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What’s In My Travel Bag? (Packing for France – TSA Approved Liquids)

 

I am leaving for France this week on a two week wine and beauty trip with my friend, Myrna, and her company, Roux Wine Tours. I decided early on that I would only be taking a carry-on and a large tote/purse so I don’t have to heave luggage through the streets of Paris and on trains! In an effort to keep everything compact and simple, I’ve been rummaging through my beauty collection to see what travel sizes I have on-hand and what I really need to purchase.

If you’ve traveled at all in the United States, you are likely aware of the TSA’s ban on liquids over a certain size. The rule is 3-1-1, which means no liquids more than 3 oz., in 1 quart-sized clear bag, for 1 person. The quart-sized bag I’m using today came with my London Fog Carry On, and it has a loop to strap into the case. I was pretty excited to find that included with my luggage, so I didn’t have to purchase one. So, here are a few tips and a peek into what’s in my travel bag and packing for France.

TSA approved liquids composite

Top Row from Left to Right:

1. Using an old empty Korres moisturizer container (1.35oz) and a beauty spoon, I transferred my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm into the container for easy transport. I always save the sturdy containers for traveling when I’m finished with a product. Good ones to keep are glass pots and the LUSH fresh facemasks pots! In this situation, I transferred it because the regular Emma Hardie packaging is over the approved limit for size and is quite bulky to travel with. Plus, this is plenty enough product to get me through 2 weeks. (For my review of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, click here).

2. Travel size Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet  (0.33oz) as my moisturizer. I love this stuff! It has a great mousse-gel texture and just quenches skin’s thirst using a blend of grape water, grape seed extract, and shea butter extract. (I actually purchased this kit from Sephora, which includes the sorbet, the serum, and the spray.)

3. Regular size (2.2 oz) Women’s Mitchum 48 Hour Protection in Shower Fresh. Because, sweat and body odor. Nobody wants that.

4. Weleda Skin Food (2.5oz), available at Target, as my in-flight skin saver. I have not tried this yet, so I’m really hoping it works. Since this is a long-haul flight and air cabins contain a 80% deficit in the proper humidity for skin, it’s necessary to moisturize in-flight. Because I already have such dry skin, I’m taking Skin Food since it is super thick and nourishing (or is supposed to be!) I’ll certainly update you as to my feelings on this product!

5. Shampoo & Conditioner. First, I bought a set of these cute little polka dot travel containers at Target to put my products in. You can find those here. I’ll let you know if they leak or not. Next, I simply transferred my current shampoo and conditioner into the bottles, and packed them up. Right now, I am using Proganix AntiFade Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner. I’ve only been using it a few weeks, and so far I really like it. It is sulfate free color protection, and I like that it claims to protect against UV damage. You can find them at Ulta, Walgreens, and CVS. Here are the links if you want to check them out: shampoo and conditioner.

6. For my in-flight skincare regimen (on flights over 4 hours), I like to use a hydrating facemask to lock in moisture. Obviously, a clay mask would be quite conspicuous, so I opt for one that goes on clear and can be used as a sleeping mask. Because of its size, I chose the Nuxe Masque Crème Fraiche de Beaute for 24 hour rehydration. I got this in my Glossybox, and you can actually purchase it from their website, here. I love this mask so much! It’s one of my favorites for hydration.

7. Of course, I cannot travel without a micellar cleansing water, so I used a smaller bottle to use for some of my Bioderma. I have the 500 mL size at home, so that is not only against the 3-1-1 TSA rules, but also it’s just way too bulky to travel with anyway. I will be restocking on this when I’m in Paris. It’s the only place you can get the travel-sized Bioderma, so that will replace this little dinky bottle for future travel. (If you’re interested on some different micellar waters, have a look here.)

Bottom Row Left to Right:

1. Perfume samples. I didn’t want to pack a large bottle of perfume, and I’m actually running super low on all my favorites at the moment, so I couldn’t decant them into my Travelo. Since I have so many samples on stand-by, I opted for three sample sizes : Oscar de la Renta’s Coralina, Tocca’s Bianca, and Joya’s Composition No.1 mini-rollerball.

2. Navy Pots: Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes it is easier and more convenient on space to decant some of your liquids, creams, and gels into smaller containers. I thought the set I purchase from Target came with a good selection of container sizes, so here we have 2 small pots.

  • Smaller Pot — coconut oil. I cannot do skincare without coconut oil, so I liquefied about a tablespoon, and put it into the little pot to solidify. I use it for so many things, so if you’re interested in that, I’ve done a full post here.
  • Larger Pot — my heavier overnight moisturizer, which is currently the Vichy Liftactiv Nuit. I love this moisturizer. It’s not too thick, and it sinks into your skin almost instantly. When I wake up in the morning, it’s completely obvious my skin got a heavy dose of much needed hydration.

3. Toothpaste (0.25oz). I did not get super picky here; I just picked up what was available in the travel section at Walgreens.

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is my favorite concealer. It has great coverage, staying power, and it’s brightening. Oh, and it’s cheap! Another great UK drugstore find. (I’m still searching for an online retailer. I’ll update this post as soon as I get a viable link that will ship to the US.)

5. NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait (0.23oz). This color is a great everyday gloss that also goes over most lipsticks well for added shine. The formula is very moisturizing, but because it’s so slippery, consistent reapplication is necessary. You can find NYX at Target, CVS, and Ulta.

6. Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream (0.5oz) as my eye cream. I just started using this based on a recommendation from a friend. So far, I like it, but I haven’t been using it long enough to report on the effectiveness. It’s a jelly consistency eye gel for overnight use, and is very cooling on the skin! It contains hyaluronic acid in to boost collagen production, increase moisture, and help to slough off dead skin cells. (available at drugstores)

7. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster (0.25oz) for my serum. This another product I’ve just recently started using, but so far I like it. And again, I haven’t been using it long enough to report on effectiveness or results. It contains Vitamin C for boosting collagen production, brightening skin tone, and reducing fine lines. (This is another one I’ll get back to you on via an update right here). This product is available at Sephora.

8. Foundation. Right now I’m using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (in No.54). It comes in a TSA approved size, but the packaging was too bulky and took up too much room, so I opted to make room by decanting it into the small pot. (The foundation is available on Amazon, as it is only sold in UK drugstores.)

So, I was able to get 16 products into my 3-1-1 TSA Approved Travel Bag. Here’s the final result.

Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side B - final pack
Side B – final pack

I hope you found this post helpful or interesting. Check back tomorrow to see what I managed to fit into this makeup bag!! If you have any travel/packing suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

travel makeup bag

xoxo,

Candice

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Mardi Gras Skin Recovery (or Hangover Skin Recovery)

mardi gras skin recovery

Mardi Gras is officially over, and we’ve all partied our little hearts out, while also dehydrating our bodies and angering our skin. So, I’ve devised a little plan to help you rejuvenate tired hungover skin.

before and after

1. Hydrate

We all know the importance of hydration in general, but when it comes to hangovers or multiple days of partying, it’s critical. Not just for your internal organs, but also for your skin. While there is only one bottle of water pictured here, that was my third that morning. Keeping your body hydrated helps keep your skin plump and less dry which reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sallowness.

2. Cleanse

I can’t stress this one enough – cleanse and cleanse well, not harshly, but well. Removing all the dirt, sweat, and other environmental nastiness your skin absorbed is essential to giving it an opportunity to recover. I love the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm. It’s a gentle, but insanely effective, cleanser that doesn’t foam. It can be used as a basic cleanser or even as an overnight mask. I’ve done a review here if you’re interested in reading more, but the basic point of Step 2 is to make sure you properly cleanse.

3. Calm

This is an essential step. Calming the angry skin is necessary. It needs soothing ingredients to reduce inflammation and absorb necessary nutrients. For this, I like the Ayesha Fresh Face Mask from Lush as its main purpose is to refresh tired dull skin. The Ayesha features a blend of kiwi (rich in Vitamin C for brightening), asparagus (to nourish and absorb excess oil), honey (for hydrating and reducing inflammation), and witch hazel (for tightening). Truth be told, this is one of my favorite masks of all time.

4. Nourish

As you might know by now, I am a huge fan of coconut oil for skincare. It’s cheap, easy to find, and provides a host of skin benefits. For this step, I do a coconut oil mask. All you need to do is liquefy about a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage it into your skin. Let that absorb into the skin for 30 minutes to an hour. Gently wipe your face clean with a warm washcloth. This helps nourish the skin due to the high concentrations of lauric acid. Basically, it’s food for the skin! (For other beauty uses of coconut oil, check out this post!) You’ll begin to notice your skin reviving around this step.

5. Repair

Now that you’ve revived your skin, it’s time to repair it using a good serum. Any current serum you are using will do the trick. I like serums because they are designed to enhance the absorption of products that come after them, and are concentrated to such a degree that you’re providing your skin with high levels of vitamins and nutrients. I used the Skin & Co Truffle Oil Serum, which I reviewed here. But I also love the Skin, Inc. serums (they will custom blend one suited to your skin’s needs and issues).

6. Strengthen

Its helpful to strengthen the eye area when giving your skin recovery time. The key is finding an eye cream that contains hyalauronic acid. Hyalauronic acid is a fabulous ingredient that not only helps skin retain moisture, but also helps exfoliate without rubbing or scrubbing. I love the BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme, which you can read more about here. I’ve been using it for years, and  I love it.

7. Moisturize

The last step is to moisturize to restore hydration from the outside in. Any quality moisturizer will do the job, but today I used Vichy Lift Activ Nuit. I have just started using this one, so I’ll have to get back to you with a full review. Quality moisturizers are key because they help infuse moisture into the outer layers of the skin, which also helps to plump skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and nourish newly forming skin cells.

As you can tell from the before and after photo, there is a very noticeable difference. Skincare isn’t difficult, but with the right steps it can make a drastic change in the appearance of your skin, despite the craziness you put yourself through the night before.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you try this! I want to see your before and after pictures!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Skincare Empties! 1st quarter 2014

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Welcome to part 2 of the empties series! Today, SKINCARE! Let me first start by saying that I have dry, dehydrated, and sensitive skin, so I’m overly cautious about ingredients in skincare. Therefore, all of these products are suitable for sensitive dry skin, and may not be suitable or effective for other skin types or other/specific skin concerns.

Without further ado… I’m gonna save you the suspense, and go ahead and tell you that I have already repurchased all of these. Some of these are my second or third repurchase, so I am confident in my recommendation of these products. If you’re interested in knowing why I’ve repurchased them or how I use them, read on for additional details!

Sophyto Omega Daily Moisturizer, available at Sam’s Club, TJMaxx, Amazon, Ebay (prices range from $25 – $59/2pack)

SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary
SoPhyto Omega Moisturizer, available online, prices vary

This is my absolute favorite moisturizer! I purchased the dual pack at TJ Maxx for $7.99. But, I’ve just learned it’s being discontinued!! Not to fret! You can still find it on Ebay, Amazon, and at Sam’s Club and TJMaxx (in the 2 pack and on the cheap!). I began using this after a very bad allergic reaction (to benzoyl peroxide) because it is completely organic and does not contain irritating chemicals. What I learned, over time, is not only is it a FABULOUS moisturizer, but it also functions as an amazing primer for foundation. I’m really really sad that it’s being discontinued. So, I guess I’m going to have to restock with every bit I can find online. Originally, this was priced at around $50 per tube, so it could potentially be pricey online. Don’t worry, though, it’s totally worth it. I’ll pay $50 for this moisturizer!

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Unrefined), $11 (available at your local health food store)

Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores
Spectrum Expeller Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $11, available at health food stores

This is my third full jar of this coconut oil. I use it for almost every beauty remedy known to man — hair masks, face masks, eye makeup remover, overnight moisturizer, bath additive, etc. I could do an entire post on coconut oil and the amazing beauty product it is, but I’ll spare you the long diatribe on this post. I’ll do a full coconut oil post soon, but in the mean time, check out my DIY Eye Makeup Remover using coconut oil here! Oh, and go buy some. You’ll be super glad you did…well, as soon as I get all those coconut oil DIY beauty uses blog post done, right? 🙂

 

 

 

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water (Eau Micellaire Demaquillante), $14 (3.38oz) or $28 (6.7oz), (available at Sephora)

Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)
Caudalie Makeup Cleansing Water, $14 (3.38 oz)

Micellar/Micellaire Cleansing Waters are one of the trendiest new products in the beauty market, and this is the first one I’ve tried. I quite liked it as a makeup remover, but not as an eye makeup remover. I did a comparison on Instagram between my DIY eyemakeup remover and this product, which you can find here. And while I don’t use it for eye makeup remover, it is a great face makeup remover. I found myself going back to this product over and over again first thing in the morning to just clean overnight skin. It is so refreshing, smells amazing, isn’t oily, and cleanses off any missed makeup or dirt from overnight. I also used it as clean up for makeup mishaps. While it is on the pricey side, I really really recommend this product, and have already repurchased it in the larger size. Simply put, this is a great all around product to have around whether you’re in a clean-up pinch or in need of a morning skin refresher.

Buche de Noel Cleanser, $14.95 (available seasonally at Lush)

Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush
Buche de Noel, $14.95, seasonal cleanser, available at Lush

Buche de Noel Cleanser is Lush’s seasonal cleanser available at Christmas time each year. (Lush has seasonal products made fresh and available at certain times each year.) I love this cleanser. It contains almond shells and kaolin clay for exfoliation, satsuma oranges for brightening, shea butter and glycerin for moisturizing dry skin, Nori seaweed for intense nutrients, and a shot of Brandy for toning. It is one of my favorite cleaners, and I always buy two at Christmas to last me a little longer. It’s a clay/mud-like consistency, so it’s not your typical cleanser. However, in the off months that this one is not available, I purchase Angels on Bareskin, which is pretty similar in texture, and seems to do the same for my skin although it contains some different (and similar) ingredients. If you haven’t tried either of these cleansers, I urge you to give them a try. They are incredible!!

 

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35 (available from your local BeautiControl Constultant)

BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant
BeautiControl Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme, $35, available through your local BeautiControl Consultant

I have been through so many of these eye cremes, I’m losing count. It’s been my favorite for years, and if you’re interested, I’ve done a full review here. In a nutshell, it is highly moisturizing and contains ingredients to slough off dead skin (visually!) and encourage cell turnover. Need I say more?! If you need a recommendation for a BeautiControl Consultant, please feel free to ask. I am not a consultant, as I like to remain as impartial as possible with this blog, but I can provide you with some recommendations in your area.

 

 

 

 

c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8 (available at Ulta and Glossybox — link below)

c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox
c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist, $8, available at Ulta or online via Glossybox

I received this in a Glossybox months ago, and have become addicted. It’s the first thing I grab after I put on my serum and I truly notice a difference when I do not use it. It’s a light oil you mist onto your face and decolletage that absorbs into the skin immediately without leaving your skin greasy. It smells lovely of almonds and honey, surprise surprise! Once, I forewent using this for about 2 weeks, and my skin started freaking out. (Let’s be honest, I ran out of it!) As soon as I put it back into my routine, my skin immediately rebounded. Is it a miracle product? Probably not. But is it a product that functions as a building block in your skincare routine? Absolutely. And at $8, who can resist?! For the Glossybox link to purchase, click here. Oh, and it lasts for ages, so it’s a super bargain there too!

I went into a little more detail here than I did with the hair empties because I feel like what you put on your face is important. It can make you feel beautiful or make you extremely frustrated, so I like to take more care and detail with skincare products. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve tried and/or finished a skincare product recently that you cannot wait to repurchase! I am dying to know what you’re finding out there!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Nip + Fab Dark Circle Fix Review

 

Nip + Fab Dark Circle Fix, Available at Ulta $15.99
Nip + Fab Dark Circle Fix, Available at Ulta $15.99

I have battled under eye dark circles since I can remember. They are mostly genetic, but I am still on the hunt for something that will actually diffuse them at their source and not just cover them (i.e. makeup wise). So, when this product caught my eye, and the lady at Ulta gave it raving reviews, I had to try it. I was hoping it would be a dupe for Benefit’s It’s Potent ($34) eye cream which is twice the price of this one.

What it claims to do: target dark circles, reduce puffiness, hydrates and softens to reduce the appearance of dark circles and aid in slowing premature aging with a fast acting formula.

First, let me say that I love the packaging. Not only is it minimalist and pretty, but it has a pump. I love when products have a pump because it controls the amount you use, and keeps you from over using the product.

But let’s get down to it.

The texture of the product is nice and light, and doesn’t have any particular smell. I used this as a part of my morning skincare routine for about 8 weeks, and I didn’t see a huge difference in my dark circles. I did notice reduced puffiness and found it to be a good moisturizer, but it wasn’t enough to make me repurchase this. I don’t outright hate it, but there are far better products out there, and it didn’t deliver in the arena I wanted it to. However, the benefit of this product is that it is $15.99.

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme

BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme $35.00
BeautiControl Restructuring Eye Creme $35.00
Photo Credit: JessieCate Photography

 

I know people are generally less inclined to purchase skincare from direct marketing companies such as Mary Kay, BeautiControl, etc.; however, the ladies in my family have been using BeautiControl for YEARS!! Literally, as far back as I can remember, my mother and my great aunt always had some BeautiControl products in their beauty repertoire. I first began using BeautiControl in college because I have very sensitive skin, and it was the ONLY thing that every cleared up my skin and prevented hormonal breakouts. Unfortunately, they’ve discontinued the line I used in college, and have since launched their “Spa Facial” line. The Spa Facial line features an array of products from Microderm Abrasaion to Acid Peels to the MOST amazing lip peel/butter you’ll ever use. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of their skincare products. Whether you have sensitive skin (like me), oily skin, dry skin (also like me), or combination skin, I highly recommend this line as it is versatile for all skin types. I don’t use every product of their line, but there are a few products I just cannot stop using. This eye creme is one of them. So, let’s get down to why it’s my favorite!

First of all, I think we can all agree that this packaging is beautiful. It’s sturdy and looks quite expensive. It travels well, and has never chipped on me, despite my clumsiness.

Next, it doesn’t really have a smell, other than a general eye cream smell. I like this because I think we all want our eye creme fragrance free. I do not want irritating fragrances around my eye areas, unless they are all natural. The texture of the creme is super silky even though it is dense and thick.

Third, I’ve been through about four of these pots. They last FOREVER!!! My most recent pot has lasted me nearly 6 months. The pot itself is 0.5 oz, but the formula is quite thick and you don’t need that much. So, six months at $35 is essentially $5.83/month for some of the best eye creme I might ever use. That’s less than a Subway meal deal.

I use it both morning and night. Make sure with eye creme that it is the FIRST thing you put on your face after washing, whether morning or night! If you wait, it may not absorb into the skin properly over top other products!

I don’t know exactly what ingredient makes it so amazing, but about 3-5 minutes after it sinks into your skin, you know something is happening. If you touch your eye area lightly, you’ll feel any possible dead skin rubbing off. Granted, you don’t want to rub your eye area, but it’s so hard not do to so lightly with this creme. The sloughing off of dead skin cells is so important in skin care because dead skin can clog pores and prevent cell turnover. So, if they are sloughing off around your eye area that means that you are getting some great cell turnover. This eye creme also contains algae extract and peptides which encourage speedy cell turnover because peptides give you the foundation to build collagen. Collagen is the ingredient in your skin that keeps it plump and wrinkle-free or wrinkled less. I really enjoy knowing and tangibly being able to see that my skin is renewing itself, as the packaging claims, right before my eyes.

It also contains hyaluronic filling spheres. If you’re not familiar with hyaluronic anything, this stuff is what we should all be looking for in skincare products. Hyaluronic Acid is the base of nearly anything you’ll find containing “hyaluronic” anything. It’s an acid that is naturally found in the body and is most present in fluids around the joints and eyes. Hyaluronic Acid has many uses for the body and eyes, but it’s greatest skincare attribute is that it is a magnificent moisturizer. It fills up wrinkles in the skin by swelling when it comes in contact with natural water in the skin and increases in volume utilizing a micro-resevoir effect. Since I have both dry and dehydrated skin, I am always on the lookout for products containing hyaluronic (hyaluronan) acid. Getting moisture into the skin, especially the eye area, can actually reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles because dry skin just makes your lines and wrinkles both look worse and deepen. Caroline Hirons said it best on her blog (which is my FAVORITE skincare blog) when she said, “Skin is made up of 70% water – around  20-30% of that is in the epidermis (top layer of the skin). In normal circumstances, your hydrolipidic film acts as a regulator and barrier – retaining moisture and protecting against germs. If – for whatever reason that is compromised, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly and the normal, healthy state of the skin is compromised.”

With this eye cream, I find my skin to be hydrated, plump, and the lines around my eyes less visible each day. I smile A LOT, so I am okay with having lines around my eyes, but this is one of those creams that really scales them back, especially in colder weather when my skin tends to be super dry.

Beauti Control Restructuring Eye Creme
Beauti Control Restructuring Eye Creme

At the end of the day, I will always try other eye creams, but this is one to which I will ALWAYS return. It is my absolute favorite.

Have you ever tried this eye cream? or any BeautiControl Products? What eye cream are you currently loving? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Glittery,

xoxo,

Candice

P.S. If you are interested in purchasing any BeautiControl products, please let me know. I do not sell it, but I know people who do. You can email me at bitterglitterblog@gmail.com for any additional information or to get in contact with those I know who do provide this product.

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