What is in my traveling skincare bag?

2017, Beauty, houston, naked palette

Hubby and I are weekend travelers. Whether it is a weekend in the cabins, or a drive down to Houston, we like to save our vacation days and head out to experience some adventures for the weekend.

This past weekend I headed out to my parent’s house in Houston to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We usually leave right after work so that means I have to pack an overnight bag quickly.

In order to make my packing experience less tedious, I keep a beauty bag with my favorite default items.

I get my favorite items in a sample size or a traveler’s size from Sephora. This way I have the same products to use even when I’m traveling.

Skin care-

Neutrogena makeup wipes|Origins Checks & Balances Frothy face wash|Origins GinZing scrub|Origins Original Skin Serum|Josie maran argan oil|Rose water

If it’s been a crazy weekend and I’m exhausted this is my holy grail. I just wipe my makeup off using this, and rinse before heading straight to bed. If I’ve got more time, then I use the frothy face wash & scrub. Most of the time, especially if I wore makeup that day, I’ll use the face wipes, then use the scrub just to make sure my skin is baby smooth. I’ll use the rose-water as a toner and follow-up with my serum & the Argan oil depending on how oily my skin is.


Naked skin makeup|Urban Decay concealor|Kat von d tattoo liner|Elizabeth Arden pencil liner|Voluminous mascara|Naked palette|Anastasia contour kit|Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick

If I’m going to Houston for a normal weekend, then I usually pack these items. A good base consists of my foundation and concealor and that’s what I build the rest of my look on. My sisters usually have the more elaborate items I can borrow if need be. I tend to pack the basics and change-up my lip color to change my look. The Naked Palette has a good range of neutral colors so that I can use that for day looks as well as night looks.

I prefer a bold eye look over a bold lip look but if there is a special event then I will use my bright Stila lippie.

If I’m traveling for a wedding, then I pack some additional eye colors in gold, silver, and sometimes even my Anastasia Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette. That palette has some nice rose toned colors that go well for weddings and other events.





New this month! UD Naked Smoky & IPSY bag

Beauty, makeup, naked palette, urban decay

Have I ever told you guys how much I love makeup? By now I’m sure you realize that I am obsessed with Urban Decay products, most especially their Naked palettes. 

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The packaging is gorgeous! It’s a thick plastic casing that looks like it captured the smoke. Very beautiful in my opinion. 

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My favorite things about this palette is the range of colors. It’s not just a dark palette. I wear the light brown colors on a daily basis and the dark colors for nights out in town.

Canon_August2015 2204The color payoff is just what you expect from Urban Decay. This is actually one swipe with no pressure. As you can see below I didn’t take a lot off from the palette!

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I’ve been playing with these colors all month and hopefully I’ll get to do a blog post on the looks.

My IPSY bag this month was really nice as well. I got a lipstick in a gorgeous pink shade. I’ve been wearing it on a near-daily basis. I also got a tarte bronzer! The shade is perfect for my complexion and I’ve been using it for day time contouring. I haven’t gotten a chance to try out the Eva.Nyc dry shampoo yet but I’ve heard really good things about it, and the other products from this brand are of good quality so I’m sure I can expect great things from it.

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Two brands that I received and didn’t really care for was the chap stick from Jersey Shore Sun and the OFRA eye shadow. The chap stick seems like it was an after thought and that they ran out of products so they tossed it in the bag. I can use the eye shadow as a highlighter and the color pay off was subtle enough to do so, but I don’t have a Z-palette or something I can just snap this eye shadow into so it would be kind of difficult to use in my makeup bag.

I can’t wait for my August bag just to see what goodies I get to try from IPSY

I’m so excited! My August Glam Bag is on the way!

 Join me on @ipsy! Here’s a referral link if you’d like to sign up 

May Favorites!

Beauty, boscia, drugstore, eye cream, eyeshadow, favorites, kiehls, makeup, may, naked palette, peter thomas roth, revlon, skincare

I love the month of June. It’s exactly 6 months into the year. Not too hot, not too cold down here in Texas. It is the month that holds the official start of summer. 

With June comes the end of May and another round of monthly favorites.


Nightly Skin Care goodies


Love Lettuce

Lush Fresh Face Mask- Love Lettuce $6.95

I love Lush, most especially their fresh face masks. These face masks last about 2 weeks and are preservative free. I generally use the face mask every other day for 2 weeks. I’ve used other fresh masks from Lush before such as Oatifix, BB Seaweed and Brazened Honey but this was my first time using Love Lettuce

The Love Lettuce mask contains ground almonds so it doubles as an exfoliate for me making my night time routine cut in half. Love Lettuce contains lavender oil which helps combat oil and the almond oil helps with moisturizing the skin. One key point to note, the ground almost is coarse so as to remove dull, flaky skin, but it may be too harsh on sensitive skin.

boscia- Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleep Mask $34.00

I’m a great believer that your skin rejuvenates the most while you sleep. I’ve been using this sleep mask nightly for almost a little over a month. I initially bought it so I could use it during the flights on my vacations. The mask has the consistency of a moisturizer- thin, light and very hydrating. But it also stays on your face keeping it hydrated until you wake up and rinse it off. The white creamy mask smells of rose and seems to disappear as soon as you put it on. 

Kiehl’s Abyssine Cream

This product is sold out or not longer being produced. I received it in my Birchbox a long time ago but recently started using it as an eye cream because of it’s thickness. I’ve been liking it so far as a moisturizer.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Eye Creme $65.00

I purchased this eye cream during my previous anti-aging haul and boy, do I love it! As I’ve mentioned before, I do not have heavy wrinkles which is what this product is geared toward, but I use it every night and before I use a concealer. Using it prior to using concealer has helped fill the fine lines below by eye where concealer used to previously crease. It’s been amazing at keeping those lines at bay. 


My Everyday Makeup


Naked Skin Foundation – 4.5 $39.00

I’ve never used a foundation as natural and perfect on my skin as the Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay.  The 4.5 color is a perfect match during the summer while the 3.5 is a good match when I’m not as tan.  The foundation sits comfortably on my skin and doesn’t make me look cakey at all. 

Revlon Photo Ready concealer $10.99

I’ve used so many different concealers in my life but by far, the best concealer (especially drugstore) is the Revlon Photo Ready concealer in 


Urban Decay Naked Palette $54.00

Truthfully, I don’t wear any other palette as much as I love this pallet. This is my go-to palette for a smoky eye, or a neutral eye shadow look. I’ve had this palette for over 2 years and it is a charm! I’ve used it for weddings, work and even running routine errands. I’m definitely a very big fan of Naked palette. See my last post on the new Naked Smoky Palette.