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Cult beauty products to buy when travelling

Published December 9th, 2016

Back in the day, if you wanted the shiny awesome products written about in the likes of French Vogue like Klorane dry shampoo your options were the then relatively unknown StrawberryNet or actually getting your butt on a plane and flying to Europe, North America, Singapore et all to get the good stuff.

Thankfully Australia has finally caught up and started getting some of the beauty junkie’s fix imported here through the likes of Sephora and Mecca Maxima however there are still a number of brands and products that haven’t made the trip down under and those that have are still marked up considerably.

Even those superior brands you can get aren’t always made up of the exact same ingredients because of Australia’s comprehensive cosmetic compliance legislation. So here’s a roundup of the ten products worth jumping on the next Boeing 747 for whether it's Paris or Tokyo:


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1. Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects

These are the whitening strips to end all other whitening strips. You can’t get them in Oz and they are most definitely worth a trip to the US since you’ll be saving almost the cost of an airfare by not having to go to the dentist for a whitening treatment.

2. Bioderma Crealine H20

As far as micellar cleansers go, this is a demigod. It's a favourite of makeup artists the world over because the no-rinse, soap-free, pH-balanced formula which feels like you’re only using water and lives up to the hype. However you can only get the Bioderma Sensibio version in Australia so it’s best to go straight to France for this one.

3. Klorane Dry Shampoo

While this cult botanical dry shampoo-slash-volumizer is now available in Australia, you might as well pick up a couple of cans of the good stuff while you’re in France getting the other goodies on this list.

4. Embryolisse 24-hour Miracle Cream

If you’re looking for a rich cream, this baby is as good as it gets. The concentrated, slightly medicinal cream is packed with shea butter and aloe vera and is a favourite of top models for long haul flights. It is also reported to be Jane Birkin’s moisturiser of choice, how very French. Only problem is that you’ll have to brave the flight to France without it first before you can try it out on your return leg.

5. Baby foot

No babies were harmed in the making of this crazy-but-awesome chemical foot peel. Yep, you read that right. Some crazy combination of ‘17 types of natural extracts’ along with your usual chemical peel ingredients like glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids all combine to basically make the skin on your feet peel off to reveal gloriously baby soft feet. Naturally this product hails from Tokyo so make sure to stock up on all the other crazy beauty finds while you’re there.

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6. Make Up Forever HD Foundation

Sure Sephora now stocks this balling next level foundation however because of its immense popularity it often goes out-of-stock so therefore you should definitely jump on a plane to Los Angeles and go get the stuff yourself.

7. Urban Decay Naked Palette and Eyeshadow Primer

Just add these two great American staples to your basket while you’re in the US picking up a new foundation because they too constantly go out-of-stock at Mecca.

8. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

The make up bloggers rave about this lipstick, and we all know that what the bloggers say goes. No question. Get the full colour range when you’re in over in the States.

9. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream

Charlotte Tilbury is a lady who has been in the game a long long time so when she came out with a skincare and makeup range it quickly garnered cult status. The star of the range is the Magic Cream, touted by celebs and models alike and will take you to Tilbury’s native England for a jar of the stuff.


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10. Bag balm

Before there was Lucas Paw Paw there was the thick ointment known as Bag Balm, first designed to keep a cow’s udder soft and infection free. No joke. Widely available in agricultural supply shops in the US, the Vermont brand is now used by the likes of Oprah Winfrey. Definitely worth tracking down when you’re in the US next.

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.