Today I’m heading out for a much-needed weekend trip with some of Mark and I’s closest friends. We rented a lake house and are going to eat great food and hang out by the water and it’s going to be amazing. I’m really bad at not taking vacations, so I’ve been looking forward to this for months. I’m not taking much, but I love a good “What’s in My Bag” posts, so here’s what is tagging along with me this weekend (minus the obvious stuff like clothes, toothbrush, SPF 1000 sunscreen).
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream // I almost never wear full foundation anymore, and I’m certainly not going to on a lake vacation, so this is great for a breathable, hydrating base with SPF. It’s light to medium coverage, so I mainly use it to even out my redness a bit, but you can build it up a little bit more if you need more. Too much though and it gets greasy on me. I reviewed the gold bottle Dr. Jart+ awhile back and had that problem, but it turns out I was just using too much! When used correctly, it’s a dream. I love their whole line, including this black label, but my favorite is the gold. It only comes in one self-adjusting shade though, so if you have medium to dark skin, this one would be a miss.
NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait // I feel like most lip colors smear or feel weird in water, so I try to stick with something that’s balmy, and I loooove these butter glosses. I usually stick to mattes, but as dry as my lips are, I’ve started to embrace the gloss. This one is a nice, flattering pink, and it smells delicious. It doesn’t last super long if you’re eating or drinking, but it leaves your lips hydrated, and the smell makes reapplying worth it.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black // This one cost me a pretty penny, but I can’t get over how precise and fine a line I get with it. Cateye is my go-to eye look, and this makes it so easy. The formula lasts forever and can even be a pain to get off, but I like my eye makeup to stay in place. When I swatched it at Sephora the first time, it stayed on my hand clear through a shower into the next day! I can get so close to the lashline, it blows my mind every time. Waterproof isn’t necessary for everyday, but it’s good for trips like this.
L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara // Still my favorite waterproof + voluminizing mascara. I’ve had this in bag posts before. The formula can be a little clumpy if you don’t scrape the excess off of the wand. If it clumps, I use a q-tip to even them out and then apply a second coat.
French Lavender & Honey Body Mist // Running around outside is a good way to get smelly. That’s when I prefer body-mists to perfume. I can get a few good pumps and don’t have to worry about it being overpowering. This one from Bath & Body Works smells sweet without being cloying, with notes of lavender, honey and nectarine. My mom sent me the mini in a care-package and it’s perfect for keeping in my regular purse bag, not just for traveling.
Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Body Lotion // I got this in my Birchbox a few months back (why did I stop reviewing those boxes?) and to be honest it wasn’t incredible, but it’s nice and it’s travel size. It doesn’t have a strong smell and it’s cruelty-free, plus it absorbs fast and has a lot of natural emollients.
Davines This Is a Sea Salt Spray // This is also from an old Birchbox but I love it! I braid my hair a lot on water-based trips, and nothing adds good texture like a salt spray. It smells like candy and makes my hair feel like second day hair without being dirty or drying it out.
Love & Beauty Nail Polish in Baby Blue // I have a soft spot for jelly polishes. Normally I hate when you can see through after several coats, but with jelly I don’t mind. It’s just like a nice wash of color on your nails, and this one has a fine blue shimmer going through it. Makes me think of the color of a pool!
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner // Another case of, “ehhh it’s okay but it’s travel sized!” These smell so so so good but I don’t think I’d use them every day. They weigh my hair down a little, but between, sweat, sunscreen and lakewater, they do a great job of leaving my hair smooth and tangle-free. They have egg proteins to strengthen your hair too which helps with breakage, and since I’m always growing my hair out, I love anything that keeps me from losing my ends to splits and break-off.
And that’s it! Have a great weekend!