AN OILY SKIN’S TRAVEL MUST HAVES
Recently my family and I had the amazing blessing and privilege to live out a dream and travel around Europe. The trip was years in the making! During the planning for the trip, I realized that I would be traveling through various types of climates. From cold and damp, to warm and humid. Not only that, with such a crazy itinerary as we had, there wasn’t going to be any down time. I started thinking, researching and planning for my skin regimen and what I was going to need. I wanted to make sure I was equipped with make-up that would handle the crazy schedule and differentiating climates.
Now that summer is upon us, you too are probably hitting the road and wondering what items you can use that will keep up with you – weather, activities and all. So now my research becomes your knowledge as I share with you the things that worked best on the trip.
1. Tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation.
I came across this foundation on a trip up to see my sister for her 40th b-day just this past April!! We always love going and playing in Ulta or Sephora! This play time led us to this foundation. It read like the perfect solution for what I was looking for. Here is what the website says about this foundation:
“A long-wearing, skin-perfecting full coverage foundation with UVA/UVB SPF 15 infused with Amazonian clay for better, longer, truer wear.
Product Performance: Achieve flawless skin that looks healthy and natural. This supremely blendable, buildable and full coverage formula delivers up to 12 hours of satin-matte coverage with a weightless texture. Reduce the appearance of pores, discolorations and imperfections and ensure a perfectly flawless complexion every time with this best seller.
Powered By: Amazonian clay: This nutrient-rich, multitasking and total-skin-balancing clay reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin’s surface for smooth application and wear”
This appealed to me because I have a lot of scarring from cystic acne and wanted a good coverage that would stay put in different climates as well as be good for my skin. I typically do not like or use liquid foundations (due to the heavy feeling and it causing more acne). But after trying this one on, it finished more like a silky powder, but covered like a foundation. I was sold. I’m pleased to report, the foundation preformed exactly as it claimed it would. I was in every climate from rain to humidity and the foundation stayed on perfectly. It didn’t cause me to breakout or look shiny. It had a great natural finish.
2. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eyeliner
I knew I was going to need an eyeliner with some staying power that wouldn’t make me look like a raccoon at the end of the day. I didn’t want to have to frequently check my eyes in a mirror to make sure there wasn’t goop in the corners or black running down under my eyes. After much research I decided I would take along this lovely eyeliner, which is now a permanent part of my daily routine. There are no false claims with this baby! Here is what Sephora states:
“What it is:
A bestselling, award-winning formula that makes lining your eyes like a pro easy.
What it does:
Get the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel-based formula. The eyeliner glides on smoothly and precisely, then quickly dries down to a long-wearing, water-resistant finish.
What else you need to know:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.”
Not only does this do what it says, but the look of this liner is not harsh at all. For my “aging” eyes liquid liners tend to branch out onto my lid creases, accentuating the lines. This eyeliner does not. Because it is a thicker formula it doesn’t “settle,” thus it creates a beautiful smooth and even finish. The fact this eyeliner comes in 11 different shades only makes me love it more!
3. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel
Ok, so when you have oily, acne prone skin, great skin care is your best defense. I knew that I couldn’t bring my Clarisonic with me on the trip, so I wanted to make sure that the products I brought would get my skin good and clean without over drying. I came across this product as I was wandering around Whole Foods Market one day. An employee there told me she lives by this stuff. After researching, it appears this is true with a lot of people. I decided to give it a shot. I have since fallen in love with this and use it twice daily as my toner.
What the products claims:
“indications – Thayers Rose Petal Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Toner will make your skin bloom. Rose Thayers remarkably soothing Toner is made with rose-petal water, Vitamin E and our proprietary Witch Hazel extract. Toner with Aloe Vera Formula with Vitamin E 12oz bottle. Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients — these natural elixirs have been a medicine-cabinet fixture for generations.
Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.”
You won’t be sorry by adding this to your routine. When traveling this is an amazing refresher after the beach, or just a great way to get the sweat or make-up off at the end of the day. So refreshing, smooth and hydrating! It removed my makeup and gave me a nice glow – not to mention is really working to help decrease the sharpness of my scarring. LOVE IT!
4. Waterproof Mascara: A. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill or B. L’Oreal Voluminous Power Volume 24hr.
Ok, so I put two of these because even though I LOVE the Eyes To Kill it is pretty expensive. It stays great though and has a wonderful pigment. It never clumps, and with it being waterproof it doesn’t budge. I love the nice big wand that really adds volume and lengthens the lashes. It never flakes off or gets smeared. A great all day mascara choice whether in rain or sun. Now for a cheaper alternative I really like L’Oreal’s Voluminous Power Volume 24 hour. It has great pigment, stays put, doesn’t flake or smudge. Now the only thing with this one is that you have to be careful when applying it. I use a nice Smashbox or Dior lash primer before applying this one because it tends to clump and no one wants clumpy pigmented lashes. But it really does work well and has great staying power rain or shine.
So these are my traveling must have’s. I won’t leave home without them. It is hard to find products that do what they claim and after putting these 4 items through the traveling wringer I am a true believer!
*For more info on any of the products just click on their name