Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hot, Humid and Rainy? What Makeup to Wear (+ New Guerlain)

I'm back! Literally, I have just gotten back from Florida where it was hot, humid and rainy for most of my trip. They're prepping for another hurricane and my heart goes out to everyone affected by it (which is really all of us, it seems). While it may appear counterintuitive to post this now, when summer vacation is over and the kids are back in school, I do this in part so I can remember what works and doesn't work for when we take another trip some place where it's alternately scorching and then rainy.

Patrolling any theme park with a small child or two is a lot like having a baby. There are moments of pain and joy, and lots of sweat (or rain). Calls to mind the lady who prepared her makeup for pictures during her delivery (genius!) and posted them online. When you're going to be outdoors for hours in unpredictable conditions, and I don't just mean the weather, you have to be in that same frame of mind.

A vacation is NOT the time to experiment with skincare. Whenever you travel, you deal with changes in the air and the water that you use. Your hair and skin has to cope with that. Not even considering that you may not be eating properly either, don't let your skin have to deal with new products too! I packed the things that I normally use for cleansing and moisturizing when I'm at home, along with additional sunscreen products for body use. I kept up my nightly Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II and Revitalizing Supreme+ Creme which is probably the bare minimum that I do for evening skincare and something I've stuck to over the last year.

What makeup to pack? Our trip was a family vacation and since there were pictures to be taken, I made it a priority to make my brows look right. I highly recommend the Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer (reviewed here). This is the most efficient product that I've found to do my brows. It's easy to use and it looks incredibly natural, not drawn in. I would happily trade in every other brow product I own now for this one. May they never discontinue it. If they did, I would be front and center at the protest line (or maybe I'll hoard a lifetime supply before it's gone). Thankfully, there is a LOT of product in each pencil. Even with regular use, I don't think it will need to be replaced often. But don't quote me on that just yet. Still waiting to see when I use this one up.

Slap on some eye makeup or wear sunglasses in all your pictures. I have small eyes and I need to them to look open. I start with the Sephora Collection Lid & Liner Primer which I apply all over my lid with an eyeshadow brush. I've mentioned buying this item before (in this post here) and I've been using it constantly now, just like I would a favorite beige eyeshadow for a lid wash and/or under the brow. Then I apply some budge proof eyeliner. On some days, I went solely with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground and some waterproof mascara. I layer two of them for the best effect and the two that I brought with me performed flawlessly (L'Oreal Lash Paradise and Maybelline Lash Stiletto, both in the waterproof version). Despite my clothes being drenched, my shoes soaked and my hair in a frizz, my eye makeup remained pristine. Score! On days when I wanted more definition, I added some black liquid eyeliner. My go-to for over a decade has been Lancome's Artliner applied in dots and dashes to the upper lash line only. Once or twice I noticed that it can lightly migrate towards the tear duct or the outer corner of the eye but I've used this liquid liner for years and when I need something I can rely on, it's my choice.

For lips, I stuck it out with tinted lip balm, rotating between the Clarins Lip Balm Perfector in Rosewood (see my swatches here) and the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Poppy that I bought in Sephora at Disney Springs. I tried wearing lipstick, but with the constant drinking, it started to get pointless. Going with a natural makeup look, a lighter lip seemed the proper way to go anyway.

Above and below, Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Poppy

What about foundation, you ask? I chose not to bring any liquid base makeup products because the last time I did that, I had foundation running down to the collar of my pristine white button-down (now ruined forever), which prompted a purchase at a nearby gift shop for an overpriced T-shirt to change into. So, I brought only two things with me: concealer and powder.

I evened out my complexion with YSL Touche Eclat in 2.5 (used as concealer and highlighter) and added a light touch of powder using the Burberry Cashmere Compact in Ochre Nude No. 12 to set, if necessary. I think that powder should be kept to a minimum. You don't need cake face. I went with this one after trying out a bunch of powder foundation products over the summer and I feel like this performed the best. I could have gone with a translucent face powder but in case I wanted coverage, I thought it better to go with a foundation powder.

I expected my cheeks to naturally get rosy in the heat so I skipped blush half the time. I brought my travel size HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure because it happened to be on my desk when I was packing. I applied it with the brand's Ambient Powder Brush. It takes a few layers to show up though, and I wasn't comfortable using it unless I had on powder foundation (which I didn't always wear) so when I ended up at Sephora, I picked up the Sephora Collection Blush To Go Blush Stick in Miss Flirty. If you recall, I had ordered one of these online and received a broken Miss Gorgeous by mistake (read all about it here). The stores have them now! They're inexpensive and work well. I really liked Miss Flirty so I actually went back to buy Miss Gorgeous when I saw it at my local store. I like them both quite a lot more than I thought I would, which is saying plenty, considering that I'm not usually a big fan of cream blush. I may grab one more if I ever find Miss Secretive, the shade that I originally wanted.

Sephora Blush To Go Blush Stick in Miss Flirty

Towards the end of my trip, I landed at the Guerlain store at the (Epcot) World Showcase in France. I always get sucked in by something when I go to this store. I walk in there intending to buy something for sure, but I usually end up buying more than one thing and this trip is the worst one yet. I bought an entire set of makeup! It's Guerlain so it cost $$$ and I basically blew my entire birthday shopping budget in one go. So pardon me if the next few weeks will be a lot of Guerlain. The set I purchased included the new Blurring Active Base which I've been using with the also new Lingerie de Peau Aqua Nude foundation, the reformulated Météorites Makeup Base (why would you have two makeup base products in the same gift set? I don't know but they did), the Météorites Baby Glow Touch in Rosy Glow, the Eye-Stay Primer, and one of the new lip palettes, which was the thing I intended to buy in the first place. It is not included in the tray I have pictured below but I will make a separate post for that one. Also not pictured, the Maxi Lash Gift set which I now have two of because I already got one prior to the trip. Finally, I purchased what I hope is the correct shade of face powder. After 4 years, the Les Voilettes Translucent Compact Powder is mine! I'll tell you the story of that later on.

I'm not one to flinch at the idea of going bare-faced but I like to use makeup to help my features pop, especially when there will be pictures. Groom brows, tint lips and line eyes. Makeup melts in the heat and you need items that are sweat-proof. These same products usually hold up well in the rain too. Wear sunscreen daily and reapply as necessary. Wear sunglasses. Honestly, it's all good advice, whether you're going on a trip or not.

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