Favorite Hair Products for Frizzy, Flat Hair

I have talked about so many products I love on this blog, but I haven’t tackled hair care products!  Maybe it’s because I am so picky, but I’ve narrowed down my list to these products that I keep reaching for!  To set the stage, I have naturally curly hair that I typically blow out to give a smoother look. When I shop for products, I look to combat frizzy, flat, color treated hair. In these summer months, however, I have been letting it dry naturally.  So my issues are mainly frizz and I HAVE to have volume.  There is nothing I hate more than flat hair.  Maybe it’s because I am a product of the 80s trend, but it is definitely one of my prerequisites.

Kenra Blow Dry Spray– I discovered this recently and LOVE it.  You spray it into you damp hair and it protects your hair from heat damage caused by the blow dryer and other styling tools.  And did I mention it smells awesome?

Kenra Volume Mousse Extra – Did I mention that I have to have volume in my hair?  That is why I typically use mousse as one of my styling products.  This one from Kenra is one that I am loving right now.

 

 

 

 

Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel– As I mentioned, I wear my hair curly, with its natural texture, mostly in the summer, so I’ve recently tried this Deva Curl product.  I find that it does keep the frizz at bay and allows the hair to curl without being crunchy or looking wet.

 

 

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full form mousse – This is another mousse that I use and it absolutely fits the bill on giving your hair great volume!

 

 

 

 

 

Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine hairspray (all time favorite) – I have been using this hairspray for well over a decade, and although I occasionally try something else, I always go back to this.  It has great hold without being sticky or giving you a helmet head look, and it adds shine to your style (with frizzy hair like mine, I am always looking for shine.)  This one also has a great smell!

Loreal Root Cover up – If grays aren’t an issue for you, then consider yourself lucky!  Unfortunately, it is a big issue for me.  This product is a miracle worker at covering your grays that peek out in between colorings!  It is basically spray paint for your hair!  Spray it into your roots or wherever the gray is peeking out and Voila!  they are covered up!  There is a similar product that Sephora sells by Rita Hazan that does the same thing, but the Loreal is much less expensive and, in my opinion, has the same quality of the Rita Hazan product.

 

 

Amika Perk up dry shampoo – I know there are literally hundreds of different dry shampoos out there.  Why do I like this one?  First, there is the colorful packaging (yes I am a sucker for packaging), the smell is heavenly (you are probably catching on that smell makes a difference in the hair products I like) and most importantly, it works!  My one word of caution, especially if you have dark hair, is to not spray it too closely to your head or you will see a white cast.  I generally hold the can about 6 inches from my head and spray lightly and have not had a problem.

 

 

Triple Sec by drybar 3 in 1 Texturizes, Amplifies, Refreshes.  This is sort of a dry shampoo and volumizer in one so I sometimes switch off with this product and the Amika dry shampoo.  The smell of this product is to die for!!!

Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner – I have been using this shampoo and conditioner for almost a year now and I’ve been happy with it.  It keeps the frizz at bay and is formulated for color treated hair, so that’s a plus as well.  The large bottles have lasted me a looonnngg time, especially because I don’t shampoo my hair every day.

 

 

Let me know what hair products you are loving!  As with any type of beauty product, it really is a personal choice and everyone’s hair needs and type are different!

Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of those products, I receive a small commission.  This is at no additional cost to you.  I appreciate your support of this blog if you do decide to try some of the products!

 

5 Ways to Make More time for YOU

Does this look like you? Find out how to get more time back into your day.

Feeling stressed?  Ever daydream about doing the things you love?  Except, there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish all the things you NEED to do before you can enjoy what you WANT to do?  Is there any way to make more time for you?

It’s time to take a step back and try to manage your life like you are running a business.  In business, there are certain tasks that are outsourced so that the company can focus on the core of what it does.  If you take the same approach to your life, then more time for YOU, which should be YOUR core business, can become a reality!  Here I’ve outlined five tasks or responsibilities that are real time stealers.  If these tasks can be outsourced, you can carve out the time to do things you actually want to be doing!  Remember, life is too short to keep putting off enjoying life and following your dreams.  Let’s make more time for you!

 

Give yourself the gift of time!

1. Cleaning

My parents were neat freaks when I was growing up, and I distinctly remember so many Saturdays that my mom went to town cleaning the house, after working all week.  That doesn’t leave a lot of room for leisurely pursuits.  This is one thing that, by outsourcing, will definitely put time back into your days.  I didn’t begin doing this until I was pregnant with my son, and it was the best thing I ever did!  Again, you can control how often your home is cleaned based on your needs and budget.

2.  Food Shopping

I love shopping at the mall, but hitting the grocery store gets me as excited as going to the dentist for a root canal.  The crowds, maneuvering the shopping cart, trying to scan food labels and waiting in the monotonous lines that are never ending is just not my cup of tea.  Not to mention that the stores near me are so crowded that even finding a parking spot gives me anxiety.  And what if you have kids with you for these excursions?  I think you get my point.  Order it online, and either just go to pick it up (kiddies don’t even have to leave their car seats) or have it delivered directly to your home.  Not only is it saving you time, but also added stress and aggravation that no one needs in their lives. Plus, it avoids any unnecessary (or unhealthy) purchases you might make if you go to the store hungry.

Another option here is to utilize one of the many meal delivery services out there that send all the ingredients you need to cook up tasty dishes.  I’ve tried Hello Fresh and you can check out my article detailing my experience here.

3.  Find a good babysitter/pet sitter

Think of how much more you could do if your mind was at ease because your child and/or pets were in good hands.  With a good sitter, you can get out and do things you might otherwise not have time to do, or be able to attend social functions with people that you might otherwise not be able to see.  In general, a good support system in place to help you juggle all the balls that are in the air on a daily basis is key to keeping your sanity!

4.  Form a Mommy Alliance

Keeping in the theme of having a support system, if you are a mom who feels like she’s traded in her life to be a taxi driver, having a network of other moms  that you could trade off with to carpool kids to activities can definitely ease the hectic rushing around we do every day.  Your kids still get to participate in the activities they enjoy, but you also ease the burden of getting them everywhere yourself and spending more time shuttling people around than doing something you want to do.

5.  Go Paperless

This sounds so easy but, even in this digital age, so much paper continues to come into our homes.  Opt for paperless bank statements, manage your bills online, scan all your important documents and store them securely.  I don’t know about you, but piles of paperwork on my desk are not only distracting, but they cause me anxiety and are more likely to cause disorganization.  Plus, searching for things in piles of papers is a time WASTER!  There are websites you can go to and register to remove your name from mailing lists to reduce the junk mail coming to your house.  One is http://www.dmachoice.org.  Clean desk, no piles = more time for you!

Good luck getting started on making time for YOU.  Whether it’s leisure pursuits you are after, or just want to find the time to focus on a business endeavor that will give you the freedom you are looking for, managing your time and where you focus your activities will help align with those priorities.

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I hope this give of time will help you pursue your dreams, whatever they may be.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Packing for Vacation – Summer Packing Series #3

Welcome back to my summer packing series! Today I’m going to share my tips for how I pack for a beach vacation!  If you haven’t checked out my other articles in this series, I’ve shared my tips for packing make-up for vacation, as well as what I pack in my beach bag!

Make a list

The worst thing to do is just wing it and start throwing random items into your suitcase.  You could easily get distracted and forget something important.  Remember you want your vacation to be relaxing so don’t add stress to your life by leaving something you really want at home.  I pack for myself and my son so thinking about where we are going, what we will be doing and what the weather will be help me to start writing out the items that need to be included.

Use interchangeable clothing items

I found a company called Vacay Style that takes the stress out of packing!  They sell interchangeable clothing pieces that, when you add some basics, like a white tank top and white jeans, will have you set for a week-long trip!  For example, I bought the Seychelles 2 piece romper, part of the Seychelles collection. They can be worn together for one outfit, but the top can be paired with shorts or jeans for another outfit, and the shorts can be paired with another shirt for a third outfit!  The quality of the material is very high and the pieces wash well.

 

I also have the St. Kitts Convertible dress, part of the St. Kitts collection.  By itself it is a strapless maxi dress, but the top can be folded down so it can be worn as a skirt with a different top.  Genius!  They also sell entire 5 piece collections that can be interchanged to make between 15-18 outfits.  Now that’s what I call smart packing!

 

 

Leave some room for souveniers

I always like to leave a little room in the suitcase for any souveniers we may buy on the trip.  If you are going somewhere requiring air travel, this becomes even more important

What to bring vs. purchase there

Typically, my family rents a condo at the Jersey Shore for the week.  oftentimes, that means that bedding, towels, and paper goods (tissues, paper towels, toilet paper) may not be supplied as in a hotel.  Typically we purchase the paper goods along with snacks and other items we will use during the week at a local market at our destination vs. packing them in our car on the way down.  That is just our personal preference.  If it’s your first time renting a place like that, I would inquire what is supplied so that you can make your plan.  If traveling with young children, this is important also.  Many places offer crib rentals or linen service you can take advantage of if you do not want the hassle of bringing your own.  If you want to bring bicycles or pool toys, I’d recommend checking with the renters on any rules/policies for that.  Where we stay, we cannot store bicycles or any beach/pool toys in our unit.

Have a great trip!

Wherever your destination this summer, have a wonderful trip!  If you are going somewhere warm, I hope my other articles in this series (Packing Makeup for vacation and What’s in my beach bag?) help get you prepared and ready for a great time!  By taking the stress and guesswork out of packing, you can focus on enjoying the people you are with and the wonderful things you will experience on your travels!  I would love to hear your comments on any packing tips you use.

 

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Blogger Recognition Award and Six Month Blogaversary!

 

This week is all about celebration!  First, I received a nomination for the Blogging Recognition Award.  Next, it has been six months since my site has been live!  Boy did that go fast, but I’ve been loving every minute of this journey.  If you’ve been reading from the start, Thank you!  If you’ve just started reading, Thank you!  I hope you will all keep reading for the next six months and beyond!  I am running a giveaway to celebrate all this excitement.  Please take a minute and enter for your chance to win a $100 Sephora gift card.  The giveaway will run until August 22, 2017.  Good luck!

Thanks to Cassie from cassiesBIGAdventure.com for the nomination.  I feel so grateful to be noticed.  This process has been great, not only because of the recognition but because I’ve had an opportunity to explore so many other blogs in different niches that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and experiencing.

 Why did I start blogging?
So I recently celebrated six months of blogging – it’s been a fun adventure so far.  It has been much more complex than I expected with a pretty steep learning curve, but I am loving it!  I left my corporate job last year and decided to take a couple of years off to take care of some family business.  I have always loved writing and decided to use this time to launch my blog and invest some time into making it successful.  There is still a lot to learn, but I am embracing the process of learning and challenging myself to keep at it!
What have I learned in the past 6 months?
1.  Don’t go into this venture expecting to make big money – my motto has definitely been slow and steady wins the race!  There are a lot of blogs out there promising big profits but that is not the reality.  However, I do think there are some good tips to take from other blogs out there as you are learning to grow your blog.  All the advice can be overwhelming – start with small, manageable goals and focus on them first!
2.  Stay true to yourself and why you are blogging!  You need to blog with a purpose and have a topic that you are passionate about.  Stay true to that as you embark on your blogging journey!
 Here are my nominations for the Blogging Recognition Award! 
These blogs each have something very special that I enjoyed – from interesting topics to breathtaking photographs and everything in between.  I hope you’ll check them out!
 Directions for the nominees:
 Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Celebrate!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer and thanks for sharing this milestone with me!  Don’t forget to get in on that giveaway!

How to Plan a Child’s Birthday Party in the Summer

So my son just turned 5 – I know it’s cliché but I can’t believe how fast time flies.  I still remember him as a newborn in the hospital!  But, for this milestone, I decided it was time that he enjoy a birthday party with his friends.  However, knowing that his birthday is in the summer, when school is out, my fear of no one coming because of vacations, etc.  made me almost decide to not do it.  In the end, I decided to go for it and here is how I kept things organized:

Venue– There are so many different places that host children’s parties these days, there is a good chance you can find one that meets your family’s needs.  The key to finding the right fit is to think about what your child enjoys.  Also, what is your comfort level having a party at your home vs. out somewhere?  In my case, I preferred to have it out (less clean up, etc.)

Date and Day – What I learned is that this really matters!  I talked to a lot of moms about this as I was planning because my fear was that no one would be able to come to the party due to vacations, etc.  After all, it’s the summer!  What I was advised and what ended up working well, was to have it on a Friday evening.  In this scenario, you could still have people come as most vacation travel would be on Saturday or Sunday.  For the working parents, it is still late enough to be able to get there.  Of course, I think it would be unrealistic to expect high attendance in the summer in general, but I think that a Friday evening is a good way to try to mitigate that.

Dinosaurs were our theme.

Theme– I think it is nice to have a theme for a child’s birthday party.  It helps to bring together invites, decorations and gives some insight into what your child is interested in.  Places like Party City, Target  or Michaels are great places to get ideas and they have a lot of cute merchandise available to help you.  In my case we went with a dinosaur theme since John has been obsessed with these creatures for the past year.

Getting the word out – This was another challenge for me.  I did not have any contact information for any of the children in John’s class, so I couldn’t send evites or anything like that.  What I ended up doing was sending paper invites with John at school in June toward the end of the school year (his birthday was in July) and asking the teacher to send each child home with an invitation.

I really enjoyed using personalized favors for the kids.

Favors – This was a tough one.  Usually a trip to the dollar store or WalMart can give you some ideas of trinkets that kids in whatever age group you are looking at will enjoy, but I wanted to give something that was less junky and a little more personalized.  (This was also easier to do as I had a smaller group at the party.)  I remembered an awesome favor John received at our friend’s daughter’s party a few years back, which I found and ordered online through outrageouspartyfavors.com.  It’s a small business run by Cheryl out of Long Island.  Cheryl was great and even made some quick additions to my order without a beat.  Each child received a water bottle with his/her name on it.  Also there are a couple blank ones included in the order for any last minute attendees and they are really cute as well.

Food– with kids, I think it’s best to keep it simple, so for us it was pizza and cake.  When ordering, be sure to include the parents in your headcount also!  If you are at a total loss about what to order and how much to order, most party venues will be able to assist and make recommendations.

Decorations – Once you’ve set your theme, it will help to brainstorm decorations.  Some venues will supply paper products (for a fee usually) but tablecloths, signs, balloons, cups and plates can easily be bought at a party store.

Showtime!  I think that with any event, the more organized and planned it is the better.  The only regret I had with this party was really my own fault and it’s because I am so bad with taking pictures.  I was good about taking pictures during the party and got a family shot of us with John and his cake but I forgot to get a group shot of John and all his friends who came to the party.  Bad mommy!  So if you are bad at pictures like me, I’d recommend putting together a list of pictures you want before the party and then make sure you get them during the party.  If you have a friend or family member you can put in charge of this, even better!

The venue added a nice touch with our welcome sign!

John had a great time and, at the end of the day, that’s really the reason we host these parties.  I feel very lucky that he has really nice friends who have great parents.   Happy party planning!

 

Looking for a great Organic Beauty Line – Try Treat Beauty

I feel like a space explorer who just found a new planet because I have discovered an AWESOME beauty line that is totally organic.  It’s called Treat Beauty (www.treatbeauty.com).

The philosophy of Treat Beauty is simple: find nature’s most beneficial active natural and organic food ingredients and craft them into products that are good for the skin.

Inspired by nature’s most delicious ingredients Treat uses food grade antioxidant and vitamin rich butters and oils.

They sell body lotions and have these mega-sized lip balms.    There are two products from their line that I am totally OBSESSED with right now.

Confetti Cake Lip Balm

Now I’m not typically a lip balm person, but the larger size makes it harder to misplace (which is what usually happens when I buy regular lip balms) and these smell SO GOOD!  Now, if you don’t like smells associated with yummy things (cake, fruit) then this probably won’t get you as excited as it gets me.   They have different scents, but I purchased the Confetti cake and LOVE it!  It absolutely makes my lips softer and a bonus is that I rub it on my cuticles or any dry patches on my knuckles and have seen immediate results with them.  I love products that can serve a multiple purpose – it makes me feel like I am getting my money’s worth.  I just drop the tube in my purse and I am good to go!  And did I mention it smells DELICIOUS?

Birthday Cake Hydrating Body Butter

*My birthday is coming up in about a week (shout out to my fellow Leos out there) so I decided to treat myself to the calorie-free version of a birthday cake with this body butter.  OMG – this is the perfect vanilla-lemony-buttercream scent.  It’s so good I swear there might be calories in it!   Besides the scent, the consistency of the lotion is not too thick which I personally hate.  And no one likes to slather a thick cream on their bodies in the middle of summer, right?  It spreads nicely and really leaves my skin feeling cool and hydrated, which is exactly what I look for in a body butter.  The fact that it’s organic and cruelty-free is just icing on the cake (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun)!

The brand also has lip scrubs, a cellulite cream (called Butter your Muffin – love their cheeky humor!) and a redness reducing cream so there is something for everyone.  Whether you want to “Treat” yourself to some of these products or are in the market for a unique gift for someone, I highly recommend this brand and these products.  Happy shopping, fellow beauty explorers!

**I realized at the time of posting this that the body butter is currently sold out!  However you can have Treat Beauty notify you of when it is back in stock.  Trust me, it’s that good!

Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of those products, I receive a small commission.  This is at no additional cost to you.  I appreciate your support of this blog if you do decide to try some of the products!

 

What’s in my Beach Bag? Summer Packing Series #2

Are you ready to hit the beach?

Welcome back to the summer packing series!  Hope you enjoyed my first blog about how to pack makeup for vacation.  If you missed it, you can check it out here.  This post will talk about the essentials to keep in your beach bag so that you can be prepared for lots of beach/pool fun this summer!

To make my life easier, there are some staples that I pack into the beach bag at the beginning of the season, and leave in there so I can’t forget it!  I keep a lot of items in plastic zip lock bags to keep out sand and water.  Then I can just throw in towels and some snacks and we are good to go!

Sunscreens

There are several SPF products that have a permanent home in my beach bag.  First, I have fallen in love with Coola’s sport Guava Mango sunscreen spray SPF 50.  It’s organic, and smells so delicious it doesn’t even give a hint that it is sunscreen!  It is a chemical sunscreen so if you prefer mineral, I have another great one to recommend to you.  This other  sunscreen I’ve been loving is from the drugstore.  It is Australian gold Botanical sunscreen SPF 50.  This also has a fruity heavenly scent but is a lotion (mineral, so it’s great for those with sensitive skin).  To get the lowdown on SPF you can check out my other blog post here.  Now both of these sunscreens are ok to use on my son, but I do have another one I use for him from Thinksport.  Like the others, it’s broad spectrum, water resistant and is SPF 50+.  This one also smells great so sometimes I’ll use this for me also!  It’s a little thicker than the Australian gold lotion so sometimes it’s easier to use the other one.

Brush on Block – I spoke about this product in another blog.  It’s great to reapply SPF to your face on a daily basis.  It’s a powder and brush in one.  The powder has an SPF of 30, is broad spectrum and water resistant as well.  If you wear makeup when out in the sun, this is a great way to keep your sun protection in tact without messing up your makeup.

Lip protection – I found an awesome product from Supergoop called Shine on Lip Screen.  This is a gloss with SPF 50 to keep your lips protected in the sun.  You can wear it alone or right on top of your regular lipstick (this is how I like to use it).  Again, it’s a great way to get that sun protection in while keeping makeup looking fresh!

Bug Spray – Not sure about where you all are located, but here in NJ, mosquitoes are even more of a menace this season.  I really don’t like to use products with DEET, so I’ve found a product from OFF! that has another ingredient called picardin, which is a gentler alternative.

Deodorant wipes – I like to keep these on hand to freshen up after the beach if I am out somewhere without a shower nearby.  Pacifica makes these wipes that smell like coconuts.  It is so refreshing and they really work for me to not smell!

Baby Wipes– With a 5 year old, you never know what can happen, so I always keep a pack of baby wipes on hand.  They are in my car, at my house, and definitely in my beach bag!  Over the years I’ve tried many brands, but I always go back to the Huggies Natural Care.  They are gentle, have no fragrance and do not feel greasy.

Hand Sanitizer – Along with the baby wipes, whether you have kids or not, it’s always a good idea to bring hand sanitizer to the beach.  I use one I got as a freebee from work a while back, but Bath and Bodyworks has great travel sized ones and any drugstore will have some travel sized ones also.

Good book – I make pretty regular trips to my local library, so before my next trip I’ll run over and grab something that looks like a good beach read.  Lately I’ve been into suspense and mysteries, but let’s see what I find!

I hope you are enjoying your summer and happy packing for your next trip!  Stay tuned for the next installment of my summer packing series, which will be all about packing clothes!

 

Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of those products, I receive a small commission.  This is at no additional cost to you.  I appreciate your support of this blog if you do decide to try some of the products!

 

Full Body Skincare 101: How to take care of the skin NOT on your face!

When we think of skincare, we usually are focused on our face, but it is so important to remember to treat the skin all over your body with the same care you use on your face!   Remember, our skin is our largest organ and makes up 15% of our body weight!  There’s too much there to neglect it!

Body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate the skin on our arms and legs.

Like our faces, the skin on our arms and legs can get dry and flaky and also get crepey as we age.  That is why you should follow an exfoliating regimen on your body the same way you would do on your face!  The best way to do this is with a good body scrub.  I love the Tree Hut body scrub in the scent Brazilian Nut.  The scent is delicious and this product is very affordable!  Sometimes I don’t like the tub in my shower, so I recently picked up Bath and Body Works clay body scrub in Almond & Vanilla.  It’s in a tube which makes it easier to use and travel -friendly.  And the scent of this one is AMAZING!  Once your skin is exfoliated, just as with the face, you want to make sure it is moisturized!  One moisturizer I am loving this summer is AHAVA’s body oil is the scent “Sea Kissed.”  (Which by the way is on sale now at Ulta!)  I could smell this all day!  This body oil sprays on and dries into the skin quickly so there is no greasy feeling when I use it!  On other days, I use Alpha Skin Care’s Renewal Body Lotion which has 12% glycolic acid.  This addresses any bumps I have on my legs and addresses crepey skin I am starting to see on my arms.  Because it has a glycolic in it I would not use it on a day you are going to the beach or right after shaving your legs.  It is a fabulous product for the body that really does a deeper exfoliation than just the scrubs and it does moisturize at the same time.

Give some love to the skin on your hands!

How about your hands and feet?

These are two areas that often get neglected but really need a little extra TLC to be looking their best!  As I’ve said in other blog posts, the backs of your hands can show signs of aging, so many of your facial skincare products should also be applied on the backs of hands, including your SPF.  Keeping my hands and cuticles looking good is always a challenge for me, but I recently discovered a phenomenal product by Deborah Lipmann called “Marshmallow Whipped Hand and Cuticle Scrub with AHA and BHA.”  Hello?  Did I hear marshmallow?  Enough said.  But seriously, aside from the sleek packaging of this, shiny black and white square jar, this product delivers not only a great scent but immediate results!    Follow with your favorite hand lotion (mine is the  AHAVA Time to Smooth Age Perfecting Hand cream with SPF 15) and you are good to go!

Finally, we need to keep the skin on our feet looking good, especially between our summer pedicures!  Walking in flip flops or on the sand can really do some damage to the bottoms of your feet.  Use your body scrubs on your feet a couple of times a week and once a day, use the Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream.  This is my holy grail and the only cream that keeps my heels smooth, winter to summer!  I also use the Amope Pedi Perfect foot file, especially in the summer.  Being in flip flops and walking on beach sand, etc. can really do some damage to your heels.

So if you’ve been neglecting the skin on other parts of your body, it’s not too late to start giving it some love now!  I’d love to hear what all of you do in your bodycare routines!

 

Please note that some of the links in this article are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of those products, I receive a small commission.  This is at no additional cost to you.  I appreciate your support of this blog if you do decide to try some of the products!

 

Honored to be called a Super Mom!

I’m so honored to be featured on fellow blogger Marlene’s site(www.shesahotmess.com)  as a Super Mom! As women, and as mothers, we all have amazing stories to tell, and there are so many inspirational stories on her blog.  Check her out here.

How to Pack Make-up for Vacation: Summer Packing Series #1

What’s in my make-up bag on vacation?

Packing for any trip can be daunting, but how can you decide what make-up products are most important to bring on vacation without lugging your entire collection?  It’s important to think about the season, your destination and what you will be doing to help sort out what to bring.  Also, if you separate your products into categories as I have below, that can also help you stay on track.  I recently returned from a week at the Jersey shore, and want to share what I brought along.  It turned out to be the perfect amount of items; I didn’t forget anything and didn’t over pack!

Face

Most days I used the CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 followed by IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC cream SPF 50.  If I’m just going out to grab a coffee or for a walk and don’t want a full face of make-up, I just put on my Obagi tinted SPF 50 sunscreen lotion and go!  For more recommendations on SPF you can check out that blog post here.   For concealer, I use two – Maybelline Age Rewind and Tarte shape Tape.  The combination of these two in my undereye area is perfect!  I set the face with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye pores pressed powder.  It is very travel friendly and is great at keeping skin from looking oily and giving a flawless airbrushed look to the skin.  For bronzer I used NARS Laguna that I have in a palette with Hot Sand highlight.  The two in one is great for travel!  My favorite summer blush is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in the shade “Tipsy.”  It gives the perfect corally-peach flush and it’s goof proof!  I never can put too much on.

Eyes

I brought one eye palette, the e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2.  This is a great travel-friendly size and has all the neutral warm shades I love that can make many great summery looks!  If I was going out to dinner, I’d do a whole look with it, but for a quick look, I’d just use a little light brown color in my crease and I’d be done!  If you want to know my other e.l.f. cosmetics favorites, you can check out that post here.  The elf palette has a black and dark brown color which can be used as eyeliner, but I also threw the Estee Edit Inside Track Eye Kajal in 02 Bold Bordeaux.  This is a double ended liner with the bordeaux color on one side (beautiful for green or hazel eyes) and a cream color on the other which I use to brighten my lower water line and inner corner of the eye.  This is the quickest and easiest way to make you look awake and alert.  (Another mini palette that’s great for travel is the Tartelette tease palette.  It has six shadows and is no bigger than a credit card holder.)  For my brows, I never leave home without Anastasia’s Brow Wiz.  For mascara, I am currently loving Tarte’s Maneater.  It’s not waterproof but I usually don’t care for waterproof formulas in general.  For my other favorite mascaras, you can check out this post.

Lips

I packed a couple of neutral options and one brighter option.  Tarte has a line of lipsticks called color splash lipsticks in a gorgeous turquoise tube!  I have the colors “Daiquiri” (coral) and “Sunkissed” (neutral pinky peach).  I also have my Kokie cosmetics liquid lipstick Lip Poudre in the shade “Infamous.”  For more recommendations on Kokie cosmetics, click here.  I brought one lip pencil that works with all the shades – it’s Urban Decay’s 24/7 glide on lip pencil in the shade “Liar.”  This is the softest, smoothest pencil I have used and it really helps to keep your lipstick from fading.

Tools

Of course my beauty sponge needs to come wherever I am!  As for brushes, I try to keep that simple too.  I have some travel brushes that I have had for years, but basically bring a couple of eye brushes, one to set powder and highlight, and one for blush/bronzer.

Ready to Go!

So there you have it!  I’ve worked to streamline the basics which really had me feeling organized and prepared for anything on my beach vacation.  Stay tuned for future blogs on packing  that will include packing clothes and beach bags for vacation!   Wherever you are headed this summer, I wish you happy packing and fun adventures!

 

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