Having been continuously inhabited for at least 5,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world.  I hate to be a Debbie downer – but this was not my favorite city of my Euro trip.  Sure there are breathtaking historical landmarks and mouthwatering morsels – but it was covered in graffiti and the heat made being surrounded by concrete feel like summertime in New York.  If you plan on visiting Greece, I recommend just staying one day in Athens and knocking out everything you can.  Daily makeup was at a minimum and I never left our Airbnb sans Tarte travel facial mist.

Dry air, alcohol, and satisfying that sweet tooth – just a few contributing factors can cause skin to skin to have an episode on any given vacation.  Anytime you board a plane, you’re exposed to so many variables that your body is just not used to – let alone your skin.  Here are a few tips I followed on my trip to Amsterdam and how to cope with skin-care up in the air.

HYDRATE: Yes – way to state the most obvious, but seriously I can not stress on this enough.  I had trouble with staying hydrated because I have the tiniest bladder and hated getting up every 5 seconds.  I also stocked up on sheet masks – they are perfect for that extra splash of cooling refreshment on your face while quenching your skin’s thirst.

PROTECT: When onboard – it’s not common to automatically realize you are closer to the sun, which translates to harsher sun exposure.  Lather on that SPF y’all – the sun takes no breaks so NEITHER SHOULD YOU.

TRAVEL CLEANSE: A moment of silence for the Kirkland brand makeup wipe removers – not only are they convenient AF, but extremely moisturized with cleansing solution and sold at a great value. Get these, you will not regret it!

In addition to cleansing, I brought along my Elements On The Move Cleansing stick by H20 Beauty. Stick cleansers are best for travel due to their distribution convenience and size.

Matching neutral nails con Mamita!  Xx

 

 

Sure, summer is officially over, but that doesn’t mean Mermaids aren’t year round – especially in Malibu.  While the rest of the country may be expecting crunchy leaves and crisp air, Malibu remains sunny and mermaid friendly.  A key player in this look was Lemonhead.LA’s Malibu Spacepaste.  The hues in these blues are anything but dull – it’s majestical, enticing, and rich.  Off-duty mermaid babe, Courtney, can be spotted on the shores of the Bu while she’s not entertaining guests at Jessica Simpson’s estate and so on #HumbleBrag.  Here’s a day in the life:

 

You know what goes great with a LBD?…. A smokey coppery eye paired with glossy skin and sleek hair.  Can I get a ‘Uh Huh Honey’.  Here’s the breakdown on this seamless look:

  • Dose of Colors Baked Browns
    • Carve out the lid with the lightest brown shade to create dimension around the eye.
  • Jeffree Star Androgyny Palette (Deja Vu)
    • Apply this beautiful foil finish copper to the center of the eye to enhance the brown tone.
  • Marc Jacobs Lip Hot Cocoa
    • This lip shade has never failed me – it’s so forgiving on every skin tone I’ve tried it on!
  • Kevyn Aucoin Neotianna
    • I coated the center of the lips with this nude shimmery gloss to add some extra shine.
  • Ardell Trio Lashes
    • I wanted to enhance her almond shaped eyes – so I pieced a few trio sets to the outer corner to get that cool girl, cat-eye shape.