Winter beauty products

18 Blogger-Approved Beauty Products From Around the World

November 10, 2016

#WinterisComing and unless you live in a year-round, warm-weather destination, your skin will be in dire need of some serious hydration come December. So, whether you’re braving the cold this winter or escaping to the tropics, here are 18 products beauty bloggers swear by…including some must-have travel-sized items!

TOY Nail Polish

I’ll start off with a personal favorite of mine. I discovered Colombian-based beauty brand, TOY (Two of You) nail polish, on her last trip to Medellín. The “Sweet Neutrals” collection includes four polishes that are light enough for any occasion. “I find that since they’re they’re soft tones, a coat or two can really compliment your outfit rather than demand attention. I usually toss one polish into my carry-on.”

Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist

Missing your days of floating in the Dead Sea? Bryce Gruber-Hermon of The Luxury Spot has you covered. “I’m obsessed with Ahava’s Dry Oil Body Mist because it travels well, is light enough to use anywhere. It’s great for fighting curly frizzy messes like mine after a day at the pool or beach, and smells like a dream,” she notes. As a fellow curly girl, I can relate!


No matter where you travel, you’re bound to encounter a rainy day. “I hate doing my hair when on the road, so shower caps and dry shampoo are key to survival,” notes Walansky. SHHHOWER CAP has been making major waves this season (no pun intended) and it’s easy to see why. They basically look like hats, allowing you to stay dry without cramping your style. Choose among solid colors and wild prints.

Drybar’s travel-size Detox Dry Shampoo

Say goodbye to bad hair days! NYC-based beauty expert, Aly Walansky recommends Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo, and since she’s on the road so often, she opts for their travel-size kit. The shampoo works to absorb oils and add volume to your hair, all while extending any blowout. Don’t worry about oily-looking hair; the formula disappears once the oil is absorbs.

MDMFlow Lipstick

In search of the perfect lipstick? Look no further than MDMFlow. This English brand, created by beauty students in London, is up-and-coming in the beauty world and for good reason. Inspired by street style in at home and abroad, each color is unusual yet addictive. From girly to edgy, glossy to matte, these lipsticks will become a must-have in your makeup collection.

Mario Badescu Skin Care Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Christene Carr, who consults beauty brands for a living, has a soft spot for Mario Badescu Skin Care’s Enzyme Cleaning Gel. The non-foaling cleanser works to gently cleanse away your makeup while also getting rid of dirt and oil. The Papaya Extracts help break down build-up so that your skin is soft, fresh and most importantly, healthy.

Neogen’s Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

Heading to Korea anytime soon? Well, brush up on your Beauty 101 because some of the world’s most innovative products are sold there. Neogen’s Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine serves two functions: use the rough side for deep exfoliation and then flip it over for a soft finish. Without getting too technical, the pads have a three-layer technology that brings dead cells to the surface of the skin.

ILNP nail polishes

Looking to up your polish game? Look no further than ILNP. “Their nail polishes are so beautiful, they are actually a distraction,” explains Gould. Packed with peptides and Amino-acids, you’ll feel ultra hydrated in minutes. At $10 a pop (some are $12.50), why not order a few for your upcoming trips. You can even match your nails to your destination like Kiersten of The Blonde Abroad does.

trèStiQue lipstick

Wendy Rose Gould, who writes for PopSugar, Refinery29, ModCloth and more, never travels without her Trestique lipstick. “It looks amazing on me and earns me countless compliments,” she says. Creamy and lightweight, you can layer these “lip crayons” under your lip color as a moisturizer or over them for a shiny glow. Choose among six shades, including “Chile Red” and “Sangiovese Balm.” Hungry yet?!

Origins night mask

Traveling can be tiring, especially after a red eye flight where you ordered an extra glass of wine. Travel and Beauty writer, Ko Im opts for one of Origins’ night masks. “You’ll love the smell and feel of the travel size one,” she raves. If you’ve never used Origins before, now is the time to get familiar. Below are three of their most popular masks that hydrate, combat excess oil and clear pores.

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel

Walansky also recommends Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (not pictured but this should give you an idea of the end result). Available in seven different shades, the brush-on gel works to tint, fill and set your brows. Just like Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo adds volume to your hair, Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel does the same to your brows. Plus, it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave residue.

Cleanse by Lauren Napier

While Carr uses Mario Badescu Skin Care’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel by day, she always has a few packets of Cleanse facial wipes at the ready. The brains behind the beauty hack, Lauren Napier, actually came up with the idea en route from Australia to Dubai. Unlike other facial wipes, Napier’s are extremely gentle on the skin, with water, aloe, cucumber and chamomile among natural ingredients.

Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid

Large pores be gone! Carr suggests picking up a bottle of Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant from Paula’s Choice. It works on all skin types and better yet, it’s anti-aging. As for the 2% BHA, that’s what unclogs and diminishes large pores, a beauty woe we all can relate to. Your skin will feel firmer, softer and smoother. Take a look at the pros and cons to see if this products is a good fit.

GlamGlow Thirstymud

Misti Schindele of Mistimichelle is all about attaining that perfect glow, especially when she’s traveling. “I swear by the GlamGlow Thirstymud as my pre-flight moisturizer. It’s thick, non-greasy, and smells like a piña colada.” Although a bit of a splurge, it fits easily in your carry-on luggage and will rescue your skin from a dry spell. It’s also made without any parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Leaders Cosmetics USA Moisture Recovery Mask

For added moisture, Carr also uses the Moisturizing Recovery Mask from Leaders Cosmetics USA. It’s made of 100% naturally fermented coconut gel and delivers 10x more hydration than the mask you’re probably using. Packed with peptides and Amino-acids, you’ll feel ultra hydrated in minutes. These are lightweight and easy to throw into your carry-on, so stock up!

Golden Door Zen CC Cream

Time to get your “Zen” on…literally! Walansky swears by Golden Door Zen’s CC Cream. Made with natural minerals and chemical-free ingredients, you won’t have to worry about any unnecessary additives on your face. Heading to the Caribbean? The CC cream is SPF50, so your all set. Most impressive, 100% of Golden Door’s profits go to charities across the country.

Smith’s Rosebud salve

While GlamGlow’s Thirstymud keeps Schindele’s face hydrated, she uses rosebud salve for her lips. Smith’s is a good go-to, as is Rosebud Perfume Co. The multi-purpose lip balm works well on the skin, too. Keep this compact salve with you at all times, whether hiking Machu Picchu or shopping the Christmas Markets in Paris. It even soothes the sting of minor burns.

Pour Moi beauty products

Speaking of Paris, Pour Moi is worth checking out, asserts Allison Cooper Pour. They’re TSA approved and have options to change your lotions for the climate you’re entering,” the Brooklyn-based beauty writer explains. The company recommends switching up your regimen based on the climate of your destination. They also suggest packing the Desert Day Cream before getting on your flight.

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