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Travel Makeup Bag: What I Actually Used!

I am someone who is always, without fail, guilty of overpacking when I travel. Even when I make an effort to not take too much, a few extra shirts always get thrown in! Then, like every other time, half my clothes go unworn. Oops.

A little over a week ago John and I went on a trip to the West Coast and spent some time in Los Angeles, San Fransico, and Napa Valley. We had a great trip!

When I was packing my travel makeup bag I set out to keep it basic, not bring too much, only take what I would use, etc. Long story short my makeup bag ended up packed full. I was debating doing a video about what I was taking with me, but I ran out of time and looking back, it would have been quite a long video!

When our trip was over and I was back home unpacking, I thought it would be fun to show you all the makeup items that actually got used. The real essential items, which no surprise, filled about an 1/8th of my bag.

Travel Makeup Bag

And to think this was packed full!

Travel Makeup Bag

iPhone for scale

I wanted to take the time to highlight the items that got the most use during my 8 days away and hopefully this will help me pack smarter for my next trip and give you some ideas for what you really need to bring if you have an upcoming trip!

Travel Makeup Bag

The essentials.

  • Urban Decay Naked Basics palette: By now you all know I love this palette and I think it’s a must have for anyone! Urban Decay recently came out with a second version of this palette so you can choose the one that best suits your skin tone!
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer mini: I got this mini from a Sephora VIB gift and it comes in handy for travel! I like to keep a box of my minis that I can pick from when I’m traveling to save space!
  • Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream mini: This was another sample I got from Ipsy this year. Ipsy is great because they give you generous sized samples which are perfect for travel! I am in love with this BB cream and am about to order a full size. More to come on this!
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser: This product makes it so easy to cover and brighten any darkness you have under your tired eyes. The applicator makes it super simple to apply and it blends out nicely with your finger.
  • Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer: This is one of my more recent purchases, but I’m in love with it. It gives you such a natural glow and as an added bonus, contains an SPF of 30.
  • Hourglass Arch Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette: I’ve mentioned this pencil as a favorite before and I am still using it a lot. It’s great for a natural looking brow and is easy to apply so you can get our the door quick!
  • Milani Blush in Luminoso: By now most of us have heard that Milani makes a great blush and I don’t disagree. Luminoso is a beautiful, natural color that doubles as a blush and highlighter without looking too shimmery or intense! I find this blush goes with almost every look!
  • NARS Larger in Life liner in Via Veneto: These pencils are no joke. If you’re looking for a good eyeliner that will not smudge or budge, these are worth the splurge.
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster liner: This is my current go-to liner for creating a wing or cat-eye. The tip/brush is very easy to use and makes it easy to be precise. It’s great for a trip when you want to take that extra step, but don’t want to add a ton of extra time.
  • L’Oreal Lash Out Butterfly mascara: I love this mascara. It’s the perfect mascara for an every day look. It lifts and separates without getting clumpy.
  • Sonia Kashuk lash curler: I use a lash curler most days as it really helps to lift and open up your eyes. I am not one for dramatic lashes and rarely wear falsies, but a good curl makes a huge difference!

I didn’t photograph a lip product because most days I wore a balm or chapstick. On the occasions I did want some color, I used my NARS lip pencil in Descanso which unfortunately, was LE, but is a nice natural peachy nude color.

I wish I had taken a photo of when my bag was crammed full of other things. I think it’s fun/funny to look back and actually take a look at what got the most use! It’s eye-opening! I am traveling again in October and I am going to remember this when I go to my makeup drawer to decide that to bring. :)


Have you traveled recently? What makeup items that you took with you proved to be the most useful?

Magazine Submission Shoot: Autumn in Central Park

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of working with a great team of girls for a magazine submission shoot in Central Park. When I found out where we were shooting, I couldn’t have been more excited. The park is absolutely gorgeous this time of year with varying Autumnal shades of gold, red, and orange.

Our model Janna was showcasing pieces that were quite classic and chic, so I decided to do a slightly grungy smoked out eye to bring a bit of edge to the look. I immediately knew I wanted to create the look around Club eyeshadow from MAC Cosmetics. MAC describes the shade as a reddish-brown with green pearl, but I think it’s more special than that. It’s really multi-dimensional with hints of blue, green, brown, and grey. Other colors used on her eyes were MAC Electra and Urban Decay Naked and Venus.

It was such a beautiful day and the sun was plentiful. Anjali was able to create beautiful shots with the help of the sun and colors of the park. As cliche as it sounds, it was really a picture perfect day.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot. [Click to enlarge.]

Photographer: Anjali Kiggal

Makeup: Danielle Rutherford (coming soon!)

Hair: Katelyn McGinn

Model: Janna Levinn


Rihanna-Inspired Makeup Tutorial – Bronzed Summer Look

Rihanna Makeup Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone and cheers to the freaking weekend? See what I did there? o_0

I am so happy to have finally been able to film another makeup tutorial. With all the craziness with moving and starting a new job, I just struggled to find the time, but the wait is over!

Today my video walks you though on how to create a bronzed summery look that was inspired by what Rihanna wore to the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show this month in Paris. Like I mention in the video, I follow both Rihanna and her current makeup artist, Loreleicakes on Instargram, so when I saw them posting photos from the event I fell in love with the look they went with!

Rihanna Makeup Tutorial

This look is great for Summer and really not very difficult at all to recreate for yourself! Be sure to checkout my video below if you want to look as fab and glamorous as RiRi did in Paris.

Speaking of Rihanna, did anyone pick up any of her LE MAC products? Unfortunately I didn’t pick any up and I’m regretting it now! I wish I had picked up Heaux, it’s gorgeous! Lucky for those of us who missed out, the lippies are all very dupeable: RiRi Woo (Ruby Woo), Heaux (Rebel), and RiRi Boy (Up The Amp).



Parabens in Cosmetics: Are You At Risk?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spend the last year or two slowly noticing that many of the cosmetic products you see in stores are starting to label themselves paraben-free. At first you maybe glanced at it and moved on with your shopping, but after a while you started to wonder, “What the heck are parabens and why are some of my favorite brands forgoing them!?” Lucky for you (and me) one my best friends is a scientist! Well, as far as I’m concerned she is. Claire has a degree in chemistry and has worked in the field for a few years now, plus she is going to be starting a masters program in cosmetics chemistry this summer! Perfect!

Claire agreed to join me for a video to discuss the basics of parabens (specifically parabens in cosmetics), their dangers, and chat about our personal feelings on using products containing them. You can watch the video below!

Like I spoke about in the video, if you’re someone like me who is looking to stay away from products containing parabens as much as possible, I wanted to list some of my favorite brands which are fairly easy to get. Some are more affordable than others, but like Claire said, when you go the more natural route it costs the company more money, hence the higher price tag!

Some beauty brands I love that are entirely paraben-free are:

Tarte Cosmetics

Josie Maran


Neutrogena Naturals

Bare Minerals

Yes To

Burts Bees


Eminence Organics

Keep in mind there are many other brands which carry paraben-free products, but their entire line isn’t safe. For instance, I have the Nars Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer which is paraben-free, but not all Nars products are safe if you’re avoiding parabens.

There are also more brands which are exclusively paraben-free, so spend some time with your friend the internet doing your research!

Now that you’re a little more educated on parabens and their potential dangers how do you feel about parabens in cosmetics? What is your action plan?


*Disclaimer: These are our opinions and information gather by research on the subject. It is always important you do your own research before making personal choices for your health and body.

Beauty Blender Review: How To & Review on the beautyblender!

What are these squishy pink balls?!

I’m sure you’ve at least heard of these magical sponges by now, right? The beauty blender has hit the beauty scene with a bang this past year as we’ve seen celebrities and their makeup artists taking about them as well as beauty guru’s all of the internet raving. I believe Kim Kardashian is one of the celebs known for her use of the beauty blender.

(Note: The correct brand name is actually written as beautyblender, but for SEO purposes lets just split it up, OK?)

I have tried many brushes to apply my foundation. I’ve used the MAC 187 brush, the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush, and have tried some of the Real Techniques brushes. While each of them works well, I have to tell you that not one of them applies my foundations as flawlessly as the beauty blender.

Keep it in mind, the type of foundation you’re using my play into which tool will work best for you. For reference I’ve used the beauty blender with Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Sheer Glow, Revlon Colorstay Whipped and it’s worked marvelously on all of them.

Now that your interest is piqued, you might still be confused on how to use this product and if it will really make that much of a difference. I recently filmed a video showing you how to use the beauty blender and I also give you my thoughts and review it.

You can purchase the beauty blender on its own, or in a kit with a cleansing solution to clean it. It’s really up to you there, but I bought mine on their own.

Cleaning your beauty blender is easy! I clean mine after every 1-2 uses because I do not want to get any bacteria on my skin. Yuck. I wet the beauty blender and swirl the dirtiest end in a tiny bit of anti-bacterial soap under warm water. I let the beauty blender soak up water, and rinse until all the soap is gone. Ta-da! Nice and sanitary!

I hope you’ll find my video demo helpful and that you’ll give this a product a go for yourself. It’s the real deal. :)