TIme to do a Q&A session! I’ve never done this before (I usually answer back privately), but this time around, I’ve gotten some really great questions about travel and packing! I figured this is information that we all would find helpful, so let’s get started:
I always bring too much makeup on trips. How do I bring less in my makeup case without having to go bare-faced?
Such a great question! I too used to pack way too many cosmetics products when I traveled. But now I find that when I travel, especially to hotter destinations, I just don’t feel the desire or need to slap on a bunch of makeup each day! These days, I just bring the bare essentials. I’d recommend bringing a BB cream, maybe de-potted into a small plastic container (pick some up at Sephora by asking for samples of cream-based products). BB creams are all-in-one products, so you can technically skip packing the moisturizer, primer and sunscreen! I personally like Missha’s Perfect Cover BB cream or SKIN79’s hot pink BB cream. They both have SPF (very important!) and give me a naturally glowy look without too much heavy makeup. Beyond that, I usually toss in a waterproof mascara, a travel-sized mattifying powder, and a tinted lip balm.
I like wearing perfume, but my perfume bottles are all bigger than 3 ounces. How do I bring my favorite perfume on vacation?
Another great question! I definitely like my perfumes as well, but hate trying to pack those fragile glass bottles in my luggage. I mean, what if the bottle breaks and my clothes all end up smelling like Marc Jacobs Daisy?! When I travel light (without checking in a bag), I like to bring small sample-sized containers of perfume. You never use much perfume in one application, so these are perfect for a short trip. I’d recommend heading to your local Sephora and asking for a sample of your favorite scent. Then, just toss that little sample vial into your plastic quart bag and you’re good to go!
I always overpack! How do I keep myself from bringing too much stuff?
I learned this great trick from my mother who is the queen of efficient packing: pack what you think is the absolute bare minimum of clothing into your suitcase or duffel, then take a step back and remove 3 articles of clothing. No negotiating with yourself, no cutting corners. Take out 3 pieces of clothing and put them back in your closet. I promise you won’t miss those extra 3 pieces on your trip and now you’ve got a bit of extra space to bring back souvenirs!
I’d love to the Bahamas for spring break, but it’s just too expensive. Do you always go to such expensive places or are there cheaper options?
Don’t worry! There are lots of more economical travel destinations for Spring Break. I’m headed to the Bahamas this year mostly because it’s my senior year of university and the last spring break I’ll ever get to go on. So, really, it was all about going out with a bang! But in previous years, I’ve definitely made the conscious effort to keep costs low. One year, a friend and I took a 5-hour train and spent the week in New York City visiting museums for free and window-shopping. The next year, a group of us flew down to Tampa, FL and spent the week at a friends’ house. Staying with a friend is always a great (and inexpensive) spring break option. Just make sure to get your hosts a really nice thank you gift for their hospitality (we bought our hosts a new juicer and a set of luxe chocolates)! All in all, I’d definitely say how much money a trip costs doesn’t determine how great your spring break is. I’ve gone on fantastic trips that cost very little and sucky trips that cost a small fortune; it all depends on the friends you travel with and how much fun you have together!
And lastly, a few completely unrelated questions:
You talked about BB creams in a previous post. I’ve never used one before but I’d love to try one! What are they all about and any recommendations?
Welcome to the BB cream bandwagon! BB creams were originally invented by German doctors to help patients heal post-operation scars while providing light coverage. They’ve been hugely popular in Asia for many years and are now invading Western markets. Personally, I’d recommend that you invest in an Asian BB cream. I just don’t find that the new American and European BB creams on the market live up to their advertised skincare benefits. I’ve tried many (Garnier, Maybelline, Smashbox, Too Faced, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, and L’Oreal just to name a few) and just haven’t found one that compares favorably to the Asian products that I’ve been using for years. My favorite BB creams are by Missha and Skin79, two hugely popular South Korean brands. They contain SPF, treat acne, act as a moisturizer and primer, and help lighten dark spots. Here are the ones that I use:
You seem to really love Asian cosmetic brands. What gives?
Now that you mention it… I do have an absurd amount of Asian cosmetics in my collection. But in my defense, I have a very carefully culled makeup and skincare collection so I really don’t have too many products at one time. But I love Asian products for two main reasons: 1. They’re pretty cheap compared to their Western counterparts. And 2. They have the cutest and most ingenious packaging. Case in point, check out the packaging for my Asian BB creams and toner!
As you can see, the packaging is sleek, adorable and super hygienic. All three BB creams have a little pump and the toner has this awesome pump system where you put your cotton on top and gently push down to wet it. Awesome, no?
Most awesome purchase you’ve recently made?
My Parian professional makeup brush cleaning system! I had a $10 credit from Beautylish (Check them out! Beautylish.com They’ve got a promotion right now where you download their app and get a $10 credit) and splurged on this. I’ve heard amazing things about this products’ ability to clean brushes and I think that having clean makeup brushes is so incredibly important. We use makeup brushes on our skin everyday, so keeping those brushes clean keeps our skin happy and helps to prevent breakouts. This cleaning solution keeps my brushes fluffy and clean. It also smells heavenly….
Current favorite song?
I’ve been writing a lot of essays lately for class and Lana Del Rey has been my go-to essay writing artist. I’ve been loving This Is What Makes Us Girls. Have a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a_z7d2OERs