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Makeup Wars: Travel Beauty

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In this edition of Makeup Wars we are talking about how we pack when we travel. This one is pretty bittersweet for me because, I don’t travel much any more – mostly just to New York a couple of times a year, except last September when I went to my BFF’s wedding and then straight to NYC for Fashion Week. So, of course, I take my best stuff because I want to look amazing for the wedding, and I always go a bit out for my NYC trips anyway. Welp, this was the one in a million trip where the worst happens – my suitcase is stolen, with my entire makeup and toiletries bags in it. Normally, I carry my makeup bag with me, but I didn’t have room in my carry-on this time and “what’s the worst that could happen?”. Sigh.

Anyway, I haven’t needed to travel since then, so I haven’t even gotten around to replacing the toiletries bag, let alone get my 3floz on. So, I’m going to take this opportunity to make myself think about what I can get to be ready for the next time I take a trip. Now, I have always tended to keep a few staples in the bag, and just filling it with what I am using on the regular at that time, but one thing I do tend to avoid is taking any more liquids than I need – not for any security issues, but because I *hate* cleaning up spills (*even the little bit I do take, I stick in plastic baggies). Also, I tend to overpack (*duh!), so this will be a good reminder to keep it simple, stupid.

Beautysets Travel Bag Must Haves

Bath & Body Works Travel Lotion: I regularly change out what scents I pick up, but my latest fave was this Coconut Lime Breeze. These small bottles are just right for daily, all-over application for a long weekend trip.

Lush Solid Shampoo: When I travel, I am usually only gone long enough to wash my hair once, maaaaybe twice, so I never figure it’s worth it to take two bottles of product, when I can just have this handy 2 in 1 bar in my bag, and the Godiva scent is so good.

Q-Tips Travel Pack: No real explanation needed. And they also really come in handy when I forget that one eyeshadow brush I really meant to bring with me.

Secret Clinical Strength Travel Size Deodorant: I’m not a regular user of the clinical strength deo when I am home, but, when I travel I generally am on the go from early morning to late at night. This keeps me from having an issue like when I wear my regular natural deodorant that tends to shut off at the end of the work day, and needs reapplication before I go out for the evening.

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Solid Perfume: There is nothing worse than having a perfume bottle break in transit. The scent lingers all over everything, even long after the fact. So, I take the easy way out and travel with perfume solids and this Blood Orange one is *ridiculous* in an amazing way. Plus, it’s a tiny case so I can throw it in my bag and reapply as wanted throughout the day/night.

Mally Beauty “In The Buff” Palette: Okay, who is surprised I am including this? I better not see any hands going up. 😉 Seriously, this has my eyeshadow primer and any combination of earth tone colors that can do anything from day to night for me. The real question is why *wouldn’t* I include this?

Gillette Venus Breeze Razor: I know that I have mentioned that I like my all-in-one Schick Intuition Razor, but it’s a smidge too bulky for my travel bag. So, I keep one of the smaller Breeze razors in there, and don’t have to worry about packing shaving cream for the trip, either.

Aveda Rosemary Mint Bath Bar: No body washes for me when I travel – it’s all about the solid bar of minty heaven that is the Rosemary Mint bar. This stuff is so good that I have had to cut a bar in half to share because I didn’t want them using MY bar. Breathing it in during a hot (*never warm, unless I am running out of hot water, because I am a rebel) is like a mini trip to the spa, it’s just that soothing.

So, those are the things I am going to have to resupply a travel toiletries bag with to get ready for my next trip. What do you keep ready to go in your travel bag? Or do you pack anew for each trip?

And don’t forget to see what these other fab ladies take with them when they travel, too:

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Mally Made Beyonce Look Good at the 2013 Inauguration

Mally and Beyonce

By now, we’ve all heard about the controversy about whether or not Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem during the Inauguration of President Obama. Now, I’m not sure either way, but either way, we have all seen the clip of it so many times that we KNOW she killed it no matter what. The only thing I am certain of from watching that over and over is the fact that she looked AMAZING. And, it’s really not surprising considering the makeup artist who beat her face that day was none other than one of my favorite’s – Mally Roncal.

And Mally has shared her tips to get this look at home, where you can sing along, or lip-sync, to anything you want:

· To first set the skin, apply my Perfect Prep Poreless Primer all over the face and my Cancellation Concealer directly underneath the eyes.

· To achieve natural-looking coverage, first, apply my Ultimate Performance Liquid Foundation. Next, add a sweep of my NEW Diamond Unpowder that will illuminate the skin followed by brushing on my Effortless Airbrush Highlighter and Blush Duo to the cheeks in order to provide a soft, radiant glow to the skin.

· To achieve a rich, smokey eye – try my Evercolor Shadow Stick in “Saddle Shimmer”. Apply this all over the eyelid and underneath as well. Next, select a few shades from the Mally Beauty In the Buff Palette and sweep that onto the eyelids. Finish the look by applying a small amount of my Age Rebel Shadow Stick in “Chocolate Diamond” on the bottom lid right under your eyelashes to open up the eye followed by using my Lightwand Eyebrightener to the inner corners to instantly brighten this area. Lastly, to achieve this bold eyeliner at-home, try using the Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Midnight”, layered with the Ultimate Performance Ink Eyeliner (which is exclusive to QVC.com).

· Compliment this confident eye by pairing it with a mascara that will enhance the overall look – such as the Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara and/or my NEW Instant Impact Mascara. To create glossy, Beyoncé worthy lips try my High Shine Lip Gloss in “Mally’s Look” or “Mally’s Baby”.

· And last but not least, before you leave the house, apply the Mally Beauty Face Defender to lock your makeup in place and Perfect Prep Hydrating Under Eye Brightener to make the eyes pop!

All of these products can be picked up at MallyBeauty.com and QVC.com.

*Disclaimer: As a Mally Beauty ambassador, I have tried several of these products gratis, but there are some I have paid for myself and some I still want to try.

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