Going On Holiday? Nab These Cult Beauty Products Overseas

Make room in your suitcase – we’re rounding up the best beauty products to cart home from your travels
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Whenever I travel, I always make sure to do my research on the local makeup and skincare available in that city before I get there.  The beauty scene in Singapore is fast-growing, but there are still several brands we can’t get in stores here and, as a beauty writer, I feel a moral obligation to track those brands down and test them out – not for myself, but purely for the good of society. 

Sure – almost everything is available online these days, but when it comes to buying beauty products, I prefer immersing myself in the good ol’ brick and mortar shopping experience. Nothing beats the excitement of swatching endless shades of lipsticks on your hand and the guilty pleasure of being convinced by a charming saleslady to buy yet another foundation that you don’t need. 

To make your Selfridges or Sephora run a little smoother, here are my picks of the beauty brands worth splashing out on. 


Ah, Glossier – the most Instagram-worthy cult beauty brand of them all. Pretty pastel colours and minimalist packaging make this a hot favourite among beauty influencers and basically every makeup-loving millennial. 

From makeup to skincare, body products and even a fragrance, Glossier's got something pretty for everyone. 

Shop at: The Glossier Showroom, 123 Lafayette St., PH Level New York, NY 10003.


Founded by British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, this makeup and skincare brand is another hot favourite of beauty gurus. The line of products is ever-growing with several highly raved about must-haves on the list, which makes it totally worth hauling back from London. 

Shop at: Charlotte Tilbury Covent Garden, Beauty Boudoir, 11-12 James Street, London, WC2E 8BT.

Charlotte Tilbury Westfield White City, Beauty Wonderland, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7GF.

Selfridges & Co., 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB.


Giving Glossier a run for its money in the packaging department is UK skincare brand Lixirskin. If you dread the tedious routine of slathering on multiple creams and serums on your face every day and night, this is the brand for you. All dressed in millennial pink, Lixirskin's range is kept simple with just six products that are clean, safe and multitasking.

This is the brainchild of Colette Haydon, a doctor in dermo-pharmacy who has created products for brands like REN, Aromatherapy Associates and more. She takes an advanced yet relaxed approach to good skin; meaning minimal products with maximum results. Think a day moisturiser, night cream and serum base all in one.

Shop at: Liberty London, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH, UK.


Word on the street is fragrance brand IIUVO (pronounced EYE-YOU-VO) is coming to our shores soon, but I suggest getting a few of their candles and perfumes as gifts (and for yourself too, of course) while it still has its exclusive appeal.

Shop at: Machine-A, 13 Brewer Street, Soho, London, UK.

Liberty London, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH, UK.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB, UK.

Leclaireur stores in Paris and Los Angeles. 

Totokaelo stores in Seattle and New York.

10 Corso Como, Corso Como, 10, 20154 Milan, Italy.


With all the hype about Instagram brows, I don't understand how Anastasia Beverly Hills still isn't available in stores here yet. But they're truly some of the best brow products I've ever used (if not the best) and I always make sure to stock up when I'm in the U.S. or if my friends are travelling there. 

Anastasia also does some amazing highlighters – the kind that's visible from outer space – and incredibly soft and pigmented eyeshadows. 

Shop at: Sephora US and Canada.


Still searching for the perfect shade of nude lipstick? If you're in Toronto, San Francisco or New York, you might just be one step closer to finding it. Bite Beauty allows you to create your own lipstick. At Bite Lip Labs, you can choose from over 200 lip pigments, the finish of your lipstick and even the scent. If you can't make it to the Lip Lab for a customised lippie, Bite Beauty also has some other amazing lip products just off the shelf. 

Shop at: Sephora US and Canada.

Lip Lab by Bite New York, 174 Prince Street, New York, New York 10012, United States.

Lip Lab by Bite San Francisco, 2142, 2132 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, United States.

Lip Lab by Bite Toronto,  678 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E5, Canada.



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