Bali Beauty Essentials
As I type this I’m currently 7.5 hours deep into my flight to Bali and I’ve just had the second god awful pre ordered vegetarian meal served to me. Literally all I can think about is how I can’t wait to check into our hotel and go eat at one of my favourite local spots.
Visiting Bali has been the place I return to every year for the past five. I’ve travelled a fair bit over the last six years but Bali is the only place I yearn for in a way that makes me feel like I’m homesick. So it’s only natural that I’m incredibly excited to have my partner Adam aka BFG as a travel companion this time around. Don’t get me wrong, some of the greatest travel adventures I’ve had have been on my solo visits to Bali but sharing the magic of Bali with loved ones gives me great joy and pleasure.
The BFG and I will be mostly on holiday mode, soaking up the sights, sounds and everything else that holiday life entails, BUT we’ll definitely be squeezing in a little time to capture some of our adventures along the way so that I can share my love of Bali with my Jessieguru.com support crew.
In the meantime I decided to compile a list of some of my current beauty travel essentials. Most are old tried and true favourites but there are a few that are brand new additions I’ve decided to add to the mix. None of these products have been sent to me nor am I getting paid to post about them. I have vowed to myself I am never going to endorse or talk about a product/service or experience unless it is something I genuinely am excited or passionate about sharing with others. If in the future you ever think I’m turning into a total cringeworthy sellout please promise me you will call me out on it and tell me to get a solid grip!
So let’s get down to business and talk all things beauty!
I can’t do a tropical holiday beauty product list without starting with the perfect sunscreen….
(Shiseido) Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen SPF 50
It wasn’t until I moved to Japan in 2013 that I really began to appreciate the importance of sun protection and boy do the Japanese take it seriously. Have you ever noticed how age defyingly beautiful Japanese women’s skin is? It’s flawless and with good reason, they work hard to care and protect their skin from UV damage and it shows BIG TIME. There are loads of Japanese beauty products I’ve fallen in love with over the years whilst living in Tokyo but definitely one of the best discoveries has to be their sunscreens and this particular one from Anessa (sub-brand of Shiseido) has been in my cosmetics bag for several years now. It’s milky like consistency makes it so incredibly easy to apply and is the complete opposite to the thick consistency of most sunscreens we are accustomed to in the western world. Another plus is the fact that milky type SPF products tend to have a superior waterproof coverage and are longer wearing, particularly in extremely hot weather which makes it perfect for a tropical holiday climate when you’re already trying to avoid sweating like a hot mess!
Speaking of sweaty……
Sephora Always Fresh Deodorant Wipes
I discovered this little travel sized pack of deodorant wipes earlier this year while on a Sephora binge in Kuala Lumpur and they have been such a handy addition to my travel beauty arsenal. These wipes are free from aluminium salts and parabens and are dermatologically tested. I take a pack of these in my in flight toilet bag so I’m not landing at my destination smelling like a unshowered hormonal teenage boy. Because the pack is tiny enough to fit in the palm of my hand they’re also light and compact enough to chuck in my handbag for when I’m out and about playing tourist. This means zero chance of ending up being ‘that’ person with stinky b.o pits on your travels! You and your underarms can thank me later 😉
Now for something far more pleasant on the nostrils….
Kai Perfume Oil Roll On
Kai has been one of my absolute favourite summer scents for years now and I don’t think I will ever grow tired of this product. A blend of gardenia and tropical white flowers it instantly transports me back to my childhood growing up on a little island in the tropics called Penang. Our garden was like a jungle paradise and amongst the fruit trees grew gardenia, star jasmine and two big frangipani trees I would climb, sit in and take in the heady scent of all the flowers. To me, Kai is nostalgia in a bottle and the fact that they packaged the perfumed oil into a teeny 4ml roll on makes it so easy to take with me everywhere. Because it’s a perfumed oil, you only need a little and it is incredibly long wearing. If you love the smell of gardenias than you need some some Kai in your life!
Travelling can wreak havoc on my skin, all the flying plus in the tropics you’re contending with the hot sun, humidity and the constant drying effect of A/C indoors. These next few products are some of my favourites skin savers when travelling in the tropics…
First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist
This comes with me on all long haul flights and I mist it over my face during flights to keep my poor thirsty skin plump and hydrated. It’s alcohol free and packed with energising ingredients and enriched with a unique blend of vitamins to help replenish, moisture rich humectants that soothe and hydrate and FAB antioxidant booster to help combat environmental aggressors. This spray is in a travel friendly 50ml bottle so is easy to fit into my travel in-flight toiletries bag and I often just chuck it into my handbag during the day when I’m out sightseeing for a quick spritz to freshen up. This product is also a two in one for me as I spray it all over after applying my makeup and it helps to set everything and keep it perfectly in place for the day.
Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask
These cute little sleeping masks from Sephora come in 11 different types specifically formulated for different skin needs. At only US$4 each these are much friendlier on the wallet than many other masks on the market and this packaging means that they are incredibly travel friendly. Instead of forking out for one expensive and specific sleeping mask product you can buy several of these masks, all with different benefits that are super light, compact and convenient. When I travel to humid climates like Bali I like to use the Green Tea sleeping mask. I often pop these masks in the refrigerator and when returning back to my hotel after a long day under the hot sun I like to shower and end my night time beauty routine by applying this nice cooling mask to my face for the night. The Green Tea sleeping mask absorbs excess sebum and purifies for a matte, clean complexion.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
I first discovered this lip mask product on one of my solo adventures when I first visited Seoul, Korea and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I suffer from the absolute worst dry lips and am constantly on the lookout for new products to help me keep my lips hydrated and none have even come close to this particular lip product. Laneige is just one of many Korean skincare brands kicking ass in the beauty world atm and for good reason. Dermatologically tested (not on animals!) this sleeping mask is enriched with vitamin c, antioxidants and contains the brands special Berry Mix Complex. Infused with raspberry, strawberry, cranberry and blueberry extract it smells and tastes delicious too. I generously slather this on my lips before going to bed every night and let the magic happen. The exclusive Moisture Wrap technology contains hyaluronic acid and minerals that form a protective film like barrier over the lips to help lock in moisture. I wake up to plump, hydrated lips that feel so smooth and kissable all thanks to this little pink jar of magic! I also use this during the day sometimes when my lips are feeling particularly dry (especially lately in NZ during this yucky winter weather) and in need of a bit of extra tlc. The slight pink berry colour of this balm gives my lips a nice natural looking tint too.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
This product is a relatively new addition to my beauty bag and I must say I’m super impressed so far. Described as “a must have for all those whose complexion is confused – with oily and dry patched – or who’s skin is a little stressed out.” Well that pretty much describes the state of my skin when I’m travelling and it needs all the help it can get! I love the light non greasy texture of this moisturiser which is perfect for layering under my sunscreen.
This moisturiser is apparently brimming with hyaluronic acid – hydrophilic to be precise which has been proven to attract and retain 1000 times its molecular weight in water leaving skin feeling plump and dewy. Theres also glycolic acid which is your skin’s best buddy when helping to eliminate dull and dead skin cells, collagen which plumps and promotes younger looking skin and cooling aloe vera extract to help calm and soothe sensitive/irritated skin. So far this moisturiser is my new go to travel moisturiser for both day and night which is perfect as I don’t have to bother packing a separate night time moisturiser. I bought the 15ml travel size one from Mecca Cosmetica which is also a great affordable way to try out a new product you’re not sure about forking out for until you’re absolutely sure you like it.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser
I’ve been a huge fan of Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate exfoliator for some time now and it wasn’t until a couple of months ago when I was in Christchurch visiting my partners family that I ran out of my travel size cleanser from Eve Lom. I new Christchurch had a Mecca Maxima so I decided to go check it out and that’s when a lovely shop assistant introduced me to the 50ml travel size tube of ExfoliKate Cleanser. This sulphate free cleanser is brilliant at removing my makeup, and general dirt and grime my face likes to collect during the day. Containing natural fruit enzymes from pumpkin, pineapple and papaya to purify skin as well as glycolic and lactic acid to help clear any build up and clogged pores, this is my new favourite multi purpose cleanser that I will be packing on all my travels from now on.
Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner
Some people say that toner is a pointless product and that we don’t really need to use toner if we’ve cleansed our skin well but if you saw the state of a cotton pad soaked in this toner after I’ve applied it to my face, it’s not pretty! haha I don’t see what the big deal is about adding an extra 30 seconds into your night time beauty routine and making time to soak a little of this toner onto a cotton pad and wipe your face. This particular toner from the Simple skincare range can be found at pretty much every supermarket and chemist and is so affordable. I don’t use it when I’m home as I have a big bottle of toner from a Korean brand but when I am traveling and I want a small light travel size bottle of toner I can’t go past this 50ml little green bottle from Simple. The formula is fragrance and alcohol free, contains vitamin c and witch hazel which makes this a perfect fuss free product for my sensitive skin.
Ok I can’t do a tropical holiday essentials list without sharing two of my absolute favourite haircare products that are always in my suitcase…..
Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment
I can’t even tell you how many years I’ve been using this product but I know it’s a long time. I have incredibly thick hair and it often can’t decide whether it wants to be curly/wavy or frizzy so I am constantly on the lookout for haircare products promising to tame frizz and moisturise my dry damaged ends (self inflicted after having bleached lavender coloured hair) and this one from Eleven Australia is one I always come back to.
This really lightweight leave-in treatment delivers not one, not two, but you guessed it – ELEVEN benefits your hair will love you for. Exposing your hair to all those tropical elements like sun,sand and surf calls for something with UVA and UVB filters – CHECK, contains Australian desert lime, wattle seed and desert peach to nourish, moisturise and smooth out frizz, dryness and flyaway’s – CHECK and CHECK!
Honestly this leave in treatment ticks aaaaaall the boxes and is so easy peasy to use with its pump bottle you just simply give it a couple of pumps, rub the product between your hands and then finger comb it through towel dried hair from the mid to end sections of your hair. It’s designed to protect against heat styling so you can blow wave/straighten/curl your hair or just leave it as is and let it air dry which is what I do and it gives me soft bouncy slightly texturised beachy hair.
Batiste Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is the lazy girl’s best secret weapon when it comes to helping maintain your hair and scalp in between washes. I hate washing my hair, I have extremely thick hair and washing it is something of an event in itself. I have to schedule it into my diary and as much as I feel amazing after my hair is freshly washed, bouncy, shiny and clean I dread the lead up and process that my ‘wash the mop’ days require of me. I know how first world problems I’m sounding right now and what I’m about to say only adds to this, but who wants to waste time while on the holiday of your dreams washing/drying your hair constantly?! Not me that’s for damn sure which is why dry shampoo truly is your hair’s bff when on holiday. This dry shampoo from Batiste can be found at most supermarkets and pharmacies and comes in a nice little travel size. I like the original one as I don’t like my dry shampoo to have any strong scents or too much added fragrance as this can often irritate my scalp. Perfect for soaking up excess oil on your scalp in between washes this is what I use so that I can avoid washing my hair for 3-4 days without looking like a gross greasy gremlin. Trust me, you’ll want some of this in your beauty bag when you’re playing tourist in a hot sweaty tropical place like Bali.
The last two essentials on my list aren’t beauty products exactly but they are absolute essentials when I’m travelling so I decided to add them into the mix….
Radiance Activated Charcoal Capsules
I have been a huge fan of activated charcoal for years now but up until recently it was really hard to come by and I could only buy it from a few select health stores in powder form. Having activated charcoal in powder form is great when you’re at home and you want to add it to smoothies, bliss balls etc but travelling with it can be pretty messy not to mention a disaster if the container breaks and the black powder spills all through your luggage (speaking from experience unfortunately).
Activated charcoal works by trapping toxins and chemicals in its millions of tiny pores. The activated charcoal works as a sort of magnet which attracts positively charged toxins and gas causing them to bond with the charcoal in your body and are then assimilated into the bloodstream helping your body to rid itself of unwanted toxins and trapped gas. There are countless health benefits in using and consuming activated charcoal (note: not the same as the charcoal used on a BBQ) but the main reason I bring the capsule form with me on holidays is to help alleviate any discomfort caused from bloating,over indulging or an upset tummy from eating something that didn’t agree with me. I take two of these capsules with about 500mls of water (you need to drink a lot of water as the charcoal can be potentially dehydrating if you’re already not drinking enough water)
I rarely drink alcohol but apparently taking a couple of these pills with a bottle of water after a big night out involving a fair amount of drinking can really help to ease any discomfort the next day and prevent a hangover. I force my partner to do this sometimes when he’s come back from a big night and he says he definitely notices a difference if he takes activated charcoal. So there ya go, little tip for all you cocktail lovers 😉
1 Above Travel Recovery Drink Effervescent Tablets
I first started using 1 Above products a couple of years ago when I would fly out of Auckland International airport on a long haul flight. I am pretty terrible when it comes to staying hydrated as I don’t naturally get thirsty so I liked buying the big 1.5litre bottle of 1 Above to force me to drink more during a flight so that I don’t land feeling like a hungover and jet lagged zombie. Since then I’ve been buying the tablets as they are super easy to travel with and I love adding a couple to a 500ml bottle of water whilst out and about to help me stay hydrated and give me an extra little hit of immune boosting vitamins.
I apologise if this list of products is too long for some of you, truthfully though there were initially more included in this list but I decided it was a bit much to bombard you all with so much stuff in one hit so some time in the near future I will do another of these travel lists and share some other fav’s with you.
I hope you find some of what I’ve shared helpful and if you have any comments or questions feel free to post below in the comments section. Also I’d love to hear what some of your fav travel friendly products are as I’m a beauty junkie who likes any excuse to try out something new.
My biggest travel tip would be to collect mini versions of your favourite products so it makes travelling a lot easier and keeps the overall weight of your luggage down considerably. I find that Sephora and Mecca Maxima have an amazing range of travel minis you can purchase both online and in-store.
Below I’ve listed the links to all the products I’ve included so you can purchase any of them online.