In My Beauty Bag: Emily Trenberth

17:00, Aug 27 2014
AMAZING RACE: Emily is on the adventure travel show with her brother Jono.

Think you have trouble packing your makeup bag for a trip? Try doing it for a cut-throat reality show where excess baggage is not allowed.

Emily Trenberth, who's currently competing with her brother Jono on TV2's The Amazing Race: Australia vs New Zealand, shares her travel-light secrets.

What beauty products were you able to take on The Amazing Race? 

SHE KNOWS MAKEUP: The Crusader Maiden and part-time model has her hair and beauty routine down to a fine art.

I recently have been struggling with bad skin (for the first time in my life) and so the moment I was accepted onto The Amazing Race I made sure I got the best, super-expensive skin care. So I used Aspect Dr's cleanser and serum, but I couldn't keep affording that, so I now use Cetaphil cleanser and Olay moisturiser.

I also couldn't go without Revlon Colorstay foundation, Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies mascara and Benefit Hoola bronzer. 

What did you have to leave out - and what did you really miss?


I love makeup and wanted to take heaps, especially since I was going to be on international TV for the first time. But Jono wouldn't let me take anything else but the basics (we really needed to travel light). So I missed my eye shadows and blusher, I also missed my Revlon primer (as the make up would just slide off as soon as it got even slightly hot).

Did you have any time at all while competing to do things like wash your hair or put on mascara? 

I would always get up half an hour earlier than my brother just so I could do my makeup. But sometimes the legs on the race were two to three days so I would only have the chance to do my make up once in that time. So by the end of the leg I had always sweated off the makeup and my hair was always a mess - probably wasn't any point even doing that! 


Did you get any treatments before you left to look better on camera? 

Yes I definitely did. I got a full head of foils on my hair, my hairdresser was really curious of why I was going all out on my hair. I couldn't tell her so maybe she just thought I was splashing out!

I also got my eyebrows tinted and threaded and my eyelashes tinted. I also got a spray tan and my nails painted a natural-ish pink colour.

Have you now got packing light down to a fine art?

Yes, I sure have. Jono and I got our pack down to only eight kilos. I only took three changes of clothes, one pair of shoes and toiletries for a month!

What was the first thing you did when you finished the show, beauty-wise? 

I had a very, very long shower. I felt like I hadn't been clean in forever. I even sought out a bath, I didn't have one at my flat so I used my friend's and soaked and relaxed. I needed the rest as I was mentally and physically exhausted.

Lastly, can you share the ins and outs of your beauty regime?


I religiously cleanse and moisturise my face morning and night. I use Cetaphil as my cleanser and Olay SPF30 moisturiser. 

I also do a mask monthly and use the The Body Shop Vitamin E night cream and eye cream. I keep things basic so my skin doesn't flare up.

One thing my mother always taught me was to use sunscreen daily. I wear SPF30 facial sunscreen every day in summer and in winter I always use a moisturiser with SPF in it. It's really important to put it all over your neck and hands as well!

I love facials; I wish I could have more. I go to Essential Therapy in Christchurch. 

I think people are blessed to have good skin. There are also other factors like hormones and whether you eat chocolate or not (he he). But I think you have to know your skin and do what's best for you. I am really lucky not to have oily or sensitive skin. So I just keep everything really simple. I also think you should treat your skin. I am loving rosehip oil at the moment. It is so good for you and makes your skin glow.


I've always loved makeup. My sister is a hair and makeup artist so I've always loved seeing her creation. But my own passion for makeup developed about four years ago. I started watching YouTube make up videos and starting buying and practicing with so much make up.

Then I built up my own professional kit and started doing little make up jobs here and there.

I am a big fan of Nars, MAC, Benefit, Revlon and Smashbox. I've tried some of the most expensive make up products and some of the more cheaper ones. And to be honest, when it comes to foundation I keep going back to Revlon Colourstay. I feel like it gives me incredible coverage and lasts all day.

I love MAC's blush Warm soul and Dainty. I love MACs lipsticks too. I'm a big fan of the natural colour Crème Cup, plus a girl can't go without a red lipstick. My little tip is - use a lip liner that matches the lipstick. It always looks neater and lasts longer.

I am also in love with MAC's Fix + spray, it's a spray to prep for face and to set your make up. It makes me feel so fresh and ready for the day. I'm also a big fan of false eyelashes. I do a lot of dancing gigs with Epic Entertainment (a company I work for) so Glam Girl eyelashes and always make me feel done up and make me look extra glam! Theses two brands are my must haves for falsies.

My favourite make up website at the moment is It's a New Zealand website run by my gorgeous friend Sam Glasswell and her bestie that sell only cruelty-free make up and skincare. I love the The Balm Bronzer and The Eco Tan self tanner from their website. I also regularly buy SocialEyesLashes from their website too.

I always carry a few lip products with me in my handbag. I always have a Lucas Paw Paw, Maybelline Baby Lips and a lipgloss. I love Bobbi Brown lipsticks. I always carry a powder like MAC Studio Fix in NC25. It's the best powder and acts like a foundation when you're out and about. 

I do a lot of performing that requires a lot of makeup. I am a Crusader Maiden and also perform for an entertainment company so most of those gigs are on the weekend. I wear big make up for those gigs, like big curls and false eyelashes. So if I'm busy with a gig at nighttime I try not to wear makeup in the day to give my face a break.


As long as I can remember I've always had long blonde hair. I get my hair coloured, treated and cut every six to seven weeks. I do a bit of modelling and acting so it's important to keep my hair looking fresh with no regrowth. 

My hairdresser is my favourite person. She is the owner and creative director of the Christchurch based salon called Hush Hair styling. She is young and modern but is highly trained and she fills me with confidence when doing my hair. She knows what I want and always make me feel amazing when leaving the hair salon - and that's all you could want from a hairdresser.

My hairdresser uses Matrix colour when colouring my hair, its an amazing colour that doesn't even require a toner. I love it.
I always get in-salon treatments to make sure my hair is looking soft and healthy. I also use Matrix Thermo glide heat protectant when using heated styling tools on my hair. 

After shampoo and conditioning my hair with Matrix Keratin Dose shampoo and conditioner. I use the Matrix Biolage Pro-keratin Renewal Spray and Martix Biolage Equisite Oil for finishing touches and giving your hair a glossy gorgeous look.

My hair is naturally straight so I tend to curl my hair rather than straighten it. I curl my hair three times a week. Over the top I know, but I cannot get enough of my my H2D 3 X Wands Curler. It curls so easily and gives me the most natural waves. I am obsessed!


I do love getting my nails done. I love Shellac. I also get my nails done for a treat, like after an exam or for a special occasion. But since I'm a student I tend to paint them myself more often than not. I do love having perfect, girly nails though.

I love all sorts of colours for nails. I especially love browns and navy nails in the winter, but since I work at the hospital, I need to have natural looking nails. So I tend to wear pinky, whitey colours with glitter detailing on my nails.


I have two signature scents that I love and have always worn. I love Marc Jacobs Daisy or Marc Jacobs Dot, as well as Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb or Eau Mega.

I have also worn Chanel, Britney Spears and The Body Shop Vanilla fragrance.


I love to take time to make myself look good. I heard a quote that I loved which said "better to be late than ugly", which I thought was hilarious and slightly true for me! I make sure I always leave the house with make up on, even if it's just mascara and bronzer.

But there are times that I just love having a fresh face. So I love love love buying make up as a treat. I love that I can get almost anything I want online. I also love getting my hair done as it's a real treat for me.

I believe that you have to be beautiful on the inside before you can be beautiful on the outside. No amount of make up can hide an ugly personality. If you truly love yourself and love others then you will shine.

When travelling, it is so important to stay hydrated. Make sure you take a drink bottle of water, or ask the staff for water every time they come past. I also always take a little bag with face wipes, moisturiser, eye drops, under eye concealer, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, mascara and bronzer. At the end of your flight, head to the bathroom and wash your face and body. Freshen up, apply a bit of make up and clean your teeth and you can hit the ground running when you land.

I watch a lot of YouTube videos and follow a lot of beauty bloggers. I watch Chloe Morello, Shaaanxo, Lauren Curtis and Karissa Pukas. They trial and test a lot of new and favourite make up products and link websites where you can buy them. So this is where I discover most of my new products.

As a beauty icon, I have always admired Cameron Diaz - she is just so incredibly beautiful.

The one product I can't live without is macara.

My best beauty quick fix is bronzer. It makes you look healthier and can disguise blemishes and dark circles.

A beauty mistake from my past - well, it was only last year! I started filling in my eyebrows really full and thick and they looked completely drawn on. At the time I loved them, I loved the big dark eyebrows. But now I look back and I looked 
ridiculous. They look better when they are filled in much more naturally.

I hate that big makeup brands still test on animals. Surely in 2014 we don't have to do that anymore. I also hate how expensive make up is in in New Zealand. My mum lives in America and buys me the big brands over there and it is so much cheaper. The make up is less than half the price than it is here. 

The beauty product I think needs be invented is a longer lasting tan. I get spray tans all the time and would love it if they lasted longer than a week!