My Favorite Travel-Sized Beauty Products

I’ve been on the road much of this summer so I’ve learned how to pack efficiently (more on that here) and also figured out which beauty products are must haves for me when it comes to packing up. When Ulta asked me to share my favorite products to take on vacation I jumped at the chance as I was prepping my suitcase to come out to California where I am now.

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I was thrilled to find the variety Ulta’s website carries for travel size – for hair, skincare and makeup and many of the products I already swear by were all available in travel size.

I don’t know about you but I’ve been that girl anxiously buying things at the drugstore from the travel size section and its none of the products that I really like. Which is why I was excited to shop at Ulta. They have favorite brands of mine like Living Proof, Urban Decay, Benefit and Mario Badescu among others.

Packing for your next vacation just got a lot easier. Here are some of my favorites to bring on the road…

Dermalogica Face Wash

This is a great face wash for use on the road. The size is enough for a week or more of travel and is gentle so it won’t mess with your regular routine.

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Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer

I swear by this eye shadow primer every day (my eye lids tend to be oily and can cause eye liner and eye shadow to look like it is melting off #sexy) and love having it in a handy smaller size for trips. A good tip: put it on your hand before using your finger tip to dab it onto your eyelid for more control in how much you use.

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Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

I’ve long been obsessed with the Naked palettes but this basics one is perfect for travel when you’re not going to be wearing much eye makeup (particularly in the summer). It’s just a few shades that you need for everyday wear and the palette is perfectly compact.

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Those pesky zits that can pop up after long flights or leading up to that time of the month can be the worst so I was so excited to discover Mario Badescu was making their famed drying lotion in a plastic bottle (vs. glass) so you can pack it in your suitcase and not worry about mishaps!

Almay Eye Makeup Remover Pads

I use these even when not on the road but love that Ulta has a travel size that has enough pads for at least two weeks of travel. You no longer have to worry about lugging around a bigger package or – god forbid – cotton balls and a bottle of liquid eye makeup remover. No thanks!


Do you have any products perfect for on the road?

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Everything Worth Buying at the Nordstrom Sale Before It’s Over

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is set to end this week which means if you haven’t shopped yet for the must-have Fall pieces, you are missing out!

I took the guess work out of going page by page for the sale and below is everything I think that is still worth considering! (Shockingly there’s still plenty of inventory – well done Nordstrom buyers – so definitely check out the below!) Prices go up Monday so don’t delay!

My all time favorite leggings:

A MAC Brush Set perfect for travel:

A I-don’t-have-anything-to-wear dress (that comes in 3 colors!):

A classic pair of riding boots you’ll wear for forever:

A Kate Spade bag you’ll wear with everything:

Sperry Boots because, obviously:

Hanky Pankys because they hardly ever go on sale:

A Clarisonic because if you don’t already have one, be prepared for your world to be rocked:

Rag & Bone boots (which also rarely go on sale and happen to be the most comfortable shoes I own):

This curling wand because it rocks:

This sleek watch:

Mario Badescu Skincare because it is the great stuff ever:

This bracelet set because it is perfect for any gift-giving opps for girlfriends that you have coming up:

Neutral booties you can pair with both dresses and pants:

This classic Tory Burch bag you can wear with so many things:

Happy shopping!

Simplifying Your Summer Beauty Routine

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With summer in full swing (hello, humidity!) I have recently been taking steps to simplify my beauty routine. Ain’t nobody need a lot of makeup on their face giving their pores a mild heart attack. So today I’m sharing a few ways to simplify your beauty routine when it is hot, hot, HOT out.

Choose products that do double duty.

The Cynthia Rowely beauty sticks were one of the best Birchbox discoveries I had. I have both the pink and the bronze. I sweep the pink on my cheeks and also dab it on my lips. They are also lightweight and perfectly sheer.

Go for more sheer eye shadows & skip eyeliner.

Don’t go heavy on your eyes in the summer. Rely on a few sweeps of Stila’s Kitten applied with the Eco Tools shadow brush from this darling set that is perfect for travel and then layer on mascara (this is my favorite.) By avoiding eye liner you’ll also avoid that dreaded smear-effect that can happen to your liner when you overheat. Also I highly recommend this Buxom eye-shadow set – it is customizable so you can pop out the individual shadows and swap them out when you travel. File under: #Brilliance.

Avoid foundation at all costs.

Don’t clog your pores. Sweat + foundation = skin disasters (in my experience.) In summer I switch out foundation for a lightweight tinted moisturizer for days when I’m shooting or am going out at night and need a bit more staying power on my face. I love Laura Mercier’s. Make sure to smooth it and blend it with the proper brush. It’s light but provides just enough hydration and coverage. (and in case you’re interested, more on properly washing your face here.)

And last but not least, don’t forget to set your newly simplified look with a makeup setting spray. It’s like a secret weapon for hot days.

What are your favorite tips for summer beauty?


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