Surprisingly, even as a fashion and beauty blogger, I generally travel very light. I hate having to lug around extra weight, and if I could leave behind my hand luggage I happily would.
In my beauty bag, I prefer carrying products that multitask. Lip palettes instead of hundreds of lipstick tubes, blush and bronzer kits and brow products that can double up as a liner in a pinch. I recently was introduced to three new products from the Smashbox range that are perfect for travel.
Photo Finish Primerizer (R520)
Primerizer may seem like a strange term in the beauty world, but what is basically is, is a primer and moisturizer in one (which means one less product to carry around!). It’s very hydrating (claims to provide 24hr hydration), as it contains hyaluronic acid (you can read a little more on what hyaluronic acid is here), and it absorbs quickly making it the perfect base for makeup. It’s lightweight and from my experience, it definitely makes makeup last longer, which is perfect for Summer Vacay’s.
Photo finish Iconic Primer Stick (R495)
Okay, so you may think it’s redundant to save space by having a primer + moisturizer in one, only to add another primer to your stash. Hear me out: The Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick works on mattifying your skin even after you’ve applied your makeup. That may sound confusing, but this particular product helps control oil and can be applied to problem areas like the T-Zone after makeup has been applied if you find you’re getting a little sweaty or oily. Dewy skin may be hot, but shiny is definitely not. If you’re headed to the beach or an equally hot place, pop this in your makeup or beach bag. You’ll thank me later!
Liquid Metal Lipstick (R330)
Whilst I’m not usually a fan of metal lipstick, this one stole my heart. It’s in the shade Petal Metal, which is a gorgeous Rose Gold shade. I apply this product basically everywhere on my face to give it a subtle bronze Goddess glow; on my eyelids, cheekbones and, of course, lips. You look glowy and fresh without the cakiness of powders. It’s perfect for an on the go glow.
(Disclaimer: Everyone’s skin is different and using lip products on other areas of the face can have risks. Do a patch test first and check the ingredients for allergens)
Smashbox products are available at selected Foschini, Woolworths, Edgars, and Red Square stores.