This is a big deal (to me). Tomorrow I leave for NYC > Switzerland > Paris> then (finally) back > VT. It will be my first trip to Europe: an adventure I have always dreamed about. You would think I would be making checklists upon checklists and borrowing Tata’s recent copy of Conde Naste Traveler but, nope, that hasn’t happened. This trip sort of crept up on me, so much so that I didn’t even inquire to see if I needed a Schengen Visa to travel to these countries until the last hour. You don’t, btw. Phew!
This week I started to seriously prepare. The best part? Packing my toiletry bag of course! With me, everything begins here. When I clean my house, the first thing I do is organize the skincare and cosmetics on my vanity. One might call it procrastination but I see my world clearly enough to know that my life revolves around beauty; it always has and it’s one of the reasons I am here. It’s also a chief reason as to why so many of my closest friends work in beauty, like Rachel.
Rachel is a makeup artist I connected with immediately upon meeting in NYC because of our mutual love of Tata Harper Skincare. I wasn’t working for the line at the time. Now I am, but a girl still needs help, so I asked Rach to give me some Dos & Dont’s for traveling, packing a toiletry bag and sprucing up my look a little for that “je ne sais quoi” that one would hope to emulate on a romantic holiday. Here’s what I learned:
1. DON’T wear makeup on the plane.
It’s a known fact: flying on an airplane just sucks the moisture out of your skin. Foundation and powders only exacerbate the dehydration. If you can forgo coverage, take the opportunity to give naked skin intense moisture by using a hydrating toner (floral is great) and an uber-rich moisturizer. Tata will also use the Replenishing Nutrient Complex for maintaining a dewy glow; I’ll be trying that recommendation from her as well.
2. DO Contour
Everyone is of course completely mad about this trend right now, including myself! Rachel recommends it as the tried-and-true way to refine your look. Normally I would pick a trendy new lipstick or try an eye look that’s only for the brave; I’ve never considered changing things up with bronzer and highlighter. That’s because I’ve never really used these products with the right technique but, now, there is so much free artistry education out there that it’s easy for anyone to try. I’ve watched this Bronzed Contoured & Highlighted Makeup Tutorial from Lisa Elridge 3x and I finally think I have it down!
3. DON’T Neglect the Body
What body? Just kidding. Though I will say I wish I spent a little more time in the gym before this trip. She’s totally right though… Vacation is the time to enjoy sensuous oils and call some attention to the areas we often neglect when we’re running through our morning routine. Like our Décolletage! Hello! Mine has been hiding under a wool sweater for weeks so it will be nice to shine a little light here with our Limited-Edition Shimmering Bronze Revitalizing Body Oil.
4. DO Pack Double-Duty Products
Rachel says you don’t need to travel with a duffel bag full of makeup. Try to get your routine to fit into a shape no larger than a shoebox… for flats… otherwise it’s just going to be a total drag. She’s right! Take inventory of your products and see which can work in more ways than one. For instance, our Purifying Cleanser is going to be my spot treatment for an unsightly pimple that just surfaced. (OMG…It REALLY works!) I’ll also use my aromatherapy to not only chill me out but also as a perfume.
5. DON’T Forget to Share the Love
Hello! What a thoughtful tip and one that would make Tata proud. She’s always thinking of sweet little gestures to share who she is and a slice of her Vermont with everyone she meets. When you’re traveling, it’s an opportunity to share who you are with new people and as I mentioned above, I am a person that makes beauty a big part of their life so I’ll be traveling with a few extra lip & cheek tints in my favorite shade ever, “very nice”, to share with new friends. How nice!