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Category : Body Care

How to Pack Your Beauty Products For An Overnight Trip

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Packing beauty products for an overnight trip is not as simple as it seems (or as simple as my husband would like it to be). There’s a nighttime routine, a morning routine and various and sundry beauty incidentals to take into consideration. I pack so many products because I don’t want to wake up with, say, a monstrous pimple and have nothing with which to treat it. Like a true Beauty Scout, I am always prepared.

Face

  • I have been loving this Binchotan Charcoal Facial Cleansing Mask lately. It can be used as a cleanser, makeup remover and/or mask. Don’t let the dark color or thick texture fool you, it is totally gentle enough to use on eyes. Every time I use it I get a compliment on my skin, and I notice a difference in my overall skin quality as well. I like to have this purifying product on hand in case my skin is acting up/breaking out.
  • I am still in search of the very best drugstore face wipe as I blow through them so quickly. These Yes To Carrots Facial Wipes are ok, though I need at least 2 to feel truly clean. This would be understandable if I wore a lot of makeup, but I wear little to no makeup, so I feel like one wipe should be sufficient!
  • Love packing my many mini products from Heaven Skincare: Bee Venom Mask, Formula Bee Eyes and New Edition Cleansing Cream. They are all fantastic – truly anti-aging. I usually don’t like cream cleansers because many don’t leave my skin feeling as clean as I’d like it to feel (which is to say, squeaky). This one does, and like the Binchotan Charcoal Face Mask, it is gentle enough to use on eyes.
  • These two B. Kamins products are classics in my book: Renewal Serum, is a serum in cream form, which I really like as its easy to apply and easy to layer with other products. I see a real difference in cell turnover and overall quality of skin when I use this serum. It works really well to get rid of the red spots that linger too long after a pimple goes away. I like to put it on and then apply the Bee Venom Mask on top of it. Sometimes I’ll apply an oil, too, before anything else. Kypris Beauty and Emma Hardie (coming soon to Travel Beauty) make really nice face oils. B. Kamins BB Cream evens out my skin tone and gives my skin the slightest luminescence. It’s one of the only BBs I’ve found that isn’t too orange for me…that is to say, too orange for someone as pale as I am!

Body – My Favorite!

  • I’d LOVE to pack my Sasawashi Body Scrub Towel so I can use it every day, but I do allow myself some practicality-based packing transgressions. A nice, nubby washcloth is just fine to use for one shower, and then I don’t have to worry about transporting a damp Body Scrub Towel (mild-ewww). Besides, my very favorite body wash contains glycolic acid, and is therefore itself exfoliating. Glytone Body Wash is probably the most un-green beauty product I use, but it is so good that I just won’t give it up. It not only smoothes and softens my skin (even my heels!) but it also helps prevent body breakouts like nothing else – a must if the gym/sweating gives you pimples.
  • Now for body moisture products! Acure Organics and/or Mio Skincare & Lavido for body. I mix these with a Heaven Skincare Cellulite & Firming Oil  and apply everywhere. The Lavido lotion is awesome to apply to hands and arms throughout the day, and especially right before bed – the lavender scent is very soothing.
  • Everyone needs a tongue scraper; once you start doing it, you’ll never stop. I wrote a whole blog – complete with professional opinion – about the practice of tongue scraping. Every time I get my teeth cleaned, my dentist says how clean my teeth are, and I know it’s because I scrape religiously.

And Off to Sleep

  • Last but not least, here is one of my newer treats: My Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask! The layer of charcoal in this eye mask helps increase circulation, soothe eye area and relieve optical nerve fatigue. It’s like black out shades for my eyes, and helps me fall asleep so much faster than usual…which is HUGE for an insomniac like me!

Hair

  • Pack right tip: packing large bottles of shampoo and conditioner can be a headache. If you absolutely must pack a shampoo and conditioner Philip Kingsley makes convenient ready to go Jet Sets for every hair type.
  • That said - I never leave home without Phylia de M. Connect and/or ReConnect hair & scalp treatment. Phylia de M. is my favorite beauty brand to launch in the past ~2 years, I wrote not one, but two blogs about why I love this brand so…the products are just phenomenal.
  • Styling-wise: Arrojo Volume Foam. It’s usually the only thing I put in my hair. I never blow dry my hair (blog post all about that on the way). I just let it air dry a bit and then lightly scrunch this in. Maybe I’ll work a little May Lindstrom The Good Stuff into the ends and bangs if I want a more polished look with some piece-y texture, but it comes in a heavy glass bottle, so it’s not something I want to travel with. Instead, I use whatever leftover body cream/oil I have on my hands and work that into my ends, much to the same effect.

Think this is too much to pack for an overnight trip? Let us know what beauty products you won’t sleep out without!

 

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Flawless At Home Self-Tanning Tips

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Always worth revisiting: Our foolproof guide to flawless self-tanning at home. If you’re taking a beach vacation in the dead of winter, pumping up your winter white skin is a no-brainer. But even if you’re staying where the cold winds blow, a subtle self-tanner application can brighten your spirits (and your backside). Here’s our simple recipe for getting a gorgeous glow, even in the snow.

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Ned Stark warned us that winter is coming…could someone please summon his ghost to find out when, exactly, winter is LEAVING?!?!

When you wake up one morning to discover that spring is upon us, will you look like a white walker? Start self-tanning now so you can sport a skirt on the first spring day. Here’s your foolproof plan to get you from ghostly to glowing likety-split.

Keep All Your Supplies in the Shower

We are talking scrub, body oil, body lotion and self-tanner. Apply it in the shower. The result: minimal mess, easy clean up and let’s be honest, you need to be as naked as your name day when slathering on self-tanner.

Don’t Hate…Exfoliate!

I use a body scrub twice a week year round. If you don’t regularly scrub your bod, this is the best time to start! Do it at the beginning of your shower, when skin is damp but not saturated – this helps the scrub to work optimally. If skin isn’t wet enough, the scrub won’t spread across your skin as easily (and can hurt!). If skin is too wet, the granules in the scrub will dissolve before they can really do their best work.

After Your Shower

Remove any excess water from your skin. No need to completely dry off – skin can still be damp. Use a body cream or oil (I use Heaven Skincare Oil for this) to gently cover knees, elbows, hands (especially in between fingers and palms), ankles and feet. The idea is to cover the places where self-tanner tends to collect, causing not-so-cute concentrated dark spots.

Alright Stop…Tanner Time!

The Travel Beauty Team is devoted to Institut Esthederm Sun Sheen Self-tanner because it is truly foolproof: never streaky and always natural looking. If you have pale skin (as I do), you may want to ease yourself into self-tanning season by mixing your tanner with a body cream- at least for the first few applications. This allows for a subtler effect that you can build gradually. The new BB and CC creams for body are tailor-made for this task! They have a hint of hue and are designed to perfect skin tone and mask blemishes. They soften the self-tanner just enough to give a light, flawless application, while also providing the moisture your winter-ravaged skin is still craving.

Make Sure to Cover Everything

The tops of your toes, sides of your feet and every part of your skin leading up to your underarm- and don’t forget the backs of your legs. So many parts of the body can be exposed that you may not think of.

Don’t Get Caught Tan-handed!

If you covered your hands well with oil or cream, you shouldn’t end up with deep-fried looking fingers. Still, it is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after applying self-tanner. Make sure to clean in between fingers and on the inside of wrists- two spots that are easy to overlook, and therefore easy to look over-tanned. You can even give your hands a quick exfoliation with your scrub if you think they need it. Make sure product has fully dried before getting dressed so you don’t rub any tanner off on your clothes.

Follow these steps and you’ll be ready to show some skin as soon as The Winds of Winter stop blowing.

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Shop The Sale With 40% Off Travel Beauty

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In case you haven’t heard, we are having a huge sale at Travel Beauty: 40% off all B. Kamins LaboratoriesBlissElemis andJuvena products. All prices are already marked down so no code is necessary. We are talking over 35 skin and body care products at significantly reduced prices. We know…we’re excited, too! Some clients have approached us for shopping advice – how to best take advantage of these enticing prices?

We’ve put together a list of some of our most-beloved products from these brands. If you still have questions about which products would best suit your skin needs, reach out to us! You can email us at concierge@travelbeauty.com or give us a ring at888.717.8790.

Travel Beauty Top Product Picks from B. Kamins, Elemis, Bliss & Juvena

B. Kamins Renewal Serum: The perfect serum for someone overwhelmed by the vast selection and textures of serums. This serum has a lotion-like texture, so it’s more moisturizing than gel-based formulas and is easy to apply – just two pumps is enough for your entire face and neck. It effectively deals with all skin concerns: helps restore clarity, radiance and suppleness to damaged, wrinkled skin. It reduces blotchiness, refines skin texture and helps increase cell turnover to diminish the visible effects of harsh environmental influences.

B. Kamins BB Cream: This BB gets an A+! This 8-in-1 multi-tasking beauty balm is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and peptides to help firm skin, smooth out wrinkles and combat damage caused by sun, stress and aging. The universally flattering shade can be used by all skin types and tones and provides sheer, luminous, natural-looking coverage…not to mention all day hydration. It immediately brightens complexion and evens out skin tone.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask: These little miracle masks are a must-have for everyone – especially as we enter holiday party season! They brighten, de-puff and de-line the under eye area with 3 forms of glow-inducing oxygenation, antioxidant vitamin C and puff-pummeling cucumber extract. In just 15 minutes flat, they revive and refresh your entire face.

Elemis Pro Intense Eye & Lip Contour Cream: We love this multi-tasking cream. It contains active plant stem cells that work with the skin’s natural function to protect the shape of skin cells and tighten the collagen network. It defends against environmental damage and limits skin degradation by inhibiting the production of harmful enzymes. But the benefits are not only long term, you’ll see immediate results as well: It effectively plumps and firms the lips and the delicate skin around the eye to reveal a more youthful, renewed and remodeled look. This is your #1 weapon to prevent vertical lip lines and lipstick feathering.

Juvena Instant Optimal Look Mask: Whatever “skincident” you are experiencing, this mask is sure to help. The creamy and cooling formula contains a concentrated cocktail of caffeine, soybean oil and Juvena’s innovative Light Shadow Equalizer to immediately soften the appearance of small shadows, lines and wrinkles. You’ll get a radiant, revived look and silky-soft skin IN JUST FIVE MINUTES. This mask is essential for travel and perfect for pre-party prep.

We could go on and on – It is so hard to choose! Other rockstar products worth noting:

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From B. Kamins Laboratories

From Elemis

  • Frangipani Monoi Body OilSimply devine and fast absorbing – you can’t go wrong!
  • Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing SerumWill give you the most luminous complexion.
  • Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask: Anti-aging mask ideal for mature and dry skin – fights sagging turkey neck with a vengeance!

From Bliss

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Toiletry Bag Packing Tips

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When you travel with as many expensive toiletries as we do, you learn – rather quickly – which packing strategies work and which leave you with a toiletry travel kit coated in night cream. Here are our roadtested methods for arriving at your destination with your products – and your beauty regimen – fully in tact.

It’s What’s Outside that Counts

First and foremost, choose your toiletry bag wisely. We designed our Travel Beauty Travel Bag to be slightly padded, zipper-enclosed and plastic-lined. The padding protects products from breakage, but if the unfortunate happens, the plastic lining and zipper stops it from getting unfortunate all over your vacation wardrobe!

Dust Off Your Dust Bags

More and more beauty products come in eco-friendly glass bottles every day. And though they be beautiful on our vanity, they are perilous in our carry-ons. Enter the smaller size dust bags you’ve likely amassed…you know, the ones that come with large jewelry pieces (hello, Alexis Bittar bangle) and small leather goods. These are your beauty products’ best friends. Put each glass product in its own bag (the thicker, the better) to protect them from banging against each other and then breaking.

Know Your Products’ M.O.

What spills easily and what does not? For example, there’s an oil we love, but it seeps out of its bottle very easily. We learned (the messy way) that this particular product has to stay home. (We are not fans of transferring containers, especially with oils. Too much gets lost in transportation!) Also, pump bottles – the types you have to press down to lock – are all-around bad travel buddies. The pump almost always opens, and then the darn thing is pumping product out the entire time you’re in transit, unbeknownst to you! As much as possible, go with tubes that have tightly-closing flip tops. We also love powder formulas for travel, like Juvena Pure Lifting Peeling Powder. The less liquids to worry about, the better.

Pack Products that Pack a Triple Punch (Or More)

Most of the products we really love do many different things…and do them all well. A quality multi-purpose oil, like Huile 27 can be used from scalp to soles, and works fabulously wherever you apply it. When thinking of which products multi-task well, don’t forget about those that are unisex! Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes are traditionally a men’s product. But these wipes are so cleansing and refreshing, we love them just as much as our husbands do! Then there’s Vine Minus Ion Water, which is so high tech and multi-talented it could probably fly the plane if need be. It is a great refresher/primer for hair and face, it moisturizes and has antibacterial properties. You can even brush your teeth with it!

Always Pack a Dream Cream

Bring one product you can keep with you (in your purse) and that can go anywhere on you. Heaven Skincare Black Label Vanilla Pod Hand & Nail Cream is made with such high quality organic ingredients you can use it not only on your hands and nails (and arms and legs and feet) but also on your face. Plus, the luscious scent has the aromatherapeutic benefits of being calming, comforting and stress reducing! ‘Cause, you know, travel can be a bit stressful sometimes…

Bon Voyage!

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The Best Skin Firming and Moisturizing Products for Summer

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After that humdinger of a winter we just suffered through, the Travel Beauty team feels more than ready to shed some layers. Unfortunately, upon baring some body, we noticed that certain areas were not quite, erm, suitable for public consumption just yet. So just in time for sandal and swimsuit season, we’ve added some exciting new luxury body care products from Heaven SkincareMio Skincare and Alchimie Forever.

Thigh Hopes Courtesy of Mio Skincare

It happens every June: The bathing suit moment of truth. We don our two-piece for the first time in near a year, stand in front of a full length mirror and take stock of all that’s out of whack. After trying not to bawl in our bikini, we grab our favorite body products and get to work.

For those areas we’d like to tighten and tone (upper arms, abdomen, bum and thighs), here are two new products we seriously love:

The dynamic duo of Mio Skincare’s Double Buff dual action enzyme exfoliator and The Activist Firming Body Oil  — both of which can be found in Mio’s Strong is the New Skinny Kit — is the perfect cellulite-pummeling one-two punch. You apply Double Buff on dry skin, which may seem a little odd for a body scrub, but actually makes the scrubbing action that much more effective. You can then rinse it off as soon as you get in the shower. We like to apply The Activist immediately after turning off the shower, while skin is still damp and warm. Once applied, we immediately see a firmer, smoother silhouette. The gel formula is great for summer too: it soaks in quickly, completely and weightlessly, so no heavy feeling on the skin in the hot, hot heat.

Another Natural Skin Firming Oil for Bikini Season

Heaven Skincare Firming & Stretchmark Oil is a luxe and lovely body oil that moisturizes and firms skin while breaking down cellulite and increasing collagen production. It is also chock full of anti-inflammatory, calming and healing ingredients (all organic!) to optimize overall skin health. It gives us gorgeous glowing nourished skin with reduced dimples and improved tone and elasticity. It also smells delicious.

If the summer usually means extra body breakouts for you, this oil is just the thing (we promise)!  This oil is formulated with several purifying organic essential oils such as cypress, juniper and lavender that help release toxins from the skin. Instead of aggravating any body breakouts, this oil is fabulous for clearing blackheads and blemishes. And not just the skin on your body: due to the organic, pure and high quality oils used, you can use this oil to clear blackheads and blemishes on the face as well.

Derriere Double Whammy

Personally, I like to mix either of these oils with a body lotion (Mio Skincare strikes again: The A Cream firming active body cream is our top choice) and knead that concoction into my skin with my knuckles. Yes, my knuckles. Cellulite is a tough mother. Give her a knuckle sandwich! Just be careful on your upper arms if you are pale; get too feisty and you may bruise. True story.

Let Us Give You A Hand With Your Hands And Feet

If only the summer shape-up stopped there! No, in addition to the wiggly bits, we’ve got elbows, knees and feet drier than our favorite Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. These dry patches are not only unsightly but also make self-tanner application nearly impossible.  We’re in need of a hard-working cream.

Nail Cream from Heaven Skincare

Heaven Skincare’s Black Label Vanilla Pod Hand & Nail Cream has come to our rescue. Dubbed “a mini-manicure in a jar”, this this all-natural, paraben-free hand and nail cream stays (and works) on hands and nails for 4+ hours, even in water, nourishing skin and strengthening nails. It deeply moisturizes while also reducing the amount of oil on hands, making it safer to touch the face without transferring pore-clogging oils. This intensive treatment also exfoliates: It contains the finest grains of sand that work to soften and exfoliate rough elbows, knees, heels, etc. Don’t worry, it doesn’t feel like you dropped the jar while at the beach. The grains of sand are so fine as to be almost imperceptible…but the effects are not! The skin is left deeply moisturized, softened and perfected. As with Heaven’s Cellulite Oil, the high quality organic ingredients used make this cream safe to use on the face. This little tub of wonderful comes with us everywhere.

Dry Skin Balm from Alchimie Forever

As frequent travelers, we downright demand all products we use to multi-task in some way; to be packed in our dopp kit, you better be performing double or triple duty. So it is not lightly that we say Alchimie Forever’s Dry Skin Balm is a skin care overachiever. It replenishes moisture to soften and soothe chapped, irritated skin. The shea butter and jojoba seed oil condition and smooth out skin texture for a silky, comfortable feel. Watercress and vitamin E infuse skin with antioxidants to nourish, hydrate and protect against damaging free radicals, giving skin an overall healthy and youthful look.

Dry Skin Balm goes above and beyond that, though. It also reduces swelling, minimizes brown spots and has anti-aging effects. We use it on any and all rough patches: hands, elbows, knees, and heels. Great as a body moisturizer as well. It is also safe and effective on our kids’ skin to help soothe and heal the non-stop irritations that the summer months seem to bring.

 

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