10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials…

Greetings from California! Here are my 10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials…I have been traveling more and more lately AND now (thanks to Julia) have it down to a science. One of my biggest things that I do all the time now is ask for akincare samples. Not the kind you get from Sephora, but the kind that are already in sealed blister packs or mini jars/tubes. I save these in my travel size storage (yes, I have that) and whenever I travel, I’m good to go. Carrying smaller sizes like this cuts down on space so I have room for larger items like shampoo or lotion in my 3-1-1 baggie. I have also scoured eBay for these small sizes (especially of luxury brands like Creme de LaMer or ReVive).  Believe it or not, people actually sell the deluxe samples they get! I don’t ever spend much, (maybe $20), but it’s a nice way to get a really good deluxe sample of something you are considering as a purchase OR if you just really like it.  NOW…back to my beauty essentials.  Sephora is truly the leader here with a new area launched right at the checkout called “Beauty on the Fly“.  Brands have LINED UP to participate, even making travel sized versions of their best sellers.  You can get a TSA approved bag for $4.50 OR buy 3 travel sized goodies and the bag is free.  Here are my  top 10 picks….

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The Rundown:

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.  You will essentially waterproof/humidity proof your makeup all summer long with this one.  Perfect for travel this little guy slips right into your makeup bag.

Sephora Collection Eye Makeup Remover Swabs Who wants to carry a big bottle or remover when you have these?? Super slim – they fit ANYWHERE and can really get the job done removing all traces of eye makeup (even waterproof!)

Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set Smoky Matte Edition Who wants liner smearing on vacation?  UD makes some of the most FABULOUS waterproof eye pencils on the market.  These three creamy, blendable, waterproof liners glide on and stay put.  Smoke (deepest gray matte), Sabbath (deep navy matte), Perversion (blackest black matte).

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Want to get every stitch of makeup off and leave your skin soft and smooth?  Try a cleansing water.  This one from Koh Gen Do is easy and gentle to use for all skin types. Made with mineral-rich hot spring water, it is infused with six essential herbs to protect and nurture skin. White birch sap, harvested only three weeks each spring, adds minerals and Xylitol as it removes makeup, oils, and residue.

Josie Maran Argan Lip & Cheek Color Stick Set Vacation is all about easy….these Lip and cheek stains from Josie Maran are 4 shades of dual purpose color Infused with 100 percent-organic, 100 percent-pure argan oil, you are moisturizing while adding a pretty flush to your lips and cheeks.

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers Blot off that excess oil and shine with these 100 percent natural abaca leaf and gold flake to absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup for petal fresh skin anytime, anywhere.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir Part-toner, part-serum mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients. I use this one the plane and any other time I want a refresh.

Living Proof No Frizz Smoothing & Frizz Fighting Travel Kit I haven’t blown my hair dry ONCE during this trip BUT I my hair is frizz free thanks to Living Proof. This is the ONLY shampoo that keeps the frizzies at bay for me.  The scientists at Living Proof discovered the first new anti-frizz solution in over 30 years to do what silicones and oils can’t. No Frizz eliminates frizz by blocking humidity, smooths without weighing hair down, and repels dirt to keep hair cleaner, longer.

Bliss Lemon & Sage Body Butter Paraben free – thick and rich body cream that absorbs quickly.  Great for skin after tanning too…smooths, softens, and hydrates dry skin, without making it feel greasy. Used in over 70,000 bliss spa massages every year worldwide, this superior skin-smoothing formula has gained a huge following making it one of Bliss’ best selling products.

Murad Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35 PA+++ This sunscreen stick offers SPF 35 AND it doesn’t look white/grey on brown skin.  It absorbs SUPER FAST and offers powerful broad spectrum sun and antioxidant protection in a convenient stick that allows it to glide on for easy application on the go.

Travel Pretty!!


Refresh Your Makeup Storage this Summer…

We already talked about cleaning out your makeup bag – this time we need to clean out your makeup storage! If you are a beauty junkie, it’s hard to keep things in check. Like anything, there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.  With expiration dates on cosmetics and skincare products it’s important to keep your storage to a minimum.  Who are we kidding, I buy backups of things (especially if they are limited edition or discontinued colors) so I need this list just as much (if not more) than you do!

 The Rundown:

1.  Make a Plan

Map everything out as far as your storage is concerned.  Your goal should not be to keep everything but just enough.  If you aren’t using it, then don’t keep it.  Before I start a project like this I always make a Starbucks run for some energy BUT now I don’t have to because my fridge is always stocked with Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffee.

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2.  Grab a Buddy

Who doesn’t want some free makeup or beauty goodies?  If your “collecting” has gotten out of control, donate them to a  friend or to select family members. That way you know they are going to a good home.

3.  Organize

Take advantage of places like The Container Store or Target who have FANTASTIC options for storage. Just try and keep it minimal!  I saw a video of a woman once who had 4 HUGE tool storage units that were $300 each in a room that were FILLED with cosmetics.  She bragged that some of them were limited edition items (most were from many MANY seasons ago) and she was just ONE person (not even a makeup artist either).  So my point is, if you aren’t using it get rid of it.  Keeping makeup that is 3-4 years old just because of the nostalgic value is never a good idea.  Plus you are running the risk of expiration and contamination.  So even though it looked really cool,  at the end of the day it was hoarding at it’s finest. Instead, try and contain it to a few organizers in a designated space.  Remember…bathrooms can be steamy so it’s not the best place for things like perfume or cosmetics (skincare is okay as long as they are in a cabinet or under the sink). I found this AWESOME post on buzzfeed with some really great DIY ideas for makeup organizing as well.

4.  Donate

Find a women’s charity that will accept personal care products.  I like ones that help women get back on their feet or get back to work.  They typically aren’t picky about accepting these types of donations.  It makes the women (who are typically only given a razor, soap, shampoo, and deodorant) feel good about themselves.  I donate to a women’s shelter quarterly and I can write the donation off on my taxes.

Bottled Starbucks Iced Coffee beverages are the perfect blend of premium Starbucks coffee and 2 percent milk. Available in four delicious offerings: Coffee + Milk, Low Calorie Coffee + Milk, Vanilla, and Caramel, Starbucks Iced Coffee ready-to-drink beverages are the perfect on-the-go refreshment to get you through the daily commute, big projects such as spring cleaning, or an exciting road trip with friends. Look for it at major grocery and convenience stores, available nationwide.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gets an Update…

When a product reaches cult status, you just know it.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye is one of those products.  The thing I love about Estee Lauder is that when they realize that a product has reached that status, not only do they maintain it, they update it. They study it, make advances and update the formula (like they did with Advanced Night Repair Serum). How cool is that?

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A formula for eyes that maximizes the power of night to re-ignite the youthful light of eyes. Advanced with exclusive ChronoluxCBTM Techonology and featuring all of the powerful repair and prevention of revolutionary Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II face serum, NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye takes advantage of the restorative power of night to repair the look of damage that can age delicate eye-area skin, which is 40% thinner than facial skin. Through addressing every key visible sign of aging around the eye – including fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles, puffiness and uneven texture – the multi-benefit formula restores the youthful light to eyes, for every woman, every day.

In fact, NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye is proven to visibly improve all key parameters that contribute to eye youthfulness.1 Lines, wrinkles and puffiness appear diminished. Eyes look more youthful, vibrant and brighter, less fatigued.

The Rundown:

  • Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Recovery Complex II, $58.00
  • Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Recovery Complex II, $65.00

NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye has been advanced with all the repair and prevention technologies of our number one face serum , Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, so it maximizes nighttime repair to restore the look of light for day. This comprehensive eye treatment:

  • Maximizes Nighttime Repair – revolutionary ChronoluxCBTM Technology is now proven to help re-establish skin’s own natural purification. Taking advantage of the restorative power of night, this exclusive technology helps support skin cells’ natural purification and synchronization to promote their natural repair.
  • Reduces the Appearance of Visible Damage Caused by Environmental Assaults – comprehensive anti-pollution technology including encapsulated Alkyl Guanine Transferase (AGT) helps to reduce the appearance of visible damage caused by every major environmental assault including ozone, pollution and UV rays.
  • Neutralizes Free Radicals – features a powerful blend of anti-oxidants to help to neutralize up to 90% of environmentally- generated free radicals3 before they can damage skin’s appearance. With less damage to repair from the day, skin can look younger into the future.
  • Delivers Vital Hydration – featuring Hyaluronic Acid, NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye creates the optimal conditions skin needs to maximize its natural repair processes while also instantly and deeply hydrating and comforting skin.
  • Refreshes and Soothes Instantly – a high concentration of Anti-Fatigue Soothers calm and reduce irritation so eyes look less fatigued.

Backed by over thirty years of research and boasting over twenty-five patents and patents-pending, NEW Advanced Night Repair Eye is available in two customizable formulas – a lightweight serum or a rich gel creme.

Advanced Night Repair Eye is Dermatologist-tested, Ophthalmologist-tested, Non-Acnegenic, Fragrance Free, and can be used on All Skin Types.  Advanced Night Repair Eye will be available at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and www.EsteeLauder.com beginning July 2014.

Stay Pretty!!

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