beauty tips

September 19, 2014

Travel Beauty Tips & Products

I wish I could bring my whole beauty cabinet with me when I travel. Just like overpacking with clothes, I often overpack with beauty products. Thomas and I are getting ready for a big Europe trip in two weeks and I’m condensing my must-have beauty and skincare products because every ounce counts when you are packing for a long trip. I’ve narrowed it down to just the essentials and picked products that can perform multiple jobs at the same time.

Travel beauty essentials-


Moisturizer- My current favorite moisturizer is Clé de Peau Beauté Gentle Protective Emulsion w/ SPF (also available here). It goes beyond just hydrating, but is gentle on your skin, fights against anti-aging and has spf. It’s pricey for moisturizer, but one bottle lasts 6-8 months.
Cleanser- I’ve been using Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm for a few months now and I love how luxurious it is and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry after cleansing.
Makeup Remover/Toner- I’ve mentioned by love for the Arcona Triad Pads before and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using them. I stock up (two or three) at a time for fear of running out and not having them!
Mask- My body is super sensitive to travel. Planes make me swell up like a balloon- especially my face and feet. I use the Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate Mask right after I land- it works as an at home facial and reduces puffiness, brightens and leaves you looking refreshed.


Primer- Instead of a heavy foundation, I’ll use Laura Mercier ‘Radiance’ Foundation Primer over my moisturizer for a subtle glow and coverage. With a little concealer and blush, I’m good to go for a barley there look.
Concealer (and brightening powder)- Laura Mercier High Coverage Concealer completely covers my under eye circles and the brightening powder helps it last all day.
Blush/Bronzer- Le Metier de Beaute Blushing Bronzer Duet is my favorite combo so I don’t have to carry a separate blush and bronzer with corresponding brushes while traveling.
Mascara- I’ve been a loyal fan of bareMinerals ‘Lash Domination’ (and still am) but my newest mascara obsession is Buxom with the ‘Strong & Long’ Brush. You can pick from seven different brushes depending on what look you want for your eyelashes.
Lip Balm- I’ve been using EOS for years and I love this stuff to keep my lips hydrated and soft. My new favorite is the Visibly Soft Coconut Milk – it’s so yummy (and smells so good!).
Lipgloss- I don’t go anywhere without my Bobbi Brown lipgloss in “Petal”.
Lipstick- I always have lipstick on hand. Chanel Ultrawear Lip Colour in “Deep Rose” is my favorite lip color for fall.
Perfume- Givenchy ‘Dahlia Divin’ is my new favorite scent. I always travel with perfume, that’s why I prefer to buy smaller sizes to fit in my carryon.

kate spade new york cosmetic case and  frends headphones


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July 18, 2014

A Moment For Yourself

I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Dove to join their ‘What Pampering Means To Me’ launch alongside their new Purely Pampering products. I’ve always admired the way Dove promotes not only their products, but the importance of loving and taking care of yourself. In order to live a happy life and have great relationships with others, you have to start with yourself. Dove asked me to share three words to describe my ultimate pampering experience and these immediately came to mind: relaxing, comforting and glamorous. Taking the time to do something for myself, even if it’s a bubble bath in the evening after work or fresh new manicure, it gives me a moment to focus on how I’m doing and what my needs are. I always feel pampered after I use my Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream Body Wash and Beauty Bar. My skin feels nourished and the calming scent puts me in a tranquil state of mind, feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day.

What are your three words to describe your ultimate pampering experience?

This post is sponsored by Dove, a brand that I’ve always loved and look up to.


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June 4, 2014

Summer Golden Glow

Urban Decay Naked Flushed in “Native”, Essie Nail Polish in “Cocktails & Coconuts”, bareMinerals Minerals Veil, Lipstick Queen Moisturizing Lipstick in “Hang Ten”, Aerin Lipgloss in “Festive”, bareMinerals Faux Tan Body, Urban Decay Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm, bareMinerals Faux Tan Face, Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm

It’s that time of year when everyone is looking for the perfect golden glow without having to sacrifice the health of their skin. I’ve tested out a few different products and selected my favorites to achieve that sun kissed summer look. I’ve been using bareMinerals “faux tan body and faux tan face” a few times every other week to keep up my leftover tan from Mexico. I put it on after I hop out of the shower, wash my hands and let it dry for a few minutes before getting dressed. I’m also loving Urban Decay’s Bronzing Beauty Balm and Illumating Balm (both with SPF) for that perfect dewy, golden, glowing skin. To top it off, I’ve switched up my bronzer with Urban Decay’s “Native” palette that gives just the right amount of color. A soft neutral nail color and lip are the perfect way to compliment all of the beautiful golden shades.

Also, If you’re in the SF area tomorrow, Thursday June 5th from 6-8pm, come stop by Joie on Fillmore for a fun summer styling event & 20% off!) with myself and Nichole from Vanilla Extract. You can find more details here and RSVP to


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