For us beauty lovers, one of our favourite things about globetrotting is stashing our suitcases with hard to source beauty souvenirs from local stores and pharmacies. Thanks to Beauty Bay, you can forget trains and planes, because you’re just a click away from some of the best beauty products in the world. In beauty as in food, every country has something they’re known for; from rare oils sourced in the Amazon rainforest to the latest innovative launches in K-beauty, get set for an around-the-world tour of the best face creams, hair masks, makeup, and more. Bon voyage!
All American makeup brand Gerard Cosmetics is a big hit Stateside, renowned for its highly-pigmented and amazingly durable lip products. Founded on the back of her very own American Dream, CEO Jen Gerard developed the line after her attention for detail – unsatisfied by market offerings – forced her to create her own custom makeup concoctions. Embrace the current US craze for bold matte lips and pick up Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in 1995.
Top Pick: Hydra Matte Lipstick in 1995
If anyone knows the secrets to healthy, clear skin, it’s the French, whose famous pharmacies are jam-packed with lotions and potions to cater to any and every skin concern. Founded in 1950 by a Paris dermatologist, Embryolisse is one of the oldest and most well-regarded French skincare brands, offering expert solutions to restoring skin to optimal health. French girls love the brand’s bestseller, Lait Crème Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser for its ultra-moisturising properties, and ability to perfectly prep your skin for makeup.
Japan boasts some of the best and most innovative beauty brands in the world, so it’s no wonder that RMK has become established as a beauty institution since launching overseas. The current CEO has years of hands-on makeup industry experience, and her editorial experience is translated in RMK’s product launches; each season the brand releases an innovative new collection of trendsetting products alongside its beloved and award-winning staples.
Top Pick: RMK Liquid Foundation
Former Vogue Beauty Director Kathy Phillips’ beauty line-up This Works has become an instant hit in the UK, aiming to provide reliable beauty solutions to the stresses that environmental damage and a busy lifestyle inflict upon our complexions. What’s more, due to their all-natural formulations, the products also have the added bonus of providing aromatherapy benefits, working to soothe both body and mind.
Known for their chic, minimalistic style and clear, flawless skin, it’s no wonder that Sweden also scores high in the haircare stakes. Founded in pursuit of making haircare easy, the impossibly cool Sachajuan utilises Ocean Silk technology (a sea algae based extract) to boost the shine, hydration, and overall health of hair, with immediate and lasting results.
Top Pick: Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair
The unspoiled landscape of New Zealand makes it the perfect place to source some of nature’s most potent ingredients. Antipodes combines these ingredients with knowledge based on hundreds of years of traditional natural remedies and advanced science-based research and development. The result? High-performance award-winning skincare products that deliver noticeably results.
Aussie line Jurlique was founded by a biochemist and botanist with a united vision to create all-natural skincare products combining the arts of alchemy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. Committed to minimising the urban footprint of the beauty world and harnessing the power of nature, the brand’s biodynamic ingredients are grown exclusively on their farm in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, free from the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.
Top Pick: Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser
Having ousted Paris to become the epicentre of the beauty world, South Korea (and most specifically, capital city Seoul) has become renowned for its innovatively designed, scientifically advanced cosmetics and skincare. Notably, the country is famous for being the birthplace of the BB cream. Its bestselling one? Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream – which gives skin a radiant glow with coverage and added skincare benefits.
Top Pick: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
Since its launch in 2008, Zoeva has grown from a basic line of just 10 makeup brushes to a range of over 150 beauty tools and colour cosmetics. Talk about Germany efficiency! Renowned for its high-quality but affordable brushes and vibrantly coloured eyeshadow palettes, the brand’s passion for individuality and creativity is reflected in every product.
Top Pick: Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set
Originally formulated for use in the famous Como Hotel and Spa Resort, you can now indulge in the Bali spa experience right from your own bathroom thanks to Como Shambala’s innovative range of skin and body products. Using premium grade essential oils, the range is designed to help you incorporate a sense of wellbeing and holistic beauty into your everyday life, providing a head-to-toe wellbeing experience.
Top Pick: Como Shambhala New Skin Body Oil
With a refreshingly low-tech, all natural philosophy, Spanish family-run brand Naobay places an ethos of care at the forefront of their product development, seeking to create products that are as good for the environment as they are for your skin. From the beechwood packaging and labelling to the carefully sourced all-natural and organic ingredients, Naobay’s commitment to ethical beauty is by no means taken lightly.
Top Pick: Naobay Body Scrub Shower Booster
Every one of Parlux’s world famous hairdryers are crafted in their factory in Milan to an exact specification that uses geometric shapes and an innovative ceramic system to ensure flawless ergonomics and ease of use. The advanced manufacturing process results in hairdryers that are powerful, lightweight, and durable. Used in professional salons worldwide, the dryers are renowned for their quality and reliability.
Top Pick: Parlux Powerlight 385
Most of us are already on board with the hair oil hype, but Rahua’s products take your hair to new levels of healthy by infusing every product in their line (including styling products) with Rahua oil (the secret to beautiful hair in Ecuador for hundreds of years). The ingredient is exclusively found in the Amazon rainforest, and unlike other botanical oils that simply coat strands, it deeply penetrates the hair’s cuticle, bonding and repairing it for smooth, healthy hair.
Top Pick: Rahua Hair Wax
Israel may not be renowned for its beauty industry, but just a few miles from Tel Aviv lies the headquarters of GA-DE, which has stood as one of the country’s premier cosmetics brands since its launch in 1985. Offering a wide range of makeup and skincare products designed to subtly enhance, rather than mask natural beauty, each collection is inspired by seasonal influences, colours, and concepts.
Top Pick: GA-DE Highlights Warm Lights Eyeshadow Palette
With all that sun, Hawaiians know a thing or two about tanning, and while the islands’ sunny climates are not only suited to the ultimate beach holiday, Hawaii is also home to Maui Babe, a brand committed to helping you achieve the perfect tan, whilst simultaneously nourishing and protecting skin. Formulated with natural Hawaiian-sourced ingredients and developed from a secret family recipe, these products deliver a convincing ‘just spent the week in Honolulu’ glow in a single use.
Top Picks: Maui Babe Amazing Browning Lotion