Real Travel Tips: The Mediterranean


Guide books may suggest appropriate clothing and shoes, but what about a packing list for your makeup bag?  When embarking on your adventures, which beauty products and tools are really necessary and what can we leave at home?

When one of our colleagues went on a 10-day tour of the Mediterranean, she gave us the scoop on what to bring and even what to buy!

“The heat really takes it out of you… especially your feet!  Pack airy and comfortable shoes, light clothing and a day bag with a lightweight strap.  Keep your beauty routine easy and be sure to apply and re-apply your sunscreen!”

Feel good and look even better these 6 tips:

  1. Wear a broad spectrum sun block, especially on your face and chest which burn easily.  Rehydrate at night with a moisturizer made from indigenous ingredients like the Dead Sea minerals.  Pack a travel kit like Ahava Body Starter Kit, but bring home a few Dead Sea products for yourself or as gifts when your visit the salty sea!
  2. Choose a lightweight powder compact like Liz Earle Perfect Finish Powder that travels well and has build-able coverage.  Apply with your buffing brush all over face for a light to medium finish and touch-up with throughout the day to take away the shine.
  3. Keep your makeup bag light with a multi-tasking product like Nars Multiple Duo in Copacabana.  Sweep on the light shade with your deluxe crease brush as an eye shadow or apply to the high points of your cheeks as an illuminator.  Apply bronzer along your cheeks, forehead and bridge of nose with your stippling brush for a healthy glow.
  4. Lips can go from day to night with a peachy gold gloss like Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar.
  5. Wearing sandals in the heat can leave your feet tired and dusty!  Treat and clean your feet with refreshing foot wipes.  Try Butter London Mucky Pup Foot Wipes.
  6. Carry essentials only in a lightweight hands-free bag.  Heavy bags or straps are uncomfortable against your bare or barely covered skin.  The LeSportSac Kasey was a perfect choice and the separate compartments keep everything organized.

What do you pack for travel?  Show us what’s in your bag on Twitter or Facebook! And don’t forget to tell us where you’re off to (we’re jealous already)!

Image:  Dead Sea, DehabSafari

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Tutorial: Classic Beauty inspired by Kate Middleton


Kudos to Kate!  She is the most photographed women in the world and she still does her own makeup (and does it well).  Check out Sam’s new tutorial for a classic look that will make you paparazzi ready!

Get the tip, tricks, and makeup picks below:

Flawless Face:

  • Apply a dab of moisturizer onto your buffing brush and work evenly over your face.  The extra hydration on skin and brush will allow the foundation to glide on for a streak-free finish.
  • Pop on a medium coverage foundation with your fingertips and then finely blend over face using your buffing brush in circular strokes.  For areas that need extra coverage, use the tips of the brush to gently “push” more product on skin.  Sam’s pick is Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation ~$42 (1).
Enhanced Eyes:
  • Grab your brow brush and sweep on a brow shadow for a enhanced yet natural looking brow.  Anastasia Brow Powder Duo is Sam’s favorite~$23 (2).
  • For a classic look, stick to a neutral palette.  Apply a medium brown (a shade or two darker than your natural color) over the lid with your base shadow brush then press a darker pigment on your shading brush (tap off excess on back of hand) and work gently into the upper eye socket.  Blend edges out with your deluxe crease brush and re-apply and blend to build up color for subtle, long-lasting definition.  Finish look with a few strokes of dark shadow in the outer corner of the lid.  Sam uses Sleek Makeup i Divine Au Natural Shadow Palette ~$9.99 (3). 
  • Kate’s look always includes eye liner on the upper and lower lashes.  Sweep a gel liner like MAC Blacktrack Fluidline ~$16 (4) along your top lash line with your fine liner brush. Sam’s tip: apply while looking down at a mirror for ease of application.
  • Add volume to upper lashes with a mascara like Bourjois Volume fast and perfect mascara ~$21 (5).
  • Clean up and brighten under eyes with a concealer and a clean deluxe crease brush. Sam recommends YSL Touch Eclat Radiant Touch ~$40 (6).
  • Define your lower lash line with the dark shadow and your accent brush, drawing a tight line from the outside to the inner corner.  Apply a brown eye pencil along the waterline.
Flawless Finish:

 **Now you can get all the brushes used to create your favorite looks with just 1 click. View any tutorial on and click “Add All to Bag” to purchase all the tools needed to recreate the look at home. 

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