Best Beauty On The Go Tips & Tricks

Being a girl-on-the-go isn’t always easy, but when you master packing and consolidating all things beauty, travel can be a gorgeous adventure.

Here’s how to become the ultimate organizer while still feeling on fleek, thanks to our down and dirty, quick and easy beauty hacks. Bon voyage, beauties!  

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Let’s pack

Organizing: its sounds simple, feels impossible. Where’s Marie Kondo when you need her? Lugging around 75 pounds of clothing and makeup in a suitcase is never ideal, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Enter the habe Travel Makeup Bag, a Train Case that is ideal for anyone who’s serous about having all of her cosmetics at her fingertips. This bag comes with a 100% lifetime money back guarantee. We use and adore it, plus, the Amazon reviews are on point.

PRO TIP: Contact cases are great organizers and they’re not just for contacts. If you’re going on a short trip and don’t want to lug around a bottle of foundation or primer, use an affordable contact case to pour yourself some “sample” size portions of your favorite beauty products. This works really well if your foundation is in a glass bottle and carrying it around for a short trip makes you nervous.

Bonus: Cases mentioned above can be found for as cheap as $5.99 on Amazon for a pack of 5. 

Edit yourself, beauty!

Organizing is only half the battle of a constant girl on the go. Often times, it’s hard to only bring “what we need” when naturally most of us tend to be CHRONIC over packers… anybody else bring 847,483 outfit changes on a 3-day trip?!

This is a real problem for makeup-lovers. The solution? Multitask, pretty mama! Use 1 product for 2 purposes. Not only will this save your life in terms of number of things to pack, but it’ll also crunch your makeup application time in HALF. (Seriously). Instead of packing your top 15 favorite blushes on your next weekend-getaway, try to determine which products are multi-purpose.

For example, use your lipsticks as blushes. All you need is some color on the lips and to use your fingers to apply that same soft wash of color to your cheeks. Not only does this save you from carrying around an extra face product, but you’re also looking effortlessly flawless and natural by pairing the same monochromatic look on both your lips and cheeks. (Did you read our NYFW story? Monochromatic is a huge trend this spring!)

Another option? Bronzer as eye shadow; it creates the same natural, “model-off-duty” look for an always running around, busy gal. And, of course, there are plenty of companies that make products specifically for multi-tasking beauties like us. A few we like, include…

The Glow Stick from Bobbi Brown lends cheeks and lids that enviable sun-kissed glow.

It’s not cheap but we love, love, love Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick, serving up lip color and cheek color in just one swipe.

A Succinct Skincare Routine

We all know skincare is the basis for gorgeous makeup, but bringing your whole at-home skincare collection when traveling isn’t possible…or necessary. A common beauty packing mistake is thinking that you need a thousand products, when on the flip side one really great product can do it all.

Case in point: Instead of packing deep moisture masks, oils, and toners, opt for just a moisturizer and an all-in-one oil. A really great Multi-Vitamin infusion can replace all those moisturizers you want to bring on board. We like Murad’s Multi Vitamin Infusion oil; get it for $68.40 here. What’s your favorite skin care multi-tasker?

Off subject, but on point

Although not beauty-related, this hack will save your life in terms of organization.

Rather than folding all your clothes down only to eventually be shoving shoes and more pointless items into an overly-crowded suitcase, roll your clothing. Yes, roll. Rolling your clothes down not only saves you an abundance of space, but it also ensures you’ll arrive to your destination wrinkle free. How great is that?!

So the next time you travel for a long romantic vacation or a short weekend girls trip, use these organization tips to save the stress of cramming unnecessary items along and just enjoy the journey, beautifully.

PrettyCity Editorial Team with reporting by Nisrin Mazlumovic.

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It’s been long rumored that super models and stunning celebs alike rely on the Japanese Adzuki Bean to banish dark circles under eyes.  We taste-tested this theory and we’re hooked.  Available at local health stores or gourmet food markets, the Adzuki Bean is said to help rid the body of the pesky toxins that may be causing those raccoon eyes.  Whether suffering from occasional or chronic dark circles, a weekly bowl of this warm, spicy soup may banish darkness for good.

Adzuki Bean Soup Recipe:

  • 8 oz. adzuki beans 
  • 6 cups water 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 6 celery sticks, chopped.
  • 2 tbsp. of finely chopped basil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp. Of sea salt 
  • 4 tsp. of coarsely ground black pepper 

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Add beans, onion, celery sticks, basil, garlic, salt and black pepper. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes or until frothy. Remove froth with a spoon and discard. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for 2 hours.  Bottoms up for a more beautiful you.

You can check out other Adzuki Bean Soup recipes on Genius Kitchen here.

Smooth Skin Saboteurs.

What you are eating could be sabotaging your chance of having the smooth, dewy complexion you crave.  Alcohol, caffeine and saturated fat may be wreaking havoc on your skin care routine. Here’s how…

Alcohol dehydrates the skin so limiting consumption is key.  As always, it’s all about moderation.  Women’s skin is thinner than men’s skin, so experts believe that the effects of excessive alcohol are more apparent on a woman’s complexion.  Hey, we’re all in favor of a martini with your manicure, just remember to consume two 8 ounce glasses of water along with every alcoholic beverage to fight off dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic so with every sip of that latte, your skin is being robbed of precious moisture.  What to do? Down 8 ounces of H20 each cup of Joe; this is the best way to have your cake and eat it, too. 

Saturated fat and trans fatty acids set off the production of free radicals and free radicals are the perpetrators responsible for wrinkles, skin thickening and other signs of premature aging.  Free radicals also cause skin inflammation, inviting enlarged pores and breakouts.  If your low-carb lifestyle finds has you consuming steak and bacon galore, your face may suffer. Another thing to watch for is partially hydrogenated oil- a mainstay in many processed foods (including energy bars).  Partially Hydrogenated Oil is in the trans fatty acid category and not only can these trans fatty acids ruin your skin, many studies suggest they are murder on your heart. 

Breakfast is on you.

Start the day with a skin-softening mask (perfect for Winter weary skin) made of healthful ingredients you may already have in your fridge.  Darrin Zeer, dubbed America's "Relaxation Expert," suggests this easy, skin-friendly at home mask: Start with 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt, 3 tbsp. of uncooked oatmeal and a few drops of honey. Mix the yogurt and the oatmeal together in a bowl, then add honey and stir the mixture until relatively smooth.  Gently massage the mask onto your face avoiding the eyes.  Leave the mask on for five minutes before removing with warm water.  Now, you can face the day.

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By Carolyn Brundage

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up where Katherine Heigl sits atop Seth Rogen with tousled hair and heaving breasts (basically looking gorgeous) and declares, “I can’t do this!” And that, in a nutshell, is what it’s like to be a pregnant woman. You’re uncomfortable and insecure and the only thing you know for sure is that... you can't do this!

But while the next nine months will test your relationship with your significant other, your willpower and your nerves, not only will you be able to master this new-mom thing, you’ll do it with patience and panache.

I would know. I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m here to help you get through the next nine months feeling great and looking incredible.

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Women of all ages, regardless of height, weight or even, whether or not they have children, are susceptible to stretch marks. Ultimately stretch marks come with pregnancy, puberty, and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched.

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery, shared with us the top four ways to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s the scoop...

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And while Dolly Parton may sleep with her makeup on, “In case I have to get up in the middle of the night," you don’t need to be caught in yesterday’s cat eyes the morning after. (Sorry, Dolly.) Here’s our definitive list of the best and the worst eye makeup removers, read it and you won’t be caught with something less than sensational around your eyes… like liners that run and mascaras that flake.

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Jennifer Garner

This butt-kicking beauty and mother radiates a kickin' sense of style. Her look is ultra-polished, reminiscent of classic natural beauties such as Katherine Hepburn. What's in Garner's medicine cabinet? First, she banishes undereye circles and bags with the help of the DuWop line of products. Garner's a fan of DuWop's Citrus i Gels for Dark Circles ($25 for three pairs here).

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