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Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates

Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates


Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid ClimatesNot too long ago I returned from a seven-day trip to the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), which was a hot and relatively drier climate than where we are now headed – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A change in climates and humidity means switching up my skincare needs since Puerto Vallarta during this time of year is not only hot, but also humid. Of course, for this trip I packed my favorite travel-friendly skincare that’s most suitable for the weather I’m going to experience.

One of the first rules of traveling is being able to pack efficiently; therefore, if I do not have travel-sized items of my favorite products, I siphon them off into travel-sized containers. I find the to-go condiment containers to be perfect for cleansers, into which I emptied some of my Paula’s Choice RESIST Foaming Cleanser .

Travel-Friendly Paula's Choice RESIST


Cleansing your skin is essential regardless of where you are; however, since heat and humidity can lead to more sweat, oil, and dirt, cleansing twice a day with my travel-friendly FOREO Luna is a necessity. The FOREO Luna (review) is gentle enough to use twice per day, and effective in removing the dirt and oil from my skin, thus preventing breakouts/blemishes while I’m away.

LUNA by FOREO Review in hand


I love, love, love the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (review). I pack the travel-friendly 4 oz. bottle to refresh and rehydrate my skin post cleansing, and even give my skin a little spray post-moisturizer.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater


For daytime use when I travel, I’ve packed the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Martinique) with SPF 30 (review), and for evening use I bring along Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre (review). To the two, I add a few drops of the Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster. To keep my lips moisturized, I use my go-to lip balm, Carmex! I never leave home without it. Plus, its size makes it travel-friendly.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Review


I’ve also packed something new to my skincare regimen, the Shiseido IBUKI Multi-Solution Gel that helps diminish breakouts, roughness, dryness and the look of visible pores. The salicylic acid formula helps aid in oil reduction, getting down into the pores drying up the oil caused by the humidity while also treating the actual bacteria that cause pimples. Even though I can use the gel either under or over makeup, I love using the IBUKI Multi-Solution Gel mostly at night over my moisturizer.

Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates

Do you have any skin care tips or tricks you rely on for travel?

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette Review

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette

Just when I thought I’ve reached my max limit on the number of [neutral] palettes to own, in walks in the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette.

“The true inspiration behind the Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette comes from all these years of trying to understand the usage of shadows and light within the portraits I draw.”

—Kat Von D

The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette is not your regular eye shadow palette – it features three color quads in neutral, cool, and warm shades that help you contour your eyes to help lift them to look more youthful, define them to create depth, as well as help bring balance and dimension to the eyes whether you need to bring them together or apart.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette Swatches

My Thoughts:

I love the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. If you know me, you know that I love my matte eye shadows. The ones in this palette are amazing! Unlike some matte eye shadows I have used, these are not powdery, and do not look ashy on the skin. The eye shadows apply effortlessly – like butter, and it doesn’t take much work for me to blend in order to achieve the look I wanted. And the pigment on these babies! ‘Shax’, which is the black shade, is probably one of the deepest black eye shadows I’ve used, and you only need a little.

The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette wore well throughout the day on me. On hot 85+ degree-days in New York City, there was no creasing or fading, at all. In fact, after 12 hours, my eye shadow looked the same from when I first applied it.

Below is a look I created using the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette and the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Ultra Black.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette Look

First, I applied a primer, and then I used three shades from the palette as follows:

  • Lid – Incius (blended up to the crease)
  • Outer V – Shax
  • Blending – Solas

Finally, I created my signature-winged liner using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Ultra Black.

I’d definitely recommend picking up the The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. Above is just one look I’ve created using the palette, but the palette has so much more to offer; the possibilities are endless.

The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette is the perfect palette to add to your makeup stash, especially if you’re a working makeup artist, but even if you’re not, it’s still an excellent palette to own. Its versatility allows you to meet the needs of anyone of any skintone, which means a lighter makeup kit since you don’t have tote along multiple neutral eye shadows because you have it all in this one palette.

The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette is available for $46 at Sephora or

Do you own the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette? If so, what are your thoughts on it.




LUNA by FOREO for Sensitive/Normal Skin Review

LUNA by FOREO Review

PR SAMPLE | AFFILIATE LINKSLUNA by FOREO Sensitive/Normal SkinI’m back with another FOREO product review courtesy of iFABBO, but this time I am reviewing their innovative facial cleansing device, the LUNA by FOREO for Sensitive/Normal Skin.

The LUNA by FOREO is not your everyday cleansing device. It’s a gentle, yet effective cleansing tool that works double duty with its cleansing and anti-aging properties. It features T-Sonic™ Technology, which send up to 8,000 pulsations per minute to aid in the gentle removal of dead skin cells, unclog pore of 99.5% of dirt and oil, and 98.5% of makeup residue. FOREO also makes claims that the lower frequency anti-aging surface help smooth out fine lines. But, how does it really measure up?

Just like the ISSA by FOREO that I previously reviewed, the LUNA by FOREO is made up of non-abrasive silicone material that feels both smooth and soft on the skin. The silicone also provides the LUNA by FOREO with antibacterial properties, which FOREO claims makes the LUNA™ “35x more hygienic than standard sonic cleansing brushes.”

LUNA by FOREO Review _ Different Sides

FOREO claims that after “…2 minutes using your LUNA™ morning and night the [LUNA] leaves the skin looking naturally beautiful with a healthy-looking glow, while lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.“

Using the LUNA by FOREO is easy. It’s just like using any other sonic cleansing device. When cleansing my face, I normally wet both my face and the device, and then apply my favorite cleanser to the LUNA™ and turn it on.  The LUNA™ pulsates, although ever so lightly, when it’s time to move on to another area of the face, which is a good way to avoid over cleansing the different areas of your face. At 30, I’m blessed to not have wrinkles; therefore, I rarely used the LUNA™ in Anti-Aging mode.

FOREO claimed that after three days of using the LUNA™, you’d notice healthier more youthful skin. In fact, they were right. Using the LUNA by FOREO both day and night combined with the other usual suspects of my skincare routine my skin has been 100 x’s clearer than it has ever been. It’s also a lot smoother.

LUNA by FOREO Review

After my experience with the ISSA by FOREO, I’m surprised at how much I am in-love with the LUNA by FOREO! I like that the LUNA by FOREO is gentle, yet effective at getting my skin clean. Unlike other sonic cleansers I’ve used that require the use of brush heads, which can be harsh and abrasive on the skin, the LUNA was the exact opposite.  Although I thought the LUNA would be hard to hold and maneuver around my face, it wasn’t. And, it wasn’t hard getting it to clean the smaller areas of my face like the sides of my nose.

I also like that the LUNA is waterproof, and can be used up to 450 times before having to recharge it, and best of all, there are no expensive brush heads to replace.

LUNA by FOREO Review in hand

Remember I mentioned that the LUNA is hygienic due to the silicone body? Usually, after a month or so of using other sonic cleansers with replaceable brush heads, my face would break out, which was probably from bacterial build-up on the brushes. Who knew? With the LUNA I didn’t have that issue.

Since I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling in the upcoming months, I’m happy to report how lightweight is the LUNA by FOREO. It also comes with a cute little pouch to tote it around, which means I can keep it in my purse for cleansing my face during my upcoming 13-hour flight. And since the LUNA™ holds its charge for up to 450 uses, I don’t have to clutter up my luggage with another charger.


Overall, I’m happy with the LUNA by FOREO for Sensitive/Normal skin. If you’re looking for an effective cleansing device that is gentle, perfect for travel, and saves you money in the long run due to you not having to purchase replacement brush heads, I suggest picking up the LUNA by FOREO. Plus, it helps that the LUNA, regardless of whichever version you pick up for yourself – Combination Skin (blue), Ultra-Sensitive Skin (white), or the male version (black) – it’s sure going to look great sitting atop your vanity.

You can purchase here the LUNA for $199 in the version that caters to your specific skincare need.

Have you tried the LUNA by FOREO? If so, are you as in-love with is as me?

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Creating my Dream Beauty Station in a Small Space

Small Space Beauty Station

Small Space Beauty Station Vanity Malm Dressing Table


Ever since moving into our house, we’ve been told that we have a lifetime to make it our own. Slowly, but surely, everything is coming together. One of the most important areas that I’m making progress on is my beauty station. This area has serve multiple purposes: makeup tutorial recording station, makeup application station, manicure station, office, and etc.

In my bedroom, I have the perfect little corner with a window, which served as the blank canvas for my beauty station. For months I’ve perused pinterest and beauty blogs for ideas on how my beauty station will be set up. A recurring trend in what I saw on the sites I’ve visited were pieces from Ikea. The pieces were either as-is or repurposed AKA hacked.

Seriously, what beauty blogger do you know that doesn’t have at least one Ikea piece? None, right? So, off to Ikea I went to pick up a white Malm dressing table, which would serve as my makeup vanity.

The Ikea Malm Dressing table wasn’t too hard to put together. It took me a little over an hour, which included stopping to tend to my four year old. Lord knows that once kids see you in the middle of something they need you for everything!

Small Space Beauty Station _3

My makeup vanity cannot be bare. I picked up a few items to dress it up a little. I wanted a cuter way to showcase my perfumes, so I picked up a rectangular, mirrored vanity tray from Amazon that holds all 15 bottles of my perfumes with room for more, along with a three compartment brush holder. From TJ Maxx, I picked up acrylic trays to hold my brushes and skincare products. I also picked up two apothecary jars to house my cotton pads and q-tips.

Small Space Beauty Station

From Ikea, I also picked up three Ribba Picture Ledges, one large, and two small. The large one I will use to display my beauty books from Iman, Scott Barnes, etc. The two smaller shelves will display all of my nail polishes. Now, I just need the husband to put them up. I also need to figure out how to organize all of my makeup items.

Since my beauty station is in an area with good lighting, I didn’t have to worry much about that; however, during cloudy days or during the evenings, I’d need brighter lights other than the recessed lighting that’s in my bedroom currently. While attending The Makeup Show New York, I picked up The Makeup Light starter package. The difference this light makes is amazing! Plus, it was so simple to assemble.

Small Space Beauty Station Paige Round Back Armchair World Market

One bargain item I picked up for my beauty station was a chair. To set myself apart from the rest, I decided to forgo the acrylic seating as I’ve seen some other beauty bloggers use. Instead, I opted for a vintage style armchair in plum that I picked up from World Market for $74! It’s super comfortable, and is the perfect height for whenever I’m doing makeup or recording a makeup tutorial.

Small Space Beauty Station

Although it sounds like my beauty station is almost complete, it isn’t. There’s one vital piece missing from my beauty station, a mirror. I have yet to find a mirror that’s both affordable and fits the vision I have for my area. I also want a cute rug.

I’m just happy that everything is finally coming together, and I will soon be able to be more productive in creating more visually pleasing photos, posts and videos. Oh, and check out what I’m doing with my dining room here.

What do you think of my beauty station/vanity setup so far?  I’d love to also hear your suggestions for things I should do and/or add.

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