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How to Pack a Toiletry Bag

March 20, 2014


Not the most romantic of titles…. but what are you gonna do?!


My husband and I like to travel… a lot. And one of the biggest pains of traveling? Packing.  I have tried to alleviate some of the pain by putting together a toiletry bag (or two) that can be grabbed at a moments notice.


Step 1. Make a list of everything you use in your daily routine. 

For me that includes:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Leave in Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Skin Care Products
  • Eye Make-up Remover
  • Night Mask
  • Deodorant
  • Hairspray
  • Hair Brush
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush/paste

Now I’m sure I am missing a few things… but for the most part I NEED each of these every day.


Step 2. Go buy travel sized versions (or duplicates) of those MUST HAVE items above or transfer small portions into travel sized containers (can be bought here and here).

I know, I know, it may seem pricey, but it is well worth it. Trust me.  I like smaller versions of the products I love (ie. It’s a 10) because I know exactly what product I’m using (don’t have to worry about labels falling off, etc.), and then I just refill it with the original sized product once it runs out.

Also, I HAVE to use a deep conditioner when I travel (the hard water is not my friend), so I always pack that, although I don’t use it on a daily basis.  I also have a little thing of shampoo in case the hotel doesn’t have great products (not worth not bringing and then having bad vacation hair – right?).

I also LOVE Sephora for this reason.  Their samples have pretty much made up the majority of my travel kit over the years – face creams, tiny sunscreens, little perfumes – it’s awesome!

Step 3. Keep a list of products you can’t buy duplicates of and need to add to your kit before traveling.

My skincare regimen is rather… pricey.  So the idea of shelling out for duplicates, only to use once or twice a month, is not a good use of funds, so I make sure to add them before I leave.

Products that can “dry” out if not used regularly or in a smaller amount of time – ie my eyelash extension gel, also get put “on the list.”


Step 4. Add anything else that you know you are going to need, that you may not use on a regular basis.

For me that includes:

  • Bobby pins/hairbands
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen

The key here is not to let this “list” get out of control with hypotheticals.  You easily could end up with 20 types of band-aids, aloe vera after-sun gel, antihistamines, etc., but I HIGHLY recommend you keep it to a travel sized pouch of Advil (2 tablets), 1 band-aid, and buy any cremes or large format items at your destination should you need them (unless you are a mom, then I guess you probably should be prepared for anything… but for those of you only looking out for yourself/carrying on your luggage, this is my recommendation).


Step 5. While you are at it, put together an extra make-up kit.

Now this is ONLY for those of you that are not going to Vegas.  I have traveled with many a girlfriend who has pulled out half a MAC store when it comes to getting ready for a night out on the town… this advice is not for you.

I realized that I was always forgetting something make-up wise when I traveled, so I eventually caved in and bought new stuff.

By “buy new stuff” I pretty much only bought more BareMinerals powder, but I basically moved my half used ones into my travel kit and upgraded my Kabuki brush.  I originally was using travel sized brushes to do my make-up (why I have no idea), so I moved those into the kit and upgraded to REAL make-up brushes.

The Sephora samples also play a huge role here – I have a travel sized liquid eyeliner, mascara and lipstick that I travel with. It’s amazing how far those samples will take you!


Now that you are all set with your travel kits, store them in a cool place (I recommend under a sink/in a cabinet), because if you store them in your luggage (which you may store in the attic or another hot place), it could ruin all of your products, and then you are back at square one.

Good luck packing!


Make-up Regimen

March 6, 2014

I’m not a big make-up person, and pretty much have been on the same program for 10 years… but if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it… right?

Step 1 NARS Creamy Concealer applied with Beauty Blender Sponge under my eyes and on any blemishes.

Step2 BareMinerals (Medium Beige) applied with a Kabuki brush in a circular motion all over my face.

Step3 BareMinerals Faux Tan Powder applied on forehead and cheekbones.

Step4 If I have a hot date I will take the time to contour, using Laura Mercier products.

Step5 NARS blush (color: Orgasm) is my favorite – I apply with a Sephora blush brush.


Dior Brow Pencil to define my brows and Brow Gel to keep them in place.

Step7 NARS eyeliner pen (Stila makes a great one too) and followed up with DiorShow mascara.

What is in your makeup regimen line-up?


How to Contour

February 5, 2014

My sister Taylor is great at contouring and gifted me my own contouring kit this year! Only problem – I have no idea what to do.  So Ta is taking over the blog today for a little Contour How-to Guide.  Take it away Ta!


Hi, Everyone.

Nothing gets me giddy like logging into Whitney’s account, clicking drafts, and seeing what feels like 3,000 photos of my dehydrated post drinking face and newly developed arm rosacea on the page! Lets do this.

The title of this post should be “How to Trick Boys with Optical Illusions on your Face.” I love contouring; it is totally forgiving (unlike eye/ lip color), you can darken it for night or to match your summer tan or winter paste (mine, clearly, the later), and it makes you look 5 pounds thinner and AT LEAST 3 times prettier. Disclaimer: I have no make up background and am not a professional; this is what works FOR ME… and my mother who I do make up for on occasion….but she looks exactly like me so I guess that makes sense….

Where I’ve gathered most of this knowledge from:

1. Watching/ asking the few make up artists I have ever had contact with

2. Television; namely Keeping up with the Kardashians, and more importantly, RuPaul’s Drag Race

3. Hashtag searching “#contouring” on Instagram (highly recommend… these Russian girls know WHAT IS UP)(and Russian boys too)

4. Doing exactly what my little pamphlet on the inside of my contouring kit says to do

Alright, here are my steps:


Step 1:  Look at the mirror. Tell yourself you should have worn more sunscreen from ages 14-24. Tell yourself your pores would shrink if you stopped drinking 7 nights a week. Take a deep breath, you are 20 minutes away from the best you will look today.

Also, moisturize and prime your skin.


Step 2: Paint your face like a warrior princess; ready for fighting she-battles for the next 6-10 hours. Use your light foundation, and rather than rubbing it all over your face like a heathen and coming out looking like a ghost like you did for 2 WHOLE YEARS; harness the evil powers of the lightness and instead use it to your advantage. Highlight the parts of your face you want hit with light. Even if they won’t be, you now give the illusion that they are. Strike the bridge of your nose, eyebrow arch, CHEEKBONES, and chin. ALSO, as you can see, if you have adult acne, HIDE IT NOW.

Step 3:  Realize you will never find a life partner with images like these circulating the internet.


Side Note: This is the foundation I use….as you will come to find, this particular product, on me, works wonders. I realize this picture is a bit out of order but I’m this far now!!!!


Step 4: Blend it. Use your finger, or one of those cool egg sponges your mother has but you can’t afford. If you had any extra foundation left over; go absolutely bananas on your cheekbones. Blend blend blend. Layer mineral powder on top of this, everywhere. Neck also, guys. And because I was about 16 and acne-ridden when it hit the shelves, not to mention PERFECTLY marketed to like the rest of you, I like to use Bare Minerals!


Step 5: Now your canvas is ready to contour. If you have a contouring kit, now is the time to use it, but sometimes I just use bronzer if I am in a rush or IF I FEEL LIKE IT. Make a fishy face and start massaging (with your brush) the powder up into your cheekbones from underneath, working it into the natural crevice that your face (now) makes. I have found if I do the “plant and drag” I end up looking like a B&Ter circa 1994. Sometimes I want that look though, so I do that.


Step 6: Create a jawline. Highly recommend if you are wearing your hair up. A strong jawline is EVERYTHING. As you can see, I am going a little dark here for presentational purposes; I wouldn’t go quite this strong for a daytime look.


Step 7: You don’t really have to do this step, unless you are going “all the way” into this look. Good for night time, good for tan skin. Good for showing LIL viewers a step by step on how to contour. All I did here was take a shade lighter and swipe it right above my initial dark line. Easy.


Step 8: Hand the camera to your little sister, RUIN previous aperture settings in the process, take a photo that looks completely unlike the rest of the photos , but you are starting to look alright at this point so IT STAYS.

Here are the final reasons why I look good in this final photo and everyone should not be fooled by the internet.

a) I added powder highlight via my contouring kit, roughly, on top of all the places I already highlighted (see Step 2). Mainly focus on getting the tops of your cheekbones and under your eyes (the Victoria Secret Angels are fabulous with this).

b.) Eyeliner/ Lip gloss/ blush

c.) Camera settings that miraculously make me look tanner

d. ) I’m slightly out of focus

e.) I shaded my nose (dark on the sides, light on the bridge…. use a smaller brush for precision… this honestly could use its own post but everyone’s nose is different and I can’t have that incredible responsibility weighing on my shoulders)

f. ) I shaded my temples (from above arch of eyebrow to end of it), and my hairline a TINY bit

f.) why is my hair uneven….MOM!


Here is all the stuff I use (clockwise from top left): Countouring kit from Smashbox (this makeup artist who was a drag queen recommended this to me…love), BareMinerals medium beige powder, Kabuki brush, Youngblood blush, contouring brush that came with my Smashbox Kit.

This could and will probably be the last time Whitney let’s me guest post, so it’s been really lovely, you guys. Best of luck, and send Whit some before and after pics so we can see how you all look! (boys invited too)



I Can’t Live Without…

August 29, 2013

Unconditional-Love-Our-Favorite-Beauty-Products image via

I wanted to share my favorite beauty products that have stood the test of time and have been in my regimen for years!!! Here we go:

bareMinerals Original Foundation – I think I used liquid foundation once, until my mom turned me onto powder foundation 10 years ago (apparently covering up my hormonal teenage skin with thick make-up wasn’t helping…!?). It goes on flawlessly, has helped my skin overtime and doesn’t come off on my clothes!

bareMinerals Faux Tan – I love a tan more than anyone, but I try to rock a hat and glasses whenever I’m in the sun… thanks to Faux Tan, no one knows!

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product – This stuff lives up to the hype… having long hair I am constantly getting the snarrels (sp?) out of my hair… and this does all the work.  I have never done my hair without using it first! Also it’s great to travel with (it also acts as a thermal protectant and volumizer – just to name  couple… so need to lug other products on vacay with you!)

Tigi S Factor Serious Conditioner – This is one of the items I would take on an island with me! It is the most insane deep conditioner I have ever tried… I travel with it everywhere!!!

OPI Nail Polish – Although I love a great Shellac manicure, I will continue to love and use OPI nail polishes.  I love the color, quality and durability of these polishes!

Dior Show Mascara – I have tried MANY types of mascara since I started wearing make-up, but for some reason I will always come back to Dior Show.  I love that it doesn’t clump, run, smudge and the smell doesn’t hurt either.  Worth the splurge in my opinion!

Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey – I recently started adding a couple other scents to my line-up, but this Jo Malone scent will always be my tried and true, and the one people say “smell’s like me”

What is on your list of favorites!? I’m always look for new things!