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Discreet beauty fixes + secret uses while traveling: Jane Iredale

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Jane Iredale -- the luxe cosmetics line that's seen everywhere from the most exclusive spas in the world to the doctors' offices where people go to "get a little work done" -- is quite the discreet line. Packaging is chic, functional, but not attention grabbing. It fits in very well with those who have the philosophy that primping should be done in the ladies' room. That's all very American, by the way . . . because the rest of the world just speaks of going "to the toilet" in their own language and that doesn't seem very primp-y at all. In some places in Europe and definitely Taiwan, the public place with the mirror and where you wash your hands is often irritatingly co-ed! Well, wherever you travel, discreet touch-ups are always a good idea. Jane Iredale has several products that are good for fixing facial boo-boos that are most discreet: I was happy to be hosted to experience it!

Zap&Hide is a little double-ended tube that's the size of most lip balms! I'd suggest it for both men and women, as you can hide it in a jeans pocket. One end helps heal your blemish and the other -- in 3 skin tone shades -- neutralizes. I think you still need a skin toned cover over it, because I see this as a color corrector for the ragingly bright color blemishes can be.

Always finish your makeup with a loose powder application or some setting variation. Amazing Matte Loose Finish Powder should work for the median range of skin tones -- maybe not the whitest or blackest -- to set what makeup and hiding creams you have in place. Use it with a brush, stroking down, so as to not go against facial hair. They suggest crushing it on your neck, which is a good way to avoid "tide marks" in photos. Set that with a spritz of their beautifully scented (pomegranate) Pommisst hydration spray, for a more alive, dewy but not sparkly look. It's available in a perfect for 3-1-1 carry-on travel bag size. Since many remote foreign destinations often have tourist leaders who like to take pictures of you the visitor, even men who may be breaking out or have other skin issues may want to use this discreet combo.

I was always having problems cleaning my cosmetic brushes, but no more: Botanical Brush Cleaner has anti-bacterial grapefruit extract -- that helps keep skin clear -- and seaweed conditioners. If your brushes are expensive like mine are, you want them to last practically a lifetime! This will help, much better than the shampoos or bar soap or dishwashing liquid I was using and you probably were, too.

Your lips need SPF protection as much as the rest of your face. No matter your age, gender or style, LipDrink® SPF 15 Lip Balm will give you what you need without color or high shine.

Here are some secret extra uses for the products suggested by the company, for even more discreet fix-ups!

Protect Hair Color with Facial Mist

Sometimes the heat of the season can go to your head—literally. Exposure to chlorine, sun and salt water can result in fading and changing of both untreated and chemically tinted hair. Summer-proof your hair with POMMISST Hydration Spray, which is formulated with Pomegranate extract to hydrate hair and maintain its color. Simply spray POMMISST onto damp hair after showering to help protect hair from harmful environmental elements, products and tools. Bonus: POMMISST leaves hair smelling amazingly fresh! $27 at janeiredale.com

Ward of Pesky Mosquitoes with Brush Cleaner

Finally a bug repellant that actually smells good! Formulated in a base of quick-drying alcohol and witch hazel, enhanced with grapefruit oil and seaweed extracts, Botanical Brush Spray will help keep those blood suckers away. No ingredients in the brush spray will cause sensitivities so it’s safe to spray directly onto skin. $36 at janeiredale.com

Heal and Hide Bug Bites with Concealer

If you do happen to get a few bug bites this summer, turn to Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer to quickly get rid of those unsightly red welts. Zap speeds up the healing process with beneficial antiseptic and anti-inflammatory botanicals, while Hide camouflages any redness. $26 at janeiredale.com

Liven Locks with Finishing Powder

The humidity of summer often leaves our hair matted to our heads in a sticky mess. To avoid twice daily showers, dust a little Amazing Matte Finishing Powder onto roots and work through hair. Formulated with rice powder to absorb extra oil, this translucent powder is the perfect quick-fix for greasy locks. $31 at janeiredale.com

Repair Razor Cuts with Lip Balm

Summer and smooth skin go hand in hand, but unfortunately, smooth skin and razor cuts also go hand-in-hand. Applying LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm directly to razor cuts takes away the pain and stops the bleeding almost immediately. Infused with carrot seed oil and avocado oil, LipDrink soothes and helps to heal minor cuts fast. $12 at janeiredale.com

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