The day before a trip, I almost always find myself facing the same dilemma while packing. What should I bring? What are the necessities? What should I leave behind? I always tend to err on the side of caution. Consequently, I always pack more than I need. I mean, I'd really rather be safe than sorry. Besides, it's fun to to play with new products given the opportunity and I brought with me a few new things I hauled shortly before the trip. Today's image heavy post will feature the makeup, skincare and beauty tools I recently took with me on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I could not help but take full advantage of the scenic stretch of sand and sea while there and herein you'll also find images that reflect the gorgeous backdrop I had the pleasure of partaking in as well as some candid snapchat images of my trip.
In the makeup category, I brought a pretty exhaustive, yet varied list of products for the eyes, lips, and face. Did I use every single item I brought with me? The honest answer is no. However, these products proved worthwhile, since it helped me to create effortless looks that took me from daytime to evening. In anticipation of the hot, humid Cabo weather, I brought the LA Mer Reparative Skin Tint, which contains SPF and boasts reparative properties containing their proprietary Miracle Broth in addition to my favorite Marc Jacobs Beauty full coverage foundation for the evening. Summer is all about beautifully bronzed and glowy skin and my effort to achieve this was made evident by the numerous bronzers and highlighters I brought with me on the trip--both in cream and powder forms. Additionally, I brought many all-in-one, multi-use products and a large assortment of lipsticks, lip stains, and lip glosses, because a girl needs options!
If you are a beauty addict like myself, you have probably acquired many deluxe samples and free gift with purchase items throughout the year. I've amassed quite a bit of these beauty perks and deluxe samples through the many beauty offerings from Sephora, Nordstrom, and other retailers. They are the perfect size for travel and when the opportunity arises, I put them to good use. I brought several deluxe size skincare items on my trip, which included different cleansers, lotions, serums, on-the-go masks in addition to a new skincare device called the Foreo Play to put to the test. A top priority of mine was to ensure that I was covered in the SPF department and to ensure my skin felt hydrated throughout my stay. Consequently, I brought 3 full size products for sunscreen and body care while the rest were deluxe sized samples.
One item product that was an absolute must for me on the trip is the Moroccan Sea Salt Spray by OGX Beauty. I have taken this Sea Salt Spray with me before on my travels to beach destinations. It keeps my naturally wavy and frizzy hair tamed, smells great and the result is amazing texture, soft waves, and a very, easy breezy look.
Finally, I can't forget about the brushes and tools I need for travel. Pictured above is an assortment of brushes I brought with me. I always bring a selection of brushes from the Sephora Pro Line when I travel. The quality of the Sephora Pro line is superb. One of my tried and true favorites is the Sephora Pro Airbrush #55. I find that overall the brushes from this line are well made, do not shed and are beautifully cinched in chrome. The Elite Collection from Morphe Brushes is a close dupe for this line and I brought several Morphe Elite Collection eyeshadow brushes with me. Other brushes I brought included a few new brushes that I have been recently testing from the Sigma Beauty brand as well as a new face brush from the AYVA brand. I hope to review these new additions on the blog soon. I also brought a couple of Beauty Blenders as well. (not pictured)