Look Fabulous in Southeast Asia for Under $50

Bangkok, Thailand. (Thinkstock)

I love traveling to Southeast Asia in January to recover from the December rush when my shop is nonstop crazed — it’s also a perfect time to escape the frosty temperatures that no longer hold their holiday charm.

Whether you’re traveling to Cambodia (my ultimate favorite) to see Angkor Wat or heading to Thailand to sit on those sultry Koh Samui beaches, one thing’s for sure — you need to bring a few beauty essentials to keep your complexion blemish-, wrinkle-, and sunburn-free in the hot and mucky climate. Since you can’t take it all with you for fear of exceeding the plastic zip-top bag restrictions, I recommend stocking up on a few key products that travel well and won’t break the bank before heading to the airport.

Basis Cleanser Clean Face Wash


Basis cleanser is oil-free and gentle on your skin. (Photo: Amazon.com)

Price: $4

Basis cleanser removes dirt and sunscreen and has a flip top, so it’s great for travel. A bonus is that it’s gentle enough for all you girls with sensitive skin.

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex


Nongreasy moisturizer is perfect for those humid climates. (Photo: Drugstore.com)

Cost: $11.19

Since this climate is sticky, the last thing you want is added grease. Use a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen with a high SPF that protects you from the UVA and UVB rays but doesn’t leave you shiny. My favorite? Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex.

Maybelline New York Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara


Waterproof mascara is important if you plan on doing strenuous activities. (Photo: Walgreens)

Cost: $7.79

I usually keep my makeup minimal, but I can’t go without mascara — believe me, I’ve tried. Maybelline New York Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara stays on when I want it to and comes off when I want it to — love, love, love.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Mayfair Red Lady


This lipstick comes in 23 different colors! (Photo: Drugstore.com)

Cost: $5.59

Bring a great red lipstick to make it seem as if you’re putting in an effort for all the photos you’ll inevitably be snapping. Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in the color Mayfair Red Lady really pops.

Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant


An antiperspirant plus deodorant is crucial for hot temps. (Photo: Target)

Cost: $7.99

Last, Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for sweat and utter disgustingness — if you forget this, all the makeup and creams in the world won’t matter.

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