Tis the season for weekend getaways. Got any fun and fab plans for Labor Day? When you’re packing for your summer sojourn, remember that you’re going away for a weekend, not a lifetime. Yours truly has a penchant for over-packing… and as a repeat offender, I’ve picked up a few tips over the years. Here are a few to help lighten your load and travel like a pro:
* Don’t choose a big bag for a trip that will only last a few short days. If you pick one that’s too large, you’ll be tempted to fill it up. Instead, select a small to mid-sized overnight bag and edit your list of trip essentials.
* Weekend getaways are all about breaking routines and doing something different and fun. When you think of your trip in these terms, you’ll see that it’s not necessary to bring all of the beauty products you typically use on a daily basis.
* When packing, consider your destination, the weather forecast, your planned activities, and the outfits that you’ll be wearing. These factors will help to guide your beauty products choices.
* When it comes to products, think beauty that does double duty.
Here are some products I recommend you pack to beat the heat and keep you looking hot at your destination:
Some women think that they have to choose a lotion that feels good or one that works well. Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh Lotion does both. Its lightweight formula feels good on the skin (especially in the hot summer months) and does good for your skin. It delivers serious moisture – hydrating for 8 hours – and imparts a fresh scent. In a blind survey, 87% of consumers said they would consider switching their existing lotion to Vaseline Total Moisture. (more…)
This mineral powder make up system is something that I have heard about for a long time, but was never really interested in trying. My routine of L’Oreal True Match foundation (as concealer) and all over pressed powder worked just fine, and was both convenient and easy.
Recently, my skin decided to completely revolt. My skin is usually normal to combination, I break out in the usual sweaty T-zone places, with the occasional stress zit thrown in for good measure. Suddenly, I was getting dry patches where I am usually oily, being oily where I am usually normal, and was breaking out all over the place for no reason. Fantastic. Though this has been a wicked summer (100+ degree heat wave, anyone?), I knew that I had to change what I was putting on my face every day.
Enter Bare Minerals. I got a starter kit that included a concealer brush, a buffing brush, concealer, foundation, and mineral veil. I was totally skeptical. How was this powder possibly going to cover my dark circles and other imperfections? Wouldn’t I just sweat it off immediately? Was it really going to stick to my face at all in the first place?
I applied concealer under my eyes, and across any breakouts that needed covering. I then buffed the mineral foundation onto my skin, brushing in small circles. I used the equivalent of two “coats” – going over each area twice with a newly dipped brush. I then applied mineral veil, a translucent powder that was supposed to magically keep this all in place. (more…)
I’m absolutely obsessed with Ann Taylor’s Fall 2012 collection, which is “inspired by the continental glamour of 1960s Paris.” Last month, I posted about the ad campaign – starring Kate Hudson. The first images definitely had me intrigued. And now that the full collection has been revealed, I must admit that the teasers did not disappoint. I’m loving the black and white, pops of color, animal prints, and the sweet, feminine touches (i.e., lace and bows). It’s like someone at Ann Taylor climbed inside of my brain and created a collection just pour moi.
Here’s what’s on my ultimate wardrobe wish list:
This Tie Back Short Sleeve Sweater ($58) is business in the front, cocktail party in the back.
The White Leopard Ponte Dress ($138) is a must-have. And check out the edgy, exposed zipper on the sleeve. Genius, right? Rock on with your bad self, Kate! (more…)
My favorite handbag designer, Rebecca Minkoff, is now on Rent The Runway. Her popular Minaudiere clutches retail for $325, but you can adopt one for 4 days for just $35! Yes, ma’am!
It’s perfect for all your upcoming events – from weddings, to cocktail parties to nights out on the town. In a festive array of colors and embossed leathers, these clutches are beloved by celebrities and fashion girls alike.
While you’re at it, you might as well rent a dress and some jewelry to compliment your arm candy. Here are some promo codes to help you get started:
First time renters, take $25 off any rental order of $75 or more. Use promo Code at CJ25OFF at checkout. Coupon expires 8/31/12.
Whether you’re a new customer or a Rent The Runway veteran, this promo code should sweeten the deal. Get 20% off your next purchase by typing RUNWAY at checkout (expiration unknown).
Congratulations to the winners of the Vaseline Total Moisture Giveaway:
These ladies will receive a 10 oz. sample of Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion, which boasts a thick formula, hydrates for 24 hours, smells clean, and takes the place of the three or four lotions (or in Jenna’s case, 20) that are likely taking up prime real estate in your medicine cabinet.
I apply Vaseline Total Moisture Clean Feeling Lotion in the morning to quench my Sahara-dry dermis, and my skin stays hydrated and silky smooth all day. I am excited to share this product, as I’m confident the lucky winners will love – and use – it as much as I do.
Thanks to Vaseline for sponsoring this contest! And be sure to stay tuned for more chances to get Spoiled Pretty.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vaseline, however, all opinions expressed are my own.
My husband affectionately calls me “Daneen the Clutter Queen.” He’s right: Parting with products absolutely pains me. I keep products I haven’t used for years and will never wear again, and I’m not alone. Do you know that 34% of women admit to having more than 20 products stored in their medicine cabinet, and 27% of women admit to having a product in their medicine cabinet that has been there for more than 3 years?
But, there comes a time in every beauty addict’s life when every bathroom shelf is stocked, every drawer is overflowing, and there’s no room for the new things you’ll inevitably buy. That’s when a cosmetics connoisseur needs to get creative.
I recently discovered a product that will free up space, save you money and get your spouse/partner off your case. (more…)