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Beauty on the Road: 3 Tips for Healthy Skin While Traveling {Plus a Red Door Spa Giveaway}

Beauty, Travel

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While I absolutely love traveling and the thrill of having a change of scenery, constantly being on the go can wreak havoc on my skin. That’s why I always take extra care to ensure my skincare game is on point when I’m on the road. Here are my three simple rules for keeping my skin in shape on the road.

  1. Drink copious amounts of water. This is hands-down my No. 1 tip. All the beauty products in the world won’t help unless you keep your skin hydrated from within. The ventilation systems on airplanes are notoriously are notoriously drying, so sometimes I even carry a little Evian misting spray to help perk things up a bit.
  2. Exfoliate. I love to pamper myself while traveling, even if it’s for business. I used to swear by clay masks, but recently switched to glycolic acid peels upon the recommendation of the aesthetician who gave me my last facial at Red Door Spa. After noticing how dry my skin was and asking about my skincare regimen, she explained how clay masks were too drying for my skin type and recommended Elizabeth Arden’s Illuminating Glycolic Exfoliating Pads. I’ve been using them weekly for the past two months, and they’ve made such a difference in my skin. It absolutely glows now, and I’ve gotten compliments from friends and strangers.
  3. Use sunscreen. I’ll be honest, sunscreen wasn’t a part of my daily skincare routine until much later in life. But a couple of years back, I unexpectedly got my very first case of sunburn while on vacation. Up until then, I thought my extra melanin was all the sun protection I needed. But my painful experience led me to do a bit of research, and I learned very quickly that definitely was not the case.  A lot of sunscreens I’ve tried are way too heavy and greasy feeling for my face, but Elizabeth Arden’s Triple Factor SPF 50 lotion goes on very lightly and feels quite nice on the skin. I love it’s unique twist-top pump that makes it great for travel because you don’t have to worry about spills and messes. It’s also under 3 oz. which means you can slip it into your carry-on.

And because sharing is caring, I’m happy to announce an exciting giveaway with Red Door Spa! Just follow me on Instagram and leave a comment on the following post. Contest ends November 4th. Must reside in the US and be at least 18 years of age to enter.

Full Disclosure: I am a Red Door Spa #GalSquad Ambassador and receive products/services at no cost. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that help keep this site running!

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#OMGDessertGoals w/ Jamberry

Beauty, My Style

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Because summer is a distant memory, and I can now safely hide behind cozy oversized sweaters and blanket scarves, I threw all caution to the wind this past Sunday and enjoyed all.the.things at the Dessert Goals Festival in Williamsburg.

Self-described as ‘basically the best day ever’ (and I wholeheartedly agree) the festival gave sugar-addicted New Yorkers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to indulge in some of the best desserts the city has to offer, in addition to featuring special tastings, fun workshops, a rooftop lounge with skyline views of Manhattan, and a dedicated Instagram photo garden.

The lovely folks at Jamberry also hooked your girl up with a sparkly mani beforehand. If you haven’t tried them before, Jamberry are flexible wraps that you place over your nails for an instant mani. There’s no dry time, and they’re super easy to apply. The only tools you need are a blow dryer to help set the adhesive, a nail clipper and a nail file.  They also add new designs constantly, so  you never have to worry about getting bored.

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Backstage at #NYFW with Red Door & Vivienne Tam

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Recently I was able to take a peek behind-the-scenes with Red Door Spa during the Vivienne Tam Spring 2017 show. If you’ve ever been backstage during New York Fashion Week, then you know that it’s an absolute whirlwind of controlled chaos. There’s such a flurry activity going on and so many models in various stages of readiness that you wonder how they’re going to pull it off in time. Yet somehow, everyone manages to do their part and pull everything together just in time for a few magical moments on the runway. It truly is a sight to behold… just make sure you stay out the makeup artists’ and hairstylists’ way!

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As you can see, getting the models ready is clearly a team effort. The Red Door Spa squad had multiple hands on deck to create the perfect hair and nail looks to complement Vivienne Tam’s Space Cowboy Meets Rodeo-themed collection.

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A few of my favorite looks from the show via Vogue.com

The clothes were an interesting mashup of textures and colors done in intricate lace and embroidery. I also noticed a lot of fringe and heavy use of metallics which are both trending for this fall as well. You can view more pictures from the full collection online at Vogue.com.

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