24 June 2018

Five Lifesaving Summer Vacation Products


Ah yes, a beauty post has finally reared its head after all those travel posts. A breath of fresh air really. But actually not because while I am going to be venturing back to beauty, I'm talking about travel beauty so ha, tricked you. Gotta milk this vacation as long as I can. Back to the point: travel beauty. This is a topic that has been talked about by every beauty blogger on the planet, and yes, I am aware of this, but I wanted to talk about the kinds of travel beauty that comes in handy when you're not traveling as glamorously as some bloggers and influencers get to. Now, I am by no means trying to knock the way that certain bloggers and influencers get to travel, believe me I covet their dreamy getaways just as much as the next girl, but for the rest of us who don't quite have the same privilege, I think important to remember that there are some really affordable travel beauty options and I'd like to share some that really came to my rescue on this trip. 


Moroccan Hair Travel Kit
Now technically, this is a set of four products but since I’m going to be talking about it as a whole, I'm considering all of the products together as one consumer product. I have very curly natural hair that has a tendency to be dry, frizzy and generally terrible looking and over the course of the past two to three years, I've been trying different shampoos and conditioners to see if I can find a duo that can tame the beast. My go to over the past year has been the Not Your Mothers Naturals Blue Sea Kale & Coconut Water Sea Minerals shampoo and the Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert conditioner. I chose this duo because I've really been trying to inject some moisture into my Sahara Desert-like locks and while it has helped, I noticed the biggest difference came when I paired this duo with the OGX Moroccan Oil Hair Mask. The extra boost of moisture made my hair feel less like a tumbleweed and more like actual hair— a true feat, let me assure you. When I was getting ready to pack for my vacation, I realized that I would need to buy a set of travel shampoo because apparently I forgot to nab some from my last few hotel stays. For shame. It was then that I was struck with the *brilliant* idea to try products the actual Moroccan Oil brand instead of, you know, the knock off one I can actually afford. The best laid plans, eh? Any who, I purchased the set through my overlord, Amazon and it arrived a week later in a nice little carry case. Inside was four products: the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner, the Hydrating Styling Cream and the original Moroccan Oil Oil Treatment. The set came to a total of $48, which I think is fine because for this brand, a little bit of product goes a long way and after two weeks of use, I still have plenty of product left in each of the containers. Only downside is now I want to buy the full size versions of the shampoo and conditioner but my bank account might actually come to life and kill me. Like I said, the best laid plans. 


Pacifica Sunscreen 
If you had told me at the beginning of my trip that I would later be writing this post with this product included, I probably would have laughed. A lot. Loudly. Not for any particular reason other than I have a tendency to avoid sunscreen like the plague. Before any of the aghast comments come in about ‘how can I not use sunscreen, that's so dangerous, and ‘you're going to get skin cancer’, and ‘you're a terrible human being’, I already know all of this. I'm extremely careful when I spend time in the sun (a rarity) because I am unfortunately a prime candidate for skin cancer —darker skinned father, extremely mother equals skin danger. Because of this and my usual aversion to sunscreen —it's gross, never rubs in properly so I always feel sticky, and always smells like chemically altered lotion— I take care to cover up in the sun, stay in the shade when I can and always make sure I avoid going outside more than necessary on extremely heavy UV days. A true internet child. Who wants to go out on those days anyways? It's so nasty outside. This vacation was a little different because I was going to the beach, which except for the last year, has been an infrequent activity in my life. There was no avoiding the sun, and I knew it was time to suck it up and just use the flipping sunscreen. My friend Kylie was in charge of bringing the sunscreen so she actually get credit for this little gem, the Pacifica SPF 50 Spray Natural Mineral Sunscreen. The sunscreen, which has a spray application, feels more like a body oil than a sunscreen, and once rubbed into the skin, doesn't feel sticky but more so slippery. It's extremely hydrating because one of its key factors is coconut oil and as a bonus, it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I hate taking a quick dip and then immediately having to reapply because the sunscreen just washed away. Think about how much sunscreen must be in our ocean, that can't be environmentally friendly. Over all, Pacifica is a great brand that I definitely want to look more into this summer. They're cruelty free as well as vegan, which is hard to come by when in regards to drugstore brands. At $16, this sunscreen is without a doubt affordable and I will definitely be picking up a can of my own. On a side note, we accidentally ended up leaving the can of sunscreen in Greece thus it is not in the flatlay. 


IT Cosmetics CC Cream
This was a spontaneous purchase which, when it comes to makeup, isn't something I do often. I was in the tricky position of I'm leaving for a trip, my foundation no longer matches my face, and I tan very quickly which means by day three of this trip, any foundation I buy now won't match me either. Tricky tricky. So I proceeded to spend the next half an hour wandering back and fourth in the Ulta aisles, picking things up, putting them back, and picking the up again. I finally reached my wits end and was just going to admit defeat when the IT Cosmetics stand caught my eye. A CC cream was the perfect solution to my first world problem, nod to make it even sweeter, they sold travel sizes. I picked up a shade that was just a smudge too dark for me, and now, post vacation, it matches perfectly. Unbeknownst to me, this CC cream also has an SPF of 30 so it was perfect to wear out at the beach and around town to prevent my face from going from bronzed goddess (I tried) to lobster. I liked this product so much, I fully intend to purchase the full size and it may even end up being my go to base this summer. 



Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel
Sometimes Birchbox really, really gets it right. My love for eyebrow gels has grow exponentially over the last two years. At first I didn't really think much about them and was a pencil girl through and through but now, eyebrow gel is pretty much my best friend. I mean seriously, a way to fill in your brows that takes less than ten seconds. The lazy girl in me is living. Now do my brows look as nice and polished as they would have if I had used a pencil? No, but it gets the job done and in summer, especially on vacation, that is good enough for me. When I received this gel in a Birchbox, I didn't think much of it, but when I finally decided to give it a god I loved it. It's a bit darker than my natural brow color which is nice because I dye my hair darker and it's super pigmented. I find that it fills in my brows easily and really helps give them a shape. Deffo recommend for a quick eyebrow fix when you just can't be bothered but you do have to look presentable. 



Vaseline Lip Balm with Aloe
I've used the Vaseline pots before —the rose scented one— and absolutely loved it so there was no doubt in my mind that this one was going to be good as well. I ended up talking Kylie into purchasing this particular pot because I still has some in my old one left and there no need to waste, but I definitely ended up using it for most of the trip. See the thing about this particular lip salve is that while it doesn't have an SPF in it, it does have aloe, so when you undoubtedly get a little bit toasted on your lips, it calms the burn as well as keeping them moisturized. Another upside is that because the pot is small and a hardened gel, you can easily carry it through in your hand luggage for security without having to worry about any regulations or leaks. And take it from me, you always want to bring lip balm on a plane, especially a long haul and specifically if you've spent time in the sun. Sitting with dry, slightly singed lips is extremely unpleasant. 



What products do take on summer vacation? 

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