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Top Travel Favorites

You may have heard by now that I’ve got quite a big trip coming up – six cities in 18 days driving across Italy: definitely the most intense traveling I’ve done since I completely fell in love with makeup a few years ago. I’ll be sharing what’s in my makeup bag while I’m away, but in the meantime wanted to share some of my favorite pieces for when I’m on the go. I don’t usually take a minimalist approach when traveling, but you might, so here are my top eight picks for anywhere but here.

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cava – I’ve never been one for multi-use stick products, I never ever reach for the eyeshadow sticks I’ve accumulated over the years, but something about this one… I absolutely love. The formula is beautifully creamy without being sticky, it’s pigmented but still buildable (and super blendable), and Cava is a perfect match for me whether I use it for eyeshadow, blush, or lipstick.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel in 01 Opal – In the short time I’ve owned this, I’ve already mentioned it multiple times both on Instagram and in previous blog posts (I even did a full on review). Clearly I’m a fan. This sheer to medium coverage gel is perfect for daily adventures, but is totally appropriate for evening glam too. The SPF30 will keep you covered in the daytime and the super natural finish will help keep you looking flawless all night.

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What’s in My Makeup Bag: Weekend Edition

Usually when it comes to travel, I do not mess around with my makeup. I bring anything and everything I want to make sure all my bases are covered, especially when it’s a long trip or weddings are involved (more often than you can imagine these past few years). This time however, we were just off for a weekend in Seattle to hang out with Nick’s brother so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share a much more reasonable “weekend edition” of what’s in my makeup bag.

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For most “categories” of makeup, you should be able to get by with just one product. For me, that includes:

  • Face Primer – Just one here, the super moisturizing Too Faced Hangover RX to help prep skin and keep my makeup looking better, longer.
  • Eye Primer – My Holy Grail go-to, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, I love that it provides some coverage for any redness and veins on my eyelids (if you’re more warm-toned, the Soft Ochre shade is also really popular).
  • Foundation – I opted for the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua this time, my “special occasion foundation”. It leaves a nice, natural finish on the skin and the bottle is plastic, so it’s perfect for travel. I use the shade BR12.
  • Concealer – I’ve been favoring my MAC Pro Longwear a lot lately, but the Mineralize Concealer is in a plastic tube (and has a brush applicator) so that’s what came along. I use the shade NW15.
  • Setting Powder – The usual, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. It’s so finely milled that it doesn’t add any texture to my skin, and it doesn’t add any coverage either, just a sheer and light powder to prevent my makeup from creasing.
  • Contour – I don’t use it much, but it’s good to have on hand. Sometimes you just need to add a bit of dimension back to the face. I love the Sephora Collection Contour powder in Tranquil.
  • Mascara – Benefit’s They’re Real! Definitely in my top three all-time favorite mascaras, and the mini tube is perfect for travel. It’s volumizing, lengthening, and defining – an all-in-one that gets it all right.
  • Brow Product – Currently enjoying the ColourPop brow pencil in Dope TaupeIt’s small, affordable, easy to use, and has a built-in spoolie on the other end. (This “group” did get an extra in the form of brow gel – the packaging is so tiny that I brought along both Benefit’s Gimme Brow and a deluxe sample of the Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel. I used them all.)
  • Setting Spray – MAC Fix+ always and forever, it helps meld all the products together so my skin looks natural, not cakey.

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Travel Beauty: Skin Savers

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It doesn’t matter if your skin is super oily or dry as a desert, a day of travel wreaks havoc on your face. While you can’t completely prevent this from happening, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage. As a West Coast transplant with tons of family and friends back east, I’m practically a pro at safeguarding my skin through a full day of flying. Here are a few of the things I do to prevent total annihilation of my skin, from the day before to the night after.

The Day Before:

This is going to come up a lot, but: water water water! Being well-hydrated is arguably the number one most important skincare rule in the universe. Drink lots of water. It’s basically like moisturizing your whole body, from the inside out. If you hate drinking water, or you just forget to do it, and all the things you know about drinking water aren’t enough – just think of your skin! Water helps keep your skin looking youthful and plump, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Please note, water alone cannot cure or prevent the natural signs of aging, but it may help slow down the process and look less obvious. The usual recommendation is eight glasses per day, but I prefer to just use a big water bottle or mason jar. If you’ve got quart-sized mason jars at home, try to drink two or three every day – but especially when preparing for travel.

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My Collection: Travel Essentials

Okay okay, I’m not going to lie to you – I’m using the term essential veeery loosely here. Some items are a “must,” but many are just a “want” because I like to be prepared for anything – especially when traveling back to my hometown for special events like weddings and birthdays. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m back in Philly this week for a small stomping grounds reunion and a major wedding in NY, so here’s everything I brought with me for a few nights out with my closest friends, two separate looks for the wedding ceremony (daytime) and reception (evening), plus The Boyfriend’s birthday the very next day. I guess you can call this the “special occasions” version of my travel essentials.

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