I always dread packing for a holiday especially when it comes to finding room in my handbag for all my beauty bits and bobs. It’s bad enough trying to squash in E-tickets, passports and currency let alone my favourite perfume, lippy and eyeliner. If you’re flying, the current rule is that all liquids, which includes creams, sprays and lip-gloss, must be put into a resealable transparent plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and each container must hold no more than 100ml. Larger items can be packed in a waterproof toiletry holdall and put in a suitcase. Confused? Then why bother at all especially when you can stock up on beauty buys when you arrive at your destination. Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic or having a quick break on the Continent there are some fabulous niche brands around which offer some of the world’s best kept beauty secrets. Some, like Filorga, Kiko and Bioderma you’ll already know about and which you can buy on the high street without leaving the country but remember these brands can often work out cheaper when buying from the country of origin and you’ll get more choice of products. But there are also some lesser-known brands which are creating waves on distant shores. From powerful cellulite masks and cutting edge anti ageing cosmetics here’s my guide to some of the best brands and hero products worth stocking up on. Just don’t bring them all back in your handbag.


Brand KIKO- great value make up brand from Milan

Hero Product Face Skin Glow (£13.90, uk) moisturises and gives complexion a healthy glow plus has an SPF 10 protection

Brand Guam Mud was originally developed by Italian Egidio Siena after his discovery of special seaweed on the beach in the port of Brest in Brittany and is now an essential ingredient in Guam skin and body care. Recent research also proves that alginate found in seaweed can stop the body absorbing fat by up to 75per cent – and no you don’t have to eat it!

Hero Product Fanghi D’Alga Seaweed Guam Mud (£46<>). Italian women swear by this cellulite smoothing mud mask – smother your arms and legs, wrap in Clingfilm and leave for 45 minutes. The result smooth, dimple free skin.

Worth checking out: Davines, a family run business producing high-end haircare and used in all the Italian catwalk shows. Diego dalla palma cosmetics great quality and colours.


Brand Art Deco is Germany’s No.1 cosmetics brand, the range is super usable with foundation and make up palettes that combine a mixture of shades to give even coverage and cover up blemishes – used backstage on Dancing on Ice

Hero Product Lifting Lip Stylo (£14<>) smoothing lip base contains Vitamin E, olive oil and hyaluronic acid to help nourish and plump lips minimise lip wrinkles and prolong lip colour.

Worth checking out Sans Soucis is a natural skincare range which uses thermal spring water from the spa town Baden-Baden, also Dr Hauschka for natural skincare and luxury bath products


Brand Nannic leading cosmeceutical company leading the way with innovative skincare for ageing skin

Hero Product Tanning goes hi tech with Epibronze Gradual Tanner by Nannic, (£30.00<>) the first ever self tan which activates the natural tanning process and actually

smells good (just like vanilla).


Brand Dr Levy – Zurich based Dr Philip Levy is a world renowned dermatologist and inventor of the Nerfertiti Muscle Relaxing Injections Lift and also a pioneer in skin anti ageing

Hero Product Intense Stem Cell booster cream (£300 0207 436 4441) can reduce wrinkles by 26 per cent in 8 weeks

Worth checking out Hyalul which uses innovative ingredients to fight ageing and improve skin.


Brands Caudalie created from the vineyards of France, and the secret to many a French woman’s glowing skin.

Hero Product Caudalie Divine Perfect Legs which give legs a lovely luminous glow and also disguises blotches. £24.70 feelunique .com)

Brand Bioderma’s range has been developed with significant input from dermatologists and renowned research centres and was initially intended for medical prescription.

Hero Product Bioderma AR BB Cream (£14.50 John Bell & Croydon) is the first anti redness BB cream with an SPF30 which helps to reduce cover and soothe inflamed skin

Worth checking out France is famous for its pharmacy skincare and cutting edge sunscreens. Look out for Resultime by Colin an innovative underground skincare brand concentrating on encouraging collagen in skin cells. Also Filorga known for their innovative and advanced anti ageing skincare and sunscreen brands La Roche-Posay and Institut Estherderm Adaptasun


Brand Apivita, natural and organic ingredients using mainly propolis honey, royal jelly, and Greek herbs

Hero Product Queen Bee Exfoliating Cream, £39 softens discolouration and rejuvenates skin<>]
Worth checking out Red Water Skincare uses mineral-rich spring water with organic olive oil to hydrate and nourish the skin


Brand Jan Marini the ultimate skincare genius with an award winning range

Hero Product Jan Marini Age Intervention Eye Cream (£54<>) the ultimate de wrinkle rand de bagger – I’ m never without it

Brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, known as the definitive eye and brow expert

Hero Product Dipbrow Pomade (£15<>) – Victoria Beckham tweeted about her obsession with this easy to use and stay put eyebrow perfector

Worth checking out Sunday Riley, a potent range of anti ageing skincare with a host of celeb fans who read like a Who’s Who of Hollywood; Big Sexy Hair products, Glamglow fantastic range of innovative masks