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Monthly Archives : June 2015

Father’s Day Shaving Kit Essentials

fathers day shaving kit essentials

We hope you thoroughly spoiled mom with lots of lavish gifts on Mother’s Day. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the men in our lives. Put down those ties and boxers and get dad something he really wants and needs.

Though beards have become a bit of a thing in the past few years, shaving will never go out of style…and therefore neither will quality shaving products. Finding the perfect combination of shaving essentials that best suits a specific skin type can be tricky, and many men can’t be bothered with tricky skin care issues. Travel Beauty is here to “shave the day” by building a soup-to-nuts skin care and shaving supply kit, perfect for gifting. Spoil your favorite man (or yourself!) with our top-notch tools and smoothing, soothing products. He’ll never suffer through a scathing shave again.

A Great Shave Starts With a Clean Slate

Men’s skin produces more oil and sweat than women’s, so proper cleansing is important. The gentle yet effective B. Kamins Laboratories Vegetable Cleanser is the perfect pre-shave skin care step to start your shave with a totally clean slate. For a more robust cleaning, Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser is a great all-natural choice. Follow the wash with Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. These travel-friendly, use anytime/anywhere cleansing and toning wipes are saturated with Ursa Major’s 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic. 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic is a potent skin care cure-all that removes oil and grime, dissolves dead skin, clears blocked pores, and combats blemishes, razor bumps and ingrown hairs. These wipes can also be used post shave – a matter of preference! Use them regularly and they will deliver clearer, brighter, calmer skin.

Shaving Kit Essential: A Dream Cream

Your skin is now prepped and ready to be shaved. Even if your skin is not particularly sensitive, shaving can be harsh. Even those with sturdy skin can never go wrong with a shaving cream formulated for sensitive skin. Taylor of Old Bond Street Jermyn Street Collection Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin is a Travel Beauty favorite. It contains no parabens or allergens, making it especially suitable for even the most sensitive skin. A small amount easily works into a creamy lather that gives great glide and moisture; making a smooth shave a cinch every time.

Tools of the Trade: A Luxe Shaving Brush

Nothing upgrades your shave like a luxury handmade shaving brush. Using a shaving brush generates more lather, lifts the hair on your face, opens up your pores and naturally exfoliates your skin. All this leads to a closer shave with less irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. Taylor Of Old Bond Street Pure Badger Shaving Brush in Imitation Ivory Travel Case is handmade with the finest quality hair. Its convenient travel case makes it easy to take with you anywhere you go.

Post-shave Skin Soothers

After shaving, pores need closing and skin needs soothing. Given their soothing and hydrating properties, you can follow your shave with Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes. They will also help close up your pores. Lavido Hydrating Facial Toner and Vine Care Water are great fixes for nics.

Last, slather on some Taylor of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylors Luxury Aftershave Balm or Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm. These high-performance moisturizers, both paraben free, are the perfect solutions for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes (including ingrown hairs). The powerful formulas contain active natural ingredients like witch hazel, frankincense and lavender to instantly soothe any problem areas and leave skin comfortable, hydrated…not to mention, handsome.

The Cherry on His Sunday

But don’t stop there! Dad may not admit it, but he’s dying for an effective nose hair trimmer but doesn’t know where to find one. Travel Beauty to the rescue! Our favorite is Taylor of Old Bond Street Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer. This baby is neat and discreet and gets the job done.

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The Quest for Easy, Natural Makeup Application

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In my years as a professional makeup artist, I’ve found that certain beauty blunders transcend generations. Moms can be critical of their teen/young adult daughters’ harsh makeup application, but often Moms don’t know how to help or teach their daughters a better way because they’ve never learned themselves. It is time for your daughter to unplug her phone, tablet and computer and spend some quality time bonding with you over the ritual of applying makeup…correctly.

Trending on YouTube

The trend today is for young ladies to turn to YouTube beauty video queens who look more like drag queens, and itemize as many as 30 or 40 products to layer on to the tune of hundreds of dollars. It’s time for mothers and daughters to unite in the quest for easy, natural makeup application. With these simple tips, even Dad will approve!

Pro Makeup Tips & Fixes

HARSH EYELINER

When it comes to eyeliner, there is a thin (black) line between gorgeous and goth. Black liquid liner can easily look “needily” and harsh. Then there’s the trend of lining inner rims of eyes, which makes eyes look “beady” and dirty.

FIX

Using a tiny angle eyeshadow brush and eyeshadow liner upper right along lash line and using a lighter color shadow underneath will soften your look.

THICK, CLUMPY MASCARA

This is very much a trend right now and one that mothers hate! Styles like this that makeup artists create for fashion shows may work on the runway, but not in real life.

FIX

Mascara should be a formula that stays soft on the lashes. 2 coats of a lighter formula accentuates lashes without looking like a Vegas Showgirl.

FOUNDATION FAUX PAS

Using the wrong color foundation and/or too heavy of coverage is a common problem – for mothers and daughters. Most formulas are too yellow or orange. And many women apply too much and/or don’t blend it in well enough.

FIX

If using a liquid foundation, the key is to blend it in with a sponge or brush, not your fingers. Look for a formula with a hint of rose that looks fresher — or have one custom blended. You can also try a tinted moisturizer that is oil-free, with SPF and a light hint of color for natural looking coverage. B. Kamins BB Cream is a great one — particularly for teens and young adults. Its not chalky at all and contains just a hint of shimmer. (Fantastic for the summer!)

CAKEY POWDER FINISH

This results from using pressed powders with application sponges or cotton pad. Again, colors are usually too yellow or orange. The cakey finish accentuates pimples and breakouts. Not flattering!

FIX

Use a BIG powder brush with a pressed powder that has some pink in it. The bigger the brush, the sheerer it goes on. A matte powder is best since shimmery ones will again highlight breakouts.

DRUG STORE “PIMPLE CREAMS” and WASHES

These strip skin of natural oils and actually causes the skin to produce more oil, and leaves you very surface-dry. Makeup will not blend in over top.

FIX

Use a mild face wash — Lavido Purifying Face Cleanser, for example — and an oil-free moisturizer under makeup. Alchimie Forever Daily Defense Cream SPF 23 and Institut Esthederm Time Technology Cream are light and effective daily moisturizers. Teens often skip this step because they are worried it will make them break out, but the opposite is true. Also, using a scrub daily with salicylic acid will buff and polish the skin, help clear up and prevent breakouts and leave skin smooth for easier blending of foundation or tinted foundation/primer.

For natural eyeshadow shades that work for everyone and anyone and easy to use makeup brushes, check out my easy to use Paint By Numbers Kit.

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Your Best Summer Shaving Tips

your best summer shaving tips

I love the ease of summer dressing…throw a dress over my head and I’m done. I deeply appreciated this ease when I was very pregnant with my second child for most of the summer. I wore no maternity clothes — just easy, breezy (stretchy) dresses that effortlessly accommodated my spherical stomach, and still looked great once my son was “on the outside”. What a pleasure.

All. The. Shaving.

What was not a pleasure? All. The. Shaving. Made necessary by wearing dresses every day. So time-consuming, and with the astronomical price of razor blades, expensive! I also had to deal with my underarms: when I shaved every day the skin got so raw and irritated I had to gird my loins and say a prayer before applying deodorant. I made it my mission to shave so effectively that I could skip a day. Now, I’m just talking legs and underarms here; the bikini area should be waxed or lasered in my opinion. Here’s how I’m able to skip a shave…may these tips bring you smooth sailing, too!

Exfoliate First…But Gently!

I  am a well-know exfoliating enthusiast. And getting rid of any dead skin will certainly yield a closer shave. However! Shaving itself is very exfoliating, so you don’t want to run a razor over skin you just scrubbed like the dickens. It can lead to major redness and irritation…and it sure won’t tickle (I speak from experience here). A gentle body scrub applied with a light touch, or cleaning with an exfoliating body towel should do the trick.

Don’t Shave First Thing in the Morning

I know this is tough, as most of us shower  — and therefore shave — in the AM. But as you sleep, your legs swell slightly, which can cause hair to retreat back into the follicle. Know how your face can look puffy first thing in the morning? Same goes for your gams. Shaving in the afternoon or at night will allow you to get a closer shave, so if you can postpone your shave until later in the day, do.

Don’t Shave Your Legs as Soon as You Get in the Shower

Understandably, you want to get your morning routine underway, but it really is best to hang out in the shower or bath for about 10 minutes before you start shaving. This will soften the hair and open up follicles. But don’t wait too long! Your skin will start to wrinkle and swell, and it’ll then be harder to get a close shave. Also, water temperature is important! It should be warm; if it’s too chilly the hair won’t soften up and if it’s too hot it can dry out skin. Make the shower warm yet comfortable and you should be okay.

Are You Really Using Bar Soap to Shave?!

No matter how big a hurry you may be in, skip the temptation to shave with just water or with a soap or shower gel. Soap doesn’t create enough lubrication for your razor to glide easily over skin, which can lead to more cuts. Lather up your legs with a moisturizing shaving cream (I prefer creams to gels or foams, but it’s a matter of personal preference) to avoid nicks and cuts and to get a closer shave. In a pinch, hair conditioner will do just as good a job…in fact, we’ve been told by a very reputable source that Philip Kingsley Elasticizer makes a great shave cream! Though you don’t want to borrow your guy’s razor (see my last bullet point), you can borrow his shaving cream. I love shaving with Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream — it smells fantastic, gives me a close shave and never leaves my skin dry.

What’s the Best Direction to Shave?

If you have the time, shave down your leg before you shave up. On your first pass, shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg). Why? While shaving against the grain may get you a closer shave, it also increases the possibility of irritation, nicks, and cuts. Once your hairs are already very short, and the skin is warm and lubricated, going against the direction of hair growth is safer. Reapply your shave cream and shave again — against the direction of the hair growth. *ALSO*, rinse your razor after every run! It doesn’t matter how many blades that thing has; if they’re all clogged with hair, it can give a close shave. I like to blast mine with running water, rather than just shake it under water, as this really gets rid of any buildup.

Underarm Hair Grows in Every Direction!

You want to go over the area from several different angles. I apply my shave cream with my opposite hand (you want to be able to get a good grip with your other hand), and then use the hand of the arm I’m shaving under to pull the skin taut. Bend your arm and pull up right above where the hair starts growing. It sounds trickier than it is, and actually makes a huge difference in getting a close shave.

Are You Really Using Those One-blade Disposable Razors?!

You’re a big girl now, use a big girl razor. A single blade razor is fine in a pinch, like if you’re staying in a hotel and forgot to pack your razor, but for everyday use take my advice and invest in a five-blade razor. I LOVE Gillette Venus, especially the ones with the Olay moisturizing strip built in. They provide the smoothest results, letting you navigate tricky areas like your knees and ankles without nicking yourself. Those single-blade disposables are likelier to drag against the skin, and don’t give you nearly as close of a shave.

You’re Using Your Razor Blade HOW MANY Times?

Listen, I get it. Every time I buy razor blades I wonder when Hattori Hanzo became CEO of Gillette. Why…HOW are they $4 a pop?! But a nice razor is useless if you don’t change the cartridge at the first sign of dullness. For me this is usually about five to seven shaves. Old blades are not only less effective, but also more likely to cause bumps/redness and trap bacteria, which can potentially cause infections.

Don’t Shave with Your Guy’s Razor…

Unless you’re looking for a bathroom bloodbath. A lot of women think using a men’s razor is more effective, and it is, if you’re shaving a man’s face. A man’s razor is not designed to navigate a woman’s body, and the handle is completely inadequate — it’s too skinny and not rubbery enough — for the amount of water and lather a woman needs to shave her body in the shower. This makes it easy to lose your grip and cut yourself but GOOD. Steer clear.

After Your Shower

Show skin some extra love with an alcohol-free lotion. Emma Hardie Body Butter is fantastic! As much as I LOVE body oil, I try not to put it on freshly-shaved skin — I find it can lead to bumps. A nice lotion will help to lock in moisture and add a nice sheen to skin  — perfect for the short shorts of summertime!

Do you have any sharp shaving wisdom? Please share in the comments below!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Q & A With The Women Behind Sapelo Skin Care

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One of the benefits of working with niche brands is the opportunity to develop relationships with these brands’ founders. Case in point: I recently had the opportunity to speak with Stephanie Duttenhaver and Cindy Edwards, the lovely founders of Savannah, Georgia based Sapelo Skin Care.

Sapelo Skin Care is Travel Beauty’s latest luxury brand addition. We here at TBHQ instantly fell in love with Sapelo’s unique story and quintessentially Southern heritage: Two Southern women who developed the skin care products they wanted and needed for their own skin, drawing inspiration from the Southern marshes, tides, marine and plant botanicals and the legacy of beautiful Southern women.

A 3-Step, 28-Day Recovery System

This isn’t just a genius piece of marketing, though. All Sapelo products are developed, manufactured and filled at a high quality cosmetic laboratory right in Savannah, GA. The impeccable packaging is evocative of a lush Southern garden —  these products would make a stunning addition to any vanity or shelf. Most importantly, however, these products WORK. Sapelo merges state-of-the-art breakthroughs in recent research with long passed-down knowledge of native plants to understand the biological mechanisms of healthy skin rejuvenation. This is a 3-step, 28-day recovery system that gently hydrates, nourishes and improves skin quality at the cellular level.

You met each other in 2009 while serving as board members of the Savannah Book Festival. How did this meeting lead to Sapelo?

CE: I had spent the past twenty years as a “stay-at-home” mom and had a relatively normal life in Savannah. I had been very involved in various community projects, but really wanted to return to a career. Without “real employment” on my resume it proved to be a challenge to reenter the workforce. In 2009 I joined the board of the Savannah Book Festival and met Stephanie Duttenhaver. We hit it off right away.

SD: I had been thinking about developing a skin care line for years. Having worked with Cindy for three years to build brand awareness for the nationally acclaimed Savannah Book Festival, I realized in 2012 that I had found my partner. We shook hands sitting in front of the great Pat Conroy and began our own story: Sapelo Skin Care.

Sapelo-skin-care-at-Travel-BeautyHow did you develop Sapelo’s 3-Step System?

Living in coastal Savannah, we drew inspiration for our products from the twice-daily high tides that bring life-sustaining nutrients and water to our environment. Our complete and simple 3 Step regimen mimics the rejuvenating effects of the tides with hydration, stimulation and revitalization of the skin. This regimen contains all the ingredients and molecular compounds needed to hydrate skin and renew collagen, elastin and skin cells.

Step 1

Our Renewing Serum creates a ‘flood tide’ deep into the basement layer of your skin. The serum is infused with gardenia stem cells and hyaluronic acid, the goddess of all humectants. The water-based ‘flood tide’ prepares the way for our star product, the Rejuvenating Cream.

Step 2

The Rejuvenating Cream launches peptides, humectants and micronutrients on the ‘flood tide’. Infused with 5 peptides, the platinum peptide targets inflammation caused by UV damage while the other 4 peptides work to boost collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production at the cellular level. The Rejuvenating Cream has all the building blocks needed to build collagen, elastin and skin cells. Being oil based, the ingredients in the cream easily glide through the water channels, created by Step 1, to effortlessly deliver all the goodness needed to build up collagen and elastin.

Step 3

The Softening Emollient is infused with essential oils and stops the evaporation of the dermal saturation of peptides, stem cells, hyaluronic acid and micronutrients that are in Steps 1 and 2. The essential oils also add extra hydration to your skin – you will love how it moisturizes, especially the dry areas around your eyes and brow! Our emollient contains only natural and breathable oils and there are no silicones or ingredients that stop the skin from breathing.

How does an eye cream fit into your system? Can any of Sapelo’s products be used on the eye area?

CE:   I use all three products around my eyes. During development, our cosmetic chemist advised us that it would be all that we would need. There are no retinoids or harsh ingredients that can cause irritation to the sensitive eye area — which is the only reason to have a separate eye cream.

Your next product launch will be the Seaweed Cleanser…tell me more!

SD: We are so excited! For decades, I have grumbled about cleansers and how they leave my dry skin feeling more dry and tight. Finally, we have developed a very gentle cleanser that contains seaweed and coconut sugar. It leaves your skin feeling fresh, soft and hydrated. The seaweed adds moisture to your skin while the coconut sugar helps to gently lift chemicals, pollutants and makeup. Feedback has been so positive on this product that we cannot wait to bring it to market!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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