includes the Celltone Facial Wash, Celltone Exfoliator, Celltone Cleanser, Celltone Toner, Celltone Mask and Celltone Moisturiser.


  1. Sunblock – because you should always have a travel sided GOOD sunblock in your travel bag.

(2) Nimue SPF40

Although the Celltone Moisturiser already contains SPF 15, it’s not nearly enough for during the day. I have found that Nimue’s Sun-C SPF40 is a very thick formula but provides good coverage that is long lasting while not being greasy to the touch. The light-weight emulsion absorbs quickly and offers a dual focus by providing UVA/UVB protection and anti-aging benefits to assist in reducing and preventing the visible signs of photo aging.

  1. Something to wake up your under-eyes. Because I mostly catch 6am flights

(3) Nip+Fab Dark Circle Fix

Nip+Fab’s Dark Circle Fix may be a little pricier than most, but I certainly think that it’s worth it. I had first experienced dark circles and bags right after welcoming my son, it came as a surprise really, but I looked like a zombie! I started using the Dark Circle Fix and by the second day, I already started seeing an improvement. You will end up using a pea-size amount, day and night, so will probably find that the serum can last about 2-3 months with consistent use. It’s the only product that I have tried and have really seen the visible signs of improvement which is thanks to the combination of fast-acting ingredients.

  1. Foundation – must be light and easy to apply. No time for painting.

(4) Yardley Oatmeal Foundation


Yardley’s Oatmeal Foundation is an oldie but a goodie, no less. It’s not complicated with one hundred and one shades, but instead is a foundation that focuses on the condition of your skin. I would recommend opting for the oily skin formula as the combination one can become quite greasy as the day progresses. It’s very light and easy to blend into the skin, just by using your fingertips. It also happens to be very affordable and just like BB creams comes in a light, medium or dark shade. Remember that this is a light to medium coverage, which just evens out any redness, and covers imperfections.

  1. Eye stuff – again must be light and easy and versatile.

(5) NYX Bohemian Chic Palette



When traveling, the NYX Bohemian Chic Palette is probably as important as your passport, okay not really – but you know what I mean. The palette has a variety of nude shades (17 in total) that can be used to create a number of looks that vary from neutral “no-makeup”, to daring smokey eyes for that special date night in a foreign city. The bottom tray slides out to reveal 2 blushes; a light pink for everyday makeup and a deeper red which would work nicely for an evening look. There are also 6 colours which are all dark, cool colours and work well to adding just a hint of colour. The nice thing about this kit is that it saves a tremendous amount of space and packs enough neutral colours to keep your heart content, even if you’re a beauty addict, like me. For a long while, I ended up using the deeper red blush as an eyeshadow for a day look that was girly, while still defining the lid with the darker eyeshadow offerings. NYX is well known for delivering products with great pigment payoff and are quite reasonably priced, especially when you’ve got an entire makeup kit packed in the palm of your hand.

  1. Brow things.

The nice thing about the NYX Bohemian Chic Palette is that it packs so many neutrals that you’re bound to find your eyebrow colour in the palette, too. When defining the brow, it’s easiest to use an eyeshadow to fill the sparse gaps and create fuller looking brow. It doesn’t need to be as complicated as they make it out to be on YouTube either: Using a brow brush, dip it in the eyeshadow, and using short and gentle strokes (just like hair) fill in your brows by following the natural shape of your brow, brush your brows into place and you’re ready to go!

  1. A powder that you can use through the traveling (because you still want to look semi human even though you aren’t wearing anything. 

(7) Catrice CC Powder





I would rather opt for the Yarley Oatmeal foundation, it’s light enough to be worn while you’re travelling and hydrates the skin. Powder may leave your skin looking drier than usual especially on long flights, as the aircon tends to leave your skin feeling tight. If you’re looking for something to help even any greasy patches, try Catrice’ Colour Correcting Mattifying powder which helps improve any unevenness in your skin tone, while absorbing any oil.

  1. Lip stuff – must be very moisturizing and versatile because who carried 9 different lipsticks around.

(8) Catrice Lip Polish


For the most part, I would opt for a tinted lip balm. Labello has a variety on offer that will help hydrate your lips and add just a pop of colour. However, if you’re looking for a more “makeup” sort of look, I highly recommend Catrice’s 8-hour lip smoothing polish. While the range of colours is limited, you would only really need their nude or berry tone (they would be the most versatile) or you could be daring and go for their red lip polish too. It packs 3-in-1 by offering the pigment of lipstick, the shine of gloss and the long lasting stain of a lip stain. Unlike lipstick, there is no uneven wear, instead, it gradually fades to the point that it looks like you’ve just eaten a packet of jelly powder – it’s a very natural flushed look.

  1. Some bronzer/blusher type deal to make you look like less of zombie.

(9) Essence Soo Blush




Sticking with the idea of leaving your skin looking and feeling fresh, I recommend going for a cream blusher like Essence’s Soo Blush (Cream to Powder). The formula doubles up to be a great natural looking blush while also being a quick alternative to a lip product. At first, it can be a little overwhelming when you see the pigment that cream blushes pack, but by using your fingertips to pat the product on the apples of your cheek, the product warms to your skin and settles into the skin, leaving you with a wonderful glow.

  1. Dry shampoo or moose or a hair product that makes you look like you actually took a shower.

(10) Batiste Travel Size

Baby powder. Yes, I know there are a dozen dry shampoo products and if you insist, then try going for Batiste as they offer travel size variants. However, baby powder is an exceptionally versatile product and may help you more than you realize! Baby powder helps absorb dampness which is why it works so well as a dry shampoo, but it can also help deodorize dirty clothes, remove the dampness from hiking shoes and bags. It’s also great when you’ve nicked yourself and struggle to stop it from bleeding, the baby powder helps it clot, making it a lot less messy! Lastly, if you happen to mess oil on a top (especially when you’re trying to pack light and don’t have many shirts to begin with) dab baby oil to absorb the oil and save the shirt from being ruined! And THAT’S why you pack baby powder every. time.

(10) Baby Powder


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Disclaimer: Images are not my own and for review purposes only. 



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