#JetsetBeauty Series: UK’s Sarah Wong Of “Temporary Secretary” Shares Favorite Products

How ideas of beauty change as she travels and the products she can’t travel without.

PHOTO Temporary Secretary

I’ve been following Sarah from Temporary Secretary (@tempsec) since my first days on Instagram. Her style and personality is so cute, cheerful and fabulous! I want to be best friends with her and her poodle because I think it’d exponentially brighten up my life.

Sarah is a fashion and beauty blogger in the U.K. who’s been featured for her spotless style on multiple blogs and magazines. She’s worked with brands such as ASOS, Ted Baker and House of Fazer. Once you visit Temporary Secretary once, you will want to live on her blog. All her visuals are flawless and her words are so approachable and sweet. Seriously, you will want to be best friends with her!

Sarah graciously shared with us her experiences with how ideas of beauty change as she travels and the products she can’t travel without.

PHOTO Temporary Secretary

What is beauty to you? (How do you define beauty?)

As a beauty blogger, I should have this answer ready but I always find it difficult to pinpoint what beauty means to me because it’s so much more than the beauty products that are available to us to enhance our features. It’s about learning who you are on the inside as well as the outside, and being proud of the person you are. You become more confidence, comfortable, kind… and that’s a very beautiful thing.

How do you see ideas and standards of beauty change as you travel to different parts of the world?

I wouldn’t consider myself particularly well-travelled. I have been to a few countries in Europe, and I’ve been on holiday to Florida, Hong Kong, and Thailand. The most noticeable difference was in Hong Kong. Even though I am Chinese, I found it difficult to relate to the beauty ‘trends’ over there. I grew up in England, and we love absolutely love tanning over here (the British Summer sucks so we got to get our tan from somewhere!), whereas the Far East have a huge market for skin whitening products. The brighter, the better. I think how each culture perceive beauty is so incredibly interesting.

PHOTO Temporary Secretary

How has travel reshaped or influenced your idea of beauty? Have you had any personal experiences throughout your travels that affected your ideas?

I’ve never been around in one place long enough to be influenced by another culture’s beauty trend, but I’m pretty simple when it comes to make-up and skincare anyway. I’m a creature of habit and I stick to what suits my skin tone the best. However, having said that, I have tried an eye glue which I bought from Hong Kong. AN EYE GLUE! I know what you’re thinking… what on earth is eye glue! It’s honestly not as scary as it sounds. The glue comes in a small tube with a brush, and the consistency is very similar to eyelash glue. It’s for people who have monolids so that they can create a crease (“double eyelid”) which instantly makes their eyes appear bigger. It comes with a prong and everything. I really like it and wish I had an endless supply of it!

What are some beauty products that you can’t travel without? 

For make-up, I couldn’t be without my HD Brow palette, and liquid eyeliner. And with skincare, I love Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Jurlique SPF, and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

Follow Sarah’s blog at temporary-secretary.com and on Instagram @tempsec.

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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