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XLIV: Travel Essentials, What Are Mine?

Given that I recently traveled and somehow managed to leave all of my shirts at home, I figure it's time for a Travel Essentials post! I know, you're probably thinking, 'well if you couldn't even remember to pack shirts for a trip to your favorite place, then how could you possibly know what is essential for travel?' 

Good question! 

Answer: I have no idea, but here are my essentials:

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SHIRTS!

I suppose I'll make the first essential shirts since I didn't have any while in Washington D.C. during the Labor Day holiday.

Thankfully, I traveled with someone who wanted to absolutely spoil me for my birthday weekend! He took care of all of my clothing woes while we were away. 

Now that we’ve established that I need shirts, let’s talk about what type of shirts I wanted for the holiday weekend. Lately, I have been big on the long, dress-type shirts that are flowy and loose-fitting. Either that or a simple t-shirt dress!

Shoes: Vans - Old Skool (Blk/Blk)

Purse: Charming Charlie

MY COMFY SHOES:

 My “comfy shoes” are literally just Vans.

I’ve been an avid Vans-wearer for approximately 19 years (Geez, that’s a lot of time). I remember back in middle school when Chuck Taylors were in, but my feet were too wide, so I ventured over to the Vans store and fell in love!

Unlucky for me, however, the “Vans” song by The Pack became a big thing and my Vans store experience has been a crowded one ever since. This was an excellent thing for Vans, but an annoying one for me.

Ah Well! I still buy them!

Shoes: Vans

RUNNING SHOES:

I like to work out wherever I go.

A big part of that has to do with the fact that I like to see what each gym has to offer. And, another part of that has to do with the fact that I'm already in the routine of working out regularly. So, I cannot travel without at least one pair of running shoes, always Nikes (even if I don’t get a workout in).

MY MAKE-UP BAG:

Now, the chances of me actually putting on make-up when I go on a trip are slim to none, but let it be the case that I travel somewhere and don’t bring my make-up bag, I'd have a fit! I would definitely freak out as if I were actually going to wear make-up each day of my vacation (knowing that I won't). 

But, since I’m crazy about actually bringing my make up, here’s what I always seem to pack: 

Primers & Setting Products: 

  • Smashbox Primer Stick (click here for a list of my favs)

  • Smashbox Priming Water

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

  • Sacha Banana Powder

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Eyeshadows & Liners:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes (Modern Renaissance, Prism Palette, Subculture, Soft Glam, Norvina)

  • Melt Cosmetics Rust Stack & Baby Girl Stack

  • Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner

 Blushes, Highlighters, & Contouring:

  • During the summer months, I like a reddish blush, so I use Mac Cosmetic’s Raizin Blush

  • I haven’t found a highligher that I can’t live without just yet, so, if you know of one, tell a friend!

SNACKS!

I cannot travel without snacks for the plane! For some reason, the pretzels and soft drink just don’t hit the spot the way that the flight attendants want them to. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need a full meal on a 4/5 hour flight, so I don’t expect the airline to change a thing, but I do snack quite often. Because of this, I know better than to travel without an arsenal of snacks in my carryon bag.

My Kindle/A Book:

We all know that traveling without entertainment has the potential to be some of the worst experiences of your life, so I usually bring my Kindle to catch up on blogs, books, and homework.

An EXTRA LUGGAGE TO CHECK:

On trips that I know I am going to shop until I drop, I always bring a carryon sized luggage and check it with the airport so that I don’t have to carry it around. This way, I am free to shop without worrying about going over weight with my bigger checked luggage (especially since I tend to overpack). I sometimes even put my extra travel sized items in this luggage, this makes it easier to bring a ton of lotions, soaps, bath bombs and different camera lenses.

MY LONGBOARD:

This is my newest travel essential. There’s something about seeing the city with the wind blowing in your hair! Each morning we woke up and hopped on our long boards to either ride to the monuments or to ride to Union Station for food and it just turned out to be a quicker way to see more of the city and to add a bit more adventure to our adventure!

Sunglasses: Quay Australia    Shirt : Old Navy   Bottoms : Nike   Shoes : Nike   Longboard “Deuce” : Sector from Zumiez

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Shirt: Old Navy

Bottoms: Nike

Shoes: Nike

Longboard “Deuce”: Sector from Zumiez

Welp, those are some of my essentials for travel, what are yours?

XXXIV: Fenty Beauty #MoroccanSpice Palette, Worth the Money?

It Is a resounding and emphatic 'NO' from me.

This palette has many things wrong with it and very few things right. Now, I love Rihanna! I mostly love her attitude because I swear her amount of unbothered is a forever mood. I also love that she is stealing the make-up, Puma, and lingerie industry but this product is not something that's helped with that takeover at all. 

Where did it go wrong for me?

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Once again we are plagued by the dry formula that is currently attacking the make up industry! Yes, eye shadow is supposed to be a dry product, but this product is a type of dry that makes it more like dust and less like eyeshadow. 

Also, it lacks in pigment. When you put this dry, chalky eyeshadow onto your brush to apply it to your eyes, you get a harsh slide of spaced out product that wouldn't please the most inexperienced of makeup artists (me). 

Because I just can't get over the fact that I spent $60 on an eye shadow palette that I cannot use, I guess we might as well stop the 'cons' here!

But Was There Anything Right?

Yes!

The packaging is absolutely beautiful (maybe that's where the $60 that the palette costs went to and not the actual product). 

When you open the box of the product, there is a purple cardboard slide-out piece which has a top flap that easily pulls open. Once open, you have access to the palette. The palette is about the size of my hand (take into consideration my piano fingers guys). It is a beautiful purple color with a floral design in the middle.

The package is slimmer than a lot of eyeshadow palettes which either means that you get less make up for your buck or that it will be perfect for traveling with the product -- perspective. 

Should You Get It?

Let's assume, in a perfect world, that I just used the wrong eyeshadow primer (because I didn't use the FentyBeauty primer)... Let's assume that Rihanna's primer would make the product apply flawlessly! If this is the case, then yes, get the product. But, I used Urban Decay's Sin eyeshadow primer which is solid gold and goodness, so I know that it is not the case that the primer made this shadow a miss instead of a hit. 

Overall, I'd say that you should pass on this product. HOWEVER, she did come out with a bomb eyeliner with a perfect tip! You should just save about $40 and get that $20 gem instead. 

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