Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure keeping your vanity case on the lean is always a problem. We’ve put together a list of products and tips to get you looking good without the excess baggage weight.


If you only had space for one cleanser, we recommend that you take the mighty micellar water. A favorite backstage at European fashion weeks, this type of cleanser will take remove all makeup thoroughly including many types of waterproof eye makeup. The best part about it? No rinsing required. Although it may not remove the toughest waterproof mascara. For that, you need to read on for our other solution.

Caudalie Cleansing Water
Price: RM50 for 100ml, RM85 for 200ml.
Availability: KENS Apothecary, Bangsar Village II +603 22820661 | KENS Apothecary, Empire Shopping Gallery +603 5632 0703


Forget about lugging around three separate products. Petronille Dermo-Cosmetics‘ skincare system allows you to mix and match a base moisturizer with any combination of boosters you require. We love the SPF enhanced day cream topped with Elixir Antiox, an antioxidant booster and you’re good to go. Got breakouts? No problem, the Elixir Contrôle with its optimal salicylic acid concentration will do the trick.

The airless pump keeps active ingredients fresh and spill proof. The boosters, little concentrated vials of goodness, are not meant to be applied directly to skin but to be mixed into the cream. Check out the visual below.

Price: Approx. SGD68 for Essentielle Jour, SGD98 for Elixir
Availability: Luxola.comPetronille Dermo-Cosmetics


Double-duty everything

You can’t go wrong with double duty makeup. Use a lip and cheek colour to reduce the need for an extra product and match your blush to your lip colour instantly.

We love Face Atelier’s Facade for it’s ultra-buildable, transparent and blendable texture that will work on both a dewy or powdery surface. For a creamier formulation, there is also Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge, with it’s all new compact non-messy case that even comes with a little mirror for on the go use.

Face Atelier Facade
Price: SGD45 (approx. RM111.30)
Availability: Luxola.com

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Price: RM90
Availability: Bobbi Brown counters nationwide


Eye makeup

When in doubt, just stick to a basic eyeliner and mascara to create everything from polished to fun looks – thinner eyeliner for work or channel Amy Winehouse for when the sun goes down. We’ve also picked a tubing mascara because it has all the benefits of waterproof mascara but removes best with warm water. Dare we say magic?

Kate Dual Liner
Price: RM52
Availability: Guardian pharmacies, Watsons stores, Sasa stores nationwide.

L’oreal Curl Impact Collagene
Price: RM59.90
Availability: Guardian pharmacies and Watsons stores nationwide.


Hair Woes

This is your hack to getting both supple hair and a humidity resistant salon quality blow dry on the go. Battle unknown water hardness, humidity (or lack of), strange hotel shampoos of dubious quality with these plant oil infused serums.

Apply a small drop on damp hair and allow to air dry or blow dry. Both will yield you super glossy humidity proof hair minus the weight or oiliness. In dry weather, you can even rub a small drop onto dry ends or to tame dry windswept hair.

We love O&M’s Frizzy Logic which is rich in organic argan oil and smells of fruit and vanilla. It is also one of the most lightweight serum in its category we’ve seen. Beware, they sell out fast. For instant gratification, a locally available alternative is L’oreal’s new Mythic Oil which uses avocado and grapeseed oil or Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Hair Serum.


L’oreal Mythic Oil
Price: RM75
Availability: L’oreal Professional Salons

O&M Frizzy Logic
Price: SGD48 (approx. RM119)
Availability: Luxola.com, Tangs Orchard, Singapore

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum
Price: RM119
Availability: Sephora Malaysia nationwide


Hair Styling

If you are on a holiday, give in to crazy hair. In fact, encourage the madness with a little sea salt spray. Works amazing to revive and retain waves on naturally wavy or permed hair. Spray on damp hair, flip hair forward, scrunch and look smokin’ hot. If traveling for work, get that sleek look down  with the hair serums mentioned above instead.

John Masters Organics Sea Mist
Price: RM80
Availability: Sephora outlets nationwide