Skincare Tips for Traveling

Skincare Tips for Traveling

I don’t know about you but my skin gets out of shape when we travel, especially when said travel involves airplanes. I don’t know if it’s the re-circulated air, the altitude, or the general disruption to my routine, but my skin gets dry and flaky. When this happens I like to give my face some extra TLC, which helps to get it back in shape much quicker than it would otherwise. Since I’m sure Thanksgiving, and the rest of the Christmas month, means a lot more travel than usual I wanted to share my TLC tips with everyone. I hope they help! And safe travels!

Skincare Tips for Traveling

First, detox your skin with a face mask that is supposed to remove impurities and dry out acne. I really like the Galaxy Greens mask from Glossier. I always see upcoming zits immediately reduced when I use it, along with a nice glow.

Next, use a hydrating face mask. I really like the Peach & Lily sheet masks, which are currently at J.Crew (which means you can apply a discount code!). I also like these black pearl ones, and I’ve heard great things about this sheet mask that’s a dupe for SKI-II, and also the Jet Lag mask. I haven’t tried that one yet, but I hope to as soon as my other products run out.

Skincare Tips for Traveling

Afterwards, apply a hydrating vitamin c product. I’m currently using Prism by Herbivore and I love it. After a few weeks I’ve seen a noticeable reduction in the dry/uneven patches on my skin and a general brightening of my skin as well. I’ve also heard the Kiehls product is great. Also add a hydrating moisturizer. My secret weapon when my skin is very dry is the Yube skin cream; it’s truly a miracle worker!

Skincare Tips for Traveling

Don’t forget to add some extra love to your lips too. If they are anything like mine they are super chapped after traveling. I love the Sara Happ The Lip Slip, as well as Bite Beauty’s lip mask and Dr. Lipp is quite nice too.

Finish everything off with a nice moisturizer, plenty of water and a good night’s rest.

Do you have any travel skincare tips? Please share!

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A Bike Ride In Tuscany

A Bike Ride In Tuscany
A Bike Ride In Tuscany

After our time in Rome we took a train to the Tuscan region of Italy. We stayed at a lovely villa, the Castel Monastero, right outside of Sienna. If you are ever looking for a resort in Tuscany I highly recommend it. The staff was so friendly and kind, the rooms are beautiful and the food was divine. It was a little slice of heaven for three days, and a perfect place to spend our one year anniversary. 

A Bike Ride In Tuscany
A Bike Ride In Tuscany
A Bike Ride In Tuscany

One of the days there we rented bicycles and went on a ride through the countryside. We cycled past countless acres of vineyards, which felt like riding through a day dream. Around every bend in the road was another gorgeous view, and a perfect place to stop for pictures. I wore some J.Crew shorts and my favorite white tee ever. It's so soft and comfortable and not at all sheer. That, my favorite sneakers (Superga is an Italian brand so that worked well!) and lots of SPF and I was good to go. 

A Bike Ride In Tuscany

White tee / Shorts / Sneakers / Folding Ray Bans 

The beginning of our ride was mostly uphill, which made for a very fun and quick ride home! After riding my bike in Florida for a few years I wasn't used to cycling uphill for so long! It worked out well, however, because the ride home took no time at all - if you can tell from the clouds we just missed thunderstorm. We got back to the hotel with just enough time to jump in the pool to cool off and then eat some of the bread and cheese we found at a local grocery. 

A Bike Ride In Tuscany

Riding through the vineyards is one of our favorite memories from the trip, and we can't wait to ride around the D.C. area to explore and enjoy the sights. If you go on a trip anywhere before the snows hit I recommend renting bikes. It's a great way to see the scenery up close and make an amazing memory.

Have you gone on any memorable bike rides lately? 

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Ancient Wonders

Roman Forum

On the second day of our Roman Holiday we booked a tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. We booked through the tour company City Wonders and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the tour. We used them for the Colosseum, the Vatican and a tour in Florence and every tour guide was knowledgeable, prompt, answered questions and spoke excellent English. The tour groups were not larger than 20 people and we skipped all the lines, which in some cases were very long. 

Roman Colosseum

For the Colosseum tour we opted to also see the newly underground area. This is the behind the scenes area of the stadium, and is only recently opened to the public. I found Roman engineering fascinating, and really enjoyed seeing the staging area. There was even an elevator for lifting gladiators and animals into the stadium! Imagine, an elevator in the first century A.D. 

Roman Colosseum

The tour also included the Roman Forum, which was at the heart of Roman life. I found the triumphal arches particularly breathtaking. The level of detail in the sculpture is amazing, as is the fact that such detail has lasted so long. 

Roman Forum

It was very hot out, so I wore an older Lilly Pulitzer t-shirt dress that I knew would be cool. I also wore my new boater hat. The hat ended up being an excellent choice; the tour was so bright that some people bought them from street vendors before the tour started. If you are going on vacation to a hot location anytime soon, I highly suggest bringing a hat. I felt stylish, and did not get a sunburn (I also wore SPF, of course). 

Lilly Pulitzer Dress
Lilly Pulitzer Dress

Hat / Dress (similar)

What I found the most stunning about the ruins is how they pop out at you in the middle of a modern city. Wedged in between a burger joint and a gelato joint is the Colosseum, in remarkable condition, after almost 2,000 years. I truly felt so blessed to be able to see it. 

Does anyone have any Roman or Italian history book suggestions? I haven't studied it since high school, and I feel so inspired to put my student cap back on and brush up on my ancient history!

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The Best Travel Beauty Items

With our upcoming trip to Italy (we're officially going!) I've been thinking a bit about what the best travel beauty items are. I try my best to only travel with a carry-on, but I like having my hair supplies and makeup for a few different looks with me when we travel. After a bit of trial and error over the years, I've come up with a pretty good formula that I am excited to share. These items will cover your beauty routine, but take up very little space!

The Best Travel Beauty Items

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1. Dry Shampoo - I don't always use dry shampoo at home but I love to travel with it. On days where you have walked a lot but don't want to take up vacation time with doing your hair, this one allows you to go a few days in between washes.

2. Travel Wet Brush - I love the wet brush, it detangles my hair after the shower without over pulling or tangling it. This travel sized one is itty bitty and takes up almost no room in your suitcase.

3. Styling Cream - When I blow dry my hair I always use a styling cream, and this one comes in a great travel size. 

4. SPF Setting Spray - Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is so important! When I travel, however, I am often walking around all day. This makeup spray is an easy way to reapply SPF to my face since the little bottle fits in my purse. 

5. Travel Hair Dryer - I just got this blow dryer and I am so excited about it! It is soooo tiny! Plus it is dual voltage which is amazing for international travel. 

6. Eyeshadow stick - Eyeshadow stick are great for traveling because you don't have to bring eyeshadow brushes. These Laura Mercier caviar sticks are lovely, and Glossier Lidstar is wonderful too. 

7. Cream blush - I like to bring cream blush when we travel since you don't need to bring a brush to apply it. My personal favorite are the Glossier Cloud Paints

8. Makeup wipes - My favorite are the Say Yes to Cucumber ones. The scent is pleasant but not overpowering, you can often find them on clearance, and they never break out my sensitive skin.

9. Travel beauty containers - I put my night cream and eye cream into little containers that take up a lot less room. You can get sample jars free from department stores, or these clear containers work well too. 

10. Glossier Milky Jelly mini - My favorite face wash now comes in a mini size! 

11. Foreo Luna Play - You all know how much I love my Foreo Luna (theres a deal for both the mini and the play as part of the Nordstrom sale), and this little mini one is so cute and takes up almost no room in your makeup bag. 

12. SPF moisturizer - This moisturizer has a high SPF and actually protects your skin from the sun. Plus, your man will use it too (unlike the makeup setting spray, haha). 

What are your favorite items to travel with? 

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