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Whether you’re escaping to blue waters this summer or planning your big family vacation in a few months, I know you want to look and feel your best when you’re away. Keep these tips on hand from plane ride to pool side to help look and feel your best so you can enjoy every moment of your R&R!
Tip #1: Stay Moisturized: For those that are jet-setting to a Caribbean destinations, a flight can do some damage on your skin – cabin pressure, change in temperature and moisture going from one destination to the next are all culprits of leaving skin dry. To keep skin hydrated, apply intense moisturizer the night before your flight and nix the foundation, as well as applying after days in the sun. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of traveling. Foundation can make skin look oily – sticking strictly with moisturizer can keep skin hydrated longer, making you look your best! I love this Repêchage Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray (at repechage.com) because it’s easy to carry in your purse and will keep you moisturized – spritz some on during the flight, after a day in the sun or before a night out and keep skin perfectly fresh!
Tip #2: Look great, no matter what “time of the month” it may be: We girls know “that time” comes around RIGHT when you don’t want it to. Unnecessary bloating and horrible cramps that can leave you feeling terrible, and that’s the LAST look you’ll want to flaunt in a bathing suit. To combat PMS symptoms, try Girl Uninterrupted®, a fresh, new and all-natural approach to PMS relief. It’s composed of an all-natural blend of essential amino acids and herbs that have been specifically formulated to directly address those common symptoms of PMS. With Girl Uninterrupted, you’ll be able to curb the cramping and bloating so you’ll be able to sit poolside without aches, pains or those terrible mood swings.
Tip #3: Pack Light and Focus on “Bare Necessities”: As a beauty editor, I know all about beauty product loyalty; once you find a lotion, shampoo/conditioner, or makeup brand that works, you tend to buy it in bulk for years to come. To make sure you have your must-haves on a trip, make your own travel sized essentials! Take small lotion or travel sized shampoo bottles and clean them out, adding in your favorite brands. This will allow you to bring your fave essentials without lugging the huge bottles of shampoo around in your suitcase.
Tip #4: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: No matter how you travel, it can be exhausting – hours spent waiting to board, driving in the car or sitting on a bus can leave you with puffy, tired and (sometimes) mascara-streaked eyes after dozing off. To combat the signs of fatigue, bring along eye drops in a carry on or purse – it will take the redness out of your eyes and make them look alive. To combat puffiness, bring along a washcloth and fill with crushed ice, placing under your eyes. The cold ice will wake you up and decrease any puffy eyes. While you’re on vacation, bring along a jar of Suki Eye Lift Radiance Renewal Cream (at sukiskincare.com). Light and compact, this cream will help keep puffiness away throughout your vacation and keep you looking your best.
Tip #5: Nude Colors and Tones: Traveling to tropical destinations can be the cause for bright-colored nail polish, but experts say it’s best to travel with nude tones on your tips. Colored polish, if chipped, looks unclean and unfinished. Sticking with nude tones will keep you looking fresh and put together without going overboard. Foundation is the same – keep it simple. Stick to cream-based foundations such Jane Iredale’s In Touch® Cream Blush (at janeiredale.com).Unlike powder blushes that are hard to even out on the go, cream-based makeup will provide a more even cover and can be placed in a purse/clutch when out.
Every girl wants to look their best on vacation – and these tips will keep you traveling safe, looking your best and feeling like a million bucks.
Beautiful & Fit: 10 Beauty Must Haves For The Gym Bunny
1. FitGirls Can Beat Their Face Too
If you spend more time in the fitness club than the night club, then I have news for you boo--you can beat your face too. Sweat mingles well with many beauty products ladies, so get ready to add a little glam to your gym routine with my top ten RAD products for FitGirls.
2. Clarify Your Skin Twice Daily
Sweating and flawless skin are BFF's, but the more you sweat, the more you need to wash your face, which is why I swear by my Clarisonic Mia 2®. This lightweight power brush is easy to travel with and is also sensitive skin approved. All in just 1 minute my skin looks and feels like I've been to the spa! P.S. My skin is so smooth now that I don't even use primer anymore. I'm obsessed! http://www.clarisonic.com
3. Lay The Foundation
Speaking of no primer, if there's one beauty product that my skin absolutely loves and it's Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen! This triple functioning find provides moisture, coverage and protection all in one pea size application. I wear this when I workout and when I'm out and about. Totally add this lightweight option to your summer regimen! http://www.lauramercier.com
4. Bat Your Eyes In The Weight Room
A bold eye in the gym never hurt nobody! I'm not saying you need a smokey eye for bootcamp, but you should totally take two minutes to apply these two products: Voluminous Volume Building Mascara by L'Oreal Paris and MAC Cosmetics Eyeliner in Coffee. I line my lids and apply two coats of this infamous mascara every time I wear a sports bra and you should too girl! http://www.lorealparisusa.com http://www.maccosmetics.com
5. Pucker Up While You Pump It Up
Ok girl, I am going to let you in on a secret: although I have been wearing makeup for over a decade and a half, I just can't get into lipstick...eek. I have been experimenting more now that I'm in my 30's, however when I revert back to my old ways please believe I'm puckering up with Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm. A hint of color, tons of moisture and available in nine colors - perfection! http://www.burtsbees.com
6. One Swipe Wipes
If you're not into wearing makeup in the gym, then take it all off with one swipe of my favorite wipes - Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. No alcohol, no oil and no dyes - just dermatologist approved goodness. These babies are tough on makeup, yet gentle on your skin, so make sure to keep this RAD product in your gym bag at all times. http://www.simpleskincare.com
7. Safe Fun In The Sun
If you think Black girls don't need SPF, then you are mistaken. Brown skin can easily become burnt skin if you aren't careful, so play it safe when you play in the sun with Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30. Since it's fragrance free, you wont have to worry about that odd "I have SPF on" smell. And since it's oil free this waterproof sunscreen won't clog your pores or cause breakouts. http://www.coppertone.com
8. Go Nuts With Coconut Oil
Another skin essential in my FitGirl world is Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. The price is right at $5.99 and I can honestly say that I cover my body head to toe in it most days. Smelling like paradise is the obvious plus, however the silky softness it provides for my skin is just wonderful. I also use this RAD oil in my hair by slathering it on my edges pre workout. Two birds, one stone. http://www.traderjoes.com
9. The Best Sweat Band Ever
Speaking of fly aways, I never sweat without my lululemon Bang Buster Headband. This wide sweat wicking masterpiece is the most versatile piece of headgear you can own sis. Wear it with your hair up or down without worrying about it slipping off mid jumping jack. I have too many colors to list and you should snag a few too! http://www.lululemon.com
10. No Shower Power
If your lunchtime workout ran over and you don't have time to shower, you ought to know that being funky in the office is not your only option. I am in love with Dove and their Go Fresh Burst Body Mist. In tons of glorious scents your coworkers will never know you were sweating it out at yoga during lunchtime. Just spray and go! http://www.dove.us
11. Stay Balanced With AQUAhydrate
If you are a sports drink junkie, then I suggest you save those calories and start sipping on AQUAhydrate. This high-performance water is a beautiful combo of electrolytes, great taste and -my favorite- a higher pH level of 9+. Unlike most sports drinks this RAD H20 helps restore and balance your body during intense workouts...sans sugar and calories! http://www.aquahydrate.com