trials and tribulations of taking care of your skin while traveling

hiya, happy february! i’m heading home for the next two weeks and couldn’t be more excited.

one of my new years resolutions was to be more mindful about how i’m treating my skin in all aspects of skincare – from how aggressively i wash it, to what type of toxins i’m encountering day to day, to how much water i’m drinking in order to keep hydrated. i’ve always been a notorious face holder, rester, grabber, toucher the list goes on…. and it’s been a REALLY hard habit to kick. i find myself (especially at work) touching some part of my neck or face when i’m scrolling through a patient’s chart – gross. needless to say it’s been a tough resolution for me, but a necessary one. and it’s been really fun delving into the complex world of skincare. one of the biggest topics, much to my surprise, was how to take care of your skin while flying. some of these will be new for me [which i’ll be sure to note] but some i’ve already been doing for years. regardless, here is how i take care of myself while traveling.

1. hydrate. this one isn’t new for me, or that complicated. there’s just something about being hydrated that makes your skin that much better. i keep my hydro flask close and full for a solid 48 hours – starting 24 hours before said travel day and finishing the next day. i love the hydro flask because they’re large and they keep things cold for days! when i get sick of plain water, i’ll add some lemon or cucumber to spice it up a bit.  i’ll also add one packet of emergen-c into my bag to have mid flight – can’t be getting sick on vacation!

2. i’ve been using the ole henriksen power peel mask for little bit now and have fallen in love. i’ve been trying to use it bi-monthly and i make sure to plan my mask the night i arrive at my final destination. to be honest, i’m not sure if i should be using it before or after traveling, but it just feels that much better after a long day in the car or in the air. am i doing this wrong?

3. another tried and true product i’ve been using for some time is the caudalie beauty elixir. it’s the best little pick-me-up and hydrator before you take off, halfway through, or when you make it to the final destination. it’s TSA compatible and the scent is in no way overwhelming. unless you’re my older sister, tiffany, and spray half the bottle in one sitting and then you’re bound to get some seriously interesting looks.

4. the other day i was doing my binge reading of into the gloss and stumbled upon this article where they talk about wearing a physical sunscreen before taking off.  i was blown away. i mean, it makes total sense. a physical sunscreen literally goes on top of everything you’re wearing [i believe… beauty gurus, help a sister out] and the article talks about how the physical barrier is combating all those nasty airplane germs.  so i figured i had to give it a shot. i mean, what did i have to lose? one thing that they recommend is this product – which, judging by the reviews looks seriously amazing. i will be making a trip to sephora in denver for it. and i’ll give you an skin update when i get back to burlington.

for now, that’s all i have up my sleeve. what kind of beauty tricks do you have when you fly??

happy february!

saint valentine’s gift guide

heyooooo, happy tuesday, folks. here we are, a week away, from valentine’s day. and here i am, to help you get through the holiday in one piece. here are some amazing ideas if you’re into the gift giving part of the holiday… and if you’re not, well, you can still spoil yourself. right….?

for the ladies: 

this initial necklace from vrai&oro. it’s simple and elegant. it can be worn alone or layered with some other bling. it comes in silver, gold or rose gold. it also comes in two separate lengths, 16 or 18 inches. and for those of you who are just like me, you’ll need this chart for reference.

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this amazingly adorable card. there really isn’t anything like a handwritten note. if all you do is write a nice card, you’re in the clear – trust me. Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 10.35.15 PM.png

this entertaining set from heath ceramics. heath has some of the best dinnerware, mugs and serveware. their pieces are timeless, albeit pricey. this entertaining set has 3 separate sized platters and 4 cute cocktail napkins – perfect for a girls night or small dinner party. Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 11.06.32 PM.png

this vince camuto perfume. i actually bought this for myself the other day and i found it at nordstrom rack. they had a smaller bottle AND a roller ball version which i, personally, love because it’s a great way to try out a new scent without breaking the bank. Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 11.16.27 PM.png

for the guys: 

this coffee mug. nothing says, ‘i love you’ (or even ‘i like you’) like a receptacle to hold your coffee in and he’ll think of you every time he fills it. and better yet, get him a coffee subscription or gift card to go with it.

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this pocket knife. it’s a classic and he’ll feel quite BA when he carries it. it definitely won’t break the bank either. and yes, i have already told you to buy this in my guy gift guide – so if you haven’t, now is your second chance. don’t miss out. Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 10.48.17 PM.png

these hestra leather driving gloves. nothing will keep his hands warmer during the winter months. they’re stylish and, i mean, they look amazingly soft. here is a little reference article to help keep your gloves in tip-top shape.

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this everlane cashmere sweater. everlane has the best prices for cashmere and they don’t skimp on quality. you’ll never stop hugging the guy when he’s wearing this thing.

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regardless if your valentine is your long time significant other, your mom, or your best girlfriend i hope this guide gives you all the inspiration you need to spoil them.