Thursday, February 8, 2018

Travel Beauty - Houston Jan 2018

travel beauty

There's really nothing super exciting and sexay here. My beauty products are similar to my style, mostly accessible products with some fancy stuff thrown in. I travel carry-on only, so I decant the lotions and cleansers into small bottles. And then I will buy makeup wipes and sheet masks specifically for travel.

2 weeks before I traveled a nice little cystic bump decided to appear on my forehead. And my trusty Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask saved me again, so I avoided having to schedule a full on chemical peel. So much ado for a 48 hour vacation.


Aveeno Positively Radiant cleanser: Uniformly Dressed mentioned this to me. A no frills, creamy cleanser. Also the formula is interestingly holographic, if you get excited about that sort of thing.

Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum: A reliable product that gives me glowy skin and plumps my smile lines.

Cerave PM + Mac Prep Prime Natural Radiance (Yellow): mixed these two in the a pot.

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30: I still love Neutrogena Clear Face, but I discovered this a month ago and I absolutely love it. It's also a drugstore dupe for the lovey but pricey Dermalogica MediBac Oil Free Matte SPF 30.     

Smashbox BB Water (Medium/Dark): I've had this bottle forever now, because I rarely "do" makeup and when I do I mix a drop into my sunscreen.

LA Girl Pro Concealer (Pure Beige): I'm not remotely consistent about concealing the death underneath my eyes because one side of my face takes makeup beautifully and the other side tells me to go f myself. I know this concealer is sooo 2 years ago, but this was a backup purchased over a year ago that I just took out of the plastic seal.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (Transparent): Light dust over t-zone and mainly to set underneath the eyes on concealer days with the RT Setting Brush.

NARS Contour Blush (Paloma) + RT Blush Brush: I only use the blush side. This pulls auburn on me and I like the diffused sun flushed look this gives. I also blend this into my crease and I have no idea what I'm doing. My eyelids naturally turn kind of auburnish so it's very subtle and not noticeable.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (Travel Size)

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray

Yes To Coconuts Lip Balm

NARS Morocco Lipstick


    Lubriderm SPF 15 Lotion

    Margiela Replica By The Fireplace: I have the men's "Discovery Set" (check Sephora stores), which comes with vials of By The Fireplace, Jazz Club, and At the Barber's.


    Ulta On the Go Micellar Wipes (not shown): I really like these. I think they're being discontinued, since I found it on clearance in the store.

    Sunday Riley Good Genes + Tony Moly Master Lab Ceramide Sheet Mask: this combination did some kind of magic. Because I swear I woke up looking shockingly beautiful in morning.

    John Frieda Dream Curls Spray


    What's in your travel makeup bag?

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    Packing for Houston, TX – Jan 2018

    Houston Jan 2018
    same airport as before

    There’s something about an upcoming trip that gives me the itch to buy something new. In the past, this has led to over packing and duplication in a wardrobe that is already very similar. For my recent trip to Houston, I somehow resisted the urge to buy something new. Don’t get me wrong, I shopped, I browsed, I tried on, but ultimately kept my wallet shut. Vigilantly checking the weather forecast curbed the “need” for new scarves and sweaters. And also having an eye-rolling inner voice helps, “I’m going on vacation for 2 days, so of course I need a new wardrobe.”

    It seems I’m getting the hang of this packing sensibly business. I even packed 1 day in advance. While I can’t say I was entirely comfortable being in Houston, at least I was warm, dry, and stylish. I stuck to my tried and true formula of a simple base layers and interesting sweaters/outerwear. The items featured below are either exact or very similar to what I have:

    Houston Jan 2018

    • Samsonite/Alexander McQueen croc-embossed luggage
    • Kenneth Cole New York black crossbody camera bag (after 12 years, I need to get it repaired). 
    • BCBGeneration black coat 
    It seems post travel I realize the holes in my wardrobe or gadgets. That's how I ended up with my 2 beloved BCBGen coats, Bric's luggage, and a new camera. This time around, I can see the need for those portable battery chargers and more Heattech tops. Also, would you be interested in seeing the beauty products I traveled with? Mine are not immensely interesting, but I enjoy seeing other people's.

    Do you purchase new clothes prior to traveling, make do, or are confident that you already have what you need?

    Site of the Moment (1.30)

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