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HOW TO LOOK PRETTY IN THE OUTBACK

Top 10 travel essentials for the globe-trotting fashionista


HOW TO LOOK PRETTY IN THE OUTBACK
Top 10 travel essentials for the globe-trotting fashionista

 
 

Whether you’re spending a week shopping in Shanghai or trekking through the jungles of Borneo, there’s no reason to look like you’ve just walked out of a MEC catalogue. Quick-dry trekking pants and merino wool long johns have their place, and it’s not always practical to carry around a 20kg makeup case, but there are ways you can travel light, travel smart, and still look great. Here are some tried-and-true beauty tips for the road. Vawn Himmelsbach

 



 



 



 



 



 

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1. All-in-one face products

All-in-one face products


 
All-in-one face products

Click here to buy Clinique’s Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15

Rather than hauling around tubes of moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation, invest in a product that combines all three, such as Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15 or Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. That means you can protect your skin, while still providing some light coverage—and these products are small enough to take on the plane with you. You’re allowed to carry liquids, gels or aerosols in containers up to 100mL or 100g (3.4oz), and they must be placed in one clear re-sealable plastic bag no larger than 1L.

 


 

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2. Mineral makeup

Mineral makeup


 
Mineral makeup

Click here to buy Urban Decay’s Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup

If you prefer the matte look, opt for mineral foundation. It not only allows your skin to breathe, it also acts as a natural sunscreen. And it’s good for your skin—no talc, oils or artificial dies. Of course, pots of mineral makeup can get messy with the whole “swirl, tap and buff” procedure, and it’s a pain to carry a kabuki brush in your backpack, but there are a few ways around that. Urban Decay’s Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup comes with an attached puff—keep puffing for heavier coverage—and even has an on/off switch. Cover FX offers mineral powder foundation in a compact (which you could use with a retractable travel brush). And mineral foundation doesn’t fall under the “liquid/gel” category—the same applies to mineral eye shadow and blush.

 
 
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3. Refillable powder brush

Refillable powder brush


 
Refillable powder brush

Click here to buy Sephora’s Refillable Powder Brush

Whether it’s mineral foundation, loose powder, shimmer powder, bronzer or blush, a refillable powder brush gives you the flexibility to bring your favourite makeup with you wherever you go. Both Neutrogena and L’Oreal package their mineral foundations this way, but Sephora’s Professionnel Refillable Powder Brush has a concealed “well” underneath the brush head that you can fill with the product of your choice (with an accompanying scoop). The brush retracts into the handle, so you can just throw it in your purse and go.

 
 
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4. Lip and cheek stains

Lip and cheek stains


 
Lip and cheek stains

Click here to buy the Benetint Pocket Pal

There are some handy travel makeup brush sets out there, but why bother if you don’t have to? Rather than hauling around pots of blush and tubes of lipstick, consider a dual-purpose lip and cheek stain, which you can apply with your fingertips (it also gives you a more natural glow, which is perfect for traveling). One good option is Benetint Pocket Pal, a wand with rosy lip and cheek stain on one end and shiny gloss on the other. Or, try Stila’s cherry crush lip and cheek stain, which reacts to your pH levels to create a personalized glow and contains anti-oxidants from cherry and pomegranate extracts.

 
 
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5. Natural bug repellents

Natural bug repellents


 
Natural bug repellents

Cactus Juice Sun, Skin and Insect Protectant, SPF20

If you’re roughing it up on the Mosquito Coast or chilling on a beach in Thailand, a good bug repellent is essential—not only to protect yourself from malaria and dengue fever, but also to avoid being covered in unsightly red welts. And who wants to smell of DEET when you’re out for a night on the town? Not to mention that highly concentrated DEET can melt your sunglasses and eat through Gore-Tex, so just imagine what it’s doing to your skin. The good news is there are natural products out there that actually work. Cactus Juice, made from the leaves and stems of the prickly pear cactus, provides protection for up to six hours, and actually has a pleasant scent; it’s available with SPF 20. Another option is California Baby, which is—as its name implies—safe enough for babies. The Baby Bug Repellent Lotion is non-chemical, non-toxic and DEET-free, and contains citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood and other natural oils—the combination of which smells so good you can also use it as a body lotion.

 
 
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6. Sunscreens with helioplex

Sunscreens with helioplex


 
Sunscreens with helioplex

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock with Helioplex

The days of lying on the beach coated in a thick film of greasy waterproof/sweat-proof sunscreen are over, thanks to the latest in sunscreen technology. Helioplex, a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen containing Avobenzone and Oxybenzone, is now being touted as the most important advance in sunscreen in 20 years, since it blocks UVA rays for twice as long as current products. Neutrogena is one of the first manufacturers to put Helioplex products on the market, which are now available in Canada. It’s waterproof and sweat-proof, and uses micronized silica powder to absorb excess sunscreen oils, so it actually leaves your skin feeling dry instead of coated in a layer of grease.

 
 
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7. Crystal deodorant

Crystal deodorant


 
Crystal deodorant

Crystal deodorant stick

If you’re traveling for a long period of time, or in certain parts of the world where deodorant isn’t widely available (such as Asia), you may find yourself hauling around a dozen sticks of deodorant in your backpack. A more convenient option is crystal deodorant, made of natural mineral salts that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free (and recommended by the Cancer Treatment Centers in the U.S.)—and it doesn’t leave a nasty white residue. One “rock” lasts 12 to 18 months, costs around $5, and is easy to carry around, since it’s not a liquid or a gel. Just be sure to warn any of your fellow travelers that the crystal they’re admiring is, in fact, your deodorant.

 
 
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8. Trial-sized products

Trial-sized products


 
Trial-sized products

Click here to buy Juice Beauty’s Organics To Go

There’s a huge range of trial-sized products out there, including shampoo, conditioner, hairstyling products and skincare. Or, ask for free samples of your favourite products at your local beauty counter. These are great for shorter trips—they easily fit into a re-sealable plastic bag, and you can simply toss them before coming home. One option for the face is Juice Beauty’s Organics To Go, which includes a creamy cleanser, hydrating mist, exfoliating green apple peel, anti-oxidant serum and oil-free moisturizer. You can also buy travel-sized makeup, from mini-mascaras to mini-lip plumpers (or get free makeup samples). If you’re really hard-core, try solid shampoo (Lush has some great options), solid mascara or powdered toothpaste.

 
 
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9. High-tech clothing

High-tech clothing


 
High-tech clothing

ExOfficio’s Hide Tide Skort

It’s surprising, really, at the truly awful assortment of adventure travel clothing out there—try to find a pair of trekking pants that aren’t tapered or, even worse, have an elasticized waistband. It’s difficult. But just as Stacy and Clinton advise, don’t be afraid to get your clothing tailored (turn those tapered trekking pants into capris). Also, look for lines of clothing, such as ExOfficio, that offer sun-protected, moisture-wicking, odour-resistant, anti-microbial and eco-friendly fabrics—and have some cute styles, too. This is a great option for hiking, biking and kayaking trips where it’s not always convenient to constantly re-apply sunscreen.

 
 
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10. High-tech luggage

High-tech luggage


 
High-tech luggage

Heys xcase in fuchsia

Don’t bother tying a ribbon around your generic black suitcase to help you distinguish it from the sea of other black suitcases out there—check out Heys xcase, which the company claims is the world’s lightest carry-on at 2.3kg. Aside from the fact it’s made of a durable polycarbonate composite and is the maximum allowable carry-on for most airlines, it also comes in a range of flashy colours—even zebra stripes and giraffe spots. If you’re backpacking, Arc’teryx makes a line of backpacks specifically for women, called BRIZA. Using proprietary construction and fabric technology, these packs are ergonomically designed for a woman’s body (and come in attractive designs and colours). An added bonus: both companies are Canadian.

 
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