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Beauty Must-Buys For Your Next Travel Checklist
Which beauty finds are worth hoarding when abroad?
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A lot of us turn into compulsive cosmetic hoarders when we travel, with beauty purchases cluttering our vanities. Like you, we stockpile SK-II essences and Clarisonic brushes, but what other beauty finds overseas are worth the purchase? Here are some on our tried and tested list.

GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION

Many label-affliated makeup artists keep a bottle of this foundation in their secret stash of competitor brands— because they swear it’s the best foundation they’ve ever tried. It’s almost like magic how it can be lightweight but pigmented enough to cover imperfections, all while allowing the face to glow with natural-looking beautiful skin. The finish isn’t matte nor shiny—it’s radiant.

SUNDAY RILEY LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL

We love organic oils for our face, but this one is made more powerful with the infusion of retinoids, the holy grail of anti-aging and wrinkles’ number one enemy. It’s the perfect solution for when we’re choosing between an oil or an anti-aging cream because it works like both. Its essential oils like avocado, chamomile, and grape seed calm and moisturize the skin, while its retinol complex firms, corrects sun damage, and reduces wrinkles as we sleep. Definitely an oil-in-one.

BEAUTY BLENDER THE ORIGINAL 

Apply your foundation as evenly as a sponge or airbrush would but with the practicality of using your fingers with this egg-shaped sponge applicator. While it looks and feels like a sponge, its exclusive material doesn’t absorb product, ensuring minimal makeup waste. Our bottle of foundation lasted three times longer with the Beauty Blender. Because it is edgeless, it also makes application perfect and even, regardless of the foundation brand. Washable and re-usable, it quickly dries and may be used for powders and creams too. 

TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY MOUSSE WATERPROOF BROW MOUSSE 

The airy mousse allows us to draw and fill in our eyebrows precisely and evenly without smudging, transferring, or smearing, using its drawing brush and spoolie. Its color is buildable, which means we can go darker or lighter using just one pot, and its formula glides on without being sticky or setting in waxy, which we love. We’ve had our pot for over a year, and we’ve used up only a third of its content even if we use it every day.

CHA LING L'ESPRIT DU THE

With ingredients from China and formulated in France, Cha Ling L’Esprit Du The is one of LVMH’s newest eco-beauty brand. Launched last year in Paris, it recently opened its flagship in Hong Kong. The skincare label banks on the “spirit of tea” or the healing benefits of a rare variety of the pu’er tea plant from Yunnan province forests, whose leaves are loaded with antioxidants and anti-aging properties. The brand offers a wide range of creams, serums, and masks for skin purification, detoxification, and nourishment. It also gives back to nature with efforts aimed at supporting the Chinese farmers and at the preservation of the Yunnan forests. The trees are treated as naturally as possible, and leaves are harvested via an intricate system that preserves the trees, which are mostly 500 years old. 

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