IMG_20150126_094515Life can get pretty hectic when you’re constantly on the move. Delegating time to do makeup may not always be top priority and that can be especially true when on vacation with the family.

Poor us. We had to travel to Miami Beach last week to enjoy the warmer weather. Le sigh. That also meant that I was faced with the burden of choosing what makeup to take along knowing it had to be easy to use and fast to apply. Read between the lines: lots of heavy hitting, portable multi-taskers.

Here’s the list of carefully edited makeup that were deemed pack-worthy. Happy fact: they all fit into the chic Winter Session cosmetics bag found with this R. L. Linden kit here and made it on board the flight*—so they’re TSA-friendly, to boot. With a magnifying mirror in hotel (these should be banned!), the following cosmetics withstood the onslaught of examination that these evil reflectors incited.


First off, I knew that I’d need a good sunscreen, so I settled on ‘The Perfect Sunscreen.’ Really. That’s the name of Consonant’s tinted—a.k.a. no white cast—sunscreen that’s also impossibly lightweight, water-resistant, and vanishes without a greasy trace. Oh. I might add that it’s the only other brand that Province Apothecary carries on its main website, so I imagine that founder Julie Clark is quite discriminating when it comes to sharing products. As a holistic esthetician, she may know a thing or two about spotting the legit sunscreens.

I can easily say that I was pleased with this pick as it suited my skin to a tee. In addition to non-nano Zinc and Titanium Dioxide, the two ingredients currently considered safest in UVA/UVB sun ray protection, the matte-finish formula also contains aloe vera, grapeseed, and rice bran for their hydrating and healing properties. Expect to see more of this beach-ready lotion on must-have lists this summer. It’s a surefire winner.


These stellar picks are not merely relegated to travel. I reach for these often—you’ll soon see why.

Earth Tu Face Geranium + Vetiver Skin Stick, $34

This versatile stick encased in a compostable tube (love that!) offers instant hydration from head to toe. Geranium prevents and diminishes scarring. Vetiver promotes cellular healing. Beeswax heals and protects. Not too shabby for such a portable product, eh?

La Bella Figura Rainforest Hydration Treatment, $125

This perfect hybrid of a cream and a balm is the ideal travel companion to combat the dehydrating effects of recycled air and dry environmental conditions. Ever since I took an overseas journey and received the fright of my life as I gazed in the mirror only to view the horror of peeling skin all over my face, I’ve been on the pre-travel hydration bandwagon. This treatment is a savior! Have sample, will travel.

Glory Boon Bonjour Contour, $12

This nifty stick gives the easiest contour application evah! For someone like me who rarely plays with makeup looks, this product is a no-brainer. At long last, I can give myself those coveted high cheekbones—or at the very least, some definition to mimic them. It blends like a shadow should. It contains some of my favorite treatment oils like aloe, evening primrose, neem, avocado, meadowfoam, jojoba, almond, and rosehip, plus it’s cruelty-free.

Eye Crayon in Slate

No clue who makes this! I have it. I like it. It’s in a cool color (slate) and now I can’t remember where I got it. As with many natural eye liners, the staying power is just meh, but that could be on account of all the rich balms and oils that get massaged around my eyes that make it hard for eye makeup to stick. That’s one dilemma I’m willing to deal with in exchange for flat-ironed wrinkles.

W3LL PEOPLE Universalist Multi-Use Colorstick in No. 1, $34.50

This is the most amazing color in stick form. Besides being easy to apply and very sheer, it also gives a brightening glow to cheeks to impart a fresh, healthy look. For a balanced face, you can dab a touch of color right under your brow bone over your eyelid to add a zesty pop of color. Total love.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, $14

When I need mascara that won’t budge and will add oomph to my lashes, this is my go to. It never fails me. Sadly, most other brands end up flaking under my eyes. This one doesn’t. Plus you can pick it up at Target. It may not be the cleanest mascara out there (personally I’ve got no problem with it), but it’s better than most and it’s fab. Caveat emptor: Same issue as above with eyeliner pencil. Even just the slightest bit of oil seems to cause my eye makeup to migrate. I’m still investigating a solution to that, so if you’ve got any suggestions, do let me know! I’m testing out a possibility that may be working. I’ll keep you posted.

RawSkinCeuticals cosme.ceuticals B.B. Creme in No. W103, $22

I discovered this product on a “clean cosmetics” list that Stephanie Greenwood, founder of Bubble & Bee, compiled.  Suffice it to say, she is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to formulas and accordingly selective when choosing products that fit her criteria. Not many are left standing, yet the RawSkinCeuticals B.B. creme made it to the list.

That said, this well-rounded foundation offers excellent coverage, lovely treatment ingredients (aloe, rosehip, tamanu, pumpkin, vitamin C & more), and SPF 20—while being cruelty-free, vegan, well-priced, and suitable for an extraordinarily wide array of skin tones (last I checked, founder, Sarah Johnson created over 40 colors divided into Warm, Cool, and Neutral categories). It’s a matte finish so application needs to be fast before it settles on the skin, but once it’s on, it doesn’t budge and lasts well throughout the day.  Plus Sarah created the line with skin issues in mind, so it’s not likely to cause blemishes—in fact, it’s designed to ward them off with anti-bacterial properties.

Depending on how dry/oily my skin is behaving, I don’t always reach for this foundation, but my skin does do well with it when I do.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Eye Balm, $60

I love sample sizes! They’re ideal for travel. I’ve got samples in abundance lately and usually they don’t last very long. Not so for this extraordinary Eye Balm. Thanks to the balm consistency—in this case, a highly emollient and pliable form that smooths easily—you need so little for it to work its magic. With 24 active ingredients, this little jar packs a concentrated punch to support and nurture the delicate eye area with its myriad concerns (i.e. reduce puffiness, inflammation, fluid retention, dark circles, plus soothing and brightening). There was no way I was leaving home without this baby.

Splurge Tinted Buttah In Love, $7

Lately, I can’t stand how I look in lipstick. I’m not sure what that’s about—and I’ll have to get over it somehow, since new clean releases have caught my attention and my credit card (looking at you nūdus lipstick and Alima Pure!). But in the meanwhile, tinted lip colors are all the rage for me. I have yet to be disappointed by a Splurge product. This line nails it every time. The tinted lip buttahs are wearable and feel fantastic on the lips. You’ll enjoy an instant perk thanks to a hint of peppermint. With hydrating ingredients like babassu oil, almond oil, and cocoa butter, not only do lips stay supple, you get that instant your lips but better look. Win win.

Crazy Cat Lady Eye of the Tiger Feliner, $18

Did you know that there are no black panthers? They’re either cougars or jaguars. Leave it to the crazy cat lover behind this brand to enlighten folks with this info. What does it have to do with the Feliner? Not too much, other than you can get THE perfect cat’s eye without harming any animals. Actually, proceeds of all Crazy Cat Lady purchases help animals in need. When I fell asleep wearing this vegan liner and woke up without it stinging my eyes, causing any redness, and minus the racoon eyes, I was hooked! I’m amazed by the staying power and by the ease of use. But you gotta get yourself a good cruelty-free eye liner brush. Now that may be harder to dig up than a black panther.

Studio 78 Paris Off We Go Concealer, $34

Dark circles betraying sharing a bed with a few kids, blemishes revealing a few too many indulgences—all elements of the past thanks to this concealer that works wonders! It comes in the cutest compact with mirror for quick on-the-go checkups—a nice touch of Parisian chic. There’s no shine or sheen or glitter to draw attention where you don’t want it—simply good matte coverage that blends easily. It didn’t take long to fall hard for this product. It may look like a hefty price tag for a small pot, but it’s so worth it. It’ll last ages because you need so little to get good opaque coverage. A light dip of the finger in the apricot-hued color (ideal shade for disguising dark circles, mind you) and you’re off to the boutiques (a.k.a. grocery store).

Of course, no vacation is complete without a satisfying read. I brought along Organic Spa Magazine for some inspiration. Check out the article above on Neocell’s Sales and Marketing rep. She’s up to some great stuff.

Stay tuned for another post about the body and hair products that I used, loved, and emptied while there, plus a couple of awesome overdue SPILL IT! posts. And keep checking because pretty soon I’m gonna share a big secret about what’s in store for Edible Facial this spring. Can’t wait!! XO

*Minus the 2 oz. sunscreen that I didn’t bring on board the flight.


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