Saturday, March 1, 2014

Road Trip Beauty Essentials

It's the first of the month, which means it's time for another blog hop with the Beauty & Fashion Blog Community! This month, we're going on a road trip,  and can only bring five essential items with us. Well, since we're beauty junkies, the actual "essentials" (cleanser, moisturizer, body wash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc) are conveniently already packed for us.

If we're going to get technical, I've never actually been on a road trip before since I tend to get carsick within an hour, but on my imaginary road trip, I can go anywhere I want! Without further ado, here are my five items that I would grab before running out the door.

Wen Replenishing Treatment Mist ($14 for 2oz)

This product has been a staple in my beauty routine for over a year. Without it, combing through my hair after a shower is a lot more difficult (bordering on slightly painful), since I have long, tangly hair. It also makes second-day hair look shinier, softer, and healthier, which is always a plus. You can even spray it on your face! I was skeptical at first, but it's quite refreshing and doesn't make my face feel sticky like some other face mists I've tried. I like to sneak in a misting of this on my face when I'm combing through my hair. I don’t wash my face in the AM (the struggles of us dry-skinned folk) so I always use a product like this to freshen up before I leave in the morning. Also, the Pomegranate one smells AWESOME. The smell lingers in your hair for quite a while, so it kind of works like a hair perfume. I have sensitive skin and it's never given me a problem of my face, nor do I smell the scent on my skin after I spray it. Also, if you're sulfate-free, fear not, because this doesn't contain any silicones! Huzzah! See my full review hereand its mention in my 2013 Favorites.

Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150)

In my days B.C. (Before Clarisonic) my skin was breakout-prone and I always had at least one zit on my face at all times. Now, more than a year later in A.D. (After Discovery---hey I'm trying here!), my skin is still acne free! Apart from the occasional zit I get around "that time of the month" (spoilers: my period), my face has never looked better than it has since I started using this. If I went without it for a few days, I feel like my skin wouldn’t get as clean, and then we would be back to blemished skin. When I got back from my roadtrip-vacation my skin would look stressed and like I needed a vacation. This works with nearly any cleanser and makes it better. I prefer the brush head for sensitive skin, but there are a plenty to use from based on your skin type. I know some people think this is overrated, but I think they're just jealous that they don't have one. See my full review here, and its mention in my 2013 Favorites.

Vaseline 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly ($3.24 for 13oz)

Vaseline is literally one of the most multi-purpose products in the beauty world. If you need something, chances are, petroleum jelly can help you. You can use it to moisturize your cuticles, hands, feet, and lips. You can mix it with a lipstick to make it a lip gloss. You can use it as an eye makeup remover. Contrary to popular belief (and up until recently, my belief), petroleum jelly cannot clog your pores. The molecules are actually too large to fit into your pores, so it'll just sit on top of your skin until you wash it off (science!). If you're trying to travel light, just bring a tub of Vaseline and you'll be good on a  lot of different levels. The product pictured here is Vaseline Lip Therapy, which is a thicker version of Vaseline, which I like to use a nighttime lip balm, but you can also purchase regular Vaseline and still be set. Also, can I point out that 13 ounces of Vaseline will last you forever?

Benefit Fake Up in Light ($24 for .12oz)

Because I cant sleep in cars (or any moving vehicle, really), I'm bringing a brightening concealer with me to make sure I don't scare anyone into thinking I'm a zombie (because how bummed out would you be if you're talking to your friend and all of a sudden you turn and realize she's a zombie??) You can apply this straight from the tube and blend it out, no makeup brush required. It has a ring of moisture surrounding the actual concealer product, which helps prevents it from creasing throughout the day. I still set this with a powder, but we're not going to point that out for the sake of this blog hop. This sample has lasted me quite a while, and this is only the sample size I got in my Birchbox.

Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Solid Perfume ($9 for .33 oz)

If I'm stuck in a car with you, you better not smell bad or else I'm kicking you out! This was in my June Favorites, and for good reason. Not only is $9 an amazing price for the amount of product you're getting (this is going to last me for years), but the smell is divine. It's sweet and grapefruity and reminds me so much of summer.

That's everything! I wish this road trip was actually happening, because I could use a vacation. Fun fact: today is actually the first day of spring break for me! Not that it feels like spring, of course (though it's actually above freezing today in New England! 34 degrees!).

Check out these other great blogs for more road trip beauty inspiration!

What five products would you bring on a road trip? Let me know in the comments or tweet it with the hastag #RoadTripBeauty!

I purchased all of these products myself. Sometimes my mother gives me things because she's awesome. Some links are affiliate links, but that doesn't really mean anything since anyone and their cat could get an affiliate link if they wanted to. Not sponsored.

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