travel beauty

Travel Beauty :: Makes Scents

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Do you purchase a new fragrance for every trip? I read that tip in the Paris Review recently and fell in love with the idea. The writer was quick to point out that she wasn't suggesting we purchase an expensive bottle every time we go to a cousin's wedding, but instead that we dignify a journey with its own scent.

Whether you select a new rollerball in the airport duty-free or carefully choose a scent to match your destination, this practice will allow you to create a unique sense memory for your trip. Our sense of smell connects to the part of our brain that deals with memory, motivation and emotion, which is why a scent will evoke a memory more so than any other sense.

I've selected five fragrances that originated in or were inspired by the cities to which they're attached. The first three are unisex and the next two are intended for women and men, respectively, although worn by both {I love Spicebomb even though it's from the men's department}. I'm off to Europe next month and I'm already contemplating my options: seductive and spicy for Barcelona or fresh and woody for Stockholm? With so many hours in airports, I may do both!

Trip Styler Tip: Perfumer Frédéric Malle suggests that when selecting a new fragrance, you should try on one or two and then walk around the store for 20 minutes. After that it will have settled and you'll have some confidence in whether you like it. If it still appeals, it will do for a long time; if it irritates, it will never stop.

Stockholm  Byredo Gypsy Water  Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper Berries, Incense, Pine Needles, Vanilla, Sandalwood

Stockholm
Byredo Gypsy Water
Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Pepper, Juniper Berries, Incense, Pine Needles, Vanilla, Sandalwood

New York  Le Labo Santal 33  Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Cardamom, Iris, Violet, Ambrox, Leather, Musk

New York
Le Labo Santal 33
Notes: Sandalwood, Cedar, Cardamom, Iris, Violet, Ambrox, Leather, Musk

Capri  Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri  Notes: Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Petit Grain, Cardamom, Caramel, Musk

Capri
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri
Notes: Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Petit Grain, Cardamom, Caramel, Musk

Paris  Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady  Notes: Oriental Rose, Benzoin, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk, Frankincense

Paris
Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady
Notes: Oriental Rose, Benzoin, Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk, Frankincense

Amsterdam  Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb  Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Pink Pepper, Lavandin, Chilli, Saffron, Elemi, Vetiver, Balsam Fir, Tobacco, White Leather

Amsterdam
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Pink Pepper, Lavandin, Chilli, Saffron, Elemi, Vetiver, Balsam Fir, Tobacco, White Leather

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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[images by @heatherlovesit & @tripstyler except paris photo via ignant.de]

Travel Beauty :: Concealer Map

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When I fly I wear minimal make-up over maximum moisturizer because while I love to travel, I don't love the drying effects of recycled plane air on my skin. Before a flight, I slather heavy moisturizer on my face, followed by concealer, mascara, loose powder and lip balm. During the flight, I drink plenty of water, reapply lots of lip balm and mist my face throughout the journey. Before landing, I touch up my concealer so I can hit the ground running.

Thus, the topic of the day—what kind of concealer do we need and where should we apply it? Selection and application can be overwhelming, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves. We've even created a concealer map to help you put your best face forward.

Types of Concealer
Make-up artists suggest that women should own two basic types of concealer: a light-reflecting pen or fluid, and an opaque stick or cream. Believe it or not, they do different things; the former brightens while the latter covers.

Primarily meant for under-eye circles, pen or fluid concealers also work wonders around the nose, lips and shadowy areas of the face. They’re thinner than normal concealers and work well on dry or wrinkled skin because of their moisturizing and illuminating qualities. Meanwhile, opaque concealers are best for concealing blemishes, scars and redness. 

Where to Apply
There’s no magic formula for concealer application. We all have unique face shapes and concerns. Though, here are a few universal helpful tips for concealer application that we've tried and tested on the jetway {and we KNOW work well}.

  • Lightly apply concealer to under-eye circles with a brush or your ring finger. Try two simple application methods:
  1. Apply to dark circles only, from your inner eye to below the middle of your pupil. Avoid a large half-moon shape.
  2. Draw an upside-down pyramid from your lower eyelid to your cheekbone.
  • Use a light-reflecting concealer on your brow bones and on the inside corners of your eyes to appear more rested. 
  • Give eyebrows extra definition by tracing them in concealer and then blending the lines with your finger. 
  • Sharpen and correct a cat eye by swiping concealer above the flick of your liner.
  • Save space in your travel make-up bag by using concealer as an eyeshadow primer. Apply with a brush to avoid depositing oils from your fingers to your eyelids, and set with loose powder.
  • Create the illusion of plumper lips with a dab of concealer in the center of your lips.
  • Apply concealer around your lips for a crisp edge that makes bright lipstick pop.
  • Lighten the larger areas of your face by applying light-reflecting concealer to your cheeks and forehead, and then contour with bronzer or foundation slightly darker than your skin tone.

Application + Product Tips

  • Remember that less is more. Don’t apply too much product to your brush; you can always build coverage.
  • The secret to even application is blending. Use your fingers or a fluffy eyeshadow brush on larger areas of your face, and a small eyeliner brush on smaller spots like blemishes and scars.
  • Start with primer and follow with foundation or tinted moisturizer before applying concealer. Finish with a light dusting of powder.
  • We love YSL’s famous Touche Éclat pen, but this miracle worker is a highlighter, not a true concealer. Apply to the inner corners of your eyes, along your cheekbones and—if you don't have dark circles—under the eyes in place of concealer.
  • For a list of products, check out make-up artist Lisa Eldridge's suggestions. She also provides a fantastic concealer tutorial.

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

[face map by @heatherlovesit, outline via google images]

Travel Beauty :: Holiday Palettes

The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year to buy beauty products. It’s when major brands release limited-edition palettes filled with possibilities. These holiday sets are not only great gifts, but also perfect travel companions. Whether your cosmetics fit into one small case or occupy a full closet, these palettes are an intelligent investment for an easy-to-pack, five-minute face.

Trip Styler Tips
- Look for palettes with high-quality brushes to get the most bang for your buck.
- If you don’t wear make-up, look for travel-size skincare and haircare kits.
- If a palette is filled with dark or bright shades you'll never wear, don't be seduced by a deal!

What to buy
Clockwise from top left: Urban Decay naked on the run – eyeshadow, mascara, eye pencil, bronzer, blush, lip gloss; Tarte bon voyage collector’s set & travel bag – eyeshadow, mascara, cheek stain, lip gloss, lip tint, finishing powder, face oil; Laura Mercier portable color palette – eyeshadow, eye liner, blush, lip gloss; Nars laser cut eye, cheek & lip palette – eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, lip gloss; Too Faced la belle carousel – eye shadow, mascara, bronzer, blush; Bobbi Brown deluxe eye & lip palette – eyeshadow, lip colour, brushes

This post is written by Trip Styler's Assistant Wayfarer/Editor Heather.

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Here Comes the Sun
Face Masks for Frequent Flyers

[collage by @heatherlovesit]

Travel Beauty :: LA's {Must-Stop} Organic Pharmacy

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Want more travel beauty? Get your fill the third Wednesday of every month. Lauren, our travel beauty expert, is already whipping up her next concoction post!

I just got back from LA---my former stomping grounds---with an EXTRA suitcase filled to the brim with clothes, food, and guess what took up a biggest amount of suitcase space? Products from The Organic Pharmacy. Founded by a pharmacist and her husband, I absolutely love this UK-based health and beauty store. With natural, non-toxic products and uber-knowledgeable staff to recommend beauty solutions for your every whim, this store is your one-stop beauty shop. Below are a few of the items I picked up on this trip!

1/ Carrot Butter Cleanser $69 Yes, the price is a little steep for a cleanser, but this has to be the thickest, richest cleanser I've ever used. In these cold winter months, nothing makes my skin feel so clean yet so soft. I love the balm-like consistency.

2/ Immune Tonic $26 This tincture was created to help boost the immune system and fight infection, all you do is add 10 drops into a glass of water. Perfect for before or after a flight, or during cold and flu season; Immune Tonic is a no-brainer I always keep in my purse. This tonic is made with potent ingredients like Astragalus, Cat's Claw, Elderberry, Thyme, and Plantain, all known to boost the immune system.

3/ Cleopatra's Milk Bath $64 The name alone got me! This relaxing bath soak has luxurious rose petals and decadent, hydrating milk as main ingredients, taking your regular bath to a whole other level.

Bonus - Apricot & Chamomile Lotion for Baby $27 I recently had my second baby and this light lotion leaves my little ones smelling d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. I love that it's made without any harsh chemicals and filled with ingredients like Apricot Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Chamomile and Aloe.

PS - Want these lotions and potions now? You can order them online.

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Travel Beauty :: Splurge VS Steal {Part 2}

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{Editor's Note: Trip Styler experienced a site outage on Monday. As a result an unfinished post was sent out via email. If you happened to read the incomplete story about Puerto Vallara, lo siento (sorry in Spanish). You can see the full, complete story here.}

Want more travel beauty? Get your fill the third Wednesday of every month. Lauren, our travel beauty expert, is already whipping up her next concoction post!

For November's Travel Beauty primer, Lauren continues her Splurge VS Steal series and picks four additional travel must-haves worth e-v-e-r-y penny---whether drug store flings or premium-priced miracles.

1/ Hair Tamer Splurge: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil, $24 Keep frizz away all day long and under the most humid weather conditions with this treatment that uses Kendi Oil from Indonesia to get even the thickest, coarsest hair ultra smooth in an instant. It works well for finer hair types too {just use a small amount} and can be applied to damp or dry hair. Genius!

2/ Mascara Steal: Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara, $6.99 Proof that price doesn't always reflect product performance, this mascara creates the fullest, most dramatic lashes. I'm asked if my lashes are fake almost every time I use it.

3/ Skincare Primer Splurge: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, $52 Not everyone wears a primer before applying makeup, but now that I've discovered this primer, I think everyone should. Its natural, mineral-based formula is water-resistant and has SPF 15 that creates a light layer to absorb oil and shine, minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, soften the skin and create a smooth canvas for makeup. Perfect for travel when you aren't as likely to freshen up your makeup throughout the day, this product leaves skin looking totally flawless from morning until night.

4/ Dry Shampoo Steal: Suave Dry Shampoo Spray, $2.54 {Trip Styler Editor's fave} When you're on the road and don't have time to wash your 'do, or want to volumize apres plane hair, spritz a touch of this light, lemon-scented dry shampoo into your tresses for an instant lift and just-washed effect. I use this regularly at home, as well as bring this 5oz bottle with me on every road trip. When I travel by air with my carry-on, its size is over 3oz, so I always carry cornstarch-based baby powder in its place.

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[collage by @tripstyler with images sourced online]