This summer, my vacation consisted of glamping and road travels. Travelling can be difficult and I do a lot of it. That is why I always carry a few essential pieces of beauty and life essentials in my purse. Having beauty essentials in my purse allows me the opportunity to freshen up anywhere and be that supergirl glam hero at a time in need for other boss girls on the go. After travelling nearly 10,000 kilometres return trip by car this summer, I realized two major things; ( one of which I already knew and already practiced )and that was;
1. Having a Hot Mess Emergency Beauty Kit of essentials is critical for the girl on the go; and,
2. If you have a lot of road to travel ꟷfly. Obviously, a great way to see many beautiful country points but exhausting.
So, what do I carry in my hot mess emergency kit? You will be surprised that it does not consist of everything make-up. After all, this is an emergency kit, so I have added a few extras along the way for those times when beauty goes a bit further than a tube of lipstick.
Moisturizers are a must in a girl’s daily skin care routine. During travel times, in an air-conditioned office, on the construction site and everywhere else we go throughout our life, our skin is constantly being exposed to the sun and its UV rays and pollutants. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and its main functions include protection, regulation and stimulation, so why would you not want to protect it from all those icky things that are harming it?
There are several face moisturizers on the market that have a built in mineral sun screen that will help you protect that beautiful face from the suns harmful rays; however, if you have your favorite moisturizer, like myself; apply your sunscreen product before your moisturizer and reduce your risk of premature wrinkles, age spots and other nasties. Remember, the closest to the skin gets the win. And yes, I made that up.
When choosing my moisturizer and other make-up and skin care products, I always look at the ingredients to ensure what I am putting on my face and body has natural or organic ingredients that will nourish my skin. After all, skin absorbs, so why not give it something nutritious rather than a bunch of nasty chemicals and perhaps ingredients you don’t even know how to pronounce. You will also want to make sure that your moisturizer contains ingredients that will preserve and retain the moisture in your skin. I am forever researching ingredients in products to ensure that what I am putting on my skin is going to be a benefit.
Of course, my favorite moisturizer for my face is my new Q10 Vitality Moisturizing Cream. It is super hydrating for the day and night! It is enhanced with DMAE, Cranberry Seed Oil, and Coenzyme Q10 which enhance its’ potent butters and oils that help fight dehydration and dull skin which are commonly associated with aging. Not to mention, it smells good; and you know me, scent is a maker or deal breaker in my any product that I use.
I also carry a small travel size portion of my Avocado & Cocoa Mandarine Body Bliss to apply on my hands, arms or legs in those moments where I am looking to pamper my skin with a lush nourishing body butter. It is rich in natural butters of shea, avocado and coconut which are so rich, they virtually melt when applied. And of course, ꟷit smells fresh and divine.
There are so many foundations on the market and choosing one that is right for your skin tone (colour) and complexion are an essential addition for your hot mess on the—go emergency kit. I am all about travel size anything for a girl on a go, that way, even if I am using one of my smaller purses, I am maximizing space without compromising my kit. One of my DYI tricks is mixing my foundation with the added protection of a facial SPF sunscreen. It provides me the benefit of both worlds without having to carry around two products. It’s a win win and I place it in a travel size pod. It’s a space saver.
It is also important to choose a colour of foundation that matches your skin tone. But, to choose, you must know whether your skin contains warm or cool undertones. The best way to figure this out on a fly is to look at the veins in your arm, if they appear bluish; there is a good chance you have cool undertones. If they appear greenish, they you most likely have warm undertones.
Have you ever viewed a make-up videos where they are showing you how to apply foundation or create your look in minutes? She puts on the foundation and right before your eyes, you see her skin change from a pinkish hue to yellow? It is true that when covering up redness on your skin you should use a yellow based product to counteract the colour; however, when you see your skin changing to a completely different hue ꟷ yikes.
My tip to finding your correct shade of foundation is to try it on your upper chest area. The facial area is usually always exposed to the elements and the sun, so testing in this area may not give you a true answer and the neck is shadowed by the jaw line and rarely sees any colour ꟷ so again, may not be a good representation. The upper chest area is a balance between both. I always test foundation colours on this area. Remember, clothing colour and lighting will affect the results. Always use a natural source light if possible.
My foundation of choice is a liquid foundation as I have aging skin and it provides me with the right amount of added moisture without settling into fine lines or wrinkles. Remember to choose wisely and according to your skin type.
Every girl on the—go needs a good lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm to keep her pout moisturized and looking kissable. I don’t skimp on choice here ladies and I usually have a variety in my emergency travel beauty kit to give me choices for different needs. While in the office, or sitting in the sun (which is sometimes one in the same) I am usually applying my Peppermint Kisses Conditioning Lip Balm for a quick go which provides me with a protective emollient balm that hydrates, smooths, conditions and protects the lips.
We often don’t think about our lips becoming sun burnt while outside catching a few rays but even with my knowledge about skincare, I am human and learned about burnt lips the hard way this summer when I got so busy entertaining and pampering everyone else while glamping and totally forgot to protect my lips while relaxing poolside. The result ꟷnice tan for the rest of my UV protected body parts but sun burnt lips. It was not until day two that I realized they had got sun burned. Thank goodness I carry my emergency quick go ꟷto beauty bag which contained my conditioning lip balm.
Shea Butter, Apricot Oil and Wheat Germ locked in that much needed moisture while nourishing and hydrating my dry, chapped lips. Can honestly say, I didn’t need any lip stick to provide colour for a week. Hard lesson learned.
It is tough to choosing a go ꟷto lipstick or gloss that will give you coverage and colour for moments when we want to add a little zing and colour to our pucker. That is why I keep more than one product in my emergency beauty kit and you can always use it as a go to blusher for a little pop of colour for your cheeks. I think we have all done this from time to time and why not; it’s a fantastic idea and saves space in your hot mess emergency kit for a few other items. A great lipstick can always provide duo service.
Of course I have some favorites, and they are my own Symétrie products and colours. But I get it, not every product will suit everyone. I don’t take that personally and I understand that not everyone is going to like every lipstick or gloss that they try. I also understand business and while I could sit here and make this blog entirely about me and my products ꟷ that is not the Symétrie philosophy. I also believe that there are times that we need to give others props for a great product and uplift our sisters in beauty.
I stumbled across this lip product when its creator liked one of my Facebook posts. Having this TV personality like my posts was a huge compliment and I decided to check out her Facebook page. This lead me to finding JWoww’s Jersey Rose Velvet Cream Lip Stain. It lasts throughout the day and has very little transfer. It dries to a matte finish and adds moisture and colour. I love it and for added moisture and a little shimmer, I will pop on my Peppermint Kisses throughout the day or a clear lip gloss. I love the Jersey Rose colour and am looking forward to ordering the colour Marilyn when it is back in stock. Keep staying beautiful Jenni Farley
There are so many different make-up products and mascara is no stranger to the pool. In my experience, mascara is that one product that continuously evolves and there are so many choices. Volumizing, lengthening and conditioning seem to be the common theme. I have several types of mascaras in my professional make-up kit to allow my clientele to choose according to their preference but the one I have most recently added to my emergency beauty kit is Younique’s new Epic Mascara. I am already a fan of their 3D version but the new Epic gives me all the benefits of volume, length and conditioning rolled into one tube, not to mention it appears to curl your lashes. I love my false lashes at the best of times, but this mascara is a great alternative when I am not glamming my lashes to the top. This mascara launches August 1st and I was fortunate to snag a tube before the launch date. This gave me the opportunity to put it to the test and see what all the hype was about and I am happy to give it all lashes up rating.
While all make-up needs to be tossed after a designated time passes; masacara is one of those products that I strongly suggest you toss often. Bacteria loves to grow and hide in dark moist places and no better breeding ground than your mascara tube. For my own personal use mascara stash, I often wash and dry my mascara wand. For my professional mascara tubes, I use disposable wands ꟷand no double dipping. I use a fresh wand every layer or eye. Depending on how often I use my personal mascara, I dispose of it after 30 days.
Of course I will still continue to seek out and compare mascara products, that’s the fun part of my role being make-up artist and beauty blogger, however; for the time being Epic is the winner tucked away in my hot mess travelling beauty kit.
Pencil, liquid, crème liners; they really are a personal preference. My travel beauty kit carries a jar of my Symétrie Hydrasheer Eye Liner Crème and a thin eye lining brush. Like all the Symétrie Mineral Make-up collection it bursts with humectants that nourish and enhance appearance.
I personally use a brown liner most for two reasons. Firstly, unless I am going for an evening smokey glam eye, I am keeping it basic with a brown that is age appropriate. As we age, black often looks harsh and will enhance those fine lines and wrinkles. Brown keeps it balanced. Secondly, as we age, our brows thin out and tend to age us, so the brown crème with my thin brush allows me to give my brows a little fill and uplift on the go. And best part about this crème is it stays on throughout the day!
A few other items that I tuck away in my Hot Mess Emergency Beauty Kit consist of few different feminine hygiene products. Even though I am partial to one product, I feel it does not hurt to carry a few other “extras”. I am sure we have all had those unexpected moments when we are caught off guard by mother nature. Nothing says, I got you covered when your asked, “you wouldn’t happen to have a tampon or pad ꟷ do you?” ; and your able to respond with “yea girl, what do you need?”.
Another great emergency beauty bag must ꟷ a safety pin. This little wonder gem can be pinned to the inside and come to the rescue in a moment notice and they are tiny enough that you’re not going to compromise the valuable emergency beauty kit space. Band-Aids are also a perfect addition for those long days or nights in heals and you get that unexpected blister.
One item I like to keep in both my professional bridal emergency beauty bag and my own everyday Hot Mess Emergency Beauty Kit is a small travel spritzer with my own DIY refresh spray of distilled water and a few drops of lavender. This is a great idea for a refreshing spritz during hot days that will give you the benefits of the lavender. Great for the nervous bride while I am getting her make-up ready.
So there you have it. My thoughts on what every girl on the go should have in her little Hot Mess Emergency Beauty Kit. After spending 20 years in the Canadian Forces, your kit becomes part of you and needs to be carefully selected and maintained so that you are never caught off guard without critical items. Even when I was out on exercises in the field, I was known to have some beauty aids on hand just to keep things in perspective. Its all about balance.
You can also throw in your favorite mints, Tylenol or Advil, travel toothbrush and paste and a little pack of tissues. There are so many other items that I could pack into this kit and I am always looking for ways of maximizing product use and keeping things compact without compromising. If you have an item to share, I would love to hear from you because balance is always about learning from each other. Stay Beautiful and come back soon to visit my online store. XOX Jacquie