The ultimate beauty travel guide
Whether you're travelling for work, having a weekend away or flying long-haul, there's nothing like arriving looking and feeling good, to ensure you enjoy your destination from the moment you disembark.
Unfortunately, fatigue, dehydration, environmental factors, a poor diet, and inactivity may be against you. Your weapons are tips, products and services you can employ to arrive in 'international jetsetter' style - chosen because they are clever, or small, or both.
THE TRAVEL BAG
Make like a frequent traveller and keep a fully stocked travel toilet bag at the ready so you can grab it and run at a moment's notice. The best sort will have a hook at one end so that you can hang it from your hotel or guestroom door, and will open up to two transparent pockets which allow you to see what's inside. The pocket opposite the hook needs to zip so the contents don't spill out when it is open.
This is a great place to stash those magazine-insert sachets and tiny cosmetic samples, ready to use when you are away. If you aren't a hoarder, The Warehouse sells Travel Mini sets for men and women, with the women's set containing small sizes of Vaseline Intensive Care Moisturiser, Rexona Anti-Perspirant, Sunsilk shampoo and conditioner, and Lux Bodywash ($15.30).
Bare essentials for the bag - give or take an item - are a toothbrush, toothpaste, a brush and/or comb, a small can of hairspray, a couple of hair ties, deodorant, facial moisturiser and lip balm.
Hairdryers aren't fun to travel with because they are so bulky and most hotels and even motels have something you can make do with. But if you are attending a special event at your destination, you may be tempted to take straightening irons to finish your hair - ghd's gold V Mini styler ($309) is more than up to the job.
If you aren't already a dry shampoo convert, you soon will be. Everyone I know in the fashion and beauty industries has adopted these time-saving, beauty-enhancing products. Need to look good from the moment you step off the plane? Or going to be short of time during your stay? Dry shampoo is easy to use (basically just tip your head upside down, spray into the roots, massage in a little and flip your hair back over).
You could choose Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, ($26 - should last for ages). In the same vein, styling powders remove a little excess oil and add volume, and make your hair super easy to dry style. One such product is label.m Resurrection Style Dust ($38) - like the dry shampoo, a little goes a long way and it should last you a long time.
If you will be washing your hair the good old fashioned way while away, you could pop an ampoule of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle ($3.60) into your travel bag to give your hair a quick, affordable boost.
Alternatively If you're an organic girl and/or it's important to you to take some good salon quality shampoo and conditioner with you, O&M Mini Minerals are in a 50ml size at $17.50 each.
In a perfect world you have already shaped and maybe tinted your brows and removed stray hairs (or had a pro do it for you) before you depart. But this is real life, and there's a good chance you ran out of time. If you're flying out of Auckland Airport you can go to the brand new Benefit bar where you can have your brows tinted for $16 and add on other services for not too much more.
If you're more the 'throwing some makeup on in the passenger seat on the way to my destination' type, Smashbox's Brow Tech To Go ($43) is brilliant. This brow two-in-one has an angled pencil to add definition on one end and a little brush and gel to groom on the other.
Antipodes sensibly advise that travellers moisturise with a high-performance night cream the night before they to travel - they recommend Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (RRP $62.50).
At a different end of the market, Maybelline New York equally sensibly suggests a BB cream for the journey itself. Their Dream Fresh BB Cream (RRP$19.99) is an extraordinary 8-in-1 (blurs imperfections, enhances, brightens, hydrates, soothes etc, in a gelled water formula).
There is nothing like a refreshing facial spritz, either during your trip, or to set and/or freshen makeup once you are 'there'. M.A.C Fix + 'Sized to go' ($24 for 30ml) is an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calming blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber.
Going beyond mere moisturisation and into the post-travel part of your trip, Evolu have a Travel Tower (RRP $39.99) which includes pots of Relaxing Creme Cleanser, Renewing Facial Exfoliator, Soothing Eye Gel, Balancing Day Cream, Balancing Overnight Cream and Nourishing Hand+Cuticle Cream - all in helpfully compact form.
To ward off dry, chapped travel lips, you could pack Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 SPF4 ($18). This same lip balm was used by the "Everest 88" team (the first successful ascent without supplemental oxygen of Mt Everest's East Face) so it's safe to assume it'll suffice for the common traveller. We like Nivea's Lip Butters ($5.49), too.
At the end of a long day traveling, the last thing you may want to do is faff around with cleanser and cotton buds. Treat yourself to some facial wipes. like Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($12.99) - they promise to remove everything including waterproof mascara.
Think you'll be able to grab a moment in front of cable TV on your trip? Help your skin while you relax with something like Olay Regenerist single sachet masks, which will take just a slither of room in your bag ($39.99 for a pack of five).
It can't hurt to be told one more time - drink lots of water. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Eat lightly and include as much fruit and vegetables as you can. Beyond that, Blackmores' Digestive Bio Balance (RRP $29.90 for 30 capsules) is a probiotic containing beneficial bacteria to support digestive system health and promote healthy gastrointestinal function. Put simply, it tops up the helpful bacteria in your digestive system.
The Aromatherapy Company Therapy Range has a Jet Lag Pulse Point (RRP $14.99) made up of a 100% pure and natural essential oil blend of rosemary and geranium, in a base of sweet almond oil. Rosemary, the most stimulating of oils, can keep you alert, while geranium helps to create a balancing effect for the body and mind. We find a little uplifting fragrance goes a long way at any time of stress, not just traveling and not just flying, at that. Bon voyage!