Published on February 27th, 2014 | by beauty international


Top 5 Contraband Hair & Beauty Products Needed to Survive in the Jungle

While I bet that many women will think lugging hair and beauty products into the jungle is a completely unnecessary task – be natural among natural, and all that – I bet there’s just as many who have spent time pondering what their desert island essential, or I’m A Celebrity… contraband product would be. I’d find it pretty difficult to narrow down my hair and beauty arsenal to just one single product; it’d be impolite to thrust my morning face on anyone other than myself.

And it seems I’m A Celebrity…’s Amy Willerton had the same thought process. The 21-year-old model and Miss Universe semi-finalist was caught out hiding luxury contraband products during her stint in the jungle, which caused arguments among her fellow camp members. Besides extra bikinis and underwear, Amy had secretly packed some banned makeup items: concealer and lip balm. It was also revealed that she had undergone a series of skin peels, vitamin injections and toning sessions before she was dropped into the jungle to prepare her body for being seen by millions in the shower on the programme.

image: Amy Willerton with her contraband (from

image: Amy Willerton with her contraband (from

But this has got us thinking – which hair and beauty products would we take with us to survive a couple of weeks in the jungle? Here are our top five:

Hair & Beauty Products

Urban Decay Cannonball Waterproof Mascara, £15

Urban Decay seem to be on something of a mission to formulate the most long-lasting, hard-wearing and ultra-waterproof makeup around. Mascara is an essential makeup product for those with thin, stubby, straight or light eyelashes – and with the hot and humid conditions in the jungle, waterproof mascara is a must. Unlike most waterproof mascaras, this Urban Decay one doesn’t leave you with hard, spiky lashes. Instead, it manages to lengthen, thicken and separate lashes, provide mega long-lasting wear, and dry to a soft, feathery finish.


Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant, £25

The 8 Hour Cream has been something of a wonder product since it was first sold in 1930. It’s been featured on the must-have lists of beauty editors and celebrities over and over again, and we think it’d be the perfect potion to take into the jungle. It’s a great multi-tasker: you could use it as a lip balm, a moisturiser, a hand cream and a foot cream, but also to relieve stings, bites, sunburn and chapped skin, as well as add a sleek shine to the eyelids, cheeks and cupid’s bow.

image: contraband hair and beauty products

image: contraband hair and beauty products


Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation SPF42 PA+++, $35

In the hot jungle, sun protection is essential. This product by Shiseido is essentially a foundation and sunscreen hybrid, combining excellent sun protection with flawless coverage. It dries to a matte finish, perfect for the hot and humid conditions of the jungle or rainforest, and it’s also water- and perspiration-resistant.


Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Spray, £3

Many travellers and backpackers have enthused about this product from Avon: it’s a dry oil that’s also brilliant at repelling insects! Choose either the Original version, with jojoba oil, or the extra-hydrating Replenishing formula, with argan oil and vitamin E for even softer, more nourished skin, and use instead of your regular moisturiser.


KMS California Hairstay Anti-Humidity Seal, £18.99

If there’s one thing you can be sure of in the jungle, it’s that the humidity will cause your hair to freak out into a frizzy mess. To avoid looking like an 80s throwback, throw a bottle of KMS California’s Anti-Humidity spray into your backpack. Just spray onto dry hair to protect your locks from stuffy air, sweat and jungle mists – with a 24-hour humidity shield, you can’t go wrong.

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