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.

 

You’re Over 40. Should You Stop Wearing Mineral Makeup?

Olive TreeYou’ve been wearing mineral makeup for years, but now you’re over 40, and wonder if it’s still the best choice for you and your skin.

It is. Here’s why.

Those that say you need to steer away from powder as you age are talking about traditional cosmetic powder, not mineral powder. And although they may look the same, they couldn’t be any more different! 

Traditional makeup powders that contain talc and cornstarch are heavy, and love to park in fine lines. And it’s chalk-like feel and finish makes you look years older. 100% mineral powder however weighs much less, and has a silk-like consistency which allows it to lay on top of fine lines instead of settling into them.

Bu,t as great as mineral makeup is, now that you’re over 40, you may find using a basic mineral makeup leaves your skin looking and feeling drier than it used to. That’s because as we age, our skin begins to loose its ability to retain moisture, which means we need to take extra measures to make sure our skin is properly moisture balanced. 

So, now what?

It’s time to consider making the switch to a formula like KmS Select Botanical, which was created to “lock in” moisture while botanical extracts nourish the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

But nourishing botanicals like Pomegranate and Olive Leaf, aren’t the only reason Select is a better choice for those of us over 40. Select also protects your skin from the damage of free radicals while boosting the skin’s cell production, resulting in a more youthful looking you!

I don’t know about you, but, I’ll take it! 

If you’re a mineral makeup wearer over 40, I’d love to know what changes (if any) you made to your skin care and makeup routine? Share your story in the comments below.

 

 

5 Essential Products For The Bride

Bridal Makeup and KmS Mineral Essentials

June marks wedding season! Though makeup tastes vary from Bride to Bride, there are certain essentials every girl must have on her wedding day to make sure her makeup lasts longer than she does! Today, we’re going to talk about the 5 essential products for the bride other than waterproof mascara!

1. Primer

A makeup primer not only makes your foundation go on much easier, it minimizes the size of your pores and helps your makeup last longer than you do on your special day!

2. Water Resistant Foundation

Slightly different than waterproof foundation, a water-resistant foundation handles the heat and perspiration like a boss so you can be super-confident your makeup won’t “melt”, and looks just as fresh as it did when you first put it on.

3. HD Powder

A High Definition Finishing Powder is a camera’s (and your) BFF, because it creates a soft focus finish to your makeup; magically blurring fine lines for a flawless, radiant, complexion.

4. Highlighter/Luminizer

There’s something magical about a highlighter. When it’s strategically placed, it diffuses light, keeping the attention off of skin imperfections, making the skin appear dewey and fresh. 

5. Liquid to Matte Lipstick

The last thing a bride has time to do is reapply her lipstick throughout the day. That’s where a liquid to matte lipstick really comes in handy! Just apply 2 coats and you’re done.

No lipliner needed, so bleeding outside the lip line isn’t a problem. And the best part? It won’t transfer to the bride’s champagne glass or more importantly, her guests!

So, there you have it. 5 essential products for the bride. Did we miss anything? List it below in the comments.

 

 

Say Hello to Our New Brand Ambassador!

Valerie Proano beauty ambassador for KmS Mineral Essentials
KmS Mineral Essentials Ambassador Valerie Proano

We are so very delighted and honored to introduce Valerie Proano as KmS Mineral Essentials Brand Ambassador!

Valerie will be featured in a new campaign for KmS Mineral Essentials which will run through Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and on KmSMineralEssentials.com.

Valerie is a strong, passionate young woman living with Dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system illness that at times can cause problematic issues with the skin. Valerie is committed to helping women who battle chronic illness gain their confidence and feel their very best through using natural, gentle makeup and skincare.

We recently sat down with our beautiful new Ambassador to learn a little bit more.

 

KmS: Our readers would love to know a little more about you!

Valerie: I’m 23. About 3 years ago, my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia. It’s really been a tough road, but I’ve been fighting hard everyday to gain my health back. Last year around this time, I was unable to stand and walk on my own. I’ve come a long way since then!  

When I was bedridden, I really gravitated towards makeup and all things beauty. It became my main outlet to express myself.  Now, I’m focusing on my Etsy business and helping spread awareness about invisible illnesses and one day hope to change the stigma. 

 

KmS: Why the interest in Ambassadorship with KmS?

Valerie: I really wanted to be a part of the program because I really connected and loved what KmS Mineral Essentials stands for and their mission to help empower women and make them feel beautiful again! I wanted to promote that to my audience of chronically ill women who also struggle with skin issues.

 

KmS: What would someone be surprised to learn about you? 

Valerie: When I was in high school, I would chase Boy Bands and fly all over the US to be at their concerts!

 

KmS: What do you do for fun?

Valerie: I enjoy doing my makeup and experimenting with new looks1 I also love doing crafts and painting.

 

KmS: What is your favorite KmS product?

Valerie: So far, my favorite is Vanish Under Eye Concealer. I love that it gives you beautiful coverage for those stubborn under eye circles. A bonus to it working so well is that it also smells amazing!

 

Got questions for Valerie about Dysautonomia, or chronic illness and beauty? Please post your question or comment below!