|taming the savage beast|
In this second of my getaway tips posts, i'll show you a couple more outfits created out of the capsule wardrobe, my makeup kit and how i get it so compact, and reveal my secret to attractive yet functional travel knickers (that's 'panties' for you non-Brits). Unfortunately, my camera wigged a bit (i admit, it very likely was me wigging!) so i missed some outfit pictures. But i hope you enjoy these views of Green Gables Inn!
|green gables sitting area by the fireplace - original stained glass|
|napping in a window seat with a view of the ocean.....while wearing heels, of course.|
|cardigan loosely buttoned over black lace cami for breakfast our last day|
|another view of green gables sitting and dining area and carousel horse|
On to Makeup!
The rest of this post focuses on makeup and underwear, so 'fashion-only' readers can stop right here! I pretty much wear makeup every day. Above you see what i take traveling. For day to day use i only add in a couple of bigger brushes, for powder and blush.
lower compact (start at top left, then go clockwise):shimmery pinkey-taupe shadow, sheer taupe shadow, ELF Moondust shadow (dark greyish shimmer), darker matte brown shadow
These ELF compacts are my 'big secret'. I'm not a huge fan of ELF cosmetics (except for their Moondust eyeshadow), but these compacts and pans are a fantastic deal because you can clean out the pans and fill them with any powder or cream product you desire. (M.A.C. pans fit these compacts - i'm not sure if you have to put a magnet on the bottom). They cost one dollar each, are nice and sturdy, and have a mirror big enough that you don't need to take another mirror along. ELF also sells pop-in, magnetized pans with eyeshadows, blushes, etc. for one dollar each. You can use these ELF pans to re-fill with your own cosmetics.Or, as in the top compact, you can take out the insert and put in any size or shape of pan that's not too thick. The one drawback is that the compacts don't come with a liner to keep the mirror clean. But you can easily make one of an acetate sheet, paper protectors from a binder, parchment paper, etc.
|they even have internet access, so i was able to keep up with all of you!|
The other idea you can use to streamline your makeup is to focus on multi-use products and brushes. My foundation doubles as concealer and eyeshadow base, and can be mixed with moisturizer for a sheerer look. Sheer, mid-tone eyeshadows can be used as lid, contouring, or all-over shadows. Dark, matte brown shadows can be used to fill in brows, as contour, or as a sharp or smoky eyeliner (depending on application). Mascara that comes off with warm water or your regular cleanser means no need for makeup remover.
As you can guess, i get a lot more flexibility out of a few neutral shades and multiple brushes for my eyes than a bunch of different colors with only one or two brushes. And since i go light on powder and blush, i can get away with using the same brush for both (i wipe it briskly on a rough washcloth between the two). Take a look at every product in your routine with an eye to double-uses and see where you can pare down your own makeup bag.
The Grand Finale
We've all seen those horrifying 'around the world in one pair of undies' online or, even worse, in travel stores. Can you say bulky, unflattering, sucking all the fun out of being in some gorgeous international location? Talk about taking visible panty lines to a new level - these things are braille-compatible. Yuck!
If you want something cheerful, in a variety of colors and styles, tiny to pack and quick-drying, just look for nylon lace undies. You can find them at any price point (i've purchased well made ones for $4 each at Target). Just look at the fiber information and check for a cotton crotch. Nylon is soft and very very long-lasting, and nylon lace dries in an hour or two if you roll it in a towel first. I have ones from Victoria's Secret that i've used as everyday undies for around seven years that are in perfect shape.
|per innkeeper Honey, once a month a letter arrives from a visitor saying that the profusion of teddy bears creeps them out. for goodness sakes, teddy bears?|
You'll be pleased to hear that that's all i'm going to say about THAT. I hope you found this useful - please ask any questions and i'll do my best to answer. Hopefully you'll be able to go on a getaway trip of your own soon! Maybe Vegas?