Because you need it for the shopping and souvenirs you’ll be lugging back.

1. Majolica Majorca Nude Make Gel, $25.90

Majolica Majorca Nude Make Gel

Those who want a lighter alternative to foundation with more skin-loving benefits, usually opt for BB cream. Now, there’s an even lighter alternative to BB cream. Enter Majolica Majorca’s Nude Make Gel. This gel melts upon your contact with your skin, turning into a very lightweight lotion that covers enlarged pores and acne scars, while giving skin a soft, glowing finish. Natural trehalose ensures skin remains wonderfully hydrated, while SPF30/PA+++ protects skin from the sun’s harsh rays. We tried it on a hot, humid day, and are pleased to report that it did not oxidise and looked freshly applied and natural even after long hours of wear. A little goes a long way, and the 25g tube barely took up space in our handbag. Available at Watsons from July 2, 2015. 

2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Solid Miracle Oil, $19.90

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Solid Miracle Oil

Argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids – including linoleic acid (omega 6) – and natural tocopherols. This solid oil can be applied not just to the super dry areas of your skin, but also on the ends of your hair to tame frizziness and keep flyaways under control. Available at The Body Shop stores islandwide. 

3. Kate Dual Liner N, $23.50


Ever dealt with the horror of cracked eyeshadow pigments spilling into your makeup kit after a flight? (If you’re thinking this scenario is more than a little familiar to us, well, you’d be right.) This is something you can be sure WON’T happen with the Kate Dual Liner N. One end of the stick has eyeshadow powder (choose from natural brown or pearly beige) to add depth to your peepers, while the other end is the brand’s famed sweat-resistant, waterproof liquid eyeliner to help add definition. Now you longer have to forgo your favourite eye makeup look when you’re on the go. Available from November 2015 at SaSa Cosmetics and Watsons.

4. Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Gel Moisturizer, $35.90

Hada Labo Hydrating Perfect Gel Moisturizer

It can be a little challenging keeping up with a full skincare regime when you’re travelling. You’re either rushing out of the hotel in the mornings, or just way too exhausted to do it when you return at night. That’s why this Hada Labo moisturiser is ingenious: It combines the efficacies of three skincare products – essence, moisturiser, and sheet mask – in one nifty product. Not only does this intensely hydrate the skin thanks to hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, it’s perfect for those who skip the all-important step of sunblock (we can see you hiding your face in shame!) because it offers SPF 50+/PA++++ of protection. Available at Guardian pharmacies and Watsons. 

5. Aveda Beautifying Composition, $52

Aveda Beautifying Composition

For those who suffer from dry skin, travelling to countries with cold, dry climates can be a bit of a nightmare. Aveda Beautifying Composition is a concentrated blend of pure flower and plant essences is great for those with very dry skin and scalps. How amazing in this multi-purpose product? Well, it can be used as an all-over moisturiser, as an additive to a relaxing bath, and a scalp treatment (simply massage it into your scalp before shampooing). Jojoba oil and vitamin E provide intense hydration and protect the skin against environmental aggressors, while a blend of lavender, rosemary and bergamot is a balm for the senses. Available at Aveda Experience Centres in TANGS at TANG Plaza and Ngee Ann City.

6. Kiehl’s Body Fuel All-In-One Energizing Wash, $39

Kiehl's Body Fuel All In One Energizing Wash

If you’re on the lookout for one product you can use for your body AND your hair, check out the men’s grooming section. We like this one from Kiehl’s because it’s free from nasties like silicones, parabens, and sulphates, and contains an invigorating blend of vitamin C, caffeine, and vitamin E to awaken fatigued skin. Available at Kiehl’s stores islandwide in August 2015. 

7. Za True White Ex Perfect Protector, $16.90

Za Perfect UV Protector

With SPF50+ PA++++, this product adheres well to skin, protecting it against damaging UV rays for up to 12 hours. It is also imbued with technology that guards skin against dust, pollen and pollutants – a must-have when you’re visiting cities such as Bangkok or Beijing. Plus, oil control powder absorbs excess sebum, keeping skin shine-free, and it also doubles up as a brightening makeup base. For $16.90, you can’t do much better than this. Available at Watsons. 

8. Bio-Oil, $35.90

Bio Oil

No list about multi-tasking beauty products would be complete within a mention of Bio-Oil. Loved by celebs like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, this hypoallergenic, and non-acnegenic product is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It supposedly treats anything from pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and even stretch marks. Available at all leading pharmacies and department stores. 

9. YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, $50


Products that can be used on your lips and cheeks are not new, but in terms of texture, we’ve found YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush to be among the best. It is slightly thicker than other lip and cheek stains, making it easier to blend, and the colour payoff is amazing. And, compared to other brands, YSL has got way more shades – 12 to be exact – in a variety of pinks, reds and corals. Available at Sephora. 

10. Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil, $25

Urban Decay Primer Pencil

Love bright lip colours but hate how they never seem to last? Then you need this primer pencil in your makeup pouch. Not only can it be used before your lip colour to prevent fading and feathering, it can also be used to clean up mascara and eye makeup mistakes, as well as fill in fine lines around the mouth and eyes. It also has an ultra moisturising formula, thanks to jojoba oil, so you don’t have to worry about it feeling dry or cakey. Available at Sephora. 

She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

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