Beauty

WHAT’S IN MY TRAVEL BAG: BEAUTY

Carry-on travel beauty essentials

At home, I rely on a pretty basic beauty routine – but when I’m traveling I find my skin/hair/everything is put through the wringer. Airplane air, less sleep, change in diet, it all adds up and after years of arriving at my destination thinking ‘I wish I had something for…’ I finally think I’ve perfected my carry-on beauty bag. Below, what’s going to make the cut this trip and exactly why.

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VISITING: HEYDAY FACIAL SHOP, NYC

Heyday: NYC Facial Shop

One of the greatest perks of living in NYC is access to an ever-changing influx of new things to see and do. So when a friend told me about Heyday – a facial shop in the Flatiron District that would change my ‘anti-spa’ attitude.. I had to see for myself. One step into their minimal yet inviting doors and I was totally converted.

Heyday: NYC Facial Shop

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MUST HAVES: SUMMER BEAUTY STAPLES

Summer Beauty Staples

We’re at the point in the Summer when heat and humidity, long days in the sun, pool/ocean/lake dips all have started to wreak havoc on my skin and hair. Here, the products I’ll be using to get me through the rest of the season.

FACE: I typically don’t wear a ton of makeup in Summer, so this lash lengthening mascara and lip balm are my go-to’s. If I want to add a bit of color, I’ll use a thin line of these aquatic eyeliners or a stay all day lipstick. And on newly tanned skin, a hint of highlighter on my brow/cheekbones.

HAIR: If I’m drying naturally, this sea salt spray gives me beachy waves. If I’m blow-drying this smoothing cream fights frizz and softens dry ends. And either way, I use this detangler on the regular.

NAILS: Summer usually wreaks havoc on my mani/pedi but Essie polishes last longer than any other brand I’ve tried. And my real secret ingredient? This instant dry top coat. No scratches, dents or chips and it’s dry… instantly. I never paint my nails without it.

SKIN: First things first, skin protection. I just tried this mineral sunscreen for the first time and it feels like velvet. This serum is great for lightening up sun spots or other damage and this eye repair emulsion.. well I have no idea what that even means but it brightens, firms and reduces puffiness around the eyes. So I’ll just call it magic.

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SPRING BEAUTY ROUTINE

The Steele Maiden: Spring Beauty Routine with Prescriptives Foundation, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox CosmeticsFor longer than I’d like to admit I was pretty intimidated by the thought of switching up my make-up routine.  But sometimes pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can yield some pretty good results. And when you have help from actual experts? All the better.

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HOW TO: APPLY THE PERFECT RED LIP

One of the things that I’ve been impatiently eagerly awaiting sharing with you is video content however, due to about a million technical issues on my old site, I wasn’t able to get that up and running. But hello new site and hello video! The first topic? Mastering classic red lips.

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