What's better than an impromptu summer weekend escape? Whether you're headed to the shore or a quiet cabin in the woods, a fabulous metropolis or seaside resort, there are a five beauty essentials that are always good to keep on hand. The last thing you want to do is stress out or overpack for a weekend that's supposed to be relaxing, so instead of lugging around your whole cosmetics collection, here are a few time and space-saving tips to make sure you're looking your best, but aren't bogged down with an enormous makeup bag.
A tinted moisturizer or BB cream
Leave the concealer and full-coverage foundation at home. From time to time, it's good to give your skin a break. Plus, if you've ever worn a full face of makeup on the beach, you'll know how painfully uncomfortable it can be- you end up feeling like a snowman in July.
A tinted moisturizer or a BB cream are good alternatives to foundation or full-coverage powders, giving you just a hint of color while moisturizing your skin. Many tinted moisturizers and BB creams also contain SPF 15-20, which isn't quite enough UV broad spectrum protection if you're lounging poolside, but provides you with a light base of skin protection that's ideal for sightseeing and exploring your weekend getaway spot. If you want a great moisturizer with good UV protection, opt for Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, a 5-in-1 cream formula that moisturizers, primes, controls oil, offers great coverage and protects against sun damage. So ditch the heavy duty foundation, and go for a effortlessly, natural look.
Makeup remover pads
If Beauty had a cardinal sin, it would be sleeping with makeup on. Okay, so you're on vacay rules, and you've had a couple of too many mojitos, and your room's fluffy bed is calling- you think, "What’s this one time? I'll just go to bed, forget it."
Take the 5 minutes out to clean your face properly, you won't regret it in the morning. Sleeping with makeup on will not only clog your pores and cause your skin to become dry and flaky, but imagine how much more difficult it's going to be wiping off that caked on second day makeup... Not fun. So, what's the compromise?
Invest in some makeup remover pads. Even if you don't have the energy to wash your face at night, using makeup remover pads is better than going straight to bed. Burt's Bees makes some wonderful and inexpensive facial cleansing towelettes that come in a resealable, 30 count. If you have skin that's prone to irritation, opt for the sensitive skin formula, which softens your skin with cotton extract while gently moisturizing with rice extract and calming aloe. Fragrance free and hypoallergenic, these pads remove makeup without rinsing, making them ideal for your hassle-free weekend.
A day-to-night palette
One of the quickest ways to cause your makeup bag to overflow is by bringing along too many individual beauty products like eyeshadow. Not only does it create unnecessary bulk, but you're more likely to leave behind loose items. Urban Decay's Naked palette is ideal for creating naturally pretty day looks, and stunning evening eyes. There are three versions of this palette, offering different shades, shimmers and mattes, but the original Naked is especially wonderful for creating sun-kissed, carefree summer beauty looks- it even comes with eyeshadow primer samples and a brush.
Rollerball eau de toilettes and perfumes are a great option for travelers. Think of how many times you've packed your favorite scent only to have it shatter in transit or break into a million pieces the minute you step foot in your hotel room. Roll-on scents are also a good choice if you're flying since they're within the TSA's allowed requirements, so you don't have to worry about your fragrance being confiscated even in your carry-on.
2 great scents to try this summer:
Giorgio Armani's Acqua di Giola ("Water of Joy") is a fun, water-floral with hints of jasmine, peony, pink pepper, mint, brown sugar, lemon and cedar wood. It's refreshingly lovely, and virtually flattering for all.
Marc Jacobs Dot is a spontaneous, chic and feminine fragrance, featuring red berries, dragon fruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, coconut water, orange blossom, vanilla, driftwood, and musk. It's floral, citrusy and invigorating.
A multi-purpose makeup stick
A multi-purpose makeup stick a.k.a. “The Multiple” is a cream-based stick for lips and cheeks. It’s a great way to avoid carrying too many lipsticks and blushes. Many of these multi-purpose sticks can be applied wet or dry, and one worth investing is NARS Multiple, which comes in a shimmer and a matte variety. Try it in South Beach, a gorgeous, shimmery apricot that's ideal for creating that sun-goddess look, and Riviera, a lovely, pink that's universally faltering.
While there are many beauty products you could take with you on your weekend escape, these are the 5 essentials that will keep you looking your best. As for hair, ditch the blow dryer and hair iron, and opt for a styling spray like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, which is a fuss-free solution to beautiful hair, giving you those enviable, sexy beach waves.