I always look to the runways for beauty inspiration and ideas of new ways to wear my hair or makeup. This season, it was all about minimal makeup and one of two extremes in hair – statement or polished and simple. Here are 5 Spring 2015 Fashion Week beauty looks to try now.
I use a lot of beauty products on a daily basis. A year ago, it was mostly makeup and hair products, but now that I’m working for a skincare company I’m using a full skincare regimen as well. All of this is typically way too much to bring along on any trip, so when I travel I have to make choices.
Of course on an extended plane trip (where I check in a bag) or when I take a road trip, I may throw in more. Or, if I’m having some skin issues, I’ll go ahead and pack my entire skincare regimen. But otherwise I rely on the necessities and take advantage of products like shampoo, conditioner, and face wash that the hotel or friend who I may be staying with has.
My travel beauty essentials meet my needs when I’m on the road. The first of these being that I tend to get lazy so I need easy solutions. Bad, I know. But it happens to all of us right? At those times, I rely on these products.
Rodan + Fields Eye Clothes: I discovered these clothes just recently working at Rodan + Fields*. What I love about it is that it is dual purpose as a makeup remover with added skincare benefits.
Drybar Detox Shampoo: A great dry shampoo is a necessity for the days I don’t want to wash my hair.
Because I’ve had so many bad experiences with my favorite powdered eyeshadows, blushes, and foundations shattering in transit, I avoid bringing those altogether. Instead, I stick with liquid form foundation and blush, bring a makeup setting spray, and keep my eyes simple with an eyeliner and mascara that can be layered to look dramatic for the evening. All of these are my favorites, travel or at home!
Bobbi Brown BB Cream
Tarte Cheek Stain in Pink Coral
Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray
MAC Penultimate Eyeliner
Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
Lastly, when it comes to my daily beauty must-haves (lipstick, hair styler, perfume), I walk away from the many options I have at home depending on my outfit, mood, or whatever may come up and select just one of each for my travel bag.
Maybelline Lipstick in Continuous Cranberry: Someone gave this to me recently, and it is the perfect summer color. It is a vibrant berry and goes with pretty much everything, day to night.
Sebastian Professional Taming Elixir Cream Styler: I was introduced to this styling product when I worked on Sebastian, and it has a great balance of conditioning and hold especially for my frizzy, curly hair. It has enough hold for when I want to let my curls loose and it also has a heat protectant if I want to fix my curls or straighten. It doesn’t come in a travel size, but easy to transfer into a smaller bottle for the plane.
Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball: This is a classic floral scent that works for any occasion.
Do you have any travel beauty secrets? What are your travel essentials? Let me know in the comments below.
*I currently work for Rodan+Fields. The comments above (and anything else you’ll find on this site) are my own opinions and not reflective of that of the company.
When it comes to writing about products on this blog, I like to follow the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all” policy. But with the amount of hype around the new Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Push-Up Liner, I feel obligated to share my less than amazing experience.
As you probably know, I love Benefit Cosmetics. The products are so fun and always deliver what they promise. My absolute favorite Benefit product is the ‘They’re Real’ Mascara. It gives more volume and length compared to any other mascara I’ve tried (YSL, Dior, Lancome, you name it). So, I was really excited when I heard about the new liner! Though I have practiced enough to apply eyeliner pretty well, I know that it can be difficult for most of us. The idea of a ‘lash-hugging’ liner made me believe that the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ liner would be really easy to apply very close to the lashes for a very natural eye popping effect, similar to that of my minimalist eye makeup tutorial.
Not quite. After pushing up the eyeliner, I went to apply it and bam. Something broke off of the pen – a dried out chunk of gel. Frustrated and disappointed, I went ahead and pushed some more. There was so much gel coming out that I could only apply a very thick amount of eyeliner. Not exactly the look I was going for and didn’t experience anything ‘lash-hugging’. As a marketer, I should have known better to fall for that!
The awesome thing about makeup versus something like hair is that when you don’t get the look you want, you can easily just remove your makeup and start from scratch. So I gave the eyeliner a few additional tries. At the end, I couldn’t get the same “close to the lashes” application that I’m able to with the uber precise MAC Penultimate that I’ve been using for years. Ultimately, I settled on a much thicker application with the Benefit one.
Not all was bad though – the big win with the Benefit eyeliner was that the angled applicator made it really easy to add winged ends for a subtle cat eye – something that I often struggle with. It’s a look I rarely go for though, so I’ll be sticking to my MAC eyeliner. Oh, and Benefit is not exaggerating by calling this long-wearing. It may actually be TOO long wearing; it took me a lot of makeup remover to get rid of all of the eyeliner and I still woke up with a raccoon eye the next morning! Maybe that is why they also have their own ‘They’re Real’ Makeup Remover?
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a close to the lash, precise application for a natural everyday look, I recommend MAC Penultimate.
If you’re looking for an easier way to apply a dramatic, thick, and possibly ‘cat eye’ eyeliner, I recommend trying the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Eyeliner.
In case you’re curious to try it out yourself, Sephora is currently having an online only promotion where you can get a free sample of the Benefit ‘they’re real’ eyeliner with a purchase of $25 or more (click here and use the code PUSHUP).