Archive for the ‘Travel Beauty’ Category

The Big Moisturizer Experiment
January 10, 2010

Why do I think it’s a good idea to do makeup/face cleanser/moisturizer experiments when I have to actually go somewhere to go to work? I work at home most of the time. Why doesn’t it occur to me to try something new when I am going to be at home, with no one around but the dogs? That would make way more sense than before I head off to speak in front of two hundred people. But whatever.

For the past couple of months I have been using Korres Watermelon Lightweight Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30. It is all natural and organic, which is what I am trying to move toward with all of my skincare. Prior to this I used the tinted moisturizer from Dermalogica, but it has parabens and other terrible stuff in it so I went searching for something better for my skin. Immediately I liked several things about the Korres moisturizer. It smells good, is organic, was reasonably priced, didn’t irritate my skin, and at first seemed to work pretty well. Then I realized (especially as I got farther away from my summer tan and my skin got paler) that the color was kind of….yellow. And it dried really fast on my skin so if I got too much somewhere I had to fix it immediately or it dried in place. And the coverage was more than I needed, so much so that I got the yellow line on my neck.

However, because I didn’t want to waste it, I decided to get a non-tinted moisturizer that didn’t dry so quickly and try mixing them together. I bought the Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer after trying it out at Sephora. The two mixed like a dream, giving me the color, consistency, sheerness, and drying time that I wanted. However after I put it on my face would get really warm for a minute, and I was worried I was having some kind of reaction.

So fast forward to my last day in Manila, getting ready for work. I decide, hey, maybe I should just put on the Juice Beauty moisturizer and see if that’s the problem. Genius, right? So I get it on, and sure enough, my face turns red and gets warm. Issue discovered! Then, before I can really worry about it, the warmth and redness fades and I begin to look like myself again, albeit with a slightly less even skin tone than I have after using my tinted moisturizer. I went to get dressed and give my moisturizer a chance to dry, then I went back to finish my makeup. And the  moisturizer had not dried, not at all. It was sitting on my face like oil on water. Um, not good. I have approximately 7 minutes before I have to walk out the door and no makeup or shoes on. I frantically grab tissues and start blotting like crazy. I end up getting most of the goop off my face, and getting a shortened makeup regimen done before slipping into my shoes and running out the door.

Lesson learned: the Korres is too drying, the Juice Beauty is too wet, but together they are perfect. The warm face goes away pretty quickly, so I should be okay doing this from now on.  And don’t , for heaven’s sake, do makeup experiments before work anymore. Let the dogs be the judge of how well something is working!

Thanks for listening.

Gift Guide for the Road Warriorette in Your Life
December 16, 2009

Finding presents for the people you love can be tricky. But never fear! Road Warriorette is here to give you a few suggestions for the lady traveler in your life.

Suitcase

The one thing required for all overnight trips. Ogio luggage is lightweight, durable, and the pockets will expand to amazing proportions. Mine fits into all overhead luggage carriers on normal sized airplanes.

Travel Kit and Travel Bottles

I love these Aveda travel bottles. I have used them for years and they have never leaked or broken. It’s nice to have a pump and varying shapes as well. Of course, you can’t send the cute green bag through security (make-up case anyone?), but you can pop the Aveda bottles into this clear, TSA-approved quart size bag that is infinitely more durable then that holey zipoc bag your loved one has been carrying around. And here is yet another super cute option for travel bottles! Great stocking stuffers.

Noise Canceling Headphones

There are a ton of great ones on the market. Here is a comprehensive review from CNet of top brands and a range of prices.

Pashmina

I don’t need to make another post about the Pashmina and all of its wonderful uses. Just know that it would be a perfect  gift for your favorite traveler.

Travel Purse or Briefcase

This beautiful (but pricey!) Tumi bag is a great example of functionality, shape, and attractiveness in a carry-on bag. However other (less expensive) bags would be great as well.

Business Card Holder

One of my favorite blogs gives a range of pretty choices in a range of options. Good for all people with business cards, not just travelers!

Travel Yoga Tools

I would be lost on the road without my yoga. Here is a great, lightweight version of my everyday mat so your favorite traveling lady can get through her asanas without slipping on the floor on a hotel towel (been there, it’s not awesome). Another great travel-friendly option is the Manduka Equa Towel from Lulu Lemon.

Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

The book about our lives! I will watch the movie before I read the book, but I hope someone gets me this for Christmas 🙂

Kindle

I don’t have a Kindle but I want one! Don’t pack 10 books for a two-week trip, just take your Kindle. Genius.

Travel Document Holder

Great for the traveler who is flying internationally on a regular basis. Keep your boarding pass and your passport together!  And this one is so bright, it will never get lost in the depths of your bag.

Travel care kit—Emergen-C, eyemask, earplugs

A few travel necessities can make a great stocking stuffer!

Travel Toiletries
December 11, 2009

This is one of those tough situations. It is so hard to feel beautiful while traveling, but it is one of the most important times! When you have to worry about remembering all of your presentation, your giveaways, and all the little details of working in a place NOT your office; or when dealing with the constant hassle of airline travel–you don’t want to have to worry about your hair, or if your makeup looks right.  (Or, like this week, it rained heavily all the days that you traveled. sigh)

This means that one of the trickiest things about traveling a lot is condensing all of your toiletries into 3 oz containers and then fitting them into a tiny little one-quart bag. It’s enough that we have to cut down on the number of shoes we bring, but the toiletries too? I know some people have just never adapted, and choose to check their bags even though it’s a pain. Just like packing your clothes, it forces you to make choices and only take what you truly need.

I have three small bags for my toiletries—one for makeup, one for non-liquid items, and the plastic quart-size bag for my liquids.  I have found that packing a few smaller bags is easier that trying to cram one larger one into not a lot of room.  I’m not going to talk too much about makeup—you know what you need to feel beautiful and polished, so take those things and figure out a way to make it fit into a small bag.  Below is my list for what I take for the other two bags. Change it around to suit your needs, but know that it can be done—a woman can take all the toiletries she needs in two small bags.

Non-liquids

  • Toothbrush
  • Contacts case
  • Glasses
  • Razor
  • Comb

Liquids–travel sizes (3 oz or less) of all

  • Face wash
  • Contact solution
  • Body wash (from a hotel)
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant (full size—I can’t find a travel size of my favorite deodorant)
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tinted moisturizer
  • Hair smoother

Next time I will give recommendations of which toiletries I use, and love. Have a great weekend everybody!!

DFW has what??
November 10, 2009

This morning I was walking (okay, running) through Terminal C in DFW when something so amazing, so important, so impossibly exciting caught my eye that I skidded to a stop. What is this incredible vision, you ask? Yes, my friends, DFW now has a Sephora vending machine.

If you have read any of my previous posts you know that I love Sephora. I spend lots of time and money there. Makeup, shampoo, face cleansers….everything you need to be beautiful is there. And now they have the mini version in a vending machine at DFW airport.

It has everything a girl on the go needs (and might have forgotten at home). All the necessities! Makeup, shampoo, face cleansers….it is like all of the best products from the store distilled into one perfect place. There are also full kits available in case you forgot all of your stuff, from makeup kits to hair product kits to face kits. All in precious travel sizes.

The world of airport vending machines is no longer dominated by Best Buy and Netflix. Now the girls get something too! Next time I am in Terminal C I will stop by to say hi, look longingly at all the fun stuff, and maybe take a picture.  Maybe I’ll get really lucky and forget something in Salt Lake City and need to buy something! Fun, fun times.