Beauty Destination: What to Pack to Miami

With fluctuating airline ticket prices and extra-fees for the luggage, my main problem with packing for travel is usually answering the following question: What from my vanity cabinet will make it to the destination?

After paying $100 for over-weight baggage, obviously because of the heavy makeup bag, I’m trying to be realistic on skincare and makeup products that I would definitely need and use during the trip.

The decision-making process can be hard. As a frequent flyer, I can definitely tell that the content of your makeup bag can dramatically change depending on the type of travel, days of travel and the destination.

To save you some time and bucks, I decided to share top picks based on my experience on each and every destination that I’ve travelled. I’ll start with one of my favorite places on earth: Miami.

Miami is one of our favorite vacation destinations, my husband even considers this place as “our second home”. This sunny relaxing city is so inviting, that it’s almost our first choice when we are planning our next vacation. Because you can sunbathe, relax and party  – and do it all in one place, your makeup bag should definitely represent all these activities.

SKIN

Body Sunscreen

Since now I’m so much smarter about the sunscreens – and hope, you are too after my extensive research on this type of sun protection – I’d recommend using COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50. You won’t have problems with TSA to take it onboard because it’s a stick. You can also opt for a tinted one since it won’t leave white residue on your skin, which means you can use it away from the beach.

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 COOLA® Suncare Mineral Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, (26$, Buy Now)

Don’t forget to reapply it every 80 minutes and follow the instructions of the package. Make sure you apply enough product  – 1 shot glass for the body, as we know now is the right amount, since under-application substantially decreases the SPF factor.

And remember, that the best sun protection is still seeking shade and covering your body with clothing during the peak hours!

Face Sunscreen

You face is what represents you, so make sure you don’t forget about it as well. To make your life easier, take the Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30  from Drunk Elephant. Because it is tinted, You can use it while you’re at the beach and afterwards if you wish to wander in the streets during the day. It won’t make you look white and the glow that it adds to your skin will look perfect on pictures!

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 from  ($36, Buy Now)

As well as with the body sunscreen, you need to reapply this sunscreen every 2 hours and use a dollop amount of the product for the optimal protection.

Skip on mists, sprays, powders especially for your face, even if you’re being told in the store that they are mineral and safe for your skin, which they are. However, they are not safe for inhalation as they can damage the lungs.

Lip Balm with Sunscreen

Don’t forget about your lips! Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm with SPF15 is ranked by EWG as the safest options available for lips sun protection on the market today.

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural All-Weather SPF15 Moisturizing Lip Balm, 2 Count ($6.99, Buy Now)

Sunscreens for Kids

For kids, I’d recommend All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion. Check with your airline company if this size of the cream is acceptable on board.

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NEW All Good SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion, Water Resistant, 3 oz, ($15.19, Buy Now)

For babies, FDA recommends to stay away from any type of sunscreens so make sure your babies are in the shade or you use clothing as the protection from sun exposure.

Aftersun gel

Whether you love tanning, or you try to avoid the sun, the aftersun lotion is a must in your body care routine. My favorite one is from Korres because it is made with natural greek yogurt – a milk product used for centuries to cool the skin after the sun exposure.

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KORRES After Sun Greek Yoghurt Cooling Gel for Face and Body, ($26.00, Buy Now)

By the way, you can also apply it to your face! For a more cooling effect, put it in a fridge or an ice bucket!

If you’re travelling only with the hand luggage, you would probably need to put this cream into the travel container. Check with your airline for allowed sizes for liquid on board.

Facial Moisturizers

Your skin will be dehydrated by the sun and the ocean, so you need to replenish it with the most effective moisturizers. I’ve tried lots of different products and here is my short list:

Moisturizing Serum

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CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SÉRUM INTENSE REPLENISHING HYDRATION (1 oz, $110, Buy Now)

In my highlights on Instagram, I’ve already shared my results after using this serum. In one word, it is amazing, one of the best products I’ve ever tried so far.

Face Moisturizer, Lotion and Essence

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SK-II Pitera Welcome Set ($110, Buy Now)

These are another products that I’ve also tried and shared in my highlights. The best part of this kit is that you get three amazing products  – an essence, a lotion and a facial cream – for quite a decent price ( compared to full-size prices and the kit’s value of $155) and they are in a perfect size for travel. Check with your airlines though, if they let you take 2.5 oz of the essence onboard before you leave the house!

Moisturizing Eye Cream

Since your relaxation and time that you spend outdoors during the vacation will probably contribute to a good sleep and less visible dark circles, skip on heavy eye creams and use the moisturizing one instead. My personal favorite is Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado from Kiehl’s. You can find the detailed review of this cream is in this blog post.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29.00, Buy Now)

HAIR

Hair mask

I’ve always used to be less caring about hair when I travel, however things changed. Still, if I can skip on my favorite Living Proof shampoo that I’ve written about earlier in this blog, there is nothing else found in the hotel room that can help me with the dry split ends. Moreover, since they are getting worse because of the environmental exposure, I no longer can be that neglecting. Luckily, I’ve discovered L’Oreal Ever Pure Hair Sheet Mask that I’ve written about in my previous post. It is easy to pack and you’ll get the result instantaneously.

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L’oreal Ever Pure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, 1 sheet mask, ($3.97, Buy Now)

Invisibobble

Tying your hair in the braids is a good idea to get effortless beachy waves. I’m always taking my Invisibobble hair ties with me. It is so much easier to wash them and bring them back in shape after using – just scroll on my highlights on my instagram!

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Invisibobble Original Hair Tie – Crystal Clear, pack of 3, ($8.00, Buy Now)

Hair Brush

Taking my Mason Pearson bore bristle brush may be a good idea, but jamming it into overpacked makeup bag may be not. Instead, I’d take the travel-friendly Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush.

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Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Professional Detangling Brush ($22, Buy Now)

MAKEUP

The best makeup for Miami is in a creamy texture that will literally melt on your skin for the most natural, sun-kissed effortless look.

Eyes

For me, Miami is associated with smudged “effortless” liner or creamy eyeshadows.

Eyeliner

My new obsession is Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner from Marc Jacobs. You can choose from a variety of shades, but the black one is a must-have. They are waterproof and soo creamy and pigmented.

 

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25.00, Buy Now)

Eyeshadows

For creamy eyeshadows, I’d go for Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil. It is technically a thick pencil with extremely creamy texture and pigmented formula very similar to cream eyeshadows and yet more comfortable to use. I especially like the shades Golden Quartz.

Charlotte Tilburi Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil, ($27, Buy Now)

If you don’t like eyeshadows in cream, you can use this small travel pallet from Smashbox. Use your fingers to get more pigment out of the product and soften the edges of your eyeshadows with a fluffy clean brush.

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SMASHBOX Double Exposure Travel Palette, ($24.00, Buy Now)

Mascara

I was very skeptical about Benefit’s latest BADgal BANG! mascara and I didn’t like it at all when I tried it for the first time. Believe me or not, I like it a lot right now. I don’t know what has changed, but now it’s among my favorite products! And it is quite resistant to humidity so you definitely want to take it with you to Miami!

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BADgal BANG! volumizing mascara travel size mini, ($12.00,Buy Now)

Face

I suggest to skip on foundation and let your skin shine! For more confidence, you can use a concealer to hide small imperfections.

Concealer

If you are looking for the concealer that will give you enough confidence with your “bare” skin, try the Benefit’s Boi-ing Airbrush concealer. It will give enough coverage and will look natural on your skin. My shade is 02.

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Benefit Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, ($20.00,Buy Now)

Bronzer + Blush

There is no sun-kissed blush look without a bronzer or a blush! To save more space I’d recommend Terracotta Light Powder from Guerlain. It has some blush pigment alongside to the natural bronzer shades, resulting in the most subtle refreshing luminous bronzer you can get.

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Powder, ($53.00, Buy Now)

 

Alternatively, or in addition to this, you can also consider Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick in Sunstruck with a rose-gold highlighter on one end and a coral blush on the other.

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Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick ($55.00, Buy Now)

Highlighter

While it is so hard to pick just one highlighter, I’ve just discovered one from Hourglass in shade Champagne Flash and I’m absolutely in love with it! It gives such a natural subtle glow, that you can wear during the day and night. You can use it on high points of your cheekbones, nose, corner of your eyes and on your cupid’s bow – wherever you feel the necessity to add more luminosity to your beautiful skin.

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Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick ($42.00, Buy Now)

Lips

Miami is a hot place, so if you want to keep your favorite Tom Ford lipstick in shape, my best advice is to skip on it. Instead, try liquid lipsticks or lip glosses. My favorite liquid lipstick is Powermatte Lip Pigment from Nars. I’ve already got one in American Woman, and I’m planning to get a red and coral-pinkish one.

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Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00, Buy Now)

Lip glosses are trending this season, and the new collection from Pat McGrath is so tempting.

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PAT MCGRATH LABS LUST: Lip Gloss ($28.00, Buy Now)

Alternatively, you can also get Tinted Balm from Lanolips. Your smooth conditioned lips with thank you for this care.

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Lanolips Tinted Balm ($13.40, Buy Now)

Makeup Removal

Can we get a little lazy here?

Micellar water is one of the best inventions in beauty. If you like Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water, you’ll appreciate these wipes for sensitive skin. There are no TSA restrictions on wipes, so feel free to take it onboard.

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Makeup Brushes

Since most of the mentioned products can be applied with fingers, you would need only a brush for bronzer and a couple for eyeshadows.

Perfume

Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc is the perfect perfume for Miami. If you want something more affordable and less bulky, 10 ml eau de toilette of MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk is the best option for you. it has a similar to Soleil Blanc notes, in particular Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Coconut and Benzoin. This size is also acceptable by TSA.

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MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ Beach Walk, 10 mL Eau de Toilette Rollerball, ($28, Buy Now)

Makeup Bag

There shouldn’t be any questions about why I decided to feature Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag in this blog post.

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Stephanie Johnson Miami White Jumbo Zip Cosmetic Bag ($38, Buy Now)

By the way, TSA prefers seeing your liquids in a transparent makeup case or plastic bag – so this case is the absolute winner.

 

Did you find any of your favorite products on the list that you’d definitely take on your vacation at the beach? Would you add something else to this list? Let me know in the comments down below!


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Lip Sets Battle: Huda Beauty vs Pat McGrath Labs

Hello, my beauties!

Today’s post is about comparing two lip sets: one from Pat McGrath Labs called LiquiLUST 007 in Divine Nude/Bronze and the other one is from Huda Beauty called Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic.

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Why did I decide to do this?

Both of these brands are relatively new and both are very responsive to beauty trends. The two products that I’ve picked for comparison today have a lot in common, starting from the point that both of these sets have gained a lot of popularity among bloggers and beauty experts. Meanwhile, being so similar, there is definitely something distinctive about them, and there should be a reason why someone would prefer one set over another.

I picked mauve shade in both of the sets on purpose to see how they will be different while being of the same shade.

Packaging

The first thing that you will notice is a difference in packaging. Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set comes in a lip-shaped tin with 3 products in a set. This tin can be easily reused for storing small objects or makeup.

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On the contrary, Pat McGrath’s LiquiLUST 007 comes in a sealed plastic bag filled with iridescent purple sequins and 2 products in a pack. I had so much excitement when I was doing my “unboxing video“. However, the package goes straight to trash, unless you want to fill a jar with these sequins to decorate your room.

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Both of these sets are limited edition and both are available at Sephora. While Contour & Strobe Lip Set is available in 5 different shades, LiquiLUST 007 Divine Nude version is presented exclusively at Sephora in one shade. There are also two more variation with the same number of products, however it is presented exclusively on the official website and currently is sold out.

Pricing/Value for Money

The lipstick and lip strobe from Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set come in mini size, while you get a full-size lip pencil. The price for the set is $25, while if you buy full-size products individually you will pay $57 in total. On the contrary, Pat McGrath Labs LuquiLUST 007 contains 2 full-size products. The price for the set is $38, while it’s value is $47. Interestingly, but you cannot really buy each of these items separately. Meanwhile, if we add lip pencil from the same brand ($25), the total for the “full set” from Pat McGrath Labs will cost $63 which is a little more than same “full set” from Huda Beauty.

Undertones

Even though both of these sets contain mauve shade products, they differ in undertones. There might be a minimal difference when you apply the products on your lips, but as you see on the swatches on the back of my arm, Muse from Contour & Strobe Lip liquid lipstick has cooler, more purplish undertone compared to Divine Nude liquid lipstick from LuquiLUST 007 with more of a rose undertone. Interestingly, but the lip pencil shade from Huda Beauty almost matches the liquid lipstick from Pat McGrath Labs!

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As for the lip strobes and lip glosses, Angelic Lip strobe from Huda Beauty is more pigmented and has a warmer light peach rose undertones with gold reflections compared to more transparent Astral Vinyl Gloss from Pat with beautiful fine golden sparkles.

Formula

Huda Beauty’s Lip Contour Matte Pencil in Muse is a very creamy matte lip pencil and glides on easily on your lips.

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Muse lipstick is a liquid matte creamy lipstick which is very pigmented and has a thick formula. Similarly, Divine Nude is also a liquid matte creamy lipstick, but has a rather thinner formula and feels lightweight on the lips. They both provide nice full coverage. I prefer the wand from Pat McGrath more, as it distributes the product more evenly and there is no need to use any additional brush to apply the lipstick to the lips. For Huda Beauty, I had to use a lip brush and wait extra time for it to dry because of the thickness.

                                Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Muse               Pat McGrath Liquid Lipstick in Divine Nude 

As I mentioned before, Angelic lip strobe has more pigment and is much thicker, while Astral Vinyl Gloss in Bronze is more transparent. The first one makes your lip pop even more as it reflects the light better, while the last one has more of a natural finish and those fine sparkles only compliment the matte liquid lipstick. Angelic lip strobe comes in a package identical to Muse liquid lipstick, while Astral Vinyl Gloss in Bronze comes in a tube. I apply the last one with my fingers as seen in commercials.

                                       Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Angelic                      Pat McGrath Astal Vinyl Gloss in Bronze

The Feel

When using all three products from the Contour & Strobe Lip Set, I felt that I have too much of products on my lips. It may be perfect for pictures as the light hits your lips making it look plumper, but in real life, it looked a little too much for me. Moreover, the shade is darker and it’s purple undertone, in my opinion, does not really go well with my complexion.

Divine Nude, on the other hand, is more lightweight and it is much easier to apply because of the smoother formula and wand. Interestingly, Bronze gloss only enhances the look and makes lips even softer. I even had a feeling that these two product are made to be used together.

Verdict

Personally, If I had to pick a winner from these two, I would say that I’ve liked Pat McGrath lip set more as I found those shades and formula work better for me even though it cost $38 and you get only two products. You can definitely tell how natural it looks on my lips.

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wearing LiquiLUST 007 in Divine Nude

If you prefer more of a stand-out look, plumper lips, definitely go for Huda Beauty. By the way, there are new sets of Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks which you don’t want to miss!

Have you tried either of these two lip sets? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Video Review: Pat McGrath Labs Matte Lipsticks

I’m so excited to share with you my first sit-and-talk video review on Pat McGrath Labs LiquiLust 007 and MatteTrance lipsticks in the most trending shades!

 

 

LiquiLust 007 in Divine Nude consists of two products – Divine Nude liquid matte lipstick and Bronze Astral Vinyl lip gloss. The lipstick comes in nice pale mauve nude shade, while the gloss was more golden/bronze tiny sparkles that neutralize the grayish shade of the lipstick and adds a glamour touch to the lipstick.

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MatteTrance lipstick is 013 Elson is a very trending shade of red with blue undertones.

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It reminds me of Ruby Woo from MAC Cosmetics, so I decided to compare these two lipsticks right away!

To see how they compare to each other and what MatteTrance lipstick  really is about watch the video below.

What is your favorite lipstick brand? Let me know in the comments below!


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Perfect Nude

Have you ever searched for a perfect nude lip shade?

I bet you did. It’s the same crucial problem for me as to find a perfect foundation color: not too bright, not too dark, not too yellow or not too red.

I’ve finally found my perfect nude color in Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip line. The most ironic part is that the shade is called Perfect Nude. It’s a liquid lipstick that is creamy enough to condition your lips while is not too oily and not too dry. I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown Art Sticks lip colors and this in liquid formula is not an exception.

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Before – bare lips
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After – Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Perfect Nude

Why I love these art sticks is because they are easy to apply, especially the chunky pencils. These are my go-to products that I always keep them in my purse. They can cover my lips perfectly even when they are a little dry and even cover a bruise on my lip.

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These liquid lipsticks are highly pigmented, creamy and deliver semi-matte, full-coverage color

All you need to do is to swipe a small amount of balm underneath the lip color if you can’t exfoliate your lips before applying a lip color. It will be enough, because as I said the art sticks are creamy enough to give your lips enough moisture and enhance your lips. Moreover, the color stays on your lips for quite a long time – I tried both vivid and nude colors, the formula works the same. Meanwhile, it is quite lightweight – which is another reason to love these lipsticks.

 

So going back to our discussion of nude lips. Here are some tips in finding your perfect nude lipstick:

  • First of all, you need to identify the formula that you prefer: liquid lipstick or stick/cream or crayon/pencil.
  • Next decide on the finish: matte, semi-matte, sheer, satin or high-shine.
  • Then, it’s time for testing, as finding the perfect shade is all the matter of test and trial. The goal is to match the color of the lipstick to the inner skin of your lip. Once you get the match you know you’ve found your perfect nude.
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The inner skin of my lip matches perfectly the lipstick color

What is your perfect nude shade? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. By the way, Bobbi Brown is still having sales on all products, check out this post for more details.


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