I love my beauty trunks as there are a number of goodies that are in there for any given situation. Since I'm always receiving mascaras, eyeshadows and more prior to their release, I know that whatever look I'm going for is bound to be in one of cases! With that said, sometimes I go for what speaks to me in theory - it's not even lifestyle specific. Right now I'm definitely loving a few pieces that will be included in future outings from traveling, brunch and just being out and about.
My inspiration comes from this fabulous multi colored cocktail ring which reminds me of a kaleidoscope from Sharon Khazzam who is known for her one of a kind pieces. I love a great ring and many of you know that it's my signature without a doubt. This ring has a number of colors in it which also inspired me when I'm thinking of looking great for whatever the occasion happens to be.
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Last week, I attended HSN's Oz Preview which had a number of brands that had created products for the launch of the movie which is coming out on Friday (so excited). Urban Decay created two kinds of color palettes and I have been loving the one I received which embodies Glinda the Good Witch! The collection comes with eyeshadows, eyeliner and a lip pencil. It's such a great number of hues and I love that everything (minus the lip pencil) can be stored within the case. Another eyeshadow favorite (which is perfect for smoky eyes) of mine is Sue Devitt and although I have the purple version of this, the green Marine Minerals is definitely on trend and a great series of hues to have. Another eyeshadow that I love is YSL's Ombre in Topaz Blue! When I feel that it's a bit bright, I love blending it in with charcoal. Another beauty fave that pulls tones of the ring into this selection is Deborah Lippmann's Ruby Slippers which is a rich garnet with a bit of shimmer.
Obviously great skin is maintained skin! I LOVE cleansing wipes and have a number of brands I use that are amazing in a number of ways. I also carry a to go version with me as there are times where I have to change from one makeup look to another - these Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes are perfect! I think it can never be said enough but SPF regardless of whether the sun is out, regardless of the season and DEFINITELY regardless of your skin tone is an essential. I just started trying out Murad's Age-Proof Suncare Oil Free Sunblock. I love that it has pom in it and is great coverage for the skin.
Nothing is better then having your faves at your fingertips. I have a number of products that I love or those that I would want to gift. One of the items I love gifting and can't wait to gift to a few of our fab readers is Stivectin's Beauty Pack! To be honest, I don't use a lot of the Strivectin porducts with the exception of Instant Retexturizing Scrub - I love little beads moisturizing your face and when you're on camera, constantly traveling, etc this is a nice way to baby your skin! But I know that many people are concerned about preventing and attacking wrinkles and so I think that the beauty pack is an essential to those who are ready to fight remaining beauty! In addition, let us know what your fave revitalizing product is and we will give you a beauty pack from Strivectin! This is a week long giveaway.
Now more items that I love, Jane Iredale is amazing to keep my lips scrubbed and who wouldn't love the brown sugar that is left behind? Now last week we included Amala's Handbag Essentials within Kimmie's Gimmies and I have to say that I am a super fan without a doubt! Amala is something that is always on me when I'm running around the city as well as traveling. So having this super cute pack that includes a Hydrating Hand Cream, Rejuvenating Hand Cream and Soothing Lip Salve. All are meant to beautify! Finally, my day CAN'T start without my Clarisonic. You can use the facial cleanser that comes within the box or your favorite but after charging you can put a drop on this mechanism and rub your skin without fearing that you're being too rough on your skin and it's always clean when complete! It's super light and I can't remember how I ensured that my face was squeaky clean without it!
Later on tomorrow night, I'll be back in NYC but for now I'm enjoying my business trip which has brought me to the DR. I may enjoy rocking maxis when the weather is warm but as the chill sets in - here are 4 pieces that are a must as I'm on my way back home. I love the above look as I can run to meetings, Editor's appointments and drinks later on without worrying about whether my look will work. I live for tanks and when it comes to layering up, I love having a tank that fits slightly loose. It looks fab when paired with a blazer but if it gets warm, you can simply wear it with your leggings and I love knowing that it covers my pants to the hip. The blazer is fab as it always pulls your look together and you can rock a cute necklace or even a series of cuff to complete everything. Finally, a pair of peep toe pumps in patent leather makes you NY chic and ready! Whether you're rocking leather leggings or a ruched pair, this is a fun essential to have. There are so many ways to play up this look whether you swap a blazer with one that has sequins or suede - always fun or whether you want to integrate more color.
I have products that I use all the time whether I'm home or I'm traveling. Then I have products I use when I am about to go on or have come back on a trip. These products generally also find there way on my trips as well. I think it's important to prep your body when you're traveling whether it's a vacation, press tours, etc. Then when you come back (based on the length of time of your trip) your body should be pampered as traveling is always an experience. Like many of my blogger associates, I find myself in the mix of press trips and tours where you travel for weeks at a time and in between make a pit stop home. When this season hits I find that you have to pamper yourself while you're away.
Above are a series of products that are available from of one of my fave websites Smallflower. By taking these items with me I feel that like I'm at home and yet being able to experience items that I normally don't when I am in my own bathroom. I love getting massages and many times I will bring my own with me so thankfully, I have started using Lavendar Body Oil by Kneipp! Although I love trying various soaps that are offered by the hotels I stay at, I also love (during the fall) Caswell-Massey's Black Currant Soap. It has such a rich smell and I love using it when I take a shower at night to make it easier to sleep. When I travel, I love to experience as much as I can and when it is a press trip it's late nights and early mornings. Thankfully, I started using Orange Blossom Energizer by Annemarie Borlind which is a great way to wake your face up and to make you look refreshed and not like you might have had one too many cocktails from the night before! Citrus is always a good thing to bring into your beauty routine. Finally, I'm a fan of Rosebud Perfume Company and I love changing it up from the classic Rosebud so when I travel, you'll see me carrying Mocha Rose! It's my last day in Cancun and in a few days I will be in the Dominican Republic but it's nice to know when I travel my vanity comes with me and it allows me to play with new items!
I have to say that I have a number of necessities but I love having the above coming with me on my trip as I flight out today! I love bringing my steamer as I'm always bound to bring something that doesn't travel well and I hate trying to use an iron when this is easier. When I was little we used to travel with a mini iron so I love that this is apart of my travel musts when I head out! Usually I whiten my teeth everyday but when I travel, I actually do it twice in one day! Also when I'm away from the city, I go out even more if that is even imaginable so I love having my soothing eye mask so I look dewy everyday! In addition, I love my softening socks. If I'm going to more things then that means that I'm in heels a lot longer and I want to look refreshed as a total package so these are definite essentials for me!
Traveling can be quite an issue. There is the packing, making sure that everything is in the right container and now we have to pack things that make the actual flight bearable. With that being said, one of my favorite luggage brands - Bric's is always a good place to start when it comes to having pieces that are easy to identify when you're in baggage claim. If you have standard black luggage (raising my hand), then look for tags that will make your bag pop! I love having colors and this is definitely an easy and reasonably priced way to go about this.
When you're on the flight, how about this cute Juicy Couture set with a neck rest and an eye mask! What a great way to bring in some color (don't forget a blanket as well) and for those who like to bring their favorite beverage how about this cute plastic flask from the Container Store. For those that will pass on this, you can always have this for the beach later on! Finally, how about these cute candles from Bond No. 9 that are perfect for traveling. After all the chaos it'll be nice to have a scent from home (and it comes in a great box). Enjoy these great ideas and think about what you will have when you're prepping for vacation!
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