Travel Make Up Essentials

Being high maintenance is tough.  In French we have this harsh expression  to describe people like me we call them poule de luxe. I am  very comfortable with what other people think of this side of me, in fact, I don’t give a ***.

The  question I get ask the most when people get to know me is: « how long does it take you to apply your makeup in the morning »

ok guys, let me put this straight, unless you suddenly have the title of: Schedule Manager, this is none of your business, but since you asked and I am always super happy to talk about makeup, let say 30 minutes.  Now, this 30 minutes is when I am home preparing for work.  On weekend it can go from 0 minutes to a full hour depending on the activity and how much I want to have fun with my stuff.  On business trips typically I will go for my regular 30 minutes, but what we are interested in right now are  vacations trips!

Hold you breath, I rarely bring makeup on leisure trips. There it is, I said it.  However, our last trip to Disney World (Orlando, FL) (WDW) which was our honeymoon, I don’t like any pictures taken.  I must add at this point that most of them were taken by professional photographers, and still, I don’t like any of them.  I look to pale, sick, tired, fat… oh yeah true, makeup can’t do anything about latest, nevermind!

Anyway, we are going to WDW again this year and I made the vow to look somewhat cute on the pictures this time.  So here we come, what should we bring.  If you are reading this because you want inspiration I will state my constraints right now:

  • I will likely travel carry-on only (liquid + space = major issue)
  • My husband : « Are you *** kidding me? You won’t apply makeup? Are you ready now? Oh Come ON! » (he can go on and on and on…)

Therefore, I need something quick (still glam) that takes little space with as less  liquids as possible.

Here is what I plan to bring, as you can see, the pouch is narrow enough to fit at the bottom of the suitcase, between the rails.

Total make up I bring for Disney, I know, it’s not enough…

On the  picture, we can see some  pencils (gray, brown and black) I might end up bringing only the black since I don’t really use eye pencil except to line my waterline from time to time, I also bring the brow wiz pen from ABH, at home I like to use the pommade, but on the go this genius saves space and has the brush integrated.  Also, we can see the 24/7 Urban Decay eye liner that I might leave behind as well, because a wing line might be too much time consuming when hubby will be ready…

I bring sample size that I got from previous purchases or those Sephora gifts.  The sample sizes I bring are the Bare Minerals Bronzer (I love it so much and it’s such a surprise!) my favorite lid primer from UD and a sample size of mascara, I think this one is the Clinique. I also have a tiny Nars concealer in my perfect match, custard.

When doing my makeup at home, I like to use cream contour, so I have these sample size of the Tarte pencil (not super fan of the color, but I am so accomodating and I compromise) and the Buxom highlighter.

As for  the most important part of the make up, I plan to bring  my Soft Glam ABH palette (this might change last minute  for the Sultry though) which gives me plenty  of possibility for natural and glam look.  I bring  the discontinued marble palette from Hourglasse because I have an ambient light powder that I will use to set my foundation, 2 blush (hello Rose Gold) and a higlighter.  This is very frugal make up, I typically want to have at least 2 choices of blushes, highlighters and complementing eye palette, BUT, this time, I try to be less high maintenance than I usually am, will see how this turns out!

Finally, we can notice on the right hand corner, a pile of sample enveloppe.  This trip, I want to downsize so much (no *** way I use the bar soap at the hotel to wash my face) I plan to bring those useless enveloppes Sephora gives us when purchasing online, I think I have enough of them to cover the entire trip.  My routine will be crazy that week, but, I will save space, I am so much into compromise, no wonder why my husband chose me…

New York Port and first 2 (oups, 3) days at sea

Getting to New York

Here we are! 2 weeks ago was the official beginning of our first 2 weeks vacations! We had never taken more than 1 week vacation at a time, so you can imagine how excited we were (to be honest , I was the one excited, my husband was more or less following the vibe) to be off for 2 full weeks!

Our respective suitcases ready to go!

The cruise we had booked was leaving from New York City, Manhattan Cruise terminal on Tuesday, June 5.  We had already estimated that is was cheaper to drive to New York rather than flying.  We have no issue with the driving factor, we consider this as a full part of the vacations.  My husband is also lucky enough to get a free concert, featuring a large variety of music styles.  From Adam Lambert to Alan Jackson, I’ve got you covered!

So here we are, driving to NYC, we had booked a cheap hotel in Secaucus, right next to the Lincoln Tunnel, so we could relax on the ride to NYC and take it easy on Tuesday morning.

Getting to New Jersey was a breeze and we were able to relax at night before heading in trafic on the next morning.

Driving to NYC and getting on a cruise means that you have to leave your car IN NYC for an extended amount of time.  I don’t know where you guys are from, but near the cruise terminal, there is no such thing as free parking.
You can either park directly at the cruise terminal for the affordable amount of 40$/night, but if you are willing to walk about 500 meters, you can park in a private parking for 28$, for the 9 days we needed the parking, it was well worth it!

This parking is VERY busy, so I recommend booking your reservation online in advance if you plan to park your car in the Big Apple.  I have nothing good or bad to say about the service we received, we parked the car, took it back 9 days later and nothing happened to the vehicule, so I guess it was OK, but in the end, what can you expect from a parking?

Anyway, we realized  that the ship was right next the the Intrepid which was converted to a museum featuring not only the ship and several planes, but also the British Airways Concord and the Enterprise.  We took a few pictures and decided  that we would visit it on our way back. Pictures will be displayed in the 3rd post.

 

The Carnival Horizon

The ship is quite impressive by itself and when you see how big it is and how many people are waiting to board you can do nothing but thinking : Man! it will take FOREVER to board!
We were too early for our boarding time, so we were promptly directed to Zone 11 after passing through security.  Zone 11, they were boarding Zone 1… yeah… we will wait all afternoon for sure… NOPE, within 1 hour, we had checked in, gone through security and boarded the ship.  It was prompt and efficient, just how I like it!

Better picture to come, NYC terminal is not optimal for Ship Pic!

Our stateroom was an interior cabin and we loved it! The fact that there is no window, it is SUPER DARK day and night, we had the most restful sleep ever in that room.  Some people complain about the interior cabin, I understand they are quite small and dark, but the only activities we conducted in the room was shower and sleep, so we didn’t really care about how spacious the room was, as long as it featured a bed and a bathroom.

Most important feature : king size bed
Love the mirror that has built-in light

 

Leaving New York

Leaving New York wouldn’t be a complete experience without the statue!

Days at sea

This cruise featured 3 ports of call : Grand Turk, San Juan and Amber Cove.  Due to a medical emergency that required the US coastal guard to evacuate a passenger, we had to make a detour of 400 miles, which cause us to miss Grand Turk, we finally had 3 days at sea, San Juan, Amber Cove and 2 days at sea.  I must say that I was BEYOND pissed off for missing Grand Turk.  My former colleagues taught me very colorful expressions to express my anger and my disappointement in English, but those expressions are not necessarily lady-like and will not be featured here.  Let’s just say that I was mad en tabarnak.

Anyway, as usual the food is great and there are multiple activities on board to keep you busy.  However, when I am on vacations, I spend most of my time reading.  We haven’t gotten wet once on the ship.  We haven’t tried, the pool, hot tub nor water slides.  We have played mini-golf and tried the Skyride once though.

The Serenity is a small section on deck 15 that is adult only. Unfortunately, people leave towel to « reserve » the chairs…
How cute is this cuban inspired bar?

 

Packing Makeup for a Cruise

Minimal makeup for the Fashionista

Our next trip is just around the corner and I am burst with excitement!  This will our second cruise, therefore, I am no expert, but we have been on so many trips, that I am pretty sure I know what I am talking about.

First and foremost, let’s get something clear.  There are types of girls when comes to pack makeup:
1st- The MINIMAL makeup, (I have nothing against you girl) these girls put on concealer, mascara and lip balm and call it a day.
2nd- The heiress.  These girls could bring an entire carry-on full of makeup, although my father is genuinely thinking that’s what I do, I try very hard to get rid of this high maintenance reputation.

Whenever  I am looking for makeup packing lists, I always come up to these two opposites, which don’t correspond to what I need really.  I thought I might not be the only one in this case and decided to go ahead and share my packing list along with my tips with you ladies which actually fall in between the 2 common situations.

Before getting into the real stuff, I want to point out that I typically don’t bring makeup when we go on vacations down south.  Incredible, I know, but it is so hot and humid in Cuba, Mexico, DR… that makeup just melts before I am at the restaurant.  However, on a cruise, all the interior sectors are highly air-conditioned (I bring a jacket because it is too cold) so my makeup is safe, plus there are typically 1 to 3 formal nights on the ship and it’s a nice occasion to dress-up and look like a cute couple.

What Shall I bring? 

I am a big Sephora customer, meaning that  I have multiple samples of different products.  I get these sample either when I make a purchase or these are part of the rewards program (100, 250 and 500 points gifts) whenever I get a new sample, 3 choices are available:
– Useless, throw it away
– Kind of cute, but not for me –> give it to someone else
– NICE, keep it for upcoming trips
Using sample size allows me to minimize the space as much as possible here, I have mini size for:
– Cream contour (tarte sculptor pencil)
– Cream highlighter (buxom)
– Powder blush (NARS)
– Bronzer (Bare Minerals)
– Hangover Primer (Too Faced)
– Powder highlighter (Laura Mercier)
– Selection of lipstick + gloss
– Mascara (Clinique)
– Kat Von D lock it powder
– Origins night mask
– Urban Decay prime potion

The entire list of Makeup

I bring my MUF foundation, since I am not constrained by any liquid rules, I take this one since it is slightly darker.  Typically, if I need to face the 3-1-1 rule, I will bring the Hourglass Stick Foundation, but this one is highly creamy and I don’t like it when going to very hot climates.

The Origins Mask is actually a sample size I got off the 500 points gift sometimes ago, I saved it specifically for a trip where I would be mainly under the sun.  Even with sunscreen, sometimes, you go a little bit overboard with the time spent under the sun and when the night comes, you will your face dehydrated, dry and itchy.  I thought I would give this one a chance to shine and sooth my skin at night.

I like the Lock It Powder from Kat Von D, I can use it to set my foundation and to bake if need be.

Again, since the liquids rule doesn’t apply to this trip, I bring what’s left of my Tarte Concealer I will typically bring a stick concealer if liquids are an issue, but I really hope I can empty this concealer on those 2 weeks.

I like to wear primer when the weather is hot, and the Hangover primer by Too Faced is not too sticky and smells like heaven! <3

The one thing I hate to compromise are eyeshadows, I will bring more choices than I need and for the past trips, I find myself very reasonable.  For the upcoming trip, I plan to bring my new love Soft Glam by ABH and the Fantascene from Marc Jacobs in an ultimate attempt to fall in love with it

I like to contour and I find that the cream contour does a better job, I have the small sample of the Park Ave Princess pencil from Tarte as well as a tiny cream sample from Buxom in a champagne Highlight color, I also use a light shimmer color from Laura to top it and add a little more intensity.
I also like to add a bit more color to my cheeks with a Bronzer  from Bare Minerals and a Blush in sample size from Nars.  There was a time were I would have brought like 3-4 blushes, a full size bronzer and 2-3 highlighters, think of what is really important for you, will you be REALLY wearing FULL makeup when spending the day at the beach/by the pool? You will more likely wear a full glam makeup at night only, for a couple hours. Don’t be that pr

I always bring a selection of lipstick, it doesn’t take much space and still can elevate your makeup if you wear a deep red or you can keep it simple and fresh with a light pink.  So I always have a handful of lipsticks and glosses, most of them in sample size.

A makeup look couldn’t be complete without mascara and khol. I bring a gray, black and brown eye pencil as well as black eyeliner, so if I am in the mood for a winged look, I can still do it.

A beauty blender is a must, you can do so many things with it and it takes virtually no space.

And that’s it! All these « essentials » still fit in a medium size bag and as we talk, I have not pack the final suitcase, but I am pretty confident I can manage to fit everything in a carry-on + personal item.

 

Packing Toiletries for a Cruise

When you are excited, you start packing.

 

We will soon be heading to New York to board the Horizon for our second cruise.  I am beyond excited, these will be the longest vacations we have ever taken.  10 days!

Since we don’t fly to New York (we drive), I am entitled to bring as much liquid as I want, not constrained to the 3-1-1 rule and moreover, if I wanted, I could overpack like crazy!

Speaking of overpacking, I have recently traveled carry-on only for a workation in New Orleans, 10 days total.  I loved the freedom it gave me, traveling carry-on only is the best! However, we faced a little problem when we came back since we had purchased too many things.  Obviously, my husband hadn’t packed as I told him, so we had to purchase a second carry-on for our return flight.  (palm face)

Anyway, I thought I would share my excitement with you and show what I packed for my toiletries.

Wash and shave

Since I am not limited with the liquid volume, I am bringing a small face wash I got from a value pack at Sephora.  I love the Ole Henriksen face wash!  All the pictures are taken on my travel towel, which I use to dry the clothes I handwash.  Even though I know the ship will provide some of the basic toiletries one would need, I like to bring my own things.  I would like to point out that it’s not because I am high maintenance, I just love some scents and how some shampoo/conditioner make my hair so silky, some soaps are just super hydrating.  I have had experiences with hair products making my hair SO dry, that I prefer to stick with what I know.

– Lush Soap (this one smells like bubblegum, I am 12 again)
– Wonderfeel  from Ole Henriksen
– Morrocanoil Shampoo + conditioner
– Venus Razor
I love this razor because I don’t need to bring the shave foam.

– Elastic + hair clip
– Cotton swabs
– Cotton pads
– Travel clothesline
– bobby pin
– « spin » pins

face and scent

– Face cream
– Exfoliant
– Eye cream
The three listed above were purchased from a Clinique set at Sephora, I have never used these before, but I liked the small packaging (the fact that it is uber cute does no harm) and the face cream has a 20 FPS, double duty!

– Make-up Remover
– Make-up setting spay
– Face towelettes
– Mini clean perfumes
– Brush cleaner

Note the castille soap

– Earplugs
When I travel with my husband, I don’t bring those typically, but this time, our stateroom is supposed to be located under the galley (EEEEKK) so I’d rather be prepared.

– Castille soap (I handwash my clothes with this)
Castille soap is an organic product that is not supposed to leave any residue behind and highly rinsible.

– Deodorant
– Toothpaste

final result

– The travel towel is folded in the gray envelope and the PINK case contains all the toiletries.

I started to handwash my clothes during my last trip, I had to bring work clothes and leisure clothes, all of these had to fit in my carry-on.  Using the travel clothesline, I could handwash my tops in my bathroom sink with Castille soap and set the clothesline in the shower for the clothes to dry.

Before hanging the clothes, I would « pre-dry » using the travel towel.  This microfiber towel is super absorbent and helps to get out the excess of water, the drying time is then slightly shorter. Genius!  Obviously, I recommend using very light and quick dry fabric and keep in mind that this technique might not work so much if you travel to a very humid location such as Costa Rica.

Do you have any toiletries tips you like to share?  How many toiletries bags do you typically bring with you on a trip?

Week End Getaway

9-5 job and no vacation time? No problem!

The urge to travel to escape our daily routine is strong! But our bank account is weak and the number of vacation days is to its bare minimum…

That’s why they invent “weekend getaway”! A way to feel like you are on vacation (but still has to rush home on Sunday afternoon), because you still have to get to work at 8 AM on Monday morning!  Nonetheless, sometimes those short escapes are worth it, plus, they can help wait for the next statutory holiday/full week vacation.  Of course, we try to keep it low key so we can save for the “real vacations”.

We are lucky enough to have several places very nice within driving distance from our place.  One of our favorites would be Lake George, NY.  We recently purchased tickets (actually, the tickets were purchased a long time ago, but the show took place recently) for Alan Jackson show in Albany.  My husband is a huge Alan Jackson’s fan and I am a huge fan of Lake George’s outlets. So we left our place on Saturday morning and drove to Lake George, we had rent a room at the Super 8, because yes, we are conscious about hotel rooms pricing.  I find that hotel rooms around the Lake area in insanely overpriced and we typically refuse to pay a premium for a hotel room because the only thing we do is shower and sleep.  We don’t chill at the hotel if we wanted to spend time indoors or in a room, we would stay home! 

Quick TIP

We always book our hotels via Hotel.com, you can use whatever booking site you like, this way you can cumulate points which are frequently rewarded in free nights!

That being said, so we checked in and had lunch.  We typically go for the Barnsider (where you can have the most amazing smoked ribs you have ever had) when we are in Lake George, but we were in for something different. We stopped at the Adirondack brewery on Canada Street.  First, the exterior was very appealing and had a super cute cachet.  The inside was old-fashioned and a bit dark for my liking, but it was consistent with the general ambiance and decor.

What a cute location!

It was the best fish and chip I had in the US in a long time, but that’s just the main course, for dessert, I had the most surprising smore’s.  They actually bring you a “fire camp” on which you can prepare your own smore’s, how cool is that!? 

Nom Nom! A small fire camp to myself! Thanks hubby for the pic!

We really like the outlets you can find near the amusement park at the village entrance, these are not the biggest outlets ever, but we always find good deals.  Namely at sketchers and GAP for my little nephew!

The main reason for the trip – Alan’s show

Heading to Albany we could enjoy the show that was taking place into the arena.  The show tickets had been paid a long time before, so it was basically a “free show”, booking events long in advance can help to minimize the pressure on your budget.  The show was great, but we were too far to take good pictures. 

Quick TIP

Booking events or tickets in advance and online can sometimes save you big compared to purchasing the day-of.

Unfortunately, when went back to Lake George it was POURING RAIN and it had been pouring non-stop so we couldn’t walk our way on Canada street and by the lake and take pictures and so on. BUT, we could have breakfast at Caffe Vero, they used to be at the village entrance, beautiful location with a large free parking, now they moved to this awkward spot “downtown” no parking, tiny place, not so much visibility, I really don’t understand what motivated the move… Anyway, if you are seeking for a good coffee and you are in the area, I can’t recommend Caffe Vero enough.  They have a full menu dedicated to coffee and their pastries are to die for.  My husband always chooses something close to a mochaccino and I am always looking for something to complement my pastry choice.

Latte Art at Caffe Vero

Since it was raining so hard and the forecast couldn’t promise clear sky by the end of the morning, we had no choice but to leave Lake George before being able to take any good pictures. 

TRAVEL TIPS RECAP
Book your hotel with a booking site
Purchase tickets (museum, show, zoo…) online in advance, sometimes you can use a coupon, sometimes you have the opportunity to purchase a combo and get a discount and sometimes you can get an early bird discount.

Do you have any travel tips you like to use and or share?

I can’t wait to tell you about our next trip, which will be a genuine vacation, see you soon!

Let’s be friend!

About me

Hi guys!

Thanks for stopping by! Before we begin our more or less long-term relationship, I would like to introduce myself, by the way, the length of our relationship depends on you!

I have always been interested in a bunch of things.  I mean, a lot!  Younger, I wanted to be an artist, a drawer, a singer (thanks God, this option have been withdrawn quickly for the sake of any potential public) an accountant, a lawyer… I was interested in books, drawing, photography, rocks, insects, embroidery, knitting…


Well, you get the pictures, growing up, I had to focus on a single field of study, (ideally, one that would bring enough income to allow me to pursue all my other passions/hobby) interestingly, my passions/hobby pool hadn’t decreased over time. 

I am now ultra passionate about makeup and beauty, a passion that has been around for the past 12 years.  I am seriously considering purchasing shares at Sephora, at least part of my money would come back! More recently, travels, crochet and photography have been added to the list.  Let’s not forget DIY and decoration. 

Oh, and I almost forgot, I am borderline shopaholic. Throughout this blog, I would like to share with you, different tips and tricks to get good at what you are interested, but also, how you can run multiple hobbies without breaking the bank (which sometimes is close to happening, let’s face it).  I will try to bring honest reviews of different products I use, places I have been and how I avoid bankruptcy. 

I don’t want to be another perfectly polished blog that will bring the guilt out of you and makes you wonder what is it you are doing wrong?  This is the type of questioning I go through when surfing around my favorite blogs.  What is wrong with me? how can they have designer bags, shoes, clothes, beautiful house (top clean by the way) perfect makeup and spending their days and night shopping and clubbing? 

Truth is, from my understanding, they do not have a 9 to 5 job, this is where I am trying to step out, showing how can a normal life can sometimes be fun to see.  And how can we, normal lady, stop drooling and envying those successful bloggers lives who expose their luck and wealth over the WWW.  

During the past year, my former boyfriend/now husband, got married, bought a very (VERY) simple house and went on a few trips together.  Our wedding was a very affordable, full of DIY, day.  Our house is not fully decorated yet (meaning that, over the next blog posts, you will likely be invited to my decorative mission) and we never travel first class.  Recently, we booked two additional trips to our 2018 schedule and my dad casually asked : “are you guys working from time to time?” The truth is, we barely do anything else! We both have regular 9 to 5 day jobs in regular offices with very limited vacation time (2 weeks for my husband, 3 for me).

 

Throughout our adventures together, you will see that I don’t do Yoga every morning, not only do I eat gluten, but also plenty of starch, fat and salt.  I am overweight, I train from time to time and enjoy a jogging here and there, but I couldn’t say no to chocolate to save my life.  I know, all the blogs are about eating healthy, staying fit, going to the gym, but what if life was about having fun? Maybe we can find a not-so-bad balance between chips and treadmill? How one is supposed to enjoy travels if it is to eat gluten free kale salad? I want to discover the world through local cuisine and neither southern fried chicken nor France tartiflette are on the top ten for healthy food, but you know what? I couldn’t care less! As long as I am healthy enough to stay clear of diabetes (which would eventually prevent me from eating chocolate) I am good with that!

Are you ready to accompany me on my « ordinary journey »?

As a side note, before you guys say anything, English is not my first language, and yes there might be (there are) mistake all across the different blog posts.  I try my best to keep it understandable and readable, I already fully master one language (my mother tongue),  I find it hard to get to this level of perfection in a second language.  Also, when I talk to English speaking people about my first language I always get this: “oh! I have done 1 year in 7th grade, I found it too difficult” so now that I am enough proficient in English to write an 800 words blog post, I find I went beyond most people’s efforts in mastering a second language!