glow on the go / essential travel makeup

Mini size sample travel makeup for travel new Zealand Australia
I have never been a minimalist when it comes to beauty products. I have an entire room to keep my makeup in, I can easily spend an hour on my evening skincare, and even just shampooing my hair is a four step process.

But with my Sydney trip looming ever closer, I have started thinking about which products I absolutely can’t live without for four days.

So without further ado, I present to you my top, can’t-live-without, international-travel-friendly hair, makeup and skincare product guide.


Lipstick – I always take one red lipstick and one nude lipstick. I like a long-wearing matte, but never matte liquid (because when I’m on holiday I’d like to eat without fear of my lipstick going all crumbly).  This particular trip, I will be packing MAC Russian Red and MAC Spirit – both of which you can buy online for NZ$40 here.

Brows – Since the aim of the game is saving valuable shopping space in my suitcase, all I’ll be taking for my brows is my Benefit Gimme Brow.

Eyeshadow – The teeny Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is perfect as it has all the shades you need for a complete neutral eye look. It’s sleek, minimal and really is just the basics. You can get it from Mecca for NZ$52.

Mascara – Currently obsessed with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, it does a pretty good job of curling on its own so I don’t need to pack a lash curler and it stays on all day without flaking, running or losing the curl. Get it from Farmers for NZ$26.99.

Eyeliner – The Tarte So Fine Liner is incredible – and it’s slim and easy to chuck in your makeup bag. For travel I wouldn’t pack a gel liner and brush, this is much easier. You can get it here for NZ$33.

Face – I wouldn’t do foundation on the go, especially if I’m travelling somewhere hot where I’m likely to sweat it all off anyway. All I’m going to be bringing with me is the Maybelline Master Contour palette as it has a bronzer, blush and highlight all in one – separate packaging wastes space and this palette can be used on bare skin.


This is always a tricky one as you can’t take anything bigger than 100ml on an international flight. The Goodness Grab & Go Try-Me Kit has everything I need, ever, in tiny adorable bottles and tubes – and there’s nothing bigger than 25ml. Seriously, it has a moisturiser (with SPF!), a cleanser, a night cream, a facial oil and an exfoliating scrub – and they’re soo cute!


I’m very lucky and have an incredible hairdresser who hooks me up with samples so I recently acquired an adorable, tiny pack of shampoo, conditioner and a blow dry primer. You can try asking your hairdresser to hook you up too, or you can go to Kmart or Countdown for little miniatures.


And so there you have it! Let me know which products you guys can’t go without in the comments, and if you have any tips for packing to keep my suitcase space free I’d love to hear them!


As always, this post is entirely my own opinion – I do not represent anyone or anything. This post features products from Goodness and Maybelline that were gifted to me but I would not be posting about them if I didn’t genuinely love them.

One thought on “glow on the go / essential travel makeup

  1. I love this post! I’m so bad at packaging for travelling I just want to take everything with me and then I only end up using the basics to save time so I completely waste space! I love the sound of your little miniature skincare kit and the mini hair samples! Also really need to get around to trying the Lash Sensational mascara, I only ever hear amazing things about it!

    Ellie x


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