You know the saying that the journey is just as important as the destination? Well, they could have been talking about me and my obsession with packing. Because not only do I love packing, I adore planning what to pack, a process that can sometimes take up to half a year. I create lists, refine those lists, shop for necessities, scour the wall of travel-size products at Bed Bath and Beyond — it’s all pure heaven to the nerd in me.
So when the hubby and I decided to go on a Turkish cruise on a 16-person gület for our 10th anniversary, I don’t know if I was more excited about spending seven nights on the Mediterranean, hopping from ancient Lycian ruins to quaint coastal villages — or planning out the perfect set of yacht-appropriate outfits that are the right amount of style and comfort, as well as a beauty regimen that is pared down and but still offers the benefits of my usual 20-step regimen (a rather unwieldy subject worthy of an entire post on its own).
While I’m not normally a person who seeks out multitasking beauty products (I like my product to do one thing and one thing only, and do it well), when traveling, multitasking is key. This time, I’m going to bring IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Skin But Better Bronzer, which has an SPF of 50 (important because UV rays can reflect off the water). This CC cream offers medium to full coverage, which I like because I suffer from a bad case of lentigines, or hyperpigmentation, along my cheekbones. What I’ve found is that trying to cover up the spots with a regular concealer just makes the area look ashy, and in fact, during summertime, when I take my foundation and BB cream down a shade darker, my spots are less noticeable. With this CC bronzer, you can build up coverage in the splotchy areas while maintaining an even color throughout the face. And the reason why it’s going with me to Turkey is 1) it’s a mineral, not chemical, broad spectrum sunscreen, and 2) it’s a super easy, one-step trick to doing my face when the last thing I want to do is slather on BB cream, foundation and powder. (Yes, I cannot even go on a seaside sojourn without foundation — besides it’s another layer of sun protection.)
Speaking of multitasking, Charlotte Tilsbury Beach Sticks are an easy way to quickly add some color to lips and cheeks. Unlike other lip-and-cheek products, this one contains ceramidone, which the company claims acts like a “poly-filler” to plump the skin, light-diffusing spheres to impart a dewy finish, and skin moisturizers so it’s treating your skin, not just sitting on top.
A new hair care line that I am absolutely obsessed with right now is Show Beauty. I’ve tried a lot of hair products, and I’m always on the hunt for the perfect texturizing spray. Show Beauty’s Premiere Working Texture Spray wow’d me from the get-go — its volcanic ash and wheat amino acids interact to create instant body and texture that holds for days. While it’s too big to bring with me to Turkey, I may have to bring the the line’s Pure Treatment Oil. It perfectly smooths strands without flattening my natural wave, and provides just enough “stick” to impart a piece-y look. The line is pricey ($78 for the oil), but I may just have to invest to have more amazing hair days.
Since I suffer from Asian hyperpigmentation, sun protection is most important in my skin care regimen. You know I’ll be loading up on my sunscreen and ensuring that my foundation and powder all have UVA/UVB protection. My problem is reapplying sunscreen every two hours. I mean, who wants to slather on a lotion on top of a full face of makeup? I’m still testing a variety of SPF products to see what works best, but for this trip, I’m bringing along Amorepacific Sun Protection Stick. You can apply this dry-feel stick anywhere — eyes (it’s ophthalmologist tested and water resistant), lips (though go easy here; apply too much and you’ll get a weird “cosmetic” taste in your mouth) — and I love that it addresses “heat aging,” which accelerates oxidation and inflammation, both major causes of premature aging. (Yes, my derm confirmed that heat is known to exacerbate hyperpigmentation — just add that to my list of things to avoid. Sigh.)
So the one in a broad brimmed hat and giant sunglasses, obsessively swiping her face with what looks like an oversized lip balm every half hour? Yeah, that’ll be me.