As you all now know, I’ve been hiding out (like a master criminal) in South America for a month. The boyf and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a 4 country visit to the continent.
Before I left, I asked my fave beauty houses to send me their best travel products. This is what I took, and what I thought of the products viability for travel. (I’ll do these over a few days as not to bore you.) They sent, and I chose very well. I used everything I took (except for the blender, but I blame Garnier for that), which was a vast change from our Turkey trip where half the products I took were still unopened when we landed back in CT.
- Ms Manicure Clip, Snip and Away Set, R99.95 from Clicks. The set contains 3 wooden hoof sticks, a nail file and a tube of hand cream. I found this super useful, as climbing all over ruins can really damage your nails.
- Sebastian Shaper Fierce Ultra Firm Finishing Hairspray 50ml, R80. This was great to keep my hair out of my face and in place when we were sailing and in the horrendous humidity of the jungle.
- TRESemme 100ml Shampoos and Conditioners, R16.99 each. I took a few variants of these as we were away for so long. 2 of each lasted me the month, and the Moisture Rich one was the best for treating my crispy locks.
- UBU Blender Baby Latex Free Foundation Sponge, R94.99. This is a fab product and I use it every day when I’m at home, but I didn’t need it at all for my Garnier BB Cream, as it blended very easily.
- TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, R63. An absolute MUST for Peru where hot water is unheard of. Have you ever tried rinsing conditioner out with cold water? Not fun. Not Fun at all. Know I know why there are so many dread-locked hippies there – they can’t wash their hair!
- BaByliss 1000W Travel Hairdryer, R199 from Clicks. I didn’t use this for the first week because we were basking in the opulence that is the Savoy Buenos Aires, so a little dryer from Clicks seem ridiculous next to the 2000W bad boy at my disposal in the bathroom. But once we left Argentina, I used it almost daily. It has great power for such a small motor!
- Almay Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover Pads, R130 for 80 pads. I’d never used these before, but was so glad I took them. They removed make-up and all the nasty city grime of BA. I did wash my face afterwards because I didn’t like the smell of them.
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Stick, R135. The boyf had this hermetically sealed to his person the whole trip, and then it melted in the jungle 🙁 So if you’re heading to 37 degrees with 95% humidity, I wouldn’t take it with you!
- Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream in Light, R79.95. Ok, so I was away for the launch of this, and I’m sure you all know about it by now. And if you don’t, there is just no hope, so please read about it here. I love, love, love this BB cream. I used it every single day! It worked in the city, on the islands, up a volcano and in the jungle.
- Almay Wake Up Undereye Concealer in 020 Light/Medium, R155. This is another Almay product I have never used before that came in super helpful. 3am starts for 6am flights does not for a pretty Emmy make, so this was my secret weapon of the trip.
- Crabtree & Evelyn Lip Butter, R100. I had my 8 Hour with me, but this rich butter gave my lips a gloss-like pearly sheen.
- essence Mini Lipgloss Set in New York New York. I don’t think this available anymore as it was a limited edition. But it has 3 mini glosses, which were a perfect fit for my camera bag. Keep an eye out for similar limited editions.