Monthly Archives: September 2013

Travel Makeup Tips

Travel Makeup

This week’s blog is all about… travel! Why? Because I just got back from vacay and am ashamed to say that I did not post anything last week. I very briefly considered bringing my laptop and blogging from my hotel room… but then I realized that goes against the very definition of a vacation. Duh. So, I’m back in the office now and ready to share with you all of my tips for traveling with makeup!

First of all, I admit I am the most ridiculous over-packer when it comes to bringing clothes and makeup on trips. But I’m trying to be better about packing smart! When it comes to makeup, here’s my “essentials” list for what you really need to take from your makeup drawer.



  • Face Primer – Packaged in a tiny tube, perfect for traveling.
  • Concealer – What kind of concealer should you bring? Refer to this!
  • Foundation in a Shaker Jar – Small and portable. Otherwise you can bring it in a Dispensing Brush if you prefer, which is also handy to travel with because it combines your brush and your product in one.
  • Blush – Try to bring your one go-to shade to save on space.
  • Invisibly Matte – Not a necessity, but I personally can’t live without it.
  • Eye Liners – Raven and Espresso are my picks. You can get by with just a good black and brown liner.
  • Quad Pressed Eye Shadow Compact – The eye shadow pans are magnetized so you can pop them out and make your own combo! Bring only what you need for your trip. A good neutral (like Wheat or Chocolat), a good lid/highlight color (like Cameo), something to add some color if you want it (like Sage), and then a dark color to transform your daytime look to nighttime (like Black Velvet or Plum).
  • Lux Creme Eye Shadow – Versatile product that can be used as an eye primer, can by worn alone, or can be worn under your other eye shadows for a completely different look.
  • Lip Liner – You can fill in your entire lip to look like a lipstick, then add your lip gloss on top.
  • Lip Gloss – Bring one that’s a good neutral (like Girl Meets Pearl) and one that you can use for a pop of color (like Parfait).
  • Skin Spritz – BEST product for travel, hands down. Every time I travel, I feel like my skin is so dry after being on the plane. Pack this in your carry-on and use it to keep your skin refreshed and moisturized.

When it comes to traveling with makeup, the key is to bring minimal but versatile products. Think of the colors you always wear, the products that have multiple uses, the ones that save on space, etc. It’s all about getting the most out of what you bring. That’s my two cents. What are your best travel beauty tips?

’til next time!
xo Kate

Matte Skin is IN!

matte skin trend

Photo: Mondadoriphoto, Gallizio

It’s official- dewy skin is out, and matte skin is in for Fall 2013! This season is all about elegant and fresh looking faces. For those of you who gasp in horror at the matte skin trend, it really doesn’t mean you have to look chalky and overly powdered. As we’ve seen from the runway, this year’s trend is more about clean, perfected complexions.

To achieve this look, you need the following products:

The matte skin trend is not about “matting” everything down. It really depends on your skin type and what parts of your face have a tendency to get shiny. For oily skin, you typically need to focus on the forehead, nose, and sometimes the chin. For dry skin, it’s more important to have a good moisturizer first. Otherwise, a mattifying powder will literally suck all the moisture out of your skin, making it look dry and flaky. To prevent it from appearing too powdery, you should moisturize your skin first and let it completely absorb before applying any makeup.

Apply your Face Primer first. To achieve matte skin, you want to stay away from using liquid products like BB Crème or Liquid Hydration. Those will give you the opposite effect and your skin will look more hydrated. Obviously, that’s a good thing for most of us. But for the sake of this trend, it’s better to skip that step and stick to your loose mineral foundation. You can apply your foundation with the Dome Brush to get a light dusting of minerals. Then, finish the look by applying either the Invisibly Matte or Matte Finishing Powder. You don’t need to dust this all over your face! Only focus on the areas of your face that tend to get shiny. If you’re not sure, think of photos taken with the flash on and if you’ve ever noticed any reflection on your face. On me, it’s always my forehead that gets the most shiny.

Next, you can add some warmth by applying a matte blush or bronzer. When you’re going for a matte look like this, you want to avoid shimmer on your cheeks. As far as the eyes and lips go, shimmer is OK. Having a combination of textures on the face will give you a more modern overall look. Otherwise if you go completely matte all over on the face, lips, and eyes, people will think you’re stuck in the 90s. Not good. If you want people to know you belong in this decade, keep the matte within reason!

Give it a shot, and have fun with this trend!

Your humble makeup blogger,
xo Kate