Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It

Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It

If you saw my post on ‘Why I’m Leaving My Dream Job In Fashion To Go Travelling‘, you might already know that on the 14th February, I’m off on a 3 month adventure around Southeast Asia.

I’ve only got one rucksack (read: Duffle Bag on wheels), for the entire 3 months, so i’ve had to be pretty selective when it comes to packing! Which also means a quarter of a year with only these make up products (gasp).

While I know that most days I’ll be make-up free, I also know that there will be times where I’ll want to feel a little more put together. You may be thinking that I would just go straight to packing all of my favourite products and be done. And that would totally make sense! But instead I am opting for a carefully thought out collection.

Example: The L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette. Which you can read my thoughts on here. It’s definitely not my favourite but the variety of shades will carry me through all stages of tanning. It’s compact and I will be significantly less gutted if I break / lose this than some of my preferred counterparts. So my planning has gone a little like this!

Also, I would love to know if you have ever had to pack for a long trip and depart with most of your beloved collection. And how did you do it?!

If you would like to find out The Beauty Products That Made It and see what I’m taking with me on my little adventure then read on…


Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It


I’ve gone pretty much all drugstore in this category. And I’m not taking a lot as I’m *hoping* my skin will be tanned and glowy and that will be enough!

L’Oréal Infallible Concealer Palette – because it’s just so versatile, as I mentioned above.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent – It’s cheap, cheerful and again I wont be heartbroken if it shatters. Though I will be picking up a new one before I leave, so that it lasts.

L’Oréal True Match Liquid Illuminator – I’m trying to take as few brushes away as possible so a liquid highlight is a good option. While I don’t like this over foundation, it does sit nicely on bare skin, so I’m hoping I can make it work.

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion – For those nights that I want to actually do my make up!

Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It


Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette – I chose this as my ONE palette (a really hard choice) because it’s super light weight and compact due to the cardboard packaging. Warm toned browns are my favourite and this palette can create so many looks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade – The only thing I ever use for my brows, so it was a no brainer!

L’Oréal Brow Artist Plumper – My favourite brow gel. Also perfect for no make-up days just to stop my brows from drooping down (anyone else have this?!).

Eyelash Curler – Because it’s an essential!

L’Oréal False Lash Sculpt Mascara – This is seriously incredible, and my current favourite. Read my full thoughts here. 

Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It


This was another category that was so hard to pick. *But what if I want a red lip*. In the end I went for my current favourite nude combo, and a gloss for the day time.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Swag – I am OBSESSED with this. The formula is honestly the best thing I’ve ever tried in a lip product. I’m probably going to pick up the shade Cookie before I go too. It’s a gorgeous coral-y pink which I think will look so gorgeous with a tan.

Mac Lip Liner in Spice – One of my go-to nude lip liners and conveniently it goes great with Swag from Bare Minerals.

Nars Lipgloss in Chelsea Girls – A really nice wash of peachy pink. Easy to top up without a mirror and generally fuss free.

Three Months Travelling: The Beauty Products That Made It


Sorry if a couple of the brushes in this picture look tatty, it’s because they are. I didn’t want to take all of my loveliest, favourite brushes when they are probably going to get pretty battered over 3 months on the road. So this is the tiny selection I’ve whittled it down to.

Sigma – E55 Shading, E30 Pencil, E40 Tapered Blending, E65 Small Angle – The basics for creating a decent enough eye-shadow look.

Spectrum – B06 Tall Tapered Blender, A17 Angled Brow – These are two of my ‘nicer’ brushes. But I literally can’t live without them. The tapered blender is just the most perfect crease brush and I have never loved a brush as much as I love the A17 for brows. So they both just had to come!

Benefit Powder Brush – This brush is so old, I don’t even know it’s name. But it’s good for setting concealer under the eyes and around the nose. I’m also slightly ashamed to show this one as it’s so tatty, but it’s coming along so there you go!

  • Oooh all these products look gorgeous – love the colours as they’re all perfect for different looks and great when travelling too! Got to love eyeshadow palettes!

    Hope you’re well lovely!

    Layla xx

    • I haven’t worn barely any make-up since I got here yet! But I’m thinking I’ll want to more when I get to the likes of Bali and Singapore, I’m quite enjoying being able to get ready in 20 minutes in the morning at the moment ! Xx

  • That looks like a good selection of products for nights when you want to glam up – the L’Oreal mascara is next on my shopping list once my current mascara dies.

    I’ve been travelling and never thought someone as high-maintenance as me would be able to hack it. By the time I came back though, I actually found my wardrobe and cosmetics overwhelming, because I was so used to having a limited supply of things. Since travelling, I’ve actually downsized massively and defo don’t hoard as much as I used to.

    Enjoy your travels, you’ll have an amazing time! SE Asia is so tourist friendly as well 🙂

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

    • You totally have to try it, it is so amazing! That’s so interesting that you downsized when you got back! Im struggling with the limited clothes I have to say, I’m ok with the make-up though! Xx

  • Jay

    I love this post! First off, congratulations on this amazing adventure you’re about to set off on! That’s amazing. I can’t wait to keep up with how it goes!
    Smart thinking on keeping your makeup minimal and things you wouldn’t be too upset if you lost. These are all great choices. Loving that Zoeva palette.
    Great post xoxo


  • I only found your blog but I’m sure you’ll have fun! I’m not familiar with some of the products you’re bringing, but it’s good that you don’t have a foundation because depending on where you’re going in SEA, it’s going to be really really hot (it’s nearing the summer season). And then there will be days where it will be rainy. Or confused days where it’s both hot and rainy. Most countries here are also pretty humid in nature, so you’ll also have to take that into consideration. 🙂

    Teesh || Adventures of Cupcake Girl

    • Exactly my thinking! And I hate having make-up on and then just sweating it all off anyway haha! Xx

  • Charlotte

    I’ve only just found your blog but oh my gosh have an incredible time travelling, that’s going to be an amazing experience! It’s interesting to see that you’re not taking any foundation with you I feel that that is a wise choice! Don’t you worry I wouldn’t be taking my best brushes either!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • I just couldn’t be bothered taking so many different foundation shades with me! I hoping I’ll be able to pull of just concealer once I’m tanned. Haha I am glad it’s not just me! xx

  • Amy Eade

    I think it’s great you’ve gone mainly drugstore because if you lose/break anything you won’t be as gutted! It must have been so hard to narrow down products, but Rimmel Stay Matte powder would definitely make it into my backpack!
    Amy xx

    • Exactly! That was my plan all along 🙂 It was pretty hard as I don’t like only having a little choice but what can you do! xx

  • Looks like you’ve got yourself covered, including all the basics with enough to last for three months and give you some variety!
    Have an amazing time! I am off to South Asia on the 14th too! But only a quick 2 week trip to vietnam


    • I hope so! Ahh that’s so mental! So excited for you – have the best time!! I don’t get to Vietnam until March xx

  • I hope you have a lovely time! I love the lash scuplt, it does such a great job! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • Maria

    I hope you have an amazing time traveling. These are all great picks, specially that zoeva palette!

    IN 1997

    • I’m hoping it’ll see me through, it’s so versatile! Thankyou! 🙂 xx

  • I once did a two months road trip through New Zealand. Makeupwise I opted for versatile pieces, like a bronzer that would work as a transition shade on the eyes as well and similar things. And I chose cream eyeshadows with a selection of bold lips, simply because I felt that this was more versatile, but I guess that is down to personal preference.
    Enjoy your time!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • So interesting to hear what you took away! I personally never really wear bold lips so it made more sense for me to pick some favourite nudes 🙂 cream shadows is a good shout though I hadn’t thought of that! Xx

      • The essentials differ by our preferences. If you don’t wear bolds, an eyeshadow pallette is a more sensible choice. I do wear eyeshadow, but I dont like palettes too much.

  • I hope you have a lovely time travelling! I wanted to try out the l’oreal palette but I haven’t heard many really good things, so I think I’ll give it a miss.

    • Thankyou lovely! Yeah it’s ok, but it’s not great. I’ll get by with it but if it wasn’t for the shade selection that will make it easy for me to transistion and the fact that it’s fairly inexpensive so won’t matter if it’s gets broken I wouldn’t be taking it! Xx