Travel Makeup: What I Pack In My Travel Makeup Bag

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Packing and concerned about what to put in your travel makeup bag?

Doing a round the world trip with one bag didn’t stop me from bringing a travel makeup bag or force me to stop wearing makeup on my trip. I don’t wear a lot in general and I wear even less when I travel but I did have times when I needed to appear more polished. Most of my travel days I just wore sunscreen with a little bit of blush, pumped my eyelashes with my eyelash curler and swiped on some mascara. Many days  I was barefaced because I was on the beach or out in the water swimming, snorkeling, or surfing.

I like to use 2-in-1 products since I can get lazy about primping. There were many times on my trip when I found myself going out dancing with friends, attending nice dinners, and even attending art gallery openings on a moment’s notice. A budget backpacker, I am not! I love seeing what’s in other people’s medicine cabinets so I thought I would share what was in my travel makeup bag for my RTW  trip.

Here’s what was in my travel makeup bag (what I use on the regular):

I wasn’t too worried about running out of things on the road when I traveled. I came across Boots Drugs in Thailand,  Watsons in the Philippines, and there’s Sephora in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. There are department stores that carry high-end brands and of course if you’re in a place long enough, you can have items shipped. But the best part is finding products that are only available in a certain country or region. Australia was fantastic for organic skincare and brands I’ve never heard of before like Aesop (now dominating the whole world), Jurlique, and Trilogy. If you’re in Hong Kong be sure to check out Sasa. It’s like an Asian beauty emporium all over the city. I spend a ton in there stocking up on Asian beauty products. I love the airport duty-free as well. The duty-free in Dubai was great as is Singapore and Hong Kong.

What’s in your travel makeup bag?? Are there any products you swear by?? 


Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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  • Rita

    Sunblock, Epicuren moisturizer, Urban Decay “Naked” foundation, Lorac cheek stamp, Lancome Hypnôse Drama mascara (travel sized) and red lipstick. However, usually all that ends up on my face is Burt’s Bees lip balm and foundation! :)

    • Definitely sunscreen. I still have yet to do a skincare post! But I try to make sure everything I use has sunscreen in it. I spent so much time in the tropics and of course living in California it’s vital to be protected. I’ve heard of Epicuren. I want to try it!! Yes in the end I wear nothing on regular basis. A tanned face and lip balm is my favourite kind of look!

  • Ona

    Shopping for makeup products while overseas is probably, no shit, my favourite part of travelling. Whether it’s trying fishy-patisserie perfumes at Guerlain on the Champs-Elysee (yeah girl!) or stocking up on snail mucus BB cream as Sasa in HK – I bloody love it!

    • Haha omg I got a migraine after our time at Guerlain! I still can’t forget the smoking pregnant woman outside of Celine and the quiche Lorraine from Fauchon. I love Sasa! I am obsessed with foreign drug stores and cosmetics retailers like Sasa! I could spend 3 hours in Boots or Priceline!

  • Sarah

    Ha! We have so many of the same products. Great travelers think alike!! :)

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