My Milly Zip Pouch From Fab Fit Fun

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Next week I’m heading down to Belize for a few days. I love it when makeup jobs fly me off to cool destinations! I’ve never been to Belize before, so not only is this totally cool, but we are going to be on an island called Caye Caulker, with palm trees, white sand beaches and an endless ocean. I can barely wait!

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I will have some down time while I’m there, and fully plan to not only get well acquainted with the beaches but also to do some snorkeling. The world’s second largest barrier reef is off the coast of Belize. The last time I went snorkeling I was on the world’s largest barrier reef off the coast of Far Northern Queensland in Australia, so this is going to be incredible!

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I foound these images of Caye Caulker on google – they’re not mine, and there are some affiliate links below.

Right now I’m figuring out what to pack and I’m going to be using some of the things I received in my Spring 2017 Fab Fit Fun box.

At the beginning of each quarter they send you a gorgeously curated box of fabulous things that you need to be chic for the season ahead. In my spring 2017 box there was this cool Gypsy Roundy, a round cloth that you can use as a beach blanket or picnic blanket, a table cloth, a wall hanging – tons of uses. Mine came in the tie dyed looking blue and white print, which is pretty cool for beaching it, don’t you think? This is it below with my beauty products sitting on top.

Fab Fit Fun Milly Zipper Pouch

I also received this cool Milly Zippered Pouch, which you can use as a clutch, a travel makeup bag or as I plan to use it, a beach bag. It’s water proof inside so you can throw in a wet bikini, but I’m using it to store my beach skin and makeup needs.

Fab Fit Fun Milly Zipper Pouch

I am obsessed with sun protection for my face and neck. I use a regular Coppertone or Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen on my body, normally an SPF 30 or 50, but on my face I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 100, I either pick it up at the store or add it to whatever I’m ordering at Amazon.com

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied during the day, but I hate getting gritty sand on my hands and in my sunscreen and roughing up my skin, so for years and years now I have been using ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 50. This is genius because you can reapply it over your makeup and not mess everything up, and if you are feeling a little more glowy than you want, the powder formula can matte you down too. It’s fantastic!

A few years ago a client gave me a tube of Nars Lipstick in Roman Holiday to take with me to Italy. It has become my default travel lipstick – I just love it. I always take a bold color lip and a soft, glossy color lip with me when I travel, and Roman Holiday is my soft glossy. It has Vitamin E in it which keeps your lips feeling soft and stops them from drying out, and the color is the perfect blue based pink (good for cool toned girls). Most blue pinks have that tired out Barbie vibe, but this one is fresh and perfect and makes your teeth look super white. You can order it online at Sephora.com

When the beaching is done and everyone is heading out for dinner or drinks and there’s not time to go home and get showered I like to clean my face with Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths and then use a refreshing facial mist to both sooth and hydrate my skin without having to deal with gooey moisturizers. Sephora has tons to choose from.

One of the best ways to look fab after the beach, especially if you are a little more red than planned, is to neutralize your complexion with a little bronze. Powder bronzers can get too grabby on your skin and look weird, and most powder bronzers have too many glittery, flickery particles in them, which makes your entire bronzer game look ridiculous. I prefer to use a gel bronzer, and my favorite is Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Gel Bronzer. I typically can’t find this product in stores so I always order it on Stila.com)After a day on the beach just tapping a little gel bronzer along your cheek bones and a little at the edges of your forehead can make your skin glow, and knock down any excess redness.

In general I don’t take perfume to the beach, but if I have a little travel sized bottle I slip it in my bag. Perfumes aren’t supposed to hang out in the heat as this can ruin them, so don’t bring a big bottle!

I’m naturally curly, and although most of my life is lived with my hair smoothed out, I don’t even consider it when beaching. Left to it’s own devices my hair will look like a cross between a really bad home perm that went drastically wrong and an afro. For a quick hair repair I spritz in Ouidad’s Botanical Boost Refreshing Spray which I get in the travel size, and I normally rake and shake a little of their Heat and Humidity Gel through as well. I also buy that in travel size and am waiting for my order to arrive, so it’s not pictured here.

Last but not least if my hair is collapsing at the roots, which happens all the time, I spritz a little Oribe Dry Texturing spray. I order all my travel sized Oribe products from SpaceNK.com Sometimes I use a dry shampoo, but I find a dry texture spray has a few more uses and is therefore a better travel companion. And it smells amazing!

Post – Summer Hair Fixes

By the time a long, fun summer comes to an end your hair is thrashed.

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image via Hair World Magazine

Sun, surf, and chlorine all do their damage to your hair. Perspiration through your scalp, dry shampoos and all the products you use in your hair can gunk up your scalp. The combination of these things can leave you with dull, damaged, color challenged hair, so in order for your hair to look luscious for fall it’s time to the following four steps:

         

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Image via Huffington Post

1 Microderm Your Scalp

My hair dresser turned me onto this and it is one of the best hair tricks I have ever learned. Just as the skin on your body and on your face need exfoliating, so does your scalp. When your scalp gets a build up of products and dead skin and sebum it can start closing over the follicle, and hair gets thinner and loses its luster.

Using a microdermabrasion treatment at the end of summer clears your scalp and makes way for your hair to grow thick and shiny.

It’s a great thing to do pre having your hair colored, and my hairdresser has me do it at the end of each season. You won’t believe the difference in your hair and how bouncy it gets after one of these treatments!

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I use Nioxin Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment. I order it on Amazon.

2. Get Cut.

When summer is over it’s time to get a really good cut. 

Refresh your shape, get rid of damaged, split ends and get some new movement in your hair for a fabulous fall look.

3. Masque It.

Summer dehydrates your hair. It losses its luster, gets lank and dull and gets dry dry dry. Show your locks the love by using deep conditioning treatments and masks. My hairdresser makes me use a heavy duty conditioning treatment every time I shampoo, but you may want to do it every couple of weeks or so.

Masque for Beautiful Color 6fl.oz, , large


When I want to spoil myself I use Oribe’s incredible Masque For Beautiful Hair available at Space NK

I use lots of Bumble and Bumble products, including their Mending Mask.


I also love Moroccan Oil Intense Hydration Mask. Not only does it make your hair feel beautiful, it smells divine too!

4. Color It.

As fall approaches it’s time to change up your color. Ashy, white and platinum blondes need to soften down to soft beige blondes, brunettes can add in a little warmth. Maybe you want some balayage, maybe you want a major change, or maybe just a little toning. Regardless, it’s time to work your color!

Summer Beauty Essentials – 8 Must Have Hair Products

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If someone gave you a truly fantastic trip out of the blue, for say, next week, would you be ready to jump on a plane and go?
I have spent my entire adult life ready to take that flight.

And funnily enough when you are ready to board a flight at a moment’s notice all kinds of fantastic opportunities find their way to you. 
Whether it’s flying to the Caribbean to shoot workout videos, meeting a family member in Europe, accompanying a client to Cabo or Turks and Caicos or just heading out on vacation somewhere fabulous, I am convinced trips come my way because I am always ready to go.

Part of always being ready to go is having all my travel beauty essentials packed and waiting for that next trip. Thanks to the security folks at London’s Heathrow airport confiscating the bulk of my travel beauty products, the same products packed in the same clear plastic travel bags that have made their way round and round the world more times than I care to count, I now have to make a list and re-buy it all.

Luckily most of my hair products were packed in my suitcase.

My list of travel beauty essentials doubles up as a list of summer beauty essentials, today we are looking at summer travel hair care:

Summer Beauty Essentials ~ 8 Must Have Hair Products

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Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Rahua Voluminous Conditioner
I love these two because they are 100% organic, make your hair bouncy and shiny, and lets face it who doesn’t want added volume??

The Ouidid Curl Essentials Trial Set $36 Embrace your curls! This is the greatest thing ever for bringing out the best in your curly or wavy hair. This was my first trip letting my hair go curly, and I had been obsessively obsessing over these products, right up until they got confiscated. I tried t pick up another set at Naimies in L.A. on my way home, but they were out of stock, so I am re-ordering them online this week.

Oribe Travel Sized Gold Lust Oil $37
This lightweight yet luxurious hair oil smoothes,adds glorious shine and is the perfect antidote to a day at the beach. It has a gold fleck in it that keeps your hair looking luscious. I’ve traveled with it for years – partly because it is super concentrated and lasts for a really long time! You absolutely cannot beat the smell of Oribe products either.

Glossy hair in Siena, on the Glam Italia Tour

Bumble And Bumble Thickening Spray
My hairdresser just turned me on to this one a few months ago. Even though I have more hair than the next three people all put together, I use this to create volume at the root when I’m blow-drying my hair smooth. It also helps you to get more mileage out of your blowout.

Oribe Travel Sized Style Cream
For luxuriously smooth hair that bounces when you walk and smells like heaven.

Oribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher
Spritz a little of this magic spray through your mane any time you want your hair to be refreshed and smell like heaven. This one is a must after a long flight, when everyone’s hair smells gross!

Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion
If you are going for beachy waves and don’t have to fight curly, frizzy hair, channel your inner Aniston with Bumble’s Surf Infusion.