Makeup Wars goes traveling

A year ago the Makeup Wars bloggers took on Travel and we decided to do it again this year. Knowing what to pack and how much to pack is something that always drives us crazy. The men in our lives mostly throw a few things in a Dopp kit and don’t think twice. But women worry and fret over what we can or can not live without for however many days we are gone.

My needs haven’t changed much in the last year but there are a few things that I talked about back then that I’m totally grateful to have for travel and a few that I’ve added. Places like 3floz.com are wonderful to find travel size items and even Sephora has value sets and some travel size products. I love using my Sephora points for deluxe samples that I’ve wanted to try or love enough to take traveling.

My favorite makeup bag is the one I have from Hold Me. I don’t use it on an everyday basis because I’m the type that “saves” things. Instead this is going on a trip with me. They now make it in 3 sizes instead of just the ‘baby’ and full size. They added in Mama Bear too. These are sturdy, elegant, and hold an amazing amount of products and brushes. All my makeup is stored in my Hold Me bag now when I travel.

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

I collect skincare in travel sizes, most of which I’ve gotten through subscriptions like Glossybox and IPSY. I don’t always love the samples in these but I’m a subscription box junkie and I always find something I love in each box.

Balance Me Body Wash

Balance Me Body Wash

I also have bought a lot from Algenist during their site’s sales. If you subscribe to their website you’ll get offers from them for special sets or discounts. My best buy was when they had 40% off and free shipping. That’s when I really shopped and bought cleanser, mini eye creams, and moisturizers. I know that Algenist agrees with my skin so it’s a great travel choice.

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

I like to take some wipes with me and the Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes are small and perfect for a short trip.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

The hardest thing to pack is for my hair. What if it frizzes? What if it falls totally flat? What if a million things that can go wrong. I’m counting on two things seen in my collage – an Aquis hair towel, GoToob containers and John Frieda’s Hot Air brush.

I like to bring the shampoo and conditioner that I’m using at the time of my trip so containers like these cute GoToob’s are excellent. I fill them with whatever I’m using, use them on the trip and then finish up what’s left when I get home. Then they are ready for to be refilled. These happen to be very sturdy and so far I haven’t had spillage like I’ve had with less expensive plastic containers. These have a large opening so it’s easy for me to pour in my product.

Go Toob 3 oz

Go Toob 3 oz

My hair dries super slow. It retains water therefore a normal towel does nothing. I know not to rub my hair so I like to make a turban out of my Aquis hair towel and give it some drying time. There are other brands of this kind of towel but I’ve had mine for a dozen years and I take it on every trip and use it whenever I wash my hair.

Last on this long list is my John Frieda Hot Air Brush. I never used to be able to travel without a big heavy duty hair dryer, several brushes and my flat iron. The hotel dryers didn’t work on my hair. Now though I can travel with just the Aquis towel, a comb and this Hot Air Brush. The wimpy hotel dryers are enough to get the moisture out and I can finish with John Frieda. This has been one of my best buys.

If I wrote about what makeup I take we’d be here forever. But maybe I’ve given you some ideas on how to travel a little more lightly so you have room in your suitcase for all the things you want to buy! Bon Voyage.  — Marcia

Join my friends on their travels too.

 

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air brush – and a thank you

John Frieda salon Shape Hot Air brush

John Frieda salon Shape Hot Air brush

Thank you Makeup Wars! You ladies have changed my daily routine and I’m very grateful for that. Not too long ago our topic was favorite hair tools. I struggled with this personally while others knew instantly what to use for their article. Two of my Makeup Wars friends wrote about the JOHN FRIEDA HOT AIR BRUSH. My ears perked up, my eyes brightened and my credit card twitched.

First Brooke from Blushing Noir taught me the official name of the product John Frieda salon Shape Hot Air Brush. This is made by Conair so when she wrote about it she also included Conair in her title – too many words for me! She’s the one that got me started. Then Cindy from Prime Beauty sealed the deal. I know Cindy struggles with her hair so when she raved and said it’s the only hot tool she’ll use on her hair, I was a goner.

John Frieda Hot Air Brush

John Frieda Hot Air Brush

This brush sells for $39.95 and can be found at Ulta but I had no time to shop and I wanted this. I bought mine from Amazon for $29.99 and had it just 3 days later with Prime. From the first time I used it I knew it was a best buy for 2013.

John Frieda salon Shape Hot Air brush

John Frieda salon Shape Hot Air brush

I have shoulder length straight (thank you keratin) hair. It’s in great condition thanks to the wonderful products I’ve discovered because of blogging. My favorite style is to wear it straight but curled under at the bottom. I don’t want anything wild, I just want a little volume and some natural looking curl.

John Frieda hot air brush

John Frieda hot air brush

Here are the facts:

The brush has a 1 1/2 inch barrel although I believe they also sell a 1 inch one too.

It’s 500 watts.

It has two heat settings plus a cool setting.

The barrel is titanium ceramic coated.

It has “advanced ionic conditioning”.

The cord swivels and it has enhanced air control.

john frieda settingsWhatever it has – it’s great. I am using this almost every day. I blow dry my hair much more quickly now because I can do it as messy as I want. I’m not concerned with style, I’m just concerned with getting my hair about 75-80% dry. Then I take out John Frieda and let him do his magic. I section off my hair and finish blow drying and styling with the brush. It takes me so little time and when I’m done I’m happy! That’s a change of pace. Because my hair is basically dry before I use this brush I’m not worried about breakage. I’m also able to use both hands more easily to style than if I were using my round brush and my heavier blow dryer.

It’s also great for refreshing my hair whenever I want to rather than using my flat iron. Unless I’ve slept really crazy it’s usually enough to use this on low to refresh my style. john frieda close upThis lesson in hair tools has taught me how much I’m learning from my fellow bloggers. They may cost me money but when it’s for a product I like this much I’ll be happy to let them do it over and over again. — Marcia