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Red, White, and Beautiful

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Hey everyone, I wanted to post about my look that I wore for the 4th. I know the holiday is behind us now, but guess what? The 2012 Summer Olympics start in a few weeks on July 27th and this look also works to show your USA pride!

I saw a lot of crazy looks out there for the 4th, but I didn’t want to be hanging out at our friends BBQ with stars, stripes, and flags all over my face. o_0 I wanted to do something subtle, but still celebratory.

Cute and simple, right? Red lipstick, white shimmery shadow, and blue mascara. It’s as easy as that. I also decided to use some peachy blush, and blue eyeliner winged-out. I bought a cheap eyeliner at Walgreens for $0.99 so it was pretty hard to work with and had little color payoff. Boo.

My outfit you ask? I got this flowy red top at Target and these really cute and appropriate shorts at Forever 21.

Product spotlight:

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (SPF!)

MAC Eye Shadows in Shroom and Blanc Type

Great Lash mascara in Royal Blue

Smashbox Brow Tech in Brunette

Crappy blue eyeliner in Who Even Cares? x_x

MAC lipstick in Russian Red

MAC lipliner in Brick

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70 (Seemed to work well, my face didn’t get red at all!)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 70 (Not impressed, still got a little red, but maybe I didn’t spray enough?)

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Carry-On Cosmetics

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This past week I was traveling for work for the first time! I am a big over-packer when it comes to trips, but I was determined to only take a carry-on suitcase with me. I had to decide which of my cosmetics were essential to have on the trip to save space. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be!

What I took with me:

All of these items fit into one quart-size ziplock bag, however, I had to put the tinted foundation into another bag, since it was a liquid.

Obviously the items you choose will vary based on your skin type, type of trip, etc., but I thought it would be fun to share.

Here are some general tips that everyone can use when traveling for work:

  • Keep it simple. I chose to bring four eye shadows within the purple color scheme. I had one light color to highlight as well as three shades of purple to play around with. I also made sure the colors were appropriate for work.
  • Stick to the basics. There is a lot we use on a daily basis that is fun to have and use, but not essential. For instance, most days I use a tinted moisturizer, eyeliner, and mascara. You might notice I don’t have any lipstick or gloss, that is because most days I just throw on some tinted lip balm which I keep in my purse.
  • Travel size to the rescue! I brought a lot of my travel size MAC brushes which worked out great and I also happened to have the smaller size tinted moisturizer so I was able to carry it on. Remember, the TSA only allows you to carry-on liquids 3.4 ounces or less, and all your liquids must fit in one quart-sized bag. If your product is over the limit, you can always buy small travel containers to put your product in.