Spring Beauty Haul-Part One

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Haul 1

Today I’m bringing you a mixed haul of cosmetic products from both high end and drug store brands.  I’ve recently found several affordable items that I’ve become really attached to and have been stocking up on the different colors and products that are new and/or new to me as well as trying out some different products that I’ve never used before.  Keep reading to see what I recently purchased and for swatches of the makeup.


Hair Products

The first two products I’ll be discussing are hair products.  The first product is the NuMe Hydro Punch Oil, which can be used as a leave-in conditioner or an after styling serum.  It is meant to provide extreme hydration to parched or color-treated hair.  I had previously loved the Intense Renewal Mask that I got in my Ipsy bag several months ago but it has been sold out on the NuMe website for months, so I still have not gotten the opportunity to repurchase that.  I had a code “numelove” for $50 off a purchase so I decided to use it on this instead since the price was $49.99.  All I paid was the shipping charge of $12.99.  The code is still good, btw so feel free to use it for yourself!  The best thing about NuMe hair care is the fragrance.  This product, as well as the other two products I’ve smelled/used have all smelled like lilacs.  It’s such a fresh, clean, natural smell that is not perfume-like at all.  I have tried this oil twice now on humid days and I really like that it has the ability to gloss and calm my hair.  It is a very thick, heavy oil so I may wish to use it more often on cold/dry and humid days to really nourish and control my hair.

I purchased the TIGI S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer because I’ve been loving the Smoothing shampoo and conditioner.  All three products are very nourishing.  I never get any build-up with the shampoo and conditioner but I do use a different kind about every three washes to keep my hair from getting weighed down.  The Lusterizer is just ok for daily use and not any better than others I’ve tried.  I like it but there are cheaper alternatives that can do just as good of a job for day to day maintenence.  However, there is no other product I’ve tried that can tame frizz on humid days like this one can.  If you need a very heavy frizz tamer or if you have curly hair, this lusterizer would probably be great for you.  The smell of strawberries makes it pleasant to use, even though I think the shampoo and conditioner smell more like apples. The shampoo and conditioner are a staple for me now, I love them and will continue to repurchase those.  I would probably repurchase the Lusterizer as well if I ever run out.  I have only been using it on rainy days so it’s going to last me a long time.  I do not like the shape of the bottle though, when you squeeze it, way too much product comes out.  A tube would be much easier to use.  The Lusterizer costs around $32.


Lip ProductsLipstick Swatch Random

Next are several lip products, swatched in order, starting with the Cover Girl Smoochies OXXO.  Although this is labeled as lipstick, it is the tinted balm I have been looking for my whole life.  This literally does what all the others only claim to do.  This is my third purchase of this, all in the color #luv u.  It is incredibly moisturizing and easy to apply without a mirror while giving the prettiest rosy berry color that looks great with everything.  I can use it all day to keep my lips feeling and looking good.

The next two items are Baby Lips.  I have no idea why I keep hoping these will work for me…they dry my lips out so bad but everyone loves them so I feel like I must be missing something.  I just keep trying.  These will be the last time I buy any, as they aren’t any better for me than the very first one I purchased when this line was introduced.  I got the colors Peach Kiss and Dr. Rescue Coral Crave.  I use them along with lipstick to alter the color slightly but I don’t feel that I get any real health benefits for my lips from them.

The next two items are NYX Butter Gloss and NYX Butter Lipstick.  I am a huge fan of the NYX Creamy Round Lipstick and can never get enough in my collection.  I swear, they are just like MAC but don’t parch my lips like MAC does!  The Butter Gloss I got is in the color Apple Strudel and the Butter Lipstick is in the color Candy Buttons.  The gloss is so creamy and soft, it really does feel like butter on my lips.  It does lay down a decent amount of color.  This is my first Butter Gloss purchase and I plan to purchase more.  It tastes/smells like marshmallows and it has double the amount of product as my high end products while being of the same quality.  The Butter Lipstick seems very similar to the Creamy Round Lipstick, so I feel these two products are interchangeable.  The butter version is slightly more expensive but the colors are more summer appropriate, while the creamy version is slightly cheaper and has a wider variety of colors.


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These lipsticks are all the NYX Creamy Round lipsticks (original review here), swatched in order in the colors Gala, Pure Nude, Strawberry Milk, Stella and Jupiter (my fave). 


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Lipstick Swatch Maybelline

These glosses are all the Maybelline Color Elixers in the colors 65-Caramel Infusion, 100-Petal Plush, 95-Blush Essence, 5-Breathtaking Apricot, 35-Dashing Orchid, 70-Intoxicating Spice, 45-Amethyst Potion.  You can read my original review of these here.


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Face Swatches

The next products are new to me.  They looked really cute in the store so I thought I’d give them a try.  The first item is by Hard Candy and it is called Fox in a Box (how could I resist!) blush in the color Hot & Spicy.  I really like it, it lasts all day and is easy to blend, but is on the bright side for me right now.  I tend to go for more pale pinks and corals for summer blush but they were sold out of those.  I don’t think I’d repurchase this color but would like to try some of the ones they were sold out of.  It was only $6.  The top horizontal swatch shows this color.

Pearl Powder

The Physician’s Formula Powder Palette Pearls in Classic Pink is just about the best summer highlighter ever.  I was hooked on this the first time I used it.  It lasts all day and doesn’t flake off.  Some of you may not like the shimmery finish, but I personally love that for summer and if I ever use this all up, I would repurchase it.  It does come with a brush as well, which is pretty decent, but is shaped more as a contouring brush, so I don’t use it.  This costs around $12. The second horizontal swatch shows this color.

Shimmer Strips

The last item is the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in the color Warm Nude.  Let me just say, this is just as good as a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.  The only complaint I have about this is that some of the strips are so narrow that it is difficult to get just that color onto my brush without picking up some of the neighboring colors, but it’s do-able.  They do have a square version of this also that has bigger sections of each color, but the overall amount of product is the same and the cost is $3 more.  Also, it is just my personal preference, but I would really like to see these colors sold individually.  There are three colors that I would continue to purchase, while the other colors are very similar to each other and I don’t really seem to reach for those as much.  I prefer the first dark brown color, the middle pinkish color and the off-white near the other end.  I do think I will repurchase this just for the three colors that I love so much.  This was just under $10.  The bottom vertical row of swatches shows some of my favorite colors.


I hope you enjoyed the first part of my spring beauty haul!  Part two is on the way so let me know if there is anything out there I need to try!

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Ipsy Glam Bag Opening-May 2014

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It’s time for the May Ipsy Glam Bag opening! To read more about what Ipsy is, please see my first review here.  You can subscribe to Ipsy here.

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This is my favorite bag thus far, even though I say that every month.  They just keep getting better!  This month the bag is a tan linen fabric with little green leaves all over it.  My bag this month contained the following items:

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Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water-this is a soothing and softening spray that is supposed to soothe allergic, sensitive skin.  This is great for summer since I am sensitive to many things that my skin comes in contact with, mostly hay.  I’m not sure that I would carry this with me to the barn, and by the time I think about using it, my reaction most likely will have subsided, but I’ll try to make a point to try it out.  It can be used on the face as well, so it might just be a nice refresher to use on hot skin.  I think I would get more use out of it that way.

Eva-Nye Therapy Session Hair Mask-deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens.  This can be used as an everyday conditioner or once a week as a treatment when left on for 3-5 minutes.  I love a good hair mask and am always looking for new ones, as hair can benefit from different ingredients of different masks, so I never stick to just one kind.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it has a soft, powdery, fresh scent in a good way, not a grandma’s perfume kind of way.

Ipsy3Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 Natural Sunscreen-water resistant for 80 minutes, made with natural ingredients.  It has a very slight beachy scent but it’s barely noticeable and dissipates quickly.  It is fairly light for a sport style sunscreen and it doesn’t stay tacky at all like my other sport sunscreens do.  I like this a lot and I took it to work to use when I run errands at lunch time.

Hey Honey Take It Off exfoliating honey peel off mask: This is a clear gel that smells amazing.  It smells like a honey based perfume but it’s not overpowering and isn’t offensive to put on my face.  I was annoyed that the tube says you have to go to their website for directions, but the website says to apply a thin layer to face, wait 15-20 minutes, then peel off, starting at the edges.  It is supposed to brighten, smooth and moisturize without being irritating to skin.  A full size tube of this costs $35 which is mid-range for a good facial peel, so if it does all it claims, I might re-purchase this.

Ipsy4Pacifica Natural Beauty Shadow Duo #1: I had seen some Pacifica shadows in a set around Christmas time and noted the beautiful colors but never got around to purchasing them.  I was happy to see this in my bag.  The colors are true to the picture, the first is a creamy color and the second is a rosy bronze.  I like the colors very much, as I can never have too many neutral browns for my blue eyes.  This is slightly on the dry side but it seems to wear just fine through the day once applied.

Again, you can read more about what Ipsy is here and subscribe here.

Can’t wait until next month!

 

 

 

Coach Bag Review

My first review outside of Tory Burch! 

I’ve been going through my closet recently and thought to review my coach bags which there are three.

Coach is kind of an every day brand that is most common to see many women carrying.

My very first Coach bag was the Coach Alexandra Snaphead:

Product: Coach Alexandra Snaphead

Price: $398 (Retail) / Price I paid: $90

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Beautiful first Coach bag!

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I was extremely excited to get my first ever coach bag in the mail! I am definitely a handbag girl, I love bags!

This is not a common bag/print you see often. The look is called “snaphead”, I saw a review on youtube where a woman had this bag just in another color and thought it was such a pretty bag…I miraculously found this bag on ebay for only $90! Much better than the retail price of $398. There’s no way I’m paying $400 for a handbag..I might like bags but not that much!

IMG_1391You can’t help but love the detailing on this bag!

I love the subtle color blend!

In my opinion, many coach bags have similar looks to them, but the design of this bag is very unique from the typical “C” print on most coach bags.

This bag also comes in a vibrant purple purple, brown and white color blend…which is just as beautiful as the blue colors. I really like both but I could see myself carrying the blue more because the more subtle colors matched with more of my wardrobe.

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My very second bag was a Coach crossbody I found an upscale consignment store! 

Before you go ewh…consignment..hand-me-downs… Think about this. I got a perfectly nice, in perfect condition, coach crossbody for only… $28! (You won’t even find a bag on ebay for that price unless you’re extremely lucky)

How about I actually show you the bag now?

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This pretty pink and gold ensemble is just the bag for me!

Although I typically prefer larger bags such as my first coach bag, I had went looking at a consignment shop, Divine Consign, an upscale consignment shop in Charlotte, NC, for a more travel friendly bag to take to the beach and found this!

If you’re in the Charlotte area I highly recommend taking a peak in Divine Consign, it has all the brands you could love! 

Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Vineyard Vines..etc..etc.

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The details of this crossbody are adorable! Pretty in pink much?

I think yes!

Everyone has that color that just works for them and mine happens to be pink.

I love the combo of gold and pink!

The subtle pink is very pretty as well, it matches with pretty much every outfit!

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My bag + gold sweater & leggings:

This bag adds an elegant little touch to any outfit, whether work or casual (my outfit in the picture is for work).

The pink and gold, compliment the gold tint to the fabric of the bag very well.

I have gotten many compliments on this bag and it is the perfect crossbody for a busy body like myself!

Last but not least…the Coach bag that I bought my mom for Mother’s day!

Product: Coach Crossbody

Price (Retail): Unknown / Price (Marked Down): $119 / Price (Sale): $50

My mom really liked my bag so around Mother’s day I was with my friend in the local outlet mall and decided to stop by the Coach store. There was a 50% off every item in the store (even marked down & sale items). I can’t remember the retail price of this bag, however, it was marked down to $119 and with the 50% off I got it for $60.

This bag was the only one in the store actually, lucky find!

I thought the color was very pretty, the lavender added a nice happy touch to the beige.

The coach emblem is pretty and the tags are cute (aren’t they always?)…my favorite feature of this bag is the color, people see this bag and initially are drawn to the color (that is what initially drew me to this bag). I do like the size of this bag is a little wider than my pink crossbody, however, it contains an inside zipper, a back pouch, and two pouches on the inside…it can hold a substantial amount of items and is still a very handy size!

1901443_10202110199862741_1722973916920526760_n10271481_10202109606967919_7344422561850421657_nIf you’re looking for a Coach bag I would recommend any of the bags in this review just depending on your preference..

If you like larger handbags go for the Alexandra bag! (The long strap on the Alexandra bag is still very handy when needed and can be used as a crossbody) The unusual snaphead pattern is sure to stand out among the other many coach bags you will see!

If you prefer a smaller bag and don’t require much space for all your hand bag needs..go for the smaller crossbody! It is very handy for no matter where you’re going. Add an elegant touch touch to any outfit!

If you’re looking for something more size handy yet still holds a substantial amount the last crossbody in my review is for you! The happy color is sure to catch the eyes of anyone!

Trying to save a few bucks? I recommend keeping up with the outlet Coach stores! I do not shop at the outlet mall often, however, there is always a sale going on in the Coach store every time I am in the outlet mall.

Look for more reviews to come! Any questions, comments, or feedback, we would love to hear! {Mackenzie} 

Tory Burch Boots Review

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Wow…it has been five months since my last review!

I’m back again with yet another Tory Burch review!

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Unfortunately this boot is no longer listed on the Tory Burch website…

 

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This review is focusing on the beautiful Calista Riding Boot!

Product: Calista Riding Boot

Price: $495 (Retail) / Sale Price: $346

Added Black Friday (2013) Discount: $298

Even though this review is primarily on the Calista Riding boot… I intend to provide a couple little reviews on a couple different Tory boots at the end of the Calista review.

If you know about Tory Burch boots…you know Tory boots are notorious for two things, how tall they are and how tight the calves are.

So basically you feel like you have to have a stick leg to fit into her boots…

To be honest that is the only con against TB boots I have!

Unfortunately I have short legs and average size calves. The boots just barely come below my knees and amazingly they did fit my calves. When I ordered the boots I was terrified that my boots weren’t gonna fit my calves. I will admit I had to stretch the boots out for awhile because even though they did fit they were tight.

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My actual boots

A little fact about these boots are that the Calista Riding Boot was the first boot that Tory ever reintroduced. It came out in fall of 2012 and were reintroduced in fall of 2013 because the boot was so popular, much more popular than expected and sold out very quickly.

When I first saw these boots I immediately fell in love with them (didn’t quite fall in love with the price as easily). I remember wishing so badly that I had the money to buy the boots… unfortunately I’m not as fortunate to have $530 (that’s with tax) laying around to spend on a pair of beautiful boots. I was out of my mind enough to save up for them to be my 2013 Christmas present… I ended up getting them for a good price though, on sale plus the black friday discount!

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Let me tell you! If you get nothing else from this review listen up! Shop for Tory Burch around black friday (hint hint..best time to buy TB) especially if the shoes you want are on sale. You might have to get the store to order from another store like I did, but saving tons of money is worth it! I saved $232 buying these boots on sale plus the black friday discount! Even though these boots were still not cheap you can’t beat those savings!! I even had enough money left over (because I saved up a whole $530) to buy the adorable Caroline Ballet Flat (featured in my last review)!

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Honestly…what’s not to love about this boot?!

This boot comes in almond (the color of my boots), black, and I believe a lighter beige & darker red color.

You can just look at these boots and see the beautiful quality of Tory! I once was in an elevator wearing these boots and a woman started asking me all about my boots telling me she could tell just by looking at them that they were expensive…in other words good quality.

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You can’t help but love the hardware on these boots! Similar to the Nadine Riding Boot (if anyone remembers them cute boots), just bigger really.

In my opinion the TB logo is a very nice and modest size! It is not too large consuming the boot, however, not too small where you can’t appreciate the brand. This may sound a little materialistic (I am NOT a materialistic person, I appreciate quality), but if I’m  gonna pay so much for a designer boot and the quality I am paying for I like it to be somewhat noticeable because Tory Burch products are something to proud of.

If you only wanted to hear about the Calista boot then you have finished this review. The rest of the review is about other boots I have tried.

(PS. Comfort factor will be in the very last part of the review)

We’re gonna take a detour from the Calista boot before I end this review . If you prefer a more noticeable logo that is probably two times as large, the Kiernan boot or the Amanda boot is probably for you (also very popular boots in their seasons)! Out of the two suggested, I prefer the Kiernan, but the Amanda is a very nice boot as well. I actually very much like the Kiernan boot even though the logo is bigger than my usual preference…it was actually between the Kiernan boot and the Calista.

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Product: Kiernan Riding Boot / Price: $495

Here’s a glance of when I tried on the Kiernan boot in black in the Tory Burch store!

They’re very snazzy boots might I add! They fit the same about any other TB boot..

As you can see the logo is not a solid logo, more of an outline which I find neat and unusual. Now personally I believe these boots look better in black because of the transparent appearance of the logo.

This boot also comes in an almond color such as my Calista boots.

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Product: Amanda Riding Boot / Price: $495

Here’s another glance at when I tried on the Amanda riding boot in the TB store!

Once again fitting similar to the usual TB style.

These were classic in their season…and I can see why! They are lovely boots, however, not as much for myself. You can actually see that the TB logo has the same general appearance as the Kiernan boot, except for the placement of the logo and the lines on the boots.

I know this boot comes in brown and black, unsure of any other colors.

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Product: Maureen Rain Boot / Price: $195

Now this boot is still currently available on TB!

“Staying dry shouldn’t mean sacrificing style. Enter our Maureen Rainboot, a classic mid-calf style with a sturdy rubber tread and leather logo medallion detail. With its clean, refined look, it’s a reliable way to stay polished and put-together on the rainiest of days.” – toryburch.com

This boot is a very cute and fun little rainboot that comes in many different colors (also good for those of us who have short legs like yours truly). This boot really depends on your preference to how much coverage you like.

If you aren’t tired of my boot review by now, I hope you enjoyed it! I must say to wrap this up that Tory Burch boots are honestly like a dream to own, if you own any or plan to own any I suggest being sure you try on every boot to be sure it is what you want especially if you’re spending a couple hundred dollars on them!! Even if you plan to shop on a website such as ebay to save some money, I would still strongly suggest going into a Tory Burch store near you (Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus also carry TB if you do not have a TB store near) and being sure you can wear the boot! Every boot I have tried on has been extremely comfortable, no complaints there…although as I said earlier the tight squeeze on your calves and the tallness of the boots can be a disadvantage to those of us with short legs or larger calves. I do believe all the boots covered fit true to size!

However unfortunate the tight calf, don’t be that girl who buys a $500 boot that you can’t zip up all the way! I would think common sense would tell someone don’t buy something they can’t wear especially for that kind of money…but I have seen girls wearing Tory Burch boots that they cannot get zipped up all the way and personally I find that tacky as do other people I have told that to! I was on instagram one day and saw a girl who bought the almond Kiernan boots…she couldn’t get them around her calves and I initially thought… why in the world would anyone pay hundreds of dollars for a boot they cannot fit into?

As cute as Tory boots are… that will definitely distract from the quality and cuteness of the boot and that is the last thing you want to happen! You wanna show off your beautiful boots, not distract with the fact you can’t fit in them!

Although it is only coming on summertime, when you start thinking about your fall wardrobe, keep in mind Tory Burch boots are the perfect addition to any closet!

Look for more reviews to come! Any questions, comments, or feedback, we would love to hear! {Mackenzie} 

 

Packing for Vacation-What and How I Pack

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I know most of you absolutely hate packing so I thought I would put together a super long, detailed post on how I pack for vacation.  I actually love doing it, as it gives me an opportunity to organize and to sort through everything I have and find things I had forgotten about.  I also love reading other posts on how people organize and pack their vacation necessities.  Hopefully some of these tips will help you be more organized and not procrastinate so much (most people say they wait until last minute) next time you need to pack. Most people choose to take as little as possible, but I like to take as much as I can fit into my suitcase.  I’d rather have something I don’t need than need something I don’t have.  With careful organizing, I can always fit everything I need into one suitcase and a carry-on or purse. 

The trip I am packing for this time will be by car, but I still take a “carry-on” to keep up front with me that contains basically the same items that it would when I fly minus some toiletry basics and a spare set of clothes.  There is nothing more irritating than realizing your sunglasses are packed in the trunk of the car in your suitcase when you’re driving down a sunny highway! 

This trip will be to a convention and mini-vacation for five days and four nights.  The weather is still unpredictable for this time of year and I really don’t know what type of plans we will have in the evenings so I will be planning two outfits for each day plus some lounge clothes for in the hotel.  Also, I never wear anything more than once without washing it which is contrary to what a lot of people seem to do on vacation, so I tend to pack more clothes than most.  If there is any extra space in my suitcase when everything is packed, I will throw in anything that didn’t quite make the cut, such as an extra pair of yoga pants or an extra sweatshirt.


First, I keep a checklist on my computer of all the items I may need to take.  When I’m ready to pack, I print this list to check each item off as I pack it and this way I am able to pack as early or as late as I want without forgetting anything.  It takes a lot of stress out of trying to get everything I need rounded up.  The list is separated into sections depending on where the physical location of the items will end up.  For example, I have a section for “bathroom” that contains all the toiletries, a section for “nightstand” that contains all the items I’ll want by my bedside, a section for hair products, clothing, carry-on and makeup/misc.  That way when I get to the hotel, I can take each of those separately bagged items to their destination and unpacking is done in under five minutes!


These are the bags I will be taking and what they will be used for.  I’ll go into more detail with photos as I pack each one below.

Suitcase-everything I don’t need in my carry-on goes in here.  I had no idea what I was doing when I bought this though.  It is black inside so it is difficult to see where things are sometimes and it is extremely heavy even when empty so it has become a challenge to check at airports now that there are weight restrictions on bags.  Also, the compartments on the outside are fairly useless because anything you put in there is going to get smashed.  It has lasted many, many years though with no signs of wear other than the heavy leather handle that got ripped off the first time I used/checked it.  Assholes.

Bathroom Bag, Nightstand Bag, Makeup Bag & Brush Roll, Jewelry Bags, Shoe Bags, Carry-On/Purse

Hair Product Bag-I don’t have travel sizes of most of my hair products and I can’t really downsize my flat or curling iron, so I usually pack these things in a separate bag inside my suitcase when flying, but since I’ll be in charge of my suitcase on this trip, I will be packing these items in the outer pockets of my suitcase to make room inside for any extra items I might want to add.  I will just keep barrettes and clips in a small bag inside.

Packing Cubes for Clothes-also black and hard to see in my black suitcase.  Want to replace them with pink ones that have handles!!!

Purse or Clutch if not using the same one I am currently.  I usually put this inside my carry-on, as I rarely want to carry a large purse around on vacation.


Packing takes up the same amount of time no matter when you do it, so I like to hang all my clothing on a garment rack the week before I leave.  If you don’t have one, you can also lay it out anywhere it won’t be disturbed too much for the following week.  Packing clothing the week before means I have all my outfits planned out (including accessories and jewelry) and this means less stress the day before I leave.  It also means I’m not stuck doing laundry last minute because I need to take something that is dirty.  Reserving the clothes the week before ensures they are all available and ready to go on time.

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Here are the outfits separated by each day, including my travel outfits. More details to come on OOTD posts. I don’t actually fold and pack these in the cubes until closer to the time I’m leaving to decrease the chance of wrinkles.  I also start packing anything I have in travel size at this time that I know I won’t need at home, such as mini containers of my toiletries, my spare brush, etc.

The day before or morning of leaving, all my items that I have been using daily will go into their bags.  I will then package them in the suitcase.  My suitcase has an expander so I know that as long as I don’t use that on the way there, I can use it on the way back for anything I might purchase while there.


Here is everything ready to be placed in the bags.  Feel free to make your own list using mine as a guide:

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Bathroom Bag: q-tips & cotton balls, makeup remover for eyes (Estee Lauder since that’s what I have in a sample size) and wipes for face (from an Ipsy bag), face masks or treatments (I’m taking Eye Solace to relieve my red, dry contact eyes and a little container of lip scrub), floss, toothbrush, toothpaste (Marvis and Toms samples), mouthwash (I use Act or Listerine and just keep refilling the little Scope bottle), hair wrap or shower cap, shampoo & conditioner (this is probably KMS Moisture since that’s what I was using last time I filled these), deodorant (Secret), travel loofah (throw in washing machine when you get home and save for next trip!), body wash (samples from C.O. Bigelow), face (Proactiv) & eye cleanser (Clinique sample), razor & shave cream (I use conditioner in place of shave cream when traveling), toner (Proactiv), eye cream (right now I’m using Clinique Laser Focus), moisturizer (Philosophy Miracle Worker), contact solution (Bio-True), extra contacts, baby wipes. Add any personal items of your preference.  The clear plastic zipper bag came with my suitcase and I chose to use it for these items for this trip.

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Hair Bag: brushes & combs, clips, barrettes, heat glove, hairsprays & oils (Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, MoroccanOil Finish Strong Spray, Joico Root Lifter, Joico Protective Hairspray), straightener & iron.  Again, these larger items will be placed in the outer pockets of my suitcase for this trip rather than in their own bag.

Nightstand

Nightstand Bag (Tokyo Milk bag, still available HERE): lotion (Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar from my Ipsy bag), linen spray (I use an essential oil blend with cinnamon and eucalyptus to kill dust mites), supplements, vitamins, chapstick (Weleda Everon Lip Balm), phone charger (to be added).

Makeup

Makeup/Misc. Bag (Forever 21, still available HERE.)  I thought this was going to be a third of the size when I ordered btw!  Decided to take it anyway, even though it’s too big for my suitcase.  I took a lot more makup and jewelry than I normally would since I have this big bag to fill up.

 Makeup: J.Cat & Urban Decay lashes, tweezers, MAC Paint Pot-Camel Coat, Pixi bronzer, Kat Von D Esperanza palette, Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette, Bobbi Brown Caviar Couture palette, MAC Studio Fix liquid foundation in NW20, Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream in light/medium, Estee Lauder concealer, Clinique Airbrush concealer to use as highlighter, MAC Shadow in Time To Tango, brow pot, Tarte cheek stain, Tarte finishing powder, NYX palette that I’m taking for one of the lipsticks, Chanel Glossimer #2, Stila Stay All Day liquid liner, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero, It Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, clear brown gel, Tini liquid shadow, Too Faced Color Bomb in Bee Sting, Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Watermelon, Bath & Body Works pink gloss, Lorac Multiplex 3D gloss in the color 3D, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liner, Estee Lauder Illuminating primer, Lorac shadow primer, Nars blush in Orgasm, Urban Decay setting spray, Tarte Lip Surgence in Adored, NYX lipstick in Gem.  I always take some kind of monoi oil when I wear shorts.  It smells great and makes legs glossy and soft.  The one shown with my makeup is from Bath & Body Works and is actually meant to be used as massage oil but I like it for this instead.

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Brush roll: I made this myself.  I’m also taking the little towel above to wipe my brushes.  It’s not dirty, some of the makeup just stained it.  Brushes: TJ Maxx unsure of brand but the handle is filled with little crystals, Estee Lauder concealer #5, The Creme Shop fan brush, Coastal Scents BR-C-N02 (got this in an Ipsy bag and it is literally the best shadow brush ever!), Coastal Scents BR-C-S22 (got this in an Ipsy bag and it is the worst foundation brush ever, but it works great to blend liquid highlighter), blue and black Lancome powder brush from a brush set, Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Contour BC120 (amazing!), Lorac shadow brush from a set, Sephora crease shadow brush 73, Tarte blush brush from a holiday set, another Lorac brush from a set, Hello Kitty shadow brush, Clinique eye contour brush, Estee Lauder foundation brush F1, brow comb, Hello Kitty shadow blending brush (underneath the brow comb).

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 Jewelry: I found the hard travel case at Hallmark and my jewelry bags mostly came with purchases from Bauble Bar and Tiffany & Co.  Carved skull necklace and bracelet from Etsy seller QuietMind, silver chevron cage ring still available in gold at Bauble Bar, “Foxy” rose gold necklace from Wildfox Couture, Tiffany & Co. sterling heart bracelet, Tiffany & Co. return to Tiffany necklace, shooting star tassel earrings still available from Un-Ruly Accessories, street chic woven bracelet from Forever 21, bangles from Forever 21, long Betsy Johnson layered heart necklace, oil slick bracelet from Forever 21, geometric collar necklace purchased from RocksBox, geo stack rings from Forever 21, crystal ladder ring still available at Bauble Bar, pave triad stack ring from Bauble Bar, custom hippocampus ring, octopus ring from Etsy seller WesternMountain

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Clothing Cubes/Main Suitcase: The large cube contains my pants/shorts, PJ’s, slippers, sweatshirt. The medium cube contains my rolled shirts and skull cardi.  The small cube contains undergarments, socks, swimsuit.  Belts/scarves/hats, shoes, jacket will be fitted into the main section of the suitcase where there is room.  I try to wear my jacket and hat, if taking those, and my bulkiest pair of shoes so they don’t take up space in the suitcase.

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Shoes:  Jeffrey Campbell Moto Boots (wearing these on the way there), Jessica Simpson Aniece heels still available HERE, MIA Alex sneakers still available HERE.  I may decide to throw a pair of black wedges into my carry-on before I leave so I have another option.  Two shoe bags came with my suitcase and others came with different shoes so I just saved them for travel. 

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Everything is packed except for my massive makeup bag that will fit into my carry-on.  The purple dust bag is housing my fluffy black Hoodwinked Cardi from Showpo that was in the packing cube photos above.

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Carry-On Bag: BC Footwear All I Want wedges still available HERE, my big makeup bag, yogurt raisins, Victorias Secret Sugared Lilac hand lotion, Victorias Secret weekender bag, the green document protector has my travel itinerary inside, my GPS, my studded metallic clutch from TJ Maxx (with money, credit cards, ID, tissues, hand wipes, gum, etc.), my Hello Kitty clear makeup bag with some sunscreen, flossers and EOS lip balm, my travel pillow, a new book I just started reading called Night Circus, my IPod and charger, aviator sunglasses from Tiffany & Co., my contact case and glasses from Banana Republic.  Essential oils (or Advil if you choose that route), cell phone, water still to be added on my way out.


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Lastly, I may add my laptop and charger to the top sleeve of the suitcase depending on if I think I will need it and if the bag is getting checked.  I might also add a travel sized candle and a book of matches, the nail polish I am currently wearing, or anything else I may feel would be nice to have if there is extra space.  I always keep a couple of band aids and some friction stick (to keep shoes from rubbing) in my purse or clutch, so don’t forget to pack those if you don’t already keep them with you.  I use essential oils, but you may also take Neosporin or something similar for cuts. 

Obviously you may need more or less items depending on your normal routine and where you’re going.  For example, if I were going to the beach I would need to add additional items to my list and take others off that wouldn’t be useful at the beach. 

Hopefully this helps with packing organization.  Feel free to leave any comments below if you have any tips that might be useful!