Last year I did something I NEVER thought I would be able to do-> Fit 2.5 weeks worth of clothes in a backpack. To be honest, backpacking isn’t really my thing: I have no problem with the traveling from one place to another on a budget, it’s the ‘fitting all my belongings into ONE bag that I have to lug around the entire time’ that I have the problem with. I have a classic case of the “heavy packer” syndrome. I like to have a new outfit every day and every night. My photos are forever, so I don’t want to look back and think “wow I cant believe I wore that dress 3 times on that trip!” Half of the fun is shopping BEFORE my vacation! SO, after I triumphantly squeeze all my clothes, shoes and accessories into this backpack I freeze with panic- my make up and toiletries! I worried so much about my clothes and accessories that I didn’t think about anything else! With that, my mission became trying to find a way to fit my beauty regimen into the smallest cosmetics bag possible. Just because your seeing the world doesn’t mean you need to look like your living out of a bag or give up your beauty routine!
If you have oily hair like I do, you KNOW that if you don’t wash your hair in the morning you feel as though someone poured grease all over your head. My hair is very fine so when I don’t wash it, it becomes very flat and lifeless over night (sometimes even in the span of 8 hours!) That is, until I found my new love BATISTE! I have used other dry shampoos in my day, but they never gave me enough body and I still felt as though my hair wasn’t clean. I tried Batiste a few years ago after a trip to the UK and fell in love! It was never sold in Canada so I had to stock up. It is FINALY here and I go through about a can every 2-3 weeks. Not only does it make my hair look clean, it also gives it some nice body, which is not what I’m used to! If you are traveling, and don’t have the time to deal with washing, blow drying and straightening your hair in the morning, this stuff will be your new best friend! It also comes in a travel size bottle, so you are able to bring it as a carry on if you aren’t checking a bag!
At home, my daily makeup routine consists of Dior Forever cover up, A Dior concealer on top, bronzer if I want some color, Sephora blush, Dior show mascara and eye- liner. Seems like a lot to lug around in a backpack, right? I also didn’t want to bring my expensive makeup in fear it will smash all over my bag on the plane, train, boat etc. I wanted to find something cost efficient and compact. I found that Urban Decay has a travel sized bronzer and blush combo for less then 30 dollars, which lasts a very long time and kills 2 birds with one stone. < This is called NAKED Urban Decay Flushed> Urban Decay also has an eye shadow palate with black included so it doubles as eyeliner for the same price, which is also ideal for packing in a small bag. <It is called NAKED Urban Decay Basics> That leaves eyes. I have recently addicted myself to eyelash extensions, which are AMAZING for traveling! NO hassle and NO maintenance if you get them done before you leave. Think about it: waking up and not having to put on eye makeup? Sounds like a dream! It can become pricey however, so it isn’t for everyone. If that is not your thing I would still recommend Dior Show mascara, which comes in a travel size as well! Your lashes will be long and thick and it also comes in waterproof as well for those beach holidays!
I am a huge believer in anti aging creams: I actually started using one in my early teens because I was always worried about wrinkles (seems crazy right, but it worked!) I am in my late twenties now and my skin could pass for an 18 year old. A few months ago I started using Ole Henriksen’s 3 little wonders kit and love it! It is a three-step kit, which includes: the award winning truth serum collagen booster, sheer transformation renewing crème and invigorating night gel-firming treatment. Use all three of these products together to defend your skin against aging and wrinkles while lifting, firming and moisturizing. I have actually found that my skin has been feeling amazing in the morning, rather then other creams I’ve used. The beauty with these products: they come in travel size! If you don’t have time or energy to do the full-face routine, you can also buy face wipes by Ole Henriksen in the orange packaging called truth to go wipes. These are the perfect pick me up after a long plane ride or night train.