My family and I will be heading from New Jersey to Cedar Point (Sandusky), Ohio in September for the 2013 BloggyCon blog conference! I’m so excited to be able to combine a great learning experience as a blogger, as well as, a fun family adventure at the Cedar Point hotels, restaurants, amusement and water parks!
I will be posting a Road Trip series that will include my preparation and travel ideas for beauty essentials, fashion must haves, healthy, inexpensive foods while on the road, and fun family games to keep the kids occupied and make travel time go by quickly.
My first series is a listing of my favorite beauty pick me ups to keep on hand in your purse or vehicle that will refresh and revitalize when you stop along the way.
My Favorite Beauty Refreshers
1. Cleansing Wipes – I love Olay products and have used them since my teenage years
a long time ago. When traveling, I like Olay 2 in 1 Daily Facial Cloths – they’re the perfect little clean-up tool for the road. You can easily remove stale makeup (including mascara), dirt, and perspiration without having to use soap and water. The light, fresh scent is pleasant, and they don’t dry out your skin. I also like that they don’t irritate my eyes.
2. BB Cream – Once you have a clean face, you may want to reapply some makeup before stopping for dinner. Again, Olay is usually my go-to brand of choice. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream gives you nice light coverage and a hint of color, has a fantastic scent, and is very moisturizing without being oily. Great for the warm summer months.
3. Lip Balm - This is an important cosmetic that I make sure I carry at all times. My lips tend to dry out easily, and Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm gives you hours of hydration, a nice sheer tint, and contains SPF 20 sunscreen.
4. Disposable Toothbrush/Toothpick – I carry Colgate Wisps at all times in my purse. I’m fanatical about making sure my breath is fresh and I’m not walking around with food in my teeth.. not a good look! The freshening beads in the tiny brush and soft flexible toothpick are great for on-the-go. Individually sealed to stay fresh.
5. Fragrance Spray – I don’t wear heavy fragrances.. I prefer nice, light, summery fragrances like Daisy by Marc Jacobs or Candy by Prada. They are a bit more than I want to pay for a fragrance, so I usually look online for a discount perfume store where I can get the best value for my dollars. I also really like the Travalo perfume atomizer – it’s a refillable perfume spray that you can fill directly from a standard perfume bottle. Slips into bags and pockets easily and holds up to 50 full sprays when full. Leak proof and made of metal, so no risk of breakage.
6. Dry Shampoo – After driving all day, your hair can look limp and lifeless.. and even a bit greasy. You can freshen your hair without having to shampoo with a product like Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract. This dry shampoo penetrates the hair absorbing dirt and hair products, which then can be brushed to remove the impurities and leave you with soft, clean hair. I’ve also been known to use baby powder in between shampoos to lift oil and add volume.
7. Eye Drops – This is one of my beauty secrets, and you will always find them in my purse. I’ve been known to burn the candle at both ends… can you say workaholic?! So, Visine Eye Drops are always in my purse, and one of my favorite beauty secrets. Staying up too late, allergies, and travel weary eyes are not a pretty sight, and eye drops are just the ticket to sooth, refresh, and remove the redness.
8. Oil Control Sheets – If you don’t have the time to spend reapplying makeup after using the Cleansing Wipes, these are your next best bet. I like Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Blotting Sheets. They’re designed to reduce shine by 95% without disturbing makeup or overdrying skin. Controls shine for 4 hours and leaves skin with a fresh, matte finish.
9. Sunglasses – I don’t have a favorite brand, but I do love bold, oversized “butterfly” frames with brown or pink tones. To protect your eyes, try to get a pair that blocks at least 99% of the UVA and UVB rays. They also keep you from squinting, which can help you from wrinkling around your eyes prematurely.
10. Water – Your body needs water.. no doubt about it. And even more so when you’re traveling. You’re exposed to all sorts of climates and temperatures while on the road, and can become easily dehydrated, which in turn can increase drowsiness, and cause headaches, dizziness, and even confusion. Something you don’t need if you’re driving. Stick with bottled water or a large jug of water from home. Sometimes drinking “foreign” water or one you’re not used to can make you sick or give you a tummy ache.
Additional refreshers to bring along for a quick pick-me-up: deodorant, hair clips/ pony tail holders, folding hair brush, gum or mints, panty liners, hand sanitizer