Simple Vacation Makeup

vacation makeup

I love the summertime. With snow on the ground now, I know it will eventually get here.

My hubby and I live in a quiet, small town north of the city. It’s what you could call the “sticks”. We enjoy peaceful living most of the year, but come mid-May, the once empty lake homes become full, and the only traffic jam around here can be found on the lake.

It’s one of the reasons I choose to vacation in the winter or early spring.

Vacation is vacation, no matter when you choose to do it, right? It’s the time of year to reflect, relax, and recharge, and when you realize less really is more.

Makeup is the last thing I want to think about during vacation, and while I do wear it, I prefer to keep it super-simple, because wearing a full face of makeup is a lot of work, and work is something I promised to leave at the office.

And as I prepare for this year’s getaway in a couple of weeks, I’m making a list of what I really NEED right now, and thought I’d share it with you need a little help in what to pack. 

Simple Vacation Makeup. What Do Your Really Need?

When I think about which of my hundreds of products to pack, (it’s not really 100, but it could be pretty close), I ask myself what I really need, and then throw in a little extra for a special occasion.

This year, here’s what’s in my holiday makeup bag:

  • BB Cream  – This product is a must for me because it accomplishes 2 things; It evens out my ruddy skintone, and protects my skin with spf, saving me from having to apply a separate sunscreen.
  • Bronzer in Tahitian Bronze – I try to avoid the sun as much as possible, but a little bit of color on the cheeks, forehead and chin makes a great looking (and safe) tan.
  • Blush in Cozy – Sometimes I like a little pop of color with my bronzer. I love this shade because it is a bronzy mauve, and I can wear it as shadow too!
  • Eye Shadow – If I’m going out to dinner and want a little “pop” to my eyes, I bring a neutral shade with a bit of shimmer. My latest obsession is Romance.
  • Mascara – Because my bronzer and BB Cream can make my lashes look like they’ve completely disappeared, 1 coat brings my eyes back to life.
  • Lip Balm – Dry, cracked lips are no vacation. Plus, a great lip balm takes 10 years off your age? Yes, really.

Now, I want to know what your must-have products are when you head out on vacation? Get the conversation started by commenting below.

 

4 Reasons Why Mineral Makeup Dries Out Your Skin

You’ve probably heard others tell you mineral makeup makes your skin super-dry, but you probably didn’t expect me to say they’re right!

While it’s true mineral makeup can dry out your skin, the good news is it doesn’t have to! Today, we’re going to tackle 4 reasons why your  mineral makeup is drying out your skin.

Your Moisture Balance is Way Off

Because mineral makeup is applied dry, it is super important to make sure you create the right moisture balance to your skin before you apply it, or the makeup will soak up all the moisture in the skin leaving it looking dry, flaky and dull. So how do you create the right moisture balance for your skin? That leads me to the next reason mineral makeup dries out your skin.

You’re Not Making Way For New Skin

You’ve probably heard  your skin makes new skin cells every 3 days. What you might not know is you need to help to reveal that skin by exfoliating which will remove 1 to 1/2 layers of dead skin.

Ever notice your skin looking a little flaky? That’s its way of telling you it’s time to get the scrub out. We recommend every 3 days; 2 if you’re over 40.

Why is it so important to get rid of that dead skin? Because a moisturizer cannot penetrate through dead skin. This means if you skip using a facial scrub, you’re throwing money away on moisturizer, and no one wants to do that!

Use the Right Moisturizer (And Never Skip It)

It’s not as important to use a moisturizer as it is to use the right one for your skin type. It’s because moisturizers are created differently to meet the needs of each skin type. And, do you really know what your skin type is? Be careful. This is where so many women go wrong!

It’s common for it to change many times during your lifetime. Your type could change as you age, if you move somewhere where the temperature changes drastically or even as the result from a medication you’re taking.

You’re Using the Wrong Kind of Foundation

If dry skin is a daily concern for you, you’ll want to look for a mineral foundation made for it. This way your makeup will be working with your moisturizer and not against it.

So what do you think? What has your experience been with dry skin and mineral makeup? Share your story below!

 

Why Your Moisturizer Isn’t Cutting It

There’s nothing more frustrating than using a product that doesn’t do it’s job.

Take a moisturizer for instance. If it doesn’t work, it not only affects the condition of the skin, it affects the look of your makeup finish as well. I mean, who wants to look like a dry, flaky mess?

There could many reasons why your moisturizer isn’t cutting it. Today we’ll talk about the top 3.

You’re Using The Wrong Moisturizer

Moisturizers are not all the same. If you’re using a moisturizer, but it wasn’t made for your skin type, you may as well not be using any at all!

Here’s why: if your skin is dry, your moisturizer must be extra-moisturizing so it can give your dry skin all the nourishment your skin needs. If your skin is oily, and you use a moisturizer for dry skin, it can cause an extra buildup of oil which can lead to clogged pores and eventually acne.

You’re Not Exfoliating Your Skin

Moisturizer works best when it’s applied to fresh, new skin because it’s so much easier for newer skin to drink it in. So, what can you do to be sure you’re moisturizing the right skin?

You need to make sure you make room for new skin by getting rid of the old. Since our skin creates new skin cells about every 3 days, we can help by using a scrub or microderm abrasion cream to get rid of the dead skin on top.

You’re Doing it Wrong 

Did you know there’s a right way to use moisturizer? It works best when you’re not in a hurry, and take the time to work it in to your skin, especially the areas that need it the most. Go ahead! take the time to give yourself a little face massage every day!

If your moisturizer still isn’t quite cutting it, especially in the winter, try using it on wet skin just after cleansing. Remind yourself by keeping your moisturizer in the shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Essential Oils Taught Me About Mineral Makeup

Today I’m going to share what essential oils taught me about mineral makeup.

So, I have a confession to make. I used to think Essential Oils were a bunch of “hocus-pocus”. That’s probably because my first impression came from my Great Aunt who was a bit eccentric.

Aunt Pearl was a “Happy Hippie”. I couldn’t have been more than 6 the first time she came to visit. I remember being fascinated by all the odd looking trinkets, rocks and natural products in her suitcase; not to mention the strange aromas coming out of the guest bedroom.

She explained how she used Essential Oils everyday to help her relax and ease her pain. I didn’t understand, and how could I? I thought everyone took aspirin for everything.

Fast forward to today, and now I get it.

I’m not any different than anyone else my age; 50 brings a lot of aches and pains. I’ve lived with arthritis on both sides of my neck since my early 20’s and managing the pain became part of my daily routine.

I would take pain meds regularly to take the edge off, but it was still there. Occasionally, there were times when I would “brace” myself, tightening up my muscles to compensate for the discomfort I was feeling, and that of course made everything worse.

Long story short, I had the opportunity to try essential oils to see if it might make a difference. After years when nothing else worked, I realized I had nothing to lose because I was desperate for a solution.

I’m so glad I took that step of faith, because using the oils has greatly improved the pain I was having, and going through that experience helped me understand that mineral makeup isn’t much different than essential oils.

Now I know mineral makeup isn’t for everyone, because not everyone is at their rock bottom when it comes to their skin. Not everyone is ready for mineral makeup.

Much like essential oils, using mineral makeup is a commitment to doing the very best for your skin, even if it goes against the grain of what everyone else is doing. Those that pass or give up using mineral makeup don’t know they need it yet, and that’s ok, because it will be here when they do! 

So, if you currently wear mineral makeup, what brought you to that decision? I’d love for you to share your skin story below!